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Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:11 pm
If you're the Detroit Lions, you hope Green Bay doesn't play its starters in the season finale. In fact, you say a prayer the Packers don't.

No Aaron Rodgers would lessen the chances of a Green Bay win, and that's critical to Detroit's playoff future. Even though the Lions are headed to the playoffs, they don't want the sixth seed ... and neither does Atlanta. The reason: You have to go to New Orleans, where the Saints don't lose.

Draw the sixth seed, and say goodnight.

New Orleans doesn't just beat opponents at home; it clobbers them, with Monday's rout of Atlanta the latest example. The Saints are built for the Superdome and excel there, with the Saints four times putting 40 or more points on oppnents and once sticking 62 on Indianapolis.

Atlanta doesn't want to meet them there, and neither do the Lions. So the rush is on for the fifth seed, and Detroit holds it -- pending, of course, the outcome of Sunday's game in Green Bay.

The Falcons' hope is that Rodgers and the Packers' first team not only play but play long enough to win. The Lions' hope is that Rodgers and the first team don't play ... or play so little that the Lions can prevail.

Bottom line: Detroit needs this game. So does Atlanta. Only the Falcons need Green Bay to win.

The fifth seed would play at Dallas or the New York Giants, and tell me where you'd want to play: There or in New Orleans. Uh-huh, so would I. That's why the jockeying for the NFC's fifth seed is one of this weekend's biggest stories.

Category: NFL

Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:02 pm

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

Agreed.  San Francisco will be a one-and-done playoff team - they will never keep up with Atlanta or Detroit in a playoff game, and they won't shut-out those teams either.  Won't even mention what the Saints or Pack will do to them.  The Niners did it with smoke-and-mirrors - a decent ground game; a safe passing game; and the most important ally of all - a great schedule.  Alex Smith is not the answer - yet, I guess.  At least he has had no major injuries and he does have alot of experience.  Still, he misses some throws he should be making now.

Just schedule the Saints vs. Packers and the Steelers vs. Patriots for the conference championships and do away with all the formalities. (No Baltimore, you do not belong in that group yet. Didn't you lose to Seattle and Jacksonville this year?)

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:48 pm

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

It really won't matter which team makes it to play the Saints. They'll lose anyway. If anything both the Lions and Falcons, hope for a 49ers loss and a Saints win, so that they will have a first round bye. As good as the 49ers "D" is, they still can be beaten because Alex Smith is an average QB. All that is needed is a big play against the 49ers D then you force Alex Smith to come from behind. That ain't gonna happen.

Since: Dec 21, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:37 pm

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

Are you kidding me? The Packers had their hands full until Ndamukong Suh show GB how to kick start a motorcycle and Matthew Stafford was playing with a fractured finger. Check into Matthew Stafford stats during the four weeks of the "glove"(Bears, Panthers, Packers and Saints - 8 TD's & 10 INT's) and the 11 weeks without the "glove"(28 TD's & 4 INT's).

If the Officials call a fair game instead of playing favorites. It wouldn't matter what seed anyone ends up with. I would rather the Lions played the Packers head-2-head next week. It's not just the 5th Seed at steak for the Lions, they also have a monkey on their back in Lambeau. Here's a bone for you... the Lions haven't won in Lambeau during the regular season since Green Bay Mike Tomczak Quarterback in '91.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:29 pm

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

There are no guarantees in this scenario..   I am sure last year, everyone would have wanted to be the 5 seed playing Seattle, instead of being the 6 seedplaying Philadelphia. 

What happened.  Green Bay started their Super Bowl Run, and New Orleans was steamrolled.  

Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:27 pm

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

What is the explanation for the Falcons-Bucs game being moved to 4:00 Sunday.  If Detroit wins their early game against the Packers, then the Falcons game will be meaningless and Atlanta would be sure to pull most starters early.  However, if the Falcons-Bucs game was played at the originally-scheduled time of 1:00, then Atlanta would have had to play it out.  This is absurd scheduling by the NFL front office.  What were they thinking?  This gives Atlanta the opportunity of laying down if Detroit wins.

Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:45 pm

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

In the grand scheme does it really matter.  One way or the other you are going through Green Bay or New Orleans.  

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