Template:12TeamBracket-NFL

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AFC
          
 
            
         AFC Championship
        
            
          
Wild card playoffs  
Divisional playoffs
          
 
          
         Super Bowl
        
              
          
NFC
          
 
            
         NFC Championship
        
          
          


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This template is to generate a tournament bracket for the 12-team NFL playoffs, which began with the 1990 season. It is loosely based on Template:Round16 and its variations, with many modifications for the peculiar nature of the NFL playoffs. Changes in the format for the Arena Football League playoffs make it usable to portray the brackets there as well.

Re-seeding

The NFL does not use a fixed bracket playoff system. The number 1 seed will host the lowest surviving seed from the first round (seed 4, 5 or 6), while the number 2 seed will play the other team (seed 3, 4 or 5).See Current NFL Playoff system for more information.

Because of the 're-bracketing' done after the first round, second round match-ups are not determined until the 3/6-seed games in the Wild Card Round are completed. This template will render dotted lines connecting the Wild Card winners to the Divisional round until at least one Divisional visiting team seed number is filled in for that conference, at which point the lines become solid. If either conference shows dotted lines, there is also a note at the bottom of the template that explains the re-bracketing process.

It is recommended to show the initial pairings under the assumption that the home team wins every game. During the course of the playoffs, if the team with the best seed in a round for a particular conference loses, the games for that conference in that round (and preceding rounds if any) need to be "flipped" to show the new pairings:

6              5              6
3              4  4           3  6
   2              2              1  6

5              6              5
4              3  6           4  4  2
   1              1              2

Super Bowl "home" team

The Super Bowl is played at a neutral site. The conference champions take turns being designated the 'home' team for the purposes of uniform selection and coin toss. This template assumes that the NFC champion will be the 'home' team in the Super Bowl, which is correct when played in odd-numbered bowls/years (XXXIX:2005, XLI:2007), so that the AFC is shown on top and the NFC on bottom. In even-numbered bowls/years (XL:2006, XLII:2008), this needs to be overridden; use the named parameters G1=NFC and G2=AFC. For use with the Arena Football League, the parameters League=AFL, G1=American, G2=National (or vice versa), RD2=Quarterfinals, and RD4=Arena Bowl __ should be used

Generic bracket example

The following is a generic bracket example:

{{12TeamBracket-NFL
|G1=NFC
|G2=AFC
<!--Date-Place/Visitor Seed/Visiting Team/Visitor Score/Home Seed/Home Team/Home Score-->
<!--Wild card playoffs-->
|Jan. 4/5 - TBD|6|||3||
|Jan. 4/5 - TBD|5|||4||
|Jan. 4/5 - TBD|6|||3||
|Jan. 4/5 - TBD|5|||4||
<!--Divisional playoffs-->
|Jan. 11/12 - TBD||||2||
|Jan. 11/12 - TBD||||1||
|Jan. 11/12 - TBD||||2||
|Jan. 11/12 - TBD||||1||
<!--Conference championships-->
|Jan. 18 - TBD|||||| 
|Jan. 18 - TBD|||||| 
<!--Super Bowl-->
|RD4=Super Bowl
|Feb. 2 - TBD|NFC|||AFC|| 
}}
                                   
Jan. 4/5 - TBD   Jan. 11/12 - TBD          
 6    
     
 3         Jan. 18 - TBD
 2      

See Re-seeding below

NFC
Jan. 4/5 - TBD      
Jan. 11/12 - TBD
         
 5     NFC Championship
     
 4       Feb. 2 - TBD
 1      
Wild card playoffs  
Divisional playoffs
Jan. 4/5 - TBD  NFC    
Jan. 11/12 - TBD
   AFC    
 6     Super Bowl
     
 3         Jan. 18 - TBD
 2      

See Re-seeding below

AFC
Jan. 4/5 - TBD      
Jan. 11/12 - TBD
         
 5     AFC Championship
     
 4      
 1      
  • Re-seeding: Home field is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. The NFL does not use a fixed bracket system. The outcome of the games between the sixth and third seeds in each conference determine where the Wild Card winners will play in the next round. When a third seed wins, they next travel to the second seed. When the sixth seed wins, they travel to the first seed. The winner between the fifth and fourth seeds will play the remaining second round host team in that conference.
  • Conference Championship home field goes to the higher seed remaining.

Filled Bracket Example

{{12TeamBracket-NFL
|G1=NFC
|G2=AFC
<!--Date-Place/Visitor Seed/Visiting Team/Visitor Score/Home Seed/Home Team/Home Score-->
<!--Wild card playoffs-->
|Jan. 8 - [[Giants Stadium]]|'''5'''|'''[[Carolina Panthers|Carolina]]'''|'''23'''|4|[[New York Giants|N.Y. Giants]]|0
|Jan. 7 - [[Raymond James Stadium]]|'''6'''|'''[[Washington Redskins|Washington]]'''|'''17'''|3|[[Tampa Bay Buccaneers|Tampa Bay]]|10
|Jan. 8 - [[Paul Brown Stadium]]|'''6'''|'''[[Pittsburgh Steelers|Pittsburgh]]'''|'''31'''|3|[[Cincinnati Bengals|Cincinnati]]|17
|Jan. 7 - [[Gillette Stadium]]|5|[[Jacksonville Jaguars|Jacksonville]]|3|'''4'''|'''[[New England Patriots|New England]]'''|'''28'''
<!--Divisional playoffs-->
|Jan. 15 - [[Soldier Field]]|'''5'''|'''Carolina'''|'''29'''|2|[[Chicago Bears|Chicago]]|21
|Jan. 14 - [[Qwest Field]]|6|Washington|10|'''1'''|'''[[Seattle Seahawks|Seattle]]'''|'''20'''
|Jan. 15 - [[RCA Dome]]|'''6'''|'''Pittsburgh'''|'''21'''|1|[[Indianapolis Colts|Indianapolis]]|18
|Jan. 14 - [[INVESCO Field]]|4|New England|13|'''2'''|'''[[Denver Broncos|Denver]]'''|'''27'''
<!--Conference championships-->
|Jan. 22 - Qwest Field|5|Carolina|14|'''1'''|'''Seattle'''|'''34'''
|Jan. 22 - INVESCO Field|'''6'''|'''Pittsburgh'''|'''34'''|2|Denver|17
<!--Super Bowl XL-->
|RD4=[[Super Bowl XL]]
|Feb. 5 - [[Ford Field]]|N1|Seattle|10|'''A6'''|'''Pittsburgh'''|'''21'''}}
                                   
Jan. 8 - Giants Stadium   Jan. 15 - Soldier Field          
 5  Carolina  23
 5  Carolina  29
 4  N.Y. Giants  0     Jan. 22 - Qwest Field
 2  Chicago  21  
NFC
Jan. 7 - Raymond James Stadium  5  Carolina  14
Jan. 14 - Qwest Field
   1  Seattle  34  
 6  Washington  17 NFC Championship
 6  Washington  10
 3  Tampa Bay  10   Feb. 5 - Ford Field
 1  Seattle  20  
Wild card playoffs  
Divisional playoffs
Jan. 8 - Paul Brown Stadium  N1  Seattle  10
Jan. 15 - RCA Dome
   A6  Pittsburgh  21
 6  Pittsburgh  31 Super Bowl XL
 6  Pittsburgh  21
 3  Cincinnati  17     Jan. 22 - INVESCO Field
 1  Indianapolis  18  
AFC
Jan. 7 - Gillette Stadium  6  Pittsburgh  34
Jan. 14 - INVESCO Field
   2  Denver  17  
 5  Jacksonville  3 AFC Championship
 4  New England  13
 4  New England  28  
 2  Denver  27  

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