One of the most significant events for the NFL, outside of the Super Bowl, is the NFL playoffs. The NFL playoffs feature the 14 best teams from the AFC and NFC in a battle to make the Super Bowl. Seven teams from the AFC will face each other over three weeks. The NFC will also have its own slate of seven teams playing to see who will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
In the first week of playoff games, known as wild card weekend, the second through seventh seeds will play each other. The number one seed will get a bye week during wild card weekend. The bracket has the second seed versus the seventh seed, the third seed versus the sixth seed, and the fourth seed versus the fifth seed.
Week two of the playoffs, known as the divisional round, has the first seed versus the lowest seed and the remaining two seeds versus each other. The divisional round winners will meet in the third week of the playoffs, known as the conference championship. It is in this game that the Super Bowl teams will be decided.
The NFL playoffs have been known to have some shocking games. During the NFL 2020-21 season, the fifth-seeded Tampa Bay Buccaneers recorded three road wins to make the 2021 Super Bowl, in which they defeated defending Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs. The Buccaneers were underdogs in two of the three playoff games. Their playoff games were all thrillers, making for excitement for players and fans alike.