The 2022 National Football League playoffs have already started, so we’re about to find out which teams will make it into the final four this weekend. Since the Super Bowl isn’t far away, let’s have a look at the format of the playoffs as well as the predictions and NFL odds.
How Do the 2022 NFL Playoffs Work?
I’ll discuss everything you need to know about the 2022 NFL playoffs, including the format, seeds, and overtime rules.
The 2022 playoffs introduced a new format; the previous one featured a total of 12 teams (six from each conference). This year, seven teams from each conference have qualified for the postseason. The National Football Conference top seed—the Green Bay Packers—and the American Football Conference top seed—Tennessee Titans—had a first-round bye.
Teams in Playoffs
Fourteen teams have made it to the offseason. These teams are:
- Tennessee Titans
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Buffalo Bills
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Las Vegas Raiders
- New England Patriots
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Green Bay Packers
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Dallas Cowboys
- Los Angeles Rams
- Arizona Cardinals
- San Francisco 49ers
- Philadelphia Eagles
Eight out of the 14 teams reached the divisional round of the playoffs. Let’s see how these teams were seeded:
- Green Bay Packers – San Francisco 49ers
- Tennessee Titans – Cincinnati Bengals
- Kansas City Chiefs – Buffalo Bills
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Los Angeles Rams
Although Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans enjoyed a divisional round bye, they both lost, letting the 49ers and Bengals take their place in the final four.
The clash between the Chiefs and Bills may easily become the game of the week. Most experts and fans expect the match to be high-scoring and highly competitive. The Chiefs are considered the favorites between the two teams, but it’s worth noting that the Bills have the best defense in the league. Who will win the duel between Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes? We’ll find out soon enough.
Even though the reigning NFL champions—Tampa Bay Buccaneers—are considered the favorites, beating the Rams won’t be easy. Los Angeles defeated the Buccaneers the last two times they met. As Tampa Bay is looking for revenge, fans are waiting for another highly entertaining match.
The Overtime Rules for the NFL Postseason
Let’s have a look at the official overtime rules for the postseason.
- Another overtime period will begin if:
- The score is tied
- The second team’s possession hasn’t ended
- The rule will apply until the winner is determined, regardless of how many overtime periods are needed
- During a half, each team has three timeouts
- Between overtime periods will be a two-minute break
- After the second period, there won’t be a halftime break
NFL Conference Championships
The San Francisco 49ers are getting ready to face the winner between Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills in the NFC Championship game next weekend. The Cincinnati Bengals will compete against either Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Los Angeles Rams in the AFC Championship game.
Who Will Win Super Bowl 2022?
The Green Bay Packers entered the playoffs as the Super Bowl favorites, which is why it was shocking to see their defeat in the divisional round. On the other hand, after the impressive comeback against the Packers, the San Francisco 49ers placed themselves among the current favorites.
Many experts predict the Kansas City Chiefs will win the Super Bowl, and the NFL odds strengthen the belief. Tampa Bay Buccaneers are among the favorites as well.
Final Thoughts About NFL playoffs
The Super Bowl will be played on February 13, so only a few games are left before the big event. The remaining games can easily become the best ones of the season!
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