Re: How important is "momentum" in the NFL Playoffs?
In ESPN the Magazine they have this "Player X" that writes a column every week. Apparently he's an NFL star, but wants to remain nameless.
Anyway, this week his column was about the playoff and his first point was about rest and rust.
He's says if he were a coach he'd never rest his players if his team clinched early. He says that it takes a quarter of game play to work off that two weeks of rust and in the playoffs you don't have a quarter.
That's pretty much what my thought has been on this issue as well. I don't think anyone can claim it's "the reason" a team lost, but it's probably a factor.
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