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Support Growing in NFL for Expanded Playoffs

Could the NFL be expanding the number of teams that make it into the NFL playoffs? Probably, but not for another year at least.

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The NFL is always looking for ways to grow and expand it's reach across the sports landscape. That includes expanding the number of games in a season, and after failed attempts to expand the regular season by 1-2 games, they now appear to be focusing on expanding the playoffs.

According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, while expansion is coming, don't expect to see major changes regarding the NFL playoffs until the 2015 season:

There is growing support within the league for expanding the NFL playoff field by two teams, likely beginning in the 2015 season, and the chances are increasing that the franchise owners will consider and potentially vote on such a proposal when they meet next month, according to several people familiar with the deliberations on the issue.

"I think there’s a lot of momentum for it," one of those people said. "I don’t know for sure if the votes are there yet [among the owners] or not. But there is momentum. A lot of people seem in favor of it."

The original proposal was to add one extra playoff team to each conference and have the No. seed have to play the added team instead of having a first-round bye.