Last Updated on January 9, 2023 1:01 pm by Erwin Noguera
After an intense last week of the regular season, we have reached the end of the first phase of the NFL, but this does not mean that the emotions will diminish because this weekend, we will have the feelings of the playoff games of both conferences.
On the last day, teams were fighting to get 2 of the remaining spots for the postseason party of the 2022-23 NFL season. The lucky ones were the Miami Dolphins in the American Conference and the Seattle Seahawks in the National Conference.
Each team gave their all in this last game of the regular season, some looking for the classification, others trying to stay with their respective division, or those who dreamed of being first in their conference.
Now, before we get into the Wildcard games next weekend, we will summarize the games on the 18th day of the NFL regular season.
NFL Week 18 – Jaguars vs. Titans – Roundup
Saturday, January 7 at 19:15 ET at the TIAA Bank Field.
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After being the worst team in the NFL last season, the Jacksonville Jaguars were proclaimed divisional champions after defeating the Tennessee Titans 16-20 on the last day of the NFL regular season.
With a 9-8 record, the Jaguars left the Titans, their closest challenger in the AFC South, who finished with a 7-10 record, in the dust.
There is no doubt that Trevor Lawrence, the first pick of the 2021 Draft, has been the critical factor in the team’s rebirth to become the only team to be divisional champions a year after being the worst franchise in the NFL. This hasn’t happened since the Dolphins hoisted the championship trophy in 2008 after having a terrible 2007 season that ended with a 1-15 record.
Although the Titans went into halftime with a 13-7 lead, the Jaguars woke up in the second half of the game to take a big win in the most crucial game of week 18 of the regular season.
With this victory, the Jaguars qualified for the postseason and will have to face the Chargers in the Wild Card Round on Saturday, January 14.
Result: Jaguars (20) – (16) Titans
NFL Week 18 – Patriots vs. Bills – Roundup
Sunday, January 8 at noon ET at the Highmark Stadium.
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The Buffalo Bills paid a fitting tribute on Sunday to Damar Hamlin, who is now out of danger after suffering a heart attack last Monday in the middle of a game against the Bengals, with a win over the New England Patriots that also allowed the Miami Dolphins to qualify for the playoffs six years later.
Nyheim Hines ignited the spark in an emotionally charged atmosphere by returning two kickoffs to the diagonals for the Bills to secure second place in the American Conference with a 35-23 victory over the Patriots.
This loss, coupled with the Dolphins’ win over the Jets, leaves the Patriots eliminated for the second time in the last three years.
The Bills closed the season by winning their last seven games and overcame a tough week. The players were emotionally devastated Monday night when Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest in the middle of the game in Cincinnati.
There is no doubt that the Bills and Patriots gave us an NBA game just the way we like it, with plenty of action. In each quarter, we had points and relentless attacks from both offenses. However, it wasn’t enough for the Bills to qualify; they wanted to take first place in the conference.
With this result, the Bills will face the Dolphins next Sunday, January 15, 2023, in the Wildcard game.
Result: Bills (35) – (23) Patriots
NFL Week 18 – Seahawks vs. Rams – Roundup
Sunday, January 8 at 15:25 ET at the Highmark Stadium.
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Jason Myers converted a 32-yard field goal midway through overtime, and the Seattle Seahawks clinched a playoff berth with a 19-16 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Myers missed a 46-yard attempt when his kick hit the post on the final play of regular time, but when he was given another chance in overtime, he made his fourth field goal of the game to give his team a berth in the postseason.
In addition, with the help of the Lions, who were also eliminated after week 18, the Seahawks won the last National Conference wildcard berth.
The Seahawks and the Rams were in an even more exciting game. The Seahawks needed a victory, and, in addition, that specific results did not combine to be in the postseason party, and they got it.
The Rams went into halftime up 13-6, then got to 16-13 with a few seconds left to take the victory and thus spoil the party for Seattle, but they managed to even the score in the last quarter and sent the game to overtime.
Finally, with Jason Myers’ 32-yard field goal, Seattle achieved the dream victory in overtime.
With this, the Seahawks will visit the 49ers for the Wildcard Round game next Saturday, January 14.
Result: Seahawks (19) – (16) Rams