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2 minutes ago, athell said:

There is no set in stone answer other than the #1 seed plays the lowest remaining seed after wild card weekend and the #2 seed plays the highest remaining seed like ICD said.

why wouldn't you be able to know if oakland wins...

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1 minute ago, PeytonMannings Forehead said:

NE plays Oakland, the #5 seed, only if the Steelers #3 seed win.

If the Steelers lose to the #6 Dolphins, then the Dolphins would go to New England because they would now be the lowest remaining seed.

so it's seeding based not record based then after the first round?

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1 minute ago, BLM said:

so it's seeding based not record based then?

Correct.  #1 seed gets the "easier path" since they get the lowest seeded remaining team while #2 gets the highest seeded remaining team.

It's not like march madness where there is a bracket system so you know who will play who as the rounds advance.  It's all seed based.  Seeds are based on record and tie breakers.

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Just now, athell said:

Correct.  #1 seed gets the "easier path" since they get the lowest seeded remaining team while #2 gets the highest seeded remaining team.

It's not like march madness where there is a bracket system so you know who will play who as the rounds advance.  It's all seed based.  Seeds are based on record and tie breakers.

i wasn't sure if they switched to record based after the first round.  i know first round is seeding based.. thx

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Just now, BLM said:

so it's seeding based not record based then after the first round?

No, the seeding is locked in place before everything starts

There are 4 divisions per conference.  Each division winner get the top 4 seeds, which means at least 1 home playoff game.  Those seeds ARE based on record.  The top 2 records get the first round byes.

The #3 and #4 seeded division winners will play the two wild card teams who make it into the playoffs #5, and #6... that most of the time is based on record but not always.

You can have scenarios where an 11-5 team finished second in their division to say a 13-3 team.  But because that 11-5 team isn't a division winner, they are a wild card team, and will have to go on the road to play the #4 or #5 seed... and it is entirely possible that one of those teams will have a worse record that 11-5.  One year the Saints (I think they were like 11-5) had to go to Seattle to play the Seahawks who were 7-9, but because they won their division they automatically get to host.  New Orleans lost btw.

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2 minutes ago, BLM said:

i wasn't sure if they switched to record based after the first round.  i know first round is seeding based.. thx

Ahh yeah, no problem.  It's seed based throughout.  There are quite a few people who believe the seeding system should change in that the top 6 teams from each conference based on record get in and are seeded as such without any divisional implications.  Meaning, if a division winner has a worse record than a non division winner, the non division winner would get the higher seed and thus the home game.

I don't think it'll ever happen, but it's been a topic for a while.

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1 minute ago, PeytonMannings Forehead said:

No, the seeding is locked in place before everything starts

There are 4 divisions per conference.  Each division winner get the top 4 seeds, which means at least 1 home playoff game.  Those seeds ARE based on record.  The top 2 records get the first round byes.

The #3 and #4 seeded division winners will play the two wild card teams who make it into the playoffs #5, and #6... that most of the time is based on record but not always.

You can have scenarios where an 11-5 team finished second in their division to say a 13-3 team.  But because that 11-5 team isn't a division winner, they are a wild card team, and will have to go on the road to play the #4 or #5 seed... and it is entirely possible that one of those teams will have a worse record that 11-5.  One year the Saints (I think they were like 11-5) had to go to Seattle to play the Seahawks who were 7-9, but because they won their division they automatically get to host.  New Orleans lost btw.

ok thanks, theis helps

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2 minutes ago, PeytonMannings Forehead said:

No, the seeding is locked in place before everything starts

There are 4 divisions per conference.  Each division winner get the top 4 seeds, which means at least 1 home playoff game.  Those seeds ARE based on record.  The top 2 records get the first round byes.

The #3 and #4 seeded division winners will play the two wild card teams who make it into the playoffs #5, and #6... that most of the time is based on record but not always.

You can have scenarios where an 11-5 team finished second in their division to say a 13-3 team.  But because that 11-5 team isn't a division winner, they are a wild card team, and will have to go on the road to play the #4 or #5 seed... and it is entirely possible that one of those teams will have a worse record that 11-5.  One year the Saints (I think they were like 11-5) had to go to Seattle to play the Seahawks who were 7-9, but because they won their division they automatically get to host.  New Orleans lost btw.

Get outta my head PMF!  :argh:

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so, short answer, just looking at the likely scenerios...

the winner of the Oakland/Texans game will be going to New England, because...

... it's tough to see #6 Miami beating#3  Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, although stranger things have happened.  

Pittsburgh the #3 seed would then be going to Kansas City, while either #5 Oakland, or #4 Houston goes to New England.

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5 minutes ago, PeytonMannings Forehead said:

so, short answer, just looking at the likely scenerios...

the winner of the Oakland/Texans game will be going to New England, because...

... it's tough to see #6 Miami beating#3  Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, although stranger things have happened.  

Pittsburgh the #3 seed would then be going to Kansas City, while either #5 Oakland, or #4 Houston goes to New England.

Yes, but who's on first

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As others have said, the #1 seed plays the lowest remaining seed.

IMO the seeding system if flawed, because it gives the 4 top seeds to the division winners irrespective of their records. In 2010 the Seahawks won their division with a 7-9 record, but were still seeded at #4. The Packers won 10 games, and but were only seeded #5 because they finished 2nd in their division

We were the #1 seed and ended up playing a very strong 10-6 Packers team in the Divional Playoff round, whilst the bears who were seeded #2 needed up with a much easier game against the 7-9 Seahawks.

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35 minutes ago, ukfalc said:

As others have said, the #1 seed plays the lowest remaining seed.

IMO the seeding system if flawed, because it gives the 4 top seeds to the division winners irrespective of their records. In 2010 the Seahawks won their division with a 7-9 record, but were still seeded at #4. The Packers won 10 games, and but were only seeded #5 because they finished 2nd in their division

We were the #1 seed and ended up playing a very strong 10-6 Packers team in the Divional Playoff round, whilst the bears who were seeded #2 needed up with a much easier game against the 7-9 Seahawks.

I'll forever be annoyed that we had to go to Phoenix in 2008, even though we were 11-5 and the Cardinals were 9-7.  The NFL should really stop awarding the division winners an automatic home game.

I know the league wants division titles to be important, but a guaranteed playoff spot is still a pretty good deal when teams are making it in at 8-8, 7-8-1, 7-9...

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5 minutes ago, virginiafalcon said:

I'll forever be annoyed that we had to go to Phoenix in 2008, even though we were 11-5 and the Cardinals were 9-7.  The NFL should really stop awarding the division winners an automatic home game.

I know the league wants division titles to be important, but a guaranteed playoff spot is still a pretty good deal when teams are making it in at 8-8, 7-8-1, 7-9...

no they shouldn't.

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