Just win baby. After losing to the Atlanta Falcons, the Green Bay Packers currently trail the Chicago Bears by one game in the NFC North standings. Even if things stay like that going into the final game match up vs. Chicago, a win by the Packers in that game would crown them NFC North Champs, by way of a series of tiebreakers.
This just made my day yesterday when it was reported by Bill Huber on PackerReport.com (subscription required). Here are the details.
If Green Bay beats Chicago in the season finale at Lambeau Field and if nothing else changes in the standings, the teams would end up tied. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head, which would be tied 1-1. The next tiebreaker is division record, which would be tied, as well. The next tiebreaker is common opponents: the six division games and four matchups apiece against the NFC East (Dallas, Giants, Washington and Philadelphia) and AFC East (Buffalo, Miami, New England and Jets). That tiebreaker would be tied, as well – the Packers are 7-3 (games remaining against Chicago, Detroit, Giants and New England) and the Bears are 7-2 (games remaining against all three North teams, New England and the Jets). That would leave it to conference record. Both teams have three losses in NFC games, so a Green Bay win in the finale would be the difference.
I don’t know about you, but this allowed me to breathe a sigh of relief. Knowing that the Packers don’t necessarily have to get even up with the Bears before their meeting gives me a new confidence that the Packers will indeed be the NFC Conference Champions in 2010.
Have a Happy Day!
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.