Archive for December, 2012

2013 First Round Draft Order

KANSAS CITY HOLDS FIRST PICK IN 2013 NFL DRAFT

The Kansas City Chiefs own the No. 1 pick of the 2013 National Football League Draft, which will be held on April 25-27.

The tentative order of the first round was announced today by the NFL.

The NFL Draft will kick off in primetime for the fourth consecutive year. The first round will be held on Thursday, April 25. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 26. Rounds four through seven will be held on Saturday, April 27.

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Wild Card Weekend Preview

IT’S PLAYOFF TIME!

After an exciting finish to the regular season, the NFL’s second season has arrived.

“We’re starting the second season, the tournament, the playoff season now,” says Denver Broncos head coach JOHN FOX, whose team clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. “We’ve got a lot of things to work on and we will.”

Week 17 came right down to the wire as 10 of the 16 games played on the final day of the regular season had playoff implications. Sunday’s excitement was due in part to having 16 divisional games played on the season’s final day, a tradition instituted in 2010. The NFL also arranged the schedule to ensure as many meaningful games as possible in each broadcasting window, resulting in the highest collective Sunday rating since at least 2006 (when the Sunday primetime package went to NBC). And the regular-season’s final game – game No. 256 of 256 – determined the NFC East division champion as Washington defeated Dallas in a winner-take-all matchup.

“I’m so happy we’re going to the playoffs,” says Redskins rookie running back ALFRED MORRIS, who rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns in the Week 17 victory.

The final 12 teams are now set. It doesn’t matter how you got here. All that matters is that you’re here.

“A new season is about to begin,” says Atlanta Falcons running back MICHAEL TURNER. “The No. 1 seed does not guarantee playoff wins in this league. We have to go out there and show the world that we are the best football team in the NFL. We will take it one day at a time. Whichever opponent we face, that’s going to be a good football team.”

The NFL playoffs, which conclude on February 3 with Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, begin this Saturday and Sunday with Wild Card Weekend.

“I’m so excited,” says Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback RUSSELL WILSON, who tied PEYTON MANNING’s single-season rookie record with 26 touchdown passes. “I’m ecstatic. It’s a great opportunity. It’s a blessing. We’ve gotten wins so far in the regular season and now the whole season starts over. The mindset doesn’t change. We have to go 1-0 every week and continue to compete. We’re really excited about the opportunity and we’ll be ready to play.”

The Seahawks are one of four new teams in this year’s playoff field, joining Indianapolis, Minnesota and Washington. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs that were not in the postseason the year before.

And this year’s crop of playoff teams is a strong one as every team won at least 10 games.

“Playoff football is different than regular-season football,” says Falcons head coach MIKE SMITH, who is the first head coach in franchise history to guide the team to the playoffs in four of his first five years. “We’re looking forward to it.”

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2013 Opponents Determined

The opponents for all 2013 regular-season games have been determined and a complete list of each team’s home and away matchups was issued today by the NFL.

The scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis.

Under the formula, every team plays 16 games as follows:

  • Home and away against its three division opponents (6 games).
  • The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (4 games).
  • The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (4 games).
  • Two intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings (2 games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.

Beginning in 2010, a change was made to how teams are paired in the schedule rotation to ensure that teams playing the AFC and NFC West divisions would not be required to make two west coast trips (e.g. at San Francisco and at Seattle), while other teams in their division had none (e.g. at St. Louis and at Arizona).

The official 2013 schedule, with playing dates and times, will be announced in the spring.

NFL Kickoff 2013 Weekend will begin on Thursday night, September 5, and the regular season will conclude on December 29.

Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey will be played on Sunday, February 2.

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Week 17 What To Look For – A Look Back

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2013 National Football League Important Dates

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Updated: NFL WILD CARD & DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

NOTE:  The following is updated to reflect the Washington Redskins’ 28-18 victory against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.

Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced yesterday the schedule of sites, dates and times for the National Football League Wild Card Playoffs of January 5-6 and Divisional Playoffs of January 12-13 (all times Eastern)

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Week 17 Nominees Announced: FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Week, Pepsi Max Rookie of the Week, & GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week

The NFL announced today the Week 17 nominees for the FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Week, Pepsi Max Rookie of the Week, & GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week.

Quarterbacks ELI MANNING of the New York Giants, PEYTON MANNING of the Denver Broncos and CHRISTIAN PONDER of the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on December 30, while running backs ALFRED MORRIS of the Washington Redskins, ADRIAN PETERSON of the Minnesota Vikings and DEANGELO WILLIAMS of the Carolina Panthers are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week.

Linebacker ZACH BROWN of the Tennessee Titans, linebacker VONTAZE BURFICT of the Cincinnati Bengals, wide receiver T.Y. HILTON of the Indianapolis Colts, running back ALFRED MORRIS of the Washington Redskins and quarterback RUSSELL WILSON of the Seattle Seahawks are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on December 30, the NFL announced today.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS prevail in coach’s return. MINNESOTA VIKINGS ride ADRIAN PETERSON to playoff berth. DENVER BRONCOS earn AFC’s top seed. These are the three finalists for the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK for games played on December 30, the NFL announced today.  The GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE WEEK is the best moment or play of the week that represents determination and perseverance. 


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NFL WILD CARD & DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today the schedule of sites, dates and times for the National Football League Wild Card Playoffs of January 5-6 and Divisional Playoffs of January 12-13 (all times Eastern)

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Seven From Sunday – Week 17

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 30, the final week of the 2012 regular season.

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2012 NFL Postseason Media Guide

As anticipation for the 2012 playoffs continues to build, the NFL Communications department has released the 2012 NFL Postseason Media Guide.

Complete with a detailed history of game results and records for each round of the NFL playoffs, the Postseason Guide is an essential resource for NFL media during January and February.

The guide also includes Super Bowl Notes, Quotes and Anecdotes, a special section that takes an in-depth look at the rich history and cultural impact of America’s most popular sporting event.

Fans and media alike can download a free digital version of this year’s guide by clicking here.