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Interesting Playoff Scenario

#1 Post by silverscreenselect » Sun Jan 09, 2022 3:55 pm

As things stand now, at approximately 5:00 pm, the Pittsburgh Steelers hold the seventh and last playoff spot. The Raiders and Chargers will play tonight, and the winner will make the playoffs as a wildcard, while the loser is eliminated.

However, if the Raiders/Charges team ends in a tie, both of them would make the playoffs and the Steelers would be eliminated. So it would be to their mutual advantage to muck around for three hours and have the game end in a scoreless tie. This has happened in the past in World Cup soccer qualifying matches where two teams went into the last qualifying game and knew that both could qualify (at the expense of a third team) if the game ended in a particular way.

I don't think the NFL would look highly on this, but I'm not sure there's anything they could do under the current rules.
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#2 Post by Appa23 » Sun Jan 09, 2022 7:33 pm

Only someone who knows nothing about football and never played the game would think that 2 teams could “muck around” for four quarters.

Plus, the Raiders get a much better matchup if they win rather than back in with a tie. They want to avoid playing the Chiefs, do they want to win.

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#3 Post by SportsFan68 » Sun Jan 09, 2022 10:51 pm

Aargh! 29-22 Evil Raiders with three minutes to go!

Now, the Chargers roll to a nail-biter of a touchdown! 29-29, end of regulation! Aargh! Come on, one of y'all score a touchdown in overtime!

The announcer just said nobody in Pittsburgh can believe it. Nobody at Casa Sprots either . . .
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#4 Post by SportsFan68 » Sun Jan 09, 2022 10:58 pm

Seven minutes left in OT, Raiders kick a field goal.

Next score wins if it's a touchdown.

If it's a field goal by the Chargers, we play on.

Come on, guys! No tie!
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#5 Post by MarkBarrett » Sun Jan 09, 2022 11:06 pm

Now, next score wins. Or Steelers fans can't see straight.

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#6 Post by SportsFan68 » Sun Jan 09, 2022 11:17 pm

YAY, CARLSON!

Kicked a field goal for the Raiders with 2 seconds on the clock!

Steelers go to the playoffs!

Whew!
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#7 Post by SportsFan68 » Sun Jan 09, 2022 11:25 pm

Two problems, according to SteelersFan --

Announcer for the Kansas City game will be Cris Collinsworth, who does a terrible job on Steelers games because he does not like us.

We play Kansas City.

Well, heck. We made the playoffs. GO STEELERS!
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#8 Post by Appa23 » Sun Jan 09, 2022 11:26 pm

Just like SSS discussed, two teams who didn’t try to win and just mucked around for 4 quarters plus the 20 minute OT.🙄

I did worry that it was going to end in a tie. Luckily, the Chargers took that time out, Raiders ran that extra play to get a shorter FG, and now the Chiefs get to play the Steelers.

I think that the wild card round will go chalk in the AFC. All of the wild cards are deeply flawed with low ceilings.

I think Niners-Cowboys and Cards-Rams will be good in the NFC.

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#9 Post by Vandal » Mon Jan 10, 2022 6:58 am

SportsFan68 wrote:
Sun Jan 09, 2022 11:25 pm
Two problems, according to SteelersFan --

Announcer for the Kansas City game will be Cris Collinsworth, who does a terrible job on Steelers games because he does not like us.

We play Kansas City.

Well, heck. We made the playoffs. GO STEELERS!
What's great about Cris Collinsworth is that everyone thinks he hates their team. Same for Joe Buck and Tony Romo. It's the sign of a well-rounded P by P or color guy.

PS That Raiders - Chargers game was bananas!
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#10 Post by Vandal » Mon Jan 10, 2022 7:00 am

Wild-card weekend: Jan. 15, 16 and 17

NFC
(7) Philadelphia Eagles at (2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET on Fox

(6) San Francisco 49ers at (3) Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, 4:30 p.m. ET on CBS

(5) Arizona Cardinals at (4) Los Angeles Rams
Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN/ABC/ESPN+

Bye: (1) Green Bay Packers

AFC
(7) Pittsburgh Steelers at (2) Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday, 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC

(6) New England Patriots at (3) Buffalo Bills
Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET on CBS

(5) Las Vegas Raiders at (4) Cincinnati Bengals
Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Bye: (1) Tennessee Titans
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