|Notes and assumptions:|
AFC Division Tiebreakers after Week 16:
- No possibility of further tie games (CIN is excluded from the table).
- 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: KC and SD can only finish tied if KC beats SD next week.)
- Tiebreakers that don't affect playoff berths or seeding are ignored. (Example: If BUF and IND both finish 10-6, IND wins the AFC South, but BUF doesn't win the AFC East.)
- Division ties are broken first. (Example: If BAL, SD, and KC all
finish 9-7, break the SD-KC tie first. Then apply the tiebreaker
between BAL and the SD-KC 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.
- Locked berths: none.
- Clinched division and #1 seed: NE.
- Clinched divisions: IND, DEN.
- Clinched berths: PIT, CIN.
- Eliminated: NYJ, TEN, JAX, OAK, CLE, MIA, BUF.
- Eliminated from division: HOU, SD, KC, BAL.
- The complete tiebreaker rules are here.
AFC Wild Card and Seeding Tiebreakers after Week 16:
|PIT-DEN||11-5||DEN||strength of victory|
|MIA-BAL-KC||9-7||KC||BAL eliminated on conference record;|
|BAL-HOU-SD||9-7||HOU||BAL eliminated on head-to-head;|
|PIT-IND-DEN||11-5||DEN||IND eliminated on head-to-head;|
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