The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are the favorites to make Super Bowl XLVIII. Each team lost three games this season, won its conference and earned home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. But how much does that No. 1 seed even mean anymore?
When the Steelers won the Super Bowl in 2005 as the sixth seed in the AFC, a trend started in the NFL. The first 15 seasons of the 12-team NFL playoffs were dominated by the top two seeds in each conference, with those teams winning 13 of 15 Super Bowls, and accounting for 25 of the 30 Super Bowl appearances. Since then, a one or two seed has accounted for nine of 16 appearances with only two wins (2008 Steelers, 2009 Saints).
The wide-open nature of the playoffs — and the NFL in general — these days could see any team making a deep postseason run. However, some teams are more likely to do so than others, and a look into the numbers can give us an idea of who is primed to make such a run. Read more on the article here.
Article by: John McTigue, ESPN.com