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12-12-2006, 03:56 AM
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Question: Ed: Let's assume that it all comes down to the Steelers game with the Bengals on December 31st. Assuming the Steelers beat the Bengals and both end the season with the same record, would the Steelers advance if we beat the Bengals by more points than they beat us in Pittsburgh?

Jack Huber, Atlanta

BOUCHETTE: Those are mighty big assumptions, considering other teams also would be involved but let's play this true fantasy football game and assume it happens that way. No, points do not matter. If there are other teams involved, first they would break ties within the division so the Steelers and Bengals would go head-to-head. They would then go to best record within the division, then best record in common games, then best record in conference. If it's still tied after each of those, they would use strength of victory, then strength of schedule. Strength of victory takes into account your opponents' records in victories. Your scenario would not come into place until down the line and then, it's not points in team vs. team but best net points against conference teams and -- if tied after that -- all games.

12-12-2006, 08:25 AM
Is it just me or did Ed skate around the entire issue? It seems to me that he really failed to answer the question in details. Maybe he could have said who would win those specific tie breakers. But hey, who am I to question the media.

12-12-2006, 09:55 AM
I'll answer it... If Cincy & Pitt have the same record at the end of the year... the first tie breaker that will apply will be "who has the better winning percentage in common games". In case you didn't know... Cincy will have a better record in common games.

This could be bad news for the Black & Gold playoff chances...

If it is necessary to break ties to determine the two Wild-Card clubs from each conference, the following steps will be taken.
1. If the tied clubs are from the same division, apply division tie breaker.
2. If the tied clubs are from different divisions, apply the following steps.

Three or More Clubs
(Note: If two clubs remain tied after third or other clubs are eliminated, tie breaker reverts to step 1 of applicable two-club format.)
1. Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tie breaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the two Wild-Card participants.

Two Clubs
1. Head-to-head, if applicable.

I know this, if KC, Denver, & Pittsburgh finish at 9-7... Pittsburgh is in! Denver will be eliminated under #1 (Division Records), then KC is eliminated (Head-To-Head).

If we add Cincy to the Mix @ 9-7... Were out!

12-12-2006, 10:15 AM
We are NOT making the playoffs this year guys.