NFL Playoff Picture Scenarios -- Week 15 Eliminations

By Joe Ferreira | Special to CBSSports.com

As you follow games on Sunday, here's a quick look at various playoff elimination scenarios.

The AFC got fairly simple with Cincinnati's victory on Thursday night. Barring ties, AFC elimination scenarios include:

The NFC is a bit more complicated, particularly for New Orleans and Tampa Bay. Barring ties, NFC elimination scenarios include:

  • ST LOUIS is out with loss + CHI win + SEA win

NEW ORLEANS is out with:

  • Loss
  • CHI win + SEA win
  • CHI win + STL win
  • CHI win + DAL win + NYG win
  • DAL win + NYG win + SEA win
  • DAL win + NYG win + STL win

TAMPA BAY is out with:

  • TB loss + CHI win + SEA win
  • TB loss + CHI win + DAL win
  • TB loss + CHI win + WAS win
  • TB loss + CHI win + STL-MIN does not end in a tie
  • TB loss + MIN win + DAL win
  • TB loss + MIN win + WAS win
  • TB loss + SEA win + WAS win + DAL loss
  • TB loss + SEA win + DAL win + NYG win
  • TB loss + SEA win + WAS win + NYG win
  • TB loss + STL win + WAS win + DAL loss
  • TB loss + STL win + DAL win + NYG win
  • TB loss + STL win + WAS win + NYG win
  • TB loss + NYG win + DAL win + WAS win

[IMPORTANT NOTE: Reminder that these scenarios do not consider tie-game results and that, in the case of Tampa Bay and New Orleans, scenarios that are not listed might result in an elimination if certain teams clinch "Strength of Victory" tiebreaker advantage. We will update these scenarios if necessary as Sunday plays out.]

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