If you were on the edge of your seat during Sunday's Kansas City Chiefs/New England Patriots game you weren't alone. According to Nielsen fast national ratings provided by CBS, the playoff match-up averaged 53.9 million viewers. The game peaked with 63.8 million viewers. That's good enough to make it the second-most watched AFC Championship game in 42 years. What's number one? The Jets/Steelers title game in 2011 with 54.9 million viewers. Will those numbers carry over to the Super Bowl? That's surprisingly harder to predict. Just from asking around the newsroom and what I noticed online, most people were rooting for the Patriots to lose as New England fatigue has settled in for many football fans. Could the nation turn their support to the Rams with viewers watching the Super Bowl in large numbers in the hopes of seeing the Patriots fall? We'll have to wait and see. … [Read more...] about Chiefs vs Patriots the second most watched AFC Championship game in 42 years
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Scott Davis, provided by Published 11:17 am PST, Sunday, January 20, 2019 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Brian Hoyer (2) walks through the tunnel before the AFC Championship NFL football game =against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) less New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Brian Hoyer (2) walks through the tunnel before the AFC Championship NFL football game =against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, ... more Photo: Charlie Riedel, Associated Press Photo: Charlie Riedel, Associated Press Image 1 of / 24 Caption Close Image 1 of 24 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Brian Hoyer (2) walks through the tunnel before the AFC Championship NFL … [Read more...] about Tom Brady reportedly walked into a room while preparing to play the Chiefs and told Patriots teammates that he’s ‘the baddest motherf—– on the planet’
The road to Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will get a little clearer this weekend. After Sunday, we’ll know which 12 teams advanced to the NFL playoffs. Eight teams will play on wild-card weekend, with the winners moving on to play the top two seeds in each conference the following week in the divisional round. While we’ll have to wait until then to pencil in the teams, we do already know the schedule. Here’s a look. Playoff schedule Wild-card round, Jan. 5-6: There will be two games each day, one from each conference on both Saturday and Sunday. The No. 3 seed will host the No. 6 seed, and the No. 4 seed will host the No. 5 seed. Divisional round, Jan. 12-13: Same deal as the wild-card round: Two games each day, one from each conference on both Saturday and Sunday. The top two seeds from each conference will serve as the home teams. The No. 1 seed with play the lowest remaining seed (No. 4, 5 or 6) while the No. 2 seed will host the highest … [Read more...] about NFL playoffs guide: Schedules and scenarios for Week 17
Here’s a crazy thought: The Houston Texans with home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Yep, the team that began the season 0-3 just might sneak past the Chiefs and Patriots and claim that coveted spot. The Texans have won nine in a row. They’ve done so in all sorts of ways, from strong defense to opportunistic offense to solid special teams to superb coaching. On Sunday, they face Indianapolis (6-6) and can pretty much knock the Colts out of postseason contention with a win. Indianapolis has won three of the past four against the Texans in a series in which the past eight games were decided by seven or fewer points. Should Houston get by the Colts, the remainder of the schedule has visits to the Jets and Eagles and a home finale against Jacksonville. Considering that two-month string of wins, why can’t the Texans run the table? “It’s a small accomplishment,” says defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who has justified being the top overall pick … [Read more...] about Texans, once 0-3, could sneak past Pats, Chiefs to top AFC
I thought about this quite a bit Tuesday morning, and ultimately it was easy to arrive at the conclusion: The Rams-Chiefs fireworks display on Monday Night Football was the most entertaining regular season game I’ve ever seen. The only disappointment in the Rams’ 54-51 win was that it didn’t go to overtime. I think I said “Wow!’’ during that one even more than ESPN wood-carved analyst Jason Witten, and “wow’’ is his go-to exclamation for anything even mildly exciting. We’ll know he’s progressing as an analyst when starts mixing in a “whoa!’’ every once in a while. Here’s an honorable mention of regular-season games that I considered as potentially the best I’d seen until Monday night: The Patriots’ 38-35 victory over the Giants in the 2007 regular-season finale to go 16-0; the 35-34 loss to the Colts — the fourth-and-2 game — during Week 10 of the ill-fated 2009 season; and … [Read more...] about It’s tempting to say the Patriots can’t hang with the NFL’s best. But they already have.