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NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Bills, Eagles, Giants & more in Week 16

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The NFL playoff picture is coming into focus as the 2022 season draws to a close. There are still some fiercely competitive races to be decided, but at this point six of the NFL’s 14 playoff berths have been clinched.

Four more teams will have a chance to join those that are safely in as the season heads into Week 16.

The Bengals, Ravens, Chargers and Giants will all be able to clinch passage to the postseason if certain scenarios play out. The Chargers and Giants are chasing wild-card berths while the Ravens and Bengals are engaged in a battle atop the AFC North. Neither can clinch the division this week, but Cincinnati can take a stranglehold of it with a win and a Ravens loss.

There are a couple of divisions up for grabs in Week 16. The Eagles and Bills can clinch the NFC East and AFC East, respectively, with victories, and Philadelphia will have a chance to earn the NFC’s No. 1 overall seed if it can win with MVP candidate Jalen Hurts potentially sidelined.

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Just how can the NFL’s playoff picture become clearer in Week 16? Here’s a breakdown of the league’s playoff-clinching scenarios as the Giants, Bengals, Chargers and more fight to make the postseason.

NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 16

Baltimore Ravens (9-5)

Remaining games: vs. Falcons, vs. Steelers, at Bengals

Baltimore clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Ravens win AND Dolphins loss or tie AND Patriots loss or tie OR
  2. Ravens win AND Dolphins loss or tie AND Jets loss or tie OR
  3. Ravens win AND Patriots loss or tie AND Jets loss or tie OR
  4. Ravens tie AND Patriots loss AND Jets loss OR
  5. Ravens tie AND Patriots loss AND Dolphins loss AND Chargers win OR
  6. Ravens tie AND Patriots loss AND Dolphins loss AND Jets tie OR
  7. Ravens tie AND Patriots loss AND Jets tie AND Chargers win OR
  8. Ravens tie AND Patriots tie AND Jets loss AND Dolphins loss OR
  9. Ravens tie AND Patriots tie AND Jets tie AND Dolphins loss AND Chargers win OR
  10. Patriots loss AND Jets loss AND Browns loss or tie AND Raiders loss or tie AND Titans loss or tie AND Chargers win

​Buffalo Bills (11-3)

Remaining games: at Bears, at Bengals, vs. Patriots

Buffalo clinches AFC East division title with:

  1. Bills win or tie OR
  2. Dolphins loss or tie

Cincinnati Bengals (10-4)

Remaining games: at Patriots, vs. Bills, vs. Ravens

Bengals clinch playoff berth with:

  1. Bengals win or tie OR
  2. Jets loss or tie

Los Angeles Chargers (8-6)

Remaining games: at Colts, vs. Rams, at Broncos

Los Angeles clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Chargers win AND Raiders loss or tie AND Patriots loss AND Jets loss OR
  2. Chargers win AND Raiders loss or tie AND Patriots loss AND Jets tie AND Dolphins loss OR
  3. Chargers win AND Raiders loss or tie AND Patriots tie AND Jets loss AND Dolphins loss

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New York Giants (8-5-1)

Remaining games: at Vikings, vs. Colts, at Eagles

New York clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Giants win AND Commanders loss AND Lions loss OR
  2. Giants win AND Commanders loss AND Seahawks loss OR
  3. Giants win AND Lions loss AND Seahawks loss

​Philadelphia Eagles (13-1)

Remaining games: at Cowboys, vs. Saints, vs. Giants

Philadelphia clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. Eagles win or tie

Philadelphia clinches No. 1 seed, bye week and homefield advantage with:

  1. Eagles win OR
  2. Eagles tie AND Vikings loss or tie

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NFL playoff picture 2022

Rank Team Record Clinched
1 Bills 11-3 Playoff berth
2 Chiefs 11-3 AFC West
3 Bengals 10-4 N/A
4 Titans 7-7 N/A
5 Ravens 9-5 N/A
6 Chargers 8-6 N/A
7 Dolphins 8-6 N/A

In the hunt: Patriots (7-7), Jets (7-7), Jaguars (6-8), Raiders (6-8), Browns (6-8), Steelers (6-8)

Rank Team Record Clinched
1 Eagles 13-1 Playoffs
2 Vikings 11-3 NFC North
3 49ers 10-4 NFC West
4 Buccaneers 6-8 N/A
5 Cowboys 10-4 Playoff berth
6 Giants 8-5-1 N/A
7 Commanders 7-6-1 N/A

In the hunt: Seahawks (7-7), Lions (7-7), Packers (6-8), Panthers (5-9), Falcons (5-9), Saints (5-9)


Credit: sportingnews.com

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