KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NFL season is coming to a close and will end with an AFC West divisional matchup with a multitude of playoff implications.
By the time the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders kick off, the Kansas City Chiefs will know their seed within the AFC.
The Chiefs play the Denver Broncos on Monday giving them a chance to lock up a top-2 finish, and the Tennessee Titans play the Houston Texans at 1 p.m. on Sunday which could decide who goes in as the top team in the conference.
The final drop in the AFC seeding bucket will come from the result between the AFC West rivals.
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (9-7)
Las Vegas clinches playoff berth with:
- Las Vegas win OR
- Las Vegas tie + Indianapolis loss OR
- Indianapolis loss + Pittsburgh loss or tie
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (9-7)
Los Angeles Chargers clinch playoff berth with:
- Los Angeles Chargers win or tie
For Los Angeles, it is simple: Win and you’re in.
The Raiders, however, have a few more albeit unlikely scenarios on their side for a spot in the tournament.
If the Chargers win, they will set up a potential visit to GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium to face the Chiefs in the first round.
A Raiders victory will potentially catapult them to the No. 6 seed and a road trip to Cincinnati.
That is, of course, if all teams that are favorites to win their week 18 matchups win.