2023 NFL playoff picture: How Saturday’s Chiefs and Jaguars wins affect postseason race

2023 NFL playoff picture: How Saturday’s Chiefs and Jaguars wins affect postseason race

The final week of the NFL season kicked off with a doubleheader on Saturday.

The first game of the day was played in Las Vegas, and Kansas City destroyed the Raiders 31-13. It was a huge win for the Chiefs, who now have the No. 1 seed in the AFC and the first-round bye that comes with it.

When the week started, the Chiefs weren’t in a position to clinch the No. 1 seed in Week 18, but that changed on Thursday. NFL officially decided to cancel the Bills-Bengals game. That cancellation put the top seed in the driver’s seat for the Chiefs and they took advantage of that by beating the Raiders.

Although the leaders have the top spot, there is still a chance to host the AFC Championship match. If the Bills beat the Patriots on Sunday and end up in the AFC title game against Kansas City, then the game will be played at a neutral site. If the Chiefs play a team other than the Bills, the game will be played in Kansas City.

Saturday night’s title game took place in Jacksonville, where the Jaguars clinched the AFC South title with a 20-16 win over the Titans. The victory didn’t come until Josh Allen scored a touchdown with less than three minutes to play. The Jaguars’ win means they now have the fourth seed in the AFC and will host a game next week in the wild card round.

With that in mind, here are the current playoff standings after Kansas City and Tennessee wins.

AFC playoff standings

Dolphins (8-8):
If the Dolphins beat the Jets on Sunday, they will clinch the final wild card spot in the AFC if the Patriots also lose to the Bills.
Steelers (8-8): Three things must happen for the Steelers to make the playoffs: the Browns must beat, the Patriots must lose to the Bills, and the Dolphins must defeat the Jets.

Titans (7-10):
The Titans could have made the playoffs with a win over Jacksonville, but they were officially eliminated Saturday night after losing to the Jaguars.

NFC playoff standings

Lions (8-8):
In order to reach the playoffs, the Lions will need two things: they must beat the Packers and the Seahawks must also lose to the Rams.
Packers (8-8): While the Packers are currently below the Lions and Seahawks in the standings, they are really the only one of those three teams in control of their own destiny this week. If the Packers beat the Lions on Sunday night, they’ll be in the playoffs.

Wildcard Round Matches (based on current standings)


  • (7) patriots (2) bills
  • (6) Ravens vs. (3) Bengals (A coin flip would determine the location of this game if Baltimore beat Cincinnati on Sunday)
  • (5) Chargers (4) in Jaguar

Greetings: The leaders


  • (7) Seahawks at (2) 49ers
  • (6) Giants at (3) Vikings
  • (5) Cowboys at (4) Buccaneers

goodbye: Eagles

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