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February 21, 2008

NFL considers re-seeding playoffs

The NHL has done it for years and the NBA has followed suit, so the NFL is also kicking re-seeding its playoffs.
Rich McKay, a member of the NFL's competition committee, said the league would look into it and weigh the pros and cons of such a decision.
It comes down to this - the league doesn't want to reward a team with a 9-7 record with a home playoff game all because it won the division title. But they do not want to de-value winning a division championship.
Had such a decision been made before this season, it would have affected the New York Giants, which finished with a 10-6 regular-season record.
But the Giants opened the playoffs on the road against a Tampa Bay team that finished 9-7, but because it won a "weaker" division it hosted a postseason game.
We all know how the rest of the playoffs went; the Giants won their three playoff games on the road, and the Super Bowl as the "away" team.
In a re-seeded format, the Giants would have opened at home.

- Mac Engel

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