Here’s what I found:
â€¢ The team with the lowest winning percentage at the end of the previous season drafts first in the NFL Draft.
â€¢ The rest of the teams are placed in order from lowest winning percentage to the highest.
â€¢ The Super Bowl winner drafts last, even if they do not have the highest winning percentage.
â€¢ The Super Bowl loser drafts next to last.
â€¢ Strength of schedule for the previous season is the first tie-breaker for teams with the same winning percentage.
â€¢ Divisional and conference records are the next step in the tie-breaking procedure.
â€¢ As a last resort, a coin toss is used to determine the order of selection for teams with the same winning percentage.
â€¢ If a playoff and non-playoff team end the season with the same winning percentage, the non-playoff team selects before the playoff team regardless of strength of schedule.
So, it would benefit the Ravens for a team with a worse regular season record to go to the Super Bowl. That will happen this year. If I’m interpreting these rules correctly Indy or the Patriots will draft before us since both had 12-4 regular season records.
Last year even though New England beat Jacksonville in the playoffs, NE drafted before Jax because their regular season record was 10-6 v. Jax’ 12-4.
Hope this helps…
I’d say you are right on, on this one. After the Ravens first offensive series, I turned to my son and said I do not like the way this is looking to go down. To me, if there was ever game to throw on first or second down it was this one. I said to my son after the second series, I think the coach will call a very conservative game plan. WOW, an understatement, you think?
Pound for pound, strength for strength, toughness for toughness, how could we not be the better team. I think because you are correct, even though the coach did not throw an interception on the one, and another int, and fumble coach Billick played it safe and not to lose. With the bye, we should have been fresh and motivated enough for our offense to charge up to the line, look the Colts in the eye and say try to stop us. Instead the only look we had was one of a deer in the headlights.
The last 50 or so seconds in the first half was inexcusable not to try something. Could not we have even tried to launch a deep ball then? Maybe get a reception or an interference call? At worst a long interception is sometimes as good as a deep punt.
Oh well, that’s it for this year, however this will live with me and I’m sure with many other in my 50+ age group as the second most devastating loss in Baltimore football history. The first being the Colts-Jets in ’69 with this coming in a close second. Victory should have been within our grasp~ we elected not to go for it.