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The 2022-23 NFL regular season comes to an end after Week 18 on Sunday, January 8th, 2023. The NFL playoffs will start January 14 and Wildcard Weekend runs through January 16. The Super Bowl will be played Sunday, February 12, 2023.

The image above displays the current NFL Playoff bracket and will be updated after each week of the 2022-23 NFL regular season. Keep in mind, there is a lot of football left to play, since we are only through three weeks, and there are a lot of tiebreakers to consider in putting together a playoff picture this early.

You’ll find much more NFL playoff information on this page below, including teams who have clinched playoff berths and teams who have been eliminated from playoff contention—these will be updated when we have teams to fill either category, likely around Week 11 or so. The only thing we don’t have here are NFL playoff odds. You can jump to a specific section using the links below:

NFL Playoff Picture | Wildcard Matchups | Clinched Playoffs | Clinching Scenarios | Remaining Schedules | Eliminated | NFL Playoff FAQs

NFL Playoff Picture

AFC Seed Team NFC Seed Team
1 Miami Dolphins 1 Philadelphia Eagles
2 Jacksonville Jaguars 2 Los Angeles Rams
3 Kansas City Chiefs 3 Minnesota Vikings
4 Cleveland Browns 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5 Denver Broncos 5 Green Bay Packers
6 Baltimore Ravens 6 Dallas Cowboys
7 Buffalo Bills 7 Chicago Bears

The early 2022-23 NFL playoff picture shows a lot of new teams entering the fold. In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills are the only two teams who made the playoffs last year who are currently sitting in a playoff position for this year’s postseason.

The NFC has five of the seven teams from last year’s playoffs back in playoff position right now: Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Green Bay Packers. The Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears are the only new faces at the moment.

Current Wildcard Matchups

AFC Wildcard Matchups
(7) Buffalo Bills vs (2) Jacksonville Jaguars
(6) Baltimore Ravens vs (3) Kansas City Chiefs
(5) Denver Broncos vs (4) Cleveland Browns
NFC Wildcard Matchups
(7) Chicago Bears vs (2) Los Angeles Rams
(6) Dallas Cowboys vs (3) Minnesota Vikings
(5) Green Bay Packers vs (4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

If the regular season were to end today, the wildcard matchups would be as seen above. The Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles would get first-round byes in their respective conferences as the #1 seeds.

Teams Who Have Clinched a Playoff Spot

[TBD]

It took 15 weeks of football to see a team clinch a playoff spot last season. With the parity we have seen so far, we might be waiting just as long to see a team clinch a playoff berth for the 2023 NFL playoffs.

Playoff Clinching Scenarios

[TBD]

As we get closer to the end of the season, we will provide the clinching scenarios for each team in the NFL playoff hunt.

Remaining Schedules for Teams in Playoff Hunt

[TBD]

Once we have a more clear NFL playoff picture, we will know which teams are in the hunt, and will update their remaining schedules here.

Teams Eliminated from Playoff Contention

[TBD]

The Texans were the first team to be eliminated from playoff contention last year, seeing their name on this list after Week 13.

I suspect we’ll be waiting about as long as last year before we see any teams eliminated from contention.

How Many Teams Make the NFL Playoffs?

Starting in the 2020 NFL season (2021 NFL Playoffs), seven teams from each conference get into the NFL playoffs. This makes a total of 14 teams in the playoffs.

Prior to this, only six teams from each conference made the playoffs, and 12 total. The format change starting in the 2020-21 NFL season was made to add two more teams to the postseason, one in each conference.

How Many Teams Get a First-Round Bye in the NFL Playoffs?

The change to the NFL playoff format ahead of the 2020-21 NFL season also saw an adjustment to the number of teams who get a first-round bye. With seven teams from each conference making the playoffs, only one team—the top seed—from each conference gets a bye through the wildcard round.

Prior to the change, the top two seeds in each conference would get a bye through the wildcard round. With only one team from each conference getting a first-round bye, the NFL added another wildcard game to each conference, totaling six wildcard games now instead of four.

How Do the NFL Playoffs Work?

As mentioned above, seven teams from each conference (the AFC and NFC) make the NFL playoffs. Each team who makes the playoffs is seeded from 1-7 in their respective conference. The two conferences do not mix or meet until the Super Bowl.

The top four seeds in each conference are given to the teams who win their division. These four division winners are ordered 1-4 based on their records. The final three spots—seeds 5 to 7—in each conference are called “wildcard spots”. These are given to the three non-division winners who have the best records in their conference.

The NFL playoffs begin with the Wildcard Round. The top seed in each conference gets a bye through this round, leaving three games to be played in each conference. The matchups are as follows: 7-seed vs 2-seed, 6-seed vs 3-seed, and 5-seed vs 4-seed.

The NFL playoffs are not a traditional bracket, where teams move through to a fixed spot. The second round of the NFL playoffs is called the Divisional Round. The 1-seed in each conference, who was given a bye through the Wildcard Round, will get matched up with the worst remaining team in their respective conference. If the 7-seed were to upset the 2-seed, they would have to play the 1-seed in the Divisional Round. After setting the best-vs-worst matchup, the remaining two teams in each conference (second-best and second-worst seeds remaining) will battle it out in the other Divisional Round matchup.

After the Divisional Round comes the Conference Championships, where there are only two teams remaining in each conference. These two teams will play for the right to go to the Super Bowl and play the conference champion from the other side.

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After working in TV, Matt turned his focus towards numbers, specifically odds. He has been with us since 2016 and serves as SBD's Editor-in-Chief, credited with creating our futures trackers, SBD's score predictor, SBD Sharp, and his own model for calculating NFL SOS, among other products.