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NFL Week 18 playoff scenarios: Steelers eyeing Bills, Jaguars games

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The Houston Texans clinched at least a wild-card berth and the Pittsburgh Steelers beefed up their playoff chances with their respective wins on Saturday. But both teams are still among those yet to have postseason scenarios decided.

Four postseason bids and four division titles remain unclaimed as the NFL enters play Sunday. Below is a glimpse at all the scenarios for every team with playoff life remaining.

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AFC

Clinched

Up for grabs

Pittsburgh Steelers (10-7, won vs. Ravens on Saturday)

Pittsburgh clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Bills loss OR
  2. Jaguars loss or tie

Buffalo Bills (10-6) at Miami (11-5); Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC​

Buffalo clinches AFC East division title with:

  1. Bills win

Buffalo clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Bills tie OR
  2. Jaguars loss or tie

Houston Texans (10-7, won at Colts on Saturday)

Houston clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. Jaguars loss or tie

Jacksonville Jaguars (9-7) at Tennessee (5-11); Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Jacksonville clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. Jaguars win

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

Miami clinches AFC East division title with:

  1. Dolphins win or tie

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NFC

Clinched

Up for grabs

Atlanta Falcons (7-9) at New Orleans (8-8); Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Atlanta clinches NFC South division title with:

  1. Falcons win + Buccaneers loss

Dallas Cowboys (11-5) at Washington (4-12); Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX

Dallas clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. Cowboys win OR
  2. Cowboys tie + Eagles tie OR
  3. Eagles loss

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

Green Bay clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Packers win OR
  2. Packers tie + Seahawks loss or tie + Saints loss or tie OR
  3. Packers tie + Seahawks loss + Buccaneers loss OR
  4. Packers tie + Seahawks tie + Buccaneers loss or tie OR
  5. Vikings loss or tie + Seahawks loss + Buccaneers loss OR
  6. Vikings loss or tie + Seahawks loss + Saints loss

GO DEEPER

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Minnesota Vikings (7-9) at Detroit (11-5); Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

Minnesota clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Vikings win + Packers loss + Seahawks loss + Buccaneers loss OR
  2. Vikings win + Packers loss + Seahawks loss + Saints loss

New Orleans Saints (8-8) vs. Atlanta (7-9); Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

New Orleans clinches NFC South division title with:

  1. Saints win + Buccaneers loss or tie OR
  2. Saints tie + Buccaneers loss

New Orleans clinches playoff berth with:

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

Philadelphia Eagles (11-5) at N.Y. Giants (5-11); Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

Philadelphia clinches 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 p.m. ET, FOX

Seattle clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Seahawks win + Packers loss or tie OR
  2. Seahawks tie + Packers loss + Buccaneers loss or tie OR
  3. Seahawks tie + Packers loss + Saints loss or tie

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8) at Carolina (2-14); Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

Tampa Bay clinches NFC South division title with:

  1. Buccaneers win OR
  2. Buccaneers tie + Saints loss or tie

Tampa Bay clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Buccaneers tie + Seahawks loss + Packers loss or tie

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