NFL Week 17 Playoff scenarios for 2015


With just one week left in the 2015 regular season, a lot can shake up, so let's break it all down for you.

Here's how the playoff field looks in each conference after Week 16's action.

Arizona has clinched the NFC West and a first-round bye. If the Broncos and Bengals lose and the Kansas City Chiefs win, this seed goes to the Bengals. The Broncos wouldn't face their AFC West rival No. 5 seed Chiefs unless both Kansas City and the No. 6 seed New York Jets won in the playoffs' first round.

The Broncos have clinched a playoff berth. Denver Broncos (11-4, 7-4, vs. SD) - x 3.

The Bengals' 2016 schedule will also feature a trip to New England for a clash with the Patriots, who now are slightly favored to win the AFC and make a second-consecutive Super Bowl trip.

Based on National Football League odds, it's most likely that both the Patriots and the Broncos will win next week. New England, Cincinnati and Kansas City are all in and await the results of the Week 17 games to determine their placement. A loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would allow the Cardinals to overtake them at the top. In order for the Colts to take the AFC South from the obviously need to win and have the Texans lose. Houston clinches the strength of victory tiebreaker over Indianapolis if one of the following teams wins or ties: Cincinnati, New England, New Orleans, the New York Jets or San Diego.

The Texans clinch strength of schedule tiebreaker over Indianapolis if Kansas City wins or ties and Baltimore wins or ties as long as both teams don't tie.

Arizona clinches home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win against Seattle plus a Carolina loss. Kansas City and Denver would play each other while the Jets would travel to Houston/Indianapolis. A Steelers win would provide a rubber match with the Bengals should Cincinnati not clinch the No. 2 seed.

As explained by's Dan Hanzus, the Colts' chances of making the playoffs are astronomically slim.

Granted, it's already over for Indy if the Broncos didn't hold serve at home on Monday night, but the Texans could be in jeopardy if they fall here since the Colts are playing the Titans. ESPN puts the chances of this all happening at 0.03 percent.

Green Bay clinches the NFC North with a win or tie.

Carolina clinches home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win or tie OR an Arizona loss or tie.

The Chiefs last won the division in 2010, only to lose a home playoff game to the Ravens. If the Seahawks lose to the Cardinals, then this spot will go to the loser of the game between the Vikings and Packers.

The Vikings have clinched a playoff berth.

Green Bay scored the game's last 11 points and Eddie Lacy ran for 100 yards, so maintaining possession will be critical for the Packers if they're to win another division title. If the Seahawks lose or if the Vikings win, Seattle would be the 6 seed and play in Minnesota in the first round.