Raiders seal wild-card spot, push Steelers into field with OT win vs. Chargers

Here’s how the NFL playoff picture looks with the 2021 regular season complete:


yz – 1. Tennessee Titans (12-5), AFC South champions: Back-to-back division titlists secured AFC’s bye and home-field advantage with Sunday’s win over the Houston Texans. Week 7 defeat of Chiefs gives Titans all-important tiebreaker. Remaining schedule: TBD

y – 2. Kansas City Chiefs (12-5), AFC West champions: Pulled out a win against Denver Broncos but Texans didn’t help them with an upset Sunday. K.C. will play on wild-card weekend for first time since 2017. Remaining schedule: vs. Steelers, 8:15 p.m. ET Sunday

y – 3. Buffalo Bills (11-6), AFC East champions: They won division thanks to New England’s loss to Dolphins but also finally cleaned up after letting New York Jets hang around. Now Bills must win rubber match with Pats. Remaining schedule: vs. Patriots, 8:15 p.m. ET Saturday

y – 4. Cincinnati Bengals (10-7), AFC North champions: Division winners for first time since 2015. Now focus turns to winning first playoff game in three decades. Remaining schedule: vs. Raiders, 4:30 p.m. Saturday

Las Vegas Raiders safety Roderic Teamer (33) celebrates after cornerback Casey Hayward, right, made an interception against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Las Vegas.

x – 5. Las Vegas Raiders (10-7), wild card No. 1: They won what will likely go down as one of the most memorable games in league history to clinch just their second berth since a Super Bowl 37 appearance following the 2002 season. Goodbye, Los Angeles Chargers, hello playoffs. (The Raiders’ 5-1 record in common games with the Patriots, who were 2-4 in that tiebreaker scenario, moves Vegas to the fifth seed.) Remaining schedule: at Bengals, 4:30 p.m. Saturday

x – 6. New England Patriots (10-7), wild card No. 2: Restored to postseason after one-year, post-Tom Brady hiatus. How many times will Bill Belichick let QB Mac Jones throw in Orchard Park this time…


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