Technically, heading into Week 15, The Atlanta Falcons at 4-9 are not eliminated from playoff contention. However, the Dirty Birds will have to win out, convincingly and every team ahead of them will have to collapse mightily in the final three weeks of the 2018 campaign.

Here are the updated playoff scenarios heading into the Thursday night game between the Chargers and Chiefs.


Kansas City Chiefs (clinched playoff berth)

(vs. Chargers)

— Chiefs clinch AFC West and first-round bye in playoffs with:

  1. Chiefs win

— Chiefs clinch No. 1 seed in AFC playoffs with:

  1. Chiefs win + Patriots loss/tie

New England Patriots

(at Steelers)

— Patriots clinch AFC East title with:

  1. Patriots win + Dolphins loss/tie OR
  2. Patriots tie + Dolphins loss

Houston Texans

(at Jets)

— Texans clinch AFC South title with:

  1. Texans win + Colts loss/tie + Titans loss/tie OR
  2. Texans tie + Colts loss + Titans loss

Los Angeles Chargers

(at Chiefs)

— Chargers clinch at least No. 5 seed in AFC playoffs with:

  1. Chargers win


New Orleans Saints (clinched NFC South)

(at Panthers)

— Saints can clinch first-round bye in playoffs with:

  1. Saints win + Bears loss/tie OR
  2. Saints tie + Bears loss

Los Angeles Rams (clinched NFC West)

(vs. Eagles)

— Rams can clinch a first-round bye in playoffs with:

  1. Rams win + Bears loss/tie OR
  2. Rams tie + Bears loss

Chicago Bears

(vs. Packers)

— Bears clinch NFC North title with:

  1. Bears win

Dallas Cowboys

(at Colts)

— Cowboys win NFC East title with:

  1. Cowboys win OR
  2. Cowboys tie + Eagles loss/tie + Redskins loss/tie OR
  3. Eagles loss + Redskins loss

Seattle Seahawks

(at 49ers)

— Seahawks clinch playoff berth with:

  1. Seahawks win

— Seahawks clinch No. 5 seed in NFC playoffs with:

  1. Seahawks win + Vikings loss

NFL Playoff Picture

1. Kansas City Chiefs (11-2)
3. New England Patriots (9-4)
4. Houston Texans (9-4)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5-1)
5. Los Angeles Chargers (10-3)
6. Baltimore Ravens (7-6)

In the hunt:
Miami Dolphins (7-6)
Indianapolis Colts (7-6)
Tennessee Titans (7-6)
Denver Broncos (6-7)
Cleveland Browns (5-7-1)
Cincinnati Bengals (5-8)

1. New Orleans Saints (11-2)
2. Los Angeles Rams (11-2)
3. Chicago Bears (9-4)
4. Dallas Cowboys (8-5)
5. Seattle Seahawks (8-5)
6. Minnesota Vikings (6-6-1)

In the hunt:
Carolina Panthers (6-7)
Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)
Washington Redskins (6-7)
Green Bay Packers (5-7-1)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-8)
New York Giants (5-8)
Detroit Lions (5-8)
Atlanta Falcons (4-9)

The Falcons aren’t eliminated from the playoffs. However, they need a lot of help. Photo by: Ryan-Ashley Harris/The Atlanta Voice

Itoro Umontuen currently serves as Managing Editor of The Atlanta Voice. Upon his arrival to the historic publication, he served as their Director of Photography. As a mixed-media journalist, Umontuen...

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