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NFC Wildcard 2012-13: Explaining Rules and Playoff Tiebreak Scenarios

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NFC Wildcard 2012-13: Explaining Rules and Playoff Tiebreak Scenarios
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With five different teams still in the NFC's playoff picture leading up to the final week of the regular season, playoff hopefuls are counting the ways they can slip into the postseason.

So it's only natural for us at Bleacher Report to explain the rules and the tiebreak scenarios for the NFC's two wild-card spots this season.

Here's a breakdown for all of you nail-biting fans.

Note: The Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants are all fighting to make the playoffs in the NFC


Tiebreaker

Two Teams

If two teams have the same record and are competing for a wild-card spot, the following procedures are conducted in order until the winner of the tiebreaker is determined:

1. Head-to-head, if applicable
2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four
4. Strength of victory
5. Strength of schedule
6. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed
7. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed
8. Best net points in conference games
9. Best net points in all games
10. Best net touchdowns in all games
11. Coin toss (I can't wait until this happens)

 

Three Teams or More

If three teams or more have the same record and are competing for a wild-card spot, the following procedures are used to determine the winner of the tiebreaker:

1. Apply division tiebreaker to eliminate all but the highest-ranked team in each division before moving on to Step 2
2. Head-to-head sweep (Only applies if one team has defeated each of the others or if one team has lost to each of the others)
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference
4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four
5. Strength of victory
6. Strength of schedule
7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed
8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed
9. Best net points in conference games
10. Best net points in all games
11. Best net touchdowns in all games
12. Coin toss

Note: Once it has been narrowed down to two teams, switch over to the "two teams tiebreaker" right away

 

Hope this helps. If you have any more questions, leave your comments below.

 

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