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NFL division with 3 teams in the playoffs

The NFL started allowing two wildcard teams per conference to enter the playoffs in the 1978-79 season, and went to three wildcard teams in 1990-91. With only three divisions per conference, it was ...
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Pitchers with postseason home run

The Baseball-Reference.com Batting Game Finder has data going back to 1903. To get the list of pitchers who have hit home runs in the postseason, make the following setting changes on that page: ...
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Can a team in the NFL make the playoffs with only three wins?

Technically yes. One of those 3-3 teams will win the division by tie-breaker and, strangely enough, get a home game as the #4 seed against the top wild card team.
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Why was Kansas City denied home field advantage in the 1985 ALCS?

This was actually a fairly tough on to dig up. As you mention in your question, the East and West swapped back and forth, and until 1985 the AL and NL were in sync. However something happened in 1985. ...
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Can a team in the NFL make the playoffs with only three wins?

I suppose in theory a team could get to the playoffs without winning a regular season game. If all divisional games finish as ties, and all teams lose every other game, they'll all end up with 0-10-6 ...
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Why do NBA stars keep playing in playoff blowouts?

Wikipedia lists quite a few comebacks from deficits of 25+ points in the 3rd or even early 4th quarter. The odds are certainly small that a team would turn it around, but even a glimmer of hope to ...
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Can a team sign an NFL player during the playoffs?

This other answer covers categories of players in which there is a deadline to sign that particular type of player. The answer is correct, but not all-encompassing and (I feel) misses the spirit of ...
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What is the best record to miss and the worst record to make the NFL playoffs?

According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, two teams with an 11-5 record have missed the NFL playoffs during the 16-game regular season era: The Denver Broncos (pictured) posted an 11-5 record in ...
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NBA 7 game playoff series where every game was won by the road team?

From the inception of the NBA through the 2017 Conference Finals, 128 game sevens have been played. Of those, only 26 game sevens have been won by the road team. Of those 26 series 5 of those have ...
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Why do NBA stars keep playing in playoff blowouts?

As it is mentioned in the question, the stars are pulled out with a few minutes left in the game. How early they are pulled depends on the point differential, the coach, and the team's momentum. In ...
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How many times have major league teams won a championship after winning 4 Game 7s?

This has never happened. The closest any time has come in Hockey since the NHL moved to four 7 game series has been the Bruins in 2011 and the Kings in 2014. They each won three game 7s. The Bruins in ...
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Longest time between goals in NHL playoffs

The longest time between two consecutive NHL playoff goals for a player is 11 years, which has been done by 5 players: Craig Ludwig: 103 games apart, 4079 days 04/09/1988, Montreal @ Hartford 06/10/...
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What was the worst result for a president's trophy winner in the playoffs?

There have been seven NHL teams thus far to win the President's Trophy but be eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The worst Stanley Cup finish by a President's Trophy winner ...
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History of reverse sweeps in the Stanley cups finals?

The list of comebacks from 0-3 down in NHL playoffs (entirely, not just the Stanley Cup finals) is very short: 1942 Stanley Cup Finals (Leafs over Red Wings) 1975 quarterfinals (Islanders over ...
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Has there been a time the 2 NBA or NHL teams in the playoffs final series got there without losing any games?

tl;dr: NO NBA There has not been a single team in the NBA going 12-0 into the finals. This is also due to the first round being a best of 5 game series until the 2003 playoffs. The 2000-2001 Los ...
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How many times has a 4 game sweep occurred during the Stanley Cup finals?

There have been 20 Stanley Cup finals sweeps. The list below is also available in this answer, at TSN, or any respected source that tracks NHL statistics. Year Winning Team Losing Team 1998 Detroit ...
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How many times Olympics gold medal winner goalies faced in the NHL playoffs?

To go through all Olympic tournaments prior to 1998, when the NHL permitted its players to take part in the Olympics, would require serious digging. It's possible there may be a scenario in which an ...
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NFL conference top seed hosting divisional round playoff game as an underdog

There have only been 7 times in NFL history that a home team in the divisional round was an underdog (source: Pro Football Reference). Here is a list of the games: 1979-80 #2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4....
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How many times both conference finals series made it to game 7 in NBA history?

It seems, according to this list of NBA game sevens, that the only other time (besides the 2018 playoffs) both conference finals made it to game 7 was in 1979, where the Seattle SuperSonics beat the ...
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According to what, MLB teams advance from regular to playoff

Not sure where you're getting 7 postseason teams. I think there's a proposal for it, but wouldn't happen before 2022. Since 2012, MLB has had 5 teams from each league qualify for postseason play: ...
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Why are Grizzlies in the playoffs and GSW are not, even though Warriors have more victories?

For the 2020-21 season the NBA introduced a play-in tournament (somewhat similar to those we saw in 2019-20 post Covid shutdowns). As part of these play-in games, the 7th and 8th seeds of each ...
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Can a player unretire when the postseason starts who hasn’t played all season and be eligible play in the postseason

When a player retires while under contract, a team can add them to the Reserve/Retired List, in which case the contract progression pauses, and would resume if the player unretires. Also, a player who ...
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NHL Playoffs format

The NHL regular season overtime format has undergone quite a few changes over the years. The first season with sudden death overtimes was 1983-84. The whole purpose of including them was that people ...
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Has any player on the Edmonton Oilers roster (16-17 season) played a postseason game as an Oiler before this season?

No. Eberle has the longest tenure with the Oilers with 7 seasons played, but as you mentioned before, it has been an eleven year hiatus. With an eleven year drought, the only eligible members on the ...
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Why did the NHL move to the current playoff format?

The logic behind the new system is that it means more teams are in the playoff race down the stretch, which increases attendance and fan engagement. In the old system you have one playoff boundary: ...
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What are the biggest comebacks in NFL postseason history?

Stealing unashamedly from ESPN for the top four: 32 points: Bills vs Oilers, 1993: Buffalo trailed 35-3, but went on to win 41-38. 28 points: Colts vs Chiefs, 2014: Colts trailed 38-10, but went on ...
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How does NBA players' salary increase during the playoffs?

According to the NBA section of this Investopedia article, each season there is a "playoff kitty" which is divvied up amongst the various teams dependent on performance, from which the teams ...
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Can a team in the NFL make the playoffs with only three wins?

Yes. The Division champion will make it to the playoffs no matter what the team's record is and will host a wildcard team (which will have a better record!). That being said, it sounds extremely ...
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