How NFL Playoffs Work?
The playoff system of the NFL is complex and confusing for the new spectators. The American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC) are the two conferences that make up the 32-team National Football League. Each conference comprises 16 teams as of 2002, and the 16 teams are further divided into four divisions, each with four teams.
The wild-card round is the name given to the opening round of the playoffs. The division winner with the second seed hosts the seven-seed wild card in this round, the third seed hosts the sixth, and the fourth seed hosts the fifth. The division champion from each conference with the best record earns a first-round bye, moving them directly to the divisional round of the second round, where they host the team with the lowest remaining seed from the first round.
The higher seed hosts the game between the other two wild-card round winners. The AFC and NFC Conference Championship games, hosted by the higher-seeded club, feature the two teams from each conference's divisional-round playoff games. The victors of those competitions then compete against one another in the Super Bowl, which is held at a pre-selected neutral location.