Final Week Of NFL To Be A Big One

Taking a look at the playoff picture heading into Week 17.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Heading into the final week of the NFL season, there is a ton of playoff spots and positioning up for grabs and thanks to some nifty rearranging of the schedule by the league, the majority of it will happen at the same time to avoid teams pulling players.

Here is a breakdown of what's going down, playoff wise, in each conference.

 

AFC

AFC East

The Patriots clinch top AFC seed with a win or a loss by both the Ravens and Steelers.

The Jets clinch the last Wild Card spot and the No. 6 seed with either a win and losses by the Bengals, Titans and Raiders, or with a win and losses by the Bengals, Titans and Broncos.

AFC North

The Ravens clinch the AFC North and a first-round bye with a win or a Steelers loss. They would get the top overall seed if they win and the Patriots lose.

The Steelers have clinched at least the No. 5 seed. They can win the AFC North and the No. 2 seed if they win and the Ravens lose. They can clinch the top seed if they win and both the Patriots and Ravens lose.

The Bengals clinch the last Wild Card spot and the No. 6 seed with a win, or with losses by the Jets and Raiders, or with losses by the Jets and Broncos.

AFC South

The Texans have clinched the AFC South and the No. 3 seed.

The Titans clinch the last Wild Card spot and the No. 6 seed under one of three scenarios. First, the Titans and Jets win while the Bengals and Raiders lose. Second, the Titans and Jets win and the Bengals and Broncos lose. Third, the Titans and Raiders win and the Begnals and Jets lose.

AFC West

The Broncos clinch the AFC West and the No. 4 seed if they win or the Raiders lose.

The Raiders clinch the AFC West and the No. 4 seed if they win and the Broncos lose. They could also win a Wild Card spot if they win and the Bengals and Titans both lose, or if they win, the Bengals lose and the Jets win.

 

NFC

NFC East

The winner of the Cowboys and Giants game will be the fourth seed.

NFC South

The Saints have clinched the NFC South and can clinch the second seed with a win and a 49ers loss.

The Falcons have clinched a Wild Card spot and can secure the fifth seed with a Detroit loss.

NFC North

The Green Bay Packers are the top seed in the NFC and the NFL

The Detroit Lions have secured a playoff spot and can take the fifth seed with a win or an Atlanta loss.

NFC West

The San Francisco 49ers have secured the division and can grab the number 2 seed with a win or a Saints loss.

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