Despite Collingwood’s final round loss by 96 points to Geelong, they still ended up with the highest percentage in a 22-round VFL/AFL season (best in any season since 1929). The following table is taken from . In the final round their percentage dropped 14%! It was the first time since 1911 the top two teams played in the final round with their positions already guaranteed.
|Best Record – Home & Away Season|
|Collingwood||18||18||279. 244||1918||106.56||156. 181||1117||62.06||171.71||100.00||1929|
|Geelong||22||21||1||392. 320||2672||121.45||237. 229||1651||75.05||161.84||95.45||2008|
|Essendon||22||21||1||415. 326||2816||128.00||259. 216||1770||80.45||159.10||95.45||2000|
|Carlton||18||17||1||153. 207||1125||62.50||84. 160||664||36.89||169.43||94.44||1908|
|Essendon||18||17||1||286. 226||1942||107.89||167. 195||1197||66.50||162.24||94.44||1950|
|South Melbourne||14||13||1||134. 166||970||69.29||89. 144||678||48.43||143.07||92.86||1918|
|Collingwood||22||20||2||381. 306||2592||117.82||222. 214||1546||70.27||167.66||90.91||2011|
|St Kilda||22||20||2||322. 265||2197||99.86||206. 175||1411||64.14||155.71||90.91||2009|
|Carlton||22||20||2||340. 317||2357||107.14||246. 235||1711||77.77||137.76||90.91||1995|
Interestingly, 3 of the most successful home-and-away seasons have come in the past four years (neither Geelong nor St Kilda won the premiership in those respective years). The West Coast Eagles previously had the record for the highest percentage in a 22-round home-and-away season: 162.2% in 1991 after a 19-3 season (also losing in the final round).
This year the 4th placed side (West Coast) had a 17-5 record. This is the most games a team has won while missing out on the top 3. Back in 2008 a 13-9 record was enough for St Kilda to claim 4th spot after the home-and-away season! Also, the last time the 5th-ranked team had a percentage above 130 (as Carlton did this year) was 1963.