NFL Playoff Schedule: The Participants And Rules Of NFL Playoffs

NFL Playoff Schedule: The Participants And Rules Of NFL Playoffs

The holy grail of American football. A knockout tournament designed to find the best team in any given season. The pinnacle of American sport. If you are new to the NFL or American football in general, you may be asking yourself what on earth we are talking about.

This article is designed to introduce you to the NFL playoffs, what they are and how they work.

NFL Playoff Schedule

What is the NFL?

The National Football League (NFL) is the premier professional American football league in North America and is responsible for upholding the integrity of the sport. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association (APFA). The league currently consists of thirty-two clubs from American cities and regions; it is divided evenly into two conferences—the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC), and each conference has four divisions that have four teams each, for a total of 16 teams in each conference. Each team plays sixteen games during a regular season from September to December, resulting in a playoff tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.

How do they decide who wins?

In a way, it’s simple: the team with the most points at the end of 60 minutes is declared the winner. In reality, however, there are multiple ways a game can be won or lost. While showing up and playing your best will always help you win more games than not doing so, this doesn’t tell a complete story on its own. So here’s what actually happens in an NFL game:

A coin toss determines which team will start with possession of the ball first. The visiting team calls “heads” or “tails”. If tails come up, it is considered an automatic victory for tails regardless of what happens afterward; if heads come up, the teams begin play.

The offense is given four downs to move the ball ten yards or score, with the team on offense snapping the ball at their own 35-yard line on first down. If they are able to cross midfield, note that it’s not necessary for them to get an additional five yards in order to receive a new set of downs. A touchdown is worth six points while any other play results in either a field goal (anywhere from one to three points) or a punt on fourth down, which can happen if the team has failed to get past midfield on their second set of downs.

An interception automatically scores six points for the opposing team; after this occurs, possession automatically goes over to them and starts at their own 20-yard line.

A team can also score points by kicking a field goal or through a touchback, which is awarded when an opposing team kicks the ball all the way back to the offense’s 20-yard line (or further). 

The clock stops on any incomplete pass, fumble, or out-of-bounds play; it also stops after every touchdown and at the end of each quarter. The clock restarts once the ball is snapped on the following play.

There are a few other quirks that come into play depending on the situation, but that should be enough to get you started!

What is the NFL playoffs?

The NFL playoffs are a tournament that takes place after the conclusion of the regular season, with the top teams from each division competing for the chance to play in the Super Bowl. The first round is called the Wild Card round and features the two wild card teams from each conference as well as the division winner with the worst record. The next round is called the Divisional round, and pits the winners of the Wild Card round against each other; likewise, it also features matchups between the top two teams in each division. The Conference Championships are then played by the four remaining teams, with one representative from both conferences making it to the Super Bowl. 

What is the format of the NFL Playoffs?

The NFL playoffs have a unique format in that the number of teams in contention changes from week to week. In the Wild Card round, it’s the top two teams from each division and the two wild card teams. The Divisional round features the four winners of the Wild Card round. The Conference Championships are then played by the two remaining teams. The Super Bowl is then played between the winner of the AFC and NFC championship games. 

What are the rules of the NFL playoffs?

The NFL playoffs have the same rules as the regular season, with a few exceptions. In the Wild Card round and Divisional round, teams are given four downs to move the ball ten yards or score; in the Conference Championships and Super Bowl, teams are given three downs instead. The clock also stops differently in the playoffs – on first down, field goals, touchdowns, and interceptions. Additionally, teams cannot go for two points after a touchdown in the playoffs – it must be a regular PAT (point after touchdown). 

When do the 2022 NFL playoffs start?

The 2022 NFL playoffs begin on the weekend of January 4-5, 2022.

Why are there 32 teams in the NFL Playoffs?

There are 32 teams in the NFL Playoffs because each conference is comprised of four divisions; hence, it makes sense to have four divisions competing for a spot in the Super Bowl.

How many playoff games are played before the Super Bowl?

There are two rounds of playoff games (the Wild Card round and Divisional round) before the Super Bowl every year. The winners of these rounds then go on to compete for a spot in another game that takes place after the Super Bowl. This latter game is called the Conference Championship and features one representative from each of the two conferences that have a total of six teams in them. The winners of these two games go on to compete for a spot in another game that takes place after the Super Bowl – the Super Bowl!

What are wild cards?

Wild cards are spots available during NFL Playoffs where any team can take them as long as they meet certain conditions (i.e., they must not win their division). Since there are only two wild card spots up for grabs per conference, these spots often go to those who had poor seasons but performed well at the end of it; thus giving them an opportunity to make it into the playoffs and attempt to snag an AFC or NFC championship. 

Who are the current holders of the wild card spots?

The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys are currently in possession of the wild card spots in their respective conferences. The Rams won their division but had a poor season up until they made it to the playoffs; while the Cowboys lost their divisional game against the New Orleans Saints but then won two consecutive games against Seattle and Philadelphia to make it into the playoffs. Neither team is considered a favorite to win the Super Bowl, but surprises can always happen in the NFL Playoffs!

How many teams make the playoffs?

Generally speaking, 12 teams out of the 32 in the NFL make it to the playoffs. This number changes from year to year, as some teams may have a better season and snag a playoff spot while others may falter near the end. The NFL Playoffs are thus always exciting to follow as there is never really knowing who will make it in and who will be left out.

How Are The Teams Seeded For The NFL Playoffs?

The teams in the NFL playoffs are seeded according to their performance in the regular season. The divisional winners are automatically seeded first through fourth, with the two best wild card teams being placed fifth and sixth. In the case of a tie (or if there is only one wild card team), the better team is given the higher seed. 

What Are The Different Types Of NFL Playoff Games?

There are four different types of playoff games in the NFL: Wild Card round, Divisional round, Conference Championships, and Super Bowl. 

The Wild Card round is when the teams that did not win their divisions but still made it into the playoffs compete; this round has four games total. The Divisional round is when the four winners of the Wild Card round compete against the four divisional winners; this round has two games total. The Conference Championships are when the two winners of the Divisional round compete against each other in one game, with the winner going to play in the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is when the AFC champion and NFC champion fight it out for championship bragging rights.

What Happens If Teams Tie In Their Season Results?

If and when teams tie in their season results (i.e., they both win the same number of games), there is a procedure to follow in order to determine who is seeded higher, and thus goes on to compete in the next round known as the wild card. This process includes comparing how many games these teams won against divisional opponents (if possible since some divisions do not have an equal number of teams). If that doesn’t work, then it’s up to whether or not these tied teams won their divisional games; if it comes down to this tie-breaker, whoever has the best record against common non-divisional league opponents gets seeded higher and goes on. 

What Happens If Two Teams Are Tied In Both Their Season Results And Those Results Are Also The Same?

If two teams are tied in both their season results and those results are also the same, then whichever team won in their head-to-head matchup in the regular season goes on to compete in the next round. 

Why Are There Only Six Teams Competing In The NFL Playoffs, When 12 Engage In The Regular Season?

There are six teams competing during each round of the playoffs because that ensures that there will always be a winner. This means that come every January, someone’s championship dreams are realized when they go all out to win it all! If this wasn’t how NFL Playoffs worked, there would definitely be more than an even chance of having co-champions each year.

This is why the NFL has always adhered to this system for their playoffs… because it’s what’s best for everyone! Best of luck to your team this season, and remember that whether they win or lose, playing hard is always worth it. 

What Is The Wildcard Round?

The wildcard round of the playoffs is an opening round where twelve NFL teams (six from each conference) compete to see who will make it into the divisional round and, eventually, the conference championships and onto the Super Bowl. To see which six teams get in, there are two rounds; within these two rounds, there are four games total. The first game is always between the two lowest seeded divisional leaders, while next up is another game pitting one division leader against another division leader (the winners still competing for a shot at playing their respective divisions’ runner-ups).

What Is The Divisional Round?

The divisional round is when every team’s intensity level goes way up because everyone wants to win! Why? Because the winners of this round automatically make it to the conference championships. There are only two games in this round and both involve the winners of the wildcard round playing against teams who had a bye in the previous week (the bye meaning they didn’t have to compete in the wildcard). 

What Happens If The Same Team Wins In The Wild Card And Divisional Rounds?

If the same team wins in the wild card and divisional rounds, then they go on to compete in the conference championships. 

What Is The Conference Championship Round?

The conference championship round is when there are only four teams left, competing for a chance to make it to the Super Bowl. Two games happen in this round: one between the AFC champion and the NFC champion, and the other between the first place team in the AFC and the first place team in the NFC. 

What Is The Super Bowl?

The Super Bowl is the biggest game of the year! It’s the championship game where the two best teams in the NFL compete to see who will be crowned champions. This game usually happens in late January or early February and is always a huge event. The winning team gets their names engraved on the Lombardi Trophy, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards in all sports.

Is The Super Bowl The Final Game Of The NFL Season?

The Super Bowl is the final game of the NFL season, but it’s not the end of football season. After the Super Bowl, there are various all-star games (the Pro Bowl and the Senior Bowl) as well as the NFL Draft, where teams select college players to join their team for the upcoming season. Finally, there’s preseason training camp and then the regular season starts all over again! 

Why Does The NFL Have Playoffs?

The NFL has playoffs because they are an exciting way to determine a champion. There are always twists and turns in the playoffs and no one knows who is going to make it all the way to the Super Bowl. This unpredictability is one of the things that makes playoff football so much fun to watch!

How to watch the playoff games?

To watch the playoff games, you can either go to an NFL stadium or buy tickets online. The ticket prices depend on which teams are playing and where exactly they are playing, but it’s always a good idea to check out StubHub for deals. You can also watch the game at home with your friends and family; if you do this, make sure to order food and drinks in advance so that everyone can enjoy it!

Current 2022 NFL Playoff picture

What teams have clinched a playoff spot or have been eliminated from the 2022 playoffs? At the moment, there are a total of six teams that have clinched a playoff spot and will be playing in January/February 2022. These teams include:

* Chicago Bears (NFC North leader)

* Dallas Cowboys (NFC East leader)

* New York Giants (NFC Wild Card #1) 

* Los Angeles Rams (AFC West leader) 

* Los Angeles Chargers (AFC West runner-up / wild card #2 seed) 

The Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, and San Francisco 49ers have been eliminated from the playoffs and will not be playing any more games this season. While these teams may not like it – there’s always the next chance!

Who is going to win the Super Bowl?

The best way to answer this question is to wait until all the playoff games have been played! However, at the moment there are a few teams who are looking like they have a good chance of winning it all. The New England Patriots always seem to do well in the playoffs, as do the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs. It’s also tough to count out the Dallas Cowboys or Los Angeles Rams – both of whom had very successful seasons in 2020. As always, anything can happen once the playoffs start so stay tuned!

How does seeding work?

In the NFL, seeding is how teams are ranked in the playoffs. The higher a team’s seeding, the more advantageous their playoff schedule will be (for example, they will have more home games). The four teams who make it to the conference championship round are automatically the top-seeded teams in their respective conferences. 

What happens if there is a tie?

If there is a tie between two or more teams vying for a playoff spot, the tiebreaker criteria are as follows:

* Head-to-head record

* Divisional record

* Conference record

* Points scored

* Points allowed

* Coin flip/random drawing from a hat 

This system ensures that the best teams always make it into the playoffs. What’s more, if any ties remain between teams after this process, they are broken by a random drawing from a hat!

What is the tiebreaker criteria for a Super Bowl berth?

This is a little bit different – in order to determine what team makes it into the Super Bowl, there are two rounds of tiebreakers. The first round consists of the top-seeded team and the remaining teams in order from best record to worst record (the “wildcard” team is #5). In the second round, if necessary, these rankings go back down from #1 all the way to #6 until there is one final playoff spot up for grabs. 

Who decides who gets into the playoffs?

The NFL decides who gets into the playoffs and how teams are seeded.

Who is playing in the Super Bowl?

There will be one team from each conference in the Super Bowl: an AFC champion and an NFC champion. These two teams will play in a winner-take-all championship game on February 17th, 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana! Make sure to tune into FOX TV or go online to watch what could very well turn out to be an epic showdown between NFC and AFC champions! 

As the NFL playoffs rapidly approach, excitement is building for fans of all teams. Whether your favorite team has already clinched a playoff spot or is still in contention, there’s always something to cheer for during the NFL postseason. Here are a few things you need to know about the NFL playoffs:

– The playoffs begin on January 5th, 2022 with the Wild Card round. This is when the four lowest-seeded teams in each conference play against each other. The winners of these games advance to the Divisional round.

– The Divisional round is when the top-seeded teams in each conference play against the winners of the Wild Card round. The winners of these games move on to the Conference Championship round.

– The Conference Championship round is when the AFC champion plays against the NFC champion in one final game that determines who will head to the Super Bowl.

– The Super Bowl is the last game of football for 2022, and it’s when the AFC champion plays against the NFC champion in a winner-take-all championship game. Book your trip to New Orleans now to catch all of this year’s action – we’ll see you there!

How does NFL playoff scheduling work?

The NFL playoff schedule is completely unpredictable. However, we can say with certainty that the best teams will advance to the playoffs and play in a single-elimination tournament until one team remains for each conference: an AFC champion and an NFC champion. These two teams will then play in a winner-take-all championship game on February 17th at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in New Orleans!  Whatever happens, this is certain to be an epic match-up of the best teams in football.

What is the playoff schedule for 2022?

The NFL playoffs are scheduled to begin on January 5th, 2022 with Wild Card weekend. The full NFL playoff schedule is included below:

Saturday, January 5th – AFC Wild Card Game (remaining team #5 seed) @ NFC Wild Card Game (remaining team #6 seed)

Sunday, January 6th – NFC Wild Card Game (remaining team #5 seed) @ AFC Wild Card Game (remaining team #6 seed)

Saturday, January 12th – AFC Divisional Round (home teams determined by divisional ranking #1 to #4)

Sunday, January 13th- NFC Divisional Round (home teams determined by divisional ranking #1 to #4)

Saturday, January 19th – AFC Conference Championship: away team determined by conference record

Sunday, January 20th — NFC Conference Championship: away team determined by conference record

Sunday, February 17th — Super Bowl LVI: home team determined by best regular season record in conference 

Wednesday, February 13th- Friday, February 15th – NFL Pro Bowl (Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI)

Who are the favorites to make it to the Super Bowl?

There are many contenders for the Super Bowl this year, but the two teams with the best odds are the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. These two teams have already proven themselves as some of the best in football, and they’ll be looking to cement their status as Super Bowl champions in 2022! Make sure to tune into FOX TV or go online to watch all of the action as these two powerhouse teams battle it out for supremacy!

What are the odds of my favorite team making it to the Super Bowl?

The odds of any given team making it to the Super Bowl depend on a variety of factors, including the specific strengths and weaknesses of their team as well as how these compare with those of other teams in their conference. There are several metrics that fans can use to measure the odds – most notably, FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo Rankings feature a whole suite of predictors that accurately predict Super Bowl winners every year!

It’s still too early to say who will make it to the Super Bowl. However, based on our knowledge of previous match-ups between contending teams, we can make an informed prediction about which teams will face each other in this year’s championship game…

Is there any way to predict who will win the Super Bowl?

We’re not aware of any reliable predictor that can tell us who will end up winning the 2022 Super Bowl before it actually happens – determined predictions are especially difficult to make given that an impressive number of teams can make a strong run towards the championship game. However, we do know that New England Patriots and LA Rams both finished with impressive records for their respective conferences and they’ll be playing each other during Wildcard weekend.

Does NFL reseed playoffs?

The NFL reseeds the playoffs every year, which means that the four division winners are automatically placed in the Divisional Round. The two teams that earn the best records in their conference (aside from the division winners) are placed in the AFC and NFC Conference Championships, respectively. This ensures that the best teams always compete against each other for a chance to make it to the Super Bowl!

What NFL team has never been to the playoffs?

The Jacksonville Jaguars are currently the only NFL team to have never made it to the playoffs. The Jaguars are also one of three teams that have not won a single playoff game, along with the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns.

What is an NFL bye week?

An NFL bye week refers to the period where teams who automatically qualify for the Divisional Round do not need to compete in games. There are two bye weeks during each playoff round – one for the NFC Conference Championships and one for the AFC Conference Championship matches. This ensures that all qualified teams get at least one week of rest before participating in their next match-up!

Do wild cards always play against another wild card?

This depends on which round they’re competing in within their conference. During the Wildcard Round, wild cards are guaranteed to play against other wild cards. In later rounds, however, teams can end up facing a team from the same conference as themselves – this is especially common in Conference Championships and the Super Bowl!

Do NFC seeding rules apply for AFC games?

No – while there are some similarities between how conferences seed each other during their respective playoff rounds, these rules do not carry over into cross-conference games. This means that AFC Divisional matchups can have very different dynamics from NFC Divisional matchups!

What factors determine which teams get top 4 picks?

There’s no one factor that determines where a given NFL team will fall in the draft order at the start of next season. Some teams may have traded away their first-round picks, while others may have earned high draft picks as a result of their poor performance in the previous season. In general, the order is determined by the team’s win-loss record, playoff results, the strength of schedule, and the position of other teams in their division.

Who has lost the most Super Bowls?

The Buffalo Bills are the only NFL franchise to have lost a record four Super Bowls. The Bills are also the only team to have never won a single Super Bowl during their history, although they managed to return in 1993 and fought valiantly against the Dallas Cowboys before ultimately losing to them again!

Who has won the most Super Bowls?

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the team with the most Super Bowl wins in NFL history – they have won six out of eight possible Super Bowls. The New England Patriots rank second on this list, having won five of nine possible championships so far.

What was the longest ever Super Bowl game?

The Baltimore Ravens managed to beat the San Francisco 49ers by a final score of 34-31 during Super Bowl XLVII, making it the longest game in league history at four hours and 49 minutes! The shortest game on record is still Super Bowl I, which ended after just two hours and 12 minutes.

What are the new rules for the NFL playoffs?

The NFL playoffs have changed a lot over the years, with new rules being added and others being changed or removed altogether. For the 2022 season, there are a few key changes to note: first, the number of teams that make it to the playoffs has been expanded from 12 to 14; second, the Wildcard Round will now be played over two weekends instead of one; third, all games in the postseason – including the Super Bowl – will now be played in prime time so as to provide maximum viewership opportunities.

What are some of the differences between the NFL playoffs and other professional sports playoffs?

One of the key distinctions between the NFL playoffs and other professional sports playoffs is that the NFL features a wild card system. This means that any team that qualifies for the playoffs – regardless of their record – has a chance to make it all the way to the Super Bowl! Additionally, while many sports leagues have conference championships that determine who goes to the World Series/Championship, the NFL only has one Conference Championship per league – this ensures that each conference sends its best team to compete in the Super Bowl. Finally, NFL playoff games are typically scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays in order to maximize viewership, whereas other leagues typically play their championship games on weekdays.

What does a playoff berth mean?

When a team qualifies for the postseason, they have earned a playoff berth. This means that in addition to playing in any one of four postseason games (three if they lose their divisional tiebreaker), this team will also play an additional game in order to determine who goes on to play in Super Bowl! For example, the winner of the AFC West Division will play against the winner of the NFC East Division during Wildcard Weekend even though both teams qualified for the playoffs – this gives them another chance at making it all the way to the Big Game since only two teams from each conference move on.

Is double overtime a thing in the NFL?

Yes! The NFL is the only major professional sports league to use the overtime system, which calls for each team that qualifies for the playoffs to play in at least one game that goes into extra time. This means that if two teams are tied after four quarters of gameplay – or end up tied during overtime – both teams will get another chance to score, putting their team ahead. The first team to score once again wins the game.

Can NFL game end in a tie?

Technically, no. If a game is tied after four quarters of gameplay, the teams will play an additional period known as overtime in order to determine a winner. If neither team manages to score during this overtime period, the game is considered a draw, and both teams are awarded one point each. However, due to the NFL‘s rules on overtime, there is no reason for this to happen.

What are the stages of an NFL game?

NFL games typically consist of four different stages or periods that take place throughout the game. They are as follows: – Kickoff – During the kickoff, each team sends one player (usually their best kicker) to kick the ball towards their opponent’s end zone. The team that kicks the ball must kick it from their own 30-yard line and send the ball down the field to their opponent’s end zone, where their opponents will then try to catch it and run back with it past their own 40-yard line.

– First-quarter – Once both teams have gotten the chance to touch the ball (either through a kickoff or turnover), the first quarter of the game officially begins. This period is divided into two parts: the first half, which lasts for 15 minutes, and the second half, which also lasts for 15 minutes.

– Halftime – At the end of the first half, both teams will typically go to their locker rooms so that they can regroup and eat dinner. The teams will also meet with their coaches in order to discuss strategies for the rest of the game. If neither team is ahead by at least eight points, then the second half of the game will begin once both teams are back on the field.

– Third-quarter – During this period, each team continues to play in order to either move closer to their opponent’s end zone or cut into the ground separating them from their goal line. Each team is awarded four attempts during this period, which usually lasts for 12 minutes.

– Fourth-quarter – This period begins after both teams have had a chance to score. As with the third quarter, each team will have four attempts to score their own touchdown, which will either tie the game or give one team a higher point total than their opponents. However, since each quarter is only 12 minutes long, time might run out before both teams have had a chance to play. If this happens during the fourth quarter, then overtime will occur immediately following the end of the quarter.

What are the rules of an NFL game?

Each team has 11 players during gameplay, with their own goal being to try and get the ball down the field in order to score. This is done by passing between teammates who are spread across both teams, as well as running with the ball and trying to avoid getting tackled by the opposing players. In order for a player to be considered down, they must have either been touched by an opponent or have had the ball knocked out of their hands. If a team manages to get the ball into their opponent’s end zone, they are awarded six points and the team that was scored upon is unable to touch the ball until they’ve gotten a chance to kick it back. This means that if a team scores a touchdown during their initial possession, they will get a chance for two points by kicking the ball through the goalposts and therefore raising them up on either side of the end zone.

What are some American football terms I should know?

This list of terms is only a small sample of what you’ll see during an NFL game, but it includes some of the most common ones that you can look out for:

– Coin toss – Before the first half begins, both teams will meet at midfield and flip a coin to determine who will get to choose whether they want to start the game on offense or defense.

– Down – There are four chances given to each team during an NFL game, which is referred to as a down. To make things easier for viewers, the down is always shown using a number above a football before it begins. For example, if a team has three downs left to go, the number “3” will be shown in a white circle right before kickoff.

– First down – This is the first chance that a team has to move the ball 10 yards down the field. If they’re able to do this, then they are given another four chances (second, third, fourth, and fifth down) in order to move the ball an additional 10 yards.

– Touchdown – When a player carrying the ball manages to run it into or catch it inside the opponent’s end zone, they are awarded six points and a chance to get an additional point by kicking the ball through the goalposts.

– Field goal – If a team is close enough to their opponent’s goal post, they might attempt to score three points by kicking the ball through the uprights.

– Fumble – When a player carrying the ball has it knocked out of their hands, they are said to have fumbled it. This can give the opposing team a chance to take control of the ball.

– Sack – This refers to when a quarterback has been tackled behind where they threw the ball from. If this happens, it will be considered as a loss of down for them.

– Interception – When a player catches the ball that was meant to go to an opposing player or team, this is called an interception and the intercepting player then becomes responsible for bringing the ball down the field.

– Punt – If a team doesn’t think that they have the players to do anything productive with their possession, then they might just decide to punt it. This means that they kick it away, giving their opponents control of the ball and hoping that their opponent will mess up so badly that they’ll lose possession.


The NFL Playoffs are now in full swing, with the Super Bowl just a few weeks away. If you’re curious about what’s going on and would like to understand more about the game, then hopefully this article has given you a good starting point. There’s a lot that goes into American football, but with a little practice, you’ll be able to follow along with ease. Enjoy the playoffs!

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