Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; del Rio Avoids Riling Steelers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; del Rio Avoids Riling Steelers

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Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT

Leading 9-0 with a fourth-and-goal at the Pittsburgh 2 and less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter Monday night, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio stuck to NFL etiquette in electing not to go for a touchdown during the team's victory over the Steelers.

It's widely considered classless among league circles for a team in scoring position, with the game already in hand, to tack on more points.

Instead of the Jaguars trying to score a touchdown or kick another field goal, quarterback Byron Leftwich kneeled three times to run out the clock.

While Del Rio's decision showed class, points scored and point differential could affect a team's playoff seeding or fate, should a tiebreaker situation arise.

But it's highly unlikely to happen.

The NFL uses several different criteria to break ties before total net points come into play. Among them are, in order: head-to-head record, conference record, record in common games (minimum of four), strength of victory, strength of schedule, combined ranking among conference teams (points scored and points allowed) and combined ranking among all teams (points scored and points allowed).

If teams are still tied after those procedures, the league determines tiebreakers by net points scored in conference games, net points scored in all games, net touchdowns scored in all games and, finally, a coin toss.

The last time a division tiebreaker was determined by points was 1998, when Miami finished ahead of Buffalo based on a better net division points total (the Dolphins had 6 to the Bills' 0).

RECEIVERS IMPRESSIVE AGAIN

Matt Jones caught a career-high six passes for 73 yards Monday, helping the Jaguars' receivers reel off another impressive performance.

Jones, Reggie Williams and Ernest Wilford combined for 195 yards on 18 catches in the win over Pittsburgh.

The week before against Dallas, the trio had 14 receptions for 176 yards.

Williams did the most damage against the Steelers, hauling in short passes and making defenders miss. …

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