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NFL playoff scenarios: Bills on verge of AFC East title

Five more NFL teams will have a chance to wrap up a berth in the playoffs in Week 15 — some on their own, others with some help.

Thus far, the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers have clinched spots in the AFC, with the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints set in the NFC.

The Buffalo Bills (10-3) have a clear path to both the playoffs and a division title. A win over the Denver Broncos (5-8) would give them the AFC East championship, as would a Miami Dolphins loss or a Buffalo tie combined with a Miami tie.

Even with a loss, the Bills could seal a playoff spot with a loss by the Baltimore Ravens (8-5) to the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-12), or a Buffalo tie and Baltimore tie.

Other scenarios:

The Tennessee Titans (9-4) play the Detroit Lions (5-8) on Sunday and can clinch under the following scenarios: a win and a Baltimore loss; a win, plus a loss or tie by the Las Vegas Raiders and a Miami loss and a Cleveland Browns win or tie; or a win plus a Raiders loss or tie and a Miami loss, giving Tennessee or Cleveland the strength of victory tiebreaker over Miami.

The Los Angeles Rams (9-4) host the New York Jets (0-13) on Sunday. The Rams will earn a playoff berth with a win or tie, or a tie in the Chicago Bears-Minnesota Vikings game.

The Seattle Seahawks (at Washington, 6-7) will clinch with a win or tie, or a tie between the Bears and Vikings.

The Tampa Buccaneers (at Atlanta, 4-9) will earn a berth with a win and a tie between the Bears and Vikings.

Also, the Kansas City Chiefs (12-1) can clinch the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs with a win at the New Orleans Saints (10-3), combined with a loss by the Pittsburgh Steelers and a Bills’ loss or tie.

The Steelers (11-2) play Cincinnati (2-10-1) on Monday night and will clinch the AFC North title with a win, or a Cleveland loss, or if both the Steelers and Browns tie.

Should the Saints beat the Chiefs, they will claim the NFC South title. They also can win it with a Tampa Bay loss, or if both the Saints and Buccaneers tie.

The Packers already have won the NFC North.

–Field Level Media

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