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The 3 teams that can clinch a playoff berth in Week 13

The NFL Playoffs get going in five weeks and we have a chance to see up to three teams clinch a playoff berth in Week 13. We break down the scenarios.

Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs shakes hands with Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at the conclusion of a 42-37 Chiefs victory at Heinz Field on September 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The NFL finally wrapped up Week 12, marking the longest week of football in recent memory. The Steelers beat the Ravens on Wednesday to close out a week that began the previous Thursday on Thanksgiving.

The delay means there will be no Thursday Night Football in Week 13, and so we look ahead to Sunday, and then an unexpected Monday doubleheader and Tuesday game due to Covid-19. It is a big week with some key matchups and a chance for teams to start clinching the first playoff berths of the season.

The NFL released clinching scenarios for Week 13 and it includes three teams. The Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers have playoff and division clinching scenarios in the AFC. The New Orleans Saints have a playoff clinching scenario in the NFC. Here’s how they break down.

Kansas City Chiefs

AFC West title

  1. KC win + LV loss or tie OR
  2. KC tie + LV loss

Playoff berth

  1. KC win OR
  2. KC tie + BAL loss or tie + IND loss OR
  3. KC tie + LV tie + BAL loss or tie + IND tie OR
  4. KC tie + LV tie + MIA loss + IND loss or tie OR
  5. KC tie + LV tie + MIA loss + BAL loss or tie OR
  6. KC tie + MIA loss + BAL loss or tie + IND tie OR
  7. LV loss + BAL loss + IND loss

Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC North title

  1. PIT win + CLE loss + PIT clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over CLE​

Playoff berth

  1. PIT win or tie OR
  2. LV loss or tie OR
  3. MIA loss or tie OR
  4. IND loss or tie

New Orleans Saints

Playoff berth

  1. NO win + CHI loss or tie OR
  2. NO tie + CHI loss + MIN loss + SF loss or tie OR
  3. NO tie + CHI loss + MIN loss + ARI loss or tie