How to Make the WWFL Playoffs

This is the breakdown on who will get into the WWFL playoffs when the regular season is over. The short explanation is that our playoffs will be structured exactly like the NFL playoffs. For those of you who are already familiar with the NFL, you may stop reading now and continue with your day. For those who know nothing of the NFL, keep reading.

As you may have already noticed, our league and the NFL consist of 32 teams which are divided into 2 conferences (AFC & NFC) and 8 divisions:

AFC North
AFC South
AFC East
AFC West

NFC North
NFC South
NFC East
NFC West

*(btw, AFC stands for American Football Conference and NFC stands for National Football Conference)

Each of these divisions has 4 teams. The winner of each division will advance to the playoffs, so right there you have 8 teams advance.

TIEBREAKERS: If there is a tie at the top of a division, the HEAD TO HEAD results of those teams will be the first tiebreaker. For example, if the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles are both 12-4 at the end of the season, their record against each other during the regular season will break the tie. It’s going to be either 2-0 or 1-1 because everybody plays their division rivals twice during the regular season. If they went 1-1 against each other, we’ll go to the 2nd tiebreaker, which is TOTAL POINTS SCORED in the season. In the unlikely event that this number is also a tie, the 3rd tiebreaker will be TOTAL POINTS ALLOWED in the season. If that is also a tie, we’ll have no choice but to conclude that the world’s about to end and there will be no playoffs.

In addition to the 8 teams that win their division, 2 more AFC teams and 2 NFC teams will also advance to the playoffs as wildcards. Wildcards are the teams with the best records who did not win their division. If there are ties among these teams, we will use the same 3 tiebreakers that are mentioned above to decide who’s in and who’s out. 8 division winners and 4 wildcards brings the total number of playoff teams to 12.

When the 12 playoff teams are set, they will be seeded (ranked) 1 to 6 to determine the matchups. This is how it went last year in the real NFL playoffs:

2014 NFL playoff bracket

The #1 and #2 teams on both sides will have (earned) a bye-week (a week off) in the first round of the playoffs. And then the rest of the playoffs will look very much like a regular tournament, culminating at the end with a Superbowl matchup which puts the AFC Champ against the NFC Champ…once again, just like the real NFL. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to comment down below.

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