With three weeks remaining in the 2015 regular season, 25 teams are still in contention for postseason play, and 16 of those teams are within one game of a playoff spot. Three teams have already clinched a postseason appearance.
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The Carolina Panthers have won the NFC South and earned a first-round bye. Carolina can guarantee home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a Week 15 win and an Arizona Cardinals loss or tie. The Panthers can also earn home-field advantage if they tie and the Cardinals lose.
The New England Patriots have won the AFC East and can secure a first-round bye with a win and a Denver Broncos loss, or with the combination of a win, a Cincinnati Bengals loss and a Broncos tie.
The Arizona Cardinals are guaranteed at least a playoff berth and can clinch the NFC West division title with a win or a tie. They can win the division with a Seattle loss or tie, or if the Bengals and the New Orleans Saints both win and the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers both lose.
In the AFC, Cincinnati and Denver can clinch playoff births in Week 15. The Bengals are in with a victory, but they can also lock up their spot if the New York Jets or the Kansas City Chiefs lose.
Denver can clinch a playoff berth with a win, or if they tie and the Jets lose. The Broncos will win the AFC West division title with a victory and a Chiefs loss or tie, or if they tie and the Chiefs lose.
In the NFC, the Green Bay Packers can earn a playoff berth with a win. They also clinch if either the Washington Redskins or the New York Giants lose or tie.
The defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings can also lock up postseason spots in Week 15 if they win or tie their games.
If Seattle wins and either the Giants or the Redskins lose or tie, the Seahawks are in. They can also get in if the Atlanta Falcons lose or tie and Minnesota loses and Green Bay wins or ties. If the Seahawks tie, they would need a Falcons loss or tie and one of the following:
Minnesota clinches a spot with a win and if a Redskins or Giants loss or tie is combined with a Falcons or Seahawks loss or tie. If the Vikings tie, they need the Falcons to lose or tie along with one of the following: