GO AHEAD, ISAAC, DEFEND THIS ONE: Would anyone have a problem with the NFL deciding starting next season that playoff seeding be based on record, conference record and points, independently from whether a team had won its division? Are there folks who want to go the step further to bar teams with losing (or even 8-8) records from the playoffs altogether if superior wild cards are available? Or is there someone here who believes that having the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks hosting the 11-5 New Orleans Saints is perfectly justified as a reflection of the importance of divisional titles -- or, at least, not a significant enough anomaly to merit changing the rules?
added: Also, give Lovie Smith credit for playing his Bears starters against Green Bay in a game that was meaningless to them yet all-important to Green Bay and New York. Not all teams would have done that. (On the other hand, why was Tom Brady still playing in the second half against Miami?)