Whether you earned a playoff spot or not (or even if you've never played), everybody is allowed to make predictions in the postseason. There is a playoff among the top 16 and there is a separate general contest for everybody. You can rad bignerd's explanation HERE.
I've posted the formatting rules required for posting your results after the jump. Please read over that (it's fairly short) so we can have consistency in the posting. All times are pacific and you are not required to predict every game, but obviously it helps your chances of winning to predict all the games. If you forget to pick the Sunday morning games, you can always predict whatever games remain on the slate.
Once again, please review the formatting rules after the jump before posting your results.
Cincinnati @ Houston - Saturday 1/7 1:30pm
Detroit @ New Orleans - Saturday 1/7 5:00pm
Atlanta @ NY Giants - Sunday 1/8 10:00am
Pittsburgh @ Denver - Sunday 1/8 1:30pm
We implemented this rule last season and it seemed to make things easier for us. Previously, folks had just posted their scores in any particular fashion, although howtheyscored had made requests for a specific format. Given the amount of time and effort howtheyscored has to put into determining the final results, I am implementing a requirement for how to format your scores (based on the spreadsheet howtheyscored has created). If you fail to follow this format, any incorrectly formatted scores for the week will be disqualified. The format is "Team A @ Team B: A score - B score." That basically is visitor @ home: visitor score - home score." Here's an example of how to do it:
Using Cincinnati @ Houston below, if you think the Houston will win 24-14, here's how it needs to appear:
Cincinnati @ Houston: 14 - 24
If you think Cincinnati will win 24-14, it needs to appear as this:
Cincinnati @ Houston: 24 - 14
If you'd like you can bold the winner (Cincinnati @ Houston: 14 - 24), but that is not required (although probably a good backup in case you reversed the score by accident.
If you make a mistake in the formatting I'll reply to your score reminding you to correct it. To correct it, simply reply to your picks and post them in the correct format. Do not post your scores again at the bottom of the thread. I'll make sure and include these directions each week so people do not forgot and lose out on points.
If anybody has any questions at all about this, or anything related to the contest, let me know (email@example.com) and I'll answer them.