NFL Playoff Picture 2019: Which Teams Can Clinch a Spot in the Postseason in Week 17?

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after a touchdown in the game against the New York Giants in the third quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 23 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Joe Robbins/Getty Images

After a 16-week slog, the final round of games of the NFL regular season kicks off on Sunday with three playoff spots still available.

While the New Orleans Saints have already won the NFC title, three divisional title and the number one overall seed are still up for grabs in the AFC.

Read more: NFL Playoff Picture 2019: Which teams secured a postseason spot in Week 16?

Here's the state of play ahead of Week 17.

NFC

The New Orleans Saints have won a first NFC title in nine years and secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys are also guaranteed a playoff spot by virtue of winning their respective divisions and the Seattle Seahawks have secured one of the wildcard spots.

Avoiding defeat against San Francisco on Sunday would earn the Rams a first-round bye, while a loss would also be enough providing the Bears don't win in Minneapolis against the Vikings.

Having secured a first playoff berth since 2010, Chicago can clinch first-round bye by winning the divisional matchup against the Vikings if the Rams lose. Minnesota, meanwhile, will secure the second wildcard spot if it betters the Philadelphia Eagles' result.

The defending Super Bowl championa have won the last two games to keep their playoff hopes alive but they will only be involved in the postseason if they win in Washington on Sunday and the Vikings lose at home to the Bears.

NFC current playoff spots

  • New Orleans Saints 13-2, NFC South Champions.
  • Los Angeles Rams 12-3, NFC West Champions.
  • Chicago Bears 11-4, NFC North Champions.
  • Dallas Cowboys 9-6, NFC East Champions.
  • Seattle Seahawks 9-6, Clinched wild card spot.
  • Minnesota Vikings 8-6-1, wild card.
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Nelson Agholor #13 (not pictured) against the Houston Texans during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

AFC

The Kansas City Chiefs, the Los Angeles Chargers, the Houston Texans and the New England Patriots have all clinched a playoff spot but only the Patriots have already won their division.

The Chiefs and the Chargers are both 11-4 and a home win against Oakland will secure the AFC West and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs for Kansas City, irrespective of the Chargers' result in Denver against the Broncos.

The Chargers are already guaranteed a wildcard spot but could win the AFC West and the conference title if they better the Chiefs' result.

If the Chiefs lose, a defeat for the Chargers would be enough for Kansas City to clinch the divisional title, while losses for the Chargers and one between Texans and the Patriots would guarantee them a first-round bye.

The Patriots are currently second-seeded in the AFC and they will clinch home advantage throughout the playoff with a home win against the Jets, coupled with losses for the Chiefs and the Chargers.

A win would be enough for the five-time Super Bowl winners to secure a first-round bye, while if the Patriots tie they must hope the Texans don't win their game against the Jaguars in Houston.

Avoiding a loss will be enough for the Texans to win the AFC South, while bettering the Patriots' result would hand them a first-round bye. The Texans are still in with a shout at securing home advantage throughout the postseason but must win their game and hope the Chiefs and the Chargers both lose and the Patriots don't win.

In the AFC North, the Baltimore Ravens need to beat the Cleveland Browns to clinch the divisional title. A win against Cleveland would also be enough for the Ravens to earn a first-round bye but only coupled with losses for the Patriots and the Texans and as long as the game between Colts and Titans doesn't end in a tie.

The matchup in Indianapolis is a winner-takes-all showdown, with whoever team comes out on top guaranteed a playoff spot. The Colts would also reach the postseason with a tie but only if the Ravens lose and the Steelers don't beat Cincinnati at home.

A win for the Indianapolis coupled with a defeat for the Texans would hand them the divisional title, while a similar scenario coupled with a loss for the Patriots and a loss or tie for Baltimore would see the Titans win the AFC South and secure a first-round bye.

AFC current playoff spots

  • Kansas City Chiefs 11-4, first in AFC West.
  • New England Patriots 10-5, AFC East Champions.
  • Houston Texans 10-4, first in AFC South.
  • Baltimore Ravens 9-6, first in AFC North.
  • Los Angeles Chargers 11-4, wild card.
  • Indianapolis Colts 9-6, wild card.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after a touchdown in the game against the New York Giants in the third quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 23 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Joe Robbins/Getty Images
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