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2022 NFL Playoff Clinching Scenarios and Standings for Week 13


Week 14 on Sunday Night Football includes a matchup between Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins against Justin Herbert and the LA Chargers at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night in America on NBC and Peacock. December is here and Week 14 implies that we’re officially fascinated with the NFL playoff picture, and who might be in contention for a spot in Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona, this February. Here’s how things stand within the playoff picture heading into the weekend:

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Where do the Dolphins and Chargers stand within the 2022 NFL Playoff Picture ahead of Week 14?

Miami Dolphins:

Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins (8-4) are currently in Wild Card position despite a brutal 33-17 loss against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 13 where the third-year QB injured his ankle on a strip sack late within the 4th quarter. Based on Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel, the injury shouldn’t be serious and Tagovailoa is predicted to begin this Sunday. The Dolphins are 14-3 in Tagovailoa’s last 17 starts dating back to Week 11 last season and look to make their first playoff appearance since 2016. Tagovailoa currently leads the NFL in passer rating (112.0) and yds/attempt (9.02).

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LA Chargers:

Herbert and the LA Chargers (6-6) are currently within the hunt for a playoff spot and sit one game behind the Recent England Patriots after picking up their third loss within the last 4 games last Thursday against the Raiders. The Chargers haven’t made it to the playoffs since 2018 once they lost 48-21 within the Divisional round to the Recent England Patriots. Herbert, also a third-year quarterback drafted one pick behind Tagovailoa in 2020, is seeking to make his first profession playoff appearance.

See below for the 2022 NFL playoff clinching scenarios and standings for Week 14 in addition to additional information on watch and live stream this week’s Dolphins vs Chargers match-up.

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2022 NFL Playoff Clinching Scenarios for Week 14:

Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) vs Denver Broncos (3-9) – Sunday, December 11 (4:05 PM ET)

The Kansas City Chiefs can clinch the AFC West division title with the next:

  • A win against the Broncos AND a LA Chargers loss against the Miami Dolphins.

Minnesota Vikings (10-2) vs. Detroit Lions (5-7) – Sunday, December 11 (1:00 PM ET)

The Minnesota Vikings can clinch the NFC North division title this Sunday with the next:

  • A win or tie against the Lions.

Philadelphia Eagles (11-1) vs Recent York Giants (7-4-1) – Sunday, December 11 (1:00 PM ET)

The Philadelphia Eagles can clinch a playoff berth with the next:

  • A win or tie against the Recent York Giants


  • A San Francisco 49ers loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers AND a Seattle Seahawks loss against the Carolina Panthers.

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AFC Standings – Week 14

  1. Buffalo Bills (9-3)
  2. Kansas City Chiefs (9-3)
  3. Baltimore Ravens (8-4)
  4. Tennessee Titans (7-5)
  5. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4)
  6. Miami Dolphins (8-4)
  7. Recent York Jets (7-5)

Within the Hunt:
Recent England Patriots (6-6)
Los Angeles Chargers (6-6)
Las Vegas Raiders (5-7)

NFC Standings – Week 14

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (11-1)
  2. Minnesota Vikings (10-2)
  3. San Francisco 49ers (8-4)
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6)
  5. Dallas Cowboys (9-3)
  6. NY Giants (7-4-1)
  7. Seattle Seahawks (7-5)

Within the Hunt:
Washington Commanders (7-5-1)
Detroit Lions (5-7)
Green Bay Packers (5-8)

Which teams have been eliminated from playoff contention?

The Bears (3-10) and Texans (1-10-1) were each eliminated from playoff contention in Week 13. The Cardinals and Broncos could face elimination in Week 14.

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  • Where: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California
  • When: Sunday, December 11
  • Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET; live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Stream liveWatch survive Peacock or with the NBC Sports App

What time is kickoff for the Miami Dolphins vs LA Chargers game?

Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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