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NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 16 are in

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Four NFL teams have already clinched a playoff spot as we enter Week 16 of the 2014 NFL season. The Denver Broncos have clinched the AFC West, the Indianapolis Colts have clinched the AFC South and the New England Patriots have clinched the AFC East. Over in the NFC, the Arizona Cardinals have clinched a playoff spot. Everything else is up for grabs.

There are plenty of clinching scenarios that remain for Week 16. The Kansas City Chiefs are not one of those teams that can clinch a playoff spot in Week 16. They'll need to do so in Week 17 if they're going to make it.

Here are the Week 16 NFL playoff scenarios:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (at New York Jets)

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) NE win + DEN loss

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

1) NE win OR

2) NE tie + IND loss or tie OR

3) IND loss + CIN loss or tie + PIT loss or tie + BAL loss or tie

DENVER BRONCOS (at Cincinnati)

Denver clinches a first-round bye with:

1) DEN win OR

2) DEN tie + IND loss or tie

CINCINNATI BENGALS (vs. Denver)

Cincinnati clinches AFC North division with:

1) CIN win + PIT loss + BAL loss or tie

Cincinnati clinches a playoff spot with:

1) CIN win OR

2) CIN tie + BAL loss OR

3) CIN tie + KC loss or tie + SD loss or tie OR

4) KC loss + SD loss + BUF loss or tie

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (vs. Kansas City)

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot with:

1) PIT win

BALTIMORE RAVENS (at Houston)

Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:

1) BAL win + PIT loss + CIN loss OR

2) BAL win + KC loss or tie + SD loss or tie OR

3) BAL tie + KC loss + SD loss + BUF loss or tie

ARIZONA CARDINALS (vs. Seattle)

Arizona clinches NFC West division and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

1) ARI win

DETROIT LIONS (at Chicago)

Detroit clinches NFC North division with:

1) DET win + GB lossDetroit clinches a first-round bye with:

1) DET win + GB loss + DAL loss

Detroit clinches a playoff spot with:

1) DET win OR

2) DET tie + PHI loss or tie OR

3) PHI loss

DALLAS COWBOYS (vs. Indianapolis)

Dallas clinches NFC East division with:

1) DAL win + PHI loss or tie OR

2) DAL tie + PHI lossDallas clinches a playoff spot with:

1) DAL win + GB loss or tie + DET loss or tie as long as both don't tie

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (at Arizona)

Seattle clinches a playoff spot with:

1) SEA win + PHI loss or tie OR

2) SEA win + DET loss or tie OR

3) SEA win + GB loss or tie OR

4) SEA tie + PHI loss OR

5) SEA tie + DET loss + GB loss OR

6) PHI loss + DAL win or tie

GREEN BAY PACKERS (at Tampa Bay)

Green Bay clinches a playoff spot with:

1) GB win + PHI loss or tie OR

2) GB win + DAL win or tie OR

3) GB tie + PHI loss OR

4) GB tie + PHI tie + DAL win or tie OR

5) PHI loss + DAL win or tie

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (vs. Atlanta)

New Orleans clinches NFC South division with:

1) NO win + CAR loss