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December 17, 2013

NFL updates playoff scenarios

The NFL has released its updated Week 16 playoff scenarios. These involve only what can happen this week, so you won't see any references to the Panthers clinching the NFC South because they wouldn't be able to do that until Week 17.

The Panthers' scenario is pretty simple this week: Win and they're in the playoffs.

If the Panthers lose to New Orleans, they can still clinch a playoff berth if San Francisco (vs. Atlanta) and Arizona (at Seattle) both lose.


CLINCHED: Seattle – playoff spot


Seattle clinches NFC West division and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

 1)    SEA win or tie OR

  2)    SF loss or tie


 New Orleans clinches NFC South division and a first-round bye with:

 1)    NO win

  New Orleans clinches a playoff spot with:

 1)    ARI loss OR

 2)    NO tie + SF loss or tie OR

 3)    NO tie + ARI tie OR

 4)    SF loss + ARI tie


  Carolina clinches a playoff spot with:

 1)    CAR win OR

 2)    CAR tie + ARI loss OR

 3)    CAR tie + SF loss OR

 4)    ARI loss + SF loss


 San Francisco clinches a playoff spot with:

 1)    SF win OR

 2)    ARI loss OR

 3)    SF tie + ARI tie


 Philadelphia clinches NFC East division with:

 1)    PHI win + DAL loss or tie OR

 2)    PHI tie + DAL loss


 Chicago clinches NFC North division with:

  1)    CHI win + DET loss or tie + GB loss


 CLINCHED: Denver – playoff spot; Indianapolis – AFC South; Kansas City – playoff spot


 Denver clinches AFC West division and a first-round bye with:

 1)    DEN win + KC loss

 Denver clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

 1)    DEN win + KC loss + NE loss or tie


 New England clinches AFC East division with:

1)    NE win or tie OR

 2)    MIA loss or tie

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

 1)    NE win + CIN loss or tie + IND loss or tie OR

 2)    NE tie + CIN loss + IND loss

 New England clinches a playoff spot with:

 1)    CIN loss or tie


Cincinnati clinches AFC North division with:

 1)    CIN win + BAL loss or tie OR

 2)    CIN tie + BAL loss

Cincinnati clinches a playoff spot with:

 1)    CIN win + MIA loss or tie OR

 2)    CIN tie + MIA loss


Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:

 1)    BAL win + MIA loss + SD loss or tie


Miami clinches a playoff spot with:

 1)    MIA win + BAL loss + CIN loss

--Joseph Person

Source: NFL

Posted by Observer Sports on December 17, 2013 at 01:03 PM | Permalink


it would be awesome if new orleans somehow managed to lose both their games and everyone else won to where new orleans was out at 10-6. that would be icing on the cake.

chances are extremely high for playoffs since we hold tie breakers over NFC north teams and san francisco. only wild card potential that we don't is arizona but they play san francisco week 17 so they both can't win.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 17, 2013 2:25:22 PM

Only way we miss playoffs is with 2 losses + Arizona wins either one of their 2.

Posted by: Charlottean2 | Dec 17, 2013 2:54:51 PM

Carolina will beat NO and lose to Atlanta. Then outside looking in. That type of year.

Posted by: par404 | Dec 17, 2013 4:50:43 PM

if carolina wins against NO , they will be in playoffs a least as wild card

Posted by: sudar2k | Dec 17, 2013 6:58:00 PM

6 game win streak...

Posted by: Bill | Dec 17, 2013 7:01:36 PM

Tell your mother to come back to bed

Posted by: Par404daddy | Dec 17, 2013 8:02:39 PM

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