The contest entry period ends on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at noon Eastern time. The contest will run during the entire New England regular season, which is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 in Buffalo, and will end after the last regular-season game of the season, which is scheduled to be held on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 in Foxborough, MA against Buffalo, or whenever any 2013 regular-season makeup games are played. If there is a tie among two or more contestants at the end of the regular season, then the contest will end when somebody wins a tiebreaker question that places them alone in First Place. The same process will be followed to determine the Second and Third Place finishers.
DESCRIPTION OF PRIZES:
The First Place winner will receive three prizes: Lunch or dinner with Globe sports columnist Chris Gasper on a date, time, and at a restaurant of Gaspers choice, a framed photograph of quarterback Tom Brady, and a $300 gift card good for merchandise at the online Patriots Pro Shop. The Second Place winner will receive a Pro Shop gift card worth $200, and the Third Place winner will receive a Pro Shop gift card worth $100. Gift cards are subject to terms and conditions as specified by issuer. Winners are responsible for any and all costs not described in these official rules. If the First Prize winner is unable to participate in the meal with Mr. Gasper, Sponsor may substitute a 1-hour phone call with Mr. Gasper.
SELECTION OF WINNER:
The winner(s) will be determined based on their record of picking the outcome of the 16 games that New England will play during the 2013 regular season. The top finishers could have a record of 16-0, 15-1, 14-2, etc. In the case of a tie, we will use the top finishers answers to each of the tiebreaker questions, in the order in which the questions are posted on the entry form, to determine the final order of finish. Winners will be notified via e-mail or phone within three days after the winners are determined by their final record or by a tiebreaker question. The contest winner(s) must reply within a week or alternate contest winner(s) will be selected. The names of the winners will be posted in the Sports section of Boston.com. All decisions by the judges are final.
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Entrants outside the United States and Canada are eligible to play, but are not eligible to win. One entry per person, email address, or phone number. Use of an automated method of submission will result in disqualification. Employees of The New York Times Company, New England Media Group, participating partners, or their affiliates or the immediate families of each (spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, or spouse or "step" of each) or those living in the same household as each are ineligible.
METHOD OF ENTRY:
Entrants may go to http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/extras/patriots_fan_prediction_contest to enter. Boston.com is not responsible for lost, delayed, or illegible entries.
STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Prize(s) cannot be substituted, transferred, or redeemed for cash. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.
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