Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has made it clear that he would love for the NFL to expand the playoffs.
“It just creates that much more excitement and that much more interest for people in those communities,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan last week. “So I fall on the side of the ledger that would increase the playoffs.”
Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com points out that even if two teams from each conference were added to the post-season the Cowboys would have been left on the outside looking in.
The Cowboys finished ninth in the NFC in 2013 with their 8-8 record. The 10-6 Arizona Cardinals were seventh, and the Cowboys lost the head-to-head tiebreaker with the 8-8 Chicago Bears.
In 2012, the Cowboys were ninth in the NFC, trailing the Bears (10-6) and New York Giants (9-7).
In 2011, they were 10th in the NFC, finishing behind the Bears, Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles, all with 8-8 records. The Eagles took the tiebreaker for the ninth spot based on head-to-head winning percentage.
The Cowboys were 6-10 in 2010 and made the playoffs at 11-5 in 2009.
The famous collapse of the 2008 Cowboys would have been mitigated by an eight-team playoff. At 9-7 the Cowboys were eighth in the NFC thanks to strength of victory tiebreaker over the Bears.