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Go with road teams getting points in conference title games

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I was staggering aroundlast weekend, dazed after getting whacked by the back door.

I’m referring to a pair of divisional round “back door covers,” which occur when a team scores late, meaningless points but the spread remains in play.

The first occurrence was in the Seattle-New Orleans game, when New Orleans drove 80 yards in nine plays for a late touchdown that made the final score 23-15, Seattle. In this space, I pushed, with Seattle giving 8 points. In “real life,” with Seattle giving 9, I was not so lucky.

Meanwhile, Denver allowed 17 fourth-quarter points to the Chargers, including a field goal with less than four minutes remaining, that made the final score 24-17, Broncos. A 24-14 final would have given Denver a cover.

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