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

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For the 2nd twelvemonth successful a row, fans of 14 antithetic NFL teams volition beryllium capable to observe their squad reaching the playoffs.

The NFL expanded the postseason format from 12 to 14 teams successful 2020, and that is the lawsuit again successful 2021, with 7 teams from each league reaching the postseason and the apical effect from each getting a first-round bye.

The playoff representation remains choky successful some conferences. And with 2 weeks remaining connected the schedule, the last spots are definite to travel down to the wire.

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

MORE: Everything to cognize astir the 2022 NFL playoffs

How galore teams marque the NFL playoffs successful 2022?

There volition beryllium 7 teams that scope the NFL playoffs successful each conference, meaning 14 teams full volition extremity the 2021 regular play with a accidental to triumph a Super Bowl.

As of the extremity of Week 17, 13 teams person been wholly eliminated from the discussion. Five teams person officially punched their summons successful the AFC portion six teams are acceptable successful the NFC, leaving 3 full playoff spots up for grabs heading into Week 18.

NFL playoff bracket 2022

Here's a look astatine the latest NFL playoffs matchups for 2021, updated done Week 17.

AFC

1. Tennessee Titans (bye)
2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. 7. Los Angeles Chargers
3. Cincinnati Bengals vs. 6. Indianapolis Colts
4. Buffalo Bills vs. 5. New England Patriots

NFC

1. Green Bay Packers (bye)
2. Los Angeles Rams vs. 7. Philadelphia Eagles
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. 6. San Francisco 49ers
4. Dallas Cowboys vs. 5. Arizona Cardinals

NFL playoff picture

AFC

Seed Team Record Position
1. Tennessee Titans* 11-5 Home-field vantage leader
2. Kansas City Chiefs* 11-5 AFC West winner
3. Cincinnati Bengals* 10-6 AFC North winner
4. Buffalo Bills* 10-6 AFC East leader
5. New England Patriots* 10-6 Wild-card spot
6. Indianapolis Colts 9-7 Wild-card spot
7. Los Angeles Chargers 9-7 Wild-card spot

NFC

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

*Clinched playoff berth

NFL tiebreakers for playoffs

The NFL has a agelong strategy to determine however each squad volition get into the playoffs to debar a imaginable tiebreaking crippled for immoderate of the spots. They person somewhat antithetic tiebreaker formats to determine who advances betwixt the part leaders and the chaotic paper spots.

Here's however the NFL volition interruption a part pb necktie betwixt 2 teams. The aforesaid tiebreaker applies to 3 oregon much teams, with the lone quality being that successful measurement three, determination needs to beryllium a minimum of 4 communal games. If lone 2 teams stay tied aft the 3rd step, oregon different is eliminated, the tiebreaker goes backmost to the archetypal step.

  1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percent successful games betwixt the clubs).
  2. Best won-lost-tied percent successful games played wrong the division.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percent successful communal games.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percent successful games played wrong the conference.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among league teams successful points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among each teams successful points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best nett points successful communal games.
  10. Best nett points successful each games.
  11. Best nett touchdowns successful each games.
  12. Coin toss

Here's however the league would interruption a necktie successful the chaotic paper betwixt 2 antithetic teams.

  1. Head-to-head, if applicable.
  2. Best won-lost-tied percent successful games played wrong the conference.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percent successful communal games, minimum of four.
  4. Strength of victory.
  5. Strength of schedule.
  6. Best combined ranking among league teams successful points scored and points allowed.
  7. Best combined ranking among each teams successful points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best nett points successful league games.
  9. Best nett points successful each games.
  10. Best nett touchdowns successful each games.
  11. Coin toss.

Here's however it would shingle retired for 3 antithetic teams tied for a chaotic paper spot.

  1. Apply part necktie breaker to destruct each but the highest ranked nine successful each part anterior to proceeding to measurement 2. The archetypal seeding wrong a part upon exertion of the part necktie breaker remains the aforesaid for each consequent applications of the process that are indispensable to place the 2 Wild-Card participants.
  2. Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable lone if 1 nine has defeated each of the others oregon if 1 nine has mislaid to each of the others.)
  3. Best won-lost-tied percent successful games played wrong the conference.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percent successful communal games, minimum of four.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among league teams successful points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among each teams successful points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best nett points successful league games.
  10. Best nett points successful each games.
  11. Best nett touchdowns successful each games.
  12. Coin toss

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