Explain to Me the NFL Playoffs
1. There are 32 teams in the NFL battling their way to the Super Bowl each year.
2. The 32 teams are divided into two conferences: the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). Each conference is further divided into four divisions.
3. These teams play for 17 weeks before the playoffs start. The best team in each division advance into the playoffs (eight teams). In addition, the 5th and 6th teams in each conference enter the playoffs as well (four more teams).
4. 12 teams enter the playoffs, 6 in each conference. The AFC and NFC playoffs take place independently. The top two teams of each conference sit out the first round, which is called the Wild Card round. The winners of the Wild Card round meet the top two in the Divisional Playoffs round. Then, whoever the winners are play in the Conference Championships.
5. The champions of the NFC and the AFC meet at the Super Bowl, where the true champion of the NFL is determined. In 2016, the Super Bowl champion was the Denver Broncos. Historically, the Pittburg Steelers have won the most Super Bowl games - 6 wins!
The 2017 Super Bowl will take place in Houston, Texas on February 5, 2017.