Crucial Scenarios for NFL Week 17 Playoffs: How Chiefs and Packers Can Secure AFC and NFC No.1 Seeds

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With only two weeks left in the NFL regular season, we still have some action packed action ahead of us as the playoff image takes shape again. Only the Kansas City Chiefs secured their spot in the AFC playoffs, but that is fortunate to change this week as five other conference teams can strike their tickets this weekend. This includes the Titans and Bengals, who have a division title in sight. Meanwhile, the NFC could see the 49ers and Eagles securing their places, while the Rams could lock out NFC West by the end of Sunday.

Of course, the Week 17 headliner could be the seed in every consolidating conference, as the Packers and Chiefs both have scenarios ahead of them to land a first-round pass. and a field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Below, you can find out what each team needs to do to secure their place in the playoffs and keep their dreams of a Super Bowl LVI alive.

Nab a playoff berth with:

  • BUF win + BAL loss or tie WHERE
  • BUF victory + loss or tie LAC + loss or tie LV WHERE
  • BUF link + MIA loss or link + LAC loss + LV loss WHERE
  • Tie BUF + loss or tie MIA + loss or tie LAC + loss BAL + loss or tie PIT WHERE
  • Tie BUF + loss or tie MIA + loss or tie LV + loss BAL + loss or tie PIT WHERE
  • Tie BUF + loss NE or tie + loss LAC + loss LV WHERE
  • Tie BUF + loss or tie NE + loss or tie LAC + loss BAL + loss or tie PIT WHERE
  • Tie BUF + loss or tie NE + loss or tie LV + loss BAL + loss or tie PIT WHERE
  • Tie BUF + Loss LAC + Loss LV + Loss BAL + Loss or tie PIT
  • Opponent of the Week 17: Falcons (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET on FOX)

    Cincinnati Bengals (9-6)

    Won the AFC North Division title with:

  • CIN wins WHERE
  • CIN tie + loss or BAL tie WHERE
  • BAL defeat + CLE-PIT tie
  • Nab a playoff berth with:

  • CIN link + LAC loss + LV loss + loss or MIA link WHERE
  • CIN link + LAC loss + LV loss + NE loss WHERE
  • Tie CIN + loss LAC + tie LV + loss or tie MIA + win NE WHERE
  • Tie CIN + loss LAC + tie LV + tie NE + tie MIA + win or tie BUF WHERE
  • Tie CIN + loss LAC + tie LV + loss NE + win MIA + win or tie BUF
  • Note: There are other decisive scenarios for Cincinnati that involve multiple tied games.

    Opponent of the Week 17: Chiefs (Sunday, 1 p.m. on CBS – broadcast on Paramount +)

    Nab a playoff berth with:

  • IND wins WHERE
  • Tie IND + defeat BAL + defeat NE or tie WHERE
  • IND tie + BAL loss + MIA loss or tie
  • Opponent of the Week 17: Raiders (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET on FOX)

    Kansas City Chiefs (11-4)

    Wins the AFC No.1 seed, first round exemption and home court advantage with:

  • KC win + TEN loss or tie WHERE
  • KC tied + defeat TEN
  • Opponent of the Week 17: at the Bengals (Sunday, 1 p.m. on CBS – broadcast on Paramount +)

    Nab a playoff berth with:

  • NE win + MIA loss or draw WHERE
  • NE win + LV loss or tie WHERE
  • NE tie + MIA loss + LV loss + LAC loss or tie WHERE
  • NE tie + MIA loss + BAL loss or tie WHERE
  • NE tie + LV loss + LAC loss + BAL loss + PIT loss or tie WHERE
  • NE draw + loss LV + loss or draw LAC + loss or draw BAL + victory MIA + victory BUF
  • Note: There are other breakthrough scenarios for New England that involve multiple tied games.

    Opponent of the Week 17: Jaguars (Sunday, 1 p.m. on CBS – broadcast on Paramount +)

    Tennessee Titans (8-7)

    Wins the AFC South Division title with:

  • TEN victory WHERE
  • loss of IND WHERE
  • TEN tie + IND tie
  • Nab a playoff berth with:

  • TEN tie WHERE
  • LAC loss or tie + BAL loss or tie WHERE
  • Loss or tie LAC + Loss or tie NE WHERE
  • BAL loss or tie + NE tie or loss
  • Opponent of the Week 17: Dauphins (Sunday, 1 p.m. on CBS – broadcast on Paramount +)

    Green Bay Packers (12-3)

    Wins the NFC No.1 seed, first round exemption and home court advantage with:

  • GB win + DAL loss or tie WHERE
  • GB equality + DAL loss + LAR loss + TB loss or tie WHERE
  • GB equality + DAL loss + LAR equality + TB loss
  • Opponent of the Week 17: Vikings (Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC)

    Los Angeles Rams (11-4)

    Win the NFC West Division title with:

  • LAR victory + ARI loss or tie WHERE
  • LAR equality + ARI loss
  • Opponent of the Week 17: at the Ravens (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET on FOX)

    Philadelphia Eagles (8-7)

    Nab a playoff berth with:

  • PHI win + MIN loss or tie + NO loss or tie WHERE
  • PHI victory + loss or tie MIN + victory or tie SF WHERE
  • PHI tie + MIN loss + NO loss + ATL loss or tie WHERE
  • PHI tie + MIN loss + NO tie + ATL loss or tie + SF tie or victory
  • Opponent of the Week 17: in Washington (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET on FOX)

    San Francisco 49ers (8-7)

    Nab a playoff berth with:

  • SF victory + NO loss or tie WHERE
  • SF tie + loss or MIN tie + NONE loss + ATL loss or tie
  • Opponent of the Week 17: Texans (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. on CBS – broadcast on Paramount +)

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