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Another Wild weekend in NFL playoffs

Some notes, stats and trends from NFL Wild Card Weekend.

FROM THE ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: For the fourth time in the past seven seasons, all four NFL divisional playoff games will be contested between teams that met during the regular season. Since the merger, that has happened six times: following the 1991, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2010 seasons.

Home Sweet Home?

Home teams went 1-3 this weekend, the worst performance by home teams in the Wild Card round since 2005, when they also went 1-3. Home teams were 2-2 in each of the three previous years of Wild Card round play.

Home Team Win Percentage
Wild Card Weekend Since 1990

Home-field advantage may not exist anymore in the Wild Card round. In the first 14 years of the Wild Card system, which was implemented in 1990, home teams won more than 73 percent of their Wild Card games.

In the seven seasons since then, home teams are only 13-15, and have a winning record on Wild Card weekend only once (4-0 in 2006).

This is the third time under the current playoff format that home teams have gone 1-3 on Wild Card weekend. The most frequent outcome has been the home teams going 3-1, which has happened 11 times since 1990, but not since 2003. Home teams still have never been shut out on Wild Card weekend.

-- Steven Glasser

The Colts have company

It was another one-and-done for the Indianapolis Colts, football's equivalent of the Atlanta Braves. Despite having one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, the Colts have been one-and-done a remarkable seven times in the 11 seasons they've qualified for the playoffs during the Peyton Manning era.

The Colts' run of regular-season excellence began in 1999, Manning's second season. They have a losing record in the postseason (9-10) and just one Super Bowl victory over that span.

The Braves' run of regular-season excellence began in 1991 and lasted 15 seasons. Although Atlanta reached the World Series five times, their “dynasty” matched that of the Colts -- one championship.

Comparing Regular Season Dynasties

-- Jon Kramer

Not-so-Super Saturday

Saturday marked the third time during the Super Bowl era that the previous season's Super Bowl participants lost playoff games on the same day and the first time since the 1996 season it has happened.

Jan. 8, 2011 (2010 Playoffs): Saints lost to Seahawks, Colts lost to Jets in Wild Card Playoffs.

Jan. 5, 1997 (1996 Playoffs): Steelers lost to Patriots, Cowboys lost to Panthers in Divisional Playoffs.

Jan. 1, 1978 (1977 Playoffs): Vikings lost to Cowboys, Raiders lost to Broncos in Conference Championship games.

Harbaugh's historic win

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, John Harbaugh joins Barry Switzer as the only head coaches in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first three seasons.