You make one small mistake on tie-breakers and playoff scenarios and now everyone feels the need to triple check everything I post on the subject!?! Okay… I suppose that’s fair. Ha ha.
At least I am not the only one who feels stupid.
Here is an interesting point raised by Kevin Seifert at ESPN’s NFC North blog (he did the work, so no need to double check this, ccarterhof).
If the Vikings can tie the Saints for the NFC lead, then the Vikings will win the tiebreaker. Here is how, for this to happen it means the Saints will have lost at least one of their remaining games. The fact is that the Saints only have NFC teams left to play, and the Vikings only loss so far has come to an AFC team.
Thus, if the Saints and Vikings end up with identical records, then it means the Saints have lost to more NFC teams than the Vikings have. Since the Vikings and Saints have not played head-to-head this year, then the tie would be decided by each team’s record against NFC teams.
And the Vikings would have the better record.
It isn’t much of a gigantic hope, considering the Saints look pretty unstoppable and the Vikings have a tough schedule ahead of them… but hey, it is something to think about.