A scintillating Week 18 finally answered the question we’ve all been asking: Which teams will lock up the final NFL playoff berths, and what will be the matchups?
Rematches are the theme of all six wild-card games.
The Miami Dolphins earned the AFC’s final spot thanks to Jason Sanders’ late 50-yard field against the Jets, and they will go on to Buffalo, where the Bills paved the way for Miami’s playoff berth by knocking off the New England Patriots.
The Baltimore Ravens lost to the AFC North-rival Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, but that’s OK because the same two teams play again at Cincinnati next weekend.
The Ravens’ loss meant the Los Angeles Chargers are headed to Jacksonville to play a Jaguars team that drilled them, 38-10, in Week 3 at Los Angeles.
The Dallas Cowboys, whose offense struggled in a loss to Washington on Sunday, travel for a second time to Tampa Bay, where their offense struggled in a 19-3 loss to the Bucs in Week 1.
The New York Giants return to Minnesota, where they lost to the Vikings, 27-24, in Week 16.
The Seattle Seahawks, who played their way in by defeating the Los Angeles Rams in overtime Sunday and watching the Green Bay Packers lose at home to the Detroit Lions, are searching for their first win against the 49ers this season. San Francisco won convincingly at home in Week 2, 27-7, before taking the rematch at Seattle in Week 15, 21-13.
Here is the NFL wild-card schedule for this coming weekend (all times ET):
AFC Wild-Card Matchups
Bye: No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs (14-3)
No. 5 L.A. Chargers (10-7) at No. 4 Jacksonville (9-8), 8:15 p.m., NBC
No. 7 Miami (9-8) at No. 2 Buffalo (13-3), 1 p.m., CBS
No. 6 Baltimore (10-7) at No. 3. Cincinnati (12-4), 8:15 p.m., NBC
NFC Wild-Card Matchups
Bye: No. 1 Philadelphia Eagles (14-3)
No. 7 Seattle (9-8) at No. 2 San Francisco (13-4), 4:30 p.m., Fox
No. 6 N.Y. Giants (9-7-1) at No. 3 Minnesota (13-4), 4:30 p.m., Fox
No. 5 Dallas (12-5) at No. 4 Tampa Bay (8-9), 8:15 p.m., ESPN