Harry22 - as promised my reply to your baiting of me about the NFC vs AFC during the Panthers @ 49ers match. I'm very much a "single-tasker" and was concentrated on the game as I said, not shying away.
Anyway.....I'm not "pro-AFC". Eagles fan as well, after all.
Th points I made earlier in the season was a response to the "AFC is pathetic", "AFC is very weak", when at that time in the matches were about 11-3 in favour of the AFC teams.... contributors hadn't seemed to notice - it ended-up 34-30 to the NFC - not much difference there.
I don't see that there is much difference in the average standard of teams, they come from the same pool and play to the same rules (thankfully).
The point is, I'm not arguing in favour of the AFC, in fact when the NFC "big-guns" were being beaten by the likes of the Colts and the Bengals, someone said the AFC was stronger - I came back and defended the NFC. I'm arguing that saying one conference is inherently better than the other is not really valid. Just when you say it, a result or sequence of results could "prove" the opposite.
The other argument that there are more SB contenders from the NFC, therefore NFC is stronger, is meaningless.
......and this year it doesn't look like any other team if they were in the "other conference" would break into the Conference Championship match.
You may as well say the WEST is dominant given the strengths of the NFC West and AFC West - and pretend that is some sort of analysis. It's not, of course. It just means at this particular moment in time (2013) the teams in the NFC West and AFC West are strong - there is nothing inherently strong about them just because they are in a Western Division.
It's all about how teams match-up with each other - nothing to do with their Division or their Conference.
Interestingly, the NFC West and AFC West are due to meet each other in inter-conference matches next year....and the "weak" NFC East and AFC South are due to meet. If these teams were at the same level in 2014, then you probably would see an average of 1-2 less wins for the "West" teams, and 1-2 more for NFC East/AFC South.