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The NFL playoffs are here. The regular season ended on Sunday in a wild way, to say the least, as several teams were eliminated from playoff contention. It ended Sunday night with the Oakland Raiders defeating the Los Angeles Chargers in a battle for the win or homecoming. But the interesting thing is that if the game ended in a tie, both teams would be participating in the playoffs, and the Pittsburgh Steelers would be eliminated. And it was close to a tie when the Raiders kicked a game-winning field goal with just seconds remaining in overtime.

“I’m pretty balanced. I think personality-wise, I’m kind and the experiences helped get more and more of these,” Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson said, according to the team’s official website. “For me, it’s just doing the same thing if I’m in practice — every other kick in that game was just as important. The first four were just as important as the last… It’s definitely something I’ve tried to get used to a little more. However, that’s what makes him so much fun, especially as a kicker. It’s not that our work gets boring, but the butterflies, the adrenaline rush, those big kicks, that’s what makes it exciting.”

Here’s a look at the 14 NFL teams that qualified for the playoffs this year.

No. 1 seeds (Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

AFC: Tennessee Titans (12-5)

NFC: Green Bay Packers (13-4)

The Titans have played consistent football despite not having Derrick Henry for half the season. The Packers are arguably the best team in the league, and Aaron Rodgers could win the MVP award.

prevnext No. 2 Seeds (Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

AFC: Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)

NFC: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4)

After a slow start, the Chiefs are on pace to reach the Super Bowl for the third straight year. The Buccaneers, who are the defending champions, have been strong all season, and Tom Brady has had an MVP-like year.

prevnext No. 3 Seeds (Photo: Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

AFC: Buffalo Bills (11-6)

NFC: Dallas Cowboys (12-5)

The Bills are looking to take the next step after reaching the AFC Championship game last year. The Cowboys are back in the playoffs and have all the tools to win their first Super Bowl in 25 years.

prevnext No. 4 Seeds (Photo: Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

AFC: Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)

NFC: Los Angeles Rams (12-5)

The Bengals return to the playoffs for the first time since 2015. The Rams are looking to return to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2018.

prevnext No. 5 Seeds (Photo: Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

AFC: Las Vegas Raiders (10-7)

NFC: Arizona Cardinals (11-6)

The Raiders are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and they did so with an interim head coach. The Cardinals are looking to get back on track after winning their first seven games of the season.

prevnext No. 6 Seeds (Photo: Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

AFC: New England Patriots (10-7)

NFC: San Francisco 49ers (10-7)

For the Patriots, this will be the first time since 1998 that they will play in the postseason without Tom Brady as their starting QB. The 49ers are back in the playoffs and looking to have the same success they had in 2019 when they made it to the Super Bowl.

prevnext No. 7 Seeds (Photo: Justin Berl/Getty Images)

AFC: Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1)

NFC: Philadelphia Eagles (9-8)

This could be the last time the Steelers play in the postseason with Ben Roethlisberger as their starting quarterback. The Eagles entered the postseason with a new head coach in Nick Sirianni and a new starting quarterback in Jalen Hurts.


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NFL Playoffs 2021: the 14 teams that qualified for the postseason – Home