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1/7/08 12:05 PM NOTE: I'll admit as a diehard Eagles fan, seeing my team sent home during the playoffs led me to suggest the ridiculous. I'm sure Browns fans can relate.

The National Football League is currently the only major sports league that rewards top teams with a one round playoff bye. However, it has recently been discussed what the NFL would be like if two teams from each conference were added to make each team play the first week of the playoffs. Teams would fight equally as hard to face teams such as the Texans or Browns rather than the Jaguars or Chargers as they would a first round bye. This system would create greater competition throughout the year and lead teams who begin the season on a poor streak to remain optimistic and not simply fall back in hopes of a higher draft pick. All but eight teams would have remained in the playoff hunt late into the year, creating an overally more competitive playoff race. Teams with worse records would be admitted leading some to argue the level of play in the playoffs would be lowered, but in this scenario, the four teams admitted all remained competitive, knocking off multiple higher seeds throughout the regular season.

Here's what the 2007 NFL Playoffs would have looked like under this system with the division winners are awarded the top four seeds.

Patriots (16-0) vs. Texans (8-8)- Houston would have received their first playoff berth

Colts (13-3) vs. Browns (10-6)- Browns return to the playoffs in this midwest showdown

Chargers (11-5) vs. Titans (10-6)

Steelers (10-6) vs. Jaguars (11-5)

Cowboys (13-3) vs. Vikings (8-8)- Adrian Peterson is given an opportunity to continue his record breaking year against the number one seed in the NFC

Packers (13-3) vs. Eagles (8-8)- Rematch of the 2004 Divisional Playoff game that included the famous "4th and 26" play

Seahawks (10-6) vs. Redskins (9-7)

Buccaneers (9-7) vs. Giants (10-6)

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