Thirty-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).
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