NFL playoff picture: Week 15 scenarios

By Joe Ferreira | Special to CBSSports.com

The Bengals can lock up the AFC North title this week with some help from Baltimore. (USATSI)

With three weeks left in the regular season, the dominoes are beginning to fall as teams drop out of the playoff picture, and as other teams lock up berths, division titles and first-round byes. There are several teams that can clinch in Week 15. Here's a look.

PLAYOFF PICTURE: WEEK 15 SCENARIOS

AFC

NEW ENGLAND can clinch the AFC East division title with:

  1. Win or tie

NEW ENGLAND can clinch a playoff berth with:

  1. BAL loss or tie

CINCINNATI can clinch the AFC North division title with:

  1. Win + BAL loss or tie
  2. Tie + BAL loss

CINCINNATI can clinch a playoff berth with:

  1. Win + MIA loss or tie
  2. Tie + MIA loss

DENVER can clinch the AFC West division title with:

  1. Win + KC loss

DENVER can clinch a first-round bye with:

  1. Win + KC loss + CIN loss or tie

KANSAS CITY can clinch a playoff berth with:

  1. Win or tie
  2. MIA loss or tie
  3. BAL loss or tie

NFC

SEATTLE can clinch the NFC West division title and a first-round bye with:

  1. SEA win + SF loss or tie
  2. SEA tie + SF loss

SEATTLE can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with:

  1. SEA win + SF loss or tie + NO loss

NEW ORLEANS can clinch a playoff berth with:

  1. NO win
  2. NO tie + ARI loss or tie
  3. NO tie + SF loss or tie
  4. ARI loss + DAL loss or tie
  5. ARI loss + PHI loss or tie
  6. SF loss + DAL loss or tie + ARI tie
  7. SF loss + PHI loss or tie + ARI tie

CAROLINA can clinch a playoff berth with:

  1. CAR win + ARI loss + SF loss + DAL loss or tie
  2. CAR win + ARI loss + SF loss + PHI loss or tie

SAN FRANCISCO can clinch a playoff berth with:

  1. SF win + ARI loss + DAL loss or tie
  2. SF win + ARI loss + PHI loss or tie

Playoff picture standings, tiebreaker explanations

Joe Ferreira is an NFL playoffs expert in his 22nd season of handling official playoff scenarios for the NFL. Follow Joe on Twitter: @JoeNFL.

 
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