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NFL - Help a furriner understand the playoffs

 
 
lmur
 
Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 12:38 pm
If I'd been aware that both Conferences were futher divided into 4 divisions each; a lot of effort could have been saved in trying to figure out why the Chargers (with an 8-8 record) qualified for the playoffs ahead of - for example - the Patriots (11-5). Apparently it has something to do with affirmative action for people on the western sea-board.

With respect to the upcoming playoffs, according to:
http://www.nfl.com/schedules?seasonType=POST#Week

AFC
Titans will either play Chargers, Colts or Ravens

while Steelers will play either Dolphins, Chargers or Colts.

As Chargers are playing the Colts, clearly Titans can only play the Ravens if the latter beat the Dolphins.

I'm guessing that the rationale for the above draw is that because the Titans are AFC champs, their next game should be against the weakest remaining competitor ie the team with worst regular season record.

Can someone confirm this? (It's for homework).



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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 12:40 pm
@lmur,
Champ teams do get a first-round bye, they play against the wild card winner from their group. Iirc.

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Region Philbis
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 01:07 pm
@lmur,
it's all here, lmur
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFL_playoffs#Current_playoff_system
lmur
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 01:19 pm
@Region Philbis,
Thanks RP. The answer I was looking for was in your link.

Unlike most tournaments, with a predetermined bracket, the second round of the playoffs is "re-seeded"; the top seed always hosts the lowest surviving seed, while the other two teams pair off.

Cheers.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Mon 29 Dec, 2008 02:49 pm
Imur wrote:
Apparently it has something to do with affirmative action for people on the western sea-board.

Ha!
Yeah, it's all about the conferences and divisions. The Eastern Divisions tend to be the strongest ones in the NFL, but there have been spectacular, stand out team in the other divisions as well.
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