NFL playoff format

December 12, 1990

First round (Jan. 5-6)

Three wild-card teams from each conference and the division champion with the worst record in each conference will play first-round games. The division champion will be at home against the wild-card team with the worst record. The wild-card team with the best record plays host to the other wild-card team. There are no restrictions on intra-division games (an NFC East team can play an NFC East team).

Second round (Jan. 12-13)

The two division champions with the best records in each conference will play at home against the first-round winners. The division champion with the best record will play the wild-card survivor with the poorest record. There are no restrictions on intra-division games.

Conference championships (Jan. 20)

The surviving team with the best record will be at home. wild-card team cannot play host to the game, unless both teams are wild cards.

Super Bowl XXV


Tampa (Fla.) Stadium, Jan. 27

NFC division champions


Team (record) -- last three gamesSan Francisco (12-1) -- at L.A. Rams, New Orleans, at Minnesota

New York Giants (11-2) -- Buffalo, at Phoenix, at New England

Chicago (10-3) -- at Detroit, Tampa Bay, Kansas City

Possible NFC wild-card teams


Team (record) -- last three gamesWashington (8-5) -- at New England, at Indianapolis, Buffalo

Philadelphia (7-6) -- Green Bay, Dallas, at Phoenix

New Orleans (6-7) -- Pittsburgh, at San Francisco, L.A. Rams

Dallas (6-7) -- Phoenix, at Philadelphia, at Atlanta

Minnesota (6-7) -- at Tampa Bay, L.A. Raiders, San Francisco

Green Bay (6-7) -- at Philadelphia, Detroit, at Denver

Los Angeles Rams (5-8) -- San Francisco, at Atlanta, at New Orleans 6Phoenix (5-8) -- at Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia

Tampa Bay (5-8) -- Minnesota, at Chicago, N.Y. Jets

Possible AFC wild-card teams


Team (record) -- last three games

*Buffalo (11-2) -- at N.Y. Giants, Miami, at Washington

*Miami (10-3) -- Seattle, at Buffalo, Indianapolis

Kansas City (9-4) -- Houston, at San Diego, at Chicago

L.A. Raiders (9-4) -- Cincinnati, at Minnesota, San Diego

Seattle (7-6) -- at Miami, Denver, Detroit

Cincinnati (7-6) -- at L.A. Raiders, at Houston, Cleveland

Houston (7-6) -- at Kansas City, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh (7-6) -- at New Orleans, Cleveland, at Houston

San Diego (6-7) -- at Denver, Kansas City, at L.A. Raiders

*--clinched playoff berth

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