Ravens stun Chargers, Titans rip Redskins to boost playoff hopes

Arnold Nichols
December 25, 2018

The Steelers and Baltimore Ravens will each be fighting for the AFC North crown and the final spot in the AFC playoffs next week.

Here's the state of play after Week 16.

Elsewhere, the Cowboys became the final NFC team to clinch a division title after beating the Buccaneers and improving to 9-6.

If they can pull off one last win in Nissan Stadium and pair it with a Texans loss to the Jaguars, Tennessee will overtake its rival Houston at the top of the division.

Minnesota Vikings 8-6-1, wild card.

The Chargers must win in Denver on Sunday to have any hopes of leapfrogging the Chiefs in the AFC West.

The New England Patriots have now claimed the No. 2 seed in the AFC.

Including the Texans, Patriots and Steelers, there are eight teams who still have a shot at the four remaining spots.

If the Houston Texans lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17, the victor of the matchup between Tennessee and Indianapolis will become the AFC South champion.

The AFC North is also still up for grabs but the Ravens are now in pole position. You could argue that the 22-10 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers is the franchise's most important victory since their 2014 playoff win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Ravens (9-6) control their own destiny, and must beat the Browns in week 17 to clinch the division over the Steelers (8-6-1).

Kansas City Chiefs 11-4, first in AFC West. The Houston Texans (9-4) have a fast track to the third seed and maybe the second seed if things break right for them.

The Seattle Seahawks have clinched an NFC wild-card berth.

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