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Who has clinched a 2020 NFL playoff spot

The NFL playoff chase is on, and some teams are ahead of the game, already securing a spot in the 2020 NFL playoffs. We’ll run down every team as they clinch their spot in the playoffs.

Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs stands in the huddle during the second quarter of a game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The NFL playoffs are still a ways off, but we are starting to gain a picture of the potential outcomes as some teams mathematically clinch their spot in the 2020 NFL playoffs. The NFL expanded the playoff field from 12 teams to 14 teams, with a chance of an expansion to 16 teams if notable games are canceled or postponed down the closing stretch.

We’ll be updating this article with each team that clinches a playoff spot until we have the final 14- (or 16) team playoff pool. We’ll include a brief look at how they clinched and what happened with their season that led to this point. Each team is listed with their record at the time of clinching their playoff berth.

Seattle Seahawks (10-4)

When they clinched: Week 15

How they clinched: 20-15 win over Washington clinched playoff berth.

What went right: The Seahawks keep chugging along behind Russell Wilson. The defense took a step back early but has started to round into form as the playoffs approach.

Buffalo Bills (11-3)

When they clinched: Week 15

How they clinched: 48-19 win over the Broncos clinched playoff berth and AFC East division title

What went right: Josh Allen took a big step forward and the addition of Stefon Diggs was a key to that. The offense climbed from 21st in overall efficiency and 20th in passing efficiency in 2019 to 7th and 4th in 2020.

Green Bay Packers (10-3)

When they clinched: Week 14

How they clinched: 31-24 win over the Lions plus Vikings loss to the Bucs clinched playoff berth and NFC North division title.

What went right: In spite of not adding significant pass-catching options, Aaron Rodgers is in the MVP hunt once again. The defense and special teams are struggling with consistency, but the offense is second only to the Chiefs at this point.

Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2)

When they clinched: Week 14

How they clinched: Dolphins loss to the Chiefs locked in playoff berth.

What went right: Ben Roethlisberger isn’t playing at his peak, but has returned to solid enough form while his group of wide receivers is dominating. The Steelers were the last undefeated team and while they have stumbled of late, they remain AFC North division leaders.

Kansas City Chiefs (11-1)

When they clinched: Week 13

How they clinched: 22-16 win over the Broncos

UPDATE: The Chiefs clinched the AFC West title in Week 14 with a 33-27 win over the Miami Dolphins.

What went right: The defending champs are on a roll and while they had a tough one against Denver, they got through the potential let-down and remain favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champs.

New Orleans Saints (10-2)

When they clinched: Week 13

How they clinched: 21-16 win over Falcons plus Bears losing 34-30 to Lions

UPDATE: The Saints clinched the NFC South title in Week 16 with a 52-33 win over the Vikings.

What went right: The Saints defense struggled early in the season but picked up steam. Even after losing Drew Brees, Taysom Hill has proven to be a capable option and the Saints are closing in on another division title.