NFL expands playoffs for 2020 season

Extra wild card team added for AFC and NFC, 1 bye per conference

Daryl Ruiter
March 31, 2020 - 2:05 pm

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The NFL has expended the playoff field.

NFL owners voted Tuesday to approve the proposal to add a wild card team to each conference meaning only the top seed in each conference will receive a bye.

It marks the first expansion of the playoff field since 1990.

AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed.

Wild Card Weekend for the 2020 season will consist of three games on Saturday, January 9, and three games on Sunday, January 10, 2021 the league said.  ​

CBS and NBC will broadcast the additional games on wild card weekend and the networks also own streaming rights on their respective platforms.

The Browns currently own the longest playoff drought in the league at 17 years. Under the new format, the only season Cleveland would’ve made the playoffs would’ve been 2007 when they went 10-6.