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Steelers playoff scenario still unfolding

Posted Dec 26, 2017

There is still a lot on the line this week for the Steelers.

The Steelers have already clinched the AFC North Division and a first-round playoff bye, but there is still one more scenario that could play out in Week 17 of the NFL season.

The Steelers could still clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs if they defeat the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at Heinz Field, and the New England Patriots lose to or tie the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. Both games kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Another scenario that would secure home-field advantage would be the Steelers tying the Browns, and the Patriots losing to the Jets.

The Steelers can finish no lower than the No. 2 seed in the AFC, and will have a home game at Heinz Field the weekend of Jan. 13-14.

 

2017 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 17

AFC

CLINCHED:  New England – AFC East division title and first-round bye

Pittsburgh – AFC North division title and first-round bye

                     Jacksonville – AFC South division title

                     Kansas City – AFC West division title    

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (12-3) (vs. Cleveland (0-15), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET)

Pittsburgh clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) PIT win NE loss or tie OR

2) PIT tie NE loss

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-3) (vs. New York Jets (5-10), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET)

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) NE win OR

2) PIT loss OR

3) NE tie PIT tie

 

BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-6) (vs. Cincinnati (6-9), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Baltimore clinches a playoff berth with:

1) BAL win or tie OR

2) BUF loss or tie OR

3) TEN loss or tie

 

TENNESSEE TITANS (8-7) (vs. Jacksonville (10-5), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Tennessee clinches a playoff berth with:

1) TEN win OR

2) TEN tie BUF loss or tie LAC loss or tie OR

3) BUF loss LAC loss

 

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (8-7) (vs. Oakland (6-9), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Los Angeles clinches a playoff berth with:

1) LAC win TEN loss or tie BUF loss or tie OR

2) LAC win TEN loss or tie BAL win or tie OR

3) LAC tie TEN loss BUF loss or tie

 

BUFFALO BILLS (8-7) (at Miami (6-9), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Buffalo clinches a playoff berth with:

1) BUF win BAL loss OR

2) BUF win LAC loss or tie TEN loss or tie OR

3) BUF tie LAC loss TEN loss

 

 

NFC

CLINCHED:  Philadelphia – NFC East division title and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs

                     Minnesota – NFC North division title

                     Los Angeles Rams – NFC West division title

                     New Orleans – playoff berth

                     Carolina – playoff berth

 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (12-3) (vs. Chicago (5-10), Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET)

Minnesota clinches a first-round bye with:

1) MIN win or tie OR

2) ​CAR loss or tie OR

3) NO win OR

4) LAR win

 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-4) (at Tampa Bay (4-11), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

New Orleans clinches NFC South division title with:

1) NO win OR

2) CAR loss OR

3) NO tie CAR tie

 

CAROLINA PANTHERS (11-4) (at Atlanta (9-6), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Carolina clinches NFC South division title with:

1) CAR win NO loss or tie OR

2) CAR tie NO loss

Carolina clinches a first-round bye with:

1)  CAR win NO loss or tie MIN loss LAR loss or tie

 

ATLANTA FALCONS (9-6) (vs. Carolina (11-4), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Atlanta clinches a playoff berth with:

1) ATL win OR

2) SEA loss OR

3) ATL tie SEA tie

 

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-6) (vs. Arizona (7-8), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)

Seattle clinches a playoff berth with:

1) SEA win ATL loss or tie OR

2) SEA tie ATL loss