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2023 NFL Playoffs Scenarios Unveiled: Decoding AFC and NFC through Week 16

Hurts looking to take the Eagles back to the Super Bowl. Photo: @ESPNNFL
Hurts looking to take the Eagles back to the Super Bowl. Photo: @ESPNNFL

As the NFL regular season charges towards its climax, the playoff scenarios are becoming more apparent, with several teams on the verge of clinching coveted berths and division titles. Here's a breakdown of the playoff picture in both the AFC and NFC after Week 16.

AFC Playoff Scenarios:


1. Baltimore Ravens (11-3): Secured a playoff berth.

Key Matchup:

- Baltimore Ravens (11-3) at San Francisco 49ers (11-3); Christmas (Monday), 8:15 p.m. ET, ABC

Clinching Scenarios:

- Baltimore clinches AFC North division title with a BAL win + CLE loss or tie OR BAL tie + CLE loss.

Other AFC Contenders:

2. Cleveland Browns (9-5): Various scenarios for a playoff berth.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-5): Can clinch playoff berth and AFC West division title with a win or tie + DEN loss.

4. Miami Dolphins (10-4): Aiming for AFC East division title with specific win and tie scenarios.

NFC Playoff Scenarios:


1. San Francisco 49ers (11-3): Secured NFC West division title.

2. Dallas Cowboys (10-4): Clinched a playoff berth.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4): Secured a playoff berth.

Key Matchup:

- Detroit Lions (10-4) at Minnesota Vikings (7-7); Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

Clinching Scenarios:

- Detroit clinches the NFC North division title with a win or tie.

Other NFC Contenders:

- The Detroit Lions (10-4) and San Francisco 49ers (11-3) have critical matchups affecting their playoff positions.

As teams gear up for intense clashes in the coming weeks, every play becomes pivotal in determining their postseason fate. The battle for playoff berths and division titles intensifies, setting the stage for a thrilling conclusion to the regular season. Stay tuned as the drama unfolds on the road to the 2023 NFL Playoffs!

This is Dez Barnes of Pretty Girls Love Sports, a journalist on the MTMV Sports platform. She is a retired US Army veteran, professional cheerleader, pet mom, and avid sports lover. Feel free to follow her writings as she dives into the latest sports news! You can find her on all social media channels @PGLOVESPORTS.


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