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NFL Week 15 Playoff clinching scenarios


With the 2016 NFL season on the downhill side, there are several teams that are fighting for playoff spots. Many of the teams that are fighting can clinch, at a minimum a wild-card spot. The only team to clinch a spot thus far is the Dallas Cowboys. Let us take a look at the Week 15 clinching scenarios.

AFC East

New England Patriots

The Patriots can clinch the AFC East with a win or tie over the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon. New England can also clinch the division with a Miami Dolphins loss or tie. To go along with the division the Patriots can also clinch the AFC number 1 seed with a win at Denver. They can also clinch the number one seed with a Miami loss or ties plus a Pittsburgh Steelers loss or tie. The third way that they can clinch the conference is with a Miami loss or tie and a Kansas City Chiefs win.

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AFC North

No clinching scenarios!

AFC South

No clinching scenarios!

AFC West

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders can clinch a playoff berth with a win against the San Diego Chargers. There are 8 other ways that the Raiders can make the playoffs:

  1. Oakland tie plus a Miami Loss
  2. Oakland tie plus a Denver Broncos loss
  3. Oakland tie plus a Miami tie plus a Denver tie
  4. Oakland tie plus a Miami tie plus a Kansas City win
  5. Miami loss plus a Pittsburgh loss or tie plus a Denver loss
  6. Miami loss plus a Pittsburgh loss or tie plus a Kansas City win or tie
  7. Miami loss plus a Baltimore Ravens loss or tie plus a Denver loss
  8. Miami loss plus a Baltimore loss or tie plus a Kansas City win or tie

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs can clinch a playoff berth with a win. There are also 5 other scenarios that can get the Chiefs into the playoffs in week 15:

  1. Kansas City tie plus a Miami loss
  2. Kansas City tie plus a Denver loss or tie
  3. Denver Loss plus a Baltimore loss or tie
  4. Denver loss plus a Pittsburgh loss or tie

Those are all the clinching scenarios for the AFC for week 15 now on to the NFC.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have clinched a playoff berth. They can clinch the division and a first-round bye with a win plus a New York Giants loss or tie. They can also clinch it with a Dallas tie and a New York Giants loss. The Cowboys can clinch home-field advantage with a win and a bye the New York Giants and Detroit Lions.

New York Giants

The Giants can clinch a playoff berth with a win, plus a Washington Redskins loss, plus a Minnesota Vikings loss or tie, and plus a Green Bay Packers loss or tie.

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NFC North

Detroit Lions

The Lions can clinch the division with a win plus a Green Bay loss or tie. They can also clinch the division with a tie, plus a Green Bay loss, and plus a Minnesota loss or tie.

NFC South

No clinching scenarios

NFC West

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks can win the division with a win or a tie. They also clinch the division with an Arizona loss or tie.

These are the NFL Playoff scenarios for week 15. As you can see, week 15 is going to be pretty busy. Is your team in one of these scenarios?


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Sean Naylor
Senior NFL Editor/Writer for INSC. I have been writing about the NFL for 5 years now. My love for the game is why I do what I do. My work has been featured on Bleacher Report. Besides writing for INSC you can also hear me every Wednesday night on the Rat Pack Sports Show at 10 pm EST. Please follow me on Twitter: @NFLINSC. IG: @NFLINSC, Snapchat: NFLINSC, and Facebook.
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