NFL playoff scenarios and schedule for week 18

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Week 18 of the 2021 NFL season is upon us. The playoff picture is a lot clearer than it was a week ago – with a number of places in week 17 – but there are many questions to be answered as the post-season fills up.

In the NFC, six teams have already won places, including the Packers (seed No. 1) and division champions Buccaneers and Cowboys. The NFC West title is still up for grabs, as is the last wildcard spot where two clubs want to win.

Over in the AFC, the Titans, Chiefs and Bengals have won their respective divisions, while the Bills and Patriots look set to win the AFC East title. Four teams remain in contention for the No. 1 seed, while five others compete for the remaining two wildcard spots.

There is still a lot to play for, starting with two Saturday games and ending Sunday night with a win-and-you-are-in game between the Chargers and Raiders. Here is the full program for week 18 along with the final scenarios for the teams still in the hunt.

WEEK 18 PLAN

Saturday

16:30 ET

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (ESPN, ABC, ESPN +)

20:15 ET

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (ESPN, ABC, ESPN +)

Sunday

13.00 ET

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns
Green Bay Packers at the Detroit Lions
Chicago Bears by Minnesota Vikings
Washington Football Team of the New York Giants
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
Pittsburgh Steelers at the Baltimore Ravens
Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans

16:25 ET

New Orleans Saints at the Atlanta Falcons
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
San Francisco 49ers at the Los Angeles Rams
New England Patriots at the Miami Dolphins
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
Carolina Panthers of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

20:20 ET

Los Angeles Chargers with the Las Vegas Raiders

CURRENT PLAYOFF PICTURE

NFC

Six teams have already qualified for the playoffs: GB, LAR, TB, DAL, ARI and PHI

(1) Packers: Goodbye in the first round
(7) Eagles by (2) Rams
(6) 49ers by (3) Buccaneers
(5) Cardinals on (4) Cowboys

AFC

Five teams have already qualified for the playoffs: TEN, KC, CIN, BUF and NE

(1) Titans: Bye in the first round
(7) Chargers at (2) Chiefs
(6) Hold on (3) Bengals
(5) Patriots at (4) Bills

WEEK 18 PLAYOFF CLINCHING AND SEEDING SCENARIOS

For many teams, it’s a good thing, there’s one more week of the season. Some seek to squeeze into the playoffs, while others try to gain positioning and maintain their division. Here are the clinching scenarios:

Race for NFC playoff spots

  1. Saints clinch with victory and 49ers tab

  2. 49ers clinch with victory or Holy losses


Race for the NFC West title

  1. Cardinals win NFC West with victory and Rams tab

  2. Aries win NFC West with victory or The Cardinals’ loss


Race for AFC playoff spots

Ravne clinch med

  1. Win and Keep losses and Loss of chargers and Loss of dolphins

Colts clinch with:

  1. Win or

  2. Steelers tab and Loss of chargers and Dolphins win

Raiders clinch with:

  1. Win or

  2. Tie up and Keep losses or

  3. Keep losses and Steelers tab

Chargers clinch with:

  1. Win or

  2. Tie up

Steelers clinch with:

  1. Win and Keep losses and The Chargers-Raiders do not end in a draw

Game

1:11

Dan Orlovsky breaks down why he thinks the Colts have the best formula to beat the Chiefs in the AFC playoffs.


Race for AFC No. 1 seed (and first round goodbye)

Titans clinch with:

  1. Win or

  2. Chiefs tab and Bengals tab and Patriots tab or

  3. Chiefs tab and Bengals tab and Bills win

chiefs clinch with:

  1. Win and Titans tab

The Bengals clinch with:

  1. Win and Titans tab and Chiefs tab and Patriots tab or

  2. Win and Titans tab and Chiefs tab and Bills win

Patriots clinch with:

  1. Win and Loss of bills and Titans tab and Chiefs tab


Race for the AFC East title

  1. Bills clinch with victory or Patriots tab

  2. Patriots clinch with victory and Loss of bills

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