How Many Wild Card Games Are Played?

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By Eric Wilson

If you’re a fan of sports, specifically American football, then you’ve probably heard the term “wild card game” before. But what exactly does it mean? In this article, we’ll explore the world of wild card games and answer the question: how many wild card games are played?

Firstly, let’s define what a wild card game is. In the National Football League (NFL), there are 32 teams divided into two conferences: the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC).

Each conference has four divisions with four teams in each division. At the end of the regular season, six teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs. The top two teams from each division make it to the playoffs along with two wild card teams from each conference.

Wild card teams are those that have not won their division but have a good enough record to compete in the playoffs. These teams are seeded based on their regular season record with the highest seed playing against the lowest seed and so on.

Now that we understand what a wild card team is, let’s answer the question at hand: how many wild card games are played? In total, there are four wild card games played during the NFL playoffs. Two games are played in each conference with one game featuring the third seed team playing against the sixth seed team and another game featuring the fourth seed team playing against the fifth seed team.

These games can be incredibly exciting as they often feature underdog teams trying to make a run for the Super Bowl championship. In fact, there have been several instances where wild card teams have made it all the way to Super Bowl Sunday and even won!

In conclusion, while there may only be four wild card games played during NFL playoffs, they can be some of the most thrilling moments in football. So next time you hear someone talking about a wild card game, you’ll know exactly what they’re referring to.