NFC West: you called it 17

You called it: Wall of Fame holds firm

January, 1, 2009
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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:

  • Elion245. Forecast the Redskins' 20-17 victory over the Seahawks in Week 12.
  • Leesters. Forecast the Bears' 27-3 victory over the Rams in Week 12.
  • habitat730. Forecast the Cardinals' 34-10 victory over the Rams in Week 14.

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.

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Draft position isn't the only thing at stake when NFC West teams finish their regular seasons Sunday. 

The Rams-Falcons outcome will influence the Cardinals' wild-card playoff opponent. The Redskins-49ers outcome could affect how you feel about Mike Singletary's future with the 49ers. The Seahawks-Cardinals outcome will affect how these teams feel about themselves heading into their next phase -- the offseason for Seattle, the playoffs for Arizona.

The final week of the regular season also affords another chance to add your name to the Wall of Fame, reserved for those who predict NFC West outcomes and scores exactly. Simply leave predictions in the comments section of this item. We'll accept them right up until scheduled kickoff times. Congratulations in advance to all future winners.

Our three previous winners could use some company on the Wall of Fame:

  • Elion245. Forecast the Redskins' 20-17 victory over the Seahawks in Week 12.
  • Leesters. Forecast the Bears' 27-3 victory over the Rams in Week 12.
  • habitat730. Forecast the Cardinals' 34-10 victory over the Rams in Week 14.

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.

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