Ties are the Ultimate Tie-Break

By: G.Stryker

It’s kind of odd when you experience a tie, especially during the first week of the season.  You don’t know how to feel. You understand winning, and this isn’t winning. You also understand losing, and want it to be a loss, but it isn’t.  So what does it mean to tie a football game? It means you start off the tie break procedures with an ace-in-the-hole.

The NFL tie break procedures are pretty in depth and can sometimes be confusing when it comes to the last few games of the season.  According to NFL.com, these are the current tie breaks needed to make the playoffs:

  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

Now those are a lot of steps, but with a tie, your team has a leg up vs any other team with the same record.  No need to check the head to head, or win/loss percentages, strength of victory or schedule. That tie means our team has the tie-break automatically. Same number of wins?  You’re in!

Although some of you may feel that the game was like “kissing your sister”, don’t be tied down with the negatives.  The Steelers may have just earned the ultimate tie break to enter the postseason!

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