AFC Seeding Scenarios For Week 17

Intro: How might the AFC Playoff Picture look after Week 17 and what could the bracket be come late Sunday night?

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INDIANAPOLIS – As Week 17 of the NFL season takes place on Sunday, every seed but the top one is up for grabs.

While New England has clinched home-field throughout the playoffs, nine other teams are fighting to complete the rest of the AFC Playoff Picture.

For the Colts, they are all but locked into the 4 seed and will play the loser of the Bengals/Steelers matchup in the Wild Card Round. The only way for the Colts to move up to the 3 seed is if the Bengals and Steelers tie their Week 17 contest on Sunday Night Football.

Here's a look at the scenarios for each team still in the hunt with one week left:

CLINCHED: New England – AFC East and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs

                 Denver – AFC West

                 Indianapolis – AFC South

                 Cincinnati – playoff berth

                 Pittsburgh – playoff berth

DENVER BRONCOS(vs. Oakland)

Denver clinches a first-round bye with:

1)    DEN win or tie OR

2)    CIN loss OR

3)    CIN tie IND win

CINCINNATI BENGALS(at Pittsburgh)

Cincinnati clinches AFC North with:

1)    CIN win or tie

Cincinnati clinches a first-round bye with:

1)    CIN win DEN loss or tie OR

2)    CIN tie DEN loss IND loss or tie


PITTSBURGH STEELERS
(vs. Cincinnati)

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North with:

1)    PIT win


SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
(at Kansas City)

San Diego clinches a playoff spot with:

1)    SD win OR

2)    SD tie BAL loss or tie

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BALTIMORE RAVENS **(vs. Cleveland)

Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:

1)    BAL win SD loss or tie OR

2)    BAL tie SD loss

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS(vs. San Diego)

Kansas City clinches a playoff spot with:

1)    KC win BAL loss HOU loss or tie

HOUSTON TEXANS(vs. Jacksonville)

Houston clinches a playoff spot with:

1)    HOU win BAL loss SD loss

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