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By The Numbers: How NFL Playoff Seeds Do In The Post-Season (INFOGRAPHIC)

NFL-FansThirty-two NFL teams play a 16-game schedule each and every season to have a shot at making the playoffs.

Only two teams grab the No. 1 seeds and this year, it was the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos.

But earning the top seed doesn’t necessarily guarantee a trip to the Super Bowl. In fact, in recent post-seasons, home-field advantage isn’t all that important.

The below infographic — created by ESPN Playbook and SportsData, LLC — chronicles the successes of No. 1 NFL playoff seeds as well as all NFL playoff seeds since 1975.

Fun Facts About NFL Playoff Seeds

  • 20 No. 1 seeds have lost their first playoff game (8 NFC, 12 AFC).
  • The Green Bay Packers were the lost No. 6 seed to win the Lombardi Trophy (2010).
  • Only one No. 4 seed — the New York Giants — has won the Super Bowl; it happened in 2011.
  • The last No. 1 seed to win the Super Bowl were the New Orleans Saints (2009).

 NFL Playoff Seeds: How Important Is Home-Field Advantage?

NFL Playoff Seeds

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