Chiefs clinch AFC's No. 1 seed, void one of league's special scenarios

Here’s how the NFL playoff photo looks with Week 18 underway:

x – clinched berth

y – clinched department

z – clinched first-round bye and home-field benefit

* – consists of NFL arrangement


yz* – 1. Kansas City Chiefs (14-3), AFC West champs: They’re amongst a number of groups in the conference affected by the NFL’s choice Thursday night to cancel Week 17’s Bills-Bengals video game in the consequences of Buffalo S Damar Hamlin’s on-field collapse and subsequent hospitalization. Kansas City did protect the No. 1 seed by squashing the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday, nevertheless the Chiefs are just ensured to stay at Arrowhead Stadium throughout January if the Bills lose Sunday. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his competitors committee set out some suggestions – authorized by league clubs Friday – that would possibly move the AFC national championship to a neutral website because the Bills would have had an opportunity at the No. 1 seed by winning their ditched Week 17 contest yet eventually might deal with the Chiefs with a Super Bowl 57 berth at stake.

y* – 2. Buffalo Bills (12-3), AFC East champs: They won at Kansas City in Week 6 and apparently made the head-to-head tiebreaker, so Goodell’s service guarantees Hamlin’s collapse will not send out the Bills to Kansas City for a 3rd successive postseason if they equal K.C. – significance Buffalo need to win Sunday. Remaining schedule: vs. Patriots

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y* – 3. Cincinnati Bengals (11-4), AFC North champs: The cancellation of their video game with Buffalo provides ruling AFC champs successive department crowns … with a twist. If Cincinnati does not beat Baltimore – indicating a Ravens season sweep – and the Chargers win, the website of a Bengals-Ravens wild-card video game (at Baltimore or at Cincinnati) would be identified by a coin turn. The reasoning for this is that the Ravens’ course to the AFC North crown was erased by the cancellation of the Bills-Bengals video game. Kansas City’s win Saturday voided the possibility of a neutral-site Chiefs-Bengals AFC national championship. Remaining schedule: vs. Ravens

4. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8), AFC South leaders: The department title will be identified versus Tennessee this Saturday night. However the Jags can still snag the AFC’s last wild card with a loss – however that would likewise need the Jets, Bills and Browns to win Sunday. Remaining schedule: vs. Titans

x – 5. Los Angeles Chargers (10-6), wild card No. 1: Playoff individuals for the very first time in 4 years, all that’s delegated be identified is which divisional champ the Bolts will go to in opening round. Now 5th in the conference due to the fact that their record in AFC video games is much better than Baltimore’s, LA will not be seeded even worse than 6th. A win at Denver welcomes the possibility of a Bengals-Ravens wild-card video game and website identified by coin flip, though the Bolts have little reward to play their essential gamers in Week 18. Remaining schedule: at Broncos

x* – 6. Baltimore Ravens (10-6), wild card No. 2: They can no longer win the AFC North due to the cancellation of the Bills-Bengals video game. But they can get a wild-card video game house at M&T Bank Stadium versus the Bengals by winning at Cincinnati on Sunday and after that winning a coin flip if the Chargers likewise win. Ravens struck the roadway versus the AFC South champ with a win plus Bolts loss. Remaining schedule: at Bengals

7. New England Patriots (8-8), wild card No. 3: Not just warded off removal by beating Miami in Week 17, Pats will now advance to postseason by winning in Western New York this Sunday. They can likewise advance with a loss if the Dolphins and Steelers lose and the Jags win or connect. Remaining schedule: at Bills

8. Miami Dolphins (8-8), out of playoff field: Five-video game slide, QB Tua Tagovailoa’s newest concussion and backup Teddy Bridgewater’s hand injury leave their postseason hopes in extreme jeopardy. However a win combined with a New England loss will advance Miami. Remaining schedule: vs. Jets

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8), out of playoff field: If they beat Cleveland – and Pats and Dolphins both lose – then Pittsburgh will certify as AFC’s last wild card. Remaining schedule: vs. Browns

Note: The New York Jets (7-9) are presently in 10th location in general in the AFC however have actually been gotten rid of from playoff contention.

11. Tennessee Titans (7-9), out of playoff field: They basically treated their Week 17 loss to Dallas like a preseason video game provided it’s Saturday’s match at Jacksonville that will figure out AFC South crown. The Titans are gotten rid of by a loss or tie. Remaining schedule: at Jaguars

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x – 1. Philadelphia Eagles (13-3), NFC East leaders: They’re 0-for-2 without hurt QB Jalen Hurts, stopping working two times to conclude NFC’s No. 1 seed, and might lack him once again Sunday. But Philly can still clinch house field and a first-round bye by beating a wild-card Giants group ticketed for the 6th seed and with little factor not to rest its popular gamers. Remaining schedule: vs. Giants

y – 2. San Francisco 49ers (12-4), NFC West champs: They have an opportunity at the NFC’s leading area thanks to their 9-2 record in intraconference video games. Niners will require a win Sunday combined with a Philadelphia loss to surpass the Eagles. Remaining schedule: vs. Cardinals

y – 3. Minnesota Vikings (12-4), NFC North champs: Their humiliating Week 17 loss at Green Bay took Vikes out of running for No. 1 seed. The finest they can do is returning to No. 2 by beating Chicago combined with a Niners defeat. Remaining schedule: at Bears

y – 4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8), NFC South champs: Back-to-back department champs for the very first time in group history, Bucs are locked into 4th seed yet obviously strategy to play QB Tom Brady and other beginners Sunday. Their video game implies little besides a chance to continue honing an irregular offense and ending up the routine season above .500. Remaining schedule: at Falcons

x – 5. Dallas Cowboys (12-4), wild card No. 1: If they win and Eagles do not, America’s Team dives to the NFC East throne. In addition, the Cowboys have a course to the No. 1 seed if they beat Washington while Philadelphia and San Francisco both stumble Sunday. Remaining schedule: at Commanders

x – 6. New York Giants (9-6-1), wild card No. 2: Big Blue is back in postseason for the very first time because 2016. Now Giants wait to see who ends up 3rd and hosts them in wild-card round. Remaining schedule: at Eagles

7. Seattle Seahawks (8-8), wild card No. 3: They might presently be slotted seventh, thanks to their 48-45 Week 4 win at Detroit, however ‘Hawks do not manage their postseason fortunes. They advance with a win and loss by Green Bay. Remaining schedule: vs. Rams

8. Detroit Lions (8-8), out of playoff field: They require a win at Green Bay and a Seahawks defeat to reach postseason for the very first time in 6 years. They have the longest chances of the NFC groups contending for the last conference berth … and might likewise be club whoever ends up second would least wish to host. Remaining schedule: at Packers

9. Green Bay Packers (8-8), out of playoff field: They’ve gotten a lot of outdoors help past couple of weeks, however most significant help has actually come internally thanks to their four-game winning streak. If they beat Detroit, Pack will remain in the playoffs for the 4th time in 4 years under coach Matt LaFleur due to the fact that their record in NFC video games would be 7-5 – much better than the Seahawks, whom Green Bay didn’t play in 2022. Remaining schedule: vs. Lions


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