We only have two weeks left in the NFL and the playoff picture is becoming clearer with each passing week. In the AFC, the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals have both clinched playoff spots, while in the NFC the Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, and Seattle Seahawks are all officially in as well. While the rest of the leaders all seem inevitable to clinch, there is still a lot that can happen, and still plenty of seeding to determine. Here is the full picture as we head into Week 16. Merry Christmas to all!!

AFC

1. New England Patriots (12-2, East Champion, bye week clinched, No. 1 seed leader)
2. Cincinnati Bengals (11-3, North leader, second bye week leader)
3. Denver Broncos (10-4, West leader)
4. Houston Texans (7-7, South leader)
5. Kansas City Chiefs (9-5, first Wild Card leader)
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5, second Wild Card leader)

7. New York Jets (9-5)
8. Indianapolis Colts (6-8)

– The Patriots clinched a first-round playoff bye because of a better record (4-1) than the Bengals (2-2) in common games (Bills, Broncos, Steelers and Texans) and a better conference record (9-3) than the Broncos (8-4; the head-to-head loss wouldn’t matter in a three-way tie). They would clinch the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage through the AFC playoffs with a win at the Jets or at the Dolphins.
– The Bengals clinched a playoff berth because of a head-to-head win against the Chiefs in Week 4 and a better record (4-1) than the Jets (2-3) in common games (Bills, Browns, Raiders and Texans). They would clinch the North with a Steelers loss/tie Sunday at the Ravens or win/tie Monday at the Broncos. Would clinch in Week 17 with a win/tie or Steelers loss/tie or by rallying to win the strength of victory tiebreaker. They would clinch a first-round playoff bye with a win/tie at the Broncos. They would clinch the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage through the AFC playoffs with two wins and two Patriots losses.
– The Broncos would clinch the West with a win Monday against the Bengals and Chiefs loss to the Browns. They would clinch a playoff berth with a win and both/either a Steelers loss at the Ravens and/or Jets loss to the Patriots. They would clinch a first-round playoff bye with two wins or a win against the Bengals plus a Bengals loss to the Ravens plus a Chiefs loss/tie. They would clinch the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage through the AFC playoffs with two wins and two Patriots losses.
– The Texans would clinch the South and No. 4 seed Sunday or Monday with a win at the Titans and either a Colts loss at the Dolphins or clinching the strength of victory tiebreaker (if the Jets win against the Patriots and Falcons lose to the Panthers and the Saints win later against the then-eliminated Jaguars, or one of those occurs and the Bengals win Monday at the Broncos). They would also clinch the South and No. 4 seed with two more wins or two Colts losses plus a Jaguars loss/tie.
– The Chiefs lead the race for the No. 5 seed because of a better conference record (8-2) than the Steelers and Jets (6-4). They also beat the Steelers in Week 7. They would clinch a playoff berth with two wins. Would clinch a playoff berth Sunday with a win against the Browns and both/either a Steelers loss at the Ravens and/or Jets loss to the Patriots. They would clinch the West with two wins plus a Broncos loss or a win plus two Broncos losses because of division record (5-1/4-2 to 4-2/3-3). They would clinch a first-round playoff bye with two wins and the Steelers winning the North and a Broncos loss to the Chargers.
– The Steelers lead the Jets for the No. 6 seed because of a better record in common games (3-1 to 2-2 against the Browns, Colts, Patriots and Raiders). They also would win a possible tie because of strength of victory. They would clinch a playoff berth with two wins. They would clinch a playoff berth Sunday with a win at the Ravens and Jets loss to the Patriots. They would clinch the North with two wins and two Bengals losses and a better strength of victory than the Bengals (which would occur with a Bills loss or Chiefs loss or Seahawks loss or Cardinals win or Colts win or Broncos win next week). They would clinch a first-round playoff bye with a division title (see above) and Broncos loss to the Chargers and Chiefs loss/tie.
– The Jets would be eliminated Monday with a loss to the Patriots and a Chiefs win against the Browns and a Steelers win at the Ravens, and a Broncos win/tie against the Bengals.
– The Colts would be eliminated Sunday or Monday with a Texans win at the Titans and both either a loss/tie at the Dolphins and/or losing the strength of victory tiebreaker (which could occur Sunday and probably would occur Monday if the Bengals beat the Broncos).

NFC

1. Carolina Panthers (14-0, South Champion, bye week clinched, No. 1 seed leader)
2. Arizona Cardinals (12-2, West Champion, second bye week leader)
3. Green Bay Packers (10-4, North leader, clinched playoff spot)
4. Washington Redskins (7-7, East leader)
5. Seattle Seahawks (9-5, clinched first Wild Card spot)
6. Minnesota Vikings (9-5, second Wild Card leader)

7. Atlanta Falcons (7-7)
8/9. Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants (6-8)

– The Panthers would clinch the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs with a win/tie at the Falcons or Cardinals loss/tie to the Packers. They would lose a tie with the Cardinals because of conference record (11-1 to 10-2).
– The Cardinals would clinch a first-round playoff bye with a win/tie against the Packers. They would clinch the No. 1 seed with two wins and two Panthers losses.
– The Packers would clinch the North with a win at the Cardinals plus Vikings loss to the Giants, or a win/tie against the Vikings. They would clinch a first-round bye with two wins and a Cardinals loss to the Seahawks.
– Washington would clinch the East and No. 4 seed with a win Saturday at the Eagles because of a better conference record (7-5) than the Giants (6-6) if they finish tied. They also would clinch the East with a win at the Cowboys and Eagles loss/tie at the Giants.
– The Seahawks clinched a playoff berth because of a better record (4-1) than the Falcons (2-3) in common games (Cowboys, 49ers, Panthers, Vikings). They lead the Vikings for the No. 5 seed because of a head-to-head win in Week 13 but lost to the Packers in Week 2. They would clinch the No. 5 seed and a wild-card game at the East champion with a win against the Rams and Packers win/tie at the Cardinals and Vikings loss to the Giants.
– The Vikings have not clinched a playoff berth because of worse strength of victory than the Falcons if they finish in a three-way tie with Seattle. They would clinch a playoff berth with a Falcons loss/tie to the Panthers or Seahawks win/tie against the Rams (because a head-to-head win against the Falcons in Week 12 decides a two-way tie with Atlanta) or win/tie against the Giants. They would clinch the North with two wins or two Packers losses because of division record (5-1 to 3-3).
– The Falcons would be eliminated with a loss/tie to the Panthers or Seahawks win/tie against the Rams or Vikings win/tie against the Giants.
– The Eagles would be eliminated with a loss or tie to Washington this week, and the Giants would also be eliminated if that happens or if they lose to the Vikings.

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