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the 2012 regular season schedule in a sentence

1. Using the 2012 regular season schedule as an example, each team in the AFC West plays against every team in the AFC North and NFC South.

2. Using the 2012 regular season schedule as an example, each team in the NFC West plays against every team in the AFC East and NFC North.

3. This one-year change eliminated a travel day prior to a decisive Game 5 of a Division Series and was necessary because the 2012 regular-season schedule was announced before the agreement on the new postseason was reached.

4. The series used the 2–3 format (three consecutive games at home for the team with home field advantage preceded by two consecutive games at home for the other team) for 2012 because Major League Baseball implemented the second wild card slot on March 2, 2012, long after the 2012 regular season schedule had been set, leaving no room for the 2–2–1 format which requires a travel day between Games 4 and 5. The 2–3 format was used for best-of-five Championship Series prior to 1985 and for the Division Series from 1995 to 1997.