Puppy Bowl XVI, Part II: How did things shake out?
The results are in… how did our Puppy Predictor (P.P.) do-do? The P.P. projected point totals for each puppy in the starting lineup, giving us a final score, winning team, and top pup-formers. We gave it a fair shake and came out one for two on picking the winning team and top dog. Congratulations to top dogs Team Fluff and Gina!
For more on our modeling approach and this year’s picks, check out our previous post.
Pictured Above: Theodore basking in the glory of Team Fluff’s victory.
It’s paw-ty time for Team Fluff - what a treat! This epic tail had us on the edge of our seats all game. Team Fluff stole the Lombarky at the buzzer with a 63 to 59 victory over Team Ruff, pup-setting the model, leveling the series playing field at 3 wins apiece and creating an epic Ruff-Fluff rivalry.
Overall, the P.P. projected 116 total points to be scored across the two teams, just shy of the 122 points the two squads delivered on Sunday.
Top Pup-formers & Underdogs
Below, you can see some of the Puppy Predictor’s point projections for pups who scored, our Most Valuable Puppy (MVP) pick, top dog picks and underdog candidates. Overall, the Puppy Predictor’s average prediction was within 3.5 points across all pups in starting lineups, favoring breeds that were all-around friendly and had high energy levels.
Cafecito brewed up the biggest surprise of the afternoon, powering past his projection by nearly two touchdowns and snapping up some MVP votes. For other pups like Maverick, the model was spot on - projected among the lowest-scoring pups, poor Maverick succumbed to pup-formance anxiety and never made it out of the tunnel. Of all the dogs who scored, our most accurate prediction was Strudel. The P.P. had him at six, and the sweet pup actually scored seven.
For all of the drama that unfolded throughout the game, the MVP race was not a competition. Gina was announced as one of three MVP candidates during the game and, as the P.P. predicted, she took Ma-homes the top prize of the day after her two-touchdown performance.
But Gina did not stop there. She also won the hearts of fans with this close-up.
Gina’s performance was consistent with previous Puppy Bowl MVPs over the years. Since the historic 93-38 blowout in 2017, MVP scoring has been generally lower, perhaps because pups these days are more willing to share the ball.
A Big Round of A-Paws, From Our Lab to Yours
Bark out to all the pup-ticipants in Puppy Bowl XVI. They all found their fur-ever homes. Still looking for that doggie in the window? Check out Animal Planet’s adoption resource guide.
The dog days may be over for now, but we’re not rolling over. We’ll continue retrieving more data and retraining the Puppy Predictor through the off-season and be back with even more on-the-nose predictions for Puppy Bowl XVII. Chow chow for now!