Spring 2015 Playoffs Update:
The road to JFF Super Bowl XI continues in the JFF 2015 Spring Season Playoffs and the first two rounds of action are now in the books.
Shady’s #1 Seed JFF Buffalo Bills will go up against TD Barrett’s #2 Seed JFF Tennessee Titans for the second time this season in the AFC Conference Championship, while The Natural’s JFF Carolina Panthers will match up with Shane’s #1 Seed JFF Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Conference Championship
The Conference Championships will take place between Thursday, April 16, 2015 and Saturday, April 18, 2015.
AFC Conference Championship: #2 Seed JFF Tennessee Titans AT #1 Seed JFF Buffalo Bills
The #1 Seed JFF Bills (16-0-0) and #2 Seed JFF Titans (13-3-0) first met in Week Ten, with Buffalo getting the best of Tennessee 24-14. The JFF Bills finished the Regular Season with the #1 overall best offense, and the #3 best rushing offense. Buffalo also completed the Regular Season with the #1 best rushing defense and they were #2 in total interceptions. The JFF Bills also finished as the #1 team in the Final Edition of The JFF Power Rankings.
The JFF Buffalo Bills last advanced to the AFC Conference Championship during the Fall 2005 season (different Owner / Coach). They ended up defeating the JFF New England Patriots to earn a spot in JFF Super Bowl Super Bowl VI, but they lost to the JFF Minnesota Vikings 17-13. The JFF Tennessee Titans made their last appearance in a Conference Championship during the Spring 2004 season (different Owner / Coach). They also made it to the Conference Championship during the Fall 2003 season. Both times, they won the Conference Championship (note: during those two seasons, the league was divided into the Eastern Conference and Western Conference as opposed to the AFC Conference and NFC Conference; The JFF Titans were part of the Eastern Conference)
The JFF Bills advanced to the AFC Conference Championship by defeating the #6 Seed JFF Miami Dolphins 17-3 in the Divisional Round of the AFC Conference playoffs. Buffalo QB E.J. Manuel completed 15 of 21 passes for 228 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Manuel also ran twice for 10 rushing yards. JFF Bills HB C.J. Spiller rushed 22 times for 65 rushing yards. Buffalo WR Danario Alexander finished with 4 receptions for 46 receiving yards and 1 touchdown, and WR Robert Woods finished with 2 receptions for 64 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. JFF Bills DE Jerry Hughes had one sack, and CB Stephon Gilmore, FS Duke Williams, and SS Terry Justice each had one interception.
The JFF Titans advanced to the AFC Conference Championship by getting past the run-oriented #5 Seed JFF Baltimore Ravens 34-27. It was only the second time that the Baltimore defense, which finished the Regular Season as the #2 overall defense and #2 best pass defense, allowed an opponent to score over 30 points against them (the first time was in Week Six, when the JFF Ravens lost to the JFF Cleveland Browns 34-7). JFF Titans QB Tyrod Taylor completed 13 of 19 passes for 205 passing yards and 1 touchdown. Taylor also ran 5 times for 12 yards and 1 touchdown. Tennessee HB Mark Ingram rushed 20 times for 119 rushing yards and 1 touchdown. JFF Titans HB De’Anthony Thomas had 2 receptions for 7 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. Tennessee LB Duran Fuller finished with 10 tackles and 1 interception, and SS Daimion Stafford also had 2 tackles and 1 interception.
NFC Conference Championship: #2 Seed JFF Carolina Panthers AT #1 Seed JFF Seattle Seahawks
The #1 Seed JFF Seahawks (13-3-0) and #2 Seed JFF Panthers (13-3-0) did not compete against each other this season. The JFF Seahawks finished the Regular Season with the #7 overall best offense, and the #4 best rushing offense. Seattle also completed the Regular Season with the #5 overall defense and #2 best rushing defense, and they were also #2 in total sacks. The JFF Carolina Panthers finished the Regular Season with the #3 overall offense, and the #1 best pass offense. The JFF Panthers also had the #6 overall defense in the league during the Regular Season.
This season will mark the first time in league history that the JFF Seattle Seahawks have made it as far as the NFC Conference Championship. During the Spring 2003 season and Fall 2004 season, Seattle lost in the Divisional Round of the playoffs (different Owner / Coaches). The JFF Carolina Panthers are the defending JFF Super Bowl Champions, which means this will be the team’s second consecutive appearance in the NFC Conference Championship. Prior to last season, the JFF Panthers had only earned a playoff berth once, and that was during the Spring 2004 season (different Owner / Coach) when the JFF Panthers lost in the Wild-Card Round to the JFF Dallas Cowboys 30-0.
The JFF Seahawks advanced to the NFC Conference Championship by eliminating the #6 Seed JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-17 in the Divisional Round of the NFC Conference playoffs. Seattle QB Russell Wilson completed 18 of 21 passes for 234 passing yards and 1 touchdown. JFF Seahawks HB Robert Turbin rushed 22 times for 114 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Seattle WR Percy Harvin had 5 receptions for 66 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. JFF Seahawks DE Michael Bennett had 1 sack and LB Julian Stanford had 6 tackles and 1 interception.
The JFF Panthers advanced to the NFC Conference Championship by gaining a measure of ‘revenge’ against a JFF Dallas Cowboys team that squeaked past the JFF Panthers 20-17 during Week Seven of the Regular Season. In the Divisional Round ‘rematch,’ Carolina came out on top 23-21. This was a match-up between the Fall 2013 JFF Super Bowl Champion (Cliff / JFF New England Patriots) and the Fall 2014 JFF Super Bowl Champion (The Natural / JFF Panthers; Also Fall 2006 JFF Super Bowl Champion with the JFF San Francisco 49ers). JFF Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 18 of 23 passes for 231 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Carolina HB Darren McFadden rushed 24 times for 138 rushing yards. JFF Panthers TE Greg Olsen had 7 receptions for 92 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Carolina DE Greg Hardy had 1 sack, LB Thomas Davis had 1 interception, and SS Charles Godfrey finished with 4 tackles and 1 interception.
CLICK HERE for the Spring 2015 “Playoffs Preview” Feature and list of participating Owner / Coaches in each Conference
CLICK HERE for past playoffs results in the JFF Madden NFL Online League.
Conference Championship games will be broadcast live via Twitch.tv and/or UStream.tv sometime between Thursday morning and Saturday evening.