Sunday, December 21, 2008

Simple AFC Tiebreaker Chart

Notes and assumptions:

  1. No possibility of ties.
  2. Tiebreakers that don't affect playoff berths or seeding are ignored.
  3. Divisional ties are broken first. To break a tie between NYJ, MIA, and BAL, first break the tie between NYJ and MIA.
  4. The AFC #6 seed will have at least a 10-6 record.
  5. Locked berths: TEN #1, PIT #2, IND #5
  6. Key games next week: NE at BUF, MIA at NYJ, JAX at BAL, DEN at SD.
  7. The complete tiebreaker rules are here.

AFC Tiebreakers after Week 16:
Teams tiedRecordWho wins?Why?

NYJ-NE10-6NYJDivision record
NYJ-MIA10-6NYJHead-to-head sweep
NE-MIAanyMIAConference record (8-4/7-5 vs. 7-5/6-6)
NYJ-NE-MIA10-6NYJRound robin (3-1 vs. 2-2 vs. 1-3)
PIT-BAL11-5PITHead-to-head sweep
DEN-SD8-8SDDivision record (5-1 vs. 3-3)

NYJ-BAL10-6NYJConference record (8-4 vs. 7-5)
NE-BALanyBALConference record
MIA-PIT11-5PITConference record (9-3 vs. 8-4)
NE-BAL-IND11-5INDHead-to-head sweep

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