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NFL Playoffs: 6-seeds are 5-2 against No. 1 seeds since 2005

By John Breech |

Maybe being a six-seed isn't so bad for Drew Brees and the Saints. (USATSI)
Maybe being a six-seed isn't so bad for Drew Brees and the Saints. (USATSI)

Getting a No. 1 seed in the NFL playoffs is usually a good thing, unless you end up playing a No. 6 seed, then it's a bad thing. At least it has been recently. Since the 2005 season, No. 6 seeds have gone 5-2 against No. 1 seeds in the playoffs, which could be bad news for the Seahawks and Broncos, who both play No. 6 seeds this weekend.

Seattle hosts the sixth-seeded Saints on Saturday. The Broncos then host the sixth-seeded Chargers on Sunday.

Here's a list of the seven games that sixth-seeds have played against No. 1 seeds since the 2005 season:

2010 season -- 2011 playoffs

No. 6 New York Jets 28-21 over No. 1 New England

No. 6 Green Bay 48-21 over No. 1 Atlanta

2009 season -- 2010 playoffs

No. 1 Indianapolis 20-3 over No. 6 Baltimore

2008 season -- 2009 playoffs

No. 6 Baltimore 13-10 over No. 1 Tennessee

No. 6 Philadelphia 23-11 over No. 1 New York Giants

2005 season -- 2006 playoffs

No. 1 Seattle 20-10 over No. 6 Washington

No. 6 Pittsburgh 21-18 over No. 1 Indianapolis

The good news for the Seahawks is that they have one of the two wins by No. 1 seeds. The good news for the Chargers and Saints is that two of the five No. 6 seeds who beat a top seed went on to win the Super Bowl.

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