Then there were two...
It was always going to be a three horse race, that became pretty clear toward the latter stages of the season.
The defending premier Roosters got bounced out by the Raiders in Week 2 of the finals, from that point on, any other grand final quinella than the Panthers & Storm would have surprised.
Penrith have lost 1 game this year, just 1.
That was on Friday June 12 against the Parramatta Eels, who at the time, were flying.
The following Friday night Penrith played Melbourne at Campbelltown.
21-14, Penrith won.
Another master-class from Nathan Clearly against a relatively full strength Melbourne Storm outfit, minus Jahrome Hughes and Josh Addo-Carr.
Admittedly, that is 4 months ago and the Storm are playing some excellent football.
But the Panthers haven't lost since.
Okay, they've got the old bloke Cameron Smith to steer the ship and he may well get the fairytale ending to a wonderful career, but Penrith have been the best team all year, right?
The Panthers should have beaten Souths by more than 4 points on Saturday, they blew 3-4 tries in the first half alone. Kicked when they should have passed, a Cleary cut ball just missed the mark down the left side, there was a bit of waste.
They'll tidy those things up this week, they've been brilliant all year.
Api Koroisau had a great game on Saturday, he ran rings around the Bunnies in behind the ruck.
Perhaps if the Panthers had of put 40 on the Bunnies on Saturday night, they may well be favourites for the grand final?
$2.10 for a team that hasn't lost in 4 months? Yes the Storm are good, but the odds are simply wrong here.
Clive Churchill Medal you ask? Has to be Nathan Cleary.
Money to be made!