Six for six (seeds)
The Saints are the sixth seed in the NFC playoffs for the second time since the NFL expanded the playoff field to six teams in each conference in 1990. That year, they dropped a 16-6 decision to the Chicago Bears in Soldier Field. Here are six facts about the No. 6 seed:
- No. 6 seeds in the AFC and NFC over the last decade (2003-12) have posted a 17-18 record in the playoffs. That comes after the No. 6 seeds went 8-26 from 1990-2002.
- No. 6 seeds have won two Super Bowls in the past eight seasons: Pittsburgh Steelers (2005, XL) and Green Bay Packers (2010, XLV).
- No. 6 seeds had three other conference championship-game appearances from 2003-12, including both the AFC (Baltimore Ravens) and NFC (Philadelphia Eagles) in 2008. The other No. 6 in a conference title game was the New York Jets in 2010.
- A No. 6 seed from either conference has at least one win in 13 of 23 seasons since the NFL expanded the playoff field to 12 teams (six from each conference) in 1990.
- In the past 10 years, both No. 6 seeds prevailed in the wild-card round three times: Washington and Pittsburgh (2005), Philadelphia and Baltimore (2008), and Green Bay and the New York Jets (2010).
- Overall, No. 6 seeds have a 25-44 record in the playoffs since 1990 (including wild-card, divisional round, conference championship and Super Bowl games).
Source: Official NFL Record and Fact Book