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Playoff Tiebreakers

Friday, December 21, 2007


A big thanks goes to NBC Sports Joe Gesue and NBC Sports Seth Abbey who compiled all these tiebreaking scenarios.

NFC TIEBREAKERS

For the top 4 seeds, things are simple:


#1 seed: Dallas over Green Bay on head to head (Week 13)

#3 seed: Seattle over Tampa Bay on head to head (Week 1)

Wild Card ties

MIN-NYG at 10-6: Minnesota wins on head to head (Week 12).
5. MIN 6. NYG OUT: NO, WAS, CAR

MIN-NYG at 9-7: Minnesota wins on head to head (Week 12)
5. MIN 6. NYG OUT: NO, WAS, CAR

NO-NYG at 9-7: New Orleans wins on conference record
If Minnesota is 10-6
5. MIN 6. NO OUT: NYG, WAS, CAR

If Minnesota is 8-8
5. NO 6. NYG OUT: MIN, WAS, CAR

NO-MIN at 9-7: New Orleans wins on conference record 8-4 vs. 7-5 or 6-6
5. NYG 6. NO OUT: MIN, WAS, CAR

NO-WAS at 9-7: New Orleans wins on conference record 8-4 vs. 7-5
5. NYG 6. NO OUT: WAS, MIN, CAR

WAS-MIN at 9-7: Washington wins on head to head (WAS must beat MIN in Week 16 to get 9 wins).
5. NYG 6. WAS OUT: MIN, NO, CAR

WAS-NYG at 9-7: Washington wins on common games (would be for 5-6 seed, because Redskins would have beaten Vikings, so either Vikings are 9-7 and in 3-way tie or they are 8-8 and out)
5. WAS 6. NYG OUT: MIN, NO, CAR

NO-MIN-NYG at 9-7: New Orleans wins on conference record, Minnesota next on head to head.
5. NO 6. MIN OUT: NYG, WAS, CAR

NO-WAS-MIN at 9-7: New Orleans first on conference record, then Washington on head to head (Redskins must beat Vikings in Week 16 to get to 9-7). Giants are in (or else they would be in a four-way tie, see below):
5. NYG 6. NO OUT: WAS, MIN, CAR

WAS-MIN-NYG at 9-7: Washington knocks out New York on common games, then Washington over Minnesota head to head (Week 16), then Minnesota over New York on head to head (Week 12).
5. WAS 6. MIN OUT: NYG, NO, CAR

NO-WAS-NYG at 9-7: Washington knocks out New York on common games, then New Orleans over Washington on conference record, then Washington over New York on common games.
5. NO 6. WAS OUT: NYG, MIN, CAR

NO-WAS-MIN-NYG at 9-7: Washington knocks out New York on common games, then New Orleans goes first on conference record, then Washington over Minnesota for the second spot on head to head (Week 16), then Minnesota over New York on head to head (Week 12).
5. NO 6. WAS OUT: MIN, NYG, CAR

WAS-MIN at 8-8: Washington wins on head to head (for both to be 8-8, WAS must win Week 16)
5. NYG 6. WAS OUT: MIN, NO, CAR

NO-WAS-MIN at 8-8: New Orleans first conference record (WAS over MIN on head to head)
5. NYG 6. NO OUT: MIN, WAS, CAR

CAR-WAS-MIN at 8-8: Carolina wins on conference record (WAS over MIN on head to head)
5. NYG 6. CAR OUT: MIN, WAS, NO

CAR-NO-WAS-MIN at 8-8: Carolina knocks out New Orleans on conference record (they tie head to head, in division, and in common games), and beats the others on conference record. (New Orleans is next on conference record, then Washington over Minnesota on head to head.)
5. NYG 6. CAR OUT: MIN, WAS, NO

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AFC TIEBREAKERS:

3 Seed Tiebreakers

SD-PIT at 11-5: San Diego on conference record (9-3 vs. 8-4)

SD-CLE at 11-5: San Diego on conference record (9-3 vs. 8-4 or 7-5)

SD-PIT at 10-6: San Diego on common games (DEN-BAL-NE-JAC) 3-2 or 2-3 vs. 1-4.


AFC North/Wild Card Tiebreakers

JAC-CLE at 11-5: Jacksonville on common games (HOU-BUF-PIT-OAK) 3+ wins to 2.

PIT-CLE at 11-5: Pittsburgh wins on season sweep

JAC-PIT at 10-6: Jacksonville on head to head (Week 15) unless Pittsburgh wins AFC North

CLE-JAC at 10-6 if CLE beats CIN: Cleveland wins on conference record (8-4 vs. 7-5)

JAC-CLE at 10-6 if CIN beats CLE: Jacksonville wins on common games.

TEN-JAC at 10-6: Tennessee wins on division record (4-2 vs. 2-4)

PIT-CLE at 10-6: Pittsburgh wins on season sweep

TEN-PIT at 10-6: Tennessee probably wins on strength of victory

CLE-TEN at 10-6 if CLE beats CIN: Cleveland wins on conference record (8-4 vs. 7-5)

TEN-CLE at 10-6 if CIN beats CLE: Tennessee wins on common games (4-1 vs. 3-2)


PIT-JAC-CLE at 11-5: Pittsburgh wins AFC North on head to head sweep, then Jacksonville over Cleveland on common games.
3. SD/PIT 4. PIT/SD 5. JAC 6. TEN OUT: CLE

TEN-JAC-PIT at 10-6: Tennessee knocks out Jacksonville, then Tennessee over Pittsburgh (probably) on strength of victory, then Jacksonville over Pittsburgh on head to head.
If Cleveland is 11-5
3. SD/CLE 4. CLE/SD 5. TEN 6. JAC OUT: PIT

If Cleveland is 9-7
3. SD/PIT 4. PIT/SD 5. TEN 6. JAC OUT: CLE

If Cleveland beats Cincinnati
PIT-CLE-TEN at 10-6: Pittsburgh wins AFC North, then Cleveland over Tennessee on conference record.
3. SD/PIT 4. PIT/SD 5. JAC 6. CLE OUT: TEN

If Cleveland loses to Cincinnati
PIT-TEN-CLE at 10-6: Pittsburgh wins AFC North, then Tennessee over Cleveland on common games.
3. SD/PIT 4. PIT/SD 5. JAC 6. TEN OUT: CLE

If Cleveland beats Cincinnati
PIT-CLE-JAC at 10-6: Pittsburgh wins AFC North (sweep) then Cleveland over Jacksonville on conference record.
3. SD/PIT 4. PIT/SD 5. CLE 6. JAC OUT: TEN

If Cleveland loses to Cincinnati
PIT-JAC-CLE at 10-6: Pittsburgh wins AFC North (sweep) then Jacksonville over Cleveland on common games.
3. SD/PIT 4. PIT/SD 5. JAC 6. CLE OUT: TEN

If Cleveland beats Cincinnati
CLE-TEN-JAC at 10-6: Tennessee knocks out Jacksonville on division record, then Cleveland over Tennessee on conference record (8-4 vs. 7-5).
3. SD/PIT 4. PIT/SD 5. CLE 6. TEN OUT: JAC

If Cleveland loses to Cincinnati
TEN-JAC-CLE at 10-6: Tennessee knocks out Jacksonville on division record, then Tennessee over Cleveland on common games, then Jacksonville over Cleveland on common games.
3. SD/PIT 4. PIT/SD 5. TEN 6. JAC OUT: CLE


If Cleveland beats Cincinnati
PIT-CLE-TEN-JAC at 10-6: Pittsburgh wins the AFC North. Tennessee knocks out Jacksonville, then Cleveland over Tennessee for the first wild card on conference record, then Tennessee over Jacksonville on division record for second wild card.
3. SD/PIT 4. PIT/SD 5. CLE 6. TEN OUT: JAC

If Cleveland loses to Cincinnati
PIT-TEN-JAC-CLE at 10-6: Pittsburgh wins the AFC North. Tennessee knocks out Jacksonville, then Tennessee over Cleveland on common games for first wild card, then Jacksonville over Cleveland on common games for second wild card.
3. SD/PIT 4. PIT/SD 5. TEN 6. JAC OUT: CLE




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