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This Sunday marks the final week of play for the 17-week season. Here are the NFL Playoff scenarios for all the teams still alive for the 2017 tournament. 

Battle for top spot in the AFC

Let us start in the AFC. The battle for the number 1 overall seed is still up in the air. The Patriots currently own that spot, thanks to their controversial win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15.

The Steelers are currently in the number 2 spot with a 12-3 record and can move up to the number 1 spot with a win and a Patriots loss in Week 17.

Who will finish with the Wild Card slots?

The Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans currently own the number 5 and 6 spots in the AFC. See the chart underneath to determine the scenarios.

No. 2-4 seeds in NFC still up for grabs

Entering Week 17, the 2-4 seeds in the NFC is still yet to be determined. Please see the chart underneath to determine the scenarios.

NFC Wild Card spots still up for grabs

The Saints, Panthers, Falcons and Seahawks are still fighting to secure playoff positioning. While the Panthers and Saints have clinched a spot in the postseason, the Falcons and Seahawks have yet to do so. See the chart underneath for the scenarios.

NFC Playoff Seeds Entering Week 17
W-L  Division/Wild Card Status  Tiebreaker Status/Note
1 Eagles 13-2 NFC East champion
2 Vikings 12-3 NFC North champion
3 Rams 11-4 NFC West champion Head-to-head win vs. Saints
4 Saints 11-4 NFC South leader Swept Panthers head-to-head
5 Panthers 11-4 Wild Card leader
6 Falcons 9-6 Wild Card leader Head-to-head win vs Seahawks
Still Alive
Seahawks  9-6
AFC Playoff Seeds Entering Week 17
1 Patriots  12-3 AFC East champion Head-to-head win vs Steelers
2 Steelers  12-3 AFC North champion
3 Jaguars  10-5 AFC South champion LOCKED INTO 3 SEED
4 Chiefs  9-6 AFC West champion LOCKED INTO 4 SEED
5 Ravens  9-6 Wild Card leader
6 Titans  8-7 Wild Card leader  Better conference W-L than Chargers & Bills
Still Alive
Chargers  8-7 Head-to-head win vs Bills
Bills  8-7

NFL Playoffs

Playoff seeding scenarios


No. 1 Seed

  • Patriots: (1) win OR (2) PIT loss
  • Steelers: win + NE loss

No. 2 Seed

  • Patriots: loss + PIT win
  • Steelers: (1) loss OR (2) NE win

No. 3 Seed

  • Jaguars

No. 4 Seed

  • Chiefs

No. 5 Seed

  • Bills: (1) win + BAL loss + LAC loss (2) Win + BAL loss + TEN loss
  • Ravens: (1) win OR (2) loss + BUF loss; TEN loss
  • Titans: (1) win + BAL loss + BUF loss (2) win + BAL loss + LAC win

No. 6 Seed

  • Bills: (1) win + BAL win + LAC loss; TEN loss OR (2) win + BAL loss + LAC win + TEN win
  • Chargers: (1) win + BAL win + TEN loss OR (2) win + BUF loss + TEN loss
  • Ravens: (1) loss + BUF loss + TEN win OR (2) Loss + BUF win + TEN loss
  • Titans: (1) win + BAL win OR (2) Win + BUF win + LAC loss OR (3) loss; BUF loss + LAC loss


No. 1 Seed

  • Eagles

No. 2 Seed

  • Panthers: win + MIN loss + NO loss; LAR loss
  • Vikings: (1) win OR (2) CAR loss OR (3) NO win OR 4) LAR win

No. 3 Seed

  • Panthers: win + MIN win + NO loss +LAR loss
  • Rams: (1) win OR (2) CAR loss + NO loss
  • Saints: win + LAR loss
  • Vikings: loss + CAR win + NO loss +LAR loss

No. 4 Seed

  • Panthers: win + NO loss + LAR win
  • Rams: (1) loss + NO win OR (2) loss + AR win
  • Saints: (1) win + LAR win OR (2) loss + CAR loss

No. 5 Seed

  • Panthers: (1) loss OR (2) NO win
  • Saints: loss + CAR win

No. 6 Seed

  • Falcons: (1) win OR (2) SEA loss
  • Seahawks: win + ATL loss

I hope this helps everyone understand what needs to happen in every scenario. For those of us who do not have a degree in engineering, this table should help everyone with any questions they have.

Mark Everett Kelly, formerly of ESPN, Mark Everett is a 2-time Emmy Winner that had to retire from ESPN in 2008 due to side effects of cancer treatment. Since then Mark has been active as a Public Speaker, Author and Blogger. He is a Sports History Expert and his speeches inspire many who fight daily setbacks to pursue their goals. Mark occassionally writes for ESNY. He is the author of "My Scars Tell A Story" which highlights his endless battle fighting the side effects of cancer treatment. He also blogs on his website, ckmagicsports.com about "Living As A Cancer Survivor". Mark also does not hide that he has a personal relationship with Jesus. He despises judgemental people and his speeches encourage and speak up for those who can't speak for themselves.