Okay, so with so many playoff spots still in question after week 16, it makes this post that much more intriguing. Again, if you want to see how things have progressed through this simulated season, you can check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. Also, if you would like to know the results from any specific games, have any other questions or comments, you can feel free to leave a comment or contact us.
I’ll start off this post discussing the standings after week 17 (the final game of the season) when the Steelers secured themselves as the winners of the AFC North and the surprising Ravens from the same division captured the second AFC Wild Card spot. Now in the NFC things were quite a bit more interesting. The Rams, with a surprising turn around this season, beat the Falcons and knocking them out of playoff contention in the process, while clinching a wild card spot of their own. This also gave the NFC South division title to the Buccaneers. In the NFC North the Packers won the division, while the Vikings stumbled, losing their final game of the season, which put them at a tie with the Eagles for the second NFC Wild Card Spot. To settle this tie I used the NFL’s official tie breaking procedures. This result added one more to surprise to the NFC this season, with the Eagles edging out the Vikings for the last available playoff spot.
Here are the season’s final standings, with the playoff teams in bold, and as with Part 4 if there is ‘x’ before the teams name then they have clinched a playoff spot, if there is a ‘y’ then they have clinched their division, and if there is a ‘z’ then they have clinched home field throughout the playoffs.
|y-Steelers (11-5)||z-Jaguars (15-1)||y-pats (10-6)||y-Chargers (11-5)|
|x-Ravens (10-6)||x-Colts (14-2)||Bills (8-8)||Chiefs (8-8)|
|Browns (9-7)||Texans (7-9)||Jets (6-10)||Broncos (7-9)|
|Bengals (2-14)||Titans (6-10)||Dolphins (5-11)||Raiders (6-10)|
|y-Packers (10-6)||y-Buccaneers (9-7)||y-Giants (11-5)||y-Seahawks (11-5)|
|Vikings (9-7)||Saints (8-8)||x-Eagles (9-7)||x-Rams (10-6)|
|Lions (4-12)||Falcons (8-8)||Cowboys (7-9)||Cardinals (7-9)|
|Bears (4-12)||Panthers (3-13)||Redskins (6-10)||49ers (5-11)|
Now that all of that is set we will be moving on to the playoffs. For the seedings in the conferences I used the same tie breaking procedures that I used to decide the last playoff spot with the tie between the Eagles and Vikings. So with that said the seedings in the AFC are 1. Jaguars, 2. Chargers, 3. Steelers, 4. pats, 5. Colts, 6. Ravens and on the NFC side of things it’s 1. Seahawks, 2. Giants, 3. Packers, 4. Buccaneers, 5. Rams, 6. Eagles. I made up a bracket for it which looks like this:
(You can click on it for a clearer image)
For this post I will be simulation up to the Super Bowl and then my next post will be an entire one devoted to just the Super Bowl. There were some upsets in the NFC Wild Card round and maybe a few other unexpected wins here and there. Looking at who made the playoffs in this simulation, and considering what their seedings are, I think it’s safe to say that this simulation of the 2008 season has had some definite surprises. After simulating through the conference championships here’s what the bracket looks like: