Wild card (sports)

The Seattle Seahawks finished the NFL season at 7-9 to end a rather disappointing first campaign for head coach Pete Carroll.? But, thanks to the other dysfunctional teams in the soft NFC West, that was enough to win the division and grab a playoff berth.

By design, division winners are awarded at least one home game in the post season. In a situation that lined up perfectly for the Seahawks, they drew the injury-riddled, defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round and managed to sideswipe them to advance to the Divisional playoffs.


Tags: matt hasselbeck, National Football League playoffs, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, NFC, NFC West, NFL, NFL Playoffs, Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl, Wild card (sports)

Since the Philadelphia Eagles made their historic 21-point 4th quarter comeback against the Giants on Dec 19, they failed to win another game.

Yesterday in Philadelphia, the Green Bay Packers, who slammed the Giants the week after the Eagles did, exposed the Eagles as playoff frauds. The Packers took an early lead and never lost it, winning 21-16 and eliminating the Eagles from the postseason.

In the end, Philadelphia turned out to be a team that could only beat one other top NFC contender - the sloppy, benevolent Giants. When they play a team that hangs onto the football - like Green Bay - they become very ordinary....

Tags: aaron rodgers, Green Bay Packers, Michael Vick, National Football Conference, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, NFC, NFC East, NFL, NFL Playoffs, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, Wild card (sports)
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