It seems like more a matter of when rather than if the NFL decides to expand the playoffs. And it could come as soon as 2015.
One person "familiar with the deliberations" on playoff expansion told Mark Maske of the Washington Post there's a "lot of momentum" to make a move to 14 teams instead of 12.
"I think there's a lot of momentum for it," the source said. "I don't know for sure if the votes are there yet [among the owners] or not. But there is momentum. A lot of people seem in favor of it."
The NFL owners meetings in Orlando are set for March 23-26 and it's possible the owners could vote on the subject at that time. At the very least, Maske reports, the owners will "consider" the subject.
Under the hypothetical expansion scenario, one playoff team from each conference would be added to the field. Instead of two first round byes in each conference, just the No. 1 seed would land the bye.
Six games instead of four would occur on the first weekend of NFL playoff action.
The schedule, Maske reports, could involve two Saturday games, three Sunday games and one Monday game.
Such an expansion would equate to an instantly increased revenue flow for the league.