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2022 NFL Playoffs Start Dates, Schedule, Format, And Rules

NFL is one of the biggest sporting tournaments in the world. NFL was founded 101 years ago on 17 September 1920 in Ohio. 32 teams divided equally between National Football Conference and American Football Conference play this tournament from September and is played till January. The Finals is called the Super Bowl.

Out of the 32 teams that participate in the NFL, Green Bay Packers are the most successful team with winning 13 titles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the most recent champions. The tournament is commissioned by Roger Goodell. NFL has the highest average attendance amongst any other Sporting league in the world. The playoffs of the NFL are approaching near and let’s have a look at the dates and complete schedule.

Tournament NFL
Country United States of America
Started September 17, 1920
No. Of Teams 32
Most Successful Team Green Bay Packers
Recent Champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2022 NFL Playoffs Start Dates and Schedule

NFL 2022 playoffs will be starting from 15 January and the Super Bowl is scheduled to play on February 13. Below is the complete schedule of the 2022 NFL Playoffs.

Date Matchup Time
15 January 2022 AFC/NFC Wild Card Round 3:05 AM
15 January 2022 AFC/NFC Wild Card Round 6:45 AM
16 January 2022 AFC/NFC Wild Card Round 11:35 PM
16 January 2022 AFC/NFC Wild Card Round 3:10 AM
16 January 2022 AFC/NFC Wild Card Round 6:45 AM
17 January 2022 AFC/NFC Wild Card Round 6:45 AM
22 January 2022 AFC Divisional Round TBD
22 January 2022 NFC Divisional Round TBD
23 January 2022 AFC Divisional Round TBD
23 January 20322 NFC Divisional Round TBD
30 January 2022 AFC Championship Game 1:35 AM
30 January 2022 NFC Championship Game 5:10 AM
13 February 2022 Super Bowl 56 5:00 AM
The above-mentioned timings are as per Indian Standard Time

2022 NFL Playoffs Rules and Format

7 Teams from the American conference and 7 teams from National Conference will qualify for the playoffs. The top team from each conference will be awarded a bye week and the rest teams have to compete amongst each other to win.

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2022 NFL Rules

Below are the tie-breaker rules for NFL Playoffs 2022.

Tie Breaker in Division Standings

Between 2 Teams

  • Head to Head(best win, loose and ties percentage)
  • Best win, loose, tie percentage within the division
  • Best win, loose, tie percentage in common games
  • Best win, loose, tie percentage within the conference.
  • Victory Strength
  • Schedule Strength
  • Best Combined rankings among conference teams
  • Best Combined rankings among all teams
  • Best net points in common games
  • Best net points in all games
  • Best net touchdowns
  • Coin toss

Between three or more than three teams

  • Head to Head(best win, loose and ties percentage)
  • Best win, loose, tie percentage within the division
  • Beat win, Loose, tie percentage in common games
  • Best win, loose, tie percentage within the conference
  • Best Combined rankings among conference teams
  • Best Combined rankings among all teams
  • Victory Strength
  • Schedule Strength
  • Best net touchdowns
  • Best net points in common games
  • Best net points in all games
  • Coin Toss

NFL 2022 Standings

AFC

Seeding Team
1 Kansas City Chiefs
2 New England Patriots
3 Tennessee Titans
4 Cincinnati Bengals
5 Indianapolis Colt
6 Los Angeles Chargers
7 Buffalo Bills

NFC

Seeding Team
1 Green Bay Packers
2 Dallas Cowboys
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4 Arizona Cardinals
5 Los Angeles Rams
6 San Francisco 49ers
7 New Orleans Saints

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