The final week of the NFL season delivered the hype.
Week 18 was filled with drama, with several overtime games and a number of astonishing upheavals rocking the playoff pitch. The Colts only needed to beat the Jaguars to play for a Super Bowl, but were blown down the road, paving the way for the Steelers, who beat the Ravens in overtime to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Patriots entered the week with a shot at winning the AFC East, but were instead beaten in the final game by the Dolphins.
Arizona also had a shot at winning the NFC West title, but despite the Rams falling to the 49ers in overtime, the Cardinals lost to Seattle, keeping them in the wild card. Instead, the two NFC West enemies will face off in a third playoff clash as the No.4 vs. No.5 seeds.
On “Sunday Night Football,” the Raiders survived a thrilling clash of enemies from AFC West by defeating the Chargers to advance to the playoffs for just the second time since losing the Super Bowl in 2002, scoring a last-second goal to avoid a tie and end the Los Angeles season.
Sporting News broke down the field of the 2022 NFL Playoffs, including playoff support, full standings, and information on each of the playoffs clash.
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2022 NFL Playoff Support
- Titans of Tennessee (goodbye)
- Kansas City Chiefs vs. 7. Pittsburgh Steelers
- Buffalo bills vs. 6. New England Patriots
- Cincinnati Bengals vs. 5. Las Vegas Raiders
- Green Bay Packers (bye)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. 7. Philadelphia Eagles
- Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 6.49ers
- Los Angeles Rams vs. 5. Arizona Cardinals
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Who’s in the 2022 NFL Playoffs?
The NFL playoff field was largely locked in the NFC ahead of Sunday’s game list with only one spot available. In the AFC, there were two places left for the playoffs, but heading into the weekend the AFC seed was almost completely open.
Below is the NFL playoff field for 2022:
|2.||Kansas City Chiefs||12-5|
|5.||Las Vegas Adventurers||10-7|
|6.||New England Patriots||10-7|
Eliminated: Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars
|1.||Green Bay Packers||13-4|
|2.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13-4|
|4.||The Los Angeles Rams||12-5|
|6.||San Francisco 49ers||10-7|
Eliminated: New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Football Team, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, Detroit Lions
AFC playoff games
1. Tennessee Titans (goodbye to round one)
The Titans were scared against the Texans on Sunday as Houston scored an unanswered 25 points, but Tennessee held on for the 28-25 win to maintain their grip on the AFC’s first-place finish. Now the Titans are resting for a week and eagerly awaiting Derrick Henry’s return after the first round bye.
2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. 7. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh has probably never been happier with a Raiders placement. Daniel Carlson’s placement at the last second saw Pittsburgh advance to the playoffs. The Steelers won earlier in the day with Ben Roethlisberger bringing the team back to the fourth quarter and into overtime against the Ravens. The reward? Facing the Chiefs, a team that beat the Steelers 36-10 in Week 16. No team in the playoffs scored fewer points or totaled more yards than the Steelers, while the Chiefs placed in the top. four first in both categories. However, the Pittsburgh defense has been one of the best this season at defending against the pass, however, ranking in the top 10 for the fewest passing yards allowed.
3. Buffalo Bills vs. 6. New England Patriots
The battle for the AFC East continued until the last week, with the Bills having to beat the Jets to secure their Second Division title in as many years. In the first round of the playoffs, the two division rivals will face each other with their playoff lives on the line. The Patriots won the opening game against Buffalo, edging the Bills in a snowy 14-10 victory at Buffalo. But the Bills got their revenge at Foxborough, beating New England 33-21 in Week 16. The two teams were both among the league’s best defenses, each placing in the top three for two yards allowed. and the total points allowed.
4. Cincinnati Bengals vs. 5. Las Vegas Raiders
The Bengals are in the playoffs for the first time since 2015, while the Raiders return for the first time since 2016. Both teams were both high-powered attacks that relied on the passing plays of their quarterbacks, Joe Burrow and Derek Carr, and they’re thinking of delivering a high octane game in the first round of the playoffs. The two faced off in Week 11, with Burrow and the Bengals taking over Las Vegas in a 32-13 victory.
NFC Playoff Games
1. Green Bay Packers (goodbye to round one)
The Packers locked down the No.1 seed in Week 17 after beating the Vikings to move to 13-3, leaving their Week 18 game against the Lions as a week to rest and focus in which was ultimately a losing effort. They will now wait to see who they face in the divisional round at Lambeau Field in two weeks.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. 7. Philadelphia Eagles
The last time Tom Brady faced the Eagles in the playoffs, Nick Foles led Philadelphia to a miraculous 41-33 victory over the Patriots for the first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. Now with the Buccaneers, Brady hopes to lead Tampa Bay past Philadelphia and Jalen Hurts in the first round of the playoffs. No team rushed for more yards than Philadelphia in 2021, as the Buccaneers led the league in passing yards.
3. Dallas Cowboys vs. 6. San Francisco 49ers
Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense dropped 51 points to the Eagles in the season finale as they ended the season as the league’s most scoring team. But the 49ers are flying high after a spectacular overtime victory over the Rams as Jimmy Garoppolo and San Francisco have dominated Los Angeles 24-7 in the last two quarters and overtime.
4. Los Angeles Rams vs. 5. Arizona Cardinals
The Rams and Cardinals fought until the last week of the season to determine the NFC West champion, and it was the Rams who held it up in the end. Arizona won the first meeting between the two teams, beating Los Angeles 37-20 in Los Angeles in Week 4, but the Rams avenged the loss with a 30-23 victory in Glendale, Ariz. In week 14.