This weekend could be the week that we see how the playoffs shape up.

Right now the Minnesota Vikings have to win every game and hope the Green Bay Packers lose against Detroit the last week and then Minnesota wins the division. The way it's looking GB will win the division and right now they are sitting in the number 2 spot for the playoffs. What does Minnesota have to do to get in the playoffs if the division spot doesn't pan out?

Here's some other interesting scenarios. With a 49er win over the Seahawks, the 49ers rise to #1 seed and Seattle falls to 5th. Baltimore can clinch home field, and there are some other stories that could unfold.

Here's what could happen this weekend in week 16 according to an NFL press release:



Baltimore Ravens – AFC North division

Kansas City Chiefs – AFC West division

Buffalo Bills – playoff berth

New England Patriots – playoff berth

BALTIMORE RAVENS (12-2) (at Cleveland (6-8), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Baltimore clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. BAL win or tie OR
  2. KC loss or tie OR
  3. NE loss

Baltimore clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

  1. BAL win OR
  2. BAL tie + NE loss or tie OR
  3. KC loss or tie + NE loss


NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (11-3) (vs. Buffalo (10-4), Saturday, 4:30 PM ET, NFL Network)

New England clinches AFC East division with:

  1. NE win or tie

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. NE win + KC loss or tie OR
  2. NE tie + KC loss


HOUSTON TEXANS (9-5) (at Tampa Bay (7-7), Saturday, 1:00 PM ET, NFL Network)

Houston clinches AFC South division with:

  1. HOU win OR
  2. HOU tie + TEN tie OR
  3. TEN loss

Houston clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. HOU tie + PIT tie OR
  2. PIT loss




New Orleans Saints – NFC South division

Green Bay Packers – playoff berth

San Francisco 49ers – playoff berth

Seattle Seahawks – playoff berth


GREEN BAY PACKERS (11-3) (at Minnesota (10-4), Monday, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN)

Green Bay clinches NFC North division with:

  1. GB win or tie


DALLAS COWBOYS (7-7) (at Philadelphia (7-7), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Dallas clinches NFC East division with:

  1. DAL win


MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-4) (vs. Green Bay (11-3), Monday, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN)

Minnesota clinches a playoff berth with:​

  1. MIN win or tie OR
  2. LAR loss or tie

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