How many of the NFL tiebreakers have actually been used?

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The final two weeks of the NFL season make for strange bedfellows. We’re at the point at which every team that still has competitive football to play has a pretty clear path to either improving its playoff stock or ensuring that it gets to January. And no squad has its seed totally locked up. Five teams can come away with the top spot in the NFC. Four of those teams can still miss the playoffs altogether. The Cardinals, the lone team in the conference to clinch, will start third-stringer Ryan Lindley at quarterback on Sunday. It’s a wacky year.

Some of those teams have obvious interests. The Eagles want the Cowboys to lose. You already know that. Today, though, I wanted to take things a step further and look at the teams whose interests are more subtly aligned. For each of the 19 remaining playoff contenders, I went through the different permutations and tiebreakers to figure out the supporting team(s) that could best aid a contender’s playoff chances with a victory or...

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"Any given Sunday"? Maybe.

"This could be our year"? Almost certainly not.

The NFL touts the parity within the league every chance it gets, the belief that any season could be the one your team makes the playoffs and maybe even an extended run.

While it's true that there are some new participants in the playoffs each year, try telling that right now to fans of some of the perennially bad teams in the league like the Browns, Bears, Dolphins and, more recently, the 49ers. In a league that sells hope, it sure seems like there are a lot of fan bases that don't have a whole lot of reason to have any.

When you think about most of the bad teams in the NFL, how much confidence do you have that they are close to turning it around?

The Jaguars finally got a win on Sunday against the Colts in London, although it wasn't exactly an inspiring victory. At least they can hang their hat on a young nucleus and a bad division. What about these other...

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football rules

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The 2007 NFL season was the 88th regular season of the National Football League.

Regular-season play was held from September 6 to December 30.

The New England Patriots became the first team to complete the regular season undefeated since the league expanded to a 16-game regular season in 1978. Four weeks after the playoffs began on January 5, 2008, the Patriots lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII, the league championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on February 3, by a score of 17–14.

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The Hall of Fame Game was played in Canton, Ohio on Sunday August 5, 2007, with the Pittsburgh Steelers defeating the Saints by a score of 20–7;[1] the game was televised by the NFL Network, replacing NBC, who had been previously scheduled to broadcast the China Bowl exhibition game from Beijing, China on August 8, 2007 between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks at Workers...

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By James Alder

Within a Division

If two teams in the same division finish with identical records, the following tiebreakers will be used, in this order, until a champion is determined.

1. Head-to-Head
2. Division Record
3. Common Games
4. Conference Record
5. Strength of Victory
6. Strength of Schedule
7. Combined Ranking Among Conference Teams (points scored and points allowed)
8. Combined Ranking Among All Teams (points scored and points allowed)
9. Net Points (common games)
10. Net Points (all games)
11. Net Touchdowns (all games)

If three or more teams in the same division finish with identical records, the following tiebreakers will be used, in this order, until a champion is determined.
1. Head-to-Head
2. Division Record
3. Common Games
4. Conference Record
5. Strength of Victory
6. Strength of Schedule
7. Combined Ranking Among Conference Teams (points scored and points...

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Where every Brady backup is now

As the Patriots prepare to play two more games with Tom Brady backups, breaking in a new one (Jacoby Brissett) Thursday night, let's take a look back at the men who have carried the clipboard since Brady became the Patriots' starting quarterback in 2001.

Drew Bledsoe (2001): The 21st century's answer to Wally Pipp, Bledsoe couldn't fight off the phenom. But Pats fans will always remember his relief work in that first AFC Championship Game against the Steelers after Brady got hurt. Bledsoe's post-career ventures have included winemaking and coaching high school football in Oregon.

Damon Huard (2001-03): Brady got the job, remember, because Bledsoe was hurt. So Huard, whom Brady beat out for the backup job in camp in 2001, took over as the backup until Bledsoe got healthy. Huard made 27 career NFL starts, though none for New England. In retirement, Huard teamed with former Dolphins QB Dan Marino to open a winery.

Rohan...

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He won three super bowls (92,93,95), plus a college football championship (while injured), in 1985.

He wasn't a member of any coaching staffs who won championships, as far as I can tell - he's been a commentator since his retirement, for Fox.

From looking at the picture, there are three superbowl rings, which would be his pinky finger, middle finger, and thumb. There is one Pro Football Hall of Fame ring, which is the lower ring on his ring finger (the oval-shaped purple ring). One would be his College Football Hall of Fame ring, which is likely the other ring finger ring. The sixth could be one of a few things; it could be his college football championship ring, although that should be red. It could be a ring for an MVP or some other honor, or possibly for the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, though I didn't see any evidence of that...

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