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2020 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.
  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. (Example: the only way LAR and ARI wind up with the same record at the end of the season is if ARI beats LAR in Week 17.)
  3. Tiebreakers that don’t affect playoff berths or seeding are ignored. (Example: If TB and SEA both finish 11-5, SEA wins the NFC West but TB does not win the NFC South.)
  4. Division ties are broken first. If CHI, LAR, and ARI all finish 9-7, break the NFC West tie between LAR and ARI first, then break the tie between the LAR-ARI winner and CHI.
  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.
  7. GB has clinched the NFC North. NO has clinched the NFC South. SEA has clinched the NFC West.
  8. TB has clinched a playoff berth.
  9. ATL, CAR, DET, SF, MIN, and PHI have been eliminated.

The complete tiebreaker rules are here.

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NFC East

If these teams tie at tie goes to based on
WAS-DAL WAS head-to-head
NYG-WAS-DAL 6-10 NYG head-to-head

NFC South

If these teams tie at tie goes to based on
NO-TB 11-5 NO head-to-head

NFC West

 

If these teams tie at tie goes to based on
LAR-ARI 9-7 ARI division record

Interdivisional ties

2-way ties

If these teams tie at tie goes to based on
GB-NO 12-4 GB head-to-head
GB-SEA 12-4 SEA common opponents
CHI-LAR 9-7 LAR head-to-head
CHI-ARI CHI common opponents
NO-SEA NO conference record
TB-LAR LAR head-to-head

3-way ties

If these teams tie at tie goes to based on
GB-NO-SEA 12-4 NO conference record

 

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