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The playoff clinching scenarios heading into Week 14

The NFL Playoffs get going in one month, and we have a chance to see up to four teams clinch something related to the playoffs in Week 14. We break down the scenarios.

Offensive lineman Dion Dawkins #73 of the Buffalo Bills jumps into the interview with quarterback Josh Allen #17 of the Bills following the NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium on December 07, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images

The NFL wrapped up Week 13 on Tuesday with the Cowboys-Ravens game closing out a Covid-19 delayed week. However, we head into Week 14 with a chance at a normal schedule, pending any other Covid-19 news.

The week opens with a huge Thursday Night Football game between the Patriots and Rams closes with the Ravens and Browns doing battle with AFC wild card implications. None of those four teams can clinch anything this week, but we have five teams with a chance to secure either a playoff berth or division title this week.

The NFL released clinching scenarios for Week 14 and it includes the Bills, Chiefs, Steelers, Packers, and Saints. Last week, the Chiefs and Saints clinched playoff berths, while the Steelers came up just short with their stunning loss to Washington. Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Green Bay can all get in this week, although Buffalo and Green Bay will need some help. Meanwhile, the Chiefs and Saints can each clinch their division with a win or a loss by another team.

Buffalo Bills

Playoff berth

  1. BUF win + BAL loss + MIA loss + LV loss + NE loss or tie

Kansas City Chiefs

Division title

  1. KC win or tie OR
  2. LV loss or tie

Pittsburgh Steelers

Division title

  1. PIT win + CLE loss

Playoff berth

  1. PIT win or tie OR
  2. LV loss or tie OR
  3. MIA loss or tie OR
  4. TEN loss

Green Bay Packers

Division title

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

Playoff berth

  1. GB win + ARI loss or tie OR
  2. GB win + LAR loss or tie OR
  3. GB win + SEA win or tie OR
  4. GB tie + ARI loss OR
  5. GB tie + LAR loss + ARI tie OR
  6. GB tie + SEA win or tie + ARI tie

New Orleans Saints

Division title

  1. NO win OR
  2. TB loss OR
  3. NO tie + TB tie