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.

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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.

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