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2015-16 NFL Playoff Picture

1st Seed
Broncos
12-4-0
2nd Seed
Patriots
12-4-0
6th Seed
Steelers
10-6-0
3rd Seed
Bengals
12-4-0
5th Seed
Chiefs
11-5-0
4th Seed
Texans
9-7-0
1st Seed
Panthers
15-1-0
2nd Seed
Cardinals
13-3-0
6th Seed
Seahawks
10-6-0
3rd Seed
Vikings
11-5-0
5th Seed
Packers
10-6-0
4th Seed
Redskins
9-7-0
NFL PLAYOFF MATCHUPS
  • To view each team's tiebreaker explanations, scenarios and remaining schedule, click on the team name.
    AFC
    SeedTeamDivisionRecord
    1
     (*) Denver 
    West12-4-0
    2East12-4-0
    3North12-4-0
    4
     (y) Houston 
    South9-7-0
    5West11-5-0
    6North10-6-0
     
    Eliminated
    SeedTeamDivisionRecord
    7East10-6-0
    8East8-8-0
    9South8-8-0
    10West7-9-0
    11East6-10-0
    12South5-11-0
    13North5-11-0
    14West4-12-0
    15North3-13-0
    16South3-13-0
     
    NFC
    SeedTeamDivisionRecord
    1South15-1-0
    2
     (z) Arizona 
    West13-3-0
    3North11-5-0
    4East9-7-0
    5North10-6-0
    6
     (x) Seattle 
    West10-6-0
     
    Eliminated
    SeedTeamDivisionRecord
    7South8-8-0
    8West7-9-0
    9North7-9-0
    10East7-9-0
    11South7-9-0
    12East6-10-0
    13North6-10-0
    14South6-10-0
    15West5-11-0
    16East4-12-0

    Legend: ( X ) -clinched playoff berth | ( Y ) -denotes division winner | ( Z ) -denotes first-round bye | ( * ) -clinched home-field advantage

    Playoff Picture Scenarios

    Playoff Scenarios: Joe Ferreira's Scenarios blog

    By Joe Ferreira, NFL playoffs expert. Follow Joe on Twitter: @JoeNFL.

    AFC Scenarios: NFC Scenarios:
    No remaining AFC scenarios. No remaining NFC scenarios.

    AFC clinches: NFC clinches:
    DENVER clinched the AFC West division title, first-round bye, home-field advantage throughout the playoffs (Week 17)
    NEW ENGLAND clinched the AFC East division title (Week 14), first-round bye (Week 15)
    CINCINNATI clinched the AFC North division title (Week 16)
    HOUSTON clinched the AFC South division title (Week 17)
    KANSAS CITY clinched a playoff berth (Week 16)
    PITTSBURGH clinched a playoff berth (Week 17)
    CAROLINA clinched the NFC South division title (Week 13), first-round bye (Week 14), home-field advantage throughout the playoffs (Week 17)
    ARIZONA clinched the NFC West division title (Week 15), first-round bye (Week 16)
    MINNESOTA clinched the NFC North division title (Week 17)
    WASHINGTON clinched the NFC East division title (Week 16)
    GREEN BAY clinched a playoff berth (Week 15)
    SEATTLE clinched a playoff berth (Week 15)

    During the regular season, the seeds reflect how the playoffs would stand if the season ended up to that point. The NFL playoffs are not based on a pure bracket system. In the divisional playoffs, the No. 1 seed is assured of playing the lowest-seeded Wild Card survivor. There are no restrictions on intra-division games and the higher seed of any matchup will have home-field advantage.

  • Tiebreakers

    AFC tiebreakers:

    • Denver is ahead of New England and Cincinnati based on head to head sweep (2-0).
    • New England is ahead of Cincinnati based on common games record (4-1 to the Bengals' 2-3).
    • Pittsburgh is ahead of the N.Y. Jets based on common games record (4-1 to the Jets' 3-2).
    • Buffalo is ahead of Indianapolis based on head to head (1-0).
    • Jacksonville is ahead of Baltimore based on head to head (1-0).
    • Cleveland is ahead of Tennessee based on head to head (1-0).

     

    NFC tiebreakers:

    • Green Bay is ahead of Seattle based on head to head (1-0).
    • Detroit and St. Louis are ahead of Philadelphia and New Orleans based on conference record (Rams' 6-6 and Lions' 6-6 to the Saints' 5-7 and the Eagles' 4-8).
    • St. Louis is ahead of Detroit based on head to head (1-0).
    • Detroit is ahead of Philadelphia and New Orleans based on head to head sweep (2-0).
    • Philadelphia is ahead of New Orleans based on head to head (1-0).
    • The N.Y. Giants and Chicago are ahead of Tampa Bay based on head to head sweep (2-0).
    • The N.Y. Giants are ahead of Chicago based on conference record (4-8 to the Bears' 3-9).
  • Tiebreaker Rules

    The six postseason participants from each conference will be seeded as follows:

    1. The division champion with the best record.
    2. The division champion with the second-best record.
    3. The division champion with the third-best record.
    4. The division champion with the fourth-best record.
    5. The Wild Card club with the best record.
    6. The Wild Card club with the second-best record.

    The following procedures will be used to break standings ties for postseason playoffs and to determine regular-season schedules.
    NOTE: Tie games count as one-half win and one-half loss for both clubs.

    TO BREAK A TIE WITHIN A DIVISION:

    If, at the end of the regular season, two or more clubs in the same division finish with the best won-lost-tied percentage, the following steps will be taken until a champion is determined.

    Two Clubs:

    1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
    2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
    3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
    4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
    5. Strength of victory.
    6. Strength of schedule.
    7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
    8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
    9. Best net points in common games.
    10. Best net points in all games.
    11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
    12. Coin toss.

    Three or More Clubs:
    (Note: If two clubs remain tied after one or more clubs are eliminated during any step, tie-breaker re-starts at Step One of two-club format. If three clubs remain tied after a fourth club is eliminated during any step, tie-breaker re-starts at Step One of three-club format.)

    1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games among the clubs).
    2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
    3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
    4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
    5. Strength of victory.
    6. Strength of schedule.
    7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
    8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
    9. Best net points in common games.
    10. Best net points in all games.
    11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
    12. Coin toss.

    TO BREAK A TIE FOR THE WILD-CARD TEAM OR AMONG DIVISION WINNERS:
    If it is necessary to break ties to determine the two Wild-Card clubs from each conference, the following steps will be taken.

    1. If the tied clubs are from the same division, apply division tie breaker.
    2. If the tied clubs are from different divisions, apply the following steps.

    Two Clubs:

    1. Head-to-head, if applicable.
    2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
    3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
    4. Strength of victory.
    5. Strength of schedule.
    6. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
    7. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
    8. Best net points in conference games.
    9. Best net points in all games.
    10. Best net touchdowns in all games.
    11. Coin toss.

    Three or More Clubs:
    (Note: If two clubs remain tied after one or more clubs are eliminated during any step, tie-breaker re-starts at Step One of two-club format. If three clubs remain tied after a fourth club is eliminated during any step, tie-breaker re-starts at Step One of three-club format.)

    1. Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tie breaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the two Wild-Card participants.
    2. Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others.)
    3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
    4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
    5. Strength of victory.
    6. Strength of schedule.
    7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
    8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
    9. Best net points in conference games.
    10. Best net points in all games.
    11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
    12. Coin toss

    When the first Wild-Card team has been identified, the procedure is repeated to name the second Wild-Card, i.e., eliminate all but the highest-ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. In situations where three or more teams from the same division are involved in the procedure, the original seeding of the teams remains the same for subsequent applications of the tie breaker if the top-ranked team in that division qualifies for a Wild-Card berth.

    OTHER TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURES

    1. Only one club advances to the playoffs in any tie-breaking step. Remaining tied clubs revert to the first step of the applicable division or Wild-Card tie breakers. As an example, if two clubs remain tied in any tie-breaker step after all other clubs have been eliminated, the procedure reverts to step one of the two-club format to determine the winner. When one club wins the tie breaker, all other clubs revert to step 1 of the applicable two-club or three-club format.
    2. In comparing division and conference records or records against common opponents among tied teams, the best won-lost-tied percentage is the deciding factor since teams may have played an unequal number of games.
    3. To determine home-field priority among division titlists, apply Wild-Card tie breakers.
    4. To determine home-field priority for Wild-Card qualifiers, apply division tie breakers (if teams are from the same division) or Wild-Card tie breakers (if teams are from different divisions).

    Tie Breaking Procedure for Draft:

    1. Clubs not participating in the playoffs shall select in the first through 20th positions in reverse standings order.
    2. The Super Bowl winner is last and Super Bowl loser is next-to-last.
    3. The losers of the Conference Championship games shall select 29th and 30th based on won-lost-tied percentage.
    4. The losers of the Divisional playoff games shall select 25th through 28th based on won-lost-tied percentage.
    5. The losers of the Wild Card games shall select 21st through 24th based on won-lost-tied percentage.

    If ties exist in any grouping except (2) above, such ties shall be broken by strength-of-schedule. If any ties cannot be broken by strength-of-schedule, the divisional or conference tie-breakers, if applicable, shall be applied. Any ties that still exist shall be broken by a coin flip.


  • 2016 NFL Draft Order

    Pick Team Notes
    1Los Angeles from Tennessee
    2Philadelphiafrom Cleveland
    3San Diego  
    4Dallas  
    5Jacksonville  
    6Baltimore  
    7San Francisco  
    8Cleveland from Miami through Philadelphia
    9Tampa Bay  
    10New York Giants  
    11Chicago  
    12New Orleans  
    13Miamifrom Philadelphia
    14Oakland  
    15Tennessee from Los Angeles
    16Detroit  
       
     
    Pick Team Notes
    17Atlanta 
    18Indianapolis  
    19Buffalo  
    20New York Jets  
    21Washington  
    22Houston  
    23Minnesota  
    24Cincinnati  
    25Pittsburgh  
    26Seattle  
    27Green Bay  
    28Kansas City  
    29Arizona  
     New England pick forfeited
    30Carolina  
    31Denver  

    Tie-breaking procedure for the NFL Draft

    • Clubs not participating in the playoffs shall select in the first through 20th positions in reverse standings order.
    • The Super Bowl winner is last and Super Bowl loser is next-to-last.
    • The losers of the Conference Championship games shall select 29th and 30th based on won-lost-tied percentage.
    • The losers of the Divisional playoff games shall select 25th through 28th based on won-lost-tied percentage.
    • The losers of the Wild Card games shall select 21st through 24th based on won-lost-tied percentage.

    If ties exist in any grouping except (2) above, such ties shall be broken by strength-of-schedule. If any ties cannot be broken by strength-of-schedule, the divisional or conference tie-breakers, if applicable, shall be applied. Any ties that still exist shall be broken by a coin flip.

 
 
 
 
 
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