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2023 NFL Playoff Snapshot: Seahawks, Dolphins sweep, Packers out with upset loss to end wild Week 18

2023 NFL Playoff Snapshot: Seahawks, Dolphins sweep, Packers out with upset loss to end wild Week 18

The final week of the NFL regular season always brings us plenty of drama, and this year was no different.

The Packers had a chance to win NFLThe final playoff spot with a win over the Lions on Sunday night, but Detroit was able to pull off a 20-16 upset that means Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will now be sitting at home this postseason.

After the Lions’ win, the NFC’s seventh seed ended up falling to the Seahawks, who kept their playoff hopes alive earlier in the afternoon with one of the grittiest wins of the day. With just three minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks trailed 16-13 and were on the brink of elimination from the playoffs, but managed to force overtime, where Jason Myers kicked the game-winning 32-yard field goal to give Seattle a 19- 16.

In the opening games, the Dolphins were the biggest winners after they were able to sneak into the playoffs by stealing the AFC’s seventh seed from the Patriots.

The Dolphins needed a win over the Jets and a loss against New England, which was playing the Bills, to make the postseason. The Dolphins had a busy time with the Jets, but were able to pull out an 11-6 win after Jason Sanders kicked a 50-yard field goal with 18 seconds left (Miami also got a safety on the final play , which pushed it up to 11 points). The win over the Jets marked the first time since 2003 that Miami was able to win a game without scoring a touchdown.

The Dolphins officially punched their ticket to the postseason after the Bills beat the Patriots 35-23, a victory that came in large part thanks to two opening touchdown runs by Nyheim Hines. Buffalo’s win means the neutral-site AFC championship is still up for grabs when the Bills and Chiefs meet in the AFC title game.

One thing that won’t be happening is a coin flip to determine where the Bengals and Ravens will play in the wild card round. Although the two teams will play next week, the game will officially be played in Cincinnati thanks to the Bengals’ 27-16 victory over Baltimore.

With that in mind, here’s an overview of the current playoff standings ahead of Sunday night’s game.

AFC Playoff Standings

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Steelers (9-8): The Steelers won in Week 18, but they needed the Dolphins to lose to the Jets to make the playoffs, but that didn’t happen. The only upside for Mike Tomlin is that his streak of consecutive seasons finishing above .500 will extend to 16 straight.
Patriots (8-9): All the Patriots needed to do to make the playoffs was beat Buffalo on Sunday, but they were unable to do so, meaning they will be sitting at home for the postseason.
Titans (7-10): The Titans could have made the playoffs with a win over Jacksonville, but they were officially eliminated Saturday night with a loss to the Jaguars.

NFC playoff standings

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Lions (9-8): The Lions needed the Rams to beat the Seahawks to stay in playoff contention, but that didn’t happen, meaning the Lions have no path to the postseason. Still, the Lions got a small consolation prize by knocking the Packers out of the playoffs with a win on Sunday night. The win means the Lions will finish with a winning record for the first time since 2017.

Packers (8-9): All the Packers needed to do to make the playoffs was beat the Lions on Sunday night, but they fell short. The Lions stunned the Packers 20-16, and Green Bay will now host the postseason at home.

Wildcard round of matches

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  • (7) Dolphins at (2) Bills, Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
  • (6) Ravens at (3) Bengals, Sunday, 8:15 PM ET, NBC
  • (5) Chargers at (4) Jaguars, Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET, NBC

bye: (1) Chiefs

NFC

  • (7) Seahawks at (2) 49ers, Saturday, 4:30 PM ET, Fox
  • (6) Giants at (3) Vikings, Sunday, 4:30 PM ET, Fox
  • (5) Cowboys at (4) Buccaneers, Monday, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN

Bye: (1) Eagles





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