For years we have heard that dome teams cannot win in the playoffs. Then, right before the start of the postseason, the geniuses at CHFF release a study that says that dome teams are even losing at home at a higher than normal rate, that dome teams have intrinsic disadvantages over non-dome teams.
Well, CHFF and all the other supporters of "cold-weather manly" football can stuff snow in their agape mouths.
Dome teams are a clean 5-0 in the playoffs at home (Round 1: Dallas and ARZ win, Round 2: Minnesota, New Orleans and Indy win). Non-dome teams that are at home are 0-3 (Round 1; Cincy and NE lose; these are also "cold" outdoor teams. Round 2: San Diego loses).
My thinking, with the advent of new stadiums that cater to the rich and quiet, crowd noise has really lessened in outdoor venues. Outside of Baltimore and Seattle, in my opinion, the only true home-field advantages lie in domes. I am grateful that the Colts play in the Luke. It might just be the best thing going for them as home field outdoors becomes more and more irrelevant.