Mike Francesa: Road Teams Now Have It Easier In NFL Playoffs

Mike Francesa
January 07, 2019 - 5:22 pm

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By WFAN.com

The wild card round of the NFL Playoffs got off to a slow start, but there had been plenty of drama by the time the first round ended on Sunday night.

Bears fans and players were left stunned when their team was eliminated as Cody Parkey’s potential game-winning 43-yard field goal missed after bouncing twice off the goalposts. The Eagles advanced and will face the Saints in the next round.

In the early game, the Chargers jumped out to a sizable lead in a game that featured quite a few offensive struggles. The Ravens attempted to stage a late comeback, but like Cody Parkey’s kick they fell short and are headed home while Los Angeles travels to Foxborough for a matchup with the Patriots.

Mike Francesa began his show on WFAN on Monday by pointing out that both of Sunday’s contests had been won by road teams. According to Francesa, it’s too easy to win playoff games on the road in today’s NFL.

“If one thing has changed in the NFL in recent years, more than anything else, it is now commonplace to win these playoff games on the round,” said Francesa. “You go back and look in the ‘80s and see how few times teams broke through. You look at the last couple of years, the road teams almost won every game. This weekend they went 3-1, last year they had one weekend when they were 3-0. So, it has been very hard to win as a home team in these games. That is a stark, stark difference.”

The Chargers and Eagles both won on the road on Sunday, and the Indianapolis Colts upset the Texans in Houston on Saturday. The Dallas Cowboys 24-22 win over the Seattle Seahawks was the only victory for a home team in the first round.

Francesa thought the lack of home-field advantage in some modern stadiums could be the reason for so much success from the road teams.

“I know the buildings are, for the most part … they’re not as hostile as they used to be. And you also now have a lot of the other fans transported, that has become a big business … even in Dallas the other night you see Seattle fans standing there celebrating when their team scores a touchdown.”

Listen above to the full open from Mike Francesa’s show on Monday.