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2021 NFL playoff picture, standings: Raiders avoid tie and beat Chargers in overtime; Steelers in as a result

The longest season in NFL history ended with the wackiest and craziest game in Week 18 history. The Las Vegas Raiders eliminated the Los Angeles Chargers with a walk-off field goal in overtime that sent the Raiders to the playoffs — avoiding the dreaded tie that would have been dreadful for the Pittsburgh Steelers as Pittsburgh would have missed the playoffs if the Chargers and Raiders tied on Sunday night. 

The San Francisco 49ers clinched a playoff berth with an overtime win over the Los Angeles Rams, eliminating the New Orleans Saints (who won their game to put pressure on the 49ers). The Rams clinched the NFC West with the Arizona Cardinals’ loss. 

Below, you can find a conference breakdown of the final standings, how each club performed in Week 18 and its playoff matchup and draft pick selection (for the teams eliminated from the playoffs). 

AFC

z-Titans

12

5

0

.706

5-1

8-4

y-Chiefs

12

5

0

.706

5-1

7-5

y-Bills

11

6

0

.647

5-1

7-5

y-Bengals

10

7

0

.588

4-2

8-4

x-Raiders

10

7

0

.588

3-3

8-4

x- Patriots

10

7

0

.588

3-3

8-4

x-Steelers

9

7

1

.559

4-2

7-5

e-Colts

9

8

0

.529

3-3

7-5

e-Dolphins

9

8

0

.529

4-2

6-6

e-Chargers

9

8

0

.529

3-3

6-6

e-Browns

8

9

0

.471

3-3

5-7

e-Ravens

8

9

0

.471

1-5

5-7

e-Broncos

7

10

0

.412

1-5

3-9

e-Jets

4

13

0

.235

0-6

4-8

e-Texans

4

13

0

.235

3-3

4-8

e-Jaguars

3

14

0

.176

1-5

3-9

x-clinched playoff berth
y-clinched division title
z-clinched home-field advantage
e-eliminated from playoffs

What to know: The Titans clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC with their win over the Texans in Week 18. They have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. 

What to know: The Chiefs will be the No. 2 seed in the conference after the Titans beat the Texans on Sunday. The Titans owned the head-to-head tiebreaker, which is why they got the spot. Kansas City will play Pittsburgh in the wild card round.  

What to know: The Bills won the AFC East and will be the No. 3 seed in the playoffs. They’ll play the patriots in the wild card round. 

What to know: The Bengals have clinched the AFC North. Cincinnati will be the No. 4 seed in the AFC and will host Las Vegas in the wild card round. 

Las Vegas Raiders

What to know: The Raiders clinched a playoff berth with a win over the Chargers Sunday night. Vegas will travel to Cincinnati in the wild card round. 

What to know: The Patriots clinched a playoff berth and will be the No. 6 seed, traveling to Buffalo in the wild card round. 

Pittsburgh Steelers

What to know: The Steelers clinched a playoff spot with the Chargers falling to the Raiders Sunday night. Pittsburgh travels to Kansas City in the wild card round. 

Indianapolis Colts

What to know: The Colts were eliminated from the playoffs with their loss to the Jaguars and the Steelers’ win over the Ravens. Their draft pick (No. 16 overall) goes to the Eagles. 

Miami Dolphins

What to know: The Dolphins are eliminated from the playoffs and their first-round draft pick goes to the Eagles in the 2022 NFL Draft (No. 15 overall). 

Los Angeles Chargers

What to know: The Chargers were eliminated from the playoffs with their loss to the Raiders. Pittsburgh gets the final playoff spot. 

What to know: The Browns are eliminated from the playoffs and will have the No. 13 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Baltimore Ravens

What to know: The Ravens were eliminated from the playoffs with Sunday’s loss to the Steelers. They’ll have the No. 14 overall pick in the NFL Draft. 

What to know: The Broncos are eliminated from the playoffs and will have the No. 9 overall pick in the NFL Draft. 

New York Jets

What to know: The Jets are eliminated from the playoffs and will have the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Houston Texans

What to know: The Texans are eliminated from the playoffs and will have the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft. 

Jacksonville Jaguars

What to know: The Jaguars are eliminated from the playoffs and clinched the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. 

NFC

z-Packers

13

4

0

.765

4-2

9-3

y-Buccaneers

13

4

0

.765

4-2

8-4

y-Cowboys

12

5

0

.706

6-0

10-2

y-Rams

12

5

0

.706

3-3

8-4

x-Cardinals

11

6

0

.647

4-2

7-5

x-49ers

10

7

0

.588

2-4

7-5

x-Eagles

9

8

0

.529

3-3

7-5

e-Saints

9

8

0

.529

4-2

7-5

e-Vikings

8

9

0

.471

4-2

6-6

e-Washington

7

10

0

.412

2-4

6-6

e-Seahawks

7

10

0

.412

3-3

4-8

e-Falcons

7

10

0

.412

2-4

4-8

e-Bears

6

11

0

.353

2-4

4-8

e-Panthers

5

12

0

.294

2-4

3-9

e-Giants

4

13

0

.235

1-5

3-9

e-Lions

3

13

1

.206

2-4

3-9

x-clinched playoff berth
y-clinched division title
z-clinched home-field advantage
e-eliminated from playoffs

What to know: The Packers clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

What to know: The Buccaneers are the No. 2 seed in the NFC and will play the Eagles in the wild card round.

What to know: The Cowboys are the No. 3 seed in the NFC and will play the 49ers in the wild card round of the playoffs. 

Los Angeles Rams

What to know: The Rams clinched the NFC West despite losing to the 49ers (the Cardinals lost in Week 18). They will be the No. 4 seed and play the Cardinals in the wild card round. 

Arizona Cardinals

What to know: The Cardinals failed to clinch the NFC West with the Rams’ loss, falling to the Seahawks. Arizona will play Los Angeles in the wild card round. 

San Francisco 49ers

What to know: The 49ers clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Rams in Week 18. They’ll play the Cowboys in the wild card round as the No. 6 seed. 

Philadelphia Eagles

What to know: The Eagles are the No. 7 seed and will play the Buccaneers in the wild card round. 

New Orleans Saints

What to know: The Saints were eliminated from the playoffs with a 49ers victory, despite beating the Falcons.

What to know: The Vikings are eliminated from the playoffs and will have the No. 12 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

What to know: Washington is eliminated from the playoffs and will have the No. 11 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Seattle Seahawks

What to know: The Seahawks are eliminated from the playoffs and would own the No. 10 overall pick in the draft, but that goes to the Jets thanks to the Jamal Adams trade. 

Atlanta Falcons

What to know: The Falcons are eliminated from the playoffs and will have the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL Draft. 

What to know: The Bears are eliminated from playoff contention. Chicago would be in line for the No. 7 overall pick in the draft, but that is going to the New York Giants from a draft day trade. 

Carolina Panthers

What to know: The Panthers are eliminated from the postseason. Carolina will have the No. 6 overall pick in the draft.  

New York Giants 

What to know: The Giants are eliminated from the playoffs and will have the No. 5 overall pick in the draft.

What to know: The Lions are eliminated from the playoffs and have clinched the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. 

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