NFL playoff clinching situations for Cowboys, Bears, Browns, Washington and extra in Week 17

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Week 17 is here, and nearly every NFL playoff seed is up for grabs in the season’s final clinching scenarios. 

The only locked up playoff seed is the AFC’s top seed, which was secured by the Chiefs with a win in Week 16. That’ll give Kansas City a first-round bye and allow Andy Reid to rest his stars in Week 17. But the NFC still has three teams in the running for the top seed. Both the AFC South and NFC East are still up for grabs. And all told a number of playoff spots could switch hands depending on what happens on Sunday, Jan. 3, the final day of the regular season.

In some form or another, 14 teams can clinch something in Week 17. The scenarios are below, but the full list of teams with something to play for includes the Ravens, Browns, Colts, Dolphins, Titans, Cardinals, Bears, Cowboys, Packers, Rams, Saints, Giants, Seahawks and Washington Football Team.

Below are all the NFL playoff clinching scenarios for the teams that have chances to stamp their postseason status in Week 17, followed by a complete playoff picture.

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NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 17

​Baltimore Ravens (10-5)

(at Bengals)

Baltimore clinches playoff berth with:

Ravens win ORBrowns loss ORColts loss ORRavens tie AND Dolphins loss ORRavens tie AND Titans loss ORRavens tie AND Browns tie ORRavens tie AND Colts tie

Cleveland Browns (10-5)

(vs. Steelers)

Cleveland clinches playoff berth with:

Browns win ORColts loss ORTitans loss AND Dolphins win or tie AND Ravens win or tie ORBrowns tie AND Ravens loss ORBrowns tie AND Dolphins loss ORBrowns tie AND Titans loss ORBrowns tie AND Colts loss ORBrowns tie AND Titans tie AND Ravens win AND Dolphins win

Indianapolis Colts (10-5)

(vs. Jaguars)

Indianapolis clinches AFC South division title with:

Colts win AND Titans loss or tie ORColts tie AND Titans loss

Indianapolis clinches playoff berth with:

Colts win AND Ravens loss or tie ORColts win AND Browns loss or tie ORColts win AND Dolphins loss or tie ORColts tie AND Ravens loss ORColts tie AND Browns loss ORColts tie AND Dolphins loss

Miami Dolphins (10-5)

(at Bills)

Miami clinches playoff berth with:

Dolphins win ORRavens loss ORBrowns loss ORColts loss ORDolphins tie AND Ravens tie ORDolphins tie AND Browns tie ORDolphins tie AND Colts tie ORDolphins tie AND Titans loss

Tennessee Titans (10-5)

(at Texans)

Tennessee clinches AFC South division title with:

Titans win ORColts loss ORTitans tie AND Colts tie

Tennessee clinches playoff berth with:

Ravens loss ORDolphins loss ORTitans tie AND Browns loss ORTitans tie AND Dolphins tie ORTitans tie AND Ravens tie

Arizona Cardinals (8-7)

(at Rams)

Arizona clinches playoff berth with:

Cardinals win ORCardinals tie AND Bears loss

Chicago Bears (8-7)

(vs. Packers)

Chicago clinches playoff berth with:

Bears win ORCardinals loss ORBears tie AND Cardinals tie

Dallas Cowboys (6-9)

(at Giants)

Dallas clinches NFC East division title with:

Cowboys win AND Washington loss or tie ORCowboys tie AND Washington loss

Green Bay Packers (12-3)

(at Bears)

Green Bay clinches first-round bye with:

Packers win or tie ORSeahawks loss or tie

Los Angeles Rams (9-6)

(vs. Cardinals)

Los Angeles clinches playoff berth with:

Rams win or tie ORBears loss or tie

New Orleans Saints (11-4)

(at Panthers)

New Orleans clinches first-round bye with:

Saints win AND Packers loss AND Seahawks win

New York Giants (5-10)

(vs. Cowboys)

New York clinches NFC East division title with:

Giants win AND Washington loss

Seattle Seahawks (11-4)

(at 49ers (in Arizona))

Seattle clinches first-round bye with:

Seahawks win AND Packers loss AND Saints loss or tie

Washington Football Team (6-9)

(at Eagles)

Washington clinches NFC East division title with:

Washington win ORWashington tie AND Cowboys loss or tie

NFL playoff picture 2021

Seed
Team
Record
Clinched
1.
Kansas City Chiefs
14-1
No. 1 seed
2.
Pittsburgh Steelers
12-3
AFC North
3.
Buffalo Bills
11-3
AFC East
4.
Tennessee Titans
10-5
N/a
5.
Miami Dolphins
10-5
N/a
6.
Baltimore Ravens
10-5
N/a
7.
Cleveland Browns
10-5
N/a

In the hunt: Indianapolis Colts (10-5)

Seed
Team
Record
Clinched
1.
Green Bay Packers
12-3
NFC North
2.
New Orleans Saints
11-4
NFC South
3.
Seattle Seahawks
11-4
NFC West
4.
Washington Football Team
6-9
N/a
5.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10-5
Playoff berth
6.
Los Angeles Rams
9-6
N/a
7.
Chicago Bears
8-7
N/a

In the hunt: Cardinals (8-7), Cowboys (6-9), Giants (5-10)