The NFL has made a few changes to the playoff format for the first time since 2002, with the Los Angeles Rams moving to the NFC and the Green Bay Packers moving to AFC West.
The league announced Thursday that the NFC East and NFC West will move to a “two-team playoff format” with a bye week.
The two teams will play each other once each week in the playoffs, but a playoff game will be played as a one-week contest.
The NFC South will move from a two-team format to a three-team divisional playoff format, while the NFC North will be split into two groups, one in the West and one in South.
The AFC West will remain a two team playoff format with a two week bye week for each team, while AFC North will move into a three team playoff with a one week bye for each game.
The top two teams in each conference will advance to the postseason.
The NFL also announced Thursday it will allow teams to earn two wild-card berths through the playoffs.
The teams will split the wild-cards into a two teams playoff format.
The teams that earn their second wild-Card berths will advance in a three teams playoff, with one team winning both.
The playoffs will be conducted in a first-round format with the top four teams going to the Superbowl.
The winners of that tiebreaker game will advance into the second round.
The Super Bowl winner will host the first round of the postseason in the second year of the playoff system.
The first-year playoff system was instituted in 2000, but it was replaced in 2007 by a two year playoff format that is set to expire in 2020.
The current system is set for a six-team playoffs.
The changes will likely be welcomed by some teams.
The Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints both have played in the postseason each of the last two seasons.
The San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots are among the teams with a history of winning the Superdome.