NFL Playoff Bracket: Which Teams Can Make the Postseason in Week 15?

Tanya Simon
December 16, 2019

Kansas City is 9-4 and has already booked a playoff berth after securing a fourth consecutive AFC West title in Week 14, while the 10-3 Patriots are on a two-game losing streak but will clinch a postseason spot as long as they avoid defeat in Cincinnati. It would be a triumphant turnaround for Pittsburgh, which started 1-4 before winning seven of its next nine games with another victory on the line in Week 15 for Sunday Night Football.

Using the New York Times playoff simulator, here is a look at what needs to happen in Week 15 and the scenarios following Week 15 the Browns need to happen to improve their playoff hopes.

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The Bills are just the 4th AFC team to clinch a playoff spot as of week 15, following the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs.

A win in Seattle and a loss or a draw against Rams or a loss against Vikings or a loss against Packers and a draw against Vikings give the Seahawks a chance.

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That punched the Patriots' postseason card for the 11th straight season. Technically, the Chiefs could win out and claim the top seed if the Ravens and Patriots both lose out, as they would hold a head-to-head tiebreaker over Baltimore.

In order to win the AFC South, the Titans must win the next two games and have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Texans next Saturday.

In addition to the six teams now in playoff positions (Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers), four additional teams still have a shot, (Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders).

As for the other teams in the division, the Indianapolis Colts (6-7) still have the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars on the schedule, and will be eliminated with a loss, or a tie and a Pittsburgh Steelers win or tie.

Entering Sunday, three teams had clinched playoff bids for the 2019 season. But whether it is the fifth or sixth seed - their only two possibilities at this point - the Steelers should only need one more win to guarantee their place in the postseason.

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