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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 […]

Four more Vikings head to the Pro Bowl

Four more Vikings head to the Pro Bowl

Pro Bowl snubs mean little because players who should have been named to the initial team quite often make it. Case in point: Kirk Cousins, who had the best season of his career, should have been a Pro Bowler from the get-go. He now is. Cousins […]

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. […]

Spots 1-28 now set for 2020 NFL Draft

Spots 1-28 now set for 2020 NFL Draft

Yesterday was a crushing loss for the Texans, but at least they can comfort themselves with their future, and how they can use the 26th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to make a good team better. Oh wait, they already traded that one to the […]

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 […]

A Vikings win on Saturday raises the stakes on Sunday, considerably

A Vikings win on Saturday raises the stakes on Sunday, considerably

If, as expected, the 49ers beat the Vikings, San Francisco will host the winner of Sunday’s Seahawks-Packers game for a berth in Super Bowl LIV. If the Vikings somehow pull off the upset, Sunday’s game takes on much greater significance for the victors. […]

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 […]

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, […]