Report: NFL could expand playoff field from 12 teams to 14 in 2015

Eric Edholm
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell And GE Chairman Jeffery Immelt Discuss "Head Health Challenge"
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL), Roger Goodell, speaks at a press conference announcing the 16 winners of the first round of the $20M Head Health Challenge, a research grant created by the NFL and General Electric to better study and treat traumatic brain injuries, on January 23, 2014 in New York City. Each winner will receive $300,000, with a possible $500,000 more available for six winners of the second round of the challenge, which will be announced in 2015. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) editor Peter King wrote that the NFL is considering expanding the playoff field from 12 teams to 14, and that it could begin as soon as the 2015 season.

The topic, King writes, almost certainly will be discussed at next week's owners' meetings, and commissioner Roger Goodell will be asked about it.

"I’m hearing it’s probably a matter of when, not if," King writes. He continues: "I’m also hearing the league would be inclined toward one team in each conference getting a first-week bye in the postseason."

So we'd have this kind of setup: A 2 seed faces a 7 seed in round one, 3 vs. 6, and 4 vs. 5 in Round 1. That's six wild-card games instead of four, and if you're asking why, the answer often when it comes to NFL matters is default — money. Simply put, it's adding two more games worth of gate receipts and TV monies.

King also has another interesting nugget. He believes we could have three days worth of wildcard playoff action, with at least one of those games likely moving to Monday night. So maybe — this is us just riffing here — it will be two games on Saturday, three on Sunday and one on Monday.

What do you think about the potential for expanded playoffs? Does it devalue the 17-week regular season?

Instead of 37.5 percent of the teams making the postseason field, that number is now 43.8 — much more than baseball (33.3 percent), but not quite up to NBA and NHL percentages (both 53.3).

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