NFL playoff seeding head-to-head matchups

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A pair of #6 seed teams will face off against a #1 seed this coming weekend, and the #2 seeds will face a #4 seed and a #5 seed in the others games as the NFL begins Week #2 of the 2013 season playoffs.

So, do these seedings mean anything? The following reflect records of AFC and NFC playoff games since 1990 (the last 23 post seasons, plus the four games played this past weekend). Based on the numbers, we see that a #1 seed versus a #6 seed is not a sure thing, and #4 seeds have done very well against #2 seeds.

Here’s a look at the seed matchups since 1990.

#1 Seed vs. #2 Seed… #1 Seed is 14-9
#1 Seed vs. #3 Seed… #1 Seed is 5-1
#1 Seed vs. #4 Seed… #1 Seed is 15-7
#1 Seed vs. #5 Seed… #1 Seed is 8-3
#1 Seed vs. #6 Seed… #1 Seed is 11-5
#2 Seed vs. #3 Seed… #2 Seed is 23-7
#2 Seed vs. #4 Seed… #2 Seed is 8-7
#2 Seed vs. #5 Seed… #2 Seed is 6-3
#2 Seed vs. #6 Seed… #2 Seed is 2-2
#3 Seed vs. #4 Seed… #3 Seed is 1-0
#3 Seed vs. #5 Seed… No games
#3 Seed vs. #6 Seed… #3 Seed is 30-18
#4 Seed vs. #5 Seed… #4 Seed is 32-16
#4 Seed vs. #6 Seed… #4 Seed is 1-0
#5 Seed vs. #6 Seed… No games

Did you know? Of the 234 playoff games in the last 24 years (excluding the Super Bowl games and including the games of January 4 and 5, 2014) the team with the higher seed has won 156 and lost 78 (a .667 winning percentage).

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