Broncos, Packers among 5 teams that can clinch playoff spots this week

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Three teams, the Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, and Arizona Cardinals, have already punched their ticket to the playoffs. By Sunday night, however, five more teams could join them as the Cincinatti Bengals, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Vikings all have playoff-clinching scenarios for Week 15.

For those five looking to wrap up their playoff fate this weekend, here is what needs to happen:

Bengals: Cincinnati clinches the AFC North with a Pittsburgh Steelers loss. Cincinnati also clinches a playoff spot with a win or a New York Jets or Kansas City Chiefs loss.

Broncos: Denver clinches the AFC West with a win and a Chiefs loss. Denver also clinches a playoff berth with a win or a Jets loss.

Packers: Green Bay clinches a playoff berth with a win. Green Bay can also clinch a playoff berth with a loss, if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lose and either the Washington Redskins or New York Giants lose.

Seahawks: Seattle clinches a playoff spot with a win and a Buccaneers loss, plus either a Giants loss or a Washington loss, or a Falcons loss and a Vikings and Packers loss.

Vikings: Minnesota clinches a playoff spot with a win and a Buccaneers loss, plus a loss by either Washington or the Giants, and a loss by either the Falcons or Seahawks.

To put it simply, the NFL season is wrapping up and the playoff scenarios are just as convoluted as ever.

[H/T: Pro Football Talk]

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