The ultimate week of the NFL season has arrived. Only one playoff spot stays available in each of the NFC and AFC playoff pictures with only a couple of teams still maintaining a glimmer of hope to secure their spot, while several other NFL teams who’ve already clinched playoff berths are jostling for seeding in the ultimate week of the regular season. Seven former Virginia football players are on the rosters of teams who’re within the playoffs or could make the NFL Playoffs in week 18. Read on for full playoff scenarios for each contending team with a former Virginia football player on the roster entering the ultimate week of the regular season.
Kansas City Chiefs (13-3)
UVA alum: Juan Thornhill
NFL Playoff Status: The Chiefs have won the AFC West and may lock up the No. 1 seed within the AFC with a win or a loss by the Bills.
Week 18 opponent: at Las Vegas Raiders (Saturday at 4:30pm ET)
Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)
UVA alum: Anthony Harris (practice squad)
NFL Playoff Status: The Eagles have clinched a spot within the NFL Playoffs they usually can clinch the NFC East title with a win or a loss by the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles may also clinch the No. 1 seed within the NFC with a win or with losses by each the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers.
Week 18 opponent: vs. Recent York Gants (Sunday at 4:25pm ET)
Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
UVA alums: Morgan Moses, Brent Urban
NFL Playoff Status: The Ravens have clinched a berth within the NFL Playoffs, but cannot win the AFC North, because the Bengals already clinched the division title. If the Ravens win against the Bengals on Sunday and get matched up with the Bengals again within the wild-card round, the host of that game shall be determined by a coin flip.
Week 18 opponent: at Cincinnati Bengals (Sunday at 1pm ET)
Los Angeles Chargers (10-6)
UVA alum: Joe Reed (practice squad)
NFL Playoff Status: The Chargers have clinched a berth within the NFL Playoffs and are locked into either the No. 5 or No. 6 seed within the AFC wild-card.
Week 18 opponent: at Denver Broncos (Sunday at 4:25pm ET)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8)
UVA alum: Charles Snowden (practice squad)
NFL Playoff Status: The Buccaneers have secured the NFC South division title and are locked in to the No. 4 seed within the NFC playoffs.
Week 18 opponent: at Atlanta Falcons (Sunday at 1pm ET)
Seattle Seahawks (8-8)
UVA alum: Joey Blount (reserve)
NFL Playoff Status: The Seattle Seahawks need a win over the LA Rams and a loss by the Green Bay Packers as a way to secure the seventh and final spot within the NFC playoffs.
Week 18 opponent: vs. Los Angeles Rams (Sunday at 4:25pm ET)
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