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# How is the second wild card decided in the midst of a tie in the NFL?

Updated: 9/27/2023

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16y ago

In the NFL wild card if two teams have the same record, and are tied for the last spot in the playoffs the tie can be broken primarily in two ways. The first way and most often way would be if the two teams had played each other previously the victor of that game has the advantage over the loser. The second way would be the comparisons of the strength of schedule, this occurs when both teams have not played. The strength of schedule refers to the combined overall records of all the opponents both teams played . For example if the teams Team A played have a combined record of 10 wins and 5 losses (keep in mind the actual record would be much higher) they have a strength of schedule of .667, but Team B has a strength of schedule of .500. This means that Team A has played a harder schedule therefore they are more deserving of a playoff berth, due to the harder schedule.

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16y ago

Highest rank vs. lowest rank per conference.

Same thing with the 2nd game.

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#1 vs #4

#2 vs #3

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