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

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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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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