With the field for the 2021-2022 NFL playoffs set to be finalized this weekend, which teams have already clinched their spot in the NFL playoff race? Let’s take a look at who’s already guaranteed a spot in the postseason and whether anyone has clinched home-field advantage in either the NFC or AFC.

Which AFC teams have clinched a spot in the 2021-2022 NFL playoffs?

Entering Week 18, five of the seven AFC playoff spots have already been clinched. Three of the four divisions have been locked up already. The five teams to have clinched playoff spots are the Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, and New England Patriots.

The Chiefs have already locked up the AFC West. Meanwhile, the Titans and Bengals have clinched the South and North, respectively. The only division left up for grabs is the AFC East, which both the Patriots and Bills could still win. The victor will secure the final home game in the Divisional Round.

Has the No. 1 seed in the AFC been clinched?

The Chiefs had a chance to clinch the No. 1 seed in Week 17. Instead, they saw a complete swing to the point where they are no longer in control of the first seed. If the Titans win this week, they will clinch the first-round bye and home-field advantage in the AFC. However, if Tennessee loses, the Chiefs, Bengals, and Patriots will all have a chance to clinch the No. 1 seed.

Which NFC teams have clinched a spot in the 2021-2022 NFL playoffs?

Entering the season’s final week, only one spot in the 2021-2022 NFL playoffs is available in the NFC. That spot is a straight shootout between the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints. As well as six playoff spots being clinched, three divisions have also been locked up already.

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The Green Bay Packers have the NFC North under wraps, the Dallas Cowboys have the East title, and the Buccaneers have prevailed in the NFC South. The NFC West is still up for grabs between the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals. Both have already clinched a playoff spot, but the chance to host a game on Wild Card Weekend is not insignificant. The other team to have already clinched is the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Green Bay Packers have already locked up the No. 1 seed

We already know which team will not be taking the field in the NFC on Wild Card Weekend. When the Packers defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Week 17, they locked up the No. 1 seed. That leaves Green Bay with nothing to play for in Week 18. They will host the lowest remaining seed in the NFC in the Divisional Round.


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