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AFC Playoff Scenarios: Week 16

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The Texans have won the AFC South, but there's still a fair amount of uncertainty in who'll be playing where once the AFC Playoffs start.

I don't recall ever seeing the other guy who wore No. 8 for the Texans do that.  Except after a haircut, maybe.
I don't recall ever seeing the other guy who wore No. 8 for the Texans do that. Except after a haircut, maybe.
Bob Levey

Last week, we looked at the various playoff scenarios and outcomes in play in Week 15 across the AFC. Even with your Houston Texans claiming the AFC South title, Week 16 has a whole lot at stake for the Texans (and other, lesser teams) in the American Football Conference playoff picture. NFL Communications shines a light in the darkness.

CLINCHED:
New England – AFC East
Denver – AFC West
Houston – AFC South
Baltimore – playoff spot

HOUSTON TEXANS (vs. Minnesota)

Houston clinches a first-round bye with:

1) HOU win or tie OR
2) NE loss or tie OR
3) DEN loss

Houston clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1) HOU win OR
2) HOU tie + DEN loss or tie OR
3) NE loss or tie + DEN loss

DENVER BRONCOS (vs. Cleveland)

Denver clinches a first-round bye with:
1) DEN win + NE loss or tie OR
2) DEN tie + NE loss

BALTIMORE RAVENS (vs. NY Giants)

Baltimore clinches AFC North division with:
1) BAL win OR
2) BAL tie + CIN loss or tie

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (at Kansas City)

Indianapolis clinches a playoff spot with:
1) IND win or tie OR
2) IND clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over CIN OR
3) PIT loss or tie

CINCINNATI BENGALS (at Pittsburgh)

Cincinnati clinches a playoff spot with:
1) CIN win