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NFL playoff scenarios for Week 16: How Giants can clinch

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The New York Giants control their destiny.

With a record of 8-5-1, they are guaranteed to make the playoffs if they win out. Their three remaining games are at Minnesota (11-3), vs. Indianapolis (4-9-1), and at Philadelphia (13-1).

The Giants can clinch their first berth since 2016 as early as this week if the following happens:

  1. NYG win + WAS loss + DET loss OR
  2. NYG win + WAS loss + SEA loss OR
  3. NYG win + DET loss + SEA loss

Who's In?

NFC

- The Eagles (13-1) have clinched a playoff berth and are the top seed in the NFC entering Week 16

- The Vikings (11-3) have clinched the NFC North for the first time since 2017

- The 49ers (10-4) have clinched the NFC West for the third time since 2012

- The Cowboys (10-4) have clinched a playoff berth for the second straight season

AFC

- The Bills (11-3) have clinched a playoff berth and are the top seed in the AFC entering Week 16

- The Chiefs (11-3) have clinched the AFC West for the seventh consecutive season

Who's Out?

- Five teams have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs in 2022: HOU (1-12-1), CHI (3-11), DEN (4-10), ARI (4-10) & LAR (4-10)

Who can clinch in Week 16?

NFC

NEW YORK GIANTS (8-5-1)

Week 16 – at Minnesota (11-3), Saturday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX

Week 17 – vs. Indianapolis (4-9-1)

Week 18 – at Philadelphia (13-1)

N.Y. Giants clinch playoff berth with:

  1. NYG win + WAS loss + DET loss OR
  2. NYG win + WAS loss + SEA loss OR
  3. NYG win + DET loss + SEA loss

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (13-1)

Week 16 – at Dallas (10-4), Saturday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX

Week 17 – vs. New Orleans (5-9)

Week 18 – vs. N.Y. Giants (8-5-1)

Philadelphia clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. PHI win or tie

Philadelphia clinches homefield advantage and NFC's lone first-round bye with:

  1. PHI win OR
  2. PHI tie + MIN loss or tie

AFC

BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-5)

Week 16 – vs. Atlanta (5-9), Saturday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX

Week 17 – vs. Pittsburgh (6-8)

Week 18 – at Cincinnati (10-4)

Baltimore clinches playoff berth with:

  1. BAL win + MIA loss or tie + NE loss or tie OR
  2. BAL win + MIA loss or tie + NYJ loss or tie OR
  3. BAL win + NE loss or tie + NYJ loss or tie OR
  4. BAL tie + NE loss + NYJ loss OR
  5. BAL tie + NE loss + MIA loss + LAC win OR
  6. BAL tie + NE loss + MIA loss + NYJ tie OR
  7. BAL tie + NE loss + NYJ tie + LAC win OR
  8. BAL tie + NE tie + NYJ loss + MIA loss OR
  9. BAL tie + NE tie + NYJ tie + MIA loss + LAC win OR
  10. NE loss + NYJ loss + CLE loss or tie + LV loss or tie + TEN loss or tie + LAC win

BUFFALO BILLS (11-3)

Week 16 – at Chicago (3-11), Saturday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS

Week 17 – at Cincinnati (10-4)

Week 18 – vs. New England (7-7)

Buffalo clinches AFC East division title with:

  1. BUF win or tie OR
  2. MIA loss or tie

CINCINNATI BENGALS (10-4)

Week 16 – at New England (7-7), Saturday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS

Week 17 – vs. Buffalo (11-3)

Week 18 – vs. Baltimore (9-5)

Cincinnati clinches playoff berth with:

  1. CIN win or tie OR
  2. NYJ loss or tie

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (8-6)

Week 16 – at Indianapolis (4-9-1), Monday, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN

Week 17 – vs. L.A. Rams (4-10)

Week 18 – at Denver (4-10)

L.A. Chargers clinch playoff berth with:

  1. LAC win + LV loss or tie + NE loss + NYJ loss OR
  2. LAC win + LV loss or tie + NE loss + NYJ tie + MIA loss OR
  3. LAC win + LV loss or tie + NE tie + NYJ loss + MIA loss

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