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NFL Conference Title Game Notes

January 18, 2013

If one follows the NFL decree that the Baltimore Ravens are not the descendants of the old, and often times, great Cleveland Browns, then none of the four teams in the two title games this weekend has ever won a title before the Super Bowl era which began in 1966.

The old basketball shooting game, “5,3,1” applies as the San Francisco 49ers have won five Super Bowls, the New England Patriots three and the Baltimore Ravens one. The Atlanta Falcons lost in their only Super Bowl appearance. The 49ers are (5-0) in Super Bowls while the Ravens won in their only Super Bowl appearance. The Patriots, who are (7-1) in AFC title games, (4-0) at home are only (3-4) in Super Bowls, (3-2) in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era.

The Falcons will be playing in their third title game and first at home. All three are the earlier starting title game. On the other hand, the 49ers, who lost a divisional game at Atlanta in 1998, are in their 13th NFC Title game and this will be just the third one that is the earlier game. The 49ers lost both previous earlier title games at Dallas in 1971 and at Washington in 1983.

“Who but me” would note this? San Francisco won a road, earlier start playoff game in 1970 versus the favored Minnesota Vikings in their first such playoff game. Since then they have lost eight straight such games since that lone victory.

The 49ers have lost eight straight times when playing a road, earlier start playoff game. In one of those eight games, 1985, there was only one game played.

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