With the regular season over, the top six teams in each division set their sights on a new challenge: the NFL Playoffs. The Playoffs take the four conference leaders from each division, making eight teams. Then the two teams in each division with the best record are added in as wildcard teams, making the total 12 teams that compete for the Super Bowl title. The wildcard teams are underdogs, but still have a chance at winning the Super Bowl. In fact, six wildcards have won the Super Bowl, the most recent being the 2010 Green Bay Packers.
In the AFC, the top two teams with first round byes are the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. The other two conference leaders are the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans. Since their records are not as good as the Patriots and Chiefs, the Steelers and Texans will have to play in the wildcard round. The Texans will play against the Oakland Raiders on Saturday, January 7 at 4:35pm.The Steelers will play against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, January 8 at 1:05pm. Depending on the winner of those two games, the bracket gets a little crazy.
In the NFC, the top two teams with round byes are the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons. The other two conference leaders are the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers. They will have to play in the wildcard round. The Seattle Seahawks will play against the Detroit Lions on Saturday, January 7 at 8:15pm. The Green Bay Packers will play against the New York Giants on Sunday, January 8 at 4:40pm.
After the wildcard round, there are four teams left in each division, eight teams in total. Eventually the AFC Champion plays against the NFC Champion in the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 5, at 6:30pm. As of right now, The New England Patriots are the favorites to win the Super Bowl, followed by the Dallas Cowboys, the Green Bay Packers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Kansas City Chiefs. The long shots to win the Super Bowl are the Oakland Raiders. [related title=”Related Stories” stories=”1472″ align=”right” background=”on” border=”all” shadow=”on”]