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Browns Win Over SF May Matter

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In a strange loophole that will almost certainly not occur, the Browns vs. 49ers outcome technically still has potential meaning.

Currently, this is what the playoff race looks like:

Team W L Ties NA Conf
Cleveland Browns 9 6 -- -- 7-5
Tennessee Titans 9 6 -- -- 6-5

However, what would happen if the Browns win their game and the Titans' game doesn't end in a win or a loss -- but a tie?

Team W L Ties NA Conf
Cleveland Browns 10 6 -- -- 7-5
Tennessee Titans 9 6 1 -- 6-5-1

In that rare case, the Browns would make the postseason. However, if the Browns lost their game, a Titans' tie would make the standings look like this:

Team W L Ties NA Conf
Tennessee Titans 9 6 1 -- 6-5-1
Cleveland Browns 9 7 -- -- 7-5

So, in almost all certainty, you can claim the outcome of the Browns' game has no purpose. Because of this minute detail though, and the .00001% chance of it happening, I am convinced that it is most definitely worth it to play our starters for all four quarters.