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(NFL)   The NFL's craziest playoff scenarios. Since one of them involves the Jets winning out, we'll buy the "craziest" label   (nfl.com) divider line 32
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2013-12-21 10:22:56 AM  
FTA: The Patriots don't make the playoffs

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2013-12-21 11:00:48 AM  
Carolina could be the #1 seed or not in the playoffs.

/that's some nice parity work there Lou.
 
2013-12-21 11:36:43 AM  
The funny thing is that it could happen. The Steelers could actually make the playoffs. None of the necessary outcomes are unlikely or impossible, what's unlikely is that they will all happen at the same time. Let's look at it:

The Steelers have to beat Green Bay at Lambeau and the Browns in Pittsburgh. Green Bay looks tougher after last week, but they haven't been very good this year and so it's entirely possible, especially with Rodgers' continued absence. I'll take my chances with Flynn. The Browns are a lock.

The Jets get the Browns this week and the Dolphins next week. The first is against a garbage team and the second is a division rivalry game. It could easily happen (see the Dolphins loss to Buffalo).

The Dolphins have the Bills in Buffalo and the Jets in Jersey. Again, both are possible, especially in Buffalo's cold weather. If they lose that one the Jets game in Miami should have them fired up, but again, divisional rivalry game.

The Rats get New England and Cincinnati, two tough games under any circumstances, especially with the playoffs on the line for all of them. With luck the Rats will lose both, and if we're really lucky they'll never win another game. Ever.

The Chargers have to lose a single game, either home against Oakland or away at Kansas City. KC by then will have nothing to play for, so this is actually the one that is least likely to happen.

I'm not exactly pinning my hopes on it, I've long-since resigned myself to the idea that the Steelers would be out, but I think you can see that not only is it not impossible, it's almost reasonable.
 
2013-12-21 12:57:13 PM  
Go cardinals.
Go Hawks.
 
2013-12-21 01:31:16 PM  
I liked the  Patriots don't make the playoffspart.  I may not be alone.

/So, NFL.com, autoload video?  Seriously?  Are that many football fans illiterate?
 
2013-12-21 01:33:40 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: I liked the  Patriots don't make the playoffspart.  I may not be alone.

/So, NFL.com, autoload video?  Seriously?  Are that many football fans illiterate?


I do too, that makes the Dolphins division champs

Adolf Oliver Nipples: I'm not exactly pinning my hopes on it, I've long-since resigned myself to the idea that the Steelers would be out, but I think you can see that not only is it not impossible, it's almost reasonable.


I would not go that far... I would say possible, not reasonable
 
2013-12-21 02:05:38 PM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: it's almost reasonable


Which is why you needed 500 words to explain the intricacies of the bizarre situations that must occur.

The Steelers suck. Hard. And they will, for a while. They aren't getting a playoff spot and they don't deserve one. Deal with it.
 
2013-12-21 02:11:33 PM  
Adolf Oliver Nipples: I'm not exactly pinning my hopes on it, I've long-since resigned myself to the idea that the Steelers would be out, but I think you can see that not only is it not impossible, it's almost reasonable.
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The year after their last super bowl win they missed the playoffs. Had they won against the Raiders that year (dear lord, why do we keep losing to shiatty raiders teams?!), they still needed like 5 different teams to lose to make the playoffs... and it ALL happened.

The super-crazy scenario they needed to make the playoffs actually happened, but then the damn Steelers lost.

/Ugh
 
2013-12-21 02:16:25 PM  
OK so all that needs to happen for the Patsies to miss the playoffs is for the Dolphins to beat the Bills and Jets, and the Ravens to beat the Pats and Bengals? Seems legit.
 
2013-12-21 02:26:12 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: OK so all that needs to happen for the Patsies to miss the playoffs is for the Dolphins to beat the Bills and Jets, and the Ravens to beat the Pats and Bengals? Seems legitreasonable.


FTFAON
 
2013-12-21 02:40:54 PM  
The NFC North is apparently not crazy enough to be mentioned in the article, or every scenario is crazy so none stands out.
 
2013-12-21 03:31:13 PM  

Scrotastic Method: Adolf Oliver Nipples: it's almost reasonable

Which is why you needed 500 words to explain the intricacies of the bizarre situations that must occur.

The Steelers suck. Hard. And they will, for a while. They aren't getting a playoff spot and they don't deserve one. Deal with it.


I have dealt with it, which is the part you and others have conveniently cut out.

Also, I could have just repeated what the article said, but it becomes slightly more plausible when you see who everybody plays. It's not like anybody has a must-win against the Broncos or anything.
 
2013-12-21 03:39:00 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: cameroncrazy1984: OK so all that needs to happen for the Patsies to miss the playoffs is for the Dolphins to beat the Bills and Jets, and the Ravens to beat the Pats and Bengals? Seems legitreasonable.

FTFAON


The only one I have a problem with is the Ravens/Bengals matchup, unless the Bengals have nothing to play for. The Pats also have a good shot at winning vs. Buffalo.
 
2013-12-21 05:03:07 PM  

skrame: The NFC North is apparently not crazy enough to be mentioned in the article, or every scenario is crazy so none stands out.


This. Two of the most popular teams are in the hunt and the biggest dumpster fire would need a miracle to get in.

Nothing crazy
 
2013-12-21 06:48:06 PM  
I kind of hope the Steelers end up in the Superbowl, as some kind of bizarre miracle for them.

Then the Seahawks can crush them.  Brutally.  Destroy their dreams and leave them shattered husks of hollow men.  Hopefully Roethlisberger is so battered and humiliated that he never comes back to the game, and leaves in pitiful slinking defeat.

And that's by halftime.

By the 2 minute warning in the second half, I want people in Pittsburgh to refuse to admit they ever had a football team.  I want black and yellow to be colors nobody even buys crayons in there.  I want them to cower at the mere sight of a football and have a jibbering, sobbing mental breakdown when somebody says "hike".  I want them to never again speak the name "Steelers".

Then, and only then, when Superbowl XL is avenged, do they have my permission to lose.
 
2013-12-21 07:35:52 PM  

HeWhoHasNoName: I kind of hope the Steelers end up in the Superbowl, as some kind of bizarre miracle for them.

Then the Seahawks can crush them.  Brutally.  Destroy their dreams and leave them shattered husks of hollow men.  Hopefully Roethlisberger is so battered and humiliated that he never comes back to the game, and leaves in pitiful slinking defeat.

And that's by halftime.

By the 2 minute warning in the second half, I want people in Pittsburgh to refuse to admit they ever had a football team.  I want black and yellow to be colors nobody even buys crayons in there.  I want them to cower at the mere sight of a football and have a jibbering, sobbing mental breakdown when somebody says "hike".  I want them to never again speak the name "Steelers".

Then, and only then, when Superbowl XL is avenged, do they have my permission to lose.


Seahawks fans are just so damn cute.
 
2013-12-21 09:59:26 PM  

HeWhoHasNoName: I kind of hope the Steelers end up in the Superbowl, as some kind of bizarre miracle for them.

Then the Seahawks can crush them.  Brutally.  Destroy their dreams and leave them shattered husks of hollow men.  Hopefully Roethlisberger is so battered and humiliated that he never comes back to the game, and leaves in pitiful slinking defeat.

And that's by halftime.

By the 2 minute warning in the second half, I want people in Pittsburgh to refuse to admit they ever had a football team.  I want black and yellow to be colors nobody even buys crayons in there.  I want them to cower at the mere sight of a football and have a jibbering, sobbing mental breakdown when somebody says "hike".  I want them to never again speak the name "Steelers".

Then, and only then, when Superbowl XL is avenged, do they have my permission to lose.


And when this didn't happen, when the Seahawks choked like dogs and lost again, what would be the excuse? Oh, I know, the refs, because they never get any calls.

Seahawk tears are yummy and sweet. They sustain me.
 
2013-12-21 10:26:21 PM  

mariner314: Go cardinals.
Go Hawks.


It's weird seeing Seahawks fans rooting for the Cards to keep SF out of the playoffs.

Then there's the outfits Carson Palmer made the o-line wear for an entire day before they could collect on the xmas gifts he bought for them

nfldavedameshek.files.wordpress.com

/hotter than the outfits
 
2013-12-21 10:27:44 PM  

jake3988: Adolf Oliver Nipples: I'm not exactly pinning my hopes on it, I've long-since resigned myself to the idea that the Steelers would be out, but I think you can see that not only is it not impossible, it's almost reasonable.
===================================================

The year after their last super bowl win they missed the playoffs. Had they won against the Raiders that year (dear lord, why do we keep losing to shiatty raiders teams?!), they still needed like 5 different teams to lose to make the playoffs... and it ALL happened.

The super-crazy scenario they needed to make the playoffs actually happened, but then the damn Steelers lost.

/Ugh


Its the ghost of Al Davis getting your team back for icing the field so many years ago
 
2013-12-21 10:55:39 PM  
So, Steeler - Cowboys Superbowl?

/vomits.
 
2013-12-21 11:46:40 PM  

poughdrew: So, Steeler - Cowboys Superbowl?

/vomits.


I could go either way on that. It would mean that Romo made the Super Bowl which would suck, but him thowing for 8 Pittsburgh TDs would be awesome
 
2013-12-22 12:17:05 AM  
Stop trying to make Pittsburgh to the playoffs happen. Cause it ain't gonna happen. 

Bengals are undefeated at home. They have Minnesota and a 'hot' team that couldn't score a TD on Detroit. 
Ya'll have fun with that.
 
2013-12-22 06:46:20 AM  

bionicjoe: Bengals are undefeated at home. They have Minnesota and a 'hot' team that couldn't score a TD on Detroit.


You forgot the most important thing: they're the Bengals.  If they don't figure a way to screw it up down the stretch, then they'll be stuck having to figure a way to blow it in the playoffs.
 
2013-12-22 09:14:25 AM  

Harv72b: bionicjoe: Bengals are undefeated at home. They have Minnesota and a 'hot' team that couldn't score a TD on Detroit.

You forgot the most important thing: they're the Bengals.  If they don't figure a way to screw it up down the stretch, then they'll be stuck having to figure a way to blow it in the playoffs.


And they won't even play Houston this year.
 
2013-12-22 09:26:46 AM  

neuroflare: mariner314: Go cardinals.
Go Hawks.

It's weird seeing Seahawks fans rooting for the Cards to keep SF out of the playoffs.

Then there's the outfits Carson Palmer made the o-line wear for an entire day before they could collect on the xmas gifts he bought for them



/hotter than the outfits


The cardinals are my favorite team (grew up in Phoenix). Moves to Seattle in 99 and immediately rooted for the Seahawks as well (hey, new town and no problems rooting for them either!).

Then the conferences changed...

Decided to say F it, I'll continue cheering both teams.
 
2013-12-22 09:31:30 AM  

bionicjoe: Stop trying to make Pittsburgh to the playoffs happen. Cause it ain't gonna happen. 

Bengals are undefeated at home. They have Minnesota and a 'hot' team that couldn't score a TD on Detroit. 
Ya'll have fun with that.


I'm not sure what difference any of thatmakes because the Bengals are irrelevant to the scenario.
 
2013-12-22 09:52:38 AM  
I don't know why the Steelers are even alive.  I mean, I get the NFL has their wild card tie breaker scenarios, but when you have 8-8 Miami and 8-8 Pittsburgh, when the two teams have already played each other and Miami won, that instead the Steelers could go based on having a better division record is just silly.

Of course, this scenario relies on Miami losing to the Jets (in 60 degree weather in NJ today) and the Bills.
 
2013-12-22 09:57:23 AM  

poughdrew: Of course, this scenario relies on Miami losing to the Jets (in 60 degree weather in NJ today) and the Bills.


No, they get the Bills first. They've already lost to the Bills in Miami earlier this year.
 
2013-12-22 10:25:02 AM  

poughdrew: I don't know why the Steelers are even alive.  I mean, I get the NFL has their wild card tie breaker scenarios, but when you have 8-8 Miami and 8-8 Pittsburgh, when the two teams have already played each other and Miami won, that instead the Steelers could go based on having a better division record is just silly.

Of course, this scenario relies on Miami losing to the Jets (in 60 degree weather in NJ today) and the Bills.


Miami isn't eliminated because the Steelers have a better division record.  They are eliminated because the Jets (who the Steelers beat) would have a better division record than Miami.

Tiebreaker looks like this:
Pittsburgh wins tie break over NY Jets and San Diego based on best win percentage in conference games.
Division tie break eliminates Miami (NY Jets over Miami based on best win percentage in division games).
Division tie break eliminates Baltimore (Pittsburgh over Baltimore based on best win percentage in division games).
 
2013-12-22 12:04:18 PM  

flak attack: poughdrew: I don't know why the Steelers are even alive.  I mean, I get the NFL has their wild card tie breaker scenarios, but when you have 8-8 Miami and 8-8 Pittsburgh, when the two teams have already played each other and Miami won, that instead the Steelers could go based on having a better division record is just silly.

Of course, this scenario relies on Miami losing to the Jets (in 60 degree weather in NJ today) and the Bills.

Miami isn't eliminated because the Steelers have a better division record.  They are eliminated because the Jets (who the Steelers beat) would have a better division record than Miami.

Tiebreaker looks like this:
Pittsburgh wins tie break over NY Jets and San Diego based on best win percentage in conference games.
Division tie break eliminates Miami (NY Jets over Miami based on best win percentage in division games).
Division tie break eliminates Baltimore (Pittsburgh over Baltimore based on best win percentage in division games).


It amazes me how many fans cannot grasp this. Spending just 5 or 10 minutes with the playoff machine will tell one all they need to know. What doesn't amaze me at all is all those who comment about what teams are alive or eliminated when those commenter have no idea how the tiebreakers work. Not here on fark so much but the comment sections on NFL.com are full of clueless fans.
 
2013-12-22 12:16:08 PM  

flak attack: Tiebreaker looks like this:
Pittsburgh wins tie break over NY Jets and San Diego based on best win percentage in conference games.
Division tie break eliminates Miami (NY Jets over Miami based on best win percentage in division games).
Division tie break eliminates Baltimore (Pittsburgh over Baltimore based on best win percentage in division games).


Thanks, got it.  I wasn't going to play out the multi-way circle jerk of all that.
 
2013-12-22 06:58:00 PM  

bionicjoe: Stop trying to make Pittsburgh to the playoffs happen. Cause it ain't gonna happen. 

Bengals are undefeated at home. They have Minnesota and a 'hot' team that couldn't score a TD on Detroit. 
Ya'll have fun with that.


Luckily the Steelers don't need the Bengals to lose at all, they need them to beat the Ravens, which is entirely possible.

After Miami losing in Buffalo, the Steelers' playoff picture isn't looking too terrible.
 
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