NFL Playoff Scenarios: Can the Patriots, Saints or 49ers Clinch Berths in Week 13?

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There are five weeks remaining in the 2019 NFL regular season but it's never too early to start thinking about the playoffs.

While no one has clinched a playoff berth yet, the Patriots (10–1), Saints (9–2) and 49ers (10–1) are inching closer to earning a spot. This week, New Orleans visits the Falcons on Thanksgiving, San Francisco plays the Ravens on Sunday afternoon and New England faces the Texans on Sunday Night Football.

Here's a look at the playoff scenarios for Week 13:


Patriots clinch a playoff berth with:

1. Patriots win + Raiders loss or tie OR

2. Patriots win + Steelers loss or tie OR

3. Patriots tie + Raiders loss + Steelers loss OR

4. Patriots tie + Steelers loss + Colts loss OR

5. Patriots tie + Steelers loss + Colts loss


Saints clinch an NFC South division with:

1. Saints win OR

2. Saints tie + Panthers loss or tie

49ers clinch playoff berth with:

1. 49ers win + Rams loss or tie OR

2. 49ers tie + Rams loss