Buccaneers, Patriots and Co .: Playoff scenarios in Week 15

Munich – Due to the extension of the season to 18 game days and the surprisingly balanced table constellation, no NFL team has qualified for the playoffs in week 14.

On matchday 15, however, several teams have the chance to book their tickets for the postseason.

ran explains the different playoff scenarios.

Playoff scenarios in the AFC:

The New England Patriots (9-4) will enter the playoffs on Matchday 15 if …

… they win against the Indianapolis Colts, the Miami Dolphins don’t win and the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos lose or …

… they win against the Colts, the Dolphins, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Broncos don’t win and the Browns lose or …

… they win against the Colts, the Dolphins and the Steelers don’t win and the Browns, the Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals lose or …

… they win against the Colts, the Dolphins don’t win and the Browns, the Ravens and the Bengals lose or …

… they win against the Colts, the Dolphins don’t win, the Ravens and the Las Vegas Raiders lose and the Bengals draw against the Broncos.

Note: There are other complex scenarios that require multiple ties and the consideration of the “strength-of-victory”.

The Tennessee Titans (9-4) will enter the playoffs on matchday 15 if …

… they win against the Steelers and lose the Colts.

Playoff scenarios in the NFC:

The Green Bay Packers (10-3) will secure the division title on matchday 15 if …

… don’t lose them against the Ravens or …

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… the Minnesota Vikings don’t win.

The Packers will also make it into the playoffs on matchday 15 if …

… the New Orleans Saints don’t win and the San Francisco 49ers lose or …

… the Saints don’t win and the Philadelphia Eagles draw against the Washington Football Team or …

… the Saints don’t win, the Los Angeles Rams lose and the 49ers draw or …

… the 49ers lose and the Eagles draw against Washington or …

… the Rams lose and the 49ers and Eagles draw against Washington.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-3) will secure the Division title on Matchday 15 if …

… don’t lose them against the Saints.

The Buccaneers will also get into the playoffs on matchday 15 if …

… the Vikings don’t win and the 49ers lose or …

… the Eagles draw against Washington and the Vikings don’t win or …

… the Eagles draw against Washington and the 49ers lose.

The Arizona Cardinals (10-3) will make it to the playoffs on Matchday 15 if …

… they don’t lose to the Detroit Lions or …

… the Vikings and the Saints don’t win or …

… the Saints don’t win and the Eagles draw against Washington or …

… the Saints and the Falcons don’t win, the Eagles lose and the Packers don’t lose or …

… the Saints don’t win, the 49ers draw and the Rams lose or …

… the Vikings don’t win and the Eagles draw against Washington or …

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… the Vikings don’t win and the 49ers lose or …

… the 49ers lose and the Eagles draw against Washington or …

… the 49ers draw, the Rams lose and the Eagles draw against Washington.

The Dallas Cowboys (9-4) will secure the division title on Matchday 15 if …

… they win against the New York Giants and the Eagles draw against Washington or …

… they win against the Giants, Washington loses and they achieve the “strength-of-victory tiebreaker” against the Eagles.

The Cowboys will also get into the playoffs on matchday 15 if …

… they win against the Giants and the Saints don’t win or …

… they win against the Giants and lose the 49ers or …

… they draw against the Giants and the Vikings, Saints and Falcons do not win or …

… the Vikings, the Saints and the Falcons lose and the Eagles draw against Washington or …

… the Vikings, the Saints and the Falcons lose and they win the “strength-of-victory tiebreaker” against the Eagles.

The Los Angeles Rams (9-4) will enter the playoffs on Matchday 15 if …

… they win against the Seattle Seahawks and the Saints and Vikings don’t win or …

… they win against the Seahawks, the Saints don’t win and the Eagles draw against Washington or …

… they win against the Seahawks, the Vikings don’t win and the Eagles draw against Washington or …

… they draw against the Seahawks, the Saints and the Vikings lose and the Falcons don’t win.

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