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2022 NFL playoff picture, standings: Chargers clinch spot with Colts, Packers stay alive for wild card

2022 NFL playoff picture, standings: Chargers clinch spot with Colts, Packers stay alive for wild card

The NFL playoff races are heating up as we work our way through the Week 16 slate. It will be a good race for home field advantage between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs, with the Cincinnati Bengals having an outside shot to face the Bills next week.

The Baltimore Ravens are back in the playoffs after Saturday’s win — a tie with the Bengals in the AFC North race — and the Los Angeles Chargers will also be in the postseason. handling the Colts on Monday night. The Jacksonville Jaguars They lead the AFC South with two games to play thanks to — Tennessee Titans continuing in free fall.

The NFC wild-card race appears to be coming down to the wire on Saturday with all teams vying for two spots, opening the door for the Packers. The New York Giants and Washington Commanders currently have the Nos. 6 and 7 in the playoff race.

There are two weeks left until the playoffs. Below you can find a breakdown of the current standings and what each competitor faces on their schedule.

AFC East

y-clinched division title

Buffalo Bills

What to know: The Bills locked up the AFC East title with Saturday’s win the bears, and the Chiefs still hold the No. 1 seed in the conference head-to-head. A win next week and a Chiefs loss gives them first place.

Rest of the schedule: in flaresagainst the nationalists

Miami Dolphins

What to know: Miami is the No. 7 seed in the AFC and has a one-game lead over New York, New England and Pittsburgh for the final conference playoff spot.

Rest of the schedule: At the Patriots, against the Jets

New England Patriots

What to know: The Patriots’ playoff chances are dimming with a loss to the Bengals. They are one of four teams tied at 7-8, but the Titans and Steelers. The Jets remain tied for the division in the sweep.

Rest of the schedule: Against the Dolphins, at the Bills

New York Jets

What to know: The Jets are the 9th seed in the playoffs, and have a division record loss to the Patriots. They have a better winning percentage in regular season games against the Titans and in conference record tiebreakers with the Steelers.

Rest of the schedule: in Seahawksat the Dolphins

AFC North

x-flares

11

4

0

.733

85

x-the crows

10

5

0

.667

49

Steelers

7

8

0

.466

-55

e-Browns

6

9

0

.400

-20

x- got the playoff spot

e- eliminated from the playoffs

Cincinnati Bengals

what to do know: The Bengals maintained their lead in the AFC North with a win over the Patriots. Cincinnati is the No. 3 seed in the conference, needing a win over Buffalo to get home-field advantage.

Rest of the schedule: Bills vs. Ravens

Baltimore Ravens

What to know: The Ravens clinched a playoff spot by beating the team Falcons on Saturday and are currently No. 5 in the AFC standings. Baltimore has a head-to-head tie against Cincinnati.

Rest of the schedule: Against the Steelers, at the Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers

What to know: The Steelers keep their playoff hopes alive with the win Raiders. Pittsburgh is 11th in the AFC, losing conference records to the Patriots, Jets and Titans.

Rest of the schedule: at Ravens, vs. the brown ones

Cleveland Browns

What to know: The Browns have been eliminated from the playoffs by losing their opponent the saints.

Rest of the schedule: in the commandersat the Steelers

AFC South

Jaguars

7

8

0

.467

+22

the titans

7

8

0

.467

-43

e-Jars

4

10

1

.321

-109

e- Texans

2

12

1

.167

-104

e – eliminated from the playoffs

Jacksonville Jaguars

What to know: The Jaguars take over first place in the AFC South with a win over the Jets and a Titans loss against the Texans. Regardless of the result in Week 17, Jacksonville will play for the division title in Week 18 when they play host to the Titans.

Rest of the schedule: at Texans vs. Titans

Tennessee Titans

What to know: The Titans fell from No. 7 and to No. 10 in the AFC with the loss to the Texans. Tennessee loses conference record tie to Patriots, and regular record to Jets. They have a conference-record tying win over the Steelers.

Rest of the schedule: vs. the cowboysat the Jaguars

Indianapolis Colts

What to know: The Colts are out of the playoffs and lost to the Chargers on Monday night.

Rest of the schedule: in the giantstexans vs

Houston Texans

What to know: The Texans are out of playoff contention and have the worst record NFL. They beat the Titans for their second win of the year.

Rest of the schedule: Jaguars vs. Colts

AFC West

y- clinched division title

e – eliminated from the playoffs

Kansas City Chiefs

What to know: The Chiefs are still the No. 2 seed in the AFC, with the Bills owning the head-to-head tiebreaker for first place in the conference. They will get the top seed if they finish 2-0 and the Bills if they finish 1-1.

Rest of the schedule: Against the Broncos, at the Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers

What to know: The Chargers clinched a postseason berth with a win over Indianapolis on Monday. He is the sole owner of the No. 6 seed in the AFC.

Rest of the schedule: vs. the ramsat the Broncos

Las Vegas Raiders

What to know: The Raiders remain mathematically alive in the AFC playoff race after losing to the Steelers. Las Vegas is 12th in the AFC, two games out of the last playoff spot.

Rest of the schedule: vs. the 49Leaders vs

Denver Broncos

What to know: The Broncos are out of the playoffs and were knocked out by the Rams on Sunday.

Rest of the schedule: Against the Chiefs, the Chargers

NFC East

x- the eagles

13

2

0

.867

137

x- Cowboys

11

4

0

.733

131

the giants

8

6

1

.567

-28

the commanders

7

7

1

.500

-28

x- got the playoff spot

Philadelphia Eagles

What to know: The Eagles still control their destiny for the No. 1 seed in the NFC, just needing to win their final two games. A win (or a Cowboys loss) includes the NFC East and home field advantage (or a Vikings loss).

Rest of the schedule: Saints vs. Giants

Dallas Cowboys

What to know: The Cowboys kept their slim NFC East hopes alive with a win over the Eagles on Saturday. Dallas needs to win and Philadelphia needs to lose to win the division.

Rest of the schedule: In Titans, in Commanders

New York Giants

What to know: The Giants remain the NFC’s No. 6 seed in the battle for a playoff spot that all wild-card contenders lost on Saturday. New York clinches a playoff spot with a win next week.

Rest of the schedule: Colts vs. Eagles

Washington commanders

What to know: The Commanders remain as the No. 7 seed in the NFC thanks to the Seahawks the lions to lose They both trail by a half game for the final playoffs in the conference.

Rest of the schedule: Against the Browns, against the Cowboys

NFC North

y-the vikings

12

3

0

.800

+5

the lions

7

8

0

.467

-9

Packers

7

8

0

.467

-21

e-Bears

3

12

0

.200

-90

y-clinched division title

e – eliminated from the playoffs

Minnesota Vikings

What to know: The Vikings move one game behind the Eagles to No. 1 in the NFC with the win and the loss to Philadelphia. Minnesota needs to win and Philadelphia needs to lose to get home-field advantage, since the Eagles hold a head-to-head tie.

Rest of the schedule: At Packers, at Bears

Detroit Lions

What to know: The Lions remain the No. 9 seed in the NFC after losing to panthers, trailing the Commanders by half a game for the final playoffs. Seattle holds on to a head-to-head tie against Detroit.

Rest of the schedule: Bears vs. Packers

Green Bay Packers

What to know: The streaky Packers are the 10th seed in the NFC and very much alive in the playoff race with a win over the Dolphins on Sunday. They are currently one game behind the Commanders for the final playoffs. If the Packers win and the Commanders lose once, Green Bay will clinch a postseason berth.

Rest of the schedule: vikings, lions

Chicago Bears

What to know: The Bears have been eliminated from the playoffs. They have the worst record in the NFC.

Rest of the schedule: at the Lions, against the Vikings

NFC South

the buccaneers

7

8

0

.467

-38

panthers

6

9

0

.400

-24

the saints

6

9

0

.400

-22

e-Falcons

5

10

0

.333

-35

e – eliminated from the playoffs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What to know: The Buccaneers lead the NFC South by a game after an OT win over Arizona on Sunday. They can finish the division next week with a win over Carolina.

Rest of the schedule: Panthers vs, at Falcons

Carolina Panthers

What to know: The Panthers need to beat the Buccaneers next week to stay alive in the NFC South race. Carolina holds a head-to-head tie over Tampa Bay and would go into a three-way tie based on being undefeated against the Buccaneers and Saints.

Rest of the schedule: At Buccaneers, at Saints

New Orleans Saints

What to know: The Saints lose a head-to-head tiebreaker against the Panthers and were shut out by the Buccaneers, though they also fell a game short.

Rest of the schedule: at Eagles vs. Panthers

Atlanta Falcons

What to know: The Falcons were eliminated from the playoffs with a loss to the Ravens.

Rest of the schedule: Cardinals vs. Buccaneers vs

NFC West

y-49ers

11

4

0

.733

145

Seahawks

7

8

0

.467

-14

e-Rams

5

10

0

.333

-53

e-Cardinals

4

11

0

.267

-83

y-clinched division title

e- eliminated from the playoffs

San Francisco 49ers

What to know: The 49ers are still the No. 3 seed in the NFC with a win over the Commanders and will be at least the No. 3 seed in the playoffs. They’re still alive in the home field, but need the Eagles to lose and the Vikings to lose once to have a shot at it.

Rest of the schedule: At the Raiders, against the Cardinals

Seattle Seahawks

What to know: The Seahawks remain a half game out of the last wild card spot after losing to the Chiefs. Seattle holds a head-to-head tie with Detroit for the No. 8 seed, while Washington trails Washington by a half game for the No. 7 seed.

Rest of the schedule: Against the Jets, against the Rams

Arizona Cardinals

What to know: The Cardinals are eliminated from the playoffs.

Rest of the schedule: At Falcons, at 49ers

Los Angeles Rams

What to know: The Rams are out of the playoffs after losing to the Packers on Monday. They crushed the Broncos on Sunday.

Rest of the schedule: At Chargers, at Seahawks





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