When will the madness end? Let's look at how successful the NFL playoffs have been this decade:
2007: The Giants won the championship despite not winning their division and having 6 other teams with a better regular season record.
2006: Indianapolis won the Super Bowl despite Baltimore and San Diego having better records in the AFC.
2005: Pittsburgh won the Super Bowl even though 3 other teams had a better record in the AFC. They also lost their division to Cincy via the tiebreaker. Yes, the won the Super Bowl even though they couldn't win their division.
2004: New England won the Super Bowl even though Pittsburgh had a better record in the AFC
2003: New England won the Super Bowl, and they were the best team in their division, conference and league.
2002: Tampa Bay won it all. They were tied for the best record in the regular season, but Philly won the regular season conference tilte (aka 1 seed) due to a better conference record (11-1 as opposed to 9-3).
2001: New England won the Super Bowl even though Pittsburgh was the best team in the conference (by 2 games). The Bears and Rams also did better than New England in the regular season.
2000: Baltimore won the Super Bowl. They didn't win their division (Tennessee did).
So, in summary, out of 8 years, only once did the best team in the regular season win the Super Bowl. Of the remaining 7 years: - 4 of the 7 of the champions did not even win their division - 7 of the 7 of the champions was not the best team in their conference
When will the madness end? When will we finally institute a system where the regular season matters? It is just a big money grab by the owners and the television execs. I wish there was a system in place somewhere whereby the regular season mattered and a bunch of suits didn't muck it all up with a playoff which, while exciting to watch, does a poor job of crowing a champ.
Yeah, you could get rid of the playoffs and make the regular season mean something, but that has one big drawback. The Cowboys might actually have a chance to win another Super Bowl. For that reason alone, your argument falls apart.