Wild Card

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Any unpredictable factor or unknown in a data set or series of domains
Informatics An alphanumeric keyboard character—e.g., asterisk—which can stand for any character, a wide range of characters, no character, or a question mark
Sports medicine A playoff slot for a person or team that didn’t qualify for the playoffs during regular season
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It certainly isn't unheard of for a wild-card team to win the Super Bowl.
Clarke's victory in Holland on Sunday propelled him to the top of the wild-card betting but the Irishman had been playing like a lemon for much of the year.
The deadline for applications from teams in countries ranked in the top 12 is next Monday, meaning competition for a wild-card will intensify as this week goes on.
AFC Central: Winners Jacksonville Jaguars will host a wild-card game.