NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Patriots, Cowboys, Packers, Buccaneers in Week 15

There were three teams with playoff-clinching scenarios in play for NFL teams in Week 14. None of the teams could capitalize on those opportunities.

As such, the 2021 NFL playoff race is still wide open, but things could change quickly in Week 15. There are now seven teams that have a chance to lock up playoff spots. Four division titles are potentially on the line, as the Titans, Packers, Buccaneers and Cowboys all have a chance to wrap things up — if a few other games break their way.

The Packers and Buccaneers have the simplest paths to clinching a postseason berth. They just have to win and they are in. The Titans may be in the same boat — pending the result of the Patriots-Colts game on Saturday night.

Overall, the AFC still seems a bit more wide-open than the NFC. Only two AFC teams have clinching scenarios in play this week after none did last week. One of those teams is the Patriots, and their path to earning a playoff spot this week is, well, complicated. So, we’re more likely to see the playoff picture become clearer in the NFC this week while chaos may still reign for another week in the AFC.

Here are all of the NFL playoff clinching scenarios for teams that can guarantee themselves a postseason berth in Week 14. And also, a complete look at the NFL playoff picture.

NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 15


New England Patriots (9-4)

Remaining games: at Colts, vs. Bills, vs. Jaguars, at Dolphins

New England clinches playoff berth with:

Tennessee Titans (9-4)

Remaining games: at Steelers, vs. 49ers, vs. Dolphins, at Texans

Tennessee clinches AFC South division title with:

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Green Bay Packers (9-3)

Remaining games: at Ravens, vs. Browns, vs. Vikings, at Lions

Green Bay clinches NFC North division title with:

Green Bay clinches playoff berth with:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-3)

Remaining games: vs. Saints, at Panthers, at Jets, vs. Panthers

Tampa Bay clinches NFC South division title with:

Tampa Bay clinches playoff berth with:

​Arizona Cardinals (10-3)

Remaining games: at Lions, vs. Colts, at Cowboys, vs. Seahawks

Arizona clinches playoff berth with:

Dallas Cowboys (9-4)

Remaining games: at Giants, vs. Washington, vs. Cardinals, at Eagles

Dallas clinches NFC East division title with:

Dallas clinches playoff berth with:

Los Angeles Rams (9-4)

Remaining games: vs. Seahawks, at Vikings, at Ravens, vs. 49ers

Rams clinch playoff berth with:

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NFL playoff picture 2021


In the hunt: Browns (7-6), Bengals (7-6), Broncos (7-6), Steelers (6-6-1), Raiders (6-7), Dolphins (6-7)


In the hunt: Vikings (6-7), Eagles (6-7), Falcons (6-7), Saints (6-7), Panthers (5-8), Seahawks (5-8)

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