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AFC Playoff Picture, Week 17: Playoff-Clinching Scenarios

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It’s the final week of the 2017-18 NFL regular season and the AFC Playoff picture remains wide open.

Entering the final week, the Pittbsurgh Steelers and New England Patriots have clinched first-round byes, but the No. 1 seed and homefield advantage throughout the postseason remains up in the air. The Patriots control their own destiny, however, and would clinch the top seed with a win.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chief have also locked up their seeds after winning their divisions, meaning the two Wild Card spots will come down to four teams.

The Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Chargers are all still alive.

How can your favorite AFC team clinch their position in the postseason? The playoff-clinching scenarios for Week 16 can be seen below, along with the current playoff picture, via NFL.com:

CLINCHED: Pittsburgh — AFC North and first-round bye; New England — AFC East and a first-round bye; Jacksonville — AFC South; Kansas City — AFC West

NEW ENGLAND

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs:

1) NE win

2) PIT loss

3) NE tie + PIT tie

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pittsburgh clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs:

1) PIT win + NE loss or tie

2) PIT tie + NE loss

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore clinches a playoff berth:

1) BAL win or tie

2) BUF loss or tie

3) TEN loss or tie

TENNESSEE TITANS

Tennessee clinches a playoff berth:

1) TEN win

2) TEN tie + BUF loss or tie + LAC loss or tie

3) BUF loss + LAC loss

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

L.A. Chargers clinch a playoff berth:

1) LAC win + TEN loss or tie + BUF loss or tie

2) LAC win + TEN loss or tie + BAL win or tie

3) LAC tie + TEN loss + BUF loss or tie

BUFFALO BILLS

Buffalo clinches a playoff berth:

1) BUF win + BAL loss

2) BUF win + LAC loss or tie + TEN loss or tie

3) BUF tie + LAC loss + TEN loss

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