Expanded playoffs are here and they will go into effect this year, if the year goes on as scheduled. This was something that was pushed for in the new CBA negotiations, and will bring more money to the league and players. The Redskins haven’t made the playoffs since 2015, and the new expanded playoff format wouldn’t have helped them
The NFL has added two wild-card spots. There will now be three wild-card teams in the NFC, and another three in the AFC, for a total of seven playoff teams per conference.
The resulting six wild-card games will be played in back-to-back tripleheaders during wild-card weekend, this year on Jan. 9 and 10. One of the new games, a 4:40 ET kickoff on Jan. 10, will be broadcasted on CBS and streamed on CBS All Access. There will also be a separately-produced broadcast on Nickelodeon geared toward a younger audience.
The No. 7 seeds will play the No. 2 seeds in that round, meaning that only the No. 1 seed will get a first-round bye.
The league announced NBC and CBS would broadcast the additional wild card games. NFL Wild Card Weekend will include three games Saturday, Jan. 9 and another three games Sunday, Jan. 10. In addition to CBS’ extra broadcast on Jan. 9 — which also will be carried via a livestream on CBS All Access — the NFL noted a separately produced telecast of the game will air on Nickelodeon, tailored for a younger audience.
The NBC game on Jan. 10 also will be aired on the network’s new streaming service, Peacock, as well as Telemundo.
Here is everything you need to know about @NFL owners’ decision to expand the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams. Got into the concept of “accidental champions” and also used two words that begin in “M” and end in “Y” to explain it… https://t.co/s4g9vubzyX— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) March 31, 2020
If NFL's expanded playoff format had been in place since 1990, 60 additional teams would have qualified for the postseason since then, only one with a losing record; 44 teams would have qualified with winning records and 15 with .500 records. Owners set to formally approve today.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) March 31, 2020
Do you like the expanded playoffs?
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Yes, better chance the Redskins get in
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