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

There were three teams with decisive playoff scenarios up for grabs for NFL teams in Week 14. Neither team was able to capitalize on those opportunities.

As such, the 2021 NFL playoff race is still open, but things could change quickly in Week 15. There are now seven teams that have a chance to secure playoff spots. Four division titles are potentially up for grabs, as the Titans, Packers, Buccaneers and Cowboys all have a chance to finish things off, if a few other games break through.

The Packers and Buccaneers have the easiest ways to secure a postseason berth. They just have to win and they are in. The Titans may be in the same boat, awaiting the outcome of the Patriots-Colts game on Saturday night.

Overall, the AFC still seems a bit more open than the NFC. Only two AFC teams have decisive scenarios up for grabs this week, after neither did last week. One of those teams is the Patriots, and their path to earning a playoff spot this week is, well, tough. Thus, we are more likely to see the picture of the playoffs 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 completion scenarios for teams that can be guaranteed a playoff spot in Week 14. And also, a comprehensive look at the NFL playoff picture.

NFL playoff closing scenarios for week 15

New England Patriots (9-4)

: At Colts, Against Bills, Against Jaguars, At Dolphins

New England finishes off with:

  1. Patriots win AND Dolphins lose or tie AND Browns lose AND Ravens lose AND Bengals lose AND Chiefs lose OR
  2. Patriots win AND Dolphins lose or tie AND Browns lose AND Ravens lose AND Broncos lose AND Chargers OR
  3. The Patriots win AND the Dolphins lose or tie AND the Browns lose AND the Steelers lose or tie AND the Broncos lose or tie AND the Chargers lose OR
  4. The Patriots win AND the Dolphins lose or tie AND the Browns lose AND the Ravens lose AND the Steelers lose or tie AND the Bengals lose OR
  5. Patriots win AND Dolphins lose or tie AND Browns lose AND Ravens lose AND Bengals lose AND Chargers lose OR
  6. Patriots win AND Dolphins lose or tie AND Ravens lose AND Chargers lose AND Raiders lose AND Bengals / Broncos tie

Tennessee Titans (9-4)

: on Steelers, against 49ers, against Dolphins, against Texans

Tennessee insures itself with:

  1. The Titans win and the Colts lose

Green Bay Packers (9-3)

: at Ravens, against Browns, against Vikings, at Lions

Green Bay ends with:

  1. Packers win or tie OR
  2. Vikings draw or loss

Green Bay ends with:

  1. Saints lose or tie AND 49ers lose OR
  2. Saints lose or tie AND Eagles / Washington tie OR
  3. Saints lose or tie AND Rams lose AND 49ers tie OR
  4. 49ers loss AND tie Eagles / Washington
  5. Rams defeat AND 49ers tie AND Eagles / Washington tie

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-3)

: Against Saints, At Panthers, At Jets, Against Panthers

Tampa Bay is secured with:

  1. Buccaneers win or draw

Tampa Bay is secured with:

  1. Loss or draw of Vikings AND loss of 49ers OR
  2. Vikings defeat or draw AND Eagles / Washington draw OR
  3. 49ers loss AND tie Eagles / Washington

Arizona Cardinals (10-3)

: In the Lions, against the Colts, in the Cowboys, against the Seahawks

Arizona insures itself with:

  1. Cardinals win or draw OR
  2. Saints lose or tie AND Vikings lose or tie OR
  3. Saints lose or tie AND Eagles / Washington tie OR
  4. Saints lose or tie AND Eagles lose AND Falcons lose or tie AND Packers win OR
  5. Saints lose or tie AND 49ers tie AND Rams lose OR
  6. Vikings defeat or draw AND Eagles / Washington draw OR
  7. Vikings loss or draw AND 49ers loss OR
  8. 49ers loss AND tie Eagles / Washington OR
  9. 49ers tie AND Rams loss AND Eagles / Washington tie

Dallas Cowboys (9-4)

: on Giants, against Washington, against Cardinals, against Eagles

Dallas is secured with:

  1. Cowboys win AND Eagles / Washington draw OR
  2. The Cowboys win AND Washington loses AND the Cowboys achieve the tiebreaker of the victory over Eagles

Dallas is secured with:

  1. Cowboys win AND Saints lose or draw OR
  2. Cowboys win AND 49ers lose OR
  3. Cowboys tie AND Vikings lose or tie AND Saints lose or tie AND Falcons lose or tie OR
  4. Vikings defeat AND Falcons defeat AND Saints defeat AND Eagles / Washington draw OR
  5. The defeat of the Vikings AND the defeat of the Falcons AND the defeat of the Saints AND the Cowboys achieve the tiebreaker of victory over the Eagles

Los Angeles Rams (9-4)

: Against Seahawks, At Vikings, At Ravens, Against 49ers

The rams are finished off with:

  1. Rams win AND Saints lose or tie AND Vikings lose or tie OR
  2. Rams win AND Saints lose or tie AND Eagles / Washington tie OR
  3. Rams win AND Vikings lose or tie AND Eagles / Washington tie OR
  4. Rams tied AND Vikings lost AND Saints lost AND Falcons lost or tied

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Seed Team Record Riveted
one. New England Patriots 9-4 N / A
two. Tennessee Titans 9-4 N / A
3. Kansas City Chiefs 9-4 N / A
Four. Baltimore Ravens 8-5 N / A
5. Los Angeles Chargers 8-5 N / A
6. Indianapolis Colts 7-6 N / A
7. Buffalo bills 7-6 N / A

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

Seed Team Record Riveted
one. Green Bay Packers 10-3 N / A
two. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-3 N / A
3. Arizona Cardinals 10-3 N / A
Four. Dallas Cowboys 9-4 N / A
5. Los Angeles Rams 9-4 N / A
6. San Francisco 49ers 7-6 N / A
7. Washington football team 6-7 N / A

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