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How the Buffalo Bills can clinch a playoff spot in Week 15

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The NFL announced the following scenario for the Buffalo Bills to clinch their second playoff berth in three seasons. Here's what needs to happen.

BUFFALO BILLS (9-4) (at Pittsburgh (8-5), Sunday, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Buffalo clinches playoff berth with:

  1. BUF win

Here are the other possible clinching scenarios for the AFC teams.

AFC

CLINCHED: 

Baltimore Ravens – playoff berth 

Kansas City Chiefs – AFC West Division

BALTIMORE RAVENS (11-2) (vs. N.Y. Jets (5-8), Thursday, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon)

Baltimore clinches AFC North division title with:

  1.  BAL win or tie OR
  2.  PIT loss or tie

Baltimore clinches a first-round bye with:

  1.    BAL win + NE loss OR
  2.    BAL win + KC loss or tie OR
  3.   BAL tie + KC loss

Baltimore clinches homefield advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

1)    BAL win + NE loss + KC loss or tie

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-3) (at Cincinnati (1-12), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

New England clinches playoff berth with:

  1. NE win or tie

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