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Playoff picture: Week 16 scenarios

By Joe Ferreira | Special to CBSSports.com

After a tumultuous season, the Dolphins have a chance to clinch a playoff spot. (USATSI)
After a tumultuous season, the Dolphins have a chance to clinch a playoff spot. (USATSI)

Week 15 saw only one team clinch a playoff berth (Kansas City) and six teams eliminated from the playoffs (Oakland, Buffalo, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Tennessee and New York Jets).

Looking ahead to Week 16, here are the clinching scenarios for various playoff positioning across the League:

AFC

NEW ENGLAND

Can clinch AFC East title with:

1) Win/tie

2) Miami loss/tie

Can clinch first-round bye with:

1) Win + Cincinnati loss/tie + Indianapolis loss/tie

2) Tie + Cincinnati loss + Indianapolis loss

Can clinch playoff berth with:

1) Cincinnati loss or tie

MIAMI

Can clinch playoff berth with:

1) Win + Baltimore loss + Cincinnati loss

CINCINNATI

Can clinch AFC North title with:

1) Win + Baltimore loss/tie

2) Tie + Baltimore loss

Can clinch playoff berth with:

1) Win + Miami loss/tie

2) Tie + Miami loss

BALTIMORE

Can clinch playoff berth with:

1) Win + Miami loss + San Diego loss/tie

INDIANAPOLIS has clinched AFC South division title

DENVER has clinched playoff berth.

Can clinch AFC West title and first-round bye with:

1) Win + Kansas City loss

Can clinch home-field advantage throughout playoffs with:

1) Win + Kansas City loss + New England loss/tie

KANSAS CITY has clinched playoff berth.

NFC

PHILADELPHIA

Can clinch NFC East title with:

1) Win + Dallas loss/tie

2) Tie + Dallas loss

CHICAGO

Can clinch NFC North title with:

1) Win + Detroit loss or tie + Green Bay loss

NEW ORLEANS

Can clinch NFC South title and first round bye with:

1) Win

Can clinch playoff berth with:

1) Tie + Arizona tie

2) Tie + San Francisco loss/tie

3) Arizona loss

4) San Francisco loss + Arizona tie

CAROLINA

Can clinch playoff berth with:

1) Win

2) Tie + Arizona loss

3) Tie + San Francisco loss

4) Arizona loss + San Francisco loss

SEATTLE has clinched playoff berth.

Can clinch NFC West title, first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout playoffs with:

1) Win/tie

2) San Francisco loss/tie

SAN FRANCISCO

Can clinch playoff berth with:

1) Win

2) Tie + Arizona tie

3) Arizona loss

As I do each year at this time, here is my take on where teams will end up seeded for the 2013 NFL season playoffs. Seeding is based on current team performance, remaining schedule and obviously tiebreakers.

CURRENT PROJECTED CONFERENCE SEEDS:

AFC: 1) DENVER 2) CINCINNATI 3) NEW ENGLAND 4) INDIANAPOLIS 5) KANSAS CITY 6) BALTIMORE

NFC: 1) SEATTLE 2) CAROLINA 3) CHICAGO 4) PHILADELPHIA 5) SAN FRANCISCO 6) NEW ORLEANS

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