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All the marbles on the line in Week 17 playoff clinching scenarios

The NFL season wraps up the 2019 regular season this Sunday, and that means the playoff field will be finalized. We break down the playoff clinching scenarios in Week 17.

Head coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders looks on during warm ups prior to their NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 10, 2018 in Oakland, California. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The NFL heads into the final week of the season, and we have a chance for some chaos in Week 17. All 32 teams will be in action on Sunday, and the TV schedule has been set so that most everybody with something to play for will need to play their starters to clinch what they need.

10 of the 12 playoff berths have been secured, but only three seeding situations are settled. The Baltimore Ravens locked up the AFC’s No. 1 seed this past weekend and are expected to bench a host of starters when they play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Buffalo Bills are set as the AFC’s No. 5 seed after the New England Patriots beat them to clinch the AFC East. Finally, the Minnesota Vikings are locked in as the No. 6 seed in the NFC after the Green Bay Packers beat them to clinch the NFC North.

Everything else is up for grabs. By the close of the 1:00 p.m. games, we might know the top four seeds in the AFC. If the Patriots Beat the woeful Miami Dolphins, they lock up the No. 2 seed. If the Kansas City Chiefs win, they lock up the No. 3 seed. If the Chiefs lose, Houston would have a chance in the 4:25 p.m. slate to move up from No. 4 to No. 3. That means avoiding a dangerous Bills squad, so maybe they push for that in that situation.

Once the 4:25 p.m. slate ends, we’ll know who the full AFC seeding as the second wild card berth will be finalized. Additionally, the Philadelphia Eagles or Dallas Cowboys will have clinched the NFC East and the No. 4 seed.

However, the rest of the NFC seeding will not be known until the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks square off on Sunday Night Football. If the 49ers beat the Seahawks, they clinch the NFC West and the No. 1 seed. If the Seahawks win, they can clinch either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed depending on the Packers result. The loser of the game will be the 5 seed and travel to face the Eagles or Cowboys in the wild card round. It’s a slightly important game.

Here is the full list of clinching scenarios for Week 17, courtesy of media executive Joe Ferreira. The NFL will confirm the full rundown of scenarios later in the day on Tuesday.

New England Patriots

Clinches first round bye:

  1. NE win or tie
  2. KC loss or tie

Kansas City Chiefs

Clinches first round bye:

  1. KC win + NE loss

Tennessee Titans

Clinches playoff berth:

  1. TEN win
  2. TEN tie + PIT loss or tie
  3. PIT loss + IND loss or tie

Pittsburgh Steelers

Clinches playoff berth:

  1. PIT win + TEN loss or tie
  2. PIT tie + TEN loss
  3. TEN loss + IND win + OAK loss or tie
  4. TEN loss + IND win + PIT ties OAK in Strength of Victory tiebreaker (PIT ties OAK in SoV tiebreaker if all the following teams win: MIN, GB, KC, MIA

Oakland Raiders

Clinches playoff berth:

  1. OAK win + PIT loss + TEN loss + IND win + OAK clinches Strength of Victory tiebreaker over PIT (happens if one of the following teams win or tie: CHI, DET, LAC, or NE

San Francisco 49ers

Clinches home field throughout playoffs:

  1. SF win
  2. SF tie + GB loss or tie + NO loss or tie

Clinches first round bye:

  1. SF tie + GB loss or tie
  2. SF tie + NO loss or tie

Clinches NFC West:

  1. SF win or tie

New Orleans Saints

Clinches home field throughout playoffs:

  1. NO win + SEA win or tie + GB loss or tie

Clinches first round bye:

  1. NO win + GB loss or tie

Green Bay Packers

Clinches home field throughout playoffs:

  1. GB win + SF loss or tie
  2. GB tie + SF loss + NO loss or tie

Clinches first round bye:

  1. GB win
  2. NO loss
  3. GB tie + SF loss
  4. GB tie + NO tie

Seattle Seahawks

Clinches NFC West:

  1. SEA win

Clinches first round bye:

  1. SEA win + GB loss

Clinches home field throughout playoffs

  1. SEA win + GB loss + NO loss

Philadelphia Eagles

Clinches NFC East:

  1. PHI win or tie
  2. DAL loss or tie

Dallas Cowboys

Clinches NFC East:

  1. DAL win + PHI loss