Originally written January 07, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Prior to the Seattle Seahawks win last night, there was an ongoing trend throughout the first three games of wild-card weekend. The home teams were 3-0 and the road teams left a lot to be desired, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. You've heard me refer to the age-old strategy in the NFL to win at home and split on the road. It's a very basic formula to a 12-4 regular season and provides a two-game buffer to secure a 10-win season, which almost always translates to a spot in the playoffs. But that's the regular season. In the playoffs, there is no such formula, no splitting wins and losses. You come out flat, and your season is over. Just ask the Bengals. They traveled to Houston to kick off the postseason and in what turned out to be a sleeper of a game, failed to convert a single third down (0 for 9) and never even targeted their best offensive weapon until the second half. It was the first time in A.J. Green's two-year career in which a ball hadn...
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