NFL Scores Week 18: Final Results, Playoff Standings and Picture for AFC, NFC

Michelle Bruton@@michelle_nflFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 8, 2023

NFL Scores Week 18: Final Results, Playoff Standings and Picture for AFC, NFC

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 07: Jacksonville Jaguars fans during the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars and the  on January 7, 2023 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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    The final week of the 2022 NFL season is complete, and the playoff picture, as a result, has come fully into focus.

    There were plenty of newsworthy results in Week 18 that affected playoff standings, some shaking them up entirely.

    On Saturday night, the Jacksonville Jaguars stunned the Tennessee Titans with a fourth-quarter fumble return for a touchdown to win 20-16 and claim the AFC South crown. Jacksonville is locked into the No. 4 seed as a result.

    Also on Saturday, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Las Vegas Raiders to lock up the conference's No. 1 seed, keeping the Buffalo Bills at No. 2.

    On Sunday, multiple teams punched their ticket to the playoffs. With their narrow win over the New York Jets, the Miami Dolphins clinched their first playoff berth since 2016.

    With their 35-23 victory over the New England Patriots, the Bills secured the second seed, while the Pats were eliminated from the postseason.

    The Cincinnati Bengals clinched the AFC's No. 3 seed by defeating the Baltimore Ravens, who slipped to the No. 6 seed. The two teams will meet again on Wild Card Weekend.

    In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers clinched the No. 2 seed with their 38-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals. The Niners still had a shot at the No. 1 seed heading into Sunday, but the Philadelphia Eagles' 22-16 win over the New York Giants, who were resting multiple starters, eliminated that possibility.

    With their 19-16 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, the Seattle Seahawks remained alive in the race for the NFC's No. 7 seed while eliminating the Detroit Lions. The Green Bay Packers controlled their own destiny and could have leapfrogged Seattle for the No. 7 seed with a win over the Lions on Sunday Night Football but suffered a bitter 20-16 loss to their division foe. Seattle's win eliminated the Lions from playoff contention.

    Let's take a closer look at the results of Week 18 games as well as the full playoff picture in the AFC and NFC.

Week 18 Scores

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    INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JANUARY 08:  Defensive tackle Thomas Booker IV #56 of the Houston Texans celebrates after an interception returned for a touchdown during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 08, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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    Saturday, Jan. 7

    Kansas City Chiefs 31, Las Vegas Raiders 13

    Jacksonville Jaguars 20, Tennessee Titans 16

    Sunday, Jan. 8

    Atlanta Falcons 30, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17

    Buffalo Bills 35, New England Patriots 23

    Minnesota Vikings 29, Chicago Bears 13

    Houston Texans 32, Indianapolis Colts 31

    Miami Dolphins 11, New York Jets 6

    Carolina Panthers 10, New Orleans Saints 7

    Pittsburgh Steelers 28, Cleveland Browns 14

    Cincinnati Bengals 27, Baltimore Ravens 16

    Seattle Seahawks 19, Los Angeles Rams 16

    Denver Broncos 31, Los Angeles Chargers 28

    Philadelphia Eagles 22, New York Giants 16

    San Francisco 49ers 38, Arizona Cardinals 13

    Washington Commanders 26, Dallas Cowboys 6

    Detroit Lions 20, Green Bay Packers 16

AFC Playoff Picture

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 07: Running back Isiah Pacheco #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after scoring a rushing touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the fourth quarter at Allegiant Stadium on January 07, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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    AFC Seeding

    1. Kansas City Chiefs (14-3, clinched AFC West)

    2. Buffalo Bills (13-3, clinched AFC East)

    3. Cincinnati Bengals (12-4, clinched AFC North)

    4. Jacksonville Jaguars (9-8, clinched AFC South)

    5. Los Angeles Chargers (10-7)

    6. Baltimore Ravens (10-7)

    7. Miami Dolphins (9-8)

    AFC Playoff Schedule

    1. Chiefs (bye)

    Saturday, Jan. 14

    (4) Jaguars vs. (5) Chargers: 8:15 p.m. ET, NBC

    Sunday, Jan. 15

    (2) Bills vs. (7) Dolphins: 1:05 p.m. ET, CBS

    (3) Bengals vs. (6) Ravens: 8:15 p.m. ET, NBC

NFC Playoff Picture

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    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JANUARY 08: The Seattle Seahawks celebrate an interception by Quandre Diggs #6 against the Los Angeles Rams during overtime at Lumen Field on January 08, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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    NFC Seeding

    1. Philadelphia Eagles (14-3, clinched NFC East)

    2. San Francisco 49ers (13-4, clinched NFC West)

    3. Minnesota Vikings (13-4, clinched NFC North)

    4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-9, clinched NFC South)

    5. Dallas Cowboys (12-5)

    6. New York Giants (9-7-1)

    7. Seattle Seahawks (9-8)

    NFC Playoff Schedule

    (1) Eagles (bye)

    Saturday, Jan. 14

    (2) 49ers vs. (7) Seahawks: 4:35 p.m. ET, FOX

    Sunday, Jan. 15

    (3) Vikings vs. (6) Giants: 4:40 p.m. ET, FOX

    Monday, Jan. 16

    (4) Buccaneers vs. (5) Dallas Cowboys: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN, ABC