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Ravens, AFC playoff scenarios for final week of regular season

The NFL has released a full list of playoff scenarios for the Ravens and the rest of the league heading into the final week of the regular season.

Here's a look at the potential scenarios in the AFC, starting with the Ravens (8-7) heading into their regular-season finale on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals (10-5) at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Ravens clinch a playoff berth if they win combined with a loss by the San Diego Chargers loss or tie to the Kansas City Chiefs or a Ravens win combined with a Miami Dolphins loss or tie to the New York Jets.

The Ravens also qualify with a tie against the Bengals combined with a Dolphins loss or a Chargers loss or tie.

The Ravens would also make the playoffs if they tie the Bengals combined with a Dolphins tie plus a Chargers loss or a Dolphins loss plus a Chargers loss plus a loss or tie by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Denver Broncos have already clinched the AFC West and a first-round bye.

The New England Patriots have already clinched the AFC East.

The Bengals have already clinched the AFC North.

The Indianapolis Colts have already clinched the AFC South.

And the Kansas City Chiefs have already clinched a playoff spot.

The Broncos clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win or a tie or a Patriots loss or tie.

The Patriots clinch a first-round bye with a win or tie or a Bengals loss or tie plus a Colts loss or tie.

The Patriots clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a Patriots win plus a Broncos loss.

The Bengals clinch a first-round bye with a win over the Ravens plus a Patriots loss.

The Colts clinch a first-round bye with a Colts win plus a Patriots loss plus a Bengals loss or tie.

The Dolphins clinch a playoff spot with a win plus a Ravens loss or tie; or a Dolphins win plus a Chargers win; or a Dolphins tie plus a Ravens loss plus a Chargers loss or tie; or a Dolphins tie plus a Ravens tie plus a Chargers tie.

The Chargers clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Kansas City Chiefs plus a Dolphins loss or tie plus a Ravens loss or tie; or a Chargers tie plus a Dolphins loss plus a Ravens loss.

The Pittsburgh Steelers clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Cleveland Browns plus a Dolphins loss plus a Ravens loss plus a Chargers loss.

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