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November 2000

November 2000


Intercepting the Game

Forget home field advantage. Teams that intercept most, win most.
by: TJ Troup
© November 2000

Playoff football in the NFL leaves little margin for error. Teams survive the regular season by limiting mistakes, and taking advantage of the opposition's errors. Occasionally, there's a team that truly dominates their opponents to reach the playoffs.

But over the years, one thing is clear: The team that is most likely to win is the team that snags the interception.

During the regular season, interceptions are undeniably important. A review of all AFL/NFL games from 1946-1999 showed that interceptions were a key factor in 65 percent of all victories.

An analysis of playoff and championship games, shows interceptions are even more important in the post-season. Of the 66 games that were played between 1933-69, a whopping 71 percent were won by teams that had the most interceptions. Since the leagues merged in 1970, the....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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