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