Tag:2011 NFL Playoffs
Posted on: January 2, 2011 11:53 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2011 11:56 pm

'Hawks give NFL good reason to fix playoff seeds

Posted by Will Brinson

First of all, hats off to the Seattle Seahawks for showing up on Sunday night and beating St. Louis. They're 7-9, but they're the NFC West champions and they're going to the playoffs.

No one can take that away from them.

But someone (like, say Roger Goodell) can stop people from being forced to watch a team with a losing record host a home playoff game ever again. And it needs to happen as soon as the final whistle for the Super Bowl blows, because, frankly, it's embarrassing that the Saints will travel to Seattle next week.

I'm actually not staunchly opposed to the idea that if you win your division, you get in the playoffs. Andy and I have argued at length over this during pretty much every podcast since it became apparent someone was going to limp into the playoffs with a terrible record out of the NFC West. And, for me at least, the whole "it's cyclical" explanation works fine.

Every team -- except for the 49ers -- in this putrid division has been in a Super Bowl at least once over the last decade, and San Francisco has more than enough historical success to make up for their recent terrible play.

It's also clear that the Cardinals are a quarterback away from not being horrible, and you could say the same for the Niners. The Rams could dominate the division once they find some actual playmakers who have hands, and the Seahawks, well, heck, they already won their division title.

So let's not go and blow things up and simply take the top-six teams in each conference, because that defeats the entire purpose of having divisions.

But it's absolutely imperative that the NFL determine some manner to re-seed the playoffs beginning in the next season. There's no possible way to say that the Seahawks are better than either the Packers or Saints, and yet New Orleans, who didn't fall short of the No. 1 overall NFC seed, actually has to travel to Seattle on a short week to play in front of a rowdy crowd.

Could the Seahawks win? Sure. It's the NFL and anyone can win. But that doesn't mean that seeding teams in a blatantly inaccurate manner based on an antiquated notion that winning your division equals a home game is the way keep going.

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Posted on: January 2, 2011 9:03 pm

2011 NFL Playoffs Schedule Announced

Posted by Will Brinson

The playoffs are very nearly upon us, which is both sad (because there's no more regular season football) and exciting (because we get football with an actual playoff system, which is so novel, ahem, cough, etc, BCS).

With that in mind, here's the playoff schedule for Wild Card weekend:

Saturday, January 8, 2011
Saints at Rams/Seahawks winner, 4:30 PM EST (NBC)
Jets at Colts, 8:00 PM EST (NBC)

Sunday, January 9, 2011
Ravens at Chiefs, 1:00 PM EST (CBS)
Packers at Eagles, 4:30 PM EST (FOX)

After that, things get a little trickier, of course. On Saturday, January 15, 2011, the highest-seeded team between the Colts, Chiefs and Ravens head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers at 4:30 PM EST (CBS). The lowest-seeded team of the Rams, Seahawks, Saints and Packers go to Atlanta to play the Falcons at 8:00 PM EST (FOX).

Then, on Sunday January 16, 2010, the other NFC team goes to Chicago to play the Bears at 1:00 PM EST (FOX). While the other AFC team plays at New England at 4:30 PM EST on CBS.

Then we move onto the championship round -- the NFC Championship game is Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 3:00 PM EST on FOX and the AFC Championship game is the same day at 6:30 PM EST.

The Super Bowl is scheduled for Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 6:30 PM on FOX in Dallas.

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