NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Browns, Steelers, Saints, Buccaneers and more in Week 16

Week 16 of the 2020 NFL season will feature 12 teams with various paths to clinching playoff berths, division titles or first-round byes in the postseason.

The list of possible clinches is headlined by the Browns, which haven’t played in the playoffs since 2002. Three different possibilities for a Browns win at the Jets and one loss elsewhere to push Cleveland over the line and into the postseason. There’s also a lot on the line this week in the AFC South, NFC South and NFC West. First-round byes are also within reach for the Chiefs and Packers in Week 16. 

Below are all the NFL playoff clinching scenarios for the teams that have chances to stamp their postseason status in Week 16, followed by a complete playoff picture.

NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 16

Cleveland Browns (10-4)

(at Jets)

Cleveland clinches playoff berth with:

Indianapolis Colts (10-4)

(at Steelers)

Indianapolis clinches playoff berth with:

Kansas City Chiefs (13-1)

(vs. Falcons) 

Kansas City clinches the first-round bye with:

Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3)

(vs. Colts)

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division title with:

Tennessee Titans (10-4)

(at Packers)

Tennessee clinches AFC South division title with:

Tennessee clinches playoff berth with:

Arizona Cardinals (8-6)

(vs. 49ers)

Arizona clinches playoff berth with:

Green Bay Packers (11-3)

(vs. Titans)

Green Bay clinches first-round bye with:

Los Angeles Rams (9-5)

(at Seahawks)

Los Angeles clinches playoff berth with:

New Orleans Saints (10-4)

(vs. Vikings)

New Orleans clinches NFC South division title with:

Seattle Seahawks (10-4)

(vs. Rams)

Seattle clinches NFC West division title with:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-5)

(at Lions)

Tampa Bay clinches playoff berth with:

Washington Football Team (6-8)

(vs. Panthers)

Washington clinches NFC East division title with:

NFL playoff picture 2021

In the hunt: Ravens (9-5), Raiders (7-7)

In the hunt: Bears (7-7), Vikings (6-8), Giants (5-9), Cowboys (5-9), Eagles (4-9-1)

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