61°F
weather icon Mostly Cloudy
NFL

NFL Playoffs: Here are the matchups for the wild-card round

Updated December 31, 2017 - 6:13 pm

Whew! The NFL’s playoff seeds and first-round matchups were set in dramatic fashion.

Buffalo got the final postseason berth when Cincinnati stunned Baltimore. The Bengals scored on a fourth-and-12 play when Andy Dalton hooked up with Tyler Boyd for a 49-yard score with 53 seconds remaining. The unlikely outcome scrambled the postseason picture for five AFC teams: Baltimore, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Kansas City and Tennessee.

The Bills will be in the playoffs for the first time since 1999. They had the longest postseason drought of any pro team in North America.

The Titans earned the other AFC wild-card spot by beating the Jaguars.

New Orleans won the NFC South despite losing at Tampa Bay in the final minute. It was the only division race unsettled going into Sunday. Fellow NFL South teams Carolina and Atlanta earned NFC wild cards.

Baltimore (9-7) and the Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) were eliminated in the AFC. Seattle (9-7) missed out in the NFC.

So the seeds look like this:

AFC

1. New England (13-3)

2. Pittsburgh (13-3)

3. Jacksonville (10-6)

4. Kansas City (10-6)

5. Tennessee (9-7)

6. Buffalo (9-7)

NFC

1. Philadelphia (13-3)

2. Minnesota (13-3)

3. Los Angeles Rams (11-5)

4. New Orleans (11-5)

5. Carolina (11-5)

6. Atlanta (10-6)

The top two seeds in each conference get byes, leaving other eight teams to play next weekend.

Saturday’s games

AFC

No. 5 seed Tennessee (9-7) at No. 4 seed Kansas City (10-6), 1:20 p.m., ESPN

NFC

No. 6 seed Atlanta (10-6) at No. 3 L.A. Rams (11-5), 5:15 p.m., KSNV-3

Sunday’s games

AFC

No. 6 seed Buffalo (9-7) at No. 3 seed Jacksonville (10-6), 10 a.m., KLAS-8

NFC

No. 5 seed Carolina (11-5) at No. 4 seed New Orleans (11-5), 1:40 p.m., KVVU-5

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
 
Sports Betting Spotlight: Carolina Panthers season preview

Las Vegas handicapper Kelly Stewart and Wynn Las Vegas sports book director Johnny Avello join the Review-Journal’s Todd Dewey to preview the Carolina Panthers’ season in the 23rd of a series of 32 NFL team videos.

 
Sports Betting Spotlight: New Orleans Saints season preview

Las Vegas handicapper Kelly Stewart and Wynn Las Vegas sports book director Johnny Avello join the Review-Journal’s Todd Dewey to preview the New Orleans Saints’ season in the 21st of a series of 32 NFL team videos.

 
Sports Betting Spotlight: Houston Texans season preview

Las Vegas handicapper Kelly Stewart and Wynn Las Vegas sports book director Johnny Avello join the Review-Journal’s Todd Dewey to preview the Houston Texans’ season in the 20th of a series of 32 NFL team videos.