NFL Playoffs

The NFL Playoffs consist of three rounds: the Wild Card, the Divisional and the Conference Championships. The winners of the AFC and NFC conference championship games go on to face each other in the Super Bowl.

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What does NFC and AFC stand for in football?

The NFC and AFC are the National Football League's conferences.

NFC stands for National Football Conference

AFC stands for American Football Conference

It is somewhat similar to the American League and National League in Major League Baseball, however the National League and the American League in Baseball have different rules (primarily involving the designated hitter), while the NFC and AFC are in the same league, and have identical rules. The NFL's 32 teams are evenly divided into the two conferences, equivalent to the divisions in either Baseball league. Each conference has playoffs to determine its champion at the end of the regular season to decide which teams will play in the Super Bowl, the NFL's championship game. In the Super Bowl, one NFC team and one AFC team play for the league championship. Prior to the 1970 merger of the American Football League and the NFL, The Super Bowls were World Championship games played between the two League champions.

Back in the 60's there were 2 different pro leagues, the AFL (American Football League)and the NFL (National Football League) some time during the late 60's they merged together and became one pro league.

Each conference AFC and NFC is divided up into 4 division so between the both of them there are 8 divisions.

NFC Divisions:

North - Green Bay, Minnesota, Chicago and Detroit

South - Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Atlanta and Carolina

East - Dallas, Washington, Philadelphia and NY Giants

West - San Francisco, Seattle, Arizona and St. Louis

AFC Divisions:

North - Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cinncinati and Baltimore

South - Houston, Tennessee, Indianapolis and Jacksonville

East - New England, Miami, NY Jets and Buffalo

West: Oakland, San Deiago, Kansas City and Denver

This is the way they were re aligned in 2001 to make the NFL more competitive.

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How do you figure out exactly what it will take for a team to make the NFL playoffs?

If you watch ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, and read the sports section in the newspaper, it will tell you all you need to know

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Who was the last to win the NFL MVP and not make the playoffs?

O.J. Simpson of the 1973 Buffalo Bills.

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What football stadium hosted consecutive Super Bowls?

The Orange Bowl in Miami hosted Super Bowls II and III and is the only venue to have hosted consecutive Super Bowls.

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Who is winning the NFL playoffs?

This depends on the year that you are referring to. For the 2013-2014 season, the following teams participated in the NFL playoffs:

  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • San Diego Chargers
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • New England Patriots
  • Denver Broncos
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Carolina Panthers
As of January 24th, 2014, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will be playing in Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2nd, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The two teams will compete to see who will claim the Vince Lombardi Trophy and the title of Super Bowl champion.
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Does NFL Game pass cover the playoffs?

Unfortunately it does not. So not too much point paying $99 for the last 6 weeks... Unless you're a Pats fan. Or aren't satisfied with NFL.com.

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How many times have the New England Patriots won the AFC championship game?

The New England Patriots won seven AFC championship games.

  • 1985, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2011.
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Fifteen yard penalties are given for what kinds of offenses?

In both college and the NFL, personal fouls (such as unnecessary roughness, grabbing the facemask, clipping, roughing the passer/kicker) and unsportsmanlike conduct.

In college, offensive pass interference is a 15 yard penalty and defensive pass interference is 15 yards if the foul occurred 15 or more yards past the line of scrimmage (otherwise, the ball is placed at the spot of the foul). In the NFL, offensive pass interference is a 10 yard penalty and, for defensive pass interference, the ball is placed at the spot of the foul.

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When did the cowboys first make the playoffs?

After the 1966 regular season.

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Did a 7-9 team ever make the playoffs?

Yes, the Seattle Seahawks won the division in 2010 with a NFL worst record of 7-9, making the playoffs ahead of the 6-10 49ers. The Seahawks lost to the Chicago Bears in the divisional round, then the Bears lost to the Green Bay Packers 21-14 and the packers won Super Bowl XLV, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25.

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How wide is an NFL football field?

The official width of an NFL football field is 160 feet.

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What is the value of a 2005 Super Bowl ring?

Answer

Josten's made the ring at an appraised value of $1.50 million. The Cracker Jack Prize ring is worth $4.95 million.

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How many NFL teams go to the playoffs?

12 teams

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What nfl team has the least playoff appearances?

DOLPHINS

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What is the format for the NFL playoffs?

The NFL Playoff is a single elimination tournament. There are six teams from each conference in the playoffs. Four division winners and two "wild-card" teams. these six teams are seeded by their record. The top two teams have a first round bye.
The NFL Playoff system is a four game tournament culminating with the Super Bowl.

The top team in each Conference Division automatically qualifies for the playoffs. In addition, the two non-division winning teams with the best record qualify for the playoffs as wild card teams. The playoff tournamnet is a sudden death tournament. You lose, you go home.

Teams are seeded in the playoffs, ranked 1-6. Teams are seeded by division record, so the team with the best record is the seeded1st, the 2nd best record is seeded second, etc. Division winners are always seeded higher than wild card teams, regardless of record. The top two teams per conference (those teams with the best records) receive byes for the first round of the playoffs. The remaining teams, seeds 2-6, play in the first round of the playoffs.

  • Wild Card Weekend

    The 1st round of the NFL Playoffs is known as Wild Card Weekend. In the wild card round Team 3 plays Team 6 and Team 4 plays Team 5. The higher seeded team is the home team. The winning teams advance to the Divisional Playoffs.

    3rd Seed vs 6th seed

    4th seed vs 5th seed

  • Divisional Playoffs

    In the Divisional Round of the playoffs, The first and second seeds play. The number one seed plays the team with the lowest ranking.

    1st seed vs lowest remaining seed

    2nd seed vs highest remaining seed

  • Conference Championship

    The remaining teams in each Conference (the AFC and the NFC) square off for the conference title. The Winners of the Conference Championship will move on to the Super Bowl.

  • The Super Bowl

    The AFC Conference Champion versus the NFC Conference Champion.


Whoever wins goes on to the next game and the loser goes home.
There are six teams from each conference that make it to the playoffs. They are seeded 1-6 according to their records. The 1 and 2 teams get a bye week in the first round of the playoffs. Whatever two teams make it out of the first round play the other two teams in the second round. The winners of those two games go on to the conference championships. The winners of the conference championships go onto the superbowl
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What 10 and 6 NFL team did not make the playoffs?

In the last 10 seasons (2000-2009), the 2007 Cleveland Browns, 2005 Kansas City Chiefs, and 2003 Miami Dolphins all had a record of 10-6 and didn't make the playoffs.

There have also been 11-5 teams that didn't make the playoffs including the 2008 New England Patriots and 1985 Denver Broncos.

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How are the second round nfl playoff matchups determined?

Highest rank vs. lowest rank per conference.

Same thing with the 2nd game.

ie

#1 vs #4

#2 vs #3

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Where will the NFC championship game be played in 2010?

At the home of the highest seeded NFC team.

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How many teams make it into the playoffs?

NBA- 8 from each conference/16 total

NFL - 6 from each conference/12 total

NHL - 8 from each conference/16 total

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What does seed mean in the NFL?

Seed means the position ranking for each NFL team that makes the playoffs. Six teams from the NFC and six from the AFC are ranked 1 - 6 seeds. Based on each teams record during the regular season or if they have won their division determines how high they are ranked/seeded. Winners of their divisions get the highest rankings 1-4 seeds and the last two teams with the best records over the other teams in each conference get the final two wild card seeds 5-6. The 1 and 2 seeds in each conference get the first week off from the playoffs while seed 3 plays seed 6 and seed 4 plays seed 5.
Seed is synonymous with rank. There are six seeds in each conference, corresponding to the top 6 ranked teams at the end of the regular season.

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Are the Oakland Raiders the only team to sweep their division and not make the playoffs?

Yes, as of 2014, the Oakland Raiders are the only team to gave swept their division and not make the playoffs which occurred in 2010.

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What was the Highest scoring soccer match?

Believe it or not, the answer is 149 - 0. AS Adema defeated Stade Olymique L'Emyrne (SOE) 149-0 in 2002, and in fact, managed it without scoring a goal themselves. SOE started scoring own goals in protest of a couple of bad refereeing decisions. SOE persevered, scoring a goal every 40 seconds, while Adema's players could only stand and watch as SOE self destructed. I mean after about 100 goals or so, you might think they might have stopped, but no - they continued till the final whistle. This was a league game in Madagascar's top division.

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How many teams make the playoffs in MLB?

Eight. Four teams make the playoffs in each league. There are three divisions in each league and the three teams that wind up in first place in their division make the playoffs. The fourth team to make the playoffs is the team that did not win their division but has the best overall record of all the teams that did not win their division. That team is called the "wildcard" team.

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What do AFC and NFC stand for?

American Football Conference National Football Conference

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How many Wildcard teams make playoffs?

Four (4) Per NFL.com The two Wild Card teams are automatically seeded fifth and sixth in each conference. Teams with identical overall records are ranked based on the following NFL tiebreaking procedures. NFL Tiebreaking Procedures (March 20, 2002) -- With the NFL realigning into eight four-team divisions to accommodate the arrival of the Houston Texans, the league adopted new tiebreaking rules. Common opponents will now be the third tiebreaker within a division after head-to-head games and division record because each of the four teams will have 14 common games in the 16-game schedule. The owners also moved the strength-of-victory tiebreaker ahead of the strength-of-schedule tiebreaker. The six postseason participants from each conference will now be seeded as follows: 1. The division champion with the best record. 2. The division champion with the second-best record. 3. The division champion with the third-best record. 4. The division champion with the fourth-best record. 5. The Wild Card club with the best record. 6. The Wild Card club with the second-best record. The following procedures will be used to break standings ties for postseason playoffs and to determine regular-season schedules. NOTE: Tie games count as one-half win and one-half loss for both clubs. TO BREAK A TIE WITHIN A DIVISION If, at the end of the regular season, two or more clubs in the same division finish with identical won-lost-tied percentages, the following steps will be taken until a champion is determined. Two Clubs 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. Three or More Clubs (Note: If two clubs remain tied after third or other clubs are eliminated during any step, tie breaker reverts to step 1 of the two-club format). 1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games among 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. TO BREAK A TIE FOR THE WILD-CARD TEAM If it is necessary to break ties to determine the two Wild-Card clubs from each conference, the following steps will be taken. 1. If the tied clubs are from the same division, apply division tie breaker. 2. If the tied clubs are from different divisions, apply the following steps. Two Clubs 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. Three or More Clubs (Note: If two clubs remain tied after third or other clubs are eliminated, tie breaker reverts to step 1 of applicable two-club format.) 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 When the first Wild-Card team has been identified, the procedure is repeated to name the second Wild-Card, i.e., eliminate all but the highest-ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. In situations where three or more teams from the same division are involved in the procedure, the original seeding of the teams remains the same for subsequent applications of the tie breaker if the top-ranked team in that division qualifies for a Wild-Card berth. OTHER TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURES 1. Only one club advances to the playoffs in any tie-breaking step. Remaining tied clubs revert to the first step of the applicable division or Wild-Card tie breakers. As an example, if two clubs remain tied in any tie-breaker step after all other clubs have been eliminated, the procedure reverts to step one of the two-club format to determine the winner. When one club wins the tie breaker, all other clubs revert to step 1 of the applicable two-club or three-club format. 2. In comparing division and conference records or records against common opponents among tied teams, the best won-lost-tied percentage is the deciding factor since teams may have played an unequal number of games. 3. To determine home-field priority among division titlists, apply Wild-Card tie breakers. 4. To determine home-field priority for Wild-Card qualifiers, apply division tie breakers (if teams are from the same division) or Wild-Card tie breakers (if teams are from different ivisions). TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURE FOR SELECTION MEETING If two or more clubs are tied in the selection order, the strength-of-schedule tie breaker is applied, subject to the following exceptions for playoff clubs: 1. The Super Bowl winner is last and the Super Bowl loser next-to-last. 2. Any non-Super Bowl playoff club involved in a tie shall be assigned priority within its segment below that of non-playoff clubs and in the order that the playoff clubs exited from the playoffs. Thus, within a tied segment a playoff club that loses in the Wild-Card game will have priority over a playoff club that loses in the Divisional playoff game, which in turn will have priority over a club that loses in the Conference Championship game. If two tied clubs exited the playoffs in the same round, the tie is broken by strength of schedule. If any ties cannot be broken by strength of schedule, the divisional or conference tie breakers, whichever are applicable, are applied. Any ties that still exist are broken by a coin flip.

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