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Thursday, January 1, 2009
You called it: Wall of Fame holds firm

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Before we solicit predictions for the Falcons-Cardinals game -- look for that Friday -- we sift through your "You called it" submissions for Week 17 games involving NFC West teams.

The Wall of Fame remained unchanged because no one predicted a score and outcome exactly, but we did have a few impressive efforts.

Dannypad came closest to predicting a score and outcome correctly. He foresaw a 34-24 Cardinals victory over the Seahawks (34-21 actual score after Olindo Mare missed a field goal for Seattle). Excellent work.

NINERS4Ever66 was right behind with a 31-20 prediction on the Seahawks-Cardinals game. The four-point differential matched TheRooster58's margin on the Redskins-49ers score (27-20 prediction, 27-24 outcome). Way to go.

Giant302 came closest to hitting the Rams-Falcons score with a 33-24 prediction (31-27 actual). Mariner377 also foresaw a close Falcons victory, predicting a 27-24 score. Great work on a game that most saw Atlanta winning in a blowout.

Thirteen forecasters predicted all three outcomes correctly. Of those, cloudturo came closest on average to predicting scores, missing by an average of 12 points per game (that sounds like a wide margin, but it works out to hitting each team's score within a touchdown). Cloudturo predicted the 49ers to win 24-20, the Cardinals to win 21-20 and the Falcons to win 27-16.

The Wall of Fame stands as follows:

The fine print: Those submitting predictions for "You called it" must pick the winner correctly for their scores to be considered. Scoring is easy to calculate. The difference between a 20-17 prediction and a 31-14 outcome would be 14 points. We would calculate this by adding the difference between 20 and 31 to the difference between 17 and 14.