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dudeman asked in SportsFootball (American) · 1 decade ago

What happens in the NFL tiebreaker common games?

What happens in the common games tiebreaker if one of the two teams tied has played a common team twice, but the other tied team has only played that common team once? If the team that played the common team twice has a win and a loss, which one counts for the tiebreaker? For example, the Giants have a win and a loss against the Eagles, and the Packers have a loss against the Eagles. If the common games tiebreaker needed to be used, would the Giants win or loss be counted?

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  • Mike H
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    1 decade ago
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    1-1 is a better W-L percentage than 0-1.

    50% vs 0 %. The Giants would win the tie breaker.

    If the records vs common opponents were identical, the points scored comes into play next.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Your problem comes when the packers play the bears again, since the giants lost to them. And if the Packers did beat them, i think that common opponent is a wash. Then they use the strength of victory tiebreaker. Where they use the combined recored of the teams each have played throughout the year. The better record wins the tiebreaker.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If common games comes into play as a tiebreaker, there must be a minimum of 4. If it happens between GB and NYG, then GB must have beaten CHI this weekend. In that case, you'd have:

    NYG 1-1, GB 0-1 vs. PHI

    NYG 0-1, GB 1-1 vs. CHI

    NYG 0-1, GB 0-1 vs. NO

    NYG 0-1, GB 0-1 vs. SEA

    Both would be 1-4 in common games, so we'd move on to strength-of-victory.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well, you have to check the conference record, then the division record. after you factor those in, you factor who beat what team.

    Example, the Giants record verses the Redskins/Cowboys/Eagles may be better than the Packers record vs the Bears/Vikings/Lions

    after you look at that record, then you go to division (the rest of the NFC) and if those two teams faced each other, that is included in the division record and the team that won has the tie breaker.

    hope that helps

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  • 1 decade ago

    I think they might go to the conference record of the two teams, and if they tie there then they do to strength of victory and strength of schedule.

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