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Recent NFL playoff trends


The playoffs are here and no NY teams are invited. If recent history keeps repeating itself, there will be no NY playoff teams next year also. Next season the Jets and Giants Metlife stadium will play host to the superbowl. Well this has been bad luck for host cities teams. Not only have the host city or state teams have not made the playoffs when the superbowl was played, their teams have had disastrous below expectations seasons. The most recent are the Cowboys in 2010-11, the Colts in 2011-12, and the Saints in 2012-13. The last teams that at least made the playoffs when their state hosted the superbowl was the Dolphins in 2008-09 when the game was played in Tampa and the Cowboys in the 2003-04 season when the superbowl was played in Texas Reliant Stadium. The last team to make the playoffs when their city hosted the superbowl was the Bucs in the 2000-01 season. No team has ever played the superbowl in their own city let alone stadium. With the state of the Jets, I'm pretty certain they're gonna do their part in keeping this streak alive.

Since the Raiders lost the superbowl to Tampa in the 2002-03 season, only three teams have come out of the AFC to play in the superbowl. Those teams are the Pats (surprise) four times, the Steelers three times, and the Colts twice. That's nine years in a row one of these three teams have come out of the AFC. If this trend holds, bet on the Pats to come out of the AFC (Yuck). In the NFC, only the Giants have made it more then once (twice) in that same span of time.

The last two superbowl champions (Giants, Packers) were wildcard teams that had to win their last regular season game to make the playoffs. If this trend holds true, the Minnesota Vikings will win the Superbowl this season.

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