Football Scientist: Does the playoff system need fixing?

January, 4, 2011
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After winning their Sunday night play-in game against the St. Louis Rams, the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks will be hosting the 11-5 New Orleans Saints in a Wild Card playoff game this Saturday. In a related item, the 10-6 New York Giants and 10-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers both get to stay home instead of participating in the postseason.

This may strike some as being quite unfair and offer proof that the NFL's playoff system needs to be fixed. That might have been the thought process here as well but that was before doing some research for an ESPN.com Insider article I penned last week.

The findings of that analysis showed that:

a) Having a 10-win team miss the playoffs isn't all that uncommon (there were 31 10-win teams that missed the playoffs prior to this season).

b) Only four 10-win teams prior to this season had missed the playoffs in the current eight-division structure.

That led me to the conclusion that the 2010 NFL campaign was an anomaly and therefore the playoff system should not be changed, but I'm curious as to what Giants fans think about this. Do the G-Men deserve a playoff berth after blowing the lead against the Eagles and coming up flat in the Packers game? Or did those performances earn them an early vacation?

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