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Top seed not necessarily a Super ticket

Top seed not necessarily a Super ticketSaturday, December 20, 2008By The Associated PressE-Mail Print Share:The New York Giants and Carolina Panthers play Sunday night for the top seed in the NFC playoffs a few hours after Pittsburgh and Tennessee meet with the No. 1 spot in the AFC on the line.Not that winning those games will make for a much easier route to the Super Bowl.The last time the two top-seeded teams in the playoffs both made it to the Super Bowl was 15 years ago. In 1993, Dallas and Buffalo got there and the Cowboys won that game, their third victory in four seasons and the fourth straight Super Bowl loss for the Bills.Last season, of course, the Giants won the title as a fifth seed, upsetting unbeaten and top-seeded New England. And after the 2005 season, the Steelers won as the sixth seed, winning at Cincinnati, at top-seeded Indianapolis and then at Denver before beating Seattle 21-10 in Detroit.Not that No. 1 seeds always fail. During the past 15 seasons, 12 of the 30 ...

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