The winning team in football is the team that ends the game with more points than its opponent, winning the game.
There are different types of wins in football, with each differing based on the margin of victory.
A game that is not close and has its outcome decided long before the game finishes is noted as a blowout victory. Blowout victories are not as entertaining for the fans to watch and have large margins of victories.
A game with a narrow margin of victory or a last second score is known as either a thriller or a nailbiter. These wins are exciting and go down to the very last minute with the game still in doubt.
Winning a game has varying levels of weight at different points of the season.
A football game win in the regular season adds one win to a team's win-loss record. An end of the season win counts the same statistically as one at the beginning, however, is held with much higher regard. Wins at the end of the regular season can clinch a postseason appearance for a team.
A win in the postseason results in either advancing to the next round or capturing a championship, as well as forgoing elimination. Elimination is a concept used in all forms of American football. The NFL uses the playoff system for its postseason, which is a single elimination bracket between 12 teams. A win advances a team to the next round up until the championship game where a win means the championship has been achieved.