NFL playoff scenarios

NFL playoff scenarios
December 23, 2013, 11:45 am
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A win, and the 49ers are in the playoffs. With two wins and some help, the 49ers could win the NFC West.   

Programming note: After tonight’s Falcons-49ers game, turn the channel to 49ers Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

Here’s a look at the complete NFL playoff scenario after Sunday’s games:

NFC
Clinched
Seattle – playoff spot
Carolina – playoff spot

49ers (vs. Atl; at Arz)
San Francisco clinches NFC West division and a first-round bye with:
1) two SF wins + SEA loss
San Francisco clinches NFC West division and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
1) two SF wins + SEA loss + CAR loss or tie
San Francisco clinches a playoff spot with:
1) one SF win OR
2) SF tie this week + NO loss OR
3) SF tie next week

[RELATED: Eagles rout Bears, set up two showdowns]

Seattle Seahawks (vs. StL)
Seattle clinches NFC West division and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
1) SEA win or tie OR
2) one SF loss or tie

Arizona Cardinals (vs. 49ers)
Arizona clinches a playoff spot with:
1) ARI win + SF loss or tie this week OR
2) ARI win + NO loss or tie OR
3) ARI tie + NO loss

Carolina Panthers (at Atl) 

Carolina clinches NFC South division and a first-round bye with:
1) CAR win or tie OR
2) NO loss or tie
Carolina clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
1) CAR win + SEA loss + two SF wins

[RELATED: Cards stun Seattle, NFC West still undecided

Philadelphia Eagles (at Dal) 

Philadelphia clinches NFC East division with:
1) PHI win or tie

Chicago Bears (vs. GB)
Chicago clinches NFC North division with:
1) CHI win or tie

New Orleans Saints (vs. TB)
New Orleans clinches NFC South division and a first-round bye with:
1) NO win + CAR loss
New Orleans clinches a playoff spot 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

Dallas Cowboys (vs. Phi) 

Dallas clinches NFC East division with:
1) DAL win

Green Bay Packers (at Chi)
Green Bay clinches NFC North division with:
1) GB win

[RELATED: Panthers exact revenge on Saints, in control for Top 2 seed]

AFC
Clinched
Denver – AFC West and first-round bye
New England – AFC East
Cincinnati – AFC North
Indianapolis – AFC South
Kansas City – playoff spot

Denver Broncos (at Oak)
Denver clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1) DEN win or tie OR
2) NE loss or tie

New England Patriots (vs. Buf)
New England clinches a first-round bye with:
1) NE win or tie OR
2) CIN loss or tie + IND loss or tie
New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1) NE win + DEN loss

Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Bal)
Cincinnati clinches a first-round bye with:
1) CIN win + NE loss

Indianapolis Colts (vs. Jax)
Indianapolis clinches a first-round bye with:
1) IND win + NE loss + CIN loss or tie

Miami Dolphins (vs. NYJ)
Miami clinches a playoff spot 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

Baltimore Ravens (at Cin)
Baltimore clinches a playoff spot 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

San Diego Chargers (vs. KC)
San Diego clinches a playoff spot with:
1) SD win + MIA loss or tie + BAL loss or tie OR
2) SD tie + MIA loss + BAL loss

Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Cle)
Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot with:
1) PIT win + MIA loss + BAL loss + SD loss