It took nearly two decades, but the Cleveland Browns have finally ended the NFL’s longest playoff drought. The Browns won a nail-biter over the Steelers, 24-22, on Sunday, which allowed them to officially clinch a postseason berth for the first time since 2002.
The Browns were one of two AFC North teams that locked up a playoff spot with a win during the early slate of games. The Ravens clinched the fifth overall seed in the AFC with a 38-3 win over the Bengals. The biggest loser during the early slate of games was the Dolphins, who got blown out 56-26 by Buffalo.
In the late slate of games, the Packers earned the top seed in the NFC by destroying Chicago 35-16. Even though the Bears lost, they still managed to backdoor their way into the postseason and that’s because the Cardinals also lost. Both teams ended the season with an 8-8 record, but the Bears are heading to the playoffs by virtue of taking the common games tiebreaker.
In the AFC South, the division wasn’t decided until Titans kicker Sam Sloman hit a 37-yard field goal off the upright with no time left to clinch a 41-38 win.
With that in mind, let’s check out how finalized playoff seedings that became official after Washington beat Philadelphia on Sunday night.
AFC playoff standings
AFC Wild Card Round
(7) Colts at (2) Bills
(6) Browns at (3) Steelers
(5) Ravens at (4) Titans
NFC playoff standings
NFC Wild Card Round
(7) Bears at (2) Saints
(6) Rams at (3) Seahawks
(5) Buccaneers at (4) Washington