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NFL playoff picture: Final standings, seeding, matchups for Wild Card Weekend

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A crazy and chaotic Week 18 provided plenty of drama for NFL fans on the final Sunday of the regular season.

And we needed a memorable final game to determine the last three seeds in the AFC playoff race.

The Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Los Angeles Chargers in dramatic fashion Sunday night to secure the No. 5 seed and a Wild Card matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Raiders' win also knocked the New England Patriots down to the No. 6 seed. New England lost in surprising fashion to the Miami Dolphins earlier Sunday. The Patriots will play the No. 3 seed Buffalo Bills, who wrapped up the AFC East title with a win over the New York Jets.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers clinched the No. 7 seed after the Raiders eliminated the Chargers from playoff contention. The Steelers needed overtime to beat the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday and give themselves a chance to sneak into the postseason.

The Tennessee Titans nearly blew the No. 1 seed but managed to hold off the Houston Texans on the road and secure a first-round playoff bye. The two-time defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs are the No. 2 seed.

Here are the final AFC standings and Wild Card Weekend matchups.

 

AFC Standings

  1. Tennessee Titans, 12-5 (AFC South champs)
  2. Kansas City Chiefs, 12-5 (AFC West champs)
  3. Buffalo Bills, 11-6 (AFC East champs)
  4. Cincinnati Bengals, 10-7 (AFC North champs)
  5. Las Vegas Raiders, 10-7 (First Wild card)
  6. New England Patriots, 10-7 (Second wild card)
  7. Pittsburgh Steelers, 9-7-1 (Third wild card)

Wild Card Round Matchups

  • No. 1 Titans: Bye
  • No. 7 Steelers at No. 2 Chiefs (Sunday, 8:15 p.m. ET)
  • No. 6 Patriots at No. 3 Bills (Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET)
  • No. 5 Raiders at No. 4 Bengals (Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET)