Playoff Contest Rules

  Posted 12/22 by David Dodds, Exclusive to Footballguys.com


The Contest is open to individuals who have reached legal age in their respective jurisdiction. Individuals who have not reached legal age in their respective jurisdiction can enter only with permission of a parent or legal guardian. Void where prohibited by law. Employees and immediate family members of Footballguys.com, its sponsors, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotional agencies are not eligible to win prizes.

You must be a subscriber and 18 years of age or older to enter. Residents of Arizona, Louisiana, Arkansas, Montana, Iowa, Vermont, North Dakota and the province of Quebec may play and have their places noted in the standings, but are not eligible to win any prizes. This game is open to legal residents of all other states of the United States, and provinces of Canada. Persons residing in any other jurisdictions may enter (unless this contest or entry into this contest is prohibited by applicable local law), but will not be eligible to win any prizes. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

Game of Skill

The Contest is a game of skill. Winners are determined by the objective criteria set forth below. From all entries received, winners are determined by the individuals who use their skill and knowledge of relevant professional football information and fantasy football rules to accumulate the highest point totals during the Contest according to the official Contest rules.


The deadline to submit/edit your contest entry is Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 at noon Eastern time.

Contest Term

The Contest begins with games on Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 and ends with the completion of the Super Bowl.

Awarding of Prizes

No substitution or transfer of prize is permitted. All prizes are awarded "as is" and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability for a particular purpose). All taxes associated with the receipt or use of any prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. A 30% U.S. income tax withholding will be applied to all non-U.S. prize winners. In the event that the awarding of any prizes to winners of the Contest is challenged by any legal authority, Footballguys.com reserves the right in its sole discretion to determine whether or not to award such prizes.


Winners are notified by email or regular mail within 14 days after the official results (and associated winners) are posted at the conclusion of the Contest. Winners are also posted on the Contest web site. Winners must return via email or regular mail an affidavit of eligibility and a liability/publicity release (unless prohibited by law) within 15 days following attempted notification. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in disqualification.

By accepting any prize, the winners grant permission to Footballguys.com to use their names and/or likenesses for publicity and promotional purposes without further compensation, unless prohibited by law, and agree to execute a written consent. In the event of dispute about the identity of any entrant, entries made online are declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. A potential winner can be required to provide the sponsors with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry.


By participating in the Contest, you release and agree to hold harmless Footballguys.com, its sponsors, parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agencies from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or acceptance, possession, or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries and losses related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.

Disclaimer, Consent

Footballguys.com and any subsidiary or affiliate of any of the foregoing will not be responsible for: (a) any late, lost, garbled, misdirected, incomplete, or damaged entries; (b) any game disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Footballguys.com; or any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the game. By entering the Game, the entrant grants Footballguys.com the right to use and publish the entrant's proper name, state or province of residence, score, and ranking online and in any other media in connection with the Contest, unless prohibited by law. In the event that the National Football League season is postponed, terminated early, or cancelled for any reason (such as a strike or lockout), Footballguys.com reserves the right to award prizes based on scores at the time the season is disrupted, or to cancel, modify or suspend the game at its discretion.

Internet/Technology Problems

If, for any reason, the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Footballguys.com, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this game, Footballguys.com reserves the right at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who violates these Legal Restrictions or the associated Official Rules referenced herein, tampers with the entry process, or engages in any conduct detrimental to Footballguys.com, the Playoff Contest, or any other entrant (in each case as determined in Footballguys.com's sole discretion), to lock out any individual whose eligibility is in question, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Contest at any time. Released Parties assume no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries. No responsibility is assumed for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete or garbled transmissions. None of the Released Parties are in any way responsible or liable for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by Footballguys.com on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading of any materials in this Game. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GAME IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, FOOTBALLGUYS.COM RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK FROM ANY SUCH PERSON DAMAGES AND ANY OTHER REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Contest Rules

An entry consists of a yes-or-no answer to each of 35 questions. Each question has a prize pool of one million points which will be divided equally among all contestants who answer the question correctly. A contestant's score is the sum of the points he accumulates on the 35 questions. Highest score wins.


QUESTION: will Peyton Manning throw at least one TD pass in the Colts' wildcard playoff game?

Suppose there are 10,000 contestants, of which 8,000 answer yes and 2,000 answer no on this question. If Manning does indeed throw a TD, then each contestant who answers yes will get 1,000,000/8,000 = 125.00 points, while each contestant who answered no will get zero points. If Manning does not throw for a TD, then each contestant who answered no will get 1,000,000/2,000 = 500 points, while each contestant who answered yes will get zero points. On each question, the number of points for each contestant will be rounded to two decimal places.

Note that the number of points awarded for each correct answer is determined by the number of yes and no answers on that question at the close of the contest, NOT the number of yes and no answers at the time you submit.


  • The Wilcard Round refers to the four games scheduled to be played on January 3rd and 4th, 2009
  • The Divisional Round refers to the four games scheduled to be played on January 10th and 11th, 2009
  • The Championship Round refers to the two games scheduled to be played on January 18th, 2009
  • The Super Bowl or Super Bowl Game refers to the game scheduled to be played on February 1st, 2009
  • On questions 15, 16, and 17 ("Will the overall [rushing/receiving/passing] leader come from an AFC team?"), a tie will be handled as follows:
    1. If there is an n-way tie for the lead with more players from one conference than the other, then the conference with more players in the tie will be considered correct.
    2. If there is an n-way tie for the lead with equal numbers of players from each conference, all these players will be thrown out and we will determine the answer to this question based on the remaining players (with ties being handled as in step 1 above).
    • If there is a two-way for the lead between two AFC players, then the correct answer is AFC
    • If there is a three-way for the lead between two NFC players and one AFC player, then the correct answer is NFC
    • If there is a two-way tie for the lead between an AFC player and an NFC player, then the correct answer will be determined by the #3 player. If there is a tie for #3, we handle it exactly as we handled the tie at #1.


1st place: $1,000 + lifetime subscription
2nd place: $250 + lifetime subscription
3rd place: $200 + lifetime subscription
4th place: $100 + 2009 subscription
5th place: $75 + 2009 subscription
6th place: $50 + 2009 subscription
7th - 12th place: $30

Ties will share prizes. For example if 4th and 5th place tie, each would receive $87.50 + their subscription.