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How smart were the Smart Guys?

Meh.

Now that the 2014 NFL season is over -- and what a finish, with New England holding off Seattle 28-24 in the Super Bowl -- it's time to look back at how Press-Gazette Media members who cover the Green Bay Packers predicted the season would turn out.

Frankly, the results are less than inspiring.

Pete Dougherty was the only one to correctly pick the Packers' final regular-season record at 12-4. Ryan Wood was slightly more optimistic at 13-3, while Weston Hodkiewicz and Robert Zizzo were on the cautious side at 11-5.

Hodkiewicz and Zizzo correctly predicted the outcome of the NFC championship game: Seattle beating Green Bay. Only Zizzo picked both Super Bowl teams, although he had Seattle beating New England.

Here's how they saw the season play out when they made their predictions in early September:

Dougherty

NFC East: Philadelphia

NFC South: New Orleans

NFC North: Green Bay

NFC West: Seattle

Wild cards: San Francisco, Atlanta

AFC East: New England

AFC South: Indianapolis

AFC North: Cincinnati

AFC West: Denver

Wild cards: N.Y. Jets, Baltimore

NFC championship: New Orleans over Seattle

AFC championship: Cincinnati over Indianapolis

Super Bowl: New Orleans over Cincinnati

Hodkiewicz

NFC East: Philadelphia

NFC South: New Orleans

NFC North: Green Bay

NFC West: Seattle

Wild cards: Arizona, San Francisco

AFC East: N.Y. Jets

AFC South: Indianapolis

AFC North: Cincinnati

AFC West: Denver

Wild cards: New England, Pittsburgh

NFC championship: Seattle over Green Bay

AFC championship: Denver over Indianapolis

Super Bowl: Denver over Seattle

Wood

NFC East: Philadelphia

NFC South: New Orleans

NFC North: Green Bay

NFC West: Seattle

Wild cards: San Francisco, N.Y. Giants

AFC East: New England

AFC South: Indianapolis

AFC North: Cincinnati

AFC West: Denver

Wild cards: Pittsburgh, San Diego

NFC championship: Green Bay over New Orleans

AFC championship: Denver over New England

Super Bowl: Denver over Green Bay

Zizzo

NFC East: Philadelphia

NFC South: New Orleans

NFC North: Green Bay

NFC West: Seattle

Wild cards: Chicago, Arizona

AFC East: New England

AFC South: Indianapolis

AFC North: Pittsburgh

AFC West: Denver

Wild cards: Cincinnati, San Diego

NFC championship: Seattle over Green Bay

AFC championship: New England over Denver

Super Bowl: Seattle over New England

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