NFL Week 18: Titans Clinch AFC’s Bye, Raiders Beat Chargers To Make Playoffs

Jonathan Grant | January 10th, 2022

The bracket for the NFL playoffs is officially set following the conclusion of week 18 on Sunday. The first bit of news to come out of the day that we’ll talk about is that the Tennessee Titans will be the top seed in the AFC after they narrowly won on the road over Houston by a score of 28-25. Ryan Tannehill led the way by tossing four touchdowns, three of which came in a dominant second quarter that appeared to have given the team from Music City all they needed to seal the top seed in the conference and the bye that comes with at the expense of the Kansas City Chiefs.


Despite that strong quarter, though, the Texans fought back and made a game of it, with Davis Mills and Danny Amendola shining. But at the end of the contest, the Titans had done enough to hang on, and they will have the bye in the AFC. Elsewhere, the other biggest news of the day came as the Las Vegas Raiders claimed the final playoff spot by defeating the LA Chargers 35-32 in overtime. Both teams needed a win in order to sneak into the postseason, and it looked as if the Raiders were bound for it after the first 15 minutes of action as they led 10-0. Justin Herbert, who threw for well over 300 yards, and Austin Ekeler, who had TD’s on the ground and through the air, both had other ideas, though, as they led the Chargers back and make quite a game of it. Herbert had found Mike Williams for a 12-yard TD reception as time expired just to force OT. In the extra period, three field goals went through the uprights, with Daniel Carlson’s second making its way through as time expired, giving the Raiders the win and the right to face the Bengals. In the AFC, Tennessee, as mentioned has the top spot. The matchups are: #2 Chiefs vs #7 Steelers, #3 Bills vs #6 Patriots, and #4 Bengals vs #5 Raiders. The NFC’s top seed will be Green Bay while the matchups are going to be: #2 Buccaneers vs #7 Eagles, #3 Cowboys vs #6 49ers, and #4 Rams vs #5 Cardinals. Those games will take place this coming Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Next Article
  • Chiefs Beat Bills In Wild Finish, Rams Hold Off Bucs

    The NFL’s Conference title games are now set in stone following Sunday’s pair of classic encounters. We’ll begin with the ‘main event,’ so to speak as the Kansas City Chiefs took down the Buffalo Bills in one of the best games in recent years, slaying them 42-36 in overtime to seal a spot back in...

    Read More
  • Doncic Outduels Morant, Hawks Keep Soaring

    Two of the premier young players in the NBA faced off head-to-head on Sunday, and when the dust had settled it was Luka Doncic’s Dallas Mavericks that prevailed over Ja Morant’s Memphis Grizzlies by a score of 104-91. Doncic was extremely impressive in this showdown in front of his home faithful, scoring 37 points and...

    Read More
  • Decisions, Decisions: Ngannou Retains, Figueiredo Reclaims

    The Predator has evolved. Francis Ngannou has long been a very scary man, but his heavyweight title unification bout on Saturday night at UFC proved he is even scarier now. In addition to his hands of steel, the champion displayed a wrestling ability not seen in any of his previous fights as he defeated a...

    Read More
  • Bucks, Suns Pick Up Wins On Quiet Day

    It was a fairly quiet day of action in the NBA on Saturday with three games on the docket, but the two teams that contested last year’s Finals each played and picked up victories. The Milwaukee Bucks, the reigning champs who played without Giannis, got a 133-127 home win over the Sacramento Kings as Khris...

    Read More
  • Suns Slide Past Doncic’s Mavs, Pacers Beat Warriors In OT

    Three games were on the schedule on a quiet Thursday night in the NBA, but there was still plenty left to talk about. The Phoenix Suns stopped the close-to-scorching hot Dallas Mavericks’ four-game winning streak with a 109-101 road win. Luka Doncic delivered a strong showing, scoring 28 points and coming up two rebounds and...

    Read More