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Packers once again control playoff destiny

Nov. 6, 2013 11:15 AM
 
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The Packers are in control of their playoff desinty once again, and all they had to do was sit in their hotel room this afternoon and watch the results of some key NFL games. The Lions' overtime victory over Tampa Bay, coupled with the Eagles' 38-31 comeback win over the Giants, puts the Packers in much better playoff position than when the day started. And here's the kicker. The Packers don't even need to beat the Patriots tonight, and they can still make the playoffs with victories in their final two games at home against the New York Giants and Chicago Bears. The Giants fell to 9-5, the Packers are 8-5 prior to tonight's game and the Buccaneers fell to 8-6. If the Packers lose to the Pats but beat the Giants and Bears in their final two games at Lambeau Field, the worst the Packers could do is finish in a three-way tie for the No. 6 playoff seed with New York and Tampa Bay. Here is how the tiebreaker would be determined: 1. Head-to-head. This is not applicable since none of the three teams has beaten the other two, and none of the three teams has lost to the other two. The Bucs have played neither the Giants nor the Packers this season. The Packers’ projected head-to-head victory over the Giants would only apply in a two-way tiebreaker. 2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference. The Packers, Giants and Bucs would all finish with 8-4 records against NFC opponents. 3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four. This is not applicable because the minimum of four common games is not met. The only common opponents that the Packers, Giants and Bucs share: Washington and Detroit. 4. Strength of victory. This measures the combined records of vanquished opponents, and the Packers currently hold a significant advantage in this category. The combined record of the teams the Packers have beaten going into this week's games ( including projected wins over the Giants and Bears) currently stands at 61-70. The Giants are next with a 51-79 record, followed by the Bucs at 45-86. It would be difficult for the Giants or Bucs to make up that much ground on the Packers. Thus, the Packers would qualify as the No. 6 seed in the NFC and play their first game on the road against the No. 3 seed, which very likely could be the Bears.

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