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BtB Previews the Playoffs
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
June 22nd 2007

After previewing an NFL division each day for the last eight days, we present final standings, leaders, award winners and playoff results. This analysis is part of a broader endeavor with FOXSports.com's Fantasy Football. Each regular season game is simulated 61 times, with the sum of the averages of those games being our final predicted outcome. This allows us to account for ever player and stat as well as assign probabilities of winning for each team for every game. Rosters and depth charts are up-to-date and as accurate as possible as of June 10th.

Today we will preview the Playoffs. First, we will present playoff results with links to boxscores and play-by-play of each game. All games were simulated just once to allow for more variability in the results. Final standings, stats leaders and award winners are below.

AFC Wild Card Games
#6 Jacksonville 21 @ #3 Indianapolis 22 - In the teams' third matchup of the season, Marvin Harrison scores with nine seconds remaining to give the defending Super Bowl champions the victory over the Jaguars.

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#5 Denver 24 @ #3 Cincinnati 20 - An upset in seeding alone, Denver finished with two more wins that Cincinnati in the regular season. When they meet in the playoffs, the Broncos run all over the Bengals en route to victory at Paul Brown Stadium.

Boxscore with play-by-play >>

NFC Wild Card Games
#6 Philadelphia 13 @ #3 New Orleans 27 - A rematch of a 2006 playoff game in New Orleans, the Saints win handily once again as Drew Brees lights up the Eagles' pass defense, completing passes to eight different receivers.

Boxscore with play-by-play >>

#5 Carolina 20 @ #4 Dallas 14 - Another game in which the road team won two more games in the regular season than its opponents and was favored, Carolina bends, but does not break as Tony Romo falters when it counts for the second straight season.

Boxscore with play-by-play >>

AFC Divisional Games
#5 Denver 22 @ #1 New England 28 - These two teams seem to meet in the playoffs every season. In 2007, the Patriots are as deep and as versatile as ever.

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#3 Indianapolis 21 @ #2 San Diego 42 - After narrowly escaping the Jaguars at home, a struggling Cotls' defense gets destroyed by the Chargers in San Diego.
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NFC Divisional Games
#5 Carolina 20 @ #1 San Francisco 23- The 49ers continue their surprise run, avenging a regular season loss in Carolina with a three point victory at home.

Boxscore with play-by-play >>

#3 New Orleans 9 @ #2 Chicago 24 - Used to the turf in the dome, the Saints desperately struggle to maintain their speed at a cold Soldier Field. The Bears roll on again.

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Conference Championship Games
#2 San Diego 27 @ #1 New England 24 - In what was a game between the NFL's two best teams, the San Diego Chargers go to New England and slay the giant that is the Patriots.

Boxscore with play-by-play >>

#2 Chicago 33 @ #1 San Francisco 30 - For the second straight season, the Bears remind the conference's upstart team how to win a football game in January with a well-balanced effort.

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Super Bowl
Chicago 20, San Diego 24 - Glendale is the Chargers' for the night as a well-fought game with several huge plays on both sides is won by MVP LaDainian Tomlinson and his San Diego teammates. The victory gives the AFC its fifth straight Super Bowl win.

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Regular Season Awards
NFL MVP - Tom Brady
    320/521, 3,973 pass yds, 26 TDs, 15 INTs, 12-4 record
Offensive Player of the Year - LaDainian Tomlinson
    392 rush, 1957 rush yds, 54 rec, 446 rec yds, 19 TDs
Defensive Player of the Year - Shawne Merriman
    82 tackles, 18 sacks, INT
Offensive Rookie of the Year - Calvin Johnson
    74 rec, 1,204 rec yds, seven TDs
Defensive Rookie of the Year - Reggie Nelson
    85 tackles, four INTs, two sacks
Coach of the Year - Mike Nolan
    Leads team to 11-5 record; wears fly suits on sideline.


Final Standings (* division winner, + wild card)

AFC East

Team Wins Losses
New England Patriots* 12 4
New York Jets 9 7
Miami Dolphins 8 8
Buffalo Bills 7 9

AFC North

Team Wins Losses
Cincinnati Bengals* 9 7
Baltimore Ravens 8 8
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 9
Cleveland Browns 5 11

AFC West

Team Wins Losses
San Diego Chargers* 11 5
Denver Broncos+ 11 5
Kansas City Chiefs 9 7
Oakland Raiders 7 9

AFC South

Team Wins Losses
Indianapolis Colts* 10 6
Jacksonville Jaguars+ 9 7
Houston Texans 5 11
Tennessee Titans 3 13

NFC East

Team Wins Losses
Dallas Cowboys* 8 8
Philadelphia Eagles+ 8 8
New York Giants 6 10
Washington Redskins 6 10

NFC North

Team Wins Losses
Chicago Bears* 11 5
Green Bay Packers 8 8
Minnesota Vikings 7 9
Detroit Lions 6 10

NFC West

Team Wins Losses
San Francisco 49ers* 11 5
St. Louis Rams 8 8
Arizona Cardinals 8 8
Seattle Seahawks 6 10

NFC South

Team Wins Losses
New Orleans Saints* 10 6
Carolina Panthers+ 10 6
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 9
Atlanta Falcons 6 10

League Leaders

Passing

Player Comp% Yards TDs INTs
Peyton Manning 62.3% 4497 34 13
Carson Palmer 65.4% 4489 32 16
Drew Brees 63.4% 4102 30 12
Brett Favre 56.5% 4053 24 21
Jon Kitna 54.6% 4044 26 15
Matt Leinart 58.9% 3996 34 13
J.P. Losman 67.9% 3980 27 13
Tom Brady 61.4% 3973 26 15
Tony Romo 65.0% 3783 26 17
Jeff Garcia 55.3% 3708 22 13

Rushing

Player Yards AVG TDs
LaDainian Tomlinson 1957 4.99 16
Frank Gore 1819 5.09 16
Larry Johnson 1709 4.64 12
Shaun Alexander 1539 4.49 12
Joseph Addai 1521 4.37 14
Steven Jackson 1476 4.40 14
Travis Henry 1446 4.38 10
Edgerrin James 1406 3.89 13
Willis McGahee 1327 3.98 9
Rudi Johnson 1279 4.11 9

Receiving

Player Yards AVG TDs
Javon Walker 1470 15.5 8
Lee Evans 1464 14.4 9
Marvin Harrison 1460 14.7 11
Torry Holt 1436 14.7 8
Steve Smith 1422 13.9 9
Anquan Boldin 1417 15.0 9
Reggie Wayne 1400 15.7 9
Andre Johnson 1394 13.2 8
Chad Johnson 1362 13.9 8
Donald Driver 1361 13.4 8


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