2017-18 NFL playoff picture decided in last minute

The only real drama of teams getting into the playoffs in the NFC was between the Seahawks and Falcons. Seattle needed to win their game against the Cardinals, then needed the Falcons to lose their game against the Panthers to get in. All Atlanta had to do to clinch a playoff spot, and kick Seattle out was beat the Panthers. Seattle lost to Arizona 26-24 and Atlanta beat Carolina 22-10. Falcons in, Seahawks out.

The AFC was a different story. In that conference, there were three teams competing for the two wildcard spots, the Titans, Bills, and Ravens. For the Titans, it was simple. Win and you’re in. They won. The Ravens had the same scenario as the Titans. If the Ravens didn’t win the Bills were in the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. Both games, Bills at Dolphins, and Ravens at home against the Bengals were decided by one score. The Bills won 22-16 and the Ravens’ fate was decided in the last 60 seconds of their game. Baltimore had scored a touchdown with 8:48 left in the fourth to put them ahead 27-24. The Ravens were standing 49 yards away from their own end zone with 44 seconds remaining when Andy Dalton dropped back to pass. The one thing that couldn’t happen was a long pass. But Dalton found receiver Tyler Boyd wide open on fourth and 12, and he ran it into the end zone. The final score was 34-27. Bills in, Ravens out.

NFC

Seeds:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles
  2. Minnesota Vikings
  3. Los Angeles Rams
  4. New Orleans Saints
  5. Carolina Panthers (Wildcard)
  6. Atlanta Falcons (Wildcard)

AFC

Seeds:

  1. New England Patriots
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars
  4. Kansas City Chiefs
  5. Tennessee Titans (Wildcard)
  6. Buffalo Bills (Wildcard)

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