When do the 2022 NFL playoffs start: Dates, schedule, TV channels, live streams, format

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It’s over halfway through the football season and the 2022 NFL playoffs are fast approaching.

Entering Week 11, the Tennessee Titans are the No. 1 seed in the AFC following an impressive 23-21 win over the New Orleans Saints – their sixth straight victory.

The Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers round out the top five teams in the conference following Week 10. With 12 teams in the conference boasting at least five wins though, the AFC remains up for grabs as the second half of the season gets underway.

The NFC, meanwhile, is led by the 8-2 Green Bay Packers. This conference is top-heavy with the Arizona Cardinals (8-2), Dallas Cowboys (7-2), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3) and Los Angeles Rams (7-2) leading the pack.

With the race becoming more competitive each week, here is everything you need to know about the 2022 NFL playoffs.

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When do the 2022 NFL playoffs start?

  • Wild-card games: Jan. 15-17
  • Divisional games: Jan. 22-23
  • Conference championships: Jan. 30
  • Super Bowl: Feb. 13

At the start of the 2021-22 season, the NFL expanded the regular-season schedule from 16 games to 17. The addition of the 17th game therefore pushes the start of the playoffs back one week in January and Super Bowl LVI will take place on the second Sunday of February.

Last year, the NFL expanded the playoffs to include six total Wild Card games. Three of those games were played on Saturday and the remaining three took place on Sunday. The format is slightly different this year. Two of the Wild Card games will be played on Saturday, three will be played on Sunday and there will be one Monday evening game.

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How many teams make the playoffs?

Fourteen teams will make the playoffs this season. In 2020, the NFL increased the number of playoff teams from 12 to 14 which is what led to the Super Wild Card Weekend which features three games instead of two.

How to watch the playoff games:

The playoff games will be broadcast on a combination of the following networks: NBC, ESPN, ABC, and CBS. Super Bowl LVI will be televised on NBC.

How to watch Super Bowl 2022:

Super Bowl 56 will be televised by NBC and will be available for live stream online or with the NBC Sports App. NBC was originally scheduled to broadcast the 2021 game and CBS had the 2022 Super Bowl, but the two networks decided to swap years in order for NBC to have both the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics in 2022.

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What are the NFL’s tiebreaker rules?

Below are the NFL’s tiebreaking procedures for the playoffs.

To break a tie in division standings:

Between two teams

  1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in common games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss

Between three of more teams

  1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games among the clubs).
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in common games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss

To break a tie in wild-card standings:

Between two teams

  1. Head-to-head, if applicable.
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  4. Strength of victory.
  5. Strength of schedule.
  6. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  7. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best net points in conference games.
  9. Best net points in all games.
  10. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  11. Coin toss.

Between three or more teams

  1. Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tie breaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the two wild-card participants.
  2. Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others.)
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in conference games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss

Current 2022 NFL Playoff picture

AFC Standings

Tennessee Titans (8-2)

Buffalo Bills (6-3)

Baltimore Ravens (6-3)

Kansas City Chiefs (6-4)

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3-1)

New England Patriots (6-4)

Los Angeles Chargers (5-4)

On the bubble:

Las Vegas Raiders (5-4)

Cincinnati Bengals (5-4)

Indianapolis Colts (5-5)

Cleveland Browns (5-5)

Denver Broncos (5-5)

NFC Standings

Green Bay Packers (8-2)

Arizona Cardinals (8-2)

Dallas Cowboys (7-2)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3)

Los Angeles Rams (7-2)

New Orleans Saints (5-4)

Carolina Panthers (5-5)

On the bubble:

Minnesota Vikings (4-5)

San Francisco 49ers (4-5)

Atlanta Falcons (4-5)

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