During the regular season, the seeds reflect how the playoffs would stand if the season ended up to that point. The NFL playoffs are not based on a pure bracket system. In the divisional playoffs, the No. 1 seed is assured of playing the lowest-seeded Wild Card survivor. There are no restrictions on intra-division games and the higher seed of any matchup will have home-field advantage.
AFC Playoff tiebreakers
New England earns the No. 3 seed over Cincinnati based on strength of victory (.450 to the Bengals' .438).
N.Y. Jets and Baltimore finish ahead of Houston based on conference record (Ravens' 7-5 and Jets' 7-5 to the Texans' 6-6).
N.Y. Jets earn the No. 5 seed over of Baltimore based on common games (4-1 to the Ravens' 1-4).
Baltimore earns the No. 6 seed over Houston based on conference record (7-5 to the Texans' 6-6).
AFC Division tiebreakers
Baltimore finishes ahead of Pittsburgh based on division record (3-3 to the Steelers' 2-4).
AFC non-Playoff tiebreakers
Houston finishes ahead of Pittsburgh based on common games (4-1 to the Texans' 2-3).
Denver finishes ahead of Tennessee based on conference record (6-6 to the Titans' 4-8).
Miami finishes ahead of Jacksonville based on head to head (1-0).
Cleveland finishes ahead of Oakland based on head to head (1-0).
NFC Playoff tiebreakers
Green Bay earns the No. 5 seed over Philadelphia based on common games (4-1 to the Eagles' 3-2).
NFC Division tiebreakers
Dallas wins the NFC East Division over Philadelphia based on head to head (2-0).
NFC non-Playoff tiebreakers
Carolina finishes ahead of San Francisco and the N.Y. Giants based on conference record (8-4 to the 49ers' 7-5 and the Giants' 6-6).
San Francisco finishes ahead of the N.Y. Giants based on conference record (7-5 and the Giants' 6-6).
Detroit (Week 12), St. Louis (Week 12), Tampa Bay (Week 12), Washington (Week 13), Chicago (Week 14), Seattle (Week 15), Carolina (Week 15), Atlanta (Week 15), San Francisco (Week 15), N.Y. Giants (Week 16)
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I am sure that I will have many nay sayers about this blog, but there is something else to chew on. Sure we are all upset that the Colts pulled their starters, but here is my conspiracy theory. Why pull your starters and give life back to a team that is on the playoff bubble? You may have to look no further then to a team in their division. There is a team that has battled
As you all know, the NFL allows rookies to make more money than veterans. Could you imagine going into work and finding out that a new guy with no professional experience was hired making twice your salary? The NFL is a business just like any other corporation, so why isn't there a guideline for player salaries and contracts? Here's just an example of what the NFL could do:
To add a WC team to playoffs. One day the Playoffs will have a division champ in the playoffs with a percentage of less than .500. This would cost a 10-6 or 11-5 from being in the playoffs. The NFL should put it's best teams in the playoffs.
The team that wins the conference gets HFA and a BYE.
The 3 other division winners play the 3 wild cards in wild card playoffs. 2 p
New England and Cincinnati are in contention for the 3 seed this Sunday. Both are divisional champs, neither can earn a first round bye. Of course you want to win your division and get that home game in the 1st round. Of course you want the 1st round bye. And of course you want home field throughout the conference. But how much difference is there between the 3 seed and the 4 seed? Honestly I woul
Hey, I'm from Philadelphia. We didn't know NFL games can end in ties (right Donovan)? I remember that game vs. the Bengals last year, we were a lot closer to a loss than a tie. Had the Eagles lost to the Bengals, they would've been 9-7 and tied with the Cowboys, Buccanneers, and Bears for the last playoff spot. Now I'm not sure who would've won the tiebreaker but that tie could've been the differe
OK, let's assume the top 5 teams are all in - Indy, San Diego, Cincy, NE and Denver. Not sure of exact seeding between 2 and 3 and who wins the west, but lets say all 5 are in. That leaves 4 teams for 1 spot: Jacksonville, Baltimore, Miami and the Jets. I think it comes down to whoever wins out. It's going to take 10 wins to get in, so if any of those 4 slip, they're done
I never thought that the Cowboys would have a chance to have a 1st round bye after losing to the Giants and Chargers to start December, But with one big win against Philadelphia and a little help from the Packers (Which Ironic since the Packers beat the Cowboys earlier this year) and GULP! The Giants. A few weeks ago I was holding my Breath just hoping they would get in the playoffs and now they h
Usually to be a playoff team, you have to win at least ten games. I find it very interesting that two AFC playoff teams, with the AFC usually being considered better than the NFC, will only have 9 wins. What is the reason for this? NFC now better? Lesser teams becoming more competitive? Good teams losing to bad teams? It just seems strange that somewhat mediocre teams will be in the playoffs this
Here is why I think Pittsburgh makes the playoffs:
Mike Tomlin challenged his defense for the rest of the season when he made the call to go for the on-side kick.
I think Pittsburgh beats Baltimore which means all the teams below except Miami who Pitt will beat in week 17, Denver who they hold the tiebreaker against, and Baltimore, will all have worse records than Pitt
The Tıtans loss made it a little bit tougher, but the Steelers still have a good chance of making the playoffs.
Pittsburgh wins out, Jets, Jacksonville, Miami, Houston, and Denver all go 1-1. If Baltimore goes 0-2, the Steelers would have the 5 seed. Jets play the Colts and Bengals, Jacksonville plays NE and Cleveland, Miami plays Houston and Pitt, Houston plays Miami