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Full 2023 NFL playoff bracket after Week 18

We update the 2023 NFL playoff bracket as the league works through Week 18.

Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks out with teammates before a game against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field on January 01, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

The 2022-23 NFL regular season comes to a close this weekend and by approximately 11:15 p.m. ET Sunday evening, we’ll know what the full bracket looks like for the 2023 NFL Playoffs. All 14 teams will be settled, both No. 1 seeds will be secured, and all six Wild Card weekend matchups will be settled.

Week 18 opens with a Saturday doubleheader and both games have playoff implications. The Raiders host the Chiefs and the Jaguars host the Titans. The Chiefs can secure the No. 1 seed with a win while the winner of the latter game clinches the AFC South.

Sunday brings 14 games and 11 of them could implicate the playoff picture. Some could change as earlier games finish up, so that could change. For example, if the Ravens lose to the Bengals in the 1 p.m. window, the Chargers will not have anything to play for against the Broncos in the 4 p.m. window.

Below is a look at the updated playoff bracket as Week 18 gets underway. We’ll be updating this all day Saturday and Sunday until the final bracket is settled for the 2023 NFL Playoffs. The only two spots locked in heading into Week 8 are in the NFC with the Bucs at No. 4 and the Giants at No. 6. The winner of the AFC South will clinch the No. 4 seed. Everything else is in flux. Teams that have locked in a bye are bolded and italicized.

Saturday 7 p.m. update: The Chiefs thumped the Raiders to secure the No. 1 seed. They get a first round bye, but the AFC title game would be at a neutral site if the Bills win on Sunday.

Saturday 11:10 p.m. update: The Jaguars beat the Titans to win the AFC South and get into the playoffs, which knocked the Titans out of the playoffs. They will have the No. 4 seed and will play the Chargers or the Ravens.

Sunday 1 p.m. window update

The AFC bracket is officially set. The Bills beat the Patriots and the Dolphins beat the Jets, which means Miami clinched the final wild card berth and eliminated New England and Pittsburgh. Buffalo’s win means if they face the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game, it will take place at a neutral site. The Bengals beat the Ravens and that means that Cincinnati will host Baltimore in the Wild Card round. The Chargers play in the 4:25 p.m. window, but they are locked into the No. 5 seed.

Sunday 4:25 p.m. window update

The NFC playoff bracket is almost settled. The Eagles clinched the No. 1 seed with a win over the Giants. The 49ers crushed the Cardinals to secure the No. 2 seed and leave the Vikings in the No. 3 seed. The Seahawks beat the Rams in overtime, and now await Lions vs. Packers on Sunday Night Football. If the Packers win, Green Bay goes to the playoffs. If the Lions win, Seattle goes to the playoffs.

Sunday Night Football update

The Lions beat the Packers 20-16. That clinched the final wild card berth for the Seahawks. The playoff bracket is officially finalized.

NFC playoff bracket

#1 Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) — BYE

#2 San Francisco 49ers (13-4) vs. #7 Seattle Seahawks (9-8)
#3 Minnesota Vikings (13-4) vs. #6 New York Giants (9-6-1)
#4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8) vs. #5 Dallas Cowboys (12-5)

AFC playoff bracket

#1 Kansas City Chiefs (13-3) — BYE

#2 Buffalo Bills (13-3) vs. #7 Miami Dolphins (9-8)
#3 Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) vs. #6 Baltimore Ravens (10-7)
#4 Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8) vs. #5 Los Angeles Chargers (10-6)