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2022 NFL playoff picture: 49ers steal spot, Steelers likely in, Colts out after wild Week 18

2022 NFL playoff picture: 49ers steal spot, Steelers likely in, Colts out after wild Week 18
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Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars
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The Jaguars have been eliminated from the play-off for nearly a month now, but they still managed to turn the AFC race on its head on Sunday when they pulled off a shock 26-11 win with the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts’ loss with the Steelers’ overtime win over the Ravens meant Indianapolis was officially eliminated from play after the season ended. By defeating the Colts, the Jaguars did a big favor for the Steelers, who would now advance the playoffs as long as the Chargers-Raiders game didn’t end in a draw.

Although the Colts are out, South Asia will only have one team which is the #1 seed overall. The Titans grabbed the top seed with a 28-25 victory over Texas.

In the NFC, the 49 players on the playoff berth grabbed after making a wild comeback against the Rams. The Niners trailed 17-0 by one point, but fought back to win the match 27-24 in overtime.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the current standings of the matches heading into Sunday night’s final match between the Chargers and the Rams. We’ve also included playoff scenarios for each team that can still participate.

AFC Supplement Ranking

Still alive and likely in

Steelers (9-7-1): Not only are the Steelers surviving, they are almost certain to make the playoffs. As long as the Chargers-Raiders game doesn’t end in a draw, the Steelers will snatch the AFC seventh seed, which means they’ll travel to Kansas City for the Wild Cards Tour.

NFC Match Ranking

Wild Card Tour matches (based on current standings)

AFC (the daring teams decided their title)

(7) Raiders in (2) heads
(6) Chargers in (3) billing
(5) Patriots V (4) Bengals

Goodbye: Titans

NFC (grab all seeds)

(7) Eagles in (2) Pirates
(6) 49ers in (3) Cowboys
(5) Cardinals in (4) Rams

Farewell: Packers

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