Report: NFL to Add Two Playoff Teams

Published:11:22 am EDT, January 6, 2014| Updated:1:01 pm EDT, January 6, 2014|
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Colin Kaepernick, NFL playoffs, expansion, NFC, AFC

The NFL will reportedly add a wild card playoff team to each conference.

NBC Sports' Dan Patrick is the only one to report this news so far. But as Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports points out, such a change would have to be first approved by league owners.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league is open to "multiple" changes to the current playoff system, including reseeding to one extra game and expanding the pool from 12 to 14 teams.

NFL playoffs expansion

Expanding the NFL playoff field would certainly make sense from a ratings standpoint. Wild Card Saturday ratings are up 9 percent from last year, according to TV By the Numbers. Not to mention, the NFL boasted the 10 most-watched sporting events of 2013.

If this new playoff format were in play this year, the Arizona Cardinals (10-6) and Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) would have qualified from the NFC and AFC, respectively.


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