NFL playoff image for Week 15

This is how things are at week 15.

x-clinched playoff berth; y-clinch title

AFC

1.y-Kansas City Chiefs (12-1, AFC West Masters)

Remaining schedule (opponent’s combined win percentage: .475): on Saints, Hawks, Chargers

The Chiefs will win number 1 in the AFC playoffs with a win over the Saints plus losses to the Steelers and Bills.

2. x Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2, AFC North leaders)

Remaining schedule (.526): in Bengals, Colts, in Browns

The Steelers will win the AFC North with a win over the Bengals or a loss for the Browns.

3. Buffalo Bills (10-3, AFC East Leader)

Remaining schedule (.487): at Broncos, at Patriots, Dolphins

The bills will win the AFC East with a win over the Broncos or a loss for the Dolphins. Buffalo will secure a playoff spot with a Ravens loss.

4. Tennessee Titans (9-4, AFC South Leader)

Key Tiebreaker: Better division record than Colts

Remaining schedule (.487): Lions, at Packers, at Texans

The easiest way for the Titans to get to a playoff spot is by defeating the Lions and losing the Ravens. There are 24 other playoff scenarios for Tennessee, all of which involve a win plus losses or a draw by several other teams.

5. Cleveland Browns (9-4)

Key tiebreaker: head to head over colts

Remaining schedule (.410): Giants, Jets, Steelers

6. Indianapolis Colts (9-4)

Remaining schedule (.410): Texans at Steelers, Jaguars

Key Tiebreaker: Better conference recording than Ravens

Remaining Schedule (.575): Patriots, Raiders, Bills

Still on the hunt

8. Baltimore Ravens (8-5)

Remaining schedule (.218): Jaguars, Giants, in Bengals

9. Las Vegas Raiders (7-7)

Remaining schedule (.500): Dolphins in Broncos

Given the elimination

10. New England Patriots (6-7)

Remaining schedule (.462): at Dolphins, Bills, Jets

The Patriots are excluded from the playoff competition with a loss to the Dolphins or with a tie and victory for the Ravens.

Remaining Schedule (.537): Bills, Chargers, Robbers

The Broncos will be excluded from the playoff competition with a loss or a tie against the Bills. or one of the Dolphins wins or ties; or a raven wins or a tie.

Eliminated: Los Angeles Chargers (5-9), Houston Texans (4-9), Cincinnati Bengals (2-10-1), Jacksonville Jaguars (1-12), New York Jets (0-13)

NFC

1. y-Green Bay Packers (10-3, NFC North Champion)

Key tiebreaker: head to head about the saints

Remaining schedule (.487): panthers, titans, with bears

2. x New Orleans Saints (10-3, NFC South Guide)

Remaining schedule (.564): Chiefs, Vikings, with Panthers

The Saints will take the NFC South title with a win over the Chiefs. or a loss of the buccaneers to the hawks; or a tie plus a Buccaneers tie.

3. Los Angeles Rams (9-4, NFC West guides)

Key Tiebreaker: Head to head over Seahawks

Remaining schedule (.410): Jets at Seahawks, Cardinals

The Rams will win a playoff seat with a win or a tie against the Jets. or with a bear viking tie.

4. Washington Football Team (6-7, NFC East Leader)

Remaining schedule (.449): Seahawks, Panthers, at Eagles

5. Seattle Seahawks (9-4)

Remaining schedule (.513): in Washington, Rams, at 49ers

The Seahawks will win a playoff spot with a win or a tie against WFT. or a bear viking tie.

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5)

Remaining schedule (.333): at Falcons, Lions, Falcons

The Bucs will secure a place in the playoffs with a win over the Falcons and a tie between Bears and Vikings.

7. Arizona Cardinals (7-6)

Remaining schedule (.474): Eagles, 49ers, at Rams

Still on the hunt

8. Minnesota Vikings (6-7)

Key tiebreaker: head to head over bears

Remaining schedule (.538): bears, with saints, with lions

Remaining schedule (.436): Vikings, jaguars, packers

12. New York Giants (5-8)

Remaining schedule (.538): Browns, at Ravens, Cowboys

Although the Giants occupy 12th place in the NFC rating due to tiebreakers, they cannot be excluded from the playoff competition in week 15. You could still win the NFC East and are still alive to finish last on the wildcard.

Given the elimination

Key Tiebreaker: Better conference recording than Giants and 49ers

Remaining schedule (.590): at Titans, Bucs, Vikings

The Lions will be excluded from the playoff competition with a loss to the Titans and a win or a tie for the Cardinals. or a loss plus a Viking victory; or a loss plus a bear gain; or a tie plus a cardinal win.

11. San Francisco 49ers (5-8)

Key tiebreaker: head to head over Giants

Remaining schedule (.513): at Cowboys, at Cardinals, Seahawks

The 49ers are excluded from the playoff competition with a loss to the Cowboys and a win or a tie for the Cardinals. or a tie plus a cardinal win.

13. Philadelphia Eagles (4-8-1)

Remaining schedule (.436): at Cardinals, at Cowboys, WFT

The Eagles are excluded from the playoff competition with a loss to the Cardinals and a WFT win.

Remaining schedule (.372): 49ers, Eagles, at Giants

The Cowboys are excluded from the playoff competition with a loss to the 49ers. or a WFT win plus a Cardinals win or a tie.

16. Carolina Panthers (4-9)

Remaining schedule (.667): at Packers, at WFT, Saints

The Panthers will be excluded from the playoff competition with a loss or a tie against the Packers. or a cardinal wins or draws. (And yes, the Panthers are in 16th place in the NFC ranking; the Falcons are in 15th place, despite being eliminated from the postseason competition thanks to a tiebreaker over the Panthers due to the division record.)

Eliminated: Atlanta Falcons (4-9)

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