NFL Playoffs: 6-seeds are 5-2 against No. 1 seeds since 2005
Being a top seed in the NFL playoffs isn't always a good thing, especially when your a top seed that gets stuck facing a No. 6 seed like the Seahawks and Broncos will this weekend.
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.
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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