The NFL playoff bracket is established at the close of each regular season to determine the eventual league champion. In 2020, the Kansas City Chiefs advanced and defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV to win the Lombardi Trophy.
When do the NFL playoffs begin?
The 2021–22 NFL postseason games are scheduled to start on the weekend of January 8–9, 2022
When is the super bowl 2022?
The 55th super bowl will take place on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at LA Stadium at Hollywood Park, Los Angeles, California.
When is the super bowl 2023?
Super Bowl 2023 will take place on Sunday, February 5, 2023, at State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
The postseason bracket includes a total of 12 teams, six from each of the NFL’s two conferences. The four division champions in each conference, AFC, and NFC, automatically qualify for the playoffs. Those four teams are seeded Nos. 1 through 4 based on their overall win-loss record.
The fifth and sixth seeds are chosen as wild card qualifiers. In each conference, the next two teams with the best overall records qualify for the playoffs. The team with the better record is seeded No. 5 and the other No. 6.
There is a system in place to break any ties among the top four seeds and the wild cards. The tiebreaker procedure begins, of course, with head-to-head play. If the teams haven’t played each other, there is a series of tiebreakers including division record, record against common opponents, and more.
The top two teams in each conference receive a bye in the first round of play, which has been dubbed the Wild Card Round. The No. 1 seed faces the lowest remaining seed from the Wild Card Round. The No. 2 seed then faces the other Wild Card Round winner.
The No. 1 seed in each conference also has the benefit of home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The second round of the postseason is known as the Divisional Round and the winners in that round face each other for the conference championship. The AFC and NFC championship games are hosted by the team with the higher seed.
The two AFC and NFC conference champions then able to meet in the Super Bowl. Kansas City won last year’s Super Bowl, which was the franchise’s first such win in 50 years.
The NFL has proposed changing the playoff system which has been in use since the 2002 season. That is when the Houston Texans joined the NFL to give the league 32 teams. Under the new proposal, there would be 14 playoff teams, one additional team in each conference.
In the new system, the only team receiving a first-round bye would the No. 1 seed in each conference. If approved by the league’s owners, the new playoff system could take effect as early as the 2020 season.