How many games are played in the ALDS series?
ALDS Experience. The American League Division Series features two best-of-five-game series between three regular season divisional winners and a fourth Wild Card game winner.
Format. The NLDS is a five-game series where the wild-card team is assigned to play the divisional winner with the best winning percentage in the regular season.
- In 1985, the format changed to best-of-seven. The NLCS and ALCS, since the expansion to seven games, are always played in a 2–3–2 format: games 1, 2, 6, and 7 are played in the stadium of the team that has home field advantage, and games 3, 4, and 5 are played in the stadium of the team that does not.
- In order to determine the champion of Major League Baseball in the U.S. and Canada, the winners from the National League and the American League play the "World Series." The Series consists of seven games. If a team wins four out of the seven games, they are the champions.
- The NFL playoffs have a single-elimination tournament format consisting of 12 teams, 6 from the NFC and 6 from the AFC. Seeds 1-4 for each conference are the four division winners, ordered by regular season winning percentage.
- While the Giants have more wins in franchise history, and lead all NL teams with 23 National League pennants, the Dodgers are second, having won 21; the Giants have won eight World Series titles, while the Dodgers have won six.
- Each season, one American League (AL) team wins the pennant, signifying that they are the league's champion and have the right to play in the World Series against the champion of the National League.
- In Major League Baseball, a pennant typically refers to such a flag flown specifically by the National League or American League championship team of a given season, or to such a championship itself. The last few weeks of the regular American professional baseball season are known as a pennant race.
Two wild cards per league (2012–present) On November 17, 2011, MLB announced that it would be adding two wild-card teams to the postseason. The two wild-card teams in each league face each other in a one-game playoff. The winner of this game advances to meet the top seed in the Division Series.
- Six teams from each of the league's two conferences qualify for the playoffs based on regular season records, and a tie-breaking procedure exists in the case of equal records. The tournament ends with the Super Bowl, the league's championship game, which matches the two conference champions.
- The winner from each conference will advance to the final round, or the NBA Finals. All rounds are best-of-seven series. Series are played in a 2–2–1–1–1 format, meaning the team with home-court advantage hosts games 1, 2, 5, and 7, while their opponent hosts games 3, 4, and 6, with games 5–7 being played if needed.
- NFL execs rank all 12 playoff teams
- New England Patriots. 13-3 record | No. 1 seed in AFC.
- Pittsburgh Steelers. 13-3 record | No. 2 seed in AFC.
- New Orleans Saints. 11-5 record | No. 4 seed in NFC.
- Minnesota Vikings. 13-3 record | No.
- T-5. Carolina Panthers.
- T-5. Atlanta Falcons.
- Los Angeles Rams. 11-5 record | No.
- Kansas City Chiefs. 10-6 record | No.
Updated: 4th October 2018