The teams with the best records aren’t guaranteed anything but home-field advantage. Lose one game and you’re out. It’s playoff time in January and sudden death in the National Football League. What a way to start the new year.
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In 2002, when the NFL expanded to 32 teams with the addition of the Houston Texans, the league realigned their two conferences with four four-team divisions in each. Seven teams changed divisions with the Seattle Seahawks switching from the AFC to the NFC, where they first played in 1976.
The playoff format now includes the four division winners plus two wild card teams from each conference. That means 20 teams are eliminated from the playoffs after regular season play, leaving six in each conference to battle it out for a spot in the Super Bowl.
Since the wild card system began in 1970, only 10 non-divisional winners have advanced all the way to the Super Bowl. Of those, six won the big game. Only four of those wild card teams — New England, Pittsburgh, New York Giants and Green Bay — won three games on the road to make it to the league championship.
Six teams have won a playoff game without scoring a touchdown. The Steelers accomplished the feat in the 2016 season when they defeated the Chiefs in the divisional round 18-16. The 2006 Colts were the last to do it before going on to win the Super Bowl.
Even though the playoffs may have started, it’s not too late to make a futures bet at Bovada, TopBet or Betonline. Odds are still available on the remaining playoff teams to win their conference or the Super Bowl. If you haven’t already bet your favorite teams, their odds will likely be lower next week if they continue to win.