NFL Playoff Picture and Clinching Scenarios – Week 18

There have already been almost 17 complete weeks in the 2022 NFL season and when every team, except the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals, has one game left to play in Marca English we present the Playoff Picture and Clinching Scenarios for Week 18 in both the AFC and the NFC:

AFC Playoff Picture

Divisional Leaders:

1.- Kansas City Chiefs (13-3) (West)

2.- Buffalo Bills (12-3) (East)

3.- Cincinnati Bengals (11-4) (North)

4.- Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8) (South)

Wild Cards:

5.- Los Angeles Chargers (10-6) (West)

6.- Baltimore Ravens (10-6) (North)

7.- New England Patriots (8-8) (East)

In the hunt:

8.- Miami Dolphins (8-8) (East)

9.- Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) (North)

11.- Tennessee Titans (7-9) (South)

Eliminated:

10.- New York Jets (7-9) (East)

12.- Cleveland Browns (7-9) (North)

13.- Las Vegas Raiders (6-10) (West)

14.- Indianapolis Colts (4-11-1) (South)

15.- Denver Broncos (4-12) (West)

16.- Houston Texans (2-13-1) (South)

AFC Playoff Clinching Scenarios

Kansas City Chiefs (clinched AFC West, playoff berth)

* Clinches first round bye and homefield advantage if:

– KC win + 1 BUF loss (or BUF/CIN canceled) OR

– 2 BUF losses + CIN loss

Buffalo Bills (clinched AFC East, playoff berth)

* Clinches first round bye and homefield advantage if:

– 2 BUF wins OR

– BUF win at CIN + KC loss OR

– BUF win vs. NE + KC loss + CIN loss vs. BAL

Cincinnati Bengals (clinched playoff berth)

* Clinches first round bye and homefield advantage if:

– 2 CIN wins + KC loss

* Clinches the AFC North title if:

– CIN win vs. BAL OR

– CIN win or tie vs. BUF

Los Angeles Chargers (clinched playoff berth)

* No playoff clinching scenarios for week 18

Baltimore Ravens (clinched playoff berth)

* Clinches the AFC North title if:

– BAL win vs. CIN loss vs. BUF

Jaksonville Jaguars

* Clinches the AFC South title if:

– JAC win or tie

* Clinches a playoff berth if:

– NE loss + MIA loss + PIT loss

New England Patriots

* Clinches a playoff berth if:

– NE win OR

– NE tie + MIA loss + PIT loss OR

– MIA loss + PIT loss + JAC win or tie

Miami Dolphins

* Clinches a playoff berth if:

– MIA win + NE loss or tie OR

– MIA tie + NE loss

Pittsburgh Steelers

* Clinches a playoff berth if:

– PIT win + NE loss or tie + MIA loss or tie OR

– PIT tie + NE loss + MIA loss

Tennessee Titans

* Clinches the AFC South title if:

– TEN win

NFC Playoff Picture

Divisional Leaders:

1.- Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) (East)

2.- San Francisco 49ers (12-4) (West)

3.- Minnesota Vikings (12-4) (North)

4.- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8) (South)

Wild Cards:

5.- Dallas Cowboys (12-4) (East)

6.- New York Giants (9-6-1) (East)

7.- Seattle Seahawks (8-8) (West)

In the hunt:

8.- Detroit Lions (8-8) (North)

9.- Green Bay Packers (8-8) (North)

Eliminated:

10.- Washington Commanders (7-8-1) (East)

11.- New Orleans Saints (7-9) (South)

12.- Carolina Panthers (6-10) (South)

13.- Atlanta Falcons (6-10) (South)

14.- Los Angeles Rams (5-11) (West)

15.- Arizona Cardinals (4-12) (West)

16.- Chicago Bears (3-13) (North)

NFC Playoff Clinching Scenarios

Philadelphia Eagles (clinched playoff berth)

* Clinches first round bye and homefield advantage if:

– PHI win

– DAL loss or tie + SF loss or tie

* Clinches the NFC East title if:

– PHI win OR

– DAL loss or tie

San Francisco 49ers (clinched NFC West, playoff berth)

* Clinches first round bye and homefield advantage if:

– SF win + PHI loss

Minnesota Vikings (clinched NFC North, playoff berth)

* No playoff clinching scenarios for week 18

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (clinched NFC South, playoff berth)

* No playoff clinching scenarios for week 18

Dallas Cowboys (clinched playoff berth)

* Clinches first round bye and homefield advantage if:

– DAL win + PHI loss + SF loss

* Clinches the NFC East title if:

– DAL win + PHI loss

New York Giants

* No playoff clinching scenarios for week 18

Seattle Seahawks

* Clinches a playoff berth if:

– SEA win + GB loss

Detroit Lions

* Clinches a playoff berth if:

– DET win + SEA loss

Green Bay Packers

* Clinches a playoff berth if:

– GB win