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Default Section III. Tie-Breaker Games

There will be five tie-breaker games per week, to be selected using the following steps, in order, until all five games have been successfully identified:

1. Games carried nationally by ESPN (usually Monday night).

2. Games carried nationally by NBC (usually Sunday night).

(If more than one game in the same week fits into the same of either of the above categories, the provisions of #3 below shall be used to determine priority therein).

3. Games, other than above, matching up the teams with the highest combined standing going into that week, each team being ranked from 1 to 32 pursuant to the procedure the NFL uses in its waiver system. The rank numbers of both opposing teams are added together, with priority given to the best combined ranking; as between games with the same combined ranking, the game whose teams have the best combined won-lost percentage shall have preference, and, if a tie still exists, the game whose lower-rated team is ranked higher shall have preference. For the first three weeks of the season, the previous year's draft order, in reverse, is used; thereafter the rankings are derived from the current season's records, subject to official tie-breakers. If two or more teams remain tied in the overall league standings after all tie-breakers have been exhausted, the average of the rankings tied for shall be observed as the rank number for all such teams; e.g., two teams that tie for 13th-14th are both counted as "13.5;" all three teams that tie for 24th-25th-26th are counted as "25."

NOTE: If a game is omitted from that week's contest due to no line having been released on it until too late in the week and it would have qualified as a tie-breaker game, the next game in the order of preference pursuant to the above rules will take its place.

In Week 17, the provisions of #3 above shall be superseded by the games that have the greatest impact upon the playoff scenarios. Specifically, priority will be given to games that have playoff implications for both teams; if there be not enough such games to bring the total number of tie-breaker games to five, next priority is given to games that have playoff implications for one team.

"Playoff implications" are defined in this order:

(a). A team may or may not make the playoffs, depending on the result of their game alone, or their game in combination with another or other games.

(b). A team has clinched a playoff spot but may or may not win a division title, depending on the result of their game alone, or their game in combination with another or other games.

(c). A team has clinched a division title but may or may not earn a first-round bye, depending on the result of their game alone, or their game in combination with another or other games.

(d). A team has clinched a first-round bye but may or may not earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs in their conference, depending on the result of their game alone, or their game in combination with another or other games.

In all cases, the situation that pertains before the first game to be played that week shall apply, even if the result of an early game alters the scenario for a team playing later that week.

The order of priority listed above will be used to identify the necessary tie-breaker games; in the event that more games than are necessary meet the criteria, either for both teams or one team, within each segment, the order shall be used to determine which games qualify. If there be not enough games that even have playoff implications for one team to bring the total number of tie-breaker games to five, the provisions outlined in #3 above shall be used to identify the remaining games, except that any game involving a team that has already clinched their specific playoff seed in their conference will not be considered.

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