Am 2. Februar steigt in Miami der Super Bowl. Zwölf Teams hoffen noch auf die Teilnahme - die Playoffs in der US-Football-Profiliga NFL. Die besten Teams des Jahres sind noch im Rennen und können sich mit etwas Glück und viel Einsatz für den Super Bowl LIV am im Hard Rock. Der letzte Spieltag der diesjährigen Regular Season am Sonntag entschied nun endgültig wer es in die Playoffs schafft und wie die Reihenfolge bzw. die.
NFL - Die Vorschau auf die Wild-Card-RoundDie besten Teams des Jahres sind noch im Rennen und können sich mit etwas Glück und viel Einsatz für den Super Bowl LIV am im Hard Rock. Wild Card. Ins Playoff der NFL kommen zwölf Teams. Neben den acht Divisionsgewinnern gibt es pro Conference noch jeweils zwei Wild Card Plätze für die. So sieht der Spielplan der Playoffs /21 aus: Wildcard Round: 9. und Januar ; Divisional Round: und Januar
Wild Card Nfl Action related nav VideoBills vs. Jaguars - NFL Wild Card Game Highlights Wild Card. Ins Playoff der NFL kommen zwölf Teams. Neben den acht Divisionsgewinnern gibt es pro Conference noch jeweils zwei Wild Card Plätze für die. Erstmals werden in dieser Saison 14 statt zwölf Teams an den NFL-Playoffs teilnehmen. Das heißt: Es gibt in der Wild Card Round drei Partien pro Conference. Die beiden Wildcard-Teams sind immer Nr. 5 und 6 (wobei das Team mit dem besseren. Die besten Teams des Jahres sind noch im Rennen und können sich mit etwas Glück und viel Einsatz für den Super Bowl LIV am im Hard Rock. Minnesota is ahead of Arizona based on common games record to the Cardinals' Brooklyn Nets. There are no restrictions on intra-division games and the higher seed of Odds Portal matchup will have home-field advantage. This week, I'm going to break down the competition for the three available wild-card spots in each conference. Ronaldo's move to Juve justified as Barcelona fail Messi.
As the wild cards are not awarded by division, the additional teams are part of league-wide races for the fourth and fifth spots. Critics of the wild card, such as broadcaster Bob Costas in his book Fair Ball: A Fan's Case for Baseball , have argued that, of the four major North American sports, baseball, having the most regular-season games now , places the largest importance on the regular season, and the wild cards diminish the importance of the regular season by permitting a "second banana" team to make the playoffs, and that while it creates a league-wide race, it is for second place and maybe third place in a division, and takes away what would otherwise be a pennant race between first- and second-place teams, and can lead to teams playing for the wild card rather than to win the division.
The second wild card was added in to address the issue of teams being content to rest players and win the wild card instead of trying to win the division.
Also, because of the "sudden-death" round, these teams often use their best starting pitcher , leaving them unavailable for much of the Division Series.
A wild-card team must surrender home-field advantage the first two rounds of the playoffs. For the World Series , however, home-field advantage is determined without reference to wild-card status.
Prior to , it was decided by alternating each year between the American and National Leagues. From to , it was granted to the winner of the All-Star Game.
Since , it has been granted to the team with the better record. In the National Football League NFL , since , each of the two conferences sends three wild-card teams along with four division champions to its postseason.
The first round of the playoffs is called the "Wild Card Round". In this round, each conference's top by regular-season record division champion is exempted from play and granted automatic berth in the "Divisional Round".
The four division champions are seeded from 1 through 4, while the three wild card teams are seeded 5 to 7; within these separations, seeding is by regular-season record.
In the "Wild Card Round", the 7 team a wild card team plays against the 2 team a division champion , 6 plays 3, and 5 plays 4. The division champions have automatic home-field advantage in these games.
In the "Divisional Round", the worst seeded remaining team plays the 1 seeded team, while the next-lowest team that played in the wildcard round plays the next-highest seed.
The two top seeds have home-field advantage in the divisional round. The NFL was the first league ever to use the wild-card format.
Until , a tiebreaker game was played to resolve a deadlock for first place in either of the two conferences.
When the league expanded to 16 teams, it realigned into four divisions and expanded the playoffs to two rounds.
Tiebreaker games were eliminated in favor of the use of performance-based criteria to determine division champions. The rival American Football League , which reached a final size of ten teams in two divisions, also restricted its postseason to division winners until the season the AFL's last as a separate league when it expanded the playoffs to include division runners-up.
The runners-up played the winners of the opposite divisions for the right to contest the AFL Championship Game. The decision to make the conferences equal in size meant they could not feasibly align into anything except three divisions of four and five teams each.
This led to a debate as to how the postseason of the merged league should be structured. The NFL format was criticized for its ability to cause a team tied for first overall in the league to miss the playoffs this happened once, in , when the Baltimore Colts missed the postseason despite a.
The AFL's playoffs were criticized by NFL purists for breaking with longstanding tradition, also, due to the fact that they allowed runners-up to qualify no matter how much disparity existed between the divisions, the AFL playoff structure could allow a mediocre team to qualify - this did occur when the Houston Oilers , a.
Despite Kansas City's win, some purists argued for the tradition of having only division champions contest the playoffs to continue.
Had they prevailed, the post-merger NFL playoffs would have consisted of six teams and might have eventually evolved to closely resemble the playoffs of the modern Canadian Football League , with the regular season champion of each conference earning the right to host the championship game against the winner of a game between the champions of the other two divisions.
However, the old-line NFL owners, who still expected their teams to dominate the merged league for at least the first half of the s, thought a repeat of the Colts-Rams fiasco would be very likely under the new alignment combined with a six team format.
In any event, most owners in both conferences wanted to keep the even four-team playoff field in each conference. This was established by having the three division champions in each conference joined by the best second-place finisher in the conference.
As with much of the NFL's nomenclature, the "wild card" was not initially referred to as such and was instead referred as the "Best Second-Place Team" or sometimes simply as the "Fourth Qualifier".
The media, however, began referring to the qualifying teams as "wild cards". Eventually, the NFL officially adopted the term. During the , , and seasons, the divisional playoffs featured the 1 seed hosting the wild card team and the 2 seed hosting the 3 seed unless the 1 seed and wild card team were divisional rivals.
In that case, the 1 seed hosted the 3 seed and the 2 seed hosted the wild card team. This was also the format used in Major League Baseball from through In , the playoffs were expanded to 10 teams; however, the restriction against teams in the same division playing each other in the divisional round continued until the playoffs expanded to 12 teams in During this time, the 1 seed hosted the winner of the 4 vs 5 wild card game, while the 2 seed played the 3 seed.
If the 1 seed and the winner of the 4 vs 5 wild card game were in the same division, then the 1 seed played the 3 seed, while the 2 seed played the 4 vs 5 winner.
When Major League Baseball expanded its playoffs to 10 teams in , it also used this format, although teams in the same division could play each other in the Division Series.
From through , the NFL used a rotation to determine which teams would host conference semifinal and final games, and which teams would play which other teams coincidentally, baseball also used a rotation when it began to have this number of teams, for both of the aforementioned purposes, from — before switching to the seeding method.
The number of wild-card qualifiers was expanded to two per conference in — the divisional winners were granted a bye week while the wild card teams played hence the origin of the phrase "Wild Card Round".
Like wild card teams before, the wild card game winner played the 1 seed, or the 2 seed if they and the 1 seed were divisional rivals.
This change proved controversial since it meant one wild card team per conference hosted a playoff game albeit in an earlier round while one division winner per conference did not have the right to host a playoff game.
Partly to address this oddity, the playoffs were expanded again to three wild cards per conference in or 12 teams total with the lowest ranked divisional winner losing its bye but gaining the right to host a playoff game.
Following the addition of the Houston Texans in , the league added a fourth division to each conference. The league decided not to change the number of playoff teams, and thus the number of wild card qualifiers was reduced to two per conference.
Since , the three lowest ranked divisional winners have not received byes and Wild Card teams have always played on the road. The term "Wild Card Round" continues to be used for the opening weekend of NFL playoffs, even though that weekend has involved both wild card and non-wild card teams since In , the playoffs returned to three wild cards per conference, or 14 teams total.
As of the start of the season , there has never been a meeting of two wild card teams in either conference's championship game or in the Super Bowl ; the closest the latter came to happening was in , when the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets went on cinderella runs after finishing as the second wild card team in each of their conferences the NFC and AFC, respectively ; the Packers won the NFC Championship Game and went on to win the Super Bowl, while the Jets' cinderella story ended with a one-score loss to the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
By extension, this means that two wild card teams have not met in the playoffs and, by further extension, that a wild card team has not hosted a playoff game since the league expanded to 32 teams in The Raiders, Steelers, and Bills tied for first in their division but lost a tiebreaker.
While not a wild card team, the Kansas City Chiefs were the first non-division winner to win the Super Bowl. They finished second in the Western Division of the American Football League , and in that season, the last before the merger, the AFL went from having its two division winners meeting for the league title to adding a second round in which the second place team in each division qualified for the post-season.
These teams played cross-division in the semifinal round. Because the term "wild card" was not instituted until the following year, the Chiefs are not included in the above list, but are recognized as the first team to win the Super Bowl without winning a division title.
Although the National Basketball Association NBA includes wild-card teams in their playoff structures, the term "wild card" is seldom used; instead, each playoff team is most commonly denoted by its seeding position within the conference.
In the NBA, division champions within each conference were given the seeds based on their regular-season records. The two fourth-placed wild-card teams are awarded the 7 and 8 seeds, respectively, also based on their regular-season records.
In the NBA playoffs, home court advantage is determined strictly by regular-season record, without regard to seeding. Until , the NBA seeds the three division winners and the wild-card team with the best record by regular-season record.
This means that the wild-card with the best record got a seed as high as 2 if that team is in the same division as the team with the best record in the conference ; however, the next four wild-card teams will still be limited to the 5 through 8 seeds.
This change was made to ensure that the two best teams in each conference could not meet until the conference final, and also allegedly to try and eliminate incentives for a playoff-bound team to deliberately lose games at the end of the regular season in order to "choose" a higher-seeded team that has won fewer games and, due to the unique home-court rules of the NBA, possibly gain home-court advantage for that series.
The notion of "wild cards" was essentially abolished in the —16 NBA season , as changes made prior to the season mean the top eight teams in each conference qualify regardless of divisional rank, with the seeded teams ranked by percentage.
The only particular advantage to winning a division now is that a divisional title serves as the first tiebreaker for qualification seeding purposes.
Unlike some other leagues, there is no tie-breaker advantage at all to finishing in any divisional rank lower than first - meaning for example that while a division winner will automatically win a tie-breaker over another division's runner-up, a division runner-up will not automatically win a tie-breaker over teams finishing third, fourth or fifth in other divisions.
The new format means it is possible for an especially weak division to send no teams not even its champion to the NBA playoffs, although as of the start of the —21 season this has not yet occurred.
In the NBA, the winner of the 1 vs. Notice that the winner of the 1 vs. In the National Hockey League NHL , the first, second, and third place teams in each division qualify for the playoffs automatically, and two additional teams, regardless of divisional alignment, also qualify by having the best records among the remaining teams in the conference.
These teams are referred to as the Wild Cards. In the First Round, the division champions play the Wild Cards, while the second and third placed teams in each division play each other; therefore the bracket is fixed, like the NBA.
Home-ice advantage is given to the higher seed in the first two rounds, with the better regular season record being used in the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Finals.
The NHL's current format is similar in some respects to the "cross-over rule" used by the Canadian Football League since in that it the format emphasizes intra-divisional ranking and brackets in the playoff structure and yet allows two teams from one division to qualify for the playoffs at the expense of the two teams finishing with worse records and in the same divisional ranks in another division.
The main difference is that the CFL only allows the lowest ranked playoff qualifying team from a division to cross over into the other division's playoffs, whereas in the NHL it is possible for either Wild Card team to "cross over" to the other division, or even in cases where four teams qualify from each division for the Wild Card teams to swap divisional playoff brackets.
Also, unlike the CFL the NHL does not require the second Wild Card qualifier to have an outright better record than a superior-ranked team in the other division - in the event of such a tie at the end of the NHL season standard tie-breaking procedures are used to determine playoff qualification.
Only one club advances to the playoffs in any tie-breaking step. Remaining tied clubs revert to the first step of the applicable division or Wild Card tie-breakers.
As an example, if two clubs remain tied in any tie-breaker step after all other clubs have been eliminated, the procedure reverts to Step 1 of the two-club format to determine the winner.
When one club wins the tiebreaker, all other clubs revert to Step 1 of the applicable two-club or three-club format. In comparing records against common opponents among tied teams, the best won-lost-tied percentage is the deciding factor, since teams may have played an unequal number of games.
To determine home-field priority among division-titlists, apply Wild Card tie-breakers. To determine home-field priority for Wild Card qualifiers, apply division tie-breakers if teams are from the same division or Wild Card tiebreakers if teams are from different divisions.
To determine the best combined ranking among conference team's in points scored and points allowed, add a teams position in the two categories, and the lowest score wins.
For example, if Team A is first in points scored and second in points allowed, its combined ranking is "3.
If two teams are tied for a position, both teams are awarded the ranking as if they held it solely. For example, if Team A and Team B are tied for first in points scored, each team is assigned a ranking of "1" in that category, and if Team C is third, its ranking will still be "3.
Clubs not participating in the playoffs shall select in the first through 20th positions in reverse standings order.
The Super Bowl winner is last and Super Bowl loser is next-to-last. The losers of the Conference Championship games shall select 29th and 30th based on won-lost-tied percentage.
The losers of the Divisional playoff games shall select 25th through 28th based on won-lost-tied percentage. In the divisional playoffs, the No.
There are no restrictions on intra-division games and the higher seed of any matchup will have home-field advantage.
Kansas City - x. Chargers - e. Cincinnati - e. Jacksonville - e. Let's check out what those teams did Sunday, what has helped or hurt them in recent weeks and what they might have to do to over the final four weeks to push into the postseason.
The end of Sunday's Lions-Bears game felt like the mirror image of the one we saw in Week 1. Then, the Lions blew a point lead in the fourth quarter, with the key moment coming when Matthew Stafford threw an interception on third down with left to give the Bears a short field.
On Sunday, the Bears blew a point lead in the fourth quarter, with Detroit's chances improving dramatically after Mitchell Trubisky was strip-sacked on third down with left to hand the Lions the ball on the Chicago 7-yard line.
The Lions probably should have won the first game. The Bears probably should have won Sunday. In the end, they each won once.
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