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2019 NFC tiebreakers after Week 16

The following charts seek to answer the following question: If these two (or more) teams finish with the same record, who wins the tiebreaker?

Notes and assumptions:

  1. No possibility of future tie games (except where indicated).
  2. Tiebreaker winners are as they would be if the teams were tied at the end of the season, NOT as if the season ended right now.
  3. Tiebreakers that don’t affect playoff berths or seeding are ignored. If NO and SF both finish 12-4, NO wins the NFC South but SF does not win the NFC West.
  4. Division ties are broken first.
  5. If three or more teams are tied, apply that tiebreaker, not the two-team tiebreaker.
  6. Strength of victory is the combined winning percentage (essentially, the number of wins) of the teams a team has beaten. It has nothing to do with point totals.

GB has clinched the NFC North. NO has clinched the NFC South. MIN, SEA, and SF have clinched playoff berths. ARI, ATL, CAR, CHI, DET, LAR, NYG, TB, and WAS have been eliminated. No playoff seeds have been locked.

The complete tiebreaker rules are here.

Jump to East | North | South | West | Interdivisional ties 2-way • 3-way

NFC East

If these teams tie at tie goes to based on
DAL-PHI 8-8 DAL division record

NFC North

The Packers have won the division outright.  No meaningful ties are possible.

NFC South

The Saints have won the division outright.  No meaningful ties are possible.

NFC West

If these teams tie at tie goes to based on
SEA-SF 12-4 SEA head-to-head

NFC interdivisional ties

2-way ties

If these teams tie at tie goes to based on
GB-NO GB conference record
GB-SEA 12-4 SEA common opponents
GB-SF 13-3 SF head-to-head
MIN-SEA 11-5 SEA head-to-head
NO-SEA 12-4 NO head-to-head
NO-SF 13-3 SF head-to-head

3-way ties

If these teams tie at tie goes to based on
GB-NO-SEA 12-4 SEA
  1. NO eliminated on conference record
  2. common opponents
GB-NO-SF 13-3 SF head-to-head

 

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