NFL playoff brackets for the 2016 postseason schedule have some great games. While the 2016 NFL playoff brackets won’t be officially set until the Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings game is completed, the 12 teams making it into the 2016 NFL Playoffs have been decided. The Seattle Seahawks just finished destroying the Arizona Cardinals (36-6), cementing the Cardinals as the No. 2 seed and the Carolina Panthers as the No. 1 seed in the NFC Playoffs.
The updated NFL standings reveal that the Panthers and Cardinals get to enjoy first-round byes during wild card weekend. The teams will have a full week of rest before beginning preparations next week for the divisional round of the NFC Playoffs. After the New England Patriots lost to the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots dropped into the No. 2 seed in the AFC. The Denver Broncos took over as the No. 1 seed in the AFC Playoffs, clinching home field advantage throughout the postseason.
The 2016 NFL playoff brackets for the AFC now have some very interesting match-ups scheduled for the first round. The AFC wild card games will be the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans. If the Bengals beat the Steelers, the team will advance to play the Patriots in the second-round game. That would mean the Broncos would go up against the winner of the Kansas City vs. Houston game. It could create a scenario where Denver and Kansas City play against each other again.
The winner of the Packers vs. Vikings game will take the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoff brackets. This is a battle to decide the NFC North champion and the chance to host a wild card playoff game next weekend. If the Packers lose, the team drops into the No. 5 seed as the first wild card team. In that scenario, the Packers would travel to play the No. 4 seeded Washington Redskins. If the Vikings lose, the team drops into the No. 6 seed as the second wild card team, and then mus travel to Green Bay to play next weekend. The other match in that scenario would be the Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins.
The NFL playoff brackets don’t yet reveal who has to play against a very hot Seattle Seahawks team. After beating up on the Arizona Cardinals, the team is probably going to be watching the Packers vs. Vikings game very closely on Sunday night. The possibility is there that Seattle could have to travel to play Washington or Minnesota, depending on how it all plays out. If Green Bay wins, Seattle will be traveling to play Washington as the No. 5 seed. If the Vikings win, though, the Seahawks become the No. 6 seed and have to travel to play at Minnesota.
The exact game schedule for the 2016 NFL playoff brackets will get released later on Sunday, January 3. The NFL is waiting to find out where the final games will take place before revealing the full playoff schedule. It likely means that the AFC playoff schedule is already set, especially since the playoff brackets for that conference are already set in stone. Those games will be Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati and Kansas City vs. Houston, with one likely taking place Saturday, January 9 and the other likely taking place on Sunday, January 10.
The 12 teams are now set and the 2016 NFL playoff schedule is ready to be revealed. All that’s left is for that final gae to be completed and the league will release the dates, times, and networks for the first round of games. The NFL playoff brackets will lead all the way to Super Bowl 50, which will take place in February on the field of the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara.
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