The NFL introduced Friday the upcoming playoffs will characteristic a wild-card recreation on a Monday night time as a substitute of preserving the spherical completely on Saturdays and Sundays.
The league touted final season’s playoff growth to incorporate one other wild-card group, and this postseason may have two wild-card video games on Saturday, three on Sunday and one on Monday.
“The 2020 playoff growth ensured that two extra Wild Card groups – one every within the American and Nationwide Soccer Conferences – qualify for the playoffs. The No. 1 seed in every convention will obtain a bye within the Wild Card spherical. The remaining division champions in every convention can be seeded 2, 3, and 4 by document, adopted by the following three groups per convention with the perfect data seeded 5, 6, and seven,” the league stated.
“AFC and NFC Wild Card video games will characteristic the two seed internet hosting the 7 seed, the three seed internet hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed internet hosting the 5 seed.”
The wild-card spherical is ready to start Jan. 15.
The league was met with criticism over the choice to incorporate a Monday recreation on the docket with the winner of the sport presumably having solely six days to relaxation and put together for the divisional spherical. The league was additionally accused of getting cash in thoughts first over the rest.
Final season, the NFL had three playoffs video games on a Saturday and three on a Sunday. Solely the division winner with the perfect document acquired a first-round bye.