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2022 NFL playoff picture: Raiders and Steelers thrillingly earn AFC’s final two slots after wild Week 18


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In a wild Week 18, the Raiders became the final team to clinch a playoff berth on Sunday when they punched their ticket to the postseason by winning a 35-32 overtime thriller over the Chargers. 

The Raiders’ win capped a crazy day in the NFL that saw a huge upset (by the Jaguars), a huge comeback (by the 49ers) and three wild overtime wins (by the Steelers, Raiders and 49ers) in games that completely changed the playoff landscape. 

On the Jaguars’ end, they managed to turn the AFC playoff race upside down when they pulled off a shocking 26-11 upset of the Colts. The loss by the Colts opened the door for Pittsburgh to get in. The Steelers helped their own cause with a 16-13 win over the Ravens, but they didn’t officially clinch the berth until the Raiders beat the Chargers on Sunday night. If the Raiders and Chargers had tied, the Steelers would have missed the playoffs and a tie almost happened before Las Vegas was able to pull off the win with a 47-yard field goal from Daniel Carlson as time expired in overtime. 

In the NFC, the 49ers clinched a playoff berth after pulling off a wild comeback against the Rams. The Niners trailed 17-0 at one point, but fought back to win the game 27-24 in overtime. 

With all of that in mind, here’s a look at this year’s final playoff seedings. 

AFC playoff standings

AFC Super Wild Card Weekend schedule 

Saturday, Jan. 15
(5) Raiders at (4) Bengals, 4:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
(6) Patriots at (3) Bills, 8:15 p.m. ET (CBS) Stream: Paramount+ (click here)

Sunday, Jan. 16
(7) Steelers at (2) Chiefs, 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC)

Bye: Titans

NFC playoff standings

NFC Super Wild Card Weekend schedule 

NFC (All seeds clinched)

Sunday, Jan. 16
(7) Eagles at (2) Buccaneers, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
(6) 49ers at (3) Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. ET (CBS and Nickelodeon) Stream: Paramount+ (click here)  

Monday, Jan. 17
(5) Cardinals at (4) Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Bye: Packers





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