Originally posted by crabman82:
there has to be something said for winning your division. if not then do away with them all together and just bring the top 6 teams. if you're going to have divisions the winner has to be given something for winning the division otherwise it seems totally pointless.
So getting into the playoffs with a 7-9 record when there are more than a couple teams in your conference with a better record that don't get into the playoffs at all isn't enough? That is what you get, you get in. Rewarding a team that wins a bad division with a .500 or worse record with a home playoff game is icing on the cake and it makes no sense.
If the playoffs were to start today the 49ers would have the 4th best record in the NFC but would be the 6th seed in the playoffs and have to go on the road to play Carolina in the first round while Dallas would have a home game against the Lions (or vice versa, I'm not sure what the tiebreaker is), both teams with a worse record than the 49ers. Something not fair to the 9ers or the Panthers.
What you get for winning your division is a guaranteed playoff birth, regardless of record.
That is more than enough "something said" and is insanely unfair to teams in divisions with multiple powerhouses. Why make it even more unfair by giving the team that gets into the playoffs even though teams with better records in the same conference didn't by giving the 7-9 team a home game?