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Worst NFL record mathematically possible to make the playoffs?

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Someone once asked what is the worst record an NFL team could have and still clinch their division. And although it is a mathematical LONGSHOT the short  answer is 3-13. And to achieve this record,  Each team in a division has to lose all their games outside their division. And they have to split their series with each divisional opponent 1-1. This ends up in a 4 way tie at 3-13 making some obscure tiebreaker (probably strength of schedule) the deciding factor. Witness my visual examples that I engineered inside Tecmo Superbowl. These pictures show this phenomenon occurring in the AFC West with the LA Chargers winning their division at a dismal 3-13 and by rule the automatic #4 seed. These 3-13 Chargers marched onto the Superbowl culminating in the battle of LA with the Rams. Narrowly escaping with the SB trophy Is a team with a .187 winning pct. LoL. Quite entertaining to see. Although I suppose theoretically the record could be a bit more complicated. Replace the wins among divisional opponents  with ties. Making the division a 4 way 0-10-6. However I think technically recording 6 ties and only 10 losses constitutes a better record than 13 losses and only 3 wins. So yeah its 3-13!

 

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