Playoff Scenarios for the Titans, and the Rest of the NFL

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, needing a win to make the playoffs.

It's a critical weekend in the NFL.

Here's a look at the NFL playoff scenarios for Week 17, courtesy of the NFL.

(Complete Week 17 schedule at the bottom of this page)

Let's start with the Titans:

TENNESSEE TITANS (9-6) (vs. Indianapolis (9-6), Sunday night, 7:20 PM, NBC)
Tennessee clinches AFC South division title and first-round bye with:
TEN win + HOU loss + NE loss + BAL loss or tie

Tennessee clinches AFC South division title with:
TEN win + HOU loss

Tennessee clinches a playoff berth with:
TEN win

Here's the entire AFC:

CLINCHED: Kansas City Chiefs – Playoff berth
Los Angeles Chargers – Playoff berth
New England Patriots – AFC East division title
Houston Texans – Playoff berth

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-4) (vs. Oakland (4-11), Sunday, 3:25 PM, CBS)
Kansas City clinches AFC West division title and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
KC win OR
KC tie + LAC loss or tie OR
LAC loss + NE loss or tie + HOU loss or tie OR
LAC loss + NE loss or tie + KC clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over HOU

Kansas City clinches AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:
LAC loss + NE loss or tie OR
LAC loss + HOU loss or tie
LAC loss + KC clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over HOU

Kansas City clinches AFC West division title with:
LAC loss OR
KC tie + LAC tie

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-5) (vs. New York Jets (4-11), Sunday, Noon, CBS)
New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
NE win + KC loss + LAC loss

New England clinches a first-round bye with:
NE win OR
NE tie + HOU loss or tie OR
BAL loss or tie + HOU loss + TEN loss or tie

HOUSTON TEXANS (10-5) (vs. Jacksonville (5-10), Sunday, Noon, CBS)
Houston clinches AFC South division title and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
HOU win + NE loss or tie + KC loss + LAC loss + HOU clinches a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over KC

Houston clinches AFC South division title and a first-round bye with:
HOU win + NE loss or tie OR
HOU win + KC loss + LAC loss + HOU clinches a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over KC OR
HOU tie + NE loss OR
IND-TEN tie + NE loss + BAL win + HOU clinches a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over BAL

Houston clinches AFC South division title with:
HOU win or tie OR
IND-TEN tie

BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-6) (vs. Cleveland (7-7-1), Sunday, 3:25 PM, CBS)
Baltimore clinches AFC North division title and a first-round bye with:
BAL win + NE loss + HOU loss + IND-TEN does not end in a tie OR
BAL win + NE loss + HOU loss + BAL clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over HOU

Baltimore clinches AFC North division title with:
BAL win OR
PIT loss OR
BAL tie + PIT tie

Baltimore clinches a playoff berth with:
BAL tie + IND-TEN tie

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (11-4) (at Denver (6-9), Sunday, 3:25 PM, CBS)
Los Angeles clinches AFC West division title and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
LAC win + KC loss or tie OR
LAC tie + KC loss

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (9-6) (at Tennessee (9-6), Sunday night, 7:20 PM, NBC)
Indianapolis clinches AFC South division title with:
IND win + HOU loss

Indianapolis clinches a playoff berth with:
IND win OR
IND tie + PIT loss or tie OR
IND tie + BAL loss

TENNESSEE TITANS (9-6) (vs. Indianapolis (9-6), Sunday night, 7:20 PM, NBC)
Tennessee clinches AFC South division title and first-round bye with:
TEN win + HOU loss + NE loss + BAL loss or tie

Tennessee clinches AFC South division title with:
TEN win + HOU loss

Tennessee clinches a playoff berth with:
TEN win

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-6-1) (vs. Cincinnati (6-9), Sunday, 3:25 PM, CBS)
Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division title with:
PIT win + BAL loss or tie OR
PIT tie + BAL loss

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff berth with:
PIT win + IND-TEN tie

In the NFC…
CLINCHED: New Orleans Saints – NFC South division title and home-field advantage
Los Angeles Rams – NFC West division title
Chicago Bears – NFC North division title
Dallas Cowboys – NFC East division title
Seattle Seahawks – playoff berth

LOS ANGELES RAMS (12-3) (vs. San Francisco (4-11), Sunday, 3:25 PM, FOX)
Los Angeles clinches a first-round bye with:
LAR win or tie OR
CHI loss or tie

CHICAGO BEARS (11-4) (at Minnesota (8-6-1), Sunday, 3:25 PM, FOX)
Chicago clinches a first-round bye with:
CHI win + LAR loss

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-6-1) (vs. Chicago (11-4), Sunday, 3:25 PM, FOX)
Minnesota clinches a playoff berth with:
MIN win or tie OR
PHI loss or tie

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8-7) (at Washington (7-8), Sunday, 3:25 PM, FOX)
Philadelphia clinches a playoff berth with:
PHI win + MIN loss

WEEK 17 Schedule

Atlanta at Tampa Bay, Noon

Carolina at New Orleans, Noon

Dallas at New York Giants, Noon

Detroit at Green Bay, Noon

Jacksonville at Houston, Noon

Miami at Buffalo, Noon

New York Jets at New England, Noon

Arizona at Seattle, 3:25

Chicago at Minnesota, 3:25

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 3:25

Cleveland at Baltimore, 3:25

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 3:25

Oakland at Kansas City, 3:25

Philadelphia at Washington, 3:25

San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams, 3:25

Indianapolis at Tennessee, 7:20

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