NFL Week 17 preview: It's playoffs or bust for several teams in last game of 2020 season

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There is one more game left in the 2020 NFL regular season and yet there is so much still to be decided.

Two division titles still need to be determined – the AFC South and the NFC East. Four AFC playoff spots have yet to be solidified, and three NFC playoff spots still hang in the balance.

The NFC still needs to determine which team will get the coveted first-round bye and home field advantage through the playoffs.

Read below for the playoff scenarios and the schedule for Week 17.




Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski watches late during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Cleveland. The Ravens won 47-42. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BROWNS: The Browns are dealing with more COVID-19 issues that could hamper their matchup against the Steelers on Sunday. The Browns need a win and they will clinch a playoff berth. The Browns could also clinch with a Colts loss or a Titans loss combined with a Dolphins win or tie or a Ravens win or tie. Should the Browns tie against the Steelers, Cleveland can still get in with a Ravens loss, a Dolphins loss, a Titans loss, a Colts tie or a Titans tie combined with a Ravens win and Dolphins win.

COLTS: The Colts are going to need some extra help when it comes to getting into the playoffs but it starts with a win. Indianapolis needs a win against the Jaguars along with a Ravens loss or tie or a Browns loss or tie or a Dolphins loss or tie. The Colts could also tie and get into the playoffs. A tie along with a Ravens loss or a Browns loss or a Dolphins loss gets them in. The Colts could win the AFC South with a win and a Titans loss or tie or a tie and a Titans loss.

DOLPHINS: The Dolphins need to beat the Bills to get into the playoffs. If they don’t, the team could still get in with a Ravens, Browns or Colts loss. The Dolphins could tie but would need a Ravens, Browns or Colts tie or a Titans loss to still have a spot in the playoffs.

RAVENS: A Ravens win over the Bengals will get them into the playoffs. Should they lose, a Browns or Colts loss would get them in. Should Baltimore tie, the Ravens would need a Dolphins, Titans or Browns loss or a Colts tie to help them in.

TITANS: A Titans win over the Texans gets the team into the playoffs and a division title. They also get in with a Colts loss or if they tie and the Colts tie. The team can get into the playoffs without needing a win if the Ravens or Dolphins lose or the Titans tie and the Browns, Dolphins or Ravens tie.

BEARS: If the season ended last week, the Bears would be in. But it comes down to Week 17. The Bears need to win and they are in. But they can also get in with a Cardinals loss or a tie against the Packers and a Cardinals tie.

CARDINALS: The Cardinals need to beat the Rams or tie with the Rams and the Bears tie with the Packers to get into the playoffs

COWBOYS: The Cowboys are still in the mix for an NFC East title somehow. The Cowboys need to beat the Giants and Washington needs to lose or tie or the Cowboys can tie and Washington loses for the team to win the division and make the playoffs.

GIANTS: For the Giants, if they beat the Cowboys and Washington loses the team is in the postseason.

RAMS: The Rams get into the postseason with a win or tie against the Cardinals or a Bears loss or tie to the Packers.

PACKERS: The Packers can clinch a first-round bye with a win or tie against the Bears or a Seahawks loss or tie.

SAINTS: The Saints can clinch a first-round bye with a win, a Packers loss and a Seahawks win.

SEAHAWKS: Seattle gets a first-round bye if it beats the 49ers, the Packers lose and the Saints lose or tie.

WASHINGTON: A win for Washington gives it the NFC East crown. But should the team tie against the Eagles, it would need a Cowboys loss or tie to still limp in.



Here’s the final slate of Week 17 games

1 PM (ET)

Bills vs. Dolphins (CBS)

Bengals vs. Ravens (CBS)

Browns vs. Steelers (CBS)

Lions vs. Vikings (FOX)

Patriots vs. Jets (CBS)

Giants vs. Cowboys (FOX)

Buccaneers vs. Falcons (FOX)

4:25 PM (ET)

Bears vs. Packers (FOX)

Broncos vs. Raiders (CBS)

Colts vs. Jaguars (CBS)

Chiefs vs. Chargers (FOX)

Rams vs. Cardinals (CBS)

49ers vs. Seahawks (FOX)

Panthers vs. Saints (FOX)

Texans vs. Titans (CBS)

8:20 PM (ET)

Eagles vs. Washington (NBC)

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