It seems that if we are indeed a #3 seed, the road to the superbowl HAS to go to #2. Unless there's some unexpected falloff it will be NO....but right now it is possible that the closest alternative is ATL, and would take a miracle for that team to be DAL OR NYG.
What's interesting is if you wanted to concoct a scheme to skip NO and go straight to GB, you'd need to drop to a 4th seed (lowest allowed).
Assuming #3 beats #6, #4 has to play #1.
Of course if you pull off the upset, the road to the bowl still go through #2 or #3, but at that point you probably have the confidence to beat one of the 49er superbowl teams. ;)
It's not a super viable strategy, and you can't even force it even by losing out but interesting to think about. If god forbid we drop the next two and ATL and DAL win the next two, then an intentional loss to the Rams could be considered.
In reality, the last two Steeler superbowls featured unexpected 6th seeds....first the Steelers themselves, then the Cardinals. The Cards weren't given a chance even in the NFC Champ game!
BTW, I'm not being a Debbie Downer here.....don't wish this morbid mentality on the team, but it's more for those "gotta get #2 or we're out" mentality.
In all honesty, the biggest problem with losing to the Saints is not being a good enough team. Merely being at the stick is no guarantee of success....I'd rather go THERE with the RIGHT team than host with a questionable team.
Man, gotta bring back that road arrogance.....what I miss the most from the end of the Montana era.
[ Edited by JTsBiggestFan on Dec 14, 2011 at 11:35 AM ]