NFL playoff field could expand to seven teams in each conference, 14 total

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The NFL playoffs could feature seven teams in each conference as soon as this coming January. Credit: Getty Images

The NFL still wants an expanded playoff field and commissioner Roger Goodell did not rule out the possibility that there could be more playoff teams in the mix as soon as next January.

“I think there’s a tremendous amount of interest in this, possibly even to the point of support, but we want to make sure we do it right,” Goodell told ESPN. “We’ve been very incremental when trying to do this. But we believed it could make our races toward the end of the season even more exciting, [with] more teams vying for playoff positions, which is great for our fans.”

The current NFL rules have 12 teams, six from each conference, making the playoff field. The league’s competition committee would like to see seven playoff teams in each conference each postseason.


The topic may next be brought up at league meetings in May.

The NFL did change one thing about its game Wednesday as it will increase the uprights on goalposts from 30 to 35 feet tall. There have been many cases of kicked balls floating above the goalposts and referees cannot properly determine if the kick is good or not.

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