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AFC sees only one new playoff team

Indianapolis' Luck passes under pressure from Kansas City's Houston during a NFL football game in Kansas City, Missouri Reuters

In recent years, the tournament turnover rate has been high in the NFL.  Each season, half the playoff field gets booted in exchange for new teams.

This year in the AFC, stability has made a cameo appearance.

Of last year’s six-team playoff tree, five of the teams have returned for another shot at the Lombardi Trophy.

Back are the Patriots, Ravens, Texans, Broncos, and Bengals.  Gone are only the Steelers, replaced by the Colts.

There also was complete consistency in the four divisions, at least at the top.  The winners of the AFC East, North, South and West have each repeated.

In the NFC, it’s likely that the 50-percent trend will hold; the Falcons, 49ers, and Packers are back.  The Seahawks have crashed the party, and the other two teams will come from a group that consists four franchises that didn’t make it last year:  the Redskins, Cowboys, Vikings, and Bears.

Only if the Bears, Vikings, and Cowboys each lose can the Giants steal a spot and reduce the NFC turnover rate to 33 percent.

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31 Responses to “AFC sees only one new playoff team”
  1. kattykathy says: Dec 25, 2012 12:42 PM

    My man went to JARED’S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THANK YOU SANTA!!!!!!

    Now can you please give me a Texans/Seahawks Super Bowl?

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 25, 2012 12:58 PM

    The Redskins are beating whoever comes out the AFC.

  3. ravenator says: Dec 25, 2012 1:21 PM

    Ravens > Steelers

  4. bunjy96 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:21 PM

    Please, no Seahawks.

    Pack or Niners vs whoever is left standing in the AFC-maybe Denver.

  5. citizenstrange says: Dec 25, 2012 1:24 PM

    I feel bad for the Steelers. Just imagine if any of the top 25 quarterbacks in the league had that #1 Steeler defense. Too bad it is wasted on Roethlisberger.

  6. catquick says: Dec 25, 2012 1:24 PM

    Being from DC,the Redskins should be taxed 30 points per game, just to stay consistent with the political winds

  7. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 25, 2012 1:28 PM

    ravenator says:
    Dec 25, 2012 1:21 PM
    Ravens > Steelers

    1 0
    Steelers= Lombardi’s

    Ravens= cotton Lombardi’s

    Have a nice day.

  8. pats1977 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:37 PM

    Are texans fans that delusional? Your team just scored 6 pts at home in a very significant game and you’re talking about SB! Ya must be dreaming If you think the texans can beat either the Pats or the Broncos wherever the game is played!

  9. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 25, 2012 1:54 PM

    The texans would be a safe bet against the pats ,lost in last two try’s, and Peyton not usually good in playoffs or SB. We all know the ravens never get there so it ok to leave them out of the discussion.

  10. MTLighthouse69 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:03 PM

    Parity in the NFL ended when TPTB shifted from a three division format to a four division format. What is the difference in scheduling for the best team in one division and the worst team in the same division? Two games? Two games does not parity make.

    Sure there are exceptions, the Colts for this season is an example. But overall, sadly parity in the NFL for the most part is long gone.

  11. kattykathy says: Dec 25, 2012 2:10 PM

    pats1977 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:37 PM

    Are texans fans that delusional? Your team just scored 6 pts at home in a very significant game and you’re talking about SB!

    ***************************

    Yes, I know that 7 point win against the mighty Jaguars was very impressive.

  12. theageofquarrel says: Dec 25, 2012 2:27 PM

    Steelers have more Lombardi’s than the other 3 teams in the AFC North COMBINED!!!!!

  13. unclemoobaa1911 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:03 PM

    The Packers have 13 NFL championships……..thanks for coming out Steeler lovers.

  14. bengalskuta82 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:09 PM

    AFCNorth almost sent 3 teams again..Rest of the NFL is just not competitive..Each division has one bully and that could get boring..Not in the AFCnorth coz every season is a dog fight between 3 teams..next yr could be more interesting depending on the Browns..Afcnorth has sent atleast 2 teams to the playoffs since 2008..can’t beat that..

  15. rgwhodey says: Dec 25, 2012 3:15 PM

    love the steeler fans living in the past, you’ll be there for a while so we should probably get used to it…

    WhoDey..

  16. flash1283 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:21 PM

    The texans don’t want NE.
    regardless of what texans fans say.
    The defensive scheme Wade Philips runs
    does not match up well vs NE’s offense.
    It involves way too much blitzing witch Brady feast of off.
    Just look at the last game and they did it without Gronk.
    Add him to the offense and its just to much.

  17. burnttoast71854 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:22 PM

    I almost hooked up with a super model. I almost won the lottery. I almost invented a cure for every disease known to man. Shut the crap up ur afcn division is not superior. Explain to us how many teams from the afcn has won the Super Bowl. If steelers weren’t in ur division u would have 1 Super Bowl winner. 1 that’s it. U almost have the worst division. I take that back U do have the worst division.

  18. theageofquarrel says: Dec 25, 2012 3:56 PM

    rgwhodey says: Dec 25, 2012 3:15 PM

    love the steeler fans living in the past, you’ll be there for a while so we should probably get used to it…

    WhoDey..

    What have the Bengals ever won? That’s right. NOTHING!!!!
    Bengals fans get all uppity when their team makes the playoffs once decade or two.

  19. rubberinnertube says: Dec 25, 2012 3:57 PM

    kattykathy
    You fail to recognize the impact of win vs. loss. A 7 point win is still a win. The Texans lost at home to an overachieving fringe playoff team/previously 3-13 team, plain and simple.

    Stick a fork in the Texans. They couldn’t stop Christian Freakin’ Ponder!

  20. wwttww says: Dec 25, 2012 4:51 PM

    Falcons-Broncos ’98
    Falcons-Broncos ’12

  21. xli2006 says: Dec 25, 2012 4:56 PM

    Interesting that the Colts are considered the “new team” despite only 1 year out of the mix during their nearly decade long playoff streak.

    This makes the Colts’ 12th appearance since 1999 and 14th since 1995… how many franchises can say that?!?

    I still don’t know how potent the Colts can be. They find ways to win games which is huge in January, but they would likely have to go through Baltimore, Houston, and then Denver maybe (not likely for the Colts). Regardless, this season is already a success and bodes very well for the Colts future.

    AFC Contenders: Broncos, Pats, or Texans
    NFC Contenders: Falcons, Packers, maybe 49ers

  22. idriveamoped says: Dec 25, 2012 4:59 PM

    Any playoff team is just as dangerous as the next. Any given Sunday runs rampant in the playoffs.

  23. buckeyeluvn says: Dec 25, 2012 8:01 PM

    We’ve got seats for the playoffs saved for the Steelers fans….on the couch.
    Signed,
    Browns Fans

  24. johnnyb1976 says: Dec 25, 2012 8:56 PM

    I love the fact that ignorant fans still overlook the Bengals defense. Just keep on doing what you fools do.

  25. bengalskuta82 says: Dec 25, 2012 9:20 PM

    @Buckeyeluvn…LOL! That’s a good one..love it..Merry Christmas

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 25, 2012 9:35 PM

    buckeyeluvn says:
    Dec 25, 2012 8:01 PM
    We’ve got seats for the playoffs saved for the Steelers fans….on the couch.
    Signed,
    Browns Fans

    4 3

    Now I have heard everything a browns fan talking trash . Sorta like a leper soliciting a kiss..shouldn’t happen. I bet your seats are plush and permanent …priceless.

  27. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 25, 2012 9:51 PM

    rgwhodey says:
    Dec 25, 2012 3:15 PM
    love the steeler fans living in the past, you’ll be there for a while so we should probably get used to it…

    WhoDey..

    27 11
    Let me try to get a handle on this post….we’re there cell phones, the Internet, or had we been to the moon since you were last relevant in the afcn? Settle down before you hurt yourself boasting so loud because you need big boy pants not diapers to do that son…. Just saying.

  28. johnnyb1976 says: Dec 26, 2012 4:37 AM

    Playoffs 3 out of 4 years is in your mind not relevant? That’s why FOOL is in your name. Go watch the game tapes from 1976 that’s the only steeler football your watching this postseason. 40th anniversary of the reception, and the bengals piss all over it. Fitting.

  29. joetoronto says: Dec 26, 2012 4:54 AM

    The Bungals are going nowhere with that noodle armed ginger at QB.

  30. raqaiw says: Dec 27, 2012 3:16 AM

    The AFCN is the best division in football, if you go by the number of wins over the past few years. Pittsburgh went 12-4(75%!) and still had to hit the road in the playoffs! In most other divisions that’s good enough to get a home date, especially in the NFCLeast, where they battle not to win the division, but to see who gives it away at the end.

  31. niobiumh2 says: Dec 27, 2012 4:29 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Dec 25, 2012 12:58 PM
    The Redskins are beating whoever comes out the AFC.

    tell that to the bengals. their response, “We already did.”

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