This is what the NFL playoffs look like

This is what the NFL playoffs look like

Munich –  The  Super Bowl Champion 2021 is wanted. In the final in Tampa Bay on February 7, 2021, the two best teams of the season will face each other. shows the way to the Super Bowl LV in the overview and explains the structure of the NFL playoffs.

This year, 14 teams are in the playoffs for the first time, previously there were always twelve teams. © The  result: ©

 The re are two more playoff games than usual in the wild card round.

Playoff constellations 2021: who meets whom?

Championship Games

NFC: #5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at #1 Green Bay Packers 31:26

AFC: #2 Buffalo Bills at #1 Kansas City Chiefs 24:38

Super Bowl

#5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs #1 Kansas City Chiefs

How did the constellations in AFC and NFC come about?


 The  competitive structure of the NFL is based on the division into two conferences, the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC).

Both are divided into four divisions each. A total of 32 teams from eight divisions are fighting for a place in the playoffs in the regular season. Each team plays 16 games.

Both conferences have their own playoffs. Since this season, seven teams (previously six) have qualified in each conference and are placed in a seeding list based on their balance sheet in the regular season: ©

 The  four division champions are seeded in the conference playoffs. ©

 The  division winner with the best record goes to # 1 (NFC: Packers, AFC: Chiefs) set, the division winner with the worst record goes to # 4 (NFC: Washington FT, AFC: Titans) set.


 The n there are the three teams with the best record in the regular seasonwho are not division champions. ©

 The  team with the best record is at # 5 (NFC: Buccaneers, AFC: Ravens) set that with the weakest at # 7 (NFC: Bears, AFC: Colts). This makes it possible that the seven most successful teams in a conference do not automatically move into the playoffs.

In the case of the same victory-defeat balance, various criteria decide on the distribution of places – from a direct comparison to the conference balance to the strength of schedule.

Seeding lists of the conferences

NFC: #1 Packers (13-3), #2 Saints (12-4), #3 Seahawks (12-4), #4 Washington (7-9), #5 Buccaneers (11-5), #6 Rams (10-6), #7 Bears (8-8)

AFC: #1 Chiefs (14-2), #2 Bills (13-3), #3 Steelers (12-4), #4 Titans (11-5), #5 Ravens (11-5), #6 Browns (11-5), #7 Colts (11-5)

What is the status in the playoffs?

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Wild Card Round

Corresponds to the round of 16. In this round, team # 1 always has a bye (it only starts in the divisional playoffs). In the Wild Card Games, team # 2 meets team # 7 at home, team # 3 plays at home against team # 6 and team # 4 receives team # 5.


#7 Chicago Bears at #2 New Orleans Saints 9:21

#6 Los Angeles Rams at #3 Seattle Seahawks 30:20

#5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at #4 Washington Football Team 31:23


#7 Indianapolis Colts at #2 Buffalo Bills 24:27

#6 Cleveland Browns at #3 Pittsburgh Steelers 35:7

#5 Baltimore Ravens at #4 Tennessee Titans 20:13

Divisional Round


#5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at #2 New Orleans Saints 30:20

#6 Los Angeles Rams at #1 Green Bay Packers 18:32


#5 Baltimore Ravens at #2 Buffalo Bills 3:17

#6 Cleveland Browns at #1 Kansas City Chiefs 17:22

Conference Championships

Corresponds to the semi-finals. ©

 The  winning teams from the Divisional Playoffs of the respective conference meet and determine the two Super Bowl participants. ©

 The  team with the better record in the regular season has home rights.

NFC: #5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at #1 Green Bay Packers 31:26

AFC: #2 Buffalo Bills at #1 Kansas City Chiefs 24:38

Super Bowl


 The  final. ©

 The  winner of the NFC meets the winner of the AFC. Super Bowl LV takes place on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay. (on February 7, from 8:15 p.m. live on ProSieben and

#5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs #1 Kansas City Chiefs

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