Millions of football enthusiasts celebrate it every year, and advertisers rush to it as if it were the holy grail of consumerism. In America, Super Bowl Sunday is not just another day. Everything else comes to a stop.
So, what’s the big deal?
The Super Bowl is the ultimate championship game of the National Football League’s (NFL), and it is the world’s most-watched single-day sporting event each year. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got the better of the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV in 2021, attracting 96.4m viewers in the US alone. The most-watched Super Bowl edition in history was Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, when the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks in front of 114.4 million people.
The game’s fascination stems in part from the game’s finality. Unlike other professional sports leagues, which choose their champion over the course of several games, the NFL determines its champion in a single game: the Super Bowl. This year’s edition of the Super Bowl takes place this Sunday, and Betway sports betting fans can look forward to a mouthwatering clash when the LA Rams face the Cincinnati Bengals.
This post will look at the Super Bowl’s history and popularity and learn some intriguing facts about the game.
How it works
A team must first qualify for the big game in order to win the Super Bowl. That is not a simple process. The first aim of any NFL team is to finish the rigorous regular season schedule — currently at 17 games — with a respectable record. A team will need to win 10 or more games to make the playoffs, but this isn’t always the case.
The NFL will increase its playoff field to 14 teams in 2021, up from 12. The NFL’s two 16-team conferences, the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC), each include four division champions who gain an automatic berth in the playoffs. In addition, as wild card teams, the three non-division champions with the best overall record are invited. The playoff teams are then sorted or seeded based on their conference finish.
The NFL playoffs have four rounds, including the Super Bowl. The format of both conferences is the same. Note that all matches can be wagered on the Betway platform
Wild Card: The top seed in each conference advances to the Divisional playoff round automatically as a reward for their regular-season achievement. Each conference’s three wild card clubs will visit the lower-seeded division champions’ home ground. The No. 2 seed faces the No. 7 seed, while the No. 3 seed faces the No. 6 seed. The No. 4 seed faces the No. 5 seed. The winners progress to the next round.
Divisional Playoffs: After the wild card games, four teams from each conference (a total of eight teams) advance to the divisional playoff round. In this round, the top playoff seeds in each conference receive home-field advantage and are pitted against the lowest seeds remaining.
Conference Championships: The two teams from each conference that make it through the first two rounds meet in the conference championship round to compete for the conference title. The team with the best seed gets to play on their own turf. Two conference champions face off in the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl: The Super Bowl is held at a predetermined location on the final Sunday in January or the first Sunday in February. The 2022 Super Bowl 56 will be held in SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Sunday, February 13th, and will be available for betting on Betway and other top sites.