2019 NFL Week 17 Playoff Scenarios
Marc Lawrence
Posted: 2019-12-24

From this week s PLAYBOOK Football Newsletter, listed below are the NFL playoff scenarios and the particulars for each team with playoff implications. Good luck this weekend.

The Ravens clinched the top overall seed in the AFC.

Win, lose, or draw the Bills are locked into the fifth seed.

The Cowboys are in deep trouble and need to win today against the Redskins and have the Giants beat the Eagles to make the playoffs.

Green Bay
If the Packers win this game they can capture the No. 1 overall seed if the 49ers lose to the Seahawks. However, if the Packers lose this game and the Saints beat the Panthers, the Packers would be the No. 3 seed.

Houston can become the No. 3 playoff seed if the Chiefs lose to the Chargers and the Texans beat the Titans. The Texans can't catch the Patriots for the No. 2 seed, and if the Chiefs win out, Houston will be become the No. 4 seed.

Kansas City
The Chiefs clinch the No. 3 seed with a win here. If the Patriots lose to the Dolphins (yeah, sure) Kansas City would claim the No. 2 seed and earn a bye. A KC loss to the Chargers and they will slip to the No. 4 slot should the Texans beat the Titans.

Minnesota is locked in as the No. 6 seed and will travel to play the No. 3 seed, either New Orleans, Seattle or Green Bay.

New England
New England will secure the No. 2 AFC seed with a win over the Dolphins. Should a divine intervention happen and Miami wins this contest, they would fall to the No. 3 seed of Kansas City wins.

New Orleans
With the Packers beating the Vikings Monday night, the Saints are now the NFC No. 3 seed and can drop no lower. But the lowest New Orleans can drop is the No. 3 seed, because they have won their division and can't be caught by Dallas/Philadelphia. The Saints have won eight games for an 8-3 record in NFC games for a percentage of 72.72%, and lost three games against NFC opponents (Rams, Falcons, 49ers). To earn a No. 1 seed New Orleans needs a win today, a Seattle win over San Francisco, and a Detroit win over Green Bay. FYI: A 13-3 team has been the No. 3 seed only twice, once in each conference since the schedule was implemented in 1978, the last time in 2011 when the Saints were the odd team out. The other time was in 1999 when the 13-3 Titans had to play a Wild Card game en route to making to the Super Bowl.

To clinch the NFC East all they need is to beat the Giants in New York on Sunday. If they lose and the Cowboys beat the Redskins, Philly is out. If they lose and the Cowboys lose, Philly is in as an 8-8 division winner.

If Pittsburgh beats the Ravens (and could with Baltimore likely resting its starters) and the Titans lose to the Texans, Pittsburgh would make the playoffs as the No. 6 seed.

San Francisco
If the 49ers beat the Seahawks on Sunday night, they will be the No. 1 seed in the NFC, by virtue of winning the NFC West and holding a tiebreaker over the Packers and Saints with head-to-head wins. If Frisco loses to the Seahawks and the Vikings win, the 49ers would be the No. 5 seed in the NFC.

Seattle can finish with a No. 1, 2, 3, or 5 seed depending on how they day shapes out. Here are the cases: No. 1 NFC seed: The Seahawks need to beat the 49ers and have the Saints lose to the Panthers, and the Packers lose to the Lions. If that happens, Seattle would have a three-way, 12-4 tie at top and would beat out the Packers (common games) and Saints (conference games). No. 2 NFC seed: The Seahawks need to beat the 49ers and have the Packers lose to Detroit, while the Saints beat the Panthers to gain the second seed. No. 3 NFC seed: The Seahawks would garner the third seed if they beat the 49ers and the Packers and Saints win. They would be 12-4 and the two teams above them would be 13-3. No. 5 NFC seed: If the Seahawks lose to the 49ers, they can end up as the fifth seed, but would need the Packers to lose to Detroit

Tennessee would clinch the No. 6 seed with a win today. If the Titans lose today and the Steeler loses, Tennessee would still be in unless the Raiders and Colts win, which would make the Raiders the No. 6 seed and the Titans would be out.

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