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Clinched Playoff Berth: Seattle Seahawks

Seattle clinches the NFC West and a first-round bye:

  1. SEA win + SF loss or tie OR
  2. SEA tie + SF loss

Seattle clinches home-field advantage thought NFC playoffs

  1. SEA win + SF loss or tie + NO loss

New Orleans clinches a playoff spot with:

  1. NO win OR
  2. NO tie + ARI loss or tie OR
  3. NO tie + SF loss or tie OR
  4. ARI loss + DAL loss or tie OR
  5. ARI loss + PHI loss or tie OR
  6. SF loss + DAL loss or tie + ARI tie OR
  7. SF loss + PHI loss or tie + ARI tie

Carolina clinches a playoff spot with:

  1. CAR win + ARI loss + SF loss + DAL loss or tie OR
  2. CAR win + ARI loss + SF loss + PHI loss or tie

San Francisco clinches a playoff spot with:

  1. SF win + ARI loss + DAL loss or tie OR
  2. SF win + ARI loss + PHI loss or tie

Key Games to Watch in Week 15

1. Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers: Has two playoff clinching scenarios if Cincy wins and one if Cincy loses

2. San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos: Has two playoff clinching scenarios if Denver wins

3. Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions: Has two playoff clinching scenarios if Baltimore loses

4. New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins: Has one playoff clinching scenario if NE wins

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