The NFL will move to an expanded 14-team playoff system that will include two additional teams qualifying, one AFC and one NFC, beginning in 2020.
The league received club approval on the new postseason structure on Tuesday via conference call. Team owners were supposed to vote on the subject during the annual league meetings in March, but they were cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
With the new playoff structure in place, only the No. 1 seed in each conference will receive a bye in the Wild Card round, instead of the top two teams. Wild Card weekend will consist of a triple-header on Saturday, January 9, and on Sunday, January 10.
The NFL hasn't adjusted the playoff format since 2002, when the Texans joined the league and the league split into eight, four-team divisions. The NFL last expanded the playoffs for the 1990 season, increasing from 10 to 12 the number of teams to qualify for the postseason.
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