No. 1

Now that the Giants have locked up the No. 1 seed in the NFC and home field throughout the playoffs, there are a lot of columns and articles being written about how maybe being the one seed is a bad thing. And the people that write these are out of their mind. What are teams supposed to do, lose games in the NFL because they don’t want to be the top seed?

I am not a big believer in statistics about home field and being the one seed and what not because I have seen teams lose in the first round that shouldn’t and teams win on the road that shouldn’t. And past stats are irrelevant since any team can win or lose on any given day. Either way, here are the No. 1 seed’s results since 1990-91 when the the NFL began the 12-team playoff format we have today.

NFC
No. 1 seed in the Divisional Round
17-1 (.944)

No. 1 seed in the Conference Championship
11-6 (.647)

No. 1 seed in the Super Bowl
6-5 (.545)

AFC
No. 1 seed in the Divisional Round
11-7 (.611)

No. 1 seed in the Conference Championship
7-4 (.636)

No. 1 seed in the Super Bowl
2-5 (.286)

Combined
No. 1 seed in the Divisional Round
28-8 (.778)

No. 1 seed in the Conference Championship
18-10 (.643)

No. 1 seed in the Super Bowl
8-10 (.444)

The only team to mess up the NFC’s perfect divisional round would be the 2007 Dallas Cowboys who lost to…the New York Football Giants. But aside from that one game in the 18 years of the current playoff format, I like the Giants chances of playing in the NFC Championship. And the Super Bowl for that matter.

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