Charger, Raiders both get in with a tie

Los Angeles Chargers Play Las Vegas Raiders at SoFi Stadium
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It’s happening. If it happens.

With the Colts losing to the Jaguars and the Steelers beating the Ravens, tonight’s win-and-in contest between the Chargers and Raiders has a very important caveat. If they tie, both are in.

There has been plenty of speculation this week regarding the possibility of an agreement between division rivals to play for a tie. That definitely won’t happen; anything along those lines would be frowned upon by the league office as an affront to the integrity of the game.

But the question isn’t whether the Chargers and Raiders will enter the game with a wink-nod plan to play 70 minutes without a winner. The question is whether, if the game naturally is deadlocked late in regulation, will the two teams organically lean into the result, with conservative play calling and efforts to chew up the clock and get out of Dodge with both teams earning seats at the AFC playoff table?

While getting a win versus getting a tie will impact seeding (for example, a tie will stick the Raiders with the No. 7 seed and a return to Kansas City), there’s a point at which one or both teams may call off the dogs in the hopes of not risking their ticket to the postseason party.

25 responses to “Charger, Raiders both get in with a tie

  1. STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED IN THE NFL, BUT SERIOUSLY WHAT IS THE PROBABILITY OF A TIE HAPPENING?????

  2. Ties in the NFL was a stupid idea to begin with. You should keep playing until somebody wins.

  3. They should kneel every play

    Both teams win, players don’t get hurt

    The nfl should let this happen

  4. Integrity of the league? Screw that. Last I checked teams play the regular season with the goal of making the playoffs. Both teams can easily do it with a tie while making NFL history and giving a big middle finger to the league. Do it!

  5. Well the Jags managed to manhandle a far better team today to allow such a ridiculous scenario a possibility, so I guess we’ll see?

  6. A situation the exact same as this happened in the 1982 Soccer World Cup, Germany and Austria both needed to tie to progress and that’s exactly what happened, with neither showing any interest in moving past the half way line. The disgrace of Gijon as it became to be known lead to all final round group games in soccer tournaments being played simultaneously to stop it happening again.

  7. Just take a knee. Nobody wants to see the Steelers get hammered in the playoffs.

  8. What’s the probability of the Jags beating the Colts and Bills.
    A tie kinda sounds more probable than those two things

  9. Hopefully it happens that way the NFL can fix it so it won’t happen again. Is this a by-product of the expanded playoff field or schedule? If so the NFL needs to fix it. They always want to teams to compete for the integrity of the game but if you could just go out there and kneel and win, then that’s a problem.

  10. I don’t think either of these teams would trust each other to honor the agreement. Lets say it’s tied late in the game, one team has possession with a chance to win. Are you then going to just take three knees and punt away knowing the other team might renege on the agreement, march down the field and beat you? The only way to guarantee a playoff spot is to win.

    Now if it’s late in overtime with the ball in your possession deep inside your own territory where taking a knee guarantees a playoff spot then I could see it happening, but that would be a scenario where playing for a tie is your only option without a risk of a loss.

  11. I think it would be very difficult for the team that gets the ball 1st in overtime not try to win the game. Both teams would prefer the Steelers the #7 seed is my guess.

  12. They should absolutely play for a tie. The league has no problem acting in shady ways so as far as I’m concerned the teams should too

  13. If they are going to play for a tie they should just shake hands at the 50 and agree to a tie. Why risk injuries and going into the playoffs injured.

  14. Why is the word integrity being thrown around as if there is any in tbe NFL??? is it not every teams goal to make the playoffs? so youmake it any way you can within the rules

  15. The league was too greedy to move this game to a time where the result couldn’t have been gamed so they deserve whatever they get.

  16. I know the comish said double forfeit if they try to tie but just play like normal and fumble it out of the endzone Everytime you get close lol

  17. Can you imagine the crying that would come out of stooler nation if they tied? LOL

  18. scottishvike says:
    January 9, 2022 at 5:42 pm
    A situation the exact same as this happened in the 1982 Soccer World Cup, Germany and Austria both needed to tie to progress and that’s exactly what happened, with neither showing any interest in moving past the half way line. The disgrace of Gijon as it became to be known lead to all final round group games in soccer tournaments being played simultaneously to stop it happening again

    Except that this happened in Euro 2004 between Sweden and Denmark to keep out Italy

  19. Jesus. There is NO WAY that just happened. The NFL needs to eliminate the tie this offseason for ths very reason.

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