This game is designed for both the casually interested beginner as well as the well-versed fan.

This game is extremely short as the playoffs last for just 1 month (Sat. 13 Jan. - Sun. 11 Feb.)

The cost of entry will be £10 per team - trades (changes) are free.

6 or less entries = Winner Takes All - meaning all the entry money will go to the winner.
7+ entries = 1st & 2nd place prizes - worked out and advised by me once number of entries is known.

For those of you new to my games just PM me from here with your e-mail address and I will send you my info on how to pay. For those of you worried about trusting a stranger have a look around this forum and see how many money games I have run over the years - this forum was only set up in 2014 but I have been running games for money much longer than that - I estimate about 25 years at this point.


All you have to do is pick a team of players from the list provided below (see link at end of this e-mail) within the budget of $57 Million. The system is simple. You must select a Head Coach, one Quarter-Back, two Running Backs, two Wide Receivers, one Tight End, a Kicker and a Team Defence.

Anyone who scores a touchdown gets six points, just like the real thing. If a *Quarterback throws a touchdown pass he also scores three points. If anyone returns a fumble or an interception for a TD then the Defence scores six, they also score two for a safety. Kickers get three points for a field goal and one for extra points (PAT’s - Point After Touchdown‘s), while anyone scoring a two-point conversion scores two points. If a *QB throws a two-point pass he scores an additional one.

*Also, any other player who acts as a QB and throws a TD pass or two-point conversion will also score the relevant QB throwing points. For example, a Kicker or Running Back on trick plays.

Head Coach’s score 6 points for (post season) wins.

Also, this may be different from First Down’s old game but to clear up any confusion any offensive player who scores a TD while playing on Special Teams or Defence will also get credited the points for any TD they score as well as the Defence/Special Teams Unit as a whole. Something to bear in mind. Example a WR also doubles up as his team’s kick/punt returner and takes one all the way back for a Touchdown - he will earn 6 points himself for the T.D. but at the same time his team’s Defence will also earn 6 points… nice if you have both the scoring player and the team Defence!

Finally, all points will be doubled for the final itself (the Super Bowl). So, a Head Coach nets 12 points for the win, each TD is worth 12 points, FG’s 6 etc.

Scores will be worked out using the official stats on the NFL GSIS website.

Entrants will be sent an e-mail with a link to a spreadsheet on Google Sheets website listing everyone’s teams entered as soon as the first playoff game starts (9:30pm GMT Saturday January 13th). Link will also be posted on this thread. I will endeavour to have all team line ups entered onto this spreadsheet ASAP after this deadline so you can see everything is open and above board, as well as allowing you to follow the playoffs more closely on TV, Radio and via the internet, if you so choose. (You’ll even be able to work out the team points for yourself should you like to). I will also advise at this time the number of entrants and projected prize money pay-out(s).

I will update the individual players scores weekly on Google Sheets and also use Google Sheets to produce a Standings Table updated between each Play Off round. The standings table link will also be posted on this thread.


You can trade one player/position after each round of games meaning over the course of the playoffs you can make a maximum of only three player/position changes. Your team’s value still cannot exceed $57 million after you have traded. You do not have to trade; your team can remain the same from start to finish. However you must submit your trade before the start of the following rounds game(s) by e-mail to me at my fantasy games addy - this can also be done by sending me a PM (Private Message) from the TFP forum.

Please help me by putting 'NFL FG PLAYOFFS Trade ’ in the subject header line. Updated team line ups will be made on the Google Sheets spreadsheet. Each trade deadline is the start of first game of each round and midnight 11th February for the Super Bowl - so for the avoidance of doubt that is Saturday night going into Sunday 11th February for the Super Bowl itself. This is because I sometimes go to a Super Bowl party up London so to take the pressure off me and to let everyone know each other’s final line ups before the Super Bowl starts the deadline is the night before to give me time to get the spreadsheet updated with people’s final trades. TBH the earlier everyone gets their final trade in to me the better as it really helps take the pressure off of me.

There are 3 trade windows - one after each Playoff round:

WILD CARD GAMES - Jan. 13 - 15

trade window 1


trade window 2


trade window 3

SUPER BOWL LVI - February 11th

So that is it - BEST OF LUCK

Entry Form


                      Player                Team                Value $


                         Total Value              (maximum $57)


Cut and paste the above form (within the dotted lines) into an e-mail or PM me (from here on TFP) - fill it in (with your chosen players and contact details) then send it to me (making sure it reaches me before the deadline for entry).

ON-LINE PLAYERS LIST (Remember to only choose players from teams still involved in the postseason - this list is the same as used in my season long version of this game):

NFL Players List (Gridiron Game) 2023/24

For those interested to see past winners of this game (and prize amounts paid out for 1st place) follow this link:


Make sure to scroll down when you click that link as this is the Play-Off version - I do run a full season version of this game annually to, and that is the info you see listed first on the winners history link above.

Hey all due to so many late entries and trades in my season long version of this game I wont get everything typed out in time so am posting my 1 entry for this game here before the first Wild Card game starts to be transparent:


Okay all teams are published here - really shocked by the low entry pool this year - sure I had loads more last year. :man_shrugging:


And here is the weekly standings table:

Gridiron Playoffs - Standings Table 2024




I know trade window 2 deadline is not to start of first game Sunday but thought it would not hurt to say here who I am waiting on Trades from before I can publicly publish new team lineups. This is because last window someone’s trade e-mail did not arrive in my inbox so this way people can check if I have received their trades.

People I’ve yet to receive Trade Window 2 trades from:

@starwarrior68 @brfcfan

Hi Noel

Trade out Likely BAL 1 for Kittle SF 8

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Okay all final line ups for Super Bowl now published. Good luck. :football:

Gridiron Playoffs 2024 - Final Standings Table

So another NFL season comes to an end and unlike last year despite going into Over-Time this years Super Bowl was quite a defensive affair and not many points scored fantasy wise. It actually helped me win as I only had 2 players in the Super Bowl and both scored for me helping me to just pip Andy to first place. Fine margins indeed.

Alas this year for some reason had far fewer entries than last year meaning my Noel Symonds (bluelionman) winnings for first place is only £60 this year unlike last years winner who pocketed a (ton). Runner up this year (who was last years winner) Andy Smith (Rick_Spangle) triples his entry fee and collects £30. I will now up date the Winner History for this game here:


I will be running this game again (as well as a season long version) next season - new players are always welcome - as well as returning players. Look out for details here on TFP forum shortly before next season starts (for the season long version) and again just before the playoffs start for this standalone playoff version of the game. Hut, hut! :football: :football: