Playoff Format used during the 1985 Season

The two wildcard teams (the two best non-division winners, regardless of division affiliation) will meet in the wildcard round. The winner will advance to the divisional round, to face the highest seeded team that was not a member of its same division. (Division opponents can only meet in the championship game). The third-best (lowest seeded) division winner played at the remaining division winner in the other semifinal. The league determined playoff seeding based on record among divisional winners, with the best record getting home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

To break a tie within a division

 1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
 2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
 3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
 4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, if applicable.
 5. Best net points in division games.
 6. Best net points in all games.
 7. Strength of schedule.
 8. Best net touchdowns in all games.
 9. Coin toss.
 
 To break a tie for the wild-card team

If the tied clubs are from the same division, apply division tiebreaker.

If the tied clubs are from different divisions, apply the following steps:

Two teams
 1. Head-to-head, if applicable.
 2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
 3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
 4. Best average net points in conference games.
 5. Best net points in all games.
 6. Strength of schedule.
 7. Best net touchdowns in all games.
 8. Coin toss.
 Three or more teams
 (Note: If two clubs remain tied after third or other clubs are eliminated, tiebreaker reverts to step 1 of applicable two-club format).
 1. Apply division tiebreaker to eliminate all but the highest-ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tiebreaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the three wild-card participants.
 2. Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others).
 3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
 4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
 5. Best average net points in conference games.
 6. Best net points in all games.
 7. Strength of schedule.
 8. Best net touchdowns in all games.
 9. Coin toss.

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