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One more time: Why Colts can't catch Titans

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by NewsGrabber, Dec 16, 2008.

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    Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky I've hit this a couple times, but some Colts fans are looking at the standings and wondering about it. Since I've gotten so many notes in the mailbag asking about it, here it is one more time...

    The key to the Titans AFC South edge on the Colts even if they both finished the season 12-4 is that conference record would not be a factor.

    Here's why the Titans were crowned AFC South champions after their win over Cleveland on Dec. 7:

    The first tie-breaker is head-to-head, and the worst the Titans can do is tie.

    The second tie-breaker is division record, and the worst the Titans can do is tie.

    The third tie-breaker is record against common opponents, and once the Titans beat the Browns there was no way the Colts could catch them in this category. That's why the asterisk went next to Tennessee's line in the standings at around 4 p.m. ET on Dec. 7.

    In common games, Indianapolis is 8-3 with losses to Chicago, Jacksonville and Green Bay. The Colts have one common opponent game remaining, Thursday night against Jacksonville.

    In common games, Tennessee is 10-1 with a loss to Houston. The Titans have one common opponent game remaining, Sunday against Pittsburgh.

    The moral of the story: Trust in the AFC South blog. Bookmark us. Read us daily. Refer back.

    After all, we ran this down for you back on Dec. 3 when it became clear what the Titans-Browns game could mean.



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