Winning a Super Bowl is not an easy task at all. The principle goal of any NFL team is to survive the challenging 16-game regular season schedule with a satisfactory record. It has been seen that usually, ten wins are required to make the playoffs, but it does not guarantee a playoff berth even after securing ten wins.
The NFL’s structure does have an effect on which teams reach the postseason. However, the NFL made up of 16-team conferences, the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC), which also divided into four four-team divisions, such as North, South, East, and West. However, each division winner gains an automatic trip to the playoffs. On the other hand, the two non-division winners who earned the highest records will get in the tournament as wild card teams. After that, playoff teams in each conference are then categorized according to the following strategies;
- The division winner with the best record
- The division winner with the second-best record
- The division winner with the third-best record
- The division winner with the fourth-best record
- The wild card team with the best record
- The second wild card team
In the NFL playoffs, there are four rounds. Both conferences are using the same format. Following are the standards of each round-
- Wild Card Round: The top two seeds typically advance to the Divisional playoff round, which they have succeeded in their regular-season game. However, the two wild card teams travel to the home field of the lower-seeded division winners. The sixth and fifth-seeded teams will play with the third-seeded and fourth-seeded teams, respectively.
- Conference Championship Round: The two superior teams who survive the first two rounds are said to play for the conference championship. However, the team with the highest seed plays on their home field. The conference championship advances to the Super Bowl to play the final game.
- Super Bowl: Super Bowl is the final game among the selected ones who competed at the Conference Championship and won. Two conference champions play the Super Bowl in a pre-determined site. Usually, the Super Bowl is played on the last Sunday in January or the first Sunday in February.
After winning the Super Bowl, the champions are awarded one of the most prominent trophies in professional sports, which is called the Lombardi trophy. The cup is named for Vince Lombardi concerning showing his leadership as a coach of Green Bay Packers, who led the Packers to win the Super Bowls I and II. Later, it was named the World Championship Game Trophy, which was later changed to the Lombardi trophy in 1971 after the death of Lombardi. The prize itself is not the only award of the Super Bowl. There is another form of the prize that is given by the Super Bowl, which is a ring. Players, coaches, and others in the team receive the ring for the victory.
Super Bowl follows the above criteria in addition to organizing a game. Wild Card Round and Conference Championship Round both rounds are so crucial in addition to finding the final competitors for the Super Bowl. Therefore, all of these stages are conducted strictly.