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Ravens playoff scenarios heading into Week 17

After losing to the New England Patriots, 41-7, on Sunday, the Ravens now need a little help if they want to reach the postseason.

In order to clinch the sixth and final playoff berth, the Ravens (8-7) need to defeat the AFC North division champion Cincinnati Bengals (10-5) in the regular-season finale and they need either the Miami Dolphins (8-7) to lose to the New York Jets or the San Diego Chargers (8-7) to lose to the Kansas City Chiefs.

If there's a three-way tie between the teams to finish the season, the Dolphins hold the edge because of their 7-4 conference record over the Ravens' 6-5 conference record and the Chargers' 5-6 mark.

The Ravens hold a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Dolphins due to a win over them in October at Miami.

Should the Ravens lose, they would need the Dolphins, Chargers and Steelers all to lose, creating a five-way tie that would include the Jets. The Ravens would then claim the final spot courtesy of the tiebreaker.

If the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns next week and the Ravens, Dolphins and Chargers all lose, the Steelers would earn the final playoff spot.

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