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Sports How many teams make the NFL playoffs? Updated standings for 2022 playoff bracket

14:55  13 january  2022
14:55  13 january  2022 Source:   sportingnews.com

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For the second year in a row, fans of 14 different NFL teams will be able to celebrate their team reaching the playoffs.

The NFL expanded the postseason format from 12 to 14 teams in 2020, and that is the case again in 2021, with seven teams from each conference reaching the postseason and the top seed from each getting a first-round bye.

Sporting News is breaking down the current playoff picture, along with the brackets and tiebreaker formats for the league.

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NFL playoff bracket 2022

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Here's a look at the latest NFL playoffs matchups for 2021, updated through Week 18.

AFC

1. Tennessee Titans (BYE)

2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. 7. Pittsburgh Steelers

3. Buffalo Bills vs. 6. New England Patriots

4. Cincinnati Bengals vs. 5. Las Vegas Raiders


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NFC

1. Green Bay Packers (BYE)

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. 7. Philadelphia Eagles

3. Dallas Cowboys vs. 6. San Francisco 49ers

4. Los Angeles Rams vs. 5. Arizona Cardinals

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AFC

Seed Team Record Position
1. Tennessee Titans* 12-5 Home-field advantage leader
2. Kansas City Chiefs* 12-5 AFC West winner
3. Buffalo Bills* 11-6 AFC East winner
4. Cincinnati Bengals* 10-7 AFC North winner
5. Las Vegas Raiders* 10-7 Wild-card spot
6. New England Patriots* 10-7 Wild-card spot
7. Pittsburgh Steelers* 9-7-1 Wild-card spot

NFC

Seed Team Record Position
1. Green Bay Packers* 13-4 Home-field advantage winner
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers* 13-4 NFC South winner
3. Dallas Cowboys* 13-4 NFC East winner
4. Los Angeles Rams* 12-5 NFC West winner
5. Arizona Cardinals* 11-6 Wild-card spot
6. San Francisco 49ers* 10-7 Wild-card spot
7. Philadelphia Eagles* 9-8 Wild-card spot

*Clinched playoff berth

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NFL tiebreakers for playoffs

The NFL has a long system to decide how each team will get into the playoffs to avoid a potential tiebreaking game for any of the spots. They have slightly different tiebreaker formats to decide who advances between the division leaders and the wild card spots.

Here's how the NFL will break a division lead tie between two teams. The same tiebreaker applies to three or more teams, with the only difference being that in step three, there needs to be a minimum of four common games. If only two teams remain tied after the third step, or another is eliminated, the tiebreaker goes back to the first step.

  1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in common games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss

Here's how the league would break a tie in the wild card between two different teams.

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  1. Head-to-head, if applicable.
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  4. Strength of victory.
  5. Strength of schedule.
  6. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  7. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best net points in conference games.
  9. Best net points in all games.
  10. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  11. Coin toss.

Here's how it would shake out for three different teams tied for a wild card spot.

  1. Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tie breaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the two Wild-Card participants.
  2. Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others.)
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in conference games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss

NFL playoff schedule 2022: Updated bracket & TV channels for AFC, NFC championship games .
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