2022 NFL playoffs: who’s in, who’s out?


The drama over which final teams would make the NFL playoffs was only cleared up at the last possible point of the regular season, when the Las Vegas Adventurers beat the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday night on a placement on the last overtime game to claim one of the two remaining wild card spots in the AFC

The Raiders’ 35-32 loss to the Chargers ended the season for Los Angeles, and because the Indianapolis Colts (9-8) were upset by the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14) earlier Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1) slipped into the playoff field after a win over the Baltimore Ravens.

The Raiders and Chargers both could have qualified for the playoffs with a tie, and for much of the overtime it looked like the teams might be happy without a win. But Daniel Carlson kicked in at the end of time to give Las Vegas the victory and a slightly more favorable playoff standings.

The wild scenarios made the last game of the season an unusual consequence in the NFL’s first season with a regular season extended to 17 games. The final day of the season, which stretched until the second weekend of 2022, featured five AFC teams battling for the remaining two spots and the San Francisco 49ers take the last place in the NFC with a victory against the The Los Angeles Rams.

The two games ended on Saturday went according to the standings, keeping the winners alive for a higher ranking in the playoffs. Kansas City, who beat the Denver Broncos, kept themselves in the race for the AFC seed and a first-round pass, and ended any long-term chance that Nova England or Cincinnati could take the No. 1 seed for themselves.

The late game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles was mostly meaningless – and lifeless, as the Eagles rested starting quarterback Jalen Hurts and had a series of Covid-related absences – 19 – but it helped determine the ranking of both teams in the NFC

Among the first games starting at 1 p.m. EST, the Titans sewn the AFC’s No.1 seed by fending off the humble Texans. That dashed Kansas City’s hopes for the seed and the first-round pass.

the Foals failed to secure one of the two remaining spots in the AFC losing to the Jaguars, one of the worst teams in the league. A Colts win would have closed the door to the playoffs for both Ravens and the Steelers.

the Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) has already won the AFC North, but with Kansas City winning Saturday, their game against the Cleveland Browns didn’t help their seed in the playoffs.

the Bison tickets (11-6) and New England Patriots (10-7) both secured a playoff berth before Sunday and were battling for the AFC East crown, which greatly affected their standings. The Bills beat the Jets (4-13) and the Patriots lost to the Miami Dolphins (9-8), handing the division crown to the Bills and forcing the Patriots to travel next weekend.

the Arizona Cardinals (11-6) lost a chance to win NFC West by failing against the Seattle Seahawks (7-10), handing the division title to The Los Angeles Rams (12-5), who lost against the San Francisco 49ers (10-7) in overtime.

The 49ers’ victory also knocked out the Saints of New Orleans (9-8), who beat the Atlanta Falcons (7-10).


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