New Orleans Saints: Just how important is the No. 1 seed for New Orleans?
Analysis: What Does This All Mean?
When you look at the numbers, the message is pretty clear: be the No. 1 seed. All teams from the last six Super Bowls, with the exception of Atlanta, because, of course, were either the No. 1 seed or beat the No. 1 seed on their path to the Super Bowl.
Notably, Baltimore was the only team that did not have a first-round bye and made it to the Super Bowl. It’s pretty telling that out of the past 12 teams to play in the Super Bowl, only one got there through the Wildcard round – and it was six years ago.
Several reasons insinuate the significance of a No. 1/No. 2 seed:
1. Extra week of rest and recovery from injury, potentially gaining back key players as a result.
2. Comparably, the other teams get beat up and risk losing players to injury in the Wildcard round.
3. If you ask the bookies (I don’t), home-field advantage is worth three points.
4. Insight gained from seeing the opponent’s best game plan in the Wildcard matchup.
Most importantly, a top seed obviously requires the best record, so it should come as no surprise that their success continues into the playoffs.