How Do the NFL Playoffs Work?
How Does the NFL Playoff Schedule Work?
How Does the NFL Playoff Schedule Work If There Is a Tie?
These Are the Qualifications for Teams That Are Tied and Are Fighting for a Conference Playoff Spot:
What Teams Have the Best Chance at Winning in the NFL Playoffs?
Why Are the Teams Ranked?
Ranking doesn't just tell you what team you will face, the team with the higher rank also gets to play at home unless it's the Super Bowl. So sometimes, it all comes down to luck of the draw. Since 1975 22 #1 ranked teams have lost in the first round of the playoffs. That is a lot more than the 15 teams that have lost in the conference championship in that time.
Most of the time, it comes to down to which teams are healthy and playing well at the end of the year. While lower ranked teams are facing an uphill battle and three away games, teams like the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers and 2010 Green Bay Packers have started the playoffs seeded 6th and still won the Super Bowl.
Since 2000, four #2 ranked teams, one #3 ranked team, two #4 ranked teams, one #5 ranked team and 2 #6 ranked teams have won the Super Bowl. It actually comes out to a little more than half the NFL champions who were not #1 seeds.
What is the Current NFL Playoff Schedule?
Nothing says NFL football more than NFL playoff football. Football is the only sport in the US where you can be eliminated after one game and it brings a certain do or die mentality. No player can have an off game and if they do, they get sent home until next season. The NFL playoff schedule is built to help the best teams, but it's also built to get the best teams playing in the most important games.