AFC, NFC fields could come into focus

The NFL playoff field had its first entrant last week in the Green Bay Packers, and the Dallas Cowboys joined them on Thursday. But those two could have company in short order.

Heading into Week 16, seven different teams had a way to punch their postseason ticket with the latest round of games. The Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all have win-and-in scenarios. And though neither the Tennessee Titans were not able to clinch anything off Thursday night’s win over the San Francisco 49ers alone, the Cowboys made it into the field thanks to the 49ers’ loss.

Here are the playoff clinching scenarios for Week 16 after Thursday night’s game:

New England Patriots running back Damien Harris (37) celebrates after scoring a touchdown with teammates Mac Jones (10) and David Andrews (60) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass.

AFC (clinched: none)

Kansas City Chiefs (10-4) [vs. Pittsburgh (7-6-1), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET]

Chiefs clinch AFC West division title with:

1. Chiefs win + Chargers loss or tie OR

2. Chiefs tie + Chargers loss

Chiefs clinch playoff berth with:

1. Chiefs win OR

2. Chiefs tie + Bills loss OR

3. Chiefs tie + Colts loss OR

4. Chiefs tie + Bengals-Ravens does not end in a tie

New England Patriots (9-5) [vs. Buffalo (8-6), Sunday, 1 p.m. ET]

Patriots clinch AFC East division title with:

1. Patriots win + Dolphins loss or tie

Patriots clinch playoff berth with:

1. Patriots win + Raiders loss or tie + Chargers loss OR

2. Patriots win + Colts loss or tie + Bengals loss OR

3. Patriots win + Colts loss or tie + Ravens loss + Steelers loss or tie OR

4. Patriots win + Colts loss or tie + Chargers loss OR

5. Patriots win + Ravens loss + Browns loss or tie + Steelers loss or tie

Tennessee Titans (9-5) [def. San Francisco 49ers 20-17]

Titans clinch AFC South division title with:

1. Colts loss

Titans clinch playoff berth with:

1. Dolphins loss or tie + Bills loss +…


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