Here’s an interesting fact: In the last ten years, the team earning the #1 NFC seed in the playoffs has only won the SB two times. Three other times the NFC’s #1 seed has made it to the SB and lost. So 50% of the time the last decade an NFC #1 seed has made it to a SB. Only 20% of the time has that team won a Lombardi.
Here are the NFC #1 seeds the last decade and how they fared:
- 2012- Atlanta was the #1 NFC seed- they lost in the NFC championship game to SF.
- 2013- Seattle was #1 NFC seed and won the SB.
- 2014- Seattle was #1 NFC seed- won NFC championship but lost SB to New England.
- 2015- Carolina was the #1 NFC seed- won NFC championship but lost SB to Denver.
- 2016- Dallas was #1 NFC seed- lost in divisional round to #4 seed GB.
- 2017- Filly was NFC #1 seed and won the SB.
- 2018- New Orleans was #1 seed in NFC- lost in NFC championship to #2 seed rams.
- 2019- SF was the #1 NFC seed and won NFC championship but lost SB to KC.
- 2020- GB was #1 NFC seed- lost in the NFC championship game to eventual SB champ Tampa Bay who was the #5 seed.
- 2021- GB again had top seed but lost in divisional round to #5 seed SF.
Sure it would be nice to get the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs this year. We still have a shot. But having it doesn’t mean as much as we used to think.
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