Dallas Cowboy fans are excited. As of this writing, their team is off to an 11-1 start. Many of them are already talking about the possibility of a sixth Super Bowl title. But they should save their bragging for the postseason. An NFL team’s regular season record means nothing in the postseason, other than for the purposes of seeding, home field advantages, and byes. A dominating regular season will not get a team a single win in the playoffs. Every team starts out 0-0 at the start of postseason, just like they did at the start of the regular season. There are many examples of teams who were head and shoulders above everyone else in the reason, only to come crashing down to Earth in the postseason. Below are three of them.
(1) In 1998, the Minnesota Vikings finished 15-1 in the regular season, but lost to the 14-2 Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game.
(2) In 2007, the New England Patriots went 16-0 in the regular season but lost to the 10-6 New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
(3) In 2015, the Carolina Panthers went 15-1 in the regular season but lost to the 12-4 Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.