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BALLS DEEP
01-16-2006, 11:43 AM
Let's list the playoff teams that have lost at home so far. Bucs, Giants, Bears, Colts, and Bengals. So far 5 of the 8 playoff games were road victories.

Thoughts?

SCall13
01-16-2006, 12:00 PM
Yeah, it really does seem home field is becoming less and less an advantage. The crowd noise that used to be a big advantage has been lessened with the communications system used from sideline to the field and the hand signals and simpler snap cadence (or signals) used by the QB in hostile stadiums.
For the teams this year: Carolina is ususually a very good road team (6-2 this year)and Delhomme's QB rating is about 10 points higher on the road than it is at home. Pitt was 6-2 on the road this year. Plus, the winning teams on the road have outstanding defenses. Just a few thoughts. Good post, by the way.

Adam First
01-16-2006, 12:29 PM
Home Field Advantage is severely overrated in my opinion.
You're playing on a different field and the weather may be worse, oooh! :shakeno:

Basileus777
01-16-2006, 12:47 PM
It is not overrated for most teams. Some teams like Pittsburgh can play just as well away as at home (maybe even better if you look at their post season home record). But most teams can't do this. Home field advantage is more than just crowd noise it also can heavily affect the players mentally. Look at teams like Denver and KC, they are completely different teams away than at home. In Arrowhead there is no team in the league the CHiefs couldn't beat, but away we struggled to put 3 points on Buffalo.

TonyGfortheTD
01-16-2006, 12:49 PM
The 2005 Colts are just simply one of the biggest busts ever. :sidelol:

BALLS DEEP
01-16-2006, 02:29 PM
The 2005 Colts are just simply one of the biggest busts ever. :sidelol:


Yep, could've easily won all 16 if they'd really tried and Dungy's family issues. And couldn't win ONE playoff game at home? WTF?

TotoreMexico
01-16-2006, 02:29 PM
Home-field advantage means nothing, the team that wins is the team that arrives in the best momentum

Awsi Dooger
01-16-2006, 04:40 PM
Boy, I wish you guys made the betting odds. Home field is hardly overstated. If anything it is typically underrated.

This is simply a VERY unique year in which the lowest seeds were the most physically talented and fundamentally sound teams among the lot. Just look at the yards per pass attempt, Roethlisberger at 8.90, Delhomme at 7.8. Those two guys account for 4 of the 5 road wins in these playoffs. Plus both of those teams had high number of rushing attempts including Pittsburgh leading the league at 549. The other road win was very fortunate in which Washington with Brunell at a lowly 6.72 yards per attempt couldn't gain more than 120 yards at Tampa Bay but prevailed via defense and tunovers and big plays and a drop in the end zone.

In the typical year the road teams are flawed with lesser QBs and balance and they get stomped. That will play out in the future much more often that not.

burger13
01-16-2006, 04:47 PM
This year is the exception, not the rule.

Finland
01-16-2006, 05:09 PM
This year is the exception, not the rule.
agreed, who wouldn't want to be at home. If you go to away games and home games you see, hear and feel the difference.

DolfanISS
01-16-2006, 06:43 PM
Let's list the playoff teams that have lost at home so far. Bucs, Giants, Bears, Colts, and Bengals. So far 5 of the 8 playoff games were road victories.

Thoughts?


It means something, but not as much as people think. The BEST teams normally get homefield advantage which is probably why I'm sure the winning percentage is high. Teams win at home in the playoffs because they're the better team not because they're at home. In today's NFL where we have divisions that flat out stink, AFC SOUTH, NFC NORTH, and even NFC WEST we have 3 teams who earned homefield who really didn't have a very hard road to earn it. Therefore when challenged with good competition they crumbled like the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl. The four division re-alignment was a big mistake IMHO. Ever year since they chnaged that there are 2 or 3 divisions that are a joke.

DolfanISS
01-16-2006, 06:47 PM
Yep, could've easily won all 16 if they'd really tried and Dungy's family issues. And couldn't win ONE playoff game at home? WTF?

No 1998 Vikings, 15-1 lost AFC Championship game to Atlanta.

unifiedtheory
01-16-2006, 06:49 PM
No 1998 Vikings, 15-1 lost AFC Championship game to Atlanta.

NFC Championship...I'm sure it was a typo.

At least the Vikes won a game that year.

DolfanISS
01-16-2006, 06:53 PM
NFC Championship...I'm sure it was a typo.

At least the Vikes won a game that year.

Yeah, typo. Whoops.