This year in the playoffs, it was obvious that home field advantage played a big part, at least in the NFC. Every team in the NFC that played at home came out victorious. However, the AFC seemed to struggle when playing at home. In fact, the only successful home team was the Indianapolis Colts, and in case you haven’t been keeping up they’re in the Super Bowl. Either way does home field advantage really matter in the NFL? Or does it honestly just come down to coaching and skills?
We are in a time where playing at home at the collegiate level is everything. Sadly, the NFL doesn't seem to have that same home field advantage. Sure, the Raider fans are still scary, the Eagle fans are still obnoxious, the Chief fans still have a band, and the New York fans, are still New York fans. But, can we honestly say that some teams dread playing at an opponent’s stadium? The patriots use to have an argument, but they seem to be falling off rather quickly. The Packers and Lambeu Field definitely works to their advantage, but they even saw themselves fall in their cheesy palace to a superior team.
From watching the playoffs, the New Orleans Saints rely on their fans more than anyone. For Brett Favre, to wear ear plugs during the game, says something. The Saints fans, like all New Orleans fans, love their teams, love their city, and love their partying. The Saints for New Orleans brings hope and makes everyone forget about the tough times. The New Orleans Saints are in the Super Bowl because of their fans. Obviously their team is talented and their coaches know what they are doing, but would the Saints have honestly beaten the Vikings without playing at home? If the Vikings were a number one seed, would they be the team getting ready to play the Colts right now? It doesn't matter; all that matters is that the Saints are bringing New Orleans to Miami. This may be the loudest a Miami stadium has ever been since the Hurricanes were in the Big East. So I tip my hat off to the true Saints fans who have been behind their team through thick and thin. Congratulations New Orleans you have the best fans in the NFL. WHO DAT!