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The NFL Thread 2016: New England Patriots Win Super Bowl LI

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Who will win Super Bowl LI?

New England Patriots 51 47.66%
 
Kansas City Chiefs 3 2.80%
 
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 5.61%
 
Other (AFC) 3 2.80%
 
Dallas Cowboys 10 9.35%
 
Atlanta Falcons 15 14.02%
 
Seattle Seahawks 5 4.67%
 
Green Bay Packers 5 4.67%
 
Other (NFC) 4 3.74%
 
Scoreboard 5 4.67%
 
Total:107

It seems like it was painful for the refs to call that penalty on Seattle.



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Wow, Good job Seattle.



So here's some random useless Divisional Round trivia as Seattle and Atlanta kick this weekend off. Small sample sizes were abused for the sake of interesting trivia. As a further note, none of this actually means anything in regards to the games played this weekend.

There hasn't been an all home team sweep in the divisional round since 2004, when New England, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Philadelphia won.

Since the league expansion to 32 teams, there have only been two instances where both underdogs in a conference won on divisional weekend: 2006, where Indianapolis beat Baltimore and New England beat San Diego, and 2008, where Arizona beat Carolina and Philadelphia demolished the New York Giants. Both times, the home team won the ensuing conference championship game.

Andy Reid is, to this date, undefeated (3-0) when playing at home in the divisional round.

If you see an AFC game go into overtime this weekend, settle in, because history suggests they'll be playing for a while. 4 out of the 7 AFC divisional round games that have been tied at the end of regulation have gone into double OT, most recently in 2013, when the Ravens won in Denver. That was also the last time a #1 seed lost a playoff game that was not the Super Bowl.

The NFL record for most consecutive seasons winning a divisional round game is 5, held by both Oakland (1973-1977) and New England (2011-2015). If the Patriots beat the Texans tonight, they will hold the record at six. Incidentally, both the Patriots and the Raiders only won one Super Bowl in their respective 5 year spans.

Last piece of Patriots related trivia, I promise. New England holds the record for hosting the most consecutive NFL divisional round games now, with 7 (2010-2016).

With a win tonight, Houston would have its first divisional round win in team history.

Seattle has advanced to the Divisional Round in five straight years, a team record and the long streak of any NFC team since the 49ers of the mid-late 1990s.

Despite not being a consistent playoff participant, Atlanta has opened at home in the divisional round in 4 of its last 6 playoff appearances.

Out of the remaining field, Kansas City is the current team with the longest drought in the divisional round (not counting Houston since they've never won and only existed since 2002). The Chiefs haven't advanced to a conference championship game since 1993. After them, it's the Cowboys, who have not won a divisional round game since 1995, when they went on to win the Super Bowl.

Perhaps it's better that Green Bay is playing on the road this weekend; since Aaron Rodgers took over in 2008, the Packers have been outscored by nearly 11 points per game on average in divisional home playoff games.

Peyton Manning holds the (dubious?) distinction for most divisional round playoff losses of all time, with 6. For those interested, each loss has come to a different team; the Titans, Patriots, Steelers, Chargers, Ravens, and Colts have all beaten him once.

The last rookie to win a divisional round game was Mark Sanchez in 2010. Dak Prescott will be trying to become the first rookie since then to win a playoff game against a non rookie QB.

Despite being a very regular playoff participant, the Steelers have only played one divisional round game on the road since 2006. That was a loss, last year, to the eventual Super Bowl champ, Denver.



A little late but that safety was hilarious



                                                                                     

MTZehvor said:

Perhaps it's better that Green Bay is playing on the road this weekend; since Aaron Rodgers took over in 2008, the Packers have been outscored by nearly 11 points per game on average in divisional home playoff games.

Yup, the troll statistic that was thrown around last week (Eli Manning has won as many playoff games in Lambeau Field as Aaron Rodgers) has to come from somewhere.

Not worried that the Packers play on the road.



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Honestly, the only team in the NFC that scares me is the Falcons. Seattle, Green Bay, Detroit, New York I felt like Dallas could/can beat.



NobleTeam360 said:
Honestly, the only team in the NFC that scares me is the Falcons. Seattle, Green Bay, Detroit, New York I felt like Dallas could/can beat.

Weird logic. The Falcons are the most vulnerable to Dallas' ball control offense.

Anyway, I hope you won't leave the site when the Packers take care of business tomorrow.



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RolStoppable said:
NobleTeam360 said:
Honestly, the only team in the NFC that scares me is the Falcons. Seattle, Green Bay, Detroit, New York I felt like Dallas could/can beat.

Weird logic. The Falcons are the most vulnerable to Dallas' ball control offense.

Anyway, I hope you won't leave the site when the Packers take care of business tomorrow.

It won't happen, Dallas by two scores tomorrow



MTZehvor said:
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Cool stats! I like the new faces in the playoffs this year with the Falcons, Texans, Cowboys and Chiefs having the potential to go further than what has been the norm for years.



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Anyone even going to bother watching the New England game tonight?