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NFL playoff schedule and picture: Ryan Succop saves Chargers, dooms Steelers

NFL playoff schedule and picture: Ryan Succop saves Chargers, dooms Steelers

AFC first-round byes: (1) Broncos (Sun 12, 4:40 ET; CBS), (2) Patriots (Sat 11, 8:15 ET; CBS)

AFC wild card: (6) Chargers at (3) Bengals (Sun, 1:05 ET; CBS); (5) Chiefs at (4) Colts (Sat, 4:35 ET; NBC)

NFC first-round byes: (1) Seahawks (Sat 11, 4:35 ET Fox), (2) Panthers (Sun 12, 1:05 ET; Fox)

NFC wild card: (6) Saints at (3) Eagles (Sat, 8:10 ET; NBC); (5) 49ers at (4) Packers (Sun, 4:40 ET; Fox)

Here's the final playoff picture. Ryan Succop's missed field-goal attempt for the Chiefs at the end of regulation gave the Chargers new life, and San Diego then eliminated Pittsburgh with an overtime win (a tie would have been enough).

The Steelers had won twice and got two Dolphins losses and two Ravens losses and a Jets win against the Browns just to escape elimination in the last two weeks, but Pittsburgh didn't get the one Chargers loss it also needed. A Succop field goal would have sent Pittsburgh to Cincinnati next week.

The Chargers got the Ravens loss at the Bengals and the Dolphins loss to the Jets they needed earlier in the day. A win by the Ravens or Dolphins (coupled with a loss by the other) would have sent either team to the playoffs and ended San Diego's hopes.

The Broncos held off the Patriots for the top seed, and New England edged the Bengals for a first-round bye.

In the NFC, the Panthers became the first division champion earlier in the day, and the Packers andSeahawks followed later. The Packers won a winner-take-all showdown at the Bears. The Eagles beat the Cowboys in their winner-take-all game and will welcome the Saints to open the playoffs on Saturday.

The Saints clinched a playoff berth with a win against the Buccaneers and were locked into the No. 6 slot when the 49ers won at the Cardinals, setting up a trip to Green Bay for the 49ers.

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