The National Football League playoffs for the 1990 season began on January 5, 1991. The postseason tournament concluded with the New York Giants defeating the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV, 20–19, on January 27, at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The league expanded its playoff system from a 10-team to a 12-team tournament, which is in use now. With these changes, three wild card teams (those non-division champions with the conference's best won-lost-tied percentages) qualified, up from two the year before. The format consisted of the following:

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  • The National Football League playoffs for the 1990 season began on January 5, 1991. The postseason tournament concluded with the New York Giants defeating the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV, 20–19, on January 27, at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The league expanded its playoff system from a 10-team to a 12-team tournament, which is in use now. With these changes, three wild card teams (those non-division champions with the conference's best won-lost-tied percentages) qualified, up from two the year before. The format consisted of the following: * The three division champions from each conference are seeded 1 through 3 based on their regular season won-lost-tied record. * Three wild card qualifiers are seeded 4, 5 and 6 within the conference. The 3 and 6 seeds played each other in one game and the 4 and 5 in a second game, both making up what was dubbed the "Wild Card Round". The 1 and the 2 seeds from each conference do not participate in this round, earning an automatic berth in the following week's "Divisional Playoff" games, where they face the Wild Card survivors. The 1 seeded team plays against the lowest remaining seed while the 2 seed plays the other remaining team. In a given game, whoever has the higher seed gets the home field advantage. In addition, a rule stating that teams from the same division could not play against each other in the divisional round was abolished. These changes forced the division winner with the worst record in each conference to play during the first round. However, it guaranteed that division winner a home game, unlike in the previous format where the highest seeded wild-card team earned a home playoff game while the lowest-seeded division winner, despite earning a bye, was forced to play the second-seeded or top-seeded division winner (based on the no-divisional matchup rule) and thus could not host any playoff game before their respective conference championship (provided that they were the highest remaining seed). This system was later modified before the 2002–03 NFL playoffs after the league realigned the teams into eight divisions (four per conference). (en)
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  • *Scoring **NYG – field goal Bahr 46 NYG 3–0 **NYG – Baker 21 pass from Hostetler NYG 10–0 **CHI – field goal Butler 33 NYG 10–3 **NYG – Cross 3 pass from Hostetler NYG 17–3 **NYG – Hostetler 3 run NYG 24–3 **NYG – Carthon 1 run NYG 31–3
  • *Scoring **CIN – Woods 1 run CIN 7–0 **CIN – field goal Breech 27 CIN 10–0 **CIN – Green 2 pass from Esiason CIN 17–0 **CIN – field goal Breech 30 CIN 20–0 **CIN – Ball 3 run CIN 27–0 **CIN – Esiason 10 run CIN 34–0 **HOU – Givins 16 pass from Carlson CIN 34–7 **CIN – Kattus 9 pass from Esiason CIN 41–7 **HOU – Givins 5 pass from Carlson CIN 41–14
  • *Scoring **SF – field goal Cofer 47 SF 3–0 **NYG – field goal Bahr 28 Tie 3–3 **NYG – field goal Bahr 42 NYG 6–3 **SF – field goal Cofer 35 Tie 6–6 **SF – Taylor 61 yard pass from Montana SF 13–6 **NYG – field goal Bahr 46 SF 13–9 **NYG – field goal Bahr 38 SF 13–12 **NYG – field goal Bahr 42 NYG 15–13
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  • *Scoring **PHI – field goal Ruzek 37 PHI 3–0 **PHI – field goal Ruzek 28 PHI 6–0 **WAS – Monk 16 pass from Rypien WAS 7–6 **WAS – field goal Lohmiller 20 WAS 10–6 **WAS – field goal Lohmiller 19 WAS 13–6 **WAS – Clark 3 pass from Rypien WAS 20–6
  • *Scoring **CIN – field goal Breech 27 CIN 3–0 **RAI – Fernandez 13 pass from Schroeder RAI 7–3 **RAI – field goal Jaeger 49 RAI 10–3 **CIN – Jennings 8 pass from Esiason Tie 10–10 **RAI – Horton 41 pass from Schroeder RAI 17–10 **RAI – field goal Jaeger 25 RAI 20–10
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  • *Scoring **KC – field goal Lowery 27 KC 3–0 **MIA – field goal Stoyanovich 58 Tie 3–3 **KC – Paige 26 pass from DeBerg KC 10–3 **KC – field goal Lowery 25 KC 13–3 **KC – field goal Lowery 38 KC 16–3 **MIA – Paige 1 pass from Marino KC 16–10 **MIA – Clayton 12 pass from Marino MIA 17–16
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  • The National Football League playoffs for the 1990 season began on January 5, 1991. The postseason tournament concluded with the New York Giants defeating the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV, 20–19, on January 27, at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The league expanded its playoff system from a 10-team to a 12-team tournament, which is in use now. With these changes, three wild card teams (those non-division champions with the conference's best won-lost-tied percentages) qualified, up from two the year before. The format consisted of the following: (en)
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  • 1990–91 NFL playoffs (en)
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