Breaking down the AFC and NFC playoff scenarios

What does your team need to do in Week 17?

12/23/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Dec 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) sacked by New England Patriots tackle Seaver Siliga (71) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY SportsIn the AFC, all four divisions are already decided. The Broncos, Patriots, Bengals and Colts have won their respective divisions, regardless of what happens in Week 17. A few things could change here and there with the seeding, but the top 4 seeds WILL be those teams in the AFC. On top of that, the Chiefs are also locked in to the 5th seed, making the 6th and final seed the most interesting thing. The Ravens, Steelers, Chargers and Dolphins are all fighting for the last seed, and they all need help from each other thanks to a ridiculous tie-breaking scenario.

Courtesy of The Big Lead, here are the potential scenarios and which of them would result in each of the teams making the playoffs. The Steelers are the ones who need the most help. Baltimore still has the inside track, but the Dolphins are close behind.

Blog Photo - Breaking down the AFC and NFC playoff scenarios

As far as the top 4 seeds go, here's their potential breakdowns, also courtesy of TBL:

Blog Photo - Breaking down the AFC and NFC playoff scenarios

Check out Page 2 for NFC scenarios.
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12/24/13   |   Jess   |   34628 respect

Pat wrote:
The Saints could still win the NFC South and the #2 seed if they win and the Panthers lose. If they win and the Panthers win and the 49ers lose, they're the #5 seed. If they win and the Panthers and 49ers win, the Saints are the #6 seed. If the Saints lose and the Cardinals win, Cardinals are the 6th seed.

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12/23/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Jess wrote:
Honestly, I think the Saints are confusing me the most. I knew the Hawks vs Niners for NFC West scenarios...basically the Hawks just need to take care of business this week, because I don't see SF losing another game. But now the Saints and the Cards are basically fighting for that #6 seed, right? (And 9ers if something weird happens.)

The Saints could still win the NFC South and the #2 seed if they win and the Panthers lose. If they win and the Panthers win and the 49ers lose, they're the #5 seed. If they win and the Panthers and 49ers win, the Saints are the #6 seed. If the Saints lose and the Cardinals win, Cardinals are the 6th seed.

12/23/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

The craziest part this year is that there is this battle for the 6th seed in the AFC, but there is no team that can just win and be in. Everyone needs help from someone else, which is nutty!

12/23/13   |   Jess   |   34628 respect

Pat wrote:
This year, the NFC tiebreakers are relatively cut and dry. Most years, it's a lot more complicated. We should have a very good idea of exactly what things will look like once tonight's game is over. Things will be rather simple.

Honestly, I think the Saints are confusing me the most. I knew the Hawks vs Niners for NFC West scenarios...basically the Hawks just need to take care of business this week, because I don't see SF losing another game. But now the Saints and the Cards are basically fighting for that #6 seed, right? (And 9ers if something weird happens.)

12/23/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Jess wrote:
Thank you for this. I always get so confused with the scenarios this time of year. I mean, my guys are in it regardless; they just need to win this week to lock up the NFC West and all that (but I'm no stranger to having my favorite team involved in a mess)...but it's nice to know who else is in, seeding, etc.

This year, the NFC tiebreakers are relatively cut and dry. Most years, it's a lot more complicated. We should have a very good idea of exactly what things will look like once tonight's game is over. Things will be rather simple.

12/23/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Jess wrote:
Thank you for this. I always get so confused with the scenarios this time of year. I mean, my guys are in it regardless; they just need to win this week to lock up the NFC West and all that (but I'm no stranger to having my favorite team involved in a mess)...but it's nice to know who else is in, seeding, etc.

If the Seahawks win, they're the #1 seed.
If they lose, they'd need the 49ers to lose either tonight or next week, and also need the Panthers to lose in order to keep the #1 seed.
If they lose, and the 49ers lose one (or more) of their games, and the Panthers win, they're the #2 seed.
If they lose, and the 49ers win both games, they're the #5th seed.

12/23/13   |   Jess   |   34628 respect

Thank you for this. I always get so confused with the scenarios this time of year. I mean, my guys are in it regardless; they just need to win this week to lock up the NFC West and all that (but I'm no stranger to having my favorite team involved in a mess)...but it's nice to know who else is in, seeding, etc.