As the New Years Begins the NFL season ends for 20 of the 32 NFL teams.
For the other 12 teams that are still in season, they will be playing in the NFL playoffs to become the Superbowl Champion for the current NFL season.
In order for the twelve teams to make the playoffs, they had to do what it takes on a week by week basis and win games to become playoff-bound.
Eight of the 12 teams had won their way in by winning in their respected divisions.
While the last four of the 12 teams had to be among the top two teams within their conference, that didn’t win their division in order to be a wildcard team.
While being in the playoffs is a great feat for some teams, the teams who really want it the most, must look past just making it to the playoffs and play for a chance in the Superbowl game.
The wildcard round will begin this week as the four wildcard teams fight to advance by playing the 3rd and 4th seeded teams from each conference they are playing out of respectively.
From the AFC Conference, the New York Jets (11-5) will play the Indianapolis Colts (10-6) Saturday at 8p.m. ET on NBC, while the Baltimore Ravens (12-4) will play against the Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) on Sunday on CBS at 1 PM ET.
For the NFC conference the New Orleans Saints (11-5) will play the Seattle Seahawks (7-9) Saturday on NBC at 4:30 ET, while the Green Bay Packers (10-6) will play against the Philpedia Eagles (10-6) on FOX at 4:30 ET on Sunday Night.
As eight teams play this week in the wildcard round there will be four teams that will be waiting in the wings at home as they have a bye week.
The New England Patriots will play the lowest winning seed that wins this week in the Wild Card round from the AFC in the Divisional Round.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the highest winning seed that wins this week in the Wild Card round from the AFC in the Divisional Round.
The Atlanta Falcons will play the lowest winning seed that wins this week in the Wild Card round from the NFC in the Divisional Round.
While the Chicago Bears will play the highest winning seed that wins this week in the Wild Card round from the NFC in the Divisional Round.