The NFL, it looks like, could be set to ‘pivot’ and change its playoff format for this season, according to sources. There are some caveats to it, but it is a possibility, as talks have began by the league’s competition committee. Those talks hinge on whether or not games are missed due to Covid-19.
Thus far, no games have officially been missed, but there is a real possibility that could happen due to some teams’ bye weeks already being moved. In the event that games are actually canceled, eight teams from each conference would get a bid, with the four division winners and then four more teams getting in via the Wild Card method. The playoffs were due to expand to 14 for this season anyway, so it will not be that much more of a jump at all.