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NFL Playoff Scenarios: What needs to happen for teams in the AFC and NFC to clinch in Week 15

The new week of NFL action brings with it new clinching scenarios for teams in both the AFC and NFC.

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The NFL is entering Week 15 of the 2020 regular season, and with it being the final quarter of the regular season comes playoff clinching scenarios. Both in the AFC and NFC teams are jockeying for playoff positioning, while some just hope to get a seat in the NFL Playoff party.

Take a look at both the AFC and NFC clinching scenarios for teams who are vying for a spot in the postseason:

AFC

CLINCHED:
Kansas City Chiefs clinched the AFC West and a playoff berth
Pittsburgh Steelers clinched a playoff berth

Pittsburgh Steelers to clinch the AFC North

PIT win
OR
CLE loss
OR
PIT tie + CLE tie

Buffalo Bills to clinch the AFC East

BUF win
OR
MIA loss
OR
BUF tie + MIA tie

Buffalo Bills clinch playoff berth

BUF tie + BAL loss or tie
OR
BAL loss

Kansas City Chiefs to clinch the top seed in the AFC Playoffs

KC win + PIT loss + BUF loss or tie

Tennessee Titans to clinch a playoff berth

TEN win + BAL loss
OR
TEN win + LV loss or tie + MIA loss + CLE win or tie
OR
TEN win + LV loss or tie + MIA loss + TEN or CLE clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over MIA


NFC

CLINCHED:
Green Bay Packers clinched NFC North and playoff berth
New Orleans Saints clinched a playoff berth

Los Angeles Rams clinch a playoff berth

LAR win or tie
OR
MIN-CHI tie

New Orleans Saints clinch the NFC South

NO win
OR
TB loss
OR
NO tie and TB tie

Seattle Seahawks clinch a playoff berth

SEA win or tie
OR
MIN-CHI tie

Tampa Bay Buccaneers clinch a playoff berth

TB win + MIN-CHI tie