NFL's Suspicious Blown Call Creates Playoff Tiebreaker Problem

bob mantzSenior Writer INovember 17, 2008

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The first 11-10 game in NFL history shouldn't have ended that way, referee Scott Green said after a last-minute touchdown was errantly taken away from the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Right now, the focus is on how this affects bettors.

The Steelers play the Ravens late in the year. Pitt is 7-3 and Baltimore is 6-4 (having lost to the Steelers earlier in the year by three points). That game could theoretically tie the two clubs for the division lead. It could affect A LOT of 6-4 and 7-3 teams (even...insert conspiracy theory here...the Chargers). states:

If, at the end of the regular season, two or more clubs in the same division finish with identical won-lost-tied percentages, the following steps will be taken until a champion is determined.

Two Clubs

1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
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 common games.
10. Best net points in all games.
11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
12. Coin toss

Look at No. 7. Right now, the difference is a measly 17 points. Got Hines? Just sayin'...

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