As expected, the NFL owners have approved the expansion to a 17-game season.
The owners voted in favor of the expansion at the virtual annual league meetings on Tuesday.
In addition to adding the 17th game, the preseason has also been shortened to three games.
The additional game will pit clubs from opposing conferences that finished in the same place within their division standings the previous season. The AFC has also been selected to host the Week 18 contests.
As a result, the Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Seattle Seahawks.
The NFL is expanding to a 17-game regular season starting in 2021.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 30, 2021
The Seattle Seahawks have been added to our list of 2021 home opponents.
“This is a monumental moment in NFL history,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “The CBA with the players and the recently completed media agreements provide the foundation for us to enhance the quality of the NFL experience for our fans. And one of the benefits of each team playing 17 regular-season games is the ability for us to continue to grow our game around the world.”
It is the first change of the the schedule since 1978, when the league expanded the slate to 16 games.