The end-of-season playoffs are the culmination of every NFL season. The top teams across the sport pit themselves against each other with the ultimate aim of reaching, and winning, the Super Bowl.
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If you’re a relatively new fan of the NFL playoffs and are still getting your head around how this exciting sport works, never fear. We’ve covered everything in our introductory guide to the NFL playoffs.
The NFL is made up of two conferences, the AFC and NFC, each with 16 teams
Both conferences have four divisions
The champions of each division all advance to the playoffs
They are joined by two wildcards from each conference, teams apart from divisional winners with the best overall record
The teams face off in a single-elimination knockout tournament
That process produces overall winners of the AFC and NFC
Those sides then meet on neutral territory in the Super Bowl
Placing bets on the NFL playoffs is no different to wagering on regular season games.
For example, with a game between New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars, the odds may be written as:
This means that, for every C$6 you stake on the Patriots, the favourites, you win C$4. Alternatively, if you place a bet of C$4 on the Jaguars, the underdogs, you win C$5.
Here, the odds have been expressed as decimals, but they can also be displayed in fractional or moneyline (also known as American) odds.
You will usually be given the option of how you would like to see prices on the majority of sportsbook sites, but it’s worth taking a look at our useful Odds Calculator to see how they compare.
You’re betting on the point margin between two teams. The favourite, shown with a minus sign, must beat the opposing team by the handicap set by the sportsbook. Meanwhile, the underdog, shown with a plus sign, must either close the point spread or win outright.
No handicaps this time. You simply need to choose which team will be the victor of the game
The better needs to decide whether the total number of points scored in the game will be ‘over’ or ‘under’ the listed total of points provided by the sportsbook.
It’s very simple: who do you think will score the first touchdown?
You can bet on their display, including passing, receiving or rushing yards.
Which NFL teams do you believe will win a division? The sooner you place your bet, the greater your return should be as the odds are almost always bigger.
If you think one team is a shoo-in for its conference, you can bet on this in advance, too.
All right, so you reckon your favourites can go all the way and join the list of Super Bowl winners. Time to get an early bet on.
The first organised American football games take place
For the first time, the top two teams play off to decide the season’s winners
The champions of each conference meet in an NFL Championship Game
Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl I
The NFL expands to 16 teams, with the conferences each split into two four team divisions
The four divisional champions meet in the NFL playoffs
The playoffs expand to include eight teams
The total number of playoff teams rises to 10
Pittsburgh Steelers win their fourth Super Bowl of the 1970s
Two more wild cards are added, bringing the number of playoff teams to 12
Buffalo Bills lose in the Super Bowl for the fourth year running
New England Patriots win the Super Bowl for the first time
New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl, less than five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated their city
New England Patriots win their sixth Super Bowl – all since the turn of the century
Betting on football playoffs in USA is enormously popular and increasingly easy to do. The vast majority of sportsbooks now offer you the chance to add to your engagement with sporting action by betting on it.
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A post-regular season competition featuring the top 12 NFL teams. They meet in a series of single-elimination matches that culminates with the Super Bowl.
One of the most popular is the point spread, whereby supporters pit their wits against the sportsbook.
You can check out our list of recommended betting sites for wagering on the NFL playoffs further up this page.
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Absolutely. You will find the majority of sportsbooks today have mobile apps that allow you to bet on your device before and during games.
Once the game has kicked off, you will be given the chance to bet on the live action, as well as the overall result of the game.