The 2019 NFL regular season is officially coming to an end, which means it’s almost time for the Road to Super Bowl 54 in Miami to officially begin. With all 32 teams in action for the final time in Week 17, there are still plenty of seeding question marks left to be answered. A quick look at the 2019 playoff picture heading into the final week of the regular season.
All of the AFC’s divisional winners are officially set on the road to Super Bowl 54, but the final wild card spot is still up for grabs — with the Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers all still in the hunt.
Tennessee can clinch a playoff berth with:
1.) TEN win OR
2.) TEN tie + PIT loss or tie OR
3.) PIT loss + IND loss or tie
Oakland can clinch a playoff berth with:
1.) OAK win + PIT loss + TEN loss + IND win + OAK clinches strength-of-victory tiebreaker over PIT*
*OAK can clinch strength-of-victory tiebreaker over PIT if ONE of the following teams win or tie: CHI, DET, LAC OR NE
Pittsburgh can clinch a playoff berth with:
1.) PIT win + TEN loss or tie OR
2.) PIT tie + TEN loss OR
3.) TEN loss + IND win + OAK loss or tie OR
4.) TEN loss + IND win + PIT ties OAK in strength-of-victory tiebreaker*
*PIT can tie OAK in strength-of-victory tiebreaker if ALL of the following teams win: MIN, GB, KC AND MIA
All of the NFC’s playoff spots have been solidified, with, like the AFC, the seeding left in play for Week 17. The final dominoes, however, are the NFC East and West.
The Philadelphia Eagles control their own destiny — win on Sunday against the Giants, and they’re secured on the path to the Super Bowl. However, a loss opens the door for the rival Dallas Cowboys, who can secure the final playoff spot with a win and a Philadelphia loss.
There are also a handful of teams still in the hunt for a first-round bye, including the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers.
Green Bay can clinch a first-round bye with:
1.) GB win OR
2.) NO loss OR
3.) GB tie + SF loss OR
4.) GB tie + NO tie
New Orleans can clinch a first-round bye with:
1.) NO win + GB loss or tie OR
2.) NO win + SF loss or tie OR
3.) NO tie + GB loss OR
4.) NO tie + SF loss OR
5.) SF loss + GB win or tie
San Francisco can clinch a first-round bye with:
1.) SF win OR
2.) SF tie + GB loss or tie OR
3.) SF tie + NO loss or tie