After the final game of the 2020-1 NFL regular season ended, with the Washington Deviants defeating the Philadelphia Eagles, 20-14, to clinch the NFC Least, the accusations started flying that Eagles coach Doug Pederson, a few years removed from winning the Super Bowl, had essentially tanked in the 4th quarter by lifting starting QB Jalen Hurts in favor of little used 4th year QB Nate Sudfeld.
Why would Pederson resort to such carnival stupidity? Perhaps to fix it so that the Giants, who held the tiebreaker over Washington after sweeping the Deviants earlier in the season, couldn't win the division and the right to be a 1st round sacrificial lamb vs. Tom Brady & Tampa Bay. Some current Giants players, and former QB Eli Manning, per Yahoo!, certainly felt it was a tank job.
But let's give credit where it's due to the Deviants, who got hot in the season's final few weeks. They were the ones who ended Pittsburgh's attempt at a perfect regular season. If not for their own ineptitude earlier in the season, they could've beaten the Giants.
Kansas City, despite losing to the Chargers, has the #1 seed, and a 1st round bye.
1st round pairings: