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Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to victory in Super Bowl LIV

Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to victory in Super Bowl LIV

The NFL and the NFLPA appear to be closing in on a new collective bargaining agreement, and some serious changes have already begun to leak. The current format gives the top two seeds in each conference a bye in the first round.

Nothing is official yet, but when everything is set in stone, the playoff system is going to be completely different than what it is like now.

The NFL schedule and playoff format could look a lot different in the very near future.

Under the proposal league owners are pushing for, the playoff field would be expanded to seven teams in each conference (from six).

Under the proposed new CBA, seven teams from the AFC and NFC would reach the postseason - four division winners and three Wild Card teams.

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Schefter reported the changes-which would take effect for the upcoming 2020 season-would add an extra team to each conference's playoff bracket. The 17-game season would see a decrease in pre-season games which would be capped off at just three.

Including two more playoff teams could lead to more fan interest later in the season and to postseason bonuses for a greater number of players.

According to NFL Network, NFL owners will meet in NY on Thursday to discuss the status of the CBA negotiations with the NFL Players Association.

Since the National Football League instituted the postseason seeding system in 1975, 26 percent of Super Bowl teams (23 of 90) have been No. 2 seeds.

The league's desire to expand the regular season has been met with harsh opposition from many players, who view an expanded season as an unnecessary increase in the risk to players' health and safety.

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