Green Bay Packers Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: A

February 4, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

If the New York Jets had beaten the Pittsburgh Steelers for the American League title (and they came reasonably close), we would have had a Super Bowl of two sixth seeded teams. This has never happened before. And this is only the second time ONE sixth seeded team made it to February. This first time was the Pittsburgh Steelers, of 2005, which they won. The Green Bay Packers might do the same.
But putting aside the "sixth seed," at least one of those names, the Packers should have been no surprise, given the selection rule discussed below.
Seeding purports to measure a team's strength through its "record," (although it did a poor job with the Seattle Seahawks, ranking a seven to nine team fourth, because it had won its division). And maybe they weren't the weakest contender, beating the fifth-ranked New Orleans Saints in the wild card round. But the Packers were wrongly seeded below these two.       
The problem is that a 16-game season repr...

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