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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Dome teams on the road

By Kevin Seifert

As we ramp up coverage for this week’s NFC Championship Game, you’ll hear plenty about the historically anemic road performance of indoor teams.

As you can see in the chart below, teams that play their home games in a dome are 1-11 all-time when playing a championship game on the road. I suppose that doesn’t bode well for Minnesota, which will travel to New Orleans’ Superdome this weekend.

But if you look closer, you can see that only one of those 12 games were played in another dome. That instance came at the end of the 1998 season, when Atlanta upset -- yes, -- the Vikings at the Metrodome.

My own opinion? The Vikings were 4-4 on the road this season. But in relative terms, they are in position to minimize many of the Superdome’s inherent advantages, including the jarring claustrophobia. The facility also has the same FieldTurf playing surface as the Metrodome.