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NFL week 15 playoff picture: Raiders can clinch in San Diego

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Despite the doom and gloom of the loss last Thursday to the Chiefs, the Raiders are still in line for a playoff spot. They aren’t in control of their own destiny for a number one seed anymore, falling to the 5th seed, but one of those top seeds is still in reach should the Chiefs lose a game in their final three and the Raiders win out.

As of right now, however, this is what the playoff picture looks like

  1. New England Patriots 11-2 (AFC East)
  2. Kansas City Chiefs 10-3 (AFC West)
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers 8-5 (AFC North)
  4. Houston Texans 7-6 (AFC South)
  5. Oakland Raiders 10-3 (Wildcard)
  6. Denver Broncos 8-5 (Wildcard)

So, how can the Raiders clinch this weekend? Simple — win.

They win, they’re in.

If they don’t win, they can still clinch, but it gets a lot more complicated

If Raiders tie

plus Dolphins loss
plus Broncos loss
plus Dolphins tie plus Broncos tie
plus Dolphins tie plus Chiefs win

If Raiders lose

Dolphins loss plus Steelers loss or tie plus Broncos loss
Dolphins loss plus Steelers loss or tie plus Chiefs win or tie
Dolphins loss plus Ravens loss or tie plus Broncos loss
Dolphins loss plus Ravens loss or tie plus Chiefs win or tie