It time to start thinking NFL Playoff tickets. Over the next two weeks NFL teams will be scratching their way into the playoff. Some, like the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots, have been cruising in that direction all season and look like easy locks to go deep into the playoffs. Other will be trying to pry open the back door. And some will be in the playoffs despite lackluster seasons and maybe losing records. (See NFC West)
What’s amazing about the NFL Playoffs is that anything can happen once the door has been kicked down. It wasn’t long ago that the Arizona Cardinals rode a 9-7 record to a playoff spot and a berth in the Super Bowl. But that isn’t the usual course of affairs. The Atlanta Falcons have the right idea. Win the #1 see, secure home field advantage, and put yourself in the best possible position. It worked for the New Orleans Saints last season and it’s a proven formula. But don’t count out surprises in February.