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NFL Week 16 playoff scenarios: Nearly everyone still has postseason chances

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs can clinch the AFC West title or a playoff spot in Week 16. (Ashley Landis/AP)

Twenty-seven teams entered Week 16 still alive in the NFL playoff race, which ties the record for most teams in contention with only three weeks to play (1982, 1995 and 2004 were the other years). Here’s a look at where things stand.

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NFC

1. Green Bay Packers (12-3)

— The Packers have clinched the NFC North.

2. Dallas Cowboys (10-4, NFC East leader, hold tiebreaker over Los Angeles and Tampa Bay because of better conference record)

— The Cowboys will clinch the NFC East with a win or tie against Washington, or an Eagles loss/tie, or at least 1.5 wins from the Vikings, Falcons, Patriots, Jaguars, Raiders and Chargers.

— The Cowboys clinched a playoff berth with the 49ers’ loss to the Titans on Thursday night.

3. Los Angeles Rams (10-4, NFC West leader, hold tiebreaker over Tampa Bay because of head-to-head victory)

— The Rams will clinch a playoff berth with a win or tie against the Vikings, or an Eagles loss/tie plus a Saints loss/tie.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-4, NFC South leader)

— The Bucs will clinch the NFC South with a win or tie against the Panthers, or a Saints loss/tie.

— The Bucs will clinch a playoff berth with a Vikings loss/tie plus an Eagles loss/tie, or a Vikings loss/tie plus a Cowboys win/tie.

5. Arizona Cardinals (10-5)

— The Cardinals will clinch a playoff berth with a Vikings loss/tie, or an Eagles win/tie, or a Saints loss/tie.

6. San Francisco 49ers (8-7)

7. Minnesota Vikings (7-7, hold tiebreaker over Eagles because of record in common games, hold tiebreaker over Saints because of conference record)

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8. Philadelphia Eagles (7-7, hold tiebreaker over Saints because of head-to-head victory)

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9. New Orleans Saints (7-7)

10. Washington Football Team (6-8, hold tiebreaker over Falcons because of head-to-head victory)

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Facing elimination

11. Atlanta Falcons (6-8)

— The Falcons will be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to the Lions plus a Vikings win, or a loss plus an Eagles win, or a loss plus an Eagles tie plus a Washington win.

12. Carolina Panthers (5-9, hold tiebreaker over Seahawks because of better conference record)

— The Panthers will be eliminated from playoff contention most easily with a loss to the Bucs, though there are other elimination scenarios involving a Panthers tie and/or wins by other teams.

13. Seattle Seahawks (5-9)

— The Seahawks will be eliminated from playoff contention most easily with a loss to the Bears, though there are other elimination scenarios involving a Seahawks tie and/or wins by other teams.

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14. New York Giants (4-10, hold tiebreaker over Bears because of better conference record)

— The Giants will be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss or tie against the Eagles, or a Vikings win/tie, or a Saints win/tie, or a Falcons win/tie, or a Washington win/tie.

Eliminated: Chicago Bears (4-10), Detroit Lions (2-11-1)

AFC

1. Kansas City Chiefs (10-4, AFC West leader)

— The Chiefs will clinch the AFC West with a win over the Steelers plus a Chargers loss/tie, or a tie against the Steelers plus a Chargers loss.

— The Chiefs will clinch a playoff berth with a win, or a tie plus losses by either the Bengals, Ravens or Bills.

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2. Tennessee Titans (10-5, AFC South leader)

— The Titans will clinch a playoff berth with numerous combinations of losses or ties by other teams.

3. New England Patriots (9-5, AFC East leader)

— The Patriots will clinch the AFC East with a win over the Bills plus a Dolphins loss/tie.

— The Patriots will clinch a playoff berth with a win plus numerous other combinations of losses or ties by other teams.

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4. Cincinnati Bengals (8-6, AFC North leader, hold division tiebreaker over Ravens because of head-to-head victory)

5. Indianapolis Colts (9-6)

6. Los Angeles Chargers (8-6, hold tiebreaker over Bills and Ravens because of better conference record)

7. Buffalo Bills (8-6, hold tiebreaker over Ravens because of better record in common games)

In the hunt

8. Baltimore Ravens (8-6)

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6-1)

10. Las Vegas Raiders (7-7, hold tiebreaker over Dolphins and Broncos because of head-to-head sweep)

11. Miami Dolphins (7-7, hold tiebreaker over Broncos because of better conference record)

Facing elimination

12. Denver Broncos (7-7)

— The Broncos will be eliminated from playoff contention most easily with a loss to the Raiders, plus a plus a Bills win, plus a Chargers win.

13. Cleveland Browns (7-8)

— The Browns will be eliminated from playoff contention with wins by numerous other teams.

Eliminated: New York Jets (3-11), Houston Texans (3-11), Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12)

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Exclusive: An employee of Washington’s NFL team accused Snyder of asking for sex, groping her and attempting to remove her clothes, according to legal correspondence obtained by The Post. A team investigation concluded the woman was lying in an attempt to extort Snyder.

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