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NFL Champions League - Congrats 49ers! 2013 Champions League Title

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I've thought about doing an NHL Champions League, but they just changed over the league structure this year, so it wouldn't be possible to do an ongoing one for a couple of years. But NBA would work pretty good because you'd actually get a full roster of games among all the previous season's division winners, and with six divisions (NHL is down to four), you'd have enough variety to keep it interesting. More work than I want to do, anyway, lol, but i'd love to see someone else tackle some other leagues. NFL seems like the perfect balance between enough variety (eight divisions) and rarity (like the EUFA Champions League, the games only happen a few times a year, not every single week.)

Doing these historical recaps is lots of fun, but what I'm most looking forward to is following an NFL Champions League season as it unfolds. There's still enough time left this season to be interesting. But I plan on maintaining this and expanding upon it as the years go. I've got a blogger address secured, and I'm considering securing a real website address and using it to learn Adobe's Muse website builder program.

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2008 saw the Pittsburgh Steelers finally win their first NFL Champions League title in very dramatic fashion. They were still bitter about missing out on the 2005 title due to the change in the CL ranking format (removing NFL playoff CL victories from the rankings), so it was with no little irony that it took a playoff victory over the Chargers to secure the title. A three way regular season tie with the Colts and Cowboys meant it would take a tiebreaker to settle things. Had the Colts lost to the Chargers, it would have set up a winner-take-all matchup between the Colts and Steelers but it didn't come to that.
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The Steelers followed the Colts logo-modification strategy and only changed one element of their logo, when three could have been changed, the argument, like the Colts, that there is plenty of time over the coming years to add more modifications to their logo, and that it would provide motivation to do so.

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And that motivation apparently worked, as the Steelers wouldn't have to wait very long to add a second Champions Star to their helmet....
Up next, 2009, and possibly, the first repeat champion.

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For the first time, the NFL Champions League had a repeat winner in 2009. The Pittsburgh Steelers followed up their 2008 playoff victory with an undefeated regular season. For the first time, there were no Champions Leagues games played in the NFL playoffs, a trend that would continue for the next two seasons.
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For their logo, the two-time CL champion Steelers continued their plan of incrementally modifying the logo with each CL title. It's obvious how they will commemorate their next CL title, but if they win a fourth, there's no clear consensus on what direction it will take.
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Up next 2010, and the first three-time Champions League winner.

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If Pittsburgh gets a 4th, they could turn the whole logo into a Star.

I'm gonna say Pittsburgh wins a third in a row? Based on the playoffs that year, Pittsburgh went to the SB, didn't they?

This is pretty interesting DarkP. Good work

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It has to be Pittsburgh. They were the first repeat winner, so if there's a three-peat, the Steelers are the only team that can do it.

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2010 brought us the first three-time NFL Champions League winner. With another undefeated run through the Champions League schedule the New England Patriots secured their title as the first great Champions League team. In all three of its titles, the Patriots defeated all challengers. Mirroring their dominance of the NFL itself over the past decade, New England remains fourteen CL points ahead of its closest challengers, with 42 to their 28, and that gap is only likely to widen as this season continues.

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Continuing their team tradition of no-nonsense, the Patriots CL logo remained the same, with just the single Champions Star in Flying Elvis's hat. However, there are rumors that if (when) they get to five CL titles, they may do something special to commemorate that distinction.

Up next, 2011, and a second team joins the Patriots in the discussion for Greatest CL Team of All Time....

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There are lots of debates over what constitutes the "Greatest" NFL Champions League team of this first decade. The Patriots were the first to collect three titles, and have a commanding total CL points lead. However, a strong case can be made for the 2011 Champions League winners, the Pittsburgh Steelers, after winning their third title in three seasons.

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The Steelers are the first team to "complete" a multi-part Champions League logo modification, as their initial concept of replacing one of the three starbursts with each title has been fulfilled. It'll be interesting to see what they come up with for title #4, however, it won't be this season they have to worry about it, nor anytime soon based on their record the last couple of years.

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Up next, 2012. Some new blood gets their first Star.

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And now we are up to speed, with the 2012 NFL Champions League winners, the 49ers. San Francisco is the second team to win the title by virtue of the CL points earned during the NFL playoffs. Their playoff victory over the Packers broke their CL regular season tie with the Giants. Interestingly, the Baltimore Ravens stormed through the NFL playoffs by beating three other Champions League teams, a first. They actually had more playoff wins than regular season wins for a total of ten CL points, which included a win over the 49ers themselves.

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The 49ers opted for something a bit bolder for their Champions League logo modification, with the Champions Star filling the circle behind the SF. Except for the inaugural Eagles with their prominent extra star, the 49ers incorporation of the Champions Star is the least subtle of all the teams.

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And that catches us up to the current season, 2013. I'll continue posting updates about each Champions League game that occurs, as well as look at the standings. Currently, Denver, San Francisco, and New England remain undefeated in Champions League play, but at least one of those will rack up a loss this weekend after the Broncos and Patriots clash.

Up next... 2013, week 12 NFL Champions League matchups...

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And now here we are with the first official regular Champions League update.

The big matchup of the week is Broncos-Patriots, with a clear path to the CL title probably riding on the outcome. Both teams are currently still undefeated in CL play, and it's likely that this year, one CL loss will knock a team out of contention. With a third CL victory for this season, the Broncos would only be looking at a week 16 scrimmage against the disappointing Texans between them and an undefeated season.

The biggest threat to both of those teams is the 49ers, gunning for their second straight NFL Champions League title. They are currently undefeated, with only a Monday Night matchup against the Redskins and a a week 16 game against the disastrous Falcons remaining. A perfect regular season seems likely, and a potential playoff tiebreaker against the winner of the Patriots-Broncos tilt seems imminent.

Green Bay and Atlanta are still technically alive with only one CL loss each, but the way their seasons have been going doesn't inspire any confidence, and one of them will be effectively knocked out after they play each other in Week 14.

Up next... 2013Week 12 results.

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Week 12 of the NFL Champions League is in the books, with things clearing up a bit. At the top of the table, we have San Francisco and New England, both still undefeated. No reason to think that form won't hold and both of these teams end up the season with 8 CL points each, necessitating a potential points differential or NFL playoff tiebreaker.

This week has only one game upcoming, the Patriots taking on the lowly Texans.

Up next... beginning our look at the all-time Champions League standings. Patriots, Colts, and Steelers are at the top, but how have all the other teams fared over the years?

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Only one NFL Champions League game this week, the dead-in-the-water Texans vs the in-contention Patriots. Their overtime win against the Broncos last week kept them on pace with the 49ers for the 2013 title. But to draw even with the 49ers going into their final games of the season, the Patriots need to take care of business this weekend.

Up next... the thing I promised last time, the first look at the all-time CL standings. Hint: the Texans are near the bottom of the list, but they aren't THE bottom.

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It was closer than expected, but New England kept pace with the 49ers for the 2013 NFL Champions League title.

There are five games left to be played over the next three weeks with a bunch of possibilities still remaining should San Francisco and New England stumble in their final games.

Up next... the historical stats, part one.

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The first ten years of the NFL Champions League has more or less mirrored the traditional NFL, in that the top teams and bottom teams look pretty similar. The Patriots have dominated, winning 25 of 35 Champions League games (three of those losses occurring during Tom Brady's injury season) they've participated in for a total of 50 points as of Week 13 in 2013. Adding in the NFL playoff CL matches, the Patriots' total jumps up to 58 points. No one even comes close, with both the Steelers and Colts at 28 points each, however, the Steelers have matched the Patriots in titles with three while the Colts have only one.

On the other end of the table, there are still four teams who have not only never won a Champions League game, they've never even participated in one. The Lions, Bills, Jags, and Browns are the only teams to have not won their divisions in the past decade. It looks like the Lions might get their first opportunity next season if they can hold on to the NFC North, but for the other three, it's 2015 at the earliest.

Up next... The second tier teams.

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Great to see this up and running, darkp.

I have to catch up on the narrative, but the league logo and CL team logos are well done.

Fantastic idea!

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There are two teams who have made it to the CL, but have thus far done nothing once they got there. Oakland's chance was all the way back in the first Champions League season, but went winless in what we now know was the start of Oakland's long dark stretch of sub-mediocrity. As long as Peyton Manning is in their division, it'll be more on the outside looking in for the Raiders.

Washington took its first spin in the CL this year, and their inexperience shows. Through three games, they are winless, but they do have one more chance to move out of a tie for last with a Week 15 game against the Falcons. With the Redskins earning the NFL's first elimination from post-season play (Somehow the Texans haven't been eliminated yet??), their run in the Champions League will be a one-season affair.

Next up, the Second Tier of good teams.

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I'm really lovin' this idea darkp.

...A year-round tournament within the regular schedule.

It's an added-value feature for the fans.

Now...what if the NFL bought into this idea, and upped the interest by throwing in some cash.

However, this cash which could be divvied-up between the teams...i.e. First Place gets x...Second Place gets y...etc.,

is not for the players or ownership.

It's for the community.

So, for example; Green Bay wins the CL, and gets $500,000 for the hospital's new wing.

New England is runner-up and gets $250,000 for its new municipal centre or whatever...

and so on down the line.

Each game of the CL would have monetary value for the fans and community.

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That's just crazy. The NFL owners and players have families to feed.

That said, it's a great idea, and it'll be fun to incorporate it into fleshing out this Champions League world.

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It's essentially a knockout game this week as both the Falcons and Packers look to avoid their second Champions League loss of the season. With the 49ers and Patriots already both at three victories on the season, the only chance any of the remaining one-loss teams (Packers, Falcons, Broncos) have is to win out and hope that both San Francisco and New England falter in their final game, and then pray for favorable tiebreakers.

In the event of a CL points tie, the first tiebreaker wouldn't come until potentially the Super Bowl, if the Patriots or Broncos end up facing the 49ers. Barring that, it's total CL playoff points accumulated, then head-to-head CL regular season, then points differential. There's still argument that using the NFL playoffs as a tiebreaker is unfair because all CL teams aren't guaranteed equal chances at getting to play against another CL team. In fact, there have been two seasons where there were zero CL matchups in the NFL playoffs. The argument in favor of it is that it maintains excitement all through the NFL playoffs, as anticipation builds for potential CL matchups, and rewarding any team that happens to face the daunting task of defeating even more CL opponents than anyone else. The rules might be altered down the line, but for 2013, this remains the format.

Up next.... 2013 Week 14 results.

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We have our first leader in the NFL Champions League clubhouse. The Packers held off the Falcons to finish their CL season at 3-1 for a total of 6 points. That puts them in a tie with the Patriots and 49ers, who both also sit at 6 points, but both still have a game in hand, and the potential for 8 points. And the Broncos still have a chance at finishing with 6 points if they win their final game. If all four teams end up with six points, then we wait for the NFL playoffs to see if any of these CL teams play each other. If there are no head to head matchups, then it goes to overall CL playoff points. With a possibility of up to five CL teams still alive for the playoffs, chances are strong for one or more CL post-season clashes.

Next up, more All-Time Rankings.. the best teams never to have won the Title.

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