For some NFL teams — the Green Bay Packers for example — the end of the 2018 season is nigh, and fans are eager for the year to come to a close. Other franchises are fighting tooth and nail to get to the postseason, however, and the situations are pretty straightforward as we watch the action around the league on the final Sunday of the regular season.
Only two divisions remain undecided, as the AFC North and West divisions still have yet to settle their champions for this season. In the North, the Baltimore Ravens are in with a win, but a loss opens up the door for the Pittsburgh Steelers to sneak into the postseason. The West’s top two teams are fighting for the conference’s best record; the Chiefs will get the division title and home-field advantage in the AFC with a victory, while the Chargers need Kansas City to drop a game to have the opportunity to claim that for themselves. Whichever of those two teams does not win the division earns the fifth seed as the first Wild Card.
The sixth seed in the AFC is down to a pair of AFC South teams that play one another on Sunday. Thus, the fact that the Colts-Titans contest is a win-and-you’re-in matchup means it gets the Sunday Night Football timeslot this week.
In the NFC, all four divisions are locked up, though the Rams could lose out on a first-round bye with a loss to the 49ers and a Bears victory on Sunday. The Seahawks have clinched a playoff berth, however, while the Vikings can do the same with a win today. If the Bears beat the Vikings, Philadelphia could earn that final NFC playoff spot by beating Washington.
All of the games that decide who’s in the postseason will take place in the afternoon or evening, while a few of the early games have some bearing on the seeding of some of the divisional winners.
Join us here at APC as we follow along with all of today’s action throughout this final Sunday of the season.
All games at 1:00 PM ET (12:00 Noon CT)
New Era Field
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Green Bay, WI
East Rutherford, NJ
New Orleans, LA
Raymond James Stadium
All games at 4:25 PM Eastern (3:25 PM Central)
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
M&T Bank Stadium
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City, MO
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos
Broncos Field at Mile High
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings
U.S. Bank Stadium
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles, CA
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
Sunday Night Football
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
7:20 PM CT (8:20 ET)