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NFL Standings, Playoff Picture and Clinching Scenarios

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Week 15 of the NFL season kicks-off tonight between a pair of playoff contending teams, as the San Diego Chargers desperately need a win to stay alive in the race for the final Wild Card spot in the AFC, while the Denver Broncos are trying to stay ahead of the New England Patriots in the race for home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

The playoffs are beginning to take shape with three teams having clinched playoff berths with three weeks remaining. Week 15 will provide several other teams with opportunities to clinch playoff berths, including the Cincinnati Bengals, who will be looking to accomplish that feat for a second-straight year in Heinz Field against the Steelers, who will almost be certainly sitting at home for the postseason.

There’s still a lot to be determined as far as playoff matchups and who even makes it to the postseason. Here is the most up-to-date playoff picture:

AFC

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

1

(x) Denver

West

11-2-0

2

New England

East

10-3-0

3

Cincinnati

North

9-4-0

4

(y) Indianapolis

South

8-5-0

5

Kansas City

West

10-3-0

6

Baltimore

North

7-6-0

STILL ALIVE

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

7

Miami

East

7-6-0

8

San Diego

West

6-7-0

9

N.Y. Jets

East

6-7-0

10

Tennessee

South

5-8-0

11

Pittsburgh

North

5-8-0

12

Oakland

West

4-9-0

13

Jacksonville

South

4-9-0

14

Cleveland

North

4-9-0

15

Buffalo

East

4-9-0

ELIMINATED

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

16

Houston

South

2-11-0

NFC

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

1

(x) Seattle

West

11-2-0

2

New Orleans

South

10-3-0

3

Philadelphia

East

8-5-0

4

Detroit

North

7-6-0

5

Carolina

South

9-4-0

6

San Francisco

West

9-4-0

STILL ALIVE

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

7

Arizona

West

8-5-0

8

  Chicago 

North

7-6-0

9

  Dallas

East

7-6-0

10

Green Bay

North

6-6-1

ELIMINATED

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

11

N.Y. Giants

East

5-8-0

12

St. Louis

West

5-8-0

13

Tampa Bay

South

4-9-0

14

Minnesota

North

3-9-1

15

Atlanta

South

3-10-0

16

Washington

East

3-10-0

Legend: ( X ) -clinched playoff berth | ( Y ) -denotes division winner | ( Z ) -denotes first-round bye | ( * ) -clinched home-field advantage

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