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The playoff clinching scenarios heading into Week 15

The NFL Playoffs get going in less than a month, and we have a chance to see up to four teams clinch something related to the playoffs in Week 15. We break down the scenarios.

Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans hands the ball off to Derrick Henry #22 in the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on December 13, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The NFL is set to kick off Week 15 this Thursday with the Las Vegas Raiders hosting the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football. It’s a must-win game for the Raiders, as they have dropped a full game back of the final wild card spot and also have the Ravens sitting a game up on them in between. A loss to the Chargers all but ends their chances of earning a playoff berth.

The NFL released clinching scenarios for Week 15 and we have a host of new possibilities this weekend. The Titans, Rams, Seahawks, and Buccaneers are all new additions with a chance to clinch a playoff berth for the first time in 2020. The Bills, Steelers, and Saints can all clinch their respective division title. Finally, the Chiefs can clinch a first round bye if a few things go right for them.

Clinched division title: Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers
Clinched wild card berth: New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers
Eliminated from playoff contention: New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Chargers, Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons

Buffalo Bills

Division title

  1. BUF win, OR
  2. MIA loss, OR
  3. BUF tie + MIA tie

Playoff berth

  1. BUF tie + BAL loss or tie, OR
  2. BAL loss

Kansas City Chiefs

First round bye

  1. KC win + PIT loss + BUF loss or tie

Pittsburgh Steelers

Division title

  1. PIT win, OR
  2. CLE loss, OR
  3. PIT tie + CLE tie

Tennessee Titans

Playoff berth

  1. TEN win + BAL loss OR
  2. TEN win + LV loss or tie + MIA loss + CLE win or tie OR
  3. TEN win + LV loss or tie + MIA loss + TEN or CLE clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over MIA (SoV details)

Los Angeles Rams

Playoff berth

  1. LAR win or tie, OR
  2. MIN-CHI tie

New Orleans Saints

Division title

  1. NO win OR
  2. TB loss OR
  3. NO tie + TB tie

Seattle Seahawks

Playoff berth

  1. SEA win or tie, OR
  2. MIN-CHI tie

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Playoff berth

  1. TB win + MIN-CHI tie