Crazy Wild Card Weekend Predicted by Jersey Sales

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10:  Blair Walsh #3 of the Minnesota Vikings misses a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Seattle Seahawks defeat the Minnesota Vikings with a score of 10 to 9.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Matt KingFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2016

For the first time ever, all four road teams won their game on Wild Card Weekend. Nobody could have predicted that, right?


Using the very scientific formula of which team had the most jersey sales from April 30th to January 3rd, Dick's Sporting Goods came up with how it thought the bracket would look. And the crazy thing is, all predictions for the wild card were correct:

Even if the bracket isn't exactly lined up like the NFL playoffs after the wild card round, it's still pretty impressive that Dick's got the first four games right. And with the prediction of conference favorites Carolina and New England facing off in the Super Bowl with the Patriots winning, Dick's might just get the last game right as well.

So if you're looking for an edge in picking playoff games, just check what fans are picking up their favorite player's jersey. We may have finally found a foolproof way to predict games.

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