With just two weeks left in the 2022 NFL regular season, the playoff picture is shaping up. More teams have claimed their spots in the NFC and AFC. However, the race to the playoffs continues as top teams in both conferences are still looking to lock in their spots for the postseason and have a chance to do so in Week 17.
In the AFC, the Buffalo Bills look to clinch home-field advantage and a first-round bye with a win against the Cincinnati Bengals, who are hoping to claim the AFC North division title.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have entered the NFC playoff race and can clinch the NFC South with a win. The New York Giants are still hoping to grab a playoff spot, and the Philadelphia Eagles look to finish off their near-perfect regular season with home-field advantage.
Here are the playoff-clinching scenarios for Week 17 as teams try to reach Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The playoffs begin Jan. 14, with 14 teams making the field, seven from each conference.
NFL playoff matchups as it stands now
Teams that have clinched postseason berths: Bills (East), Chiefs (West), Bengals, Ravens, Chargers
Teams that have clinched postseason berths: Eagles, Cowboys, 49ers (West), Vikings (North)
Week 17 AFC playoff-clinching scenarios
Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals (11-4) | Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC
Buffalo clinches home-field advantage and the AFC’s lone first-round bye with:
Opponent: Buffalo Bills (12-3) | Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC
Cincinnati clinches the AFC North with:
Opponent: New England Patriots (7-8) | Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Miami clinches playoff berth with:
Week 17 NFC playoff-clinching scenarios
Opponent: Indianapolis Colts (4-10-1) | Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Giants clinch playoff berth with:
NEW win OR
NYG tie + SEA loss or tie + WSH loss or tie OR
NYG tie + SEA loss or tie + DET loss or tie OR
NYG tie + WSH loss or tie + DET loss or tie + GB loss or tie OR
SEA loss + WSH loss OR
SEA loss + DET loss + GB loss or tie OR
WSH loss + DET loss + GB loss
Opponent: New Orleans Saints (6-9), | Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Philadelphia clinches the NFC East with:
PHI win or tie OR
DAL loss or tie
Philadelphia clinches home-field advantage and the NFC’s lone first-round bye with:
Opponent: Carolina Panthers (6-9) | Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Tampa Bay clinches the NFC South with:
Opponent: Cleveland Browns (6-9) | Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Washington clinches playoff berth with: