Adding 2 NFL playoff teams won't hurt anything

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is seriously considering expanding the playoff field...

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is seriously considering expanding the playoff field by two teams. (Reuters)

John Kryk, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:10 PM ET

Apparently, it rankled a lot of people that wild card teams with better records had to play on the road against division champions last weekend.

Shouldn’t the 8-7-1 Green Bay Packers, instead, have played in San Francisco against the 11-5 49ers? Or the 10-6 Philadelphia Eagles in New Orleans against the 11-5 Saints?

No, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday night. And the format is unlikely to change any time soon.

But – and this is a big but -- don’t be surprised if the number of playoff teams expands from 12 to 14. Perhaps soon.

“There may be momentum in the media (to reseed playoff teams based on record),” Goodell said during an event in New York, “but one of the premises we start with every season is that your first objective is to win the division.

“And when you win the division, you should have a home game ... We’ve discussed this for decades in the NFL and we believe that’s the right priority.”

That said, Goodell sounded quite positive about the prospect of the playoff field expanding by two teams.


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