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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 […]

Saturday afternoon up, Saturday evening down in the ratings

Saturday afternoon up, Saturday evening down in the ratings

Saturday night’s playoff game was compelling, but a matchup of Baltimore and Nashville simply won’t generate the same eyeballs as an L.A. team versus America’s Team. Via Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily, the average audience for Titans-Ravens on Saturday night dropped by nearly four […]

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 […]

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 […]

Zach Thomas, Sam Mills, LeRoy Butler are Hall of Fame finalists for first time

Zach Thomas, Sam Mills, LeRoy Butler are Hall of Fame finalists for first time

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the modern-era finalists for the Class of 2020 on Thursday night. Seven of the 15 finalists made the list for the first time. The inclusion of first-year eligible players Troy Polamalu and Reggie […]

Comeback player of the year: Jimmy Garoppolo

Comeback player of the year: Jimmy Garoppolo

The 49ers were the sexy darkhorse pick before the 2018 season. That lasted until Week Three when Jimmy Garoppolo tore an anterior cruciate ligament. The 49ers finished 4-12. Fast forward to the 2019 preseason: No one expected anything out of Garoppolo and the 49ers. Yet, here they […]