Following a teleconference on Tuesday, NFL owners have voted to expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams starting in 2020. Each conference will have an additional wildcard spot with six games now being played across Wildcard Weekend.
The NFL owners have confirmed, via a vote on today’s teleconference, that there will be expanded playoffs after the 2020 season, source said. Expected and now official. One more team per conference.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 31, 2020
This decision should excite Chargers fans who have been worried about having to go through the Chiefs every year to make the playoffs. The Chargers’ chances of making the post season without the AFC West divisional crown have increased tremendously but that still means the team must take care of business across the rest of the division. No more unexpected losses to the Broncos and Raiders, especially when they’re still considered the bottom-two teams in the division.
This decision has me thinking back to Anthony Lynn’s first season in Los Angeles when he finished with a 9-7 record and missed the playoffs due to a last-second touchdown pass by the Bengals over the Ravens in the final game of the year. They would have probably been that next team in, if I remember correctly.
Wild Card Weekend for the 2020 NFL season now will consist of three games on Saturday, January 9, and three games on Sunday, January 10, 2021. pic.twitter.com/UsZrrbDj1j— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 31, 2020
How do you guys feel about an expanded playoff field? Aside from the greater chances at the post season, are happy about more football or do you believe the sanctity of the playoffs have been ruined?