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How do the NFL playoffs work?

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As of 2014, the NFL Playoffs feature the top six teams from both the AFC and NFC. The four division winners in each conference automatically qualify for the postseason, with the next two teams qualifying as wild cards.

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Based on overall record, the four division winners are seeded one through four, while the wild card teams are seeded five and six. The top two seeds in each conference receive first-round byes, while the third seed hosts the sixth seed and the fourth seed, or worst division winner, hosts the fifth seed in the first round. The top seed faces the winner of the four/five match-up, while the second seed faces the winner of the three/six game in the second round. The two winners then play, with the winner advancing to the Super Bowl.

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