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Titans can be third No. 6 seed to reach Super Bowl

Since the NFL expanded the playoffs to six teams from each conference in 1990, the No. 6 seeds have not done very well — with two exceptions: The 2005 Steelers and 2010 Packers, both of whom won the Super Bowl. The Titans want to become the third.

If the Titans beat the Chiefs on Sunday, they’ll become just the third No. 6 seed to reach the Super Bowl since the league adopted the current 12-team format, following those Steelers and Packers.

With a win over the Chiefs, the Titans would also be just the third team — following those 2005 Steelers and 2010 Packers — to beat each of the top three seeds in their conference in the postseason.

The NFL has at times toyed with the idea of expanding the playoffs to 14 teams. If the Titans can win it as the No. 6 seed, we may hear more calls for expanding the playoffs to see if a No. 7 team can do it.

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17 responses to “ Titans can be third No. 6 seed to reach Super Bowl ”

Yeah, that’s not happening.

Yeah, let’s add some more teams who barely crack .500 make it in

I kinda want to count the Cardinals in this list, given the Steelers asterisk (*) victory against them.

They better not ruin the playoffs and make the regular season useless like they did in the NBA.

While I expect the Chiefs to win this weekend, I’m pretty sure there were a lot of people who said the same thing about the 2005 Steelers and 2010 Packers heading into their conference championship games as well.

there’s a good reason why they shouldn’t add more teams that make the playoffs…

11in17 says:
January 16, 2020 at 10:52 am
Yeah, let’s add some more teams who barely crack .500 make it in.

Well why not? The mighty Patriots and the record setting Ravens lost to the 9-7 Titans who barely cracked .500.

I don’t see the need to add another team to the playoffs. I also find it insulting to those teams who change their season’s course and to start winning by thinking they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. Obviously having a 14-2 record did nothing to guarantee that team a victory and that was all build on a deck of cards and a fake QB’s legs.

To me a team that starts out losing, makes changes, and builds a winning record can sometimes be the best team to watch in the playoffs – that team is battle tested and is not a product of a media hype machine that folds when it is confronted with a motivated competitor unwilling to yield to the anointed team.

“Yeah, that’s not happening.”

Exactly what the Ravens and their fans thought last week. And exactly what KC and their fans proclaimed before the game against the Titans earlier this season.

How’d that work out?

No we do not need nearly half the league to make the playoffs.

Let’s also not forget both teams ended up winning their prospective super bowls (and no, there is no asterisk on the steelers win over the cardinals)

I’d like to see a consolation round of playoffs for the 20 teams that weren’t quite good enough to make the real playoffs. The rules could be adjusted just enough to make it interesting, where cheating, roughing the passer, late hits, and all unsportsmanlike conduct penalties don’t apply. It’d be kind of nice if the games didn’t even use refs or officials of any sort. Just let the players decide if any infractions occur. I’d buy a ticket.

You know who probably isn’t thinking of that? The Titans themselves. A lot of teams talk about 1 week/game at a time but these Titans have been actually doing that. They have a great running game and a passing game that can effectively take advantage of that with play action. They also have a decent but opportunistic defense and a coaching staff who can manage game situations. I like their chances. The competition is tough but they have demonstrated they can handle good teams. If they limit mistakes their style is difficult for other teams to deal with. The seedings are based on the entire year’s record as they should be but the Titans were playing outstanding football after their bad start. They have played much better as a team since Tannehill replaced Mariota. Had he started the year the Titans could easily have won 2-3 more games which would have made them 11-5 or 12-4. They are not a 6 seed that probably should not be in the tournament. Just ask the Patriots and Ravens. The Chiefs have a strong offense but I think this game could go either way. Let’s just hope for some great football with no officiating drama.

Titans can be third No. 6 seed to reach Super Bowl Since the NFL expanded the playoffs to six teams from each conference in 1990, the No. 6 seeds have not done very well — with two exceptions:

Browns will leave Week 12 as the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoff picture

Baker Mayfield and the Browns are the No. 5 seed in the AFC after beating the Jaguars on Sunday. Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — For the second week in a row, the Browns have gotten some help to move closer to a playoff spot with five games left in their season.

They took care of their own business again by hanging on to beat Jacksonville, 27-25. They also got some help from their next opponent in the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans avenged an earlier loss to the Colts by blowing them out in the rematch in Indianapolis, 45-26. Derrick Henry was spectacular once again for the Titans as he rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns.

The win moved the Titans into first place in the AFC South at 8-3, and dropped the Colts to 7-4. Tennessee also owns the tiebreaker for the No. 3 seed vs. Buffalo due to the Titans’ 42-16 win in Week 5.

Both the Browns and Titans are 8-3 heading into their Week 13 matchup in Nashville, which also might be a playoff preview depending on what happens the rest of the way.

Elsewhere in the AFC Wild Card picture, the Raiders had a disastrous afternoon in Atlanta as the Falcons routed them, 43-6. Derek Carr has intercepted once and lost three fumbles, as the Raiders fell to 6-5.

Miami did what it needed to do by beating the winless Jets, 20-3, to stay one game behind the Browns. The Dolphins own the tiebreaker over the Colts, which gives them the No. 6 seed at the moment.

Only one game remains that will have any impact on the AFC Wild Card picture. That comes on Tuesday night when the Steelers host the Ravens in a game rescheduled twice due to COVID-19 problems with the Ravens. A Baltimore will move them to 7-4. But if the Ravens lose, they will drop to 6-5, two games behind the Browns and a game out of the final spot in the AFC Wild Card.

Here is how the AFC playoff standings look after Sunday’s results.

Browns will leave Week 12 as the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoff picture Baker Mayfield and the Browns are the No. 5 seed in the AFC after beating the Jaguars on Sunday. Joshua Gunter,