Playoff Format Change In The Horizon?

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell
What a ride it was for the New York Giants; firstly, they won the wild-card spot in the NFC playoffs. Then they proceeded to beat everyone in the NFC playoffs, then travel to Glendale, AZ to participate in the Super Bowl to face the heavily-favored New England Patriots. Guess what? They beat them. But moments like this could be few and far between if a revision to the current playoff system that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is studying comes to pass.

According to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, Goodell has revealed a potential shakeup to the existing playoff system that would allow wild-card teams the possibility of a home game. In what are the early stages of Goodell’s plan – which would require the owners’ approval – the bottom two division winners would go on the road the first week if they have a worse win-loss record than the wild-card teams. Although it is very unlikely, Goodell went one step further by saying the plan could expand in future years to include a complete reseeding of the playoffs, based on record.

Apparently, Goodell’s aim is to reduce the “tanking” that sometimes happens by teams that have already clinched playoff position. But you can probably expect lots of opposition from the owners; several owners have stated that they’d be reluctant to take away the meaning of winning the division. As with any proposed rule change, approval is required from 24 of the 32 team owners. My take is simple: the Giants proved that this proposed playoff format change is not necessary. And besides, if it isn’t broken, why try to fix it?


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