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    Question Lose to Win?

    This was quite a few years ago, so my memory is a little vague of the actualy scenerio, but is there ever a circumstance within Pro Football playoff system that you actually need to loose instead of win to get in.

    I remember talking with an uncle one year who made the comment and it never made sense to me. I never looked in to it, and was too young to understand it at the time, but still to this day I can't put it together where you would want to loose to make it in.


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    Re: Win to Lose?

    I cannot think of a situation. Maybe an odd tiebreaker or something where they take the opposing teams record into it???


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    Re: Win to Lose?

    I could maybe see it if you wanted to change your playoff seeding. For example, if you'd rather play the 3 seed instead of the 4 seed in the first round, lose your last game to get bumped down from the 5 seed to the 6 seed.

    Granted that's pretty farfetched I couldn't see anybody actually doing it, but there you go.

    And I can't think of any situation where you'd have to lose just to get in--except maybe the tiebreaker situation mentioned above...



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    Re: Win to Lose?

    If I remember right, it was the Bears trying to make the playoffs. I made the comment that the last game was a good win (against the Falcons I think) and he agreed, but then made the comment that they needed to loose to actually make the playoffs. Like I said, that didn't make sense to me then, and still doesn't, but thought I would ask.


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    Re: Loose to Win?

    Quote Originally Posted by tim_redd View Post
    Now that would've been a game to watch!


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    Re: Lose to Win?

    For the life of me i cant see anyway that is possible to lose a game and help your playoff chances.

    on the flip side i know the raiders(1976?) could have lost the season finale to cincy and it would have eliminated pittsburg(who was thier main playoff rivalry at the time), but instead they went out and clobbered the bengals(IIRC).

    im about exploding my head over this...perhaps losing to 1 of 2 teams that in the race for division title would eliminate one based on wildcard records elsewhere in the conference? and if so this woulda had to have gone back to say the 80's before they expanded the playoffs from 10 to 12 teams. thats all i got.

    One of my favorite scenarios was back in the early 90's. Houston @ Cleveland. i cant recall the scenario but if one team won in the season finale, then they were matched up again @ cleveland the following week in the playoffs. From what i remember thats happened a few times. sometimes with something on the line, and other times they are locked in thier respective position(bucs vs eagles in the early 2000's)


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