NFL Playoff Standings and Clinch Scenarios

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Week 16 of the NFL season is upon us, and many teams are squarely in the hunt for a bert in the postseason. The Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers are all fighting for the No. 6 seed in the AFC, while the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots are fighting for the No. 2 seed and a critical first-round bye.

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 Bengals, who will be looking to accomplish that feat at hove vs. the Minnesota Vikings.

But they’ll need the Dolphins to lose to the Buffalo Bills clinch a playoff berth, and the Ravens need to lose to the Patriots for them to clinch the AFC North.

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 standings:

AFC

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

1

(x) Denver

West

11-3-0

2

New England

East

10-4-0

3

Cincinnati

North

9-5-0

4

(y) Indianapolis

South

9-5-0

5

(x) Kansas City

West

11-3-0

6

Baltimore

North

8-6-0

STILL ALIVE

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

7

Miami

East

8-6-0

8

San Diego

West

7-7-0

9

Pittsburgh

North

6-8-0

ELIMINATED

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

10

N.Y. Jets

East

6-8-0

11

Tennessee

South

5-9-0

12

Buffalo

East

5-9-0

13

Oakland

West

4-10-0

14

Jacksonville

South

4-10-0

15

Cleveland

North

4-10-0

16

Houston

South

2-12-0

NFC

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

1

(x) Seattle

West

12-2-0

2

New Orleans

South

10-4-0

3

Philadelphia

East

8-6-0

4

Chicago

North

8-6-0

5

Carolina

South

10-4-0

6

San Francisco

West

10-4-0

STILL ALIVE

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

7

Arizona

West

9-5-0

8

Green Bay

North

7-6-1

9

Detroit

North

7-7-0

10

Dallas

East

7-7-0

ELIMINATED

SEED

TEAM

DIVISION

RECORD

11

St. Louis

West

6-8-0

12

N.Y. Giants

East

5-9-0

13

Minnesota

North

4-9-1

14

Tampa Bay

South

4-10-0

15

Atlanta

South

4-10-0

16

Washington

East

3-11-0

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