Even though it was probably #asexpected, yesterday still brought a first.
With the Packers winning at Washington and joining road winners Seattle, Kansas City and Pittsburgh, it became the first weekend under the current playoff format in which all four road teams won. It has never happened in the divisional round, which would seem to be a better sign for the Panthers, Cardinals, Broncos and Patriots.
Of course, a slightly deeper look at this weekends’ “upsets” shows that they really weren’t.
The road-winning teams were led by quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger and Alex Smith, instead of by Kirk Cousins, Teddy Bridgewater, A.J. McCarron and Brian Hoyer.
Also, all of the four road teams were favored by oddsmakers going into the weekend, which means it shouldn’t be a huge surprise they all advanced.
Six wild card teams have advanced to the Super Bowl before, with the Packers in 2010 the most recent example.