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Mike Pereira: Pass interference rule was a bad rule that was destined to fail

Mike Pereira: Pass interference rule was a bad rule that was destined to fail

Did the expansion of replay to include pass interference work? It depends on your definition of “work.” Of the 101 interference-related replay reviews during the regular season, only 24 resulted in the on-field call being reversed, according to Mark […]

NFL divisional round viewership up 2 percent

NFL divisional round viewership up 2 percent

The NFL saw a slight uptick in TV viewership for the divisional round of the playoffs. The league says that average viewership for the four divisional round games was 33.2 million viewers, a 2 percent increase over the 32.6 million viewers that last year’s divisional round averaged. […]

No second round of interviews for Browns head coaching search

No second round of interviews for Browns head coaching search

The Browns are the only NFL team without a head coach, but it may not remain that way for long. Josh McDaniels became the eighth person to interview for the Browns’ head coaching vacancy on Friday and he will be the last. PFT has […]

Divisional round road teams have a puncher’s chance to win

Divisional round road teams have a puncher’s chance to win

In 1990, the NFL expanded the playoff field from 10 to 12 teams, resulting in four (not two) teams earning a bye. More often than not, the home team that has had a week off wins. But the road teams still have a chance […]

Clete Blakeman, Bill Vinovich, Walt Anderson, Shawn Hochuli head Divisional Round officiating crews

Clete Blakeman, Bill Vinovich, Walt Anderson, Shawn Hochuli head Divisional Round officiating crews

The NFL announced the four head referees that will lead the officiating crews for this weekend’s Divisional Round playoff matchups. Walt Anderson will have the Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers matchup in the Saturday afternoon window with Bill Vinovich leading […]

Overtime rules still need to change

Overtime rules still need to change

After the Chiefs lost the AFC Championship in overtime, the Chiefs proposed a rule that would allow the team that kicks off to start the extra session a chance to match a first-possession touchdown. It wasn’t passed. It still needs to be, as evidenced by Sunday’s first-possession, walk-off […]

Seahawks-Eagles generates biggest TV audience since Super Bowl

Seahawks-Eagles generates biggest TV audience since Super Bowl

The game ultimately wasn’t as exciting as it could have been, given the early exit of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz with a concussion. Still, the wild-card game between Seattle and Philadelphia, broadcast by NBC, generated the largest audience of any TV show since Super Bowl LIII. […]

All four home teams favored in divisional round

All four home teams favored in divisional round

Three road teams won in the wild card round of the playoffs, but the home teams are the favorites in the divisional round. San Francisco is listed as a 6.5 or 7-point favorite over Minnesota at various sports books, Baltimore is a 9.5 or 10-point favorite […]

Only one team made the final eight in 2018 and 2019

Only one team made the final eight in 2018 and 2019

The NFL’s 12-team playoff field typically undergoes significant turnover. The final eight teams feature an almost complete overhaul from last year’s quarterfinalists. Seven of the eight teams that played in last year’s divisional round won’t be back: the Colts, Chargers, Patriots, Cowboys, Rams, […]

Michael Thomas, Stephon Gilmore unanimous All-Pro selections

Michael Thomas, Stephon Gilmore unanimous All-Pro selections

The Associated Press has announced the results of this year’s All-Pro voting and two players were selected as first-team choices by all 50 voters. Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas got the unanimous nod after setting a new record for receptions during the 2019 season. Patriots cornerback Stephon […]