NFL Week 17: Packers Clinch NFC’s Top Seed, Burrows’ Big Day, 11 Clinched So Far

Jonathan Grant | January 3rd, 2022

The Green Bay Packers aren’t just heading to the playoffs this year. They are headed there with the NFC’s top seed. And this season, that could mean more than ever before as they will be the only team on their side of the bracket to receive a bye. Traditionally, two teams have received a bye, but that is no longer the case given the change of format, and Green Bay will be looking to take full advantage of that this year. The Packers won easily on Sunday night, defeating division rival Minnesota 37-10 at home to waltz their way toward that top spot.

Cincinnati Bengals

Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns and 288 yards against the Vikings while wide receiver Davante Adams stood out with 11 receptions for 136 yards and a TD. The Packers might be the top spot in their conference, but we now also know ten other teams that will be making their way into the playoffs. One of those is the Cincinnati Bengals, who wrapped up the AFC North race on Sunday with an impressive 34-31 win over the previously-streaking Kansas City Chiefs. Joe Burrow out-dueled Patrick Mahomes by going 30-39 for four touchdowns and 446 yards, and he engineered a six-minute, 74-yard drive that culminated with no time remaining as Evan McPherson kicked a 20-yard field goal to seal the contest. Rookie Ja’Marr Chase’s exploits deserve to be mentioned as well, as he had three touchdown grabs and finished with 266 yards on 11 catches. Neither team turned the ball over in the offensive display, both teams had 23 first downs, and they each racked up over 400 yards of total offensive output in a game that could well be one we see again come to the playoffs in the AFC. That means the Tennessee Titans are now on top of the AFC’s battle for the top seed, holding a 10-5 record and a tiebreaker advantage over the Chiefs. The Bengals are a game behind, so they remain alive in that. Teams that have clinched a spot in the playoffs include all of those we have mentioned except the Vikings, the Bills, the Patriots, the LA Rams, the Tampa Bay Bucs, Cowboys, Cardinals, and Eagles at this time. One game is left, and time is running out to make your move.

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