In each conference, you have the 4 division winners plus 3 wildcard teams. In 2020.
On Tuesday via teleconference, NFL owners decided to expand the playoff field from 12 to 14, effective immediately, as first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. This was one of many stipulations in the new collective bargaining agreement, but the move still had to be approved by owners to be put into place for the upcoming seasons.
This new setup means that there will be seven teams that make the playoffs per division, with the wild card extended from two teams to three. To accommodate the odd number of teams per conference, a bye week will now only be awarded to the No. 1 seed in each conference. The rest of the playoff field will play in Wild Card weekend.
For the Detroit Lions, it means a greater chance at making the postseason during what could be a make-or-break season for both head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn.