After a long 17-game regular season, the action both on and off the field really heats up with the start of the NFL playoffs. The NFL postseason attracts huge betting activity, with momentum and home-field advantage considered crucial as the NFL’s best teams move into a win-or-go-home knockout format.
With the regular season now extending into early January, the playoffs typically start in the second weekend of the new year and finish with the Super Bowl, which is played on the second Sunday of February.
Seven teams from each conference (the AFC and NFC) qualify for the playoffs. The four division winners in each conference qualify automatically. They are joined by three non-division-winning teams with the best win/loss records in each conference, known as the wild cards. The division winners claim the top four seeds in each conference, with the seedings based on their regular-season records, while the three wild cards are ranked five through seven.