NFL playoff scenarios entering Week 17: It’s mostly down to the wild cards

With one week left in the NFL regular season, 15 teams have either clinched playoff berths or still are in the hunt for a berth. The rest are playing out the string. Here’s how we stand.

Panthers: Carolina has clinched a playoff berth. The Panthers will clinch the NFC South with a win over the Falcons combined with a Saints loss/tie against the Bucs, or a tie combined with a Saints loss. Carolina will clinch a first-round bye with a win combined with a Saints loss/tie, Vikings loss and Rams loss/tie.

Falcons: Atlanta will clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Panthers, or a Seahawks loss to the Cardinals, or a tie combined with a Seahawks tie.

Seahawks: Seattle will clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Cardinals combined with a Falcons loss/tie against the Panthers, or a tie and a Falcons loss.

Rudolph heard quarterback Case Keenum break the huddle after saying, “Someone is going to get a chance.” Rudolph knew it wouldn’t be him when Saints cornerback P.J. Williams jumped him in the flat. Rudolph knew it had to be Jarius Wright or Diggs. He had the perfect point of view.

“As I turned and watched Stefon jump up and catch the ball my immediate reaction was, ‘Please don’t get hit or fall down inbounds,'” Rudolph told Sporting News on Tuesday. “Then he not only comes down with the ball but keeps his balance and has the wherewithal to turn and keep running. It was a pretty incredible play.”

Kelly’s 28-35 record in four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers means he will be remembered as a failed NFL coach. He takes his place alongside Lou Holtz, Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban and others among the highly successful college coaches who could not make it work on Sundays. But in truth, Kelly was a not-half-bad coach. Instead, he was a terrible NFL general manager. patriots_001_2fc21e9f08644d02-180x180

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