Playoff picture: Super Bowl 56

Munich – Super Bowl Champion 2022 is wanted. The top two teams in the NFL season advance to the finals in Los Angeles on February 13, 2022.

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In the Championship Games, the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the favorite Kansas City Chiefs. The Los Angeles Rams defeated the San Francisco 49ers at home in the NFC Finals and play the Super Bowl at home.

Before that, there were already two major setbacks: the San Francisco 49ers defeated top-seeded Green Bay Packers. And the Cincinnati Bengals are performing the same feat. They also hit a top seed from the playoffs: the Tennessee Titans. The Kansas City Chiefs host the Buffalo Bills in their last two games in the division round. The opponent of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers around superstar quarterback Tom Brady is Super Bowl host Los Angeles Rams.

Super Bowl LIV in Los Angeles (February 13)

# 4 Cincinnati Bengals – # 4 Los Angeles Rams (from 20:15 live on ProSieben and on ran.de)

Conference Championship Games

AFC: # 4 Cincinnati Bengals at # 2 Kansas City Chiefs 27:24

NFC: # 6 San Francisco 49ers at # 4 Los Angeles Rams 17:20

Division playoffs:

NFC:

# 4 Los Angeles Rams at # 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30:27

# 6 San Francisco 49ers at # 1 Green Bay Packers 13:10

AFC:

# 3 Buffalo Bills at # 2 Kansas City Chiefs 36:42 OT

# 4 Cincinnati Bengals at # 1 Tennessee Titans 19:16

race shows the way up to the upcoming Super Bowl LVI and explains the structure of the NFL playoffs.

AFC and NFC

The competitive structure of the NFL is based on the division into two conferences, the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC).

Both are divided into four divisions each. A total of 32 teams from eight divisions are vying for a place in the playoffs in the base game. Each team plays 17 matches.

Both conferences have their own finals. In each conference, seven teams qualify, which are placed on a seed list based on their record in the regular season.

The four division champions are seeded in the playoffs. The division winner with the best record is seeded as # 1 (NFC: Packers, AFC: Titans), the division winner with the worst record is seeded as # 4 (NFC: Cowboys, AFC: Bengals).

Then there are the three teams with the best records in the regular season, which did not end first in a division. The team with the best record is seeded at # 5 (NFC: Cardinals, AFC: Patriots), the one with the weakest at # 7 (NFC: Eagles, AFC: Raiders). This allows the seven most successful teams in a conference not to automatically advance into the playoffs.

With the same win-loss record, different criteria determine the distribution of seats – from direct comparison with the conference record to the strength of the schedule.

NFL 2021: Conference Seeds

NFC: # 1 Packers (13-4), # 2 Buccaneers (13-4), # 3 Cowboys (12-5), # 4 Rams (12-5), # 5 Cardinals (11-6), # 6 49ers (10 . -7), # 7 Eagles (9-8)

AFC: # 1 Titans (12-5), # 2 Chiefs (12-5), # 3 Bills (11-6), # 4 Bengals (10-7), # 5 Raiders (10-7), # 6 Patriots (10 . -7), # 7 Steelers (9-7-1)

NFL 2021: The Current Playoff Picture (Status: January 24, 2022)

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Wild Card round

Corresponds to the round of 16. In this round, Team No. 1 always has a goodbye (it does not start before Divisional Playoffs). In the wild card games in both conferences, team # 2 meets team # 7 at home, team # 3 plays team # 6 at home and team # 4 hosts team # 5.

NFC:

# 7 Philadelphia Eagles at # 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15:31

# 6 San Francisco 49ers at # 3 Dallas Cowboys 23:17

# 5 Arizona Cardinals at # 4 Los Angeles Rams 11:34

AFC:

# 7 Pittsburgh Steelers at # 2 Kansas City Chiefs 21:42

# 6 New England Patriots at # 3 Buffalo Bills 17:47

# 5 Las Vegas Raiders at # 4 Cincinnati Bengals 19:26

Division round

Corresponds to the quarterfinals. In this round, team # 1 enters the action and hosts the lowest seeded team that won the Wild Card round. The second game is played by the other two winning teams in the Wild Card round, where the higher-seeded team enjoys home advantage.

NFC:

# 4 Los Angeles Rams at # 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30:27

# 6 San Francisco 49ers at # 1 Green Bay Packers 13:10

AFC:

# 3 Buffalo Bills at # 2 Kansas City Chiefs 36:42 OT

# 4 Cincinnati Bengals at # 1 Tennessee Titans 19:16

Conference championships

Corresponds to the semifinals. The winning teams from the division playoffs in the respective conference meet and decide the two Super Bowl contestants. The higher seeded team has a home advantage.

AFC:

# 4 Cincinnati Bengals at # 2 Kansas City Chiefs

NFC:

# 6 San Francisco 49ers at # 4 Los Angeles Rams

super Bowl

The final. The winner of the NFC meets the winner of the AFC. The Super Bowl LVI takes place on February 13, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

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