For the second year in a row, fans from 14 different NFL teams will be able to celebrate their team reaching the playoffs.

The NFL expanded the playoff format from 12 to 14 teams in 2020, and that’s the case again in 2021, with seven teams from each conference reaching the playoffs and the seed of each securing a pass. in the first round.

The playoff table remains tight in both conferences, with five AFC teams tied for a record 8-6 and three teams tied in the NFC at 7-7, all vying for the last wild places. card. And with many key games remaining on the calendar, the last spots are sure to be played out on the wire.

Sporting News breaks down the current playoff image, as well as the tie-breaking media and formats for the league.

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How many teams will make the NFL playoffs in 2022?

There will be seven teams that reach the NFL playoffs in each conference, meaning a total of 14 teams will end the 2021 regular season with a chance to win a Super Bowl.

By the end of Week 15, only five teams had been completely eliminated from the discussion: the Jaguars, Lions, Texans, Jets and Bears. Only one team has officially punched their ticket, with the Packers clinching NFC North with a win on Sunday against the Ravens.

2022 NFL Playoff Support

Here’s a look at the final NFL playoff games for 2021, updated through Week 15.

AFC

  1. Chefs (goodbye)
  2. Patriots vs. 7. Tickets
  3. Titans vs. 6. Chargers
  4. Bengals vs. 5. Colts

NFC

  1. Packers (goodbye)
  2. Cowboys vs. 7. Vikings
  3. Buccaneers vs. 6.49ers
  4. Cardinals vs. 5. Rams

NFL Playoff Photo

AFC

Plant Team Registration Position
1. Kansas City Chiefs 10-4 Home advantage leader
2. New England Patriots 9-5 AFC East Leader
3. Tennessee Titans 9-5 AFC South Leader
4. Cincinnati Bengals 8-6 Leader of AFC North
5. Indianapolis Colts 8-6 Joker place
6. Los Angeles Chargers 8-6 Joker place
seven. Bison tickets 8-6 Joker place

NFC

Plant Team Registration Position
1. Green Bay Packers * 11-3 Home advantage leader
2. Dallas Cowboys 10-4 NFC Leader East
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-4 NFC South Leader
4. Arizona Cardinals 10-4 NFC West Leader
5. The Los Angeles Rams 9-4 Joker place
6. San Francisco 49ers 8-6 Joker place
seven. Minnesota Vikings 7-7 Joker place

* Playoff spot won

The NFL’s playoff tiebreakers

The NFL has a long system for deciding how each team will advance to the playoffs in order to avoid a possible tie-breaker game for one of the spots. They have slightly different tiebreaker formats for deciding who goes ahead between division heads and wild card places.

Here’s how the NFL will break a divisional lead tie between two teams. The same tiebreaker applies to three or more teams, the only difference being that in stage three, there must be a minimum of four common matches. If only two teams remain tied after the third stage, or if another is eliminated, the tie-break returns to the first stage.

  1. Head-to-head (best percentage of wins and losses tied in matches between clubs).
  2. Best percentage of wins and losses tied in games played within the division.
  3. Best win-lose-tie percentage in common games.
  4. Best percentage of wins and losses tied in games played within the conference.
  5. Force of victory.
  6. Calendar strength.
  7. Best combined ranking among the conference teams in points scored and points awarded.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points awarded.
  9. Better net points in common games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. draw

Here’s how the league would break a tie in the wild card between two different teams.

  1. One-on-one, if applicable.
  2. Best percentage of wins and losses tied in games played within the conference.
  3. Best win-lose-tie percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  4. Force of victory.
  5. Calendar strength.
  6. Best combined ranking among the conference teams in points scored and points awarded.
  7. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points awarded.
  8. Best net points in conference games.
  9. Best net points in all games.
  10. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  11. Coin shot.

Here’s how it would work out for three different teams tied for a wild card spot.

  1. Apply the division tiebreaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked clubs in each division before proceeding to step 2. The initial ranking within a division when applying the division tiebreaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the two wild-card participants.
  2. One-on-one scanning. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others.)
  3. Best percentage of wins and losses tied in games played within the conference.
  4. Best win-lose-tie percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  5. Force of victory.
  6. Calendar strength.
  7. Best combined ranking among the conference teams in points scored and points awarded.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points awarded.
  9. Best net points in conference games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. draw