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The 2022 NFL the playoffs officially begin this Saturday with the start of the Super Wild Card weekend.
With six games on the schedule (two games on Saturday, three games on Sunday, one on Monday), the league’s expanded playoff format gives fans all the postseason football they can handle.
As always, the big question with Super Wild Card Weekend is how much upheaval will fans witness?
Last season there were four upsets in the wild card round. Will there be more this year?
Here’s a quick rundown of the postseason bracket, format, and overtime rules.
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For the second year in a row, the new playoff format is on display and in motion, and the jury is still out on whether fans like it.
It goes without saying, however, that teams that otherwise wouldn’t play before the move to the wildcard pool really appreciate it.
Just like last year, the No. 1 seed in each conference gets the first-round bye and won’t have to play until the divisional round, while the No. 2 seed welcomes the seed seed #7, seed #3 hosts seed #6 and seed #4 hosts seed #5.
This new format is why fans will see a top team like the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, who barely managed to keep up with the nail biting results between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers last week, where the Raiders advanced to overtime 35-32.
Once things move to the divisional round, the No. 1 seed will host the lowest seed in each conference.
There will likely be some upheaval this year during Super Wild Card weekend, but once that happens, the playoff format will revert to that of years past.
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There will probably never be as many mentions of a game ending in a tie as last week, when the implications of the Raiders and Chargers game ending in a tie were so compelling.
But unlike the regular season, postseason games can’t end in a tie, so the rules for overtime are slightly different.
For example, instead of 10 minutes on the clock for overtime, teams get 15 minutes for the period.
Each team gets three timeouts during a half and there will be a two-minute intermission between each overtime period.
From NFL operations“If the score is still tied at the end of an overtime period – or if the second team’s initial possession has not ended – the teams will play another overtime period. Play will continue regardless of the number of overtime periods needed for a winner to be determined.”
Similar to the regular season, however, if the opening possession team scores a touchdown in overtime, the game is over. But if this team only scores one basket, the opposing team will have a chance to score. If this team cannot score, the game is over.
If neither team scores during the opening possession of overtime, the team that scores a field goal or touchdown wins the game.
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saturday january 15
5. Las Vegas Raiders at 4. Cincinnati Bengals
4:30 p.m. ET on NBC, NBC Sports
6. New England Patriots at 3. Buffalo Bills
8:15 p.m. ET on CBS, CBS Sports
Sunday January 16
7. Philadelphia Eagles vs. 2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1:00 p.m. ET on Fox, Fox Sports
6. San Francisco 49ers at 3. Dallas Cowboys
4:30 p.m. ET on CBS, Nickelodeon, CBS Sports
7. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. 2. Kansas City Chiefs
8:15 p.m. ET on NBC, NBC Sports
monday january 17
5. Arizona Cardinals vs. 4. Los Angeles Rams
8:15 p.m. ET on ABC, ESPN, ESPN App