As an example, if two clubs remain tied in any tie-breaker step after all other clubs have been eliminated, the procedure reverts to step one of the two-club format to determine the winner.
The Wild Card club with the best record. They committed one and finished the season with 11. A banged-up offensive line, for a team that relies heavily on its running game, is a playoff warning sign. The Chiefs' offense remained highly productive during a 2-3 stretch from Weeks 11-16.
In comparing division and conference records or records against common opponents among tied teams, the best won-lost-tied percentage is the deciding factor since teams may have played an unequal number of games. If the tied clubs are from different divisions, apply the following steps.
The bookies are waiting to find out the status of Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota before setting a line for this game, but it should be a close one in Nashville to determine the final AFC playoff squad.
The division champion with the best record. Washington is ahead of Carolina based on head to head 1-0. First look at NFL playoff bracket: During the regular season, the seeds reflect how the playoffs would stand if the season ended up to that point. The losers of the Wild Card games shall select 21st through 24th based on won-lost-tied percentage.
Pederson does a good job of picking the right spots for a player who turned 35 last summer. The Bears were already in strong playoff mode trying to avoid a rematch with the Vikings in Soldier Field.
They've had mixed success, having won six and lost five, but the four-quarter intensity of close games is a pretty decent regular-season replica of what happens often in the postseason. And the playoffs are full of good offenses. It may not be all bad news for the runner-up, however, as they still have a legitimate chance of making the postseason, especially with a victory in Week 17.
It's a trend to consider as the hardest-hitting portion of the football season arrives. Should the Raiders draft him?
Strength of victory. Entering Week 17, no team had scored more points at home than the Saints, and only the Patriots had a higher point differential at home.
If two clubs remain tied after one or more clubs are eliminated during any step, tie-breaker re-starts at Step One of two-club format. The Wild Card club with the second-best record.
If any ties cannot be broken by strength-of-schedule, the divisional or conference tie-breakers, if applicable, shall be applied. Questions remain about Todd Gurley's playoff performance, and his future 18h Lindsey Thiry.