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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

December 13, 2010 at 10:41 AM

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Can the Seahawks win the division at 7-9?

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Yes, the Seahawks can win the division at 7-9, but it's not as easy as you might think.

First of all, Seattle must beat St. Louis. That is non-negotiable. If the Seahawks don't beat the Rams they can't win the division at 7-9. It's that simple.

Second, the Rams must lose at least one of their other two games against Kansas City and San Francisco.

Third, the 49ers must lose at least one of the final two games, which are against the Rams and the Cardinals. If the 49ers won those two games, they would finish with a record of 5-1 in the division and have a tie-breaker advantage against the Seahawks and the Rams in the event of a tie.

Update at 12:35 p.m.: OK, I have spent the better part of two hours wading through all the permutations of potential finishes in the the division and breaking it out along the with the NFL tie-breaking procedures.

I have not been able to find any scenario in which Seattle would be able to win a tie-breaker against San Francisco if both teams were to finish with a record of 7-9.

If anyone can construct a scenario, please point it out, but I haven't been able to discover one.

NFL tie-breaking procedures

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