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The race to the playoffs comes all the way down to this.

The NFL is coming into the ultimate week of the common season and 9 groups have already clinched their spot within the postseason. With only one sport left on the schedule and 5 spots remaining, followers can anticipate to see among the most enjoyable soccer of the 12 months.

Houston Texans operating again Dameon Pierce (31) celebrates a kickoff return for a landing in opposition to the Cleveland Browns at NRG Stadium in Houston on Dec. 24, 2023. (Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Photographs)

Among the many situations heading into the weekend, the Buffalo Payments have one of many extra attention-grabbing breakdowns. 

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A win in opposition to the Miami Dolphins would assure the Payments the division title and the No. 2 seed within the playoffs. And not using a win, Buffalo might additionally advance with a loss or tie by the Pittsburgh Steelers, a loss or tie by the Jacksonville Jaguars, or a tie between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts. 

Curiously, there’s a situation (an advanced one) that would see Buffalo go in the wrong way.

If Pittsburgh had been to tug off a victory over the top-seed Baltimore Ravens, and the Jaguars defeated the Titans, and the Texans-Colts sport led to something however a tie, and the Payments fell quick on Sunday, Buffalo’s season would come to an finish.

Buffalo Payments quarterback Josh Allen (17) celebrates with teammates after scoring in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys throughout the second quarter, Dec. 17, 2023, in Orchard Park, New York. (AP Picture/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

All 4 issues would want to occur for this consequence, however nothing is assured.

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The Payments have had an up-and-down season. Coming into the bye week, the Payments held a 6-6 file and their hopes of reaching the playoffs had been in query. However after returning to the sphere, Buffalo pulled forward, profitable 4 straight.

“I actually suppose it’s nearly our gamers persevering with to develop each week,” head coach Sean McDermott instructed reporters Monday after a win over the New England Patriots on Sunday. 

“Our coaches have completed an exceptional job of engaged on issues with them, creating gamers on the particular person degree after which on the unit degree as properly. I actually consider that the gamers have taken on that problem head-on, they usually’ve come collectively and shaped an id as a soccer staff. I’ve simply been very impressed by that over the previous few weeks particularly.”

A number of different groups face comparable conditions with only one sport left. Learn beneath to see which groups are sitting comfortably, which shall be ready on the ultimate whistle, and which groups must watch the playoffs from dwelling, per the NFL.

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MOVING ON

AFC

Lamar Jackson slaps hands

Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens high-fives a fan at halftime of the sport in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, California, on Dec. 25, 2023. (Loren Elliott/Getty Photographs)

1. Baltimore Ravens

Document: 13-3, AFC North division title

2. Miami Dolphins

Document: 11-5, 1st in AFC East

3. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 

Document: 10-6, AFC West division title

4. Cleveland Browns 

Document: 11-5, 2nd in AFC North

NFC

Christian McCaffrey vs Cardinals

Christian McCaffrey of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after scoring a dashing landing throughout the second quarter in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals, Dec. 17, 2023, in Glendale, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Photographs)

1. San Francisco 49ers 

Document: 12-4, NFC West division title

2. Dallas Cowboys

Document: 11-5, 1st in NFC East

3. Detroit Lions

Document: 11-5, NFC North division title

4. Philadelphia Eagles

Document: 11-5, 2nd in NFC East

5. Los Angeles Rams 

Document: 9-7, 2nd in NFC West

IN THE HUNT

AFC

Case Keenum hands ball off

Case Keenum (18) of the Houston Texans palms the ball off to Devin Singletary throughout the second half, Dec. 17, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Justin Ford/Getty Photographs)

Houston Texans clinch AFC South division title with:

1. HOU win + JAX loss or tie

Houston clinches playoff berth with:

1. HOU win OR

2. HOU tie + JAX loss + PIT loss or tie

Indianapolis Colts clinch AFC South division title with:

1. IND win + JAX loss or tie OR

2. IND tie + JAX loss

Indianapolis clinches playoff berth with:

1. IND win OR

2. IND tie + PIT loss or tie

Jacksonville Jaguars clinch AFC South division title with:

1. JAX win OR

2. JAX tie + HOU-IND tie

Jacksonville clinches playoff berth with:

1. JAX tie + PIT loss or tie OR

2. PIT loss + DEN loss or tie + HOU-IND doesn’t finish in tie

Pittsburgh Steelers clinch playoff berth with:

1. PIT win + BUF loss OR

2. PIT win + JAX loss or tie OR

3. PIT win + HOU-IND tie OR

4. PIT tie + JAX loss + HOU-IND doesn’t finish in tie OR

5. JAX loss + DEN win + HOU-IND doesn’t finish in tie

NFC

Tyler Allgeier takes the ball

Taylor Heinicke (4) of the Atlanta Falcons palms the ball off to Tyler Allgeier throughout the second quarter in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts, Dec. 24, 2023, in Atlanta. (Todd Kirkland/Getty Photographs)

Atlanta Falcons clinch NFC South division title with:

1. ATL win + TB loss

Inexperienced Bay Packers clinch playoff berth with:

1. GB win OR

2. GB tie + SEA loss or tie + NO loss or tie OR

3. GB tie + SEA loss + TB loss OR

4. GB tie + SEA tie + TB loss or tie OR

5. MIN loss or tie + SEA loss + TB loss OR

6. MIN loss or tie + SEA loss + NO loss

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Minnesota Vikings clinch playoff berth with:

1. MIN win + GB loss + SEA loss + TB loss OR

2. MIN win + GB loss + SEA loss + NO loss

New Orleans Saints clinch NFC South division title with:

1. NO win + TB loss or tie OR

2. NO tie + TB loss

New Orleans clinches playoff berth with:

1. NO win + SEA loss or tie + GB loss or tie OR

2. NO tie + SEA loss + GB loss

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Seattle Seahawks clinch playoff berth with:

1. SEA win + GB loss or tie OR

2. SEA tie + GB loss + TB loss or tie OR

3. SEA tie + GB loss + NO loss or tie 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers clinch NFC South division title with:

1. TB win OR

2. TB tie + NO loss or tie

Tampa Bay clinches playoff berth with:

1. TB tie + SEA loss + GB loss or tie

Week 18 kicks off with the Ravens internet hosting the Steelers on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET and closes out with the Payments in Miami on Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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