Playoffs expand to 14 teams

The more the merrier, right? That is what the NFL believes, as league owners voted to expand the playoffs to 14 teams.

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April 1, 2020 - 10:21 AM

Jeff Pash, right, executive vice-president and general counsel of the NFL, presents Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith with the Stewart B. McKinney Award award on behalf of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Photo by Toby Jorrin/MCT / Iola Register

The NFL is gearing up for a normal season and playoffs — with two additional wild-card teams in the Super Bowl chase.

NFL team owners voted Tuesday to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference for a total of 14 next season as they continue to plan for the 2020 season to begin on time.

During a conference call to discuss league business after the annual meetings were canceled due to the new coronavirus, the owners also awarded one of those extra games to CBS and one to NBC. Three-fourths of the 32 owners needed to approve the change, and the vote was unanimous, football operations chief Troy Vincent said.

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