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    Philadelphia, at 8-6 before today's game against Dallas, has a leg up on one of the two NFC wild-card spots. The Rams are among five teams in the NFC at 7-8 with Atlanta, Carolina, Green Bay and the New York Giants. Which one of the five will earn a wild-card playoff berth? Deciphering the Dead Scrolls might be easier than figuring out the tiebreakers.

    If teams finish with identical records, the first tiebreaker for a playoff spot is head-to-head results. The Rams would lose a tiebreaker with Carolina, having lost to the Panthers on Nov. 19. But they would win a tiebreaker with Green Bay, having beaten the Packers 23-20 on Oct. 8.

    But the head-to-head scenario won't be applicable in any scenario involving the Rams if more than two teams finish with identical records. In that case, the next tiebreaker is conference record. At 8-8, the Rams, Atlanta, Carolina would all finish 6-6 in conference games. But the Giants and Green Bay would finish 7-5 in conference.

    The next tiebreaker after conference record is common opponents.

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    Playoff scenarios for Week 14

    (AP) ? Before Dec. 10 Monday night game:


    Miami can clinch playoff berth with:

    1) Miami two wins plus Seattle loss or tie plus Denver loss or tie plus Cleveland loss or tie.
    2) Miami two wins plus Seattle loss or tie plus Denver loss or tie plus Pittsburgh win or tie.
    3) Miami two wins plus Seattle loss or tie plus Cleveland loss or tie plus N.Y. Jets loss plus Oakland loss.


    Pittsburgh can clinch division with a win. Steelers can clinch playoff berth with:

    1) Pittsburgh tie
    2) Cleveland loss or tie plus Seattle loss or tie.
    3) Cleveland loss or tie plus New England loss.


    Oakland can clinch division with:

    1) Oakland win
    2) Oakland tie plus Seattle loss plus Denver loss


    Philadelphia can clinch division with a Philadelphia win plus N.Y. Giants loss or tie.


    Chicago can clinch playoff berth with a win.

    Green Bay can clinch playoff berth with:

    1) Green Bay win plus Tampa Bay loss plus Atlanta loss or tie plus Washington loss or tie.
    2) Green Bay win plus Tampa Bay loss plus Atlanta loss or tie plus New Orleans loss or tie.


    St. Louis can clinch playoff berth with a win OR tie.

    San Francisco can clinch playoff berth with a San Francisco win plus Tampa Bay loss plus Washington loss or tie plus New Orleans loss.


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  • Will51
    Question on are playoff chances??
    by Will51
    I just read a post that said green bay would win the tie braker with us even though we beat them head to head , how would this happen bacause i do remember the saints beating us in the regular season in 02' and we finished with the same record atn the end of the season but we got in the playoffs and they didnt, so wats goin on with this???
    -12-25-2006, 09:34 AM
  • crstphr2
    32 Playoff Scenarios
    by crstphr2
    There are 32 combinations in the games that matter as of now (excluding ties). I am also assuming that the Giants will win the "strength of victory" tie breaker over GB.

    Only two have the Rams going to the playoffs.

    Assuming the games are "even" matches, which they are about as close as you can get, then there's a 6.25 percent chance of getting to the playoffs.

    Giants 17 of 32 53.1%
    Packers 7 of 32 21.9%
    Panthers 4 of 32 12.5%
    Rams 2 of 32 6.25%
    Falcons 2 of 32 6.25%

    A Giants loss would kill off 16 of their 17 positive scenarios.

    Go Skins.
    -12-30-2006, 04:38 PM
  • RamWraith
    Rams become big fans of 'Skins
    by RamWraith
    By Jim Thomas
    Wednesday, Dec. 27 2006

    FIRST ORDER The Redskins must beat or tie the Giants to keep Rams' hopes alive.

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    But make no mistake, Linehan suddenly has become a fan of Washington's NFL
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    Atlanta (7-8) must lose or tie at Philadelphia (9-6).

    The New York Giants (7-8) must lose or tie at Washington (5-10).

    But nothing else matters if the Giants defeat Washington, because that game
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    afternoon. If the Giants win Saturday night, the Rams will be eliminated from
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    Linehan said he isn't concerned about a letdown by the Rams on Sunday if the
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    "We've put ourselves in a position at least to talk about the playoffs at this
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    "Those are things that are out of our control," Linehan said. "We've just got
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    -12-27-2006, 04:09 AM
  • RamDez
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