Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones, a postseason spectator for the fourth consecutive year, is in favor of expanding the NFL playoffs.
“From the standpoint of looking at how exciting it is for a city or a community to be involved in the playoffs and the fact that you can have a team that might have literally operated at .500 or in that area … you can have that team win the Super Bowl,” Jones said Friday on 105.3 The Fan. “That makes a big case for adding a couple of more cities or communities that have NFL teams to the playoffs.
“It just creates that much more excitement and that much more interest for people in those communities. So I fall on the side of the ledger that would increase the playoffs.”
Jones was answering a hypothetical question about adding two teams to the playoffs in each conference.
Only one team has won the Super Bowl with a single-digit regular-season win total in a non-strike-shortened season. That was the 2011 New York Giants, who went 9-7 and punched their ticket to the playoffs in Week 17 by defeating the Cowboys with the NFC East title at stake.
The Cowboys have finished 8-8 and lost a Week 17 game that determined the division champion in each of the last three seasons.
Dallas would not have qualified for the playoffs the last four seasons even if they were expanded to include an additional two teams per conference.
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