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2023-24 NFL Playoffs Scenarios and Bracket for Week 18: Bills, Steelers clinch berths after Jaguars loss

2023-24 NFL Playoffs Scenarios and Bracket for Week 18: Bills, Steelers clinch berths after Jaguars loss

The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday to start some domino games in the AFC playoffs. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills clinched playoff spots with the Jags' loss. This also gave the Houston Texans the AFC South title.

Additionally, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers punched their ticket to the postseason, winning the NFC South with a slugfest over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Here's a look at all the scenarios for each team with the playoffs remaining.

Follow here for live updates from NFL Week 18 and here for live updates on Buffalo Bills vs Miami Dolphins.

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  • Baltimore Ravens (13-4) – AFC North Division title, No. 1 seed, first-round bye and home court advantage
  • Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) – West Asia League title
  • Houston Texans (10-7) – South Asian League title
  • Cleveland Browns (11-5) – Qualifying berth
  • Miami Dolphins (11-5) – Qualifying berth
  • Buffalo Bills (10-6) – Qualifying berth
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (10-7) – Qualifying berth

Expected arc

  1. Crows
  2. Dolphins or bills
  3. Heads
  4. Texas
  5. Browns
  6. Bills, Dolphins or Steelers
  7. Steelers or Bills

Up for grabs

Buffalo Bills (10-6) at Miami (11-5); Sunday, 8:20 PM ET, NBC

Buffalo clinches the East AFC League title with:

  1. Bills win

Miami Dolphins (11-5) vs. Buffalo (10-6); Sunday, 8:20 PM ET, NBC

Miami wins the East Asian League title with:

  1. Dolphins win or draw

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Expected arc

  1. 49ers
  2. Cowboys, eagles or lions
  3. Cowboys, eagles or lions
  4. Pirates
  5. Cowboys or Eagles
  6. Rams or Packers
  7. Packers, Rams, Saints or Seahawks
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Up for grabs

Dallas Cowboys (11-5) And in Washington (4-12); Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, Fox

Dallas clinch the NFC East title with:

  1. Cowboys win or
  2. Cowboy Tie + Eagles Tie or
  3. Eagles loss

Green Bay Packers (8-8) vs. Chicago (7-9); Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, on CBS

Green Bay clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Packers win

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New Orleans Saints (9-8, beat Falcons on Sunday)

New Orleans qualifies for the playoffs with:

  1. Saints win + Seahawks loss or tie + Packers loss or tie

Philadelphia Eagles (11-5) at New York Giants (5-11); Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, on CBS

Philadelphia wins NFC East division title with:

  1. Eagles win + Cowboys loss or tie or
  2. Eagles tie + Cowboys loss

Seattle Seahawks (8-8) at Arizona (4-12); Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, Fox

Seattle clinches its spot in the playoffs with:

  1. Seahawks win + Packers loss or tie

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