2023 NFL playoffs: Week 18 clinching scenarios for AFC and NFC contenders

Originally posted on CBS Sports  |  Last updated 1/4/23

After 17 weeks of football, the 2022 NFL season comes down to this. So which teams are officially still fighting for playoff spots as we approach Week 18? And how do each of them actually clinch a trip to the postseason? We’re so glad you asked. Below you’ll find an updated rundown of all the latest clinching scenarios for the remaining open playoff spots:

One more thing: The AFC scenarios are subject to change with the NFL postponing the Bills and Bengals game Monday night following the on-field collapse of Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin. Focused on Hamlin’s health, the league has not yet made a decision about the Bills-Bengals matchup as of Wednesday evening. Scenarios will change based on if the game is continued or cancelled altogether. The scenarios below assume the Bills and Bengals will resume their showdown.


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