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2022 NFL playoff picture: Raiders and Steelers thrillingly earn AFC’s final two slots after wild Week 18

2022 NFL playoff picture: Raiders and Steelers thrillingly earn AFC's final two slots after wild Week 18
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In Wild Week 18, the Raiders became the last team to win a playoff game on Sunday when they hit their post-season ticket by winning an additional 35-32 thriller match over the Chargers.

The Raiders win capped an insane day in the NFL that saw a massive upset (by the Jaguars), a huge comeback (by the 49ers) and three runaway wins in overtime (by the Steelers, Raiders and 49ers) in games that completely changed the playoff.

At the end of the Jaguars, they managed to turn the AFC qualifying race on its head when they pulled off a shock 26-11 win from the Colts. The loss by the Colts opened the door for Pittsburgh to enter. The Steelers helped their cause with a 16-13 victory over the Ravens, but they didn’t officially take the berth until the Raiders beat the Chargers on Sunday night. If the Raiders and Chargers had tied, the Steelers would have missed the playoffs and almost tied before Las Vegas could pull off a 47-yard field goal from Daniel Carlson as time expired in overtime.

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 all that in mind, here’s a look at this year’s finalists’ rankings.

AFC Supplement Ranking

AFC Super Wild Card Weekend Schedule

Saturday 15 January
(5) Raiders at (4) Bengals, 4:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
(6) Patriots at (3) Bills, 8:15 p.m. EST (CBS) flow: Paramount+ (click here)

Sunday January 16
(7) Steelers at (2) Chiefs, 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC)

Goodbye: Titans

NFC Match Ranking

NFC Super Wild Card Weekend Schedule

NFC (grab all seeds)

Sunday January 16
(7) Eagles at (2) The Buccaneers, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
(6) 49ers at (3) Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. ET (CBS and Nickelodeon) flow: Paramount+ (click here)

Monday January 17
(5) Cardinals at (4) Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Farewell: Packers

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