Oct 4, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Las Vegas Raiders defensive back Johnathan Abram (24) during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is about to enter the final week of the first 17-game regular season and there are still a lot of implications for the playoffs. Not only are there three playoff spots still up for grabs but the entire seeding in both the AFC and NFC remains very much in flux.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are not among the teams wondering whether or not they’ll still make the playoffs. Capping off a season to forget, the Jaguars are currently in line for the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft will cement that spot if they lose on Sunday to the Indianapolis Colts. However, if they somehow, someway find a way to win, they could create one of the strangest quirks in some time with major playoff implications.

As many have noticed, the Colts and Jaguars will play at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday. If the 9-7 Colts somehow lose to the lowly Jaguars, that will create a scenario in which the Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) and Los Angeles Chargers (9-7), who play one another at 8:20 p.m. ET, would be better off simply kneeling out the game for a tie so that both of them make the playoffs over the Colts. Otherwise, the winner will make the playoffs but the loser could find themselves on the outs. The Chargers have more of an incentive to do this as the Raiders hold the tiebreaker over the Colts while the Chargers would lose out due to a worse conference record.

While all of this feels very unlikely, it’s worth noting that the Colts haven’t won at Jacksonville since 2014.

Of course, the odds that two NFL teams are going to collude to just tie the entire game are pretty much nil so it’s just an exercise in what-if. Still, it does present an interesting conundrum for the NFL schedule makers moving forward. It’s entirely possible that, if the game is tied in overtime, it greatly affects the effort that one or both teams put forward. And perhaps that would be seen as gamesmanship by many, it could also be seen as shady by others.

In any event, it certainly got people talking on social media about what could happen and whether or not it’s even remotely possible.

We’ll see if the Colts can make this whole thing moot by 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.

[Adam Beasley]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.