NFL Conference Standings

2016 NFL Magic Numbers

Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys can clinch a playoff spot with EITHER of the following outcomes:

  • A Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss or tie vs. the San Diego Chargers
  • A Washington Redskins loss or tie vs. the Arizona Cardinals

American Football Conference

AFC W L T W% Con
NE 9 2 0 .818 7–1 6 3 3 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 2
OAK 9 2 0 .818 6–1 6 3 3 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 2
BAL 6 5 0 .545 6–2 NC NC 6 NC NC NC 6 6 5 5 5 3 3 2
HOU 6 5 0 .545 4–4 NC NC 6 NC NC NC 6 6 5 5 5 3 3 2
KC 8 3 0 .727 6–2 NC NC 4 4 5 5 4 4 3 3 3
MIA 7 4 0 .636 5–3 NC NC 5 5 NC 6 5 5 4 4 4 2 2
DEN 7 4 0 .636 4–3 NC NC 5 5 NC 6 5 5 4 4 4 2 2
PIT 6 5 0 .545 5–3 NC NC 6 6 NC NC NC 6 5 5 5 3 3 2
BUF 6 5 0 .545 3–4 NC NC 6 6 NC NC NC 6 5 5 5 3 3 2
TEN 6 6 0 .500 3–5 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 5 5 3 3 2
IND 5 6 0 .454 3–5 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 6 6 4 4 3
SD 5 6 0 .454 4–5 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 6 6 4 4 3
CIN 3 7 1 .318 3–5 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 6 5 2
NYJ 3 8 0 .272 3–5 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 6 5 2
JAX 2 9 0 .181 1–7 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 3
CLE 0 12 0 .000 0–8 NC NC NC

National Football Conference

NFC W L T W% Con
DAL 11 1 0 .916 7–1 2 2 2 3
SEA 7 3 1 .681 3–3 NC 6 6 NC 5 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 3
DET 7 4 0 .636 5–2 NC 6 6 NC 5 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 3
ATL 7 4 0 .636 5–3 NC 6 6 NC 5 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 3
NYG 8 3 0 .727 5–3 NC 5 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 2
WAS 6 4 1 .590 4–3 NC NC NC NC NC 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 2
TB 6 5 0 .545 5–3 NC NC NC NC NC 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 2
MIN 6 6 0 .500 4–6 NC NC NC NC NC NC 5 5 5 4 4 4 2
NO 5 6 0 .454 4–3 NC NC NC NC NC NC 6 6 6 5 5 5 3 2
GB 5 6 0 .454 4–4 NC NC NC NC NC NC 6 6 6 5 5 5 3 2
PHI 5 6 0 .454 3–6 NC NC NC NC NC NC 6 6 6 5 5 5 3 2
ARI 4 6 1 .409 3–4 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 6 6 4 3
CAR 4 7 0 .363 4–4 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 6 6 4 3
LA 4 7 0 .363 3–5 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 6 6 4 3
CHI 2 9 0 .181 2–5 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC 5
SF 1 10 0 .090 1–7 NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC NC

Division Tiebreakers

Two Clubs
  1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in common games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss
Three or More Clubs
  1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games among the clubs).
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in common games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss

Wild-card Tiebreakers

If the tied clubs are from the same division, apply division tie breaker. If not, apply the following:

Two Clubs
  1. Head-to-head, if applicable.
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  4. Strength of victory.
  5. Strength of schedule.
  6. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  7. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best net points in conference games.
  9. Best net points in all games.
  10. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  11. Coin toss.
Three or More Clubs
  1. Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tie breaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the two Wild-Card participants.
  2. Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others.)
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in conference games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss
  13. When the first Wild-Card team has been identified, the procedure is repeated to name the second Wild-Card, i.e., eliminate all but the highest-ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. In situations where three or more teams from the same division are involved in the procedure, the original seeding of the teams remains the same for subsequent applications of the tie breaker if the top-ranked team in that division qualifies for a Wild-Card berth.

Only one club advances to the playoffs in any tie-breaking step. Remaining tied clubs revert to the first step of the applicable division or Wild Card tie-breakers.

Tiebreaking prodecures from NFL.com

Updated: December 4, 2016 5:00am ET