With the sports world largely shut down in hopes to slow the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, pandemic, the NFL made waves Saturday night when players narrowly ratified a new collective bargaining agreement that will bring significant changes to the league’s regular season and playoff structure.

Starting next season, the playoffs will be expanded to seven teams in each conference with now three AFC and NFC Wild Card Round games and only the No. 1 seeds receiving first-round byes. Then in 2021, the NFL will roll out a 17-game regular season schedule with one less preseason game and one extra bye week for each team.

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