Look, getting your ass kicked is not fun, and it raises a lot of doubts about your team. I get it, I am concerned too.
Inevitably you get the silly sentiment of "Who cares if we win the NFCS if we just going to get your ass kicked anyway in the playoffs"
I have referenced in other threads the 2011 Giants as a team that limped into the playoffs playing in a weak division, and managed to win a Super Bowl
The first round they played a Falcons team that was probably better than they were, and were 6-2 at home but only 4-4 on the road. Even though the Falcons were a better team with a better record they had to go to the Giants home field and ended up getting smoked 24-2. That win injected a team that hadn't been past the divisional round of the playoffs in three year a shot of confidence that it road all the way to a Super Bowls championship (although in fairness the last time they made it past the divisional round before that they won the SB)
That was the same Giants team that got smoked by the 5-11 Redskins in what was thought to be must win for them, that led to boos and the infamous "Eli the Terrible" headline in the New York Post
But... There is an even more apropos example of why winning the division, even a crappy division is important, and can help you significantly get where you want to go.
The 2008 Arizona Cardinals. The Cards that year lost 4 of their last 6 games that season. Here were the scores of those 4 losses:
They still won the pooty (at that time) NFC West division
Here were the final standings:
Just a no good, terrible, very bad division
Ironically, they also played the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round. The Falcons were a better team, and finished 11-5. The Falcons were also a stout 7-1 at home. But since Arizona won their division, the Falcons had to travel out to Arizona and Zona got the win 30-24.
The next game Zona came out to our own Carolina Panthers home here in Charlotte. Jake imploded. All I really want to say about that.
Here is the thing. In the NFC championship game they played the playoff wild card team Philadelphia Eagles. A team that had played them just a few weeks before in the year in Philly and they beat Zona 48-20.
BUT because Zona won their division, this game wasn't in Philly. It was in the desert. Arizona got their revenge on their home field 32-25 and went to the SB.
In the SB against the Steelers they were a fumble returned 96 yards for a TD from winning that Super Bowl.
Who knows what is going to happen, who cares if you are in a pooty division. The first step is to win the division. After that anything can happen.
Maybe we get blown out in the first game. Fug it.
But maybe, just maybe, we get a home game for winning the division. Maybe we get a big win there and build some confidence and get on a roll at the right time.
But regardless, either way, don't tell me it doesn't matter if we win the NFCS. You can't win a Super Bowl if you don't make the playoffs.
And if you make the playoffs, and win your division, ANYTHING can happen.
These two teams in the last 7 years prove it