This year’s NFL playoffs are shaping up to be one for the underdogs. With the Eagles’ upset of the Giants on Sunday, it’s the second time since 1970 (1971 was the other) that three road teams have won in the divisional playoffs. The Steelers should take note — since 1970, there has never been a divisional playoffs in which all four road teams advanced.
The Cardinals will host the Eagles next Sunday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. ET on FOX. They become the first pair of nine-win teams since 1970 to meet in the NFC Championship Game, and the Cardinals will be the first team with seven losses to host a conference championship during the Super Bowl era.
With the top-seeded Titans and Giants knocked out on consecutive days, it marks just the second time that both No. 1 seeds lost in the divisional playoffs since 1975, when seeding began. There will be no No. 1 seeds in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1997.