Re: History says no SB if we lose to Indy!
posted at 11/11/2009 1:45 PM EST
In Response to History says no SB if we lose to Indy!
[QUOTE]I just looked at the numbers for the past few years. since 2001, a requisite for going to the SB has required us beating indy in the regular season. In no year have we lost to them and still made it to the promised land/holy grail. same with indy to a degree. they beat us in 06 and we all know who won it all that year.
Posted by bubbakilla[/QUOTE]
This is all pointless. What else was similar with those Super Bowl years?... oh yeah, The Pats had first round playoff byes... "History" also has suggested that teams that lost these sorts of 'key' match-ups have gone on and beat said teams in the playoffs or it was all irrelvant, too, as you note with the Colts in 2006 (though even that took a huge comeback on their part) ... e.g., it is all a matter of picking your spots, for example:
Pats losing to the Rams, beating them in the Super Bowl.
Pats losing to Steelers before beating Steelers in 2004.
Steelers 2005, losing to Colts, Bengals, before beating Bengals, Colts in playoffs...
Giants 2007, beating the Pats after losing to them. Also same with Green Bay and Dallas in the playoffs as well, with Dallas beating them not once, but twice.
I'm just pointing out that the most important factor is making it to the playoffs. And, similarly, one could argue that just giving the Pats a bye makes it that much more likely they reach the super bowl, and that one is just obvious as it is an extra bye week and one fewer game.