Playoff format change?

The Bears chances of making the postseason look like they could get another boost in the near future, but it won't be because of an addition to the team.

There is a report that the league is considering adding two more playoff teams come next season. That would bring the total to seven in each conference with only the top-seed in both the AFC and NFC receiving a bye.

If the rule had been in place for the 2002 season the New Orleans and New England Patriots would have been the seventh playoff representative from their respective conferences, while the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders would have been the only teams to receive a bye. That might have made a difference in the Tampa Bucs run to the Super Bowl.

Various ideas have been discussed to replace the overtime coin flip, but it looks at this point as if there will not be a new rule adoption for next season.

Both issues will be resolved at the annual NFL meetings, which begin Sunday in Phoenix.


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