What NFL Teams Make the Playoffs?

As the NFL regular season comes to a close, we take a look at what teams are in the running to make the playoffs.


In the National Football League (NFL), the playoffs are a single-elimination tournament held after the end of the regular season to determine the NFL champion. Six teams from each of the league’s two conferences qualify for the playoffs based on regular season records, and a separate set of tiebreakers is used to seed the playoff bracket. In addition to the four division winners, two wild card teams (the two best teams among those with conference records) also qualify for the playoffs.

The tournament culminates in the Super Bowl, which matches the conference champions.

AFC teams that make the playoffs

As of the 2020 NFL season, the following teams have clinched a spot in the AFC playoffs:
-Kansas City Chiefs
-Baltimore Ravens
-Buffalo Bills
-Tennessee Titans
-New England Patriots
-Indianapolis Colts

NFC teams that make the playoffs

-The NFC has six teams that make the playoffs.
-The top two seeds get a bye in the first round.
-The next four teams play each other in the first round, with the winners advancing to play the top two seeds in the divisional round.
-The divisional round winners then advance to compete in the Conference Championships, with the winner of each conference advancing to the Super Bowl.


Here are the final standings for the 2020 NFL season. The top seed in each conference will have a first-round bye. The remaining seeds will play in the Wild Card round.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (14-2)
2. Buffalo Bills (13-3)
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
4. Tennessee Titans (11-5)
5. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
6. Cleveland Browns (11-5)
7. Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
8. Miami Dolphins (10-6)
1. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
2. New Orleans Saints (13-3)
3. Seattle Seahawks (12-4)
4. Washington Football Team (7-9)*
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)
6. Los Angeles Rams (10-6)
7 Chicago Bears (8-8)* 7 Dallas Cowboys (8-8)*

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