We're in week 10 of the NFL season (minus two teams play Monday night) and we're starting to get a feel for which teams are up for grabs, and which teams are going to have to step up if they want to make an impact in the playoffs. .
This season is different as there will be more playoff teams than ever before, and only one AFC and NFC team will get a bye, a very important thing to remember as the final seven weeks of the season regular are played.
Today we take a look at what the playoffs will look like in the NFC and the AFC and the matchups for both conferences.
# 1 Seed - 7-2 Green Bay Packers
The 7-2 Pack has a tiebreaker over the Saints and has done enough to deserve that important farewell in the NFC.
# 2 7-2 New Orleans vs # 7 6-3 Seattle Seahawks
It should be a fun meeting between Drew Brees and Russell Wilson as two Super Bowl-dreaming teams go there. Brees' health is a big issue right now with rib and shoulder issues, but if he's 100% or close, he should be able to carve out a Hawks defense that has been one worst in the league all year round.
# 3 Arizona Cardinals 6-3 vs # 6 6-3 Los Angeles Rams
Kyler Murray and the Cardinals are playing at a high level right now, and he looks like a QB who might be tough to beat in the playoffs. The Rams know all about the fact that he has to play it twice a season, and it will come down to whether Jared Goff and the veteran Rams can do enough to stop Murray and the high powered Cardinals.
# 4 Philadelphia Eagles 3-5-1 vs. # 5 7-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Someone has to win the terrible NFC East, and as bad as the division is, it looks like the Eagles are "class." This means that Philly will host a playoff game despite having two games under .500 which is a bit crazy, but again it's 2020. Can Tom Brady capture that post-season magic again in a new one? city? It remains to be seen, but two weeks ago the Bucs looked awful, only 10 times better this week against the Panthers.
Outdoors looking: # 8 Chicago Bears 5-4, # 9 Detroit Lions 4-5, # 10 San Francisco 49'ers 4-6
Seed # 1 - 9-0 Pittsburgh Steelers
The undefeated Steelers really have two more `` tests '' in 2020 as they look to go 16-0, which is Thanksgiving night against the Ravens and a Sunday night game in Buffalo against the Bills. They have to keep winning to keep the Chiefs out.
# 2 Kansas City Chiefs 8-1 vs # 7 Baltimore Ravens 6-3
What a great match between two MVPs on a wildcard weekend, as the Chiefs host the Ravens. Baltimore is suddenly in trouble after losing Week 10 to the Patriots, and can't afford many losses or they could actually miss the playoffs. For the chefs, they want this farewell, but for now, they just need to stay focused and not make a mistake.
# 3 Buffalo Bills 7-3 vs # 6 Miami Dolphins 6-3
Gone are the days of Jim Kelly vs. Dan Marino, but now it's a new generation as Josh Allen takes on Tua Tagovailoa in an upcoming QB battle. The Bills can score points, which Miami has done a good job of avoiding lately, and it could be interesting as these two teams are set to meet in Week 17 and could meet again a week later.
# 4 Indianapolis Colts 6-3 vs # 5 Las Vegas Raiders 6-3
Philip Rivers knows all about the Raiders who have faced them twice a season with the Chargers, but it's a new look to face them in the playoffs with the Colts. Indy has had a season of ups and downs, but had a massive second half to beat the Titans last week to gain the upper hand in the AFC South. The Raiders with Josh Jacobs can form teams on the pitch and their defense improves. It could be a fun 4v5 game.
Outdoors looking: # 8 Cleveland Browns 6-3, # 9 Tennessee Titans 6-3, # 10 New England Patriots 4-5
Know the main point of the game. The goal of American football is to score points by carrying the ball from a starting point on a 120-yard long and 53. 3-yard wide field into a specially marked 10-yard-deep area at either end of the field called an end zone. Each team uses the end zone in front of them to score while trying to prevent the opposing team from reaching the end zone behind them.  Each end zone has a Y-shaped structure called the field goal which is positioned on the end line. The field goals are used to score points with special kicks
The end zone that a team is defending is usually referred to as “their” end zone. Thus, a team with 70 yards ( 64. 0 m ) to go before it can score a touchdown is 30 yards ( 27. 4 m ) from its end zone. Teams trade possession of the ball according to rigoureux rules. Whichever team is in possession of the ball is known as the “offense;” the other team is called the “defense. ”
Learn the time divisions. Football is divided into four quarters of 15 minutes each, with a break between the second and third periods called “halftime” that is normally 12 minutes long.  While the clock is réactive, the game is divided into even shorter segments called “plays ' or ' downs. '
A play begins when the ball is moved from the ground into the hands of the players, and ends when either the ball hits the ground, or the person holding the ball is tackled and his knee or elbow nuances the ground. When a play is over, an official called a referee, places the ball on the yard marker which corresponds to his or her judgment of the place where the forward progress of the player with the ball was stopped. Each team has 4 downs and within those downs, they have to make ten yards from the line of scrimmage ( the starting point ). If the team fails to do so within the 4 downs, the offensive team has to hand over the ball to the opposing team. If the offense succeeds in taking the ball 10 yards in the 4 downs they get another 4 downs to move the ball 10 yards. The teams have 30 seconds to get into formation and begin the next play.
Play time can stop for a few different reasons : If a player runs out of bounds, a penalty is called, a flag is thrown, or a pass is thrown but not caught by anybody ( an incomplete pass ), the clock will stop while referees sort everything out.
Penalties are indicated by referees, who throw yellow flags onto the field when they see a violation. This lets everyone on the field know that a penalty has been called. Penalties normally result in the offending team losing between 5 - 15 yards of field position.  There are many penalties, but some of the most common are “offside” ( someone was on the wrong side of the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped ), “holding” ( a player grabbed another player with his hands, and either player doesn’t have the ball, instead of blocking him properly ), ' false start ' ( When a player moves before the ball is snapped ), ' Unsportsmanlike conduct ' ( When a player does something that doesn’t show good sportsmanship, and “clipping” ( someone contacted an opposing player other than the ball carrier from behind and below the waist ).
The opening kickoff - At the very beginning of the game, the head referee flips a coin and the home team captain calls out which side of the coin will be face up. If acceptable, that captain may choose to kick off or to receive the opening kickoff or allow the visiting team captain to make that choice. Once the kicking and receiving teams are decided, the team captain who lost the coin toss gets to decide which goal his or her team will defend during the first half. This principal play is called the kickoff, and typically involves a long kick down field from one team to the other, with the team that kicked the ball rushing towards the team receiving the ball in order to prevent them from course the ball a long ways back towards the kicking team’s end zone. After halftime, there is a deuxième kickoff by whichever team did not perform the opening kickoff. Throughout the second half, the end zones each team defends is the one opposite the end zone that team defended in the first half
Downs - The word “down” is synonymous with the word “chance” or ' plays ' in American football. The offense is allowed four downs to move the ball at least 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) towards the end zone. Each play ends in a new down. If the goal of 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) from the first down is achieved before the fourth down is over, the count resets to the first down, commonly noted as “1st and 10” to indicate that the standard 10 yards ( 9. 1 m ) are once again required to reset to the first down.  Otherwise, the downs count from one to four. If four downs pass without resetting to the first down, control of the ball passes to the other team
This means that a team that moves the ball 10 or more yards on each play will never be on the second down. Every time the ball is moved 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) or more in the proper direction, the next play is a first down with 10 yards ( neuf. 1 m ) to go.
The distance required to reset to the first down is cumulative, so running 4 yards ( 3. sept m ) on the first down, 3 yards ( 2. 7 m ) on the deuxième, and 3 yards ( 2. sept m ) on the third is enough for the next play to be a first down again.
If a play ends with the ball behind the line of scrimmage, the difference in yards is added to the total number of yards required for a first down. For example, if the quarterback is tackled sept yards ( 6. 4 m ) behind the line with the ball in his hands, the next play will be noted as “2nd and 17, ” meaning that 17 yards ( 15. 5 m ) must be covered in the next three plays to reset to a first down.
Instead of playing the fourth down, the offense can choose to punt the ball, which is a long kick that transfers control of the ball to the other team, but is likely to force them to start farther up the field than they would otherwise have been.