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Forecasting the 2013 Playoffs If the NFL Used a March Madness Bracket
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There have been whispers about the NFL expanding to 16 teams in the playoffs. What if that was the case?

The NFL is rumored to be considering expanding the playoffs from 12 to 16 teams.

If the league had a 16-team playoff format this season, the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins would still be in contention. And while that probably sounds good to their respective fan bases, a 16-team playoff format would make the regular season less meaningless and it could potentially hurt the product on the field.

On the other hand, expanding to 16 teams would give fans something they want--more football.

Let's assume the league expands the postseason field. And from there, we'll project who would advance past the "Sweet 16" into the "Final Four," and who would ultimately win the Super Bowl in a March Madness-style playoff bracket.

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