How hard is it to beat a team 3 times in a season?
Seems like that is something everyone likes to talk about. However, according to my research, out of 18 matchups where a team has won twice in regular season and then met in the playoffs the record is 11-7.
So, the old adage of you can't beat a team 3 times, is garbage.
1982 Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets Won
1983 Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Raiders Lost
1986 New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins Won
1989 Houston Oilers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Lost
1991 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Raiders Won
1992 Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers Lost
1993 Los Angeles Raiders vs. Denver Broncos Won
1994 Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears Lost
1994 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns Won
1997 New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins Won
1997 Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Won
1998 Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals Lost
1999 Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Won
2000 New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles Won
2002 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns Won
2004 St. Louis Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks Won
2004 Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings Lost
2007 Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants Lost