NFL Week 18 playoff clinching eventualities: What last groups deserve to do to attain postseason - usa today

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there may be only one ultimate round of games earlier than the NFL's playoff picture thoroughly falls into vicinity.

coming into Week 18, eleven of the 14 postseason berths have already been wrapped, as have six of the eight divisions and home-container competencies in the NFC, which went to the green Bay Packers. still, there may be a lot to kind out over the weekend. The AFC's properly seed continues to be up for grabs, with several teams having a shot at securing it, and seeding may fluctuate wildly depending on a couple of different matchups.

here's a glance at the entire feasible playoff clinching scenarios during the NFL for Week 18:

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Clinched: Cincinnati Bengals â€" AFC North, Kansas metropolis Chiefs â€" AFC West, Tennessee Titans â€" AFC South division title, Buffalo expenses â€" playoff berth, New England Patriots â€" playoff berth

Baltimore Ravens (8-8) [vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7-1), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET]

Ravens clinch playoff berth with:

1. Ravens win + Chargers loss + Colts loss + Dolphins loss or tie

Buffalo bills (10-6) [vs. New York Jets (4-12), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET]

expenses clinch AFC East division title with:

1. bills win OR

2. Patriots loss OR

3. bills tie + Patriots tie

Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) [at Cleveland Browns (7-9), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET]

Bengals clinches AFC's No. 1 seed with

1. Bengals win + Titans loss + Chiefs loss + Patriots loss or tie OR

2. Bengals win + Titans loss + Chiefs loss + expenses win

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard (53), Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore II (23) and Indianapolis Colts protection Khari Willis (37) have a good time an interception throughout an NFL soccer online game in opposition t the new England Patriots, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Indianapolis.

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Indianapolis Colts (9-7) [at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET]

Colts clinch playoff berth with:

1. Colts win or tie OR

2. Chargers loss + Steelers-Ravens tie OR

3. Chargers loss + Steelers loss + Dolphins win

Kansas city Chiefs (11-5) [at Denver Broncos (7-9), Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET]

Chiefs clinch AFC's No. 1 seed with:

1. Chiefs win + Titans loss or tie OR

2. Chiefs tie + Titans loss

Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) [vs. Los Angeles Chargers (9-7), Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET]

Raiders clinch playoff berth with:

1. Raiders win OR

2. Raiders tie + Colts loss OR

three. Colts loss + Steelers loss or tie

l. a. Chargers (9-7) [at Las Vegas Raiders (9-7), Sunday, 8:20 PM ET]

Chargers clinch playoff berth with:

1. Chargers win or tie

New England Patriots (10-6) [at Miami Dolphins (8-8), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS]

Patriots clinch AFC's No. 1 seed with:

1. Patriots win + bills loss or tie + Chiefs loss + Titans loss

Patriots clinch AFC East division title with:

1. Patriots win + expenses loss or tie OR

2. Patriots tie + bills loss

Pittsburgh Steelers (eight-7-1) [at Baltimore Ravens (8-8), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET]

Steelers clinch playoff berth with:

1. Steelers win + Colts loss + Chargers-Raiders game does not end in a tie

Tennessee Titans (11-5) [at Houston Texans (4-12), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET]

Titans clinches AFC's No. 1 seed with:

1. Titans win OR

2. Titans tie + Chiefs loss or tie OR

3. Chiefs loss + Bengals loss or tie + Patriots loss or tie OR

four. Chiefs loss + Bengals loss or tie + expenses win


Clinched: green Bay Packers â€" NFC North + No. 1 seed, Dallas Cowboys â€" NFC East,  Tampa Bay Buccaneers â€" NFC South, Arizona Cardinals â€" playoff berth, la Rams â€" playoff berth, Philadelphia Eagles -â€" playoff berth

Arizona Cardinals (11-5) [vs. Seattle Seahawks (6-10), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET]

Cardinals clinch NFC West division title with:

1. Cardinals win + Rams loss

l. a. Rams (12-four) [vs. San Francisco (9-7), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET]

Rams clinch NFC West division title with:

1. Rams win or tie OR

2. Cardinals loss or tie

New Orleans Saints (8-eight) [at Atlanta Falcons (7-9), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX]

Saints clinch playoff berth with:

1. Saints win + 49ers loss

San Francisco 49ers (9-7) [at Los Angeles Rams (12-4), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET]

49ers clinch playoff berth with:

1. 49ers win or tie OR

2. Saints loss or tie


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