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NFL playoff scenarios: How teams can get in during final week of season

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The time has come for the final week of the 2013 NFL season, and there are still a great number of playoff spots still available. On Dec. 26, 2013, the final NFL playoff scenarios came out and it detailed exactly what teams needed to do, in order to get into the postseason and not be done for the year.

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Heading into week 17, there are eight teams that have clinched playoff spots. That leaves four spots still open and 10 teams still mathematically alive and in contention for them.

Below are the full NFL playoff scenarios for the final week of the season detailing who can get in and who can stay home.

AFC

Clinched spots: Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs

Still alive: Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers

NFC

Clinched spots: Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers

Still alive: Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers

AFC - NFL playoff scenarios for week 17

CLINCHED: Broncos

- AFC West and first-round bye; Patriots - AFC East; Bengals - AFC North;

Colts - AFC South; Chiefs - playoff berth

Broncos (at Raiders)

Clinches home-field advantage in AFC playoffs with:

1) DEN win or tie, OR

2) NE loss or tie

Patriots (vs. Bills)

Clinch first-round bye with:

1) NE win or tie, OR

2) CIN loss or tie + IND loss or tie

Clinch home-field advantage in AFC playoffs with:

1) NE win + DEN loss

Bengals (vs. Ravens)

Clinch first-round bye with:

1) CIN win + NE loss

Colts (vs. Jaguars)

Clinch first-round bye with:

1) IND win + NE loss + CIN loss or tie

Dolphins (vs. Jets)

Clinches playoff berth with:

1) MIA win + BAL loss or tie, OR

2) MIA win + SD win, OR

3) MIA tie + BAL loss +

SD loss or tie, OR

4) MIA tie + BAL tie + SD tie

Ravens (at Bengals)

Clinch playoff berth with:

1) BAL win + SD loss or tie, OR

2) BAL win + MIA loss or tie, OR

3) BAL tie + MIA loss + SD loss or tie, OR

4) BAL tie + MIA tie +

SD loss, OR

5) MIA loss + SD loss +

PIT loss or tie

Chargers (vs. Chiefs)

Clinches playoff berth with:

1) SD win + MIA loss or tie + BAL loss or tie, OR

2) SD tie + MIA loss +

BAL loss

Steelers (vs. Browns)

Clinch playoff berth with:

1) PIT win + MIA loss +

BAL loss + SD loss

NFC - NFL playoff scenarios for week 17

Seahawks (vs. Rams)

Clinch NFC West and home-field advantage in

NFC playoffs with:

1) SEA win or tie, OR

2) one SF loss or tie

Panthers (at Falcons)

Clinch NFC South division and a first-round bye with:

1) CAR win or tie, OR

2) NO loss or tie

Clinch home-field advantage in NFC playoffs with:

1) CAR win + SEA loss + two SF wins

Eagles (at Cowboys)

Clinch NFC East with:

1) EAGLES win or tie

Bears (vs. Packers)

Clinch NFC North with:

1) CHI win or tie

49ers (vs. Falcons,

at Cardinals)

Clinch NFC West and a first-round bye with:

1) two SF wins + SEA loss

Clinches NFC West and home-field advantage in NFC playoffs with:

1) two SF wins + SEA loss + CAR loss or tie

Clinch playoff berth with:

1) one SF win, OR

2) SF tie this week

+ NO loss, OR

3) SF tie next week

Saints (vs. Buccaneers)

Clinches NFC South and first-round bye with:

1) NO win + CAR loss

Clinch playoff berth with:

1) NO win, OR

2) NO tie + SF loss or tie this week, OR

3) NO tie + ARI loss or tie, OR

4) ARI loss, OR

5) two SF losses

Cardinals (vs. 49ers)

Clinch playoff berth with:

1) ARI win + SF loss or tie this week, OR

2) ARI win + NO loss or tie, OR

3) ARI tie + NO loss

Cowboys (vs. Eagles)

Clinch NFC East with:

1) DAL win

Packers (at Bears)

Clinch NFC North with:

1) GB win

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