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NFL Postseason Is Breaking Viewing Records

Chiefs AFC win was most-watched non-Super Bowl program on CBS since 1994 Winter Olympics

(Newser) - The television audiences for the NFL playoffs and last Sunday's conference championship games are the highest on record going back to 1988. According to the league and Nielsen, the first three weekends of the postseason averaged 38.5 million viewers on television and digital platforms, a 9% increase over...

NFL's First Playoff Game Behind Paywall Sets a Record

Match on Peacock between Chiefs and Dolphins drew an average 23M viewers

(Newser) - Whether fans tuned in Saturday night to the Chiefs-Dolphins AFC playoff match on Peacock to watch Taylor Swift having fun in the stands or because they were actually invested in the game, those viewers helped make it the most-streamed live event ever, reports the AP . Nielsen stats show the game...

'EVERY State in US' Under NWS' Watchful Eye This Weekend

Brutal cold, storms threaten Iowa caucus, NFL playoffs in Buffalo and Kansas City

(Newser) - Brutally cold weather could prove a deadly challenge Saturday amid a continuing wave of Arctic storms that have hammered much of the country with blinding snow, freezing rain, and whipping winds. Governors from New York to Louisiana declared states of emergency ahead of predicted snow and bone-chilling temperatures. In St....

For First Time, NFL Playoff Game Is Behind a Paywall

Fans will need to have a Peacock subscription to watch Chiefs-Dolphins Saturday night

(Newser) - The quarterback matchup between Miami's Tua Tagovailoa and Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes isn't the only major storyline going into their AFC wild card game. Another question is how many fans will pay to watch a game being carried exclusively on a streaming platform for the first time....

NBC Removes Al Michaels From NFL Playoff Coverage

In a move that appeared to surprise Michaels, per the 'New York Post'

(Newser) - Al Michaels won't be calling an NFL playoff game for NBC for the first time since the network returned to televising the league in 2006, the AP reports. NBC confirmed to the AP that Michaels won't be working the playoffs. The development was first reported by the New ...

3 Noteworthy Things About Monday Night's NFL 'Playoff Dud'

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are out of the playoffs

(Newser) - The Dallas Cowboys eliminated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a wild-card NFL playoff game Monday night that was making headlines for a few reasons. Among them:
  • Scary incident: Late in the fourth quarter, Tampa Bay wide receiver Russell Gage took a hard shot to the neck after stumbling to the

This Was the Craziest Play of the NFL Weekend

Bengals return a fumble for a playoff record 98 yards in the 4th quarter in their win

(Newser) - Most of the NFL playoff games over the weekend were close—like this hard-to-believe comeback —and one play in particular stood out. It came during the fourth quarter of the Baltimore Ravens-Cincinnati Bengals game Sunday night. With the score tied at 17, the Ravens were on the Bengals' 2-yard-line...

A Game for the Ages Sparks Call for Rule Change
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A Game for the Ages Sparks Call for Rule Change

Chiefs beat the Bills in OT, and Buffalo didn't get a chance to touch the ball

(Newser) - All four NFL playoff games over the weekend were decided on the final play, but it's how the last game finished that has a lot of sportswriters agitated. The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bills 42-36 in overtime, and critics say the league's OT rules badly need...

Cowboys QB Under Fire for Post-Game Ref Comments

Dak Prescott gave fans 'credit' for tossing trash at referees

(Newser) - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott might be taking more criticism for his comments following a loss on Sunday than for the game itself. Short version: Dallas fans thought the refs blew a call on the final play that cost them a chance to win. When informed that some people tossed...

'That's a Good Question, Though, Mom'

Donna Kelce watched sons in 2 different NFL games, then asked question at press conference

(Newser) - NFL fans had a full Sunday as the playoffs began, but one fan in particular gets bragging rights. Donna Kelce actually attended two separate games—to watch her sons play. As CNN reports, Kelce first traveled to Florida to watch son Jason of the Philadelphia Eagles play the Tampa Bay...

Things Got Ugly After Dallas' Wild Playoff Loss

Fans throw trash at referees, and QB Dak Prescott praises them for it

(Newser) - One of the NFL wild-card games over the weekend ended in particularly ugly fashion: Dallas fans peppered the referees with trash as they left the field, and Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott praised the move: "A credit to them," he said, reports the Dallas Morning News . The comment came...

Coach Accused of 'Dumbest Timeout Ever' in NFL Finale

Raiders beat the Chargers in OT, sealing the playoff picture

(Newser) - Sunday night's crazy finale to the NFL regular season nearly cost bookmakers millions of dollars, reports ESPN . And it surely had certain bettors devastated that a big payday barely slipped through their fingers. All of this revolved around the late game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles...

The Patriots' Fall Is Complete
The Patriots' Fall Is Complete 

The Patriots' Fall Is Complete

And Brady's career is up in the air, though he says he'll be back next season

(Newser) - When the eerie Foxborough fog lifted, it became clear that New England's reign atop the NFL was ending. Derrick Henry ensured that with the kind of dominating playoff performance usually reserved for Tom Brady and the Patriots. Henry rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown while Tennessee's defense...

Before Patriots Game, Chargers Make Unusual Move

Los Angeles signs a kicker, just for kickoffs

(Newser) - The Chargers are underdogs in this Sunday's playoff game against the Patriots, and they just made an unusual move to gain an edge—they signed a second kicker. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Los Angeles signed Nick Rose for the express purpose of handling kickoffs. The reason? The...

Bears Kicker May Not Be Fully to Blame for Epic Miss

Failed field goal by Bears' Cody Parkey appears to have been tipped

(Newser) - Doink-doink. Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed a 43-yard field goal in the final seconds Sunday night when the ball hit the goalpost, then the crossbar, and bounced out. That allowed the Eagles to win the playoff game, 16-15, and earned Parkey goat status—especially since he had hit the goalpost...

The Longest Current Playoff Drought in Major Sports Is Over

What's eluded Buffalo Bills for 17 years is now theirs: wild-card spot after 22-16 win against Miami

(Newser) - The Buffalo Bills already had the record for the most consecutive Super Bowl appearances , with nary a win. On Sunday, what SBNation calls "one of the NFL's longest-suffering franchises" broke its most recent record: the longest current playoff drought, not only in the NFL, but in any of...

One Rout, One Nail-Biter: Super Bowl Is Set

It's Carolina vs. Denver

(Newser) - It will be Carolina vs. Denver in Super Bowl 50 two weeks from now, and the teams got there in very different ways. In the night game, Cam Newton and the Panthers routed the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15, to take the NFC championship. Carolina got out to a 17-0 lead early,...

New England Patriots Beat Baltimore Ravens in AFC Championship Game, Go to Super Bowl
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Patriots Edge Out Ravens, Go to Super Bowl

Ravens miss last-minute, 32-yard field goal

(Newser) - Tom Brady has the New England Patriots back in the Super Bowl. The Patriots beat the stunned Ravens 23-20 in the AFC championship game today after Baltimore's Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal attempt with 11 seconds remaining that would have tied the score. Brady scored the winning...

Giants, 49ers, Ravens Head to Championship Games

Next Sunday's games will determine who advances to Super Bowl

(Newser) - For Eli Manning and the New York Giants, Lambeau Field has become a familiar launching pad. After beating the Green Bay Packers at home for the second time in four years, they only hope this trip ends the same way—at the Super Bowl. Manning threw three touchdown passes and...

Patriots Level Tebowmania, 45-10

No miracles, as New England crushes Denver 45-10

(Newser) - This time, there were no miracles, no 3:16s, and no Hail Marys—Tim Tebow was dispatched from the NFL playoffs as suddenly as he entered, as the New England Patriots routed the Denver Broncos 45-10, reports the AP . Instead of passing for 316 yards , as in Denver's victory...

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