|Notes and assumptions:|
AFC Division Tiebreakers after Week 16:
- No possibility of further tie games.
- Tiebreaker winners are as they would be if the teams were tied at the end of the season, NOT as if the season ended right now. (Example: MIA currently has the tiebreaker on NYJ, but MIA and NYJ can only be tied if NYJ beats MIA next week, which would negate MIA's head-to-head tiebreaker.)
- Tiebreakers that don't affect playoff berths or seeding are ignored.
- Division ties are broken first. (Example: If MIA, NYJ, BAL, and SD all
finish 8-8, break the MIA-NYJ tie first. Then apply the tiebreaker
between BAL, SD, and the MIA-NYJ winner.)
- If three or more teams are tied, apply that tiebreaker, not the two-team tiebreaker.
- Strength of victory is the combined winning percentage (essentially, the number of wins) of the teams a team has beaten. It has nothing to do with point totals.
- Clinched divisions: NE, CIN, IND, DEN.
- Clinched bye: DEN.
- Clinched #5 seed: KC.
- Alive for #6 seed: MIA, BAL, PIT, SD. Note that none of these teams are win-and-in; SD and PIT are eliminated if either MIA or BAL wins, and which of MIA or BAL makes the playoffs at 9-7 is dependent on whether SD wins. If everyone loses, BAL makes the playoffs.
- Eliminated, but still affecting tiebreakers: NYJ.
- Also eliminated: HOU, JAX, BUF, CLE, OAK, TEN.
- The complete tiebreaker rules are here.
AFC Wild Card and Seeding Tiebreakers after Week 16:
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