NFL playoff seeds: Does it really matter? (Part Two)

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Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ is a biweekly blog published every Wednesday and Sunday with a bonus “SIX STATS…” posting every Friday.

In the last blog we looked at the playoff records of each of the seeds in both the AFC and NFC, and the combined records of the seeds since 1990.

In today’s blog we look at indivdual seed match-ups and see how well seeds have done when they faced certain seeds. The following reflect records of AFC and NFC playoff games since 1990 (the last 21 post seasons).

#1 Seed vs. #2 Seed#1 Seed is 13-8 (the #1 Seed has won three of the last four matchups)

#1 Seed vs. #3 Seed#1 Seed is 5-1

#1 Seed vs. #4 Seed#1 Seed is 14-5 (the #1 Seed has won five of the last six)

#1 Seed vs. #5 Seed#1 Seed is 7-3 (the #1 Seed has own six of the last seven)

#1 Seed vs. #6 Seed… #1 Seed is 11-5 (the #6 Seed has won five of the last seven matchups)

#2 Seed vs. #3 Seed#2 Seed is 19-7 (the series is 4-4 in the last eight games)

#2 Seed vs. #4 Seed#2 Seed is 8-5 (the #2 Seed has won four of the last five)

#2 Seed vs. #5 Seed#2 Seed is 6-3 (the #5 seed has won three of the last four)

#2 Seed vs. #6 Seed#2 Seed is 2-2

#3 Seed vs. #4 Seed#3 Seed is 1-0

#3 Seed vs. #5 SeedNo games

#3 Seed vs. #6 Seed#3 Seed is 26-16 (the #6 Seed has won five of the last six matchups)

#4 Seed vs. #5 Seed#4 Seed is 28-14 (the series is 7-7 in the last 14 games)

#4 Seed vs. #6 Seed#4 Seed is 1-0

#5 Seed vs. #6 SeedNo games

Did you know? Of the 210 playoff games in the last 21 years (excluding the Super Bowl games) the team with the higher seed has won 141 and lost 69 (a .671 winning percentage).

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