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2023-24 NFL Week 18 playoff scenarios and bracket: Packers, Bills, Steelers clinch berths

The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday setting off some AFC playoff dominoes. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills clinched playoff spots with the Jags’ loss. This also gave the Houston Texans the AFC South title.

And later, the Bills gained the AFC East title by beating the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night.


Plus, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers punched their ticket to the postseason capturing the NFC South crown with a sluggish win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. And the Green Bay Packers grabbed the last remaining NFC wild card berth by beating the Chicago Bears.

Below is a glimpse at all the scenarios for every team with playoff life remaining.

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  • Baltimore Ravens (13-4) — AFC North division title, No. 1 seed, first-round bye and home-field advantage
  • Buffalo Bills (11-6) — AFC East division title
  • Kansas City Chiefs (11-6) — AFC West division title
  • Houston Texans (10-7) — AFC South division title
  • Cleveland Browns (11-6) — playoff berth
  • Miami Dolphins (11-6) — playoff berth
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (10-7) — playoff berth

Bracket seedings

  1. Ravens
  2. Bills
  3. Chiefs
  4. Texans
  5. Browns
  6. Dolphins
  7. Steelers


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  • San Francisco 49ers (12-4) — NFC West division title, No. 1 seed, first-round bye and home-field advantage
  • Dallas Cowboys (12-5) — NFC East division title
  • Detroit Lions (12-5) — NFC North division title
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-8) — NFC South division title
  • Philadelphia Eagles (11-6) — playoff berth
  • Los Angeles Rams (10-7) — playoff berth
  • Green Bay Packers (9-8) — playoff berth


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Bracket seedings

  1. 49ers
  2. Cowboys
  3. Lions
  4. Buccaneers
  5. Eagles
  6. Rams
  7. Packers


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Required reading

  • NFL Week 18 playoff standings and projections: Which teams have best chance to make postseason?
  • Russini: What I’m hearing about the NFL coaching carousel entering Week 18
  • NFL Power Rankings Week 18: Browns and Packers move up, plus a lesson from every team

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