(CNN)And so, there were 14.
After a wild Week 18 of regular season NFL action, the playoff picture was confirmed with the lucky 14 teams learning their match-ups as the day developed.
There were twists and turns, with surprise losses and overtime wins, before a classic between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers capped a remarkable Sunday.
Thanks to a 47-yard Daniel Carlson field goal as time expired overtime, the Raiders clinched a playoff berth with a 35-32 victory -- in the process knocking out the Chargers -- in a game which contained everything an NFL fan would need: explosive plays, a big comeback and a thrilling subplot with a playoff spot on the line.
Playing at home, the Raiders built a large lead over the first three quarters, with Josh Jacobs running for a career-high 132 yards, including a touchdown.
But despite trailing by 15 points heading into the fourth quarter, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert and the rest of his team showed their spirit to climb back into the game.
A 23-yard touchdown pass from Herbert to Josh Palmer gave the Bolts hope, and a methodical, 19-play, 83-yard drive capped by Herbert's dagger pass to Mike Williams with time running out sent the game to overtime.
After the two teams exchanged field goals during the opening drives of overtime, Carlson's kick with time expiring sent the Raiders to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
And for a team which has had a tumultuous season -- head coach Jon Gruden resigned after reports emerged of him using homophobic, racist and misogynistic language in emails while he worked as an ESPN analyst -- it is the perfect culmination for interim head coach Rich Bisaccia.
"We just found a way to have a chance to win at the end," Bisaccia said.
"We've been in this situation before ... just can't say enough about how this team prepares and going into the game and playing like that. They believe in each other when they go out there. They don't blink."
Clinching a spot
With the victory, the Raiders earned themselves the fifth seed in the AFC and a clash against the Cincinnati Bengals in the playoffs.
The victory also helped seal a playoff spot for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who advanced to the postseason after a wild series of events earlier in the day.
Needing an Indianapolis Colts loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars -- who had lost their previous eight games -- and needing to beat their division rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, away from home, Pittsburgh's chances were slim.
However, the Jaguars dominated the Colts, winning 26-11, while the Steelers needed their own overtime field goal from Chris Boswell to beat the Ravens, 16-13.
And although there was a wild scenario where if the Charg