How Much Will Home-Field Advantage Affect Each Divisional Round Matchup?

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How Much Will Home-Field Advantage Affect Each Divisional Round Matchup?
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We are about to embark on what is the best weekend of the entire National Football League season. The pretenders have been weeded out and four games will decide who goes to the conference championship in both the AFC and NFC. 

It is a time when elite athletes and leaders come through to show the entire football world what they're made of. They take it upon themselves to lead their team to victory, even against the harshest of all odds. 

One of the primary things facing four of these teams as they enter another week of do-or-die football is that they will have to travel into a hostile environment and shut down the home team in front of 65,000-plus crazy fans. 

They have to do so while the home team is rested after taking Wild Card Weekend off. Yes, this seems to be a major disadvantage.  

Today's article will push some of those worn-out dogmas out the window as I will utilize stats and history to paint a different story—a story that tells us something different than some of those playing at home would want you to believe.

On the other hand, there are some concrete advantages for home teams in these four games. I will delve into both aspects in the next five slides.  

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