NFL makes it official: Playoffs will expand to 14 teams in 2020

The owners approved the expansion with their votes on Tuesday

Sal Capaccio
March 31, 2020 - 3:15 pm

As expected, NFL teams voted on Tuesday to expand the postseason by two teams beginning this coming season. The playoffs will expand from 12 to 14 teams, adding one team in each conference.

The seeding for the postseason will also be changed to accomodate the expanded team. Now, the No. 1 overall seed in each conference will receive a bye in the Wild Card round. The remaining division champions in each conference with the best records will be seeded 2, 3, and 4, followed by the next three teams per-conference with the best records seeded 5, 6, and 7. The 2-seed will host the 7-seed, the 3-seed host the 6-seed and the 4-seed host the 5-seed in each conference.

That means there will be an extra game on Wild Card weekend, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, January 9 and 10. There will now be three games on Satuday and three games on Sunday. 

According to a press release from the league, CBS will broadcast one additional Wild Card game on January 10 with kickoff at approximately 4:40 p.m. EST.  That game will also be part of a separately produced telecast on Nickelodeon, "tailored for a younger audience."

NBC will broadcast an additional Wild Card game on January 10 with kickoff at approximately 8:15 p.m. EST.

This is the first playoff expansion by the league since 1990. For the past 30 years, six teams from each conference qualified for the postseason.

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