Yes, tonight's for home field advantage in the NFC playoffs. But lately, that currency hasn't been worth as much as in years past.
The NFC's top seed hasn't won a Super Bowl since St. Louis turned the trick after the 1999 season. Since then, the top dog in the NFC has lost five Super Bowls, the Championship twice and last year, Dallas lost in the divisional round.
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This is the kind of stat my wife says is stupid, but I get a kick out of grinding through numbers, especially when the weather is like it is here. By the way, it's nasty. Seriously, if you live in New Jersey, I recommend moving, based solely on today.
When you look at the recent trend, it shows that winning on the road is imminently do-able, and becoming more so. The last three Super Bowl champs were the fifth-seeded Giants, the third-seeded Colts and the sixth-seeded Steelers, and the Giants and Steelers had to win three road games to get to the big game.
The Panthers know that route as well, having only played one home game since John Fox took over here in 2002.
"When you say home-field advantage all of the way, well you have it for one game," QB Jake Delhomme said last week. "If you look at it any other way then you are fooling yourself.
"Whoever wins this game, they are guaranteed one playoff game at home You want one game at home and see what you can do with it."