The 2023-24 NFL Playoffs are still a long way off, but let’s take a look at the important dates, the postseason format and some predictions.
There’s nothing like the NFL playoffs. Whenever it comes to winning or returning home in an already tense match, the stakes rise, and we see how the best players in football do everything possible to ensure that their seasons do not end. Add to that the added benefit of snow games in colder winter weather, and it’s just gravy.
However, even before the start of the NFL season, fans are already thinking about the playoffs. For some fans, this means that they are already preparing for their team’s entry into the postseason. Others, however, express some illusions about what would happen if their favorite team could make the NFL playoffs.
However, it’s never too early to start thinking about the postseason, so let’s take a look at all the 2023-24 NFL playoff dates you need to know, the format and, why not, also make some predictions.
Key NFL Playoff Dates 2023-24
Before we get into the playoffs, we need to get started. The 2023 NFL regular season begins on Thursday, September 7, at 8:20 p.m. ET, when the defending champions Kansas City Chiefs host the Detroit Lions. The rest of the 1st week will take place on Sunday, September 10, and Monday, September 11. Obviously, this will last all fall and winter for 18 weeks with games on Thursdays, Sundays, Mondays and Saturdays late at night. station. The final list of regular season games in week 18 will be played in full on Sunday, January 7, 2024.
The 2023-24 NFL Playoffs will begin on Saturday, January 13, and Wild Card round games will be played on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of this week. The games of the Divisional round of the NFL playoffs will be held on Saturday, January 20, and Sunday, January 21. The AFC and NFC Championship games will be held on Sunday, January 28. All of this leads up to Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas. Vegas at Allegiant Stadium, which will take place on Sunday, February 11, 2024.
NFL Playoff Format 2023-24
The format of the 2023-24 NFL playoffs is no different from the format of previous years. There are four postseason rounds in order: the Wildcard Round, the Division Round, the Conference Championships, and the Super Bowl.
Seven teams from each conference will advance to the playoffs, the four regular season division winners, and then the teams with the top three results among non-division winners in both the AFC and NFC will receive playoff spots as wildcard teams. The wildcard teams will be ranked from 5 to 7 in order from the best to the worst record of these three teams.
Only the runner-up in the regular season standings of each conference will receive a free pass to the wildcard playoff round. Thus, the qualification for the first round of the NFL playoffs will be as follows:
- Seed 2 in the AFC (winner of the second best division) against. Seed 7 AFC
- Seed 3 in the AFC (winner of the third highest division) against. Seed 6 AFC
- Seed 4 in the AFC (Worst Division Winner) vs. Seed 5 AFC
- Seed 2 in the NFC (winner of the second best division) vs. Seed 7 in NFC
- Seed 3 in the NFC (winner of the third highest division) vs. Seed 6 in NFC
- Seed 4 by NFC (Worst Division Winner) vs. Seed 5 in NFC
The NFL also re-qualifies after the wildcard round in the postseason, which means that the 1 seed coming out of the break will play with the lowest remaining seeding in the division round.
NFL Playoff Predictions for 2023-24
OK, now we know when the MLB playoffs start and how the tournament is formatted. So, without further ado, let’s delve into some predictions, shall we?
- Kansas City Chiefs-GOODBYE
- Jacksonville Jaguars vs. 7 Buffalo Bills
- New York Jets vs. 6 Cincinnati Bengals
- Baltimore Ravens vs. 5 Los Angeles Chargers
- Dallas Cowboys-GOODBYE
- San Francisco 49ers vs. 7 Green Bay Packers
- Detroit Lions vs. 6 Seattle Seahawks
- New Orleans Saints vs. 5 Philadelphia Eagles
We won’t let you make predictions about how the 2023-24 NFL Playoffs will turn out. But that’s how early predictions shape the postseason field of 14 teams.