Road team sweep of wild card weekend an NFL first

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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.

6 responses to “Road team sweep of wild card weekend an NFL first

  1. I had a feeling this could happen before Saturday’s first game was played. Not sure if this is accurate, but I saw somewhere that the road QBs had started a combined 37 postseason games while the home QBs had started none.
    (“Started” being the key word, as I know that Cousins took over for RGIII in the 2013 wild card loss to the Seahawks.)

  2. That’s what happens when division champions are subpar and are awarded homefield. With the exception of Cinci (who was missing their starting QB), KC was better than Houston, Seattle better than Minne, and GB better than Wash. That was consensus.

    Vegas likes the home teams this coming weekend (but not by much). KC, Pitt, Seattle, AZ.

  3. No team from the AFC South was going to win a game.

    Bengals loose even with the dirty play.

    Vikings can’t score on a chip shot.

    No team from the NFC East was going to win a game.

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