NFL Regular Season

During the NFL regular season, each team will play 16 games to decide who goes through to the playoffs. 12 teams qualify in total, with the playoff seeds determined by their positions in the respective divisions.

Across the AFC and NFC, each winner of the four divisions qualifies, making up 8 places. Then in each conference, two of the second-placed teams with the next best records progress; these are known as the wildcard teams.

American Football Conference
AFC North Ravens Bengals Browns Steelers
AFC East Bills Dolphins Patriots Jets
AFC South Texans Colts Jaguars Titans
AFC West Broncos Chiefs Chargers Raiders
National Football Conference
NFC North Bears Lions Packers Vikings
NFC East Cowboys Giants Eagles Washington
NFC South Falcons Panthers Saints Buccaneers
NFC West Surdinals Rams 49ers Seahawks

NFL Regular Season

The NFL playoffs seeding system is simple: the division winner with the best record is given the top seed, the team with the second-best record is given the second seed, and so on. The wildcard teams are always seeded fifth and sixth, and the fifth seed goes to the wildcard team with the better record.

Running throughout January, the playoff rounds are split across three weekends, with the first two rounds eliminating four teams. The final weekend and playoff round is where teams can book their place in the Super Bowl.

Wildcard Weekend

During the Wildcard Weekend, the first and second seeds get a bye, while all other 8 teams compete. This means a wildcard team can knockout a division winner in the first round. During this round, usually played during the first weekend in January, the third seed plays the sixth seed, and the fourth seed plays the fifth seed.

Divisional Round

The playoffs then move to the Divisional Round, played on the second weekend in January. The number one seed will play the winner of the wildcard games with the lowest seeding at home, a benefit they'll be afforded throughout the playoffs. The second seed will have to play the team with the highest seed. The winner of these two matches will move onto the Conference Championship game.

Conference Championships

The Conference Championship game determines the champion of each of the two conferences. More importantly though, the two conference champions will move onto the Super Bowl, where they'll both get the chance to become the champion of the entire National Football League.

Super Bowl

The two conference champions meet on the first weekend in February, competing in the Super Bowl for the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Super Bowl is America's most popular betting event of the year, with each year a near average of $150 million wagered.

NFL Playoff Schedule 2021

Stay on top of the playoff action with the latest NFL Playoff schedule. From the wild card fixtures right through the Super Bowl, we’ve got the fixtures, dates and start times so you don’t miss a minute.

NFL Schedule 2021

NFL Playoffs Bracket

Want to see the standings for the 2021 NFL Playoffs? Look no further than our exclusive NFL playoff bracket. See each team’s route to the Super Bowl as January provides action every weekend with the Wild Surd round, Divisional round and Championship games.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Wild Surd
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • AFC Playoffs
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Conference Championship
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Conference Championship
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Green Bay Packers
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • NFC Playoffs
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Chicago Bears
  • Washington Football Team
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Wild Surd

How to Bet on NFL Playoffs

Betting on the playoffs is exceptionally popular and equally unpredictable, as form can go out the window once the knockout rounds start. One area that gets a boost during the playoffs is prop betting. The number of prop bets increases massively as the playoffs kick in, allowing bettors to gamble on a whole range of different eventualities.

Betting on the NFL playoffs is much more difficult than the regular season, with only the strongest teams over 17 weeks having qualified. This narrows the closeness of any playoff matchup, which is often reflected in the betting odds. Therefore, many people instead choose to bet on points spreads and prop bets.

Here are four NFL betting tips to remember during the playoffs...

Check out the stats

By the time the playoffs come around, there will be a wealth of stats for you to look over. These stats will give valuable insight into how teams play, what their weaknesses are, and how they can beat their playoff opponent. The stats will also make up for the fact that you won't have been able to watch every single NFL game of the season.

Understand the depth of a team

At the beginning of the NFL season, all the big names come out to play. Throughout the season though, form can drop, and injuries can happen. By the time the playoffs come around, a team can look very different, and often relies on a number of squad players. You need to understand exactly how good these backups are, as they could have a big impact on how their team fares in the playoffs.

Look at regular season schedules

It's very important to assess how difficult a team's route to the playoffs has been. For example, you could have one team with a 14-2 record, who only played poor teams throughout the season. Then you could have a team with an 11-5 record who played all the big names, yet still managed to reach the playoffs. Is the team with the better record really the stronger of the two?

Be Smart

This is probably the best tip when it comes to online gambling, NFL playoffs betting and your money management in general. Do your research. Find a trusted online sportsbook, and, most importantly, don't ever bet with money that you can't afford to lose. Smart betting ensures that you will never find yourself miserable when the season is over.

NFL Playoffs Betting Tips

A new year means a new round of playoff fixtures. For the 2021 Wild Surd, Divisional and Championship games, we'll be bringing you picks and tips right here. Check back each week leading up to the Super Bowl for expert predictions and betting tips on all things NFL Playoffs.

NFL Conference Championship Betting Tips

Packers to beat Bucs

Tom Brady is being tested like never before in his first postseason with the Bucs. After getting past Drew Brees at the weekend by ultimately making fewer mistakes, he now faces a different beast in the NFC Championship Game. 37-year-old Aaron Rodgers has led the Packers to the playoffs with incredible performances and is Brady’s closest rival when it comes to the GOAT conversation. Brady will know one thing though; Aaron Rodgers won’t throw 3 interceptions on Sunday. However, he might struggle to find the likes of Allen Lazard with short throws, especially with Devin White fresh from 11 tackles, a fumble recovery and interception for 2 touchdown returns. With Rodgers potentially forced to throw long, Davante Adams will relish the opportunity to continue his fine form and help solidify Rodgers’ title as the most exciting quarterback of the modern era. As for the Bucs, they’ll be looking to target the Packers cornerbacks with Leonard Fournette, someone growing in confidence and repaying the faith put in him by Brady. Fans of offensive action will be in for a treat as we back the Packers to make their sixth Super Bowl in a high scoring game of over 50 points.

Bills to beat Chiefs

Much like over in the NFC, the AFC Championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills is a repeat of their week 6 fixture. However there is a stark difference; instead of Brady vs Rodgers, it’s Josh Allen vs Patrick Mahomes. Here are two of the youngest, most athletic and exciting quarterbacks in the franchise, both armed with multiple ways to unpick a defense. Mahomes left the field at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday with concussion and is currently in the 5-step protocol process, however we expect him to play. Allen on the other hand delivered in style as he hooked up with Stefan Diggs once again to put on a masterclass against the Rams. Despite each team’s offensive prowess, the fact the Bills limited the Ravens to just 3 points on Saturday is beyond impressive. Jerry Hughes was instrumental in their dominance with two sacks and the defensive linesman will look to suffocate Mahomes exactly like he did Lamar Jackson, especially if he gets a sniff of him not being 100%. We’re being bold here and going for a Buffalo Bills victory with their defensive line limiting the Chiefs' output to under 20 points.

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Biggest NFL Playoff Upsets

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    4 Biggest Playoff Upsets in NFL History

    What's going on everybody, Tom Grossi from Packast here with an exclusive video for, taking a look at some of the top NFL Playoff Upsets in modern history!

    1. The first game is the, who wrote this? Who wrote this? The Denver Broncos defeating the Green Bay Packers, all the way back in Super Bowl 32, 31-4. I can already tell this video is going to hurt me. Well the Green Bay Packers were 11 and a half point favorites over the Broncos they had just won the previous Super Bowl against the New England Patriots and of course John Elway at that point, had not won a Super Bowl, but you know this should be easy pickings for the Packers right? Right? Nope! Terrell Davis rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns and even had to sit out of the game with migraines, yep, migraines. You know who else had headaches the next day? All the Packers fans from drowning their sorrows in alcohol. Could have had a second ring for Brett Favre but, nope.
    2. Then take a look at the 2010 wild card game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints. The Seahawks beating the heavily favored Saints 41-36. Seattle was the first losing team at this point to actually make it to the playoffs with a 7 and 9 record and they had to host the Saints because they won the division, who were the defending Super Bowl champions and at the time the Saints were 10-point favorites for this game, but of course Marshawn Lynch got a whole bunch of skittles on them and just ran through that Saints defense of course. The beast mode run, the 67 yard touchdown run to dash the Saints hopes at potentially being repeated Super Bowl winners.
    3. Then you had the AFC divisional game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Denver Broncos, the Jaguars defeating the Broncos 30-27. The Jaguars were 12 and a half point underdogs going into this. The Jags had just made it in with a 9 and 7 record while the Broncos were sitting at 13 and 3 and this is after they had rested their starters for the last two games. Elway and Davis were just destroying people left and right, going up against Mark Brunell, yeah, exactly, and even with that, they went, the Jaguars went down 12 points in the first quarter and then came back and this was the first game that Davis did not rush for over a hundred yards in a playoff game.
    4. And then finally, no its not Super Bowl 3, which obviously was a huge upset, but were talking about the New York Giants knocking off the New England Patriots 17-14 and Super Bowl 40 to the Patriots were 12 point favorites coming into this game, the Giants had just made it into the wild card and on their path of destruction, defeated the number one seed Dallas Cowboys and then went into Lambeau Field and defeated the Packers in overtime, why do I agree to do these videos? The Patriots of course going undefeated and we all know how this game in with David Tyree catching the ball on his helmet and destroying the hopes and dreams of the New England Patriots, but don't worry, they'd get like a whole bunch more rings and of course the 72 dolphins were then able to pop open that bottle of champagne and remain the only undefeated in NFL history.

    But those are just a few of the biggest NFL playoff upsets over the years, be sure to check out for all of your gambling needs and of course good luck in the NFL playoffs, hopefully you'll be a whole lot happier than a bunch of these teams were, like the Packers.

    I'm Tom Grossi and thank you so much for watching.

Video by Tom Grossi

Creator of the Packers podcast 'Packast'. Tom has been featured on Sunday Night Football on NBC, & has nearly 7 million views on YouTube.

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