Playoff theories: Mythbusters

Defense wins. Gotta run the ball. You need playoff experience. Can't win with a rookie QB. We test 'em all.

Originally Published: January 11, 2005
By David Schoenfield | Page 2

I've been keeping track. I've heard or read about 127 different theories on how to win in the NFL playoffs over the past two weeks on various pregrame shows, halftime shows, postgame shows and radio shows, on Web sites and at the water cooler.

But are these theories true? I looked at 10 of the most prevalent theories, to see if what is said is actually true -- or just popular myth.


Theory popularized by: Football coaches, analysts and writers since the age ...

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