NFL Division Standings

2020 National Football League Magic Numbers

AFC East

East W L T PCT Div Conf
BUF 13 3 0 .813 6-0 10-2  
MIA 10 6 0 .625 3-3 7-5  
NWE 7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6  
NYJ 2 14 0 .125 0-6 1-11  

AFC North

North W L T PCT Div Conf
PIT 12 4 0 .750 4-2 9-3  
BAL 11 5 0 .688 4-2 7-5  
CLE 11 5 0 .688 3-3 7-5  
CIN 4 11 1 .281 1-5 4-8  

AFC South

South W L T PCT Div Conf
TEN 11 5 0 .688 5-1 8-4  
IND 11 5 0 .688 4-2 7-5  
HOU 4 12 0 .250 2-4 3-9  
JAC 1 15 0 .063 1-5 1-11  

AFC West

West W L T PCT Div Conf
KAN 14 2 0 .875 4-2 10-2  
LVR 8 8 0 .500 4-2 6-6  
LAC 7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6  
DEN 5 11 0 .313 1-5 4-8  

NFC East

East W L T PCT Div Conf
WAS 7 9 0 .438 4-2 5-7  
NYG 6 10 0 .375 4-2 5-7  
DAL 6 10 0 .375 2-4 5-7  
PHI 4 11 1 .281 2-4 4-8  

NFC North

North W L T PCT Div Conf
GNB 13 3 0 .813 5-1 10-2  
CHI 8 8 0 .500 2-4 6-6  
MIN 7 9 0 .438 4-2 5-7  
DET 5 11 0 .313 1-5 4-8  

NFC South

South W L T PCT Div Conf
NOR 12 4 0 .750 6-0 10-2  
TAM 11 5 0 .688 4-2 8-4  
CAR 5 11 0 .313 1-5 4-8  
ATL 4 12 0 .250 1-5 2-10  

NFC West

West W L T PCT Div Conf
SEA 12 4 0 .750 4-2 9-3  
LAR 10 6 0 .625 3-3 9-3  
ARI 8 8 0 .500 2-4 6-6  
SFO 6 10 0 .375 3-3 4-8  

Seven teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs:

  • The four division winners, who are ranked 1-4 regardless of their records
  • The next three best teams by record

The #1 seed in each conference earns a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.


Clinched #1 seed

Division winner
Still alive to win division, already clinched playoff berth
Still alive to win division, has not clinched playoff berth

Wild-card berth (cannot win division)
Still alive for a wild-card berth

Eliminated from the playoffs

Division Tiebreakers

Two Clubs
  1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in common games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss
Three or More Clubs
  1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games among the clubs).
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in common games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss

Wild-card Tiebreakers

If the tied clubs are from the same division, apply division tie breaker. If not, apply the following:

Two Clubs
  1. Head-to-head, if applicable.
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  4. Strength of victory.
  5. Strength of schedule.
  6. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  7. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best net points in conference games.
  9. Best net points in all games.
  10. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  11. Coin toss.
Three or More Clubs
  1. Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tie breaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the two Wild-Card participants.
  2. Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others.)
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in conference games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss
  13. When the first Wild-Card team has been identified, the procedure is repeated to name the second Wild-Card, i.e., eliminate all but the highest-ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. In situations where three or more teams from the same division are involved in the procedure, the original seeding of the teams remains the same for subsequent applications of the tie breaker if the top-ranked team in that division qualifies for a Wild-Card berth.

Only one club advances to the playoffs in any tie-breaking step. Remaining tied clubs revert to the first step of the applicable division or Wild Card tie-breakers.

Tiebreaking prodecures from NFL.com

Updated: May 6, 2021 12:00pm ET