by JJ Cooper
We all know that NFL records are not always created equal, and life isn't fair.
That explains why the 11-5 Patriots are sitting at home while the 8-8 Chargers are preparing for the playoffs. But now that the playoff pairings have been set, it is pretty easy to get a quick and dirty look at which teams were tested during the regular season and which teams skated into the playoffs thanks to very forgiving schedules.
To get a better look at how the playoff teams matched up, I compiled each playoff team's record against the other playoff teams. It's a look that has some flaws--a win against the 8-8 Chargers counts while a win against the Patriots doesn't, but it is a very good, and quick, way to see how many tough games each team played during the regular season.
So which teams earned their way and which ones snuck in? Well, the Dolphins shouldn't be too proud, while the Eagles didn't exactly back their way in, even if they had to win on Sunday to snag the NFC's last wild card spot.