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NFL owners vote to expand playoffs in 2020

Starting this season, 14 teams will make the NFL playoffs.

Denver Broncos v Los Angeles Chargers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

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.

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.

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?