Robbie, talk about something else then, Football and Soccer are the only topics of conversation!
each division of four teams sends a team to the playoffs for winning that division. 2 more teams (the ones with the best overall record) also go to the playoffs. It's a 12 team playoff essentially. Though the playoff system is weird. If you won your division you get a top 4 seed. This leads to teams like the seahawks getting to play at home while having a losing record at 7-9 a couple years back facing a better team and beating them because of home field advantage.