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FOUR TEAMS REMAIN AS NFL ENTERS CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
“Every team we play is good and every game is bigger than the next,” says New England head coach BILL BELICHICK about the playoffs. “We just have to try to find some way to come out on top next week. That’s really all it is.”
The final four teams are set and this Sunday will determine the two teams to play in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Championship Sunday begins with the AFC game between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos. The Patriots defeated Indianapolis 43-22 last week while the Broncos knocked off San Diego 24-17. The NFC Championship Game will feature the NFC West rivals San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers won at Carolina 23-10 in the Divisional round and Seattle defeated New Orleans 23-15.
With each of the four remaining playoff clubs looking to capitalize on the momentum built this past weekend in hopes of advancing to Super Bowl XLVIII, they’ll have their work cut out for them on Championship Weekend.
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THOMAS BROWN NAMED NFL PLAY 60 SUPER KID
As Winner of ‘NFL PLAY 60 Super Bowl Contest,’ Brown Will Help ‘Kick Off’ Super Bowl XLVIII
Credit: Pittsburgh Steelers / Arron Anastasia
‘NFL PLAY 60 Super Kid’ Thomas Brown with his father,
Shannon, and his favorite player Troy Polamalu
Pittsburgh Steelers fan THOMAS BROWN was chosen as this year’s NFL PLAY 60 Super Kid, it was announced today. On February 2, he will hand the game ball to a game official moments before kickoff of Super Bowl XLVIII.
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NFL FINAL EIGHT TAKE CENTER STAGE IN DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS
And then there were eight.
On Saturday, January 11, the Seattle Seahawks (13-3), the NFC’s No. 1 seed, will host the New Orleans Saints (12-5) at CenturyLink Field to kick off the weekend (FOX, 4:35 PM ET). That night in primetime (CBS, 8:15 PM ET), the Indianapolis Colts (12-5), who won the AFC South, will travel to Gillette Stadium to face the AFC East champion New England Patriots (12-4).
On Sunday, January 12, the Carolina Panthers (12-4), who won the NFC South, will welcome the San Francisco 49ers (13-4) to Bank of America Stadium (FOX, 1:05 PM ET) and the AFC’s top seed, the Denver Broncos (13-3) will host the San Diego Chargers (10-7) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (CBS, 4:40 PM ET).
“The playoffs is football at the highest level,” says Carolina defensive tackle DWAN EDWARDS.
Last week, three of the four Wild Card games were decided by three points or fewer, the first time three games were decided by three points or fewer in the Wild Card round. The four Wild Card games averaged 34.7 million viewers, the most-watched Wild Card Weekend on record.
Three of the four Divisional games are rematches of regular-season meetings: Carolina won at San Francisco 10-9 in Week 10, Seattle defeated New Orleans 34-7 in Week 13 and Denver and San Diego split the season series.
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49ERS-PACKERS ON FOX MOST-WATCHED WILD CARD GAME ALL-TIME
WILD CARD WEEKEND AVERAGES MORE THAN 30 MILLION VIEWERS FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
This weekend delivered historic games – three of the four Wild Card games were decided by three points or fewer, only the second time in NFL postseason history in which three teams won by three points or fewer in the same weekend (2006 Divisional). And fans tuned in in record numbers!
The four Wild Card games averaged 34.7 million viewers making this the most-watched Wild Card Weekend on record. For the fourth consecutive season, the four Wild Card Playoff games averaged more than 30 million viewers.
Sunday’s San Francisco 49ers-Green Bay Packers game on FOX drew 47.1 million viewers ranking as the most-watched telecast since Super Bowl XLVII (108.4 million, Feb. 3, 2013) and the most-watched Wild Card game on record topping the 2011 AFC Wild Card on CBS, Steelers-Broncos, 42.4 million) and 2010 NFC Wild Card on FOX (Packers-Eagles, 39.3 million).
The two Wild Card games on Sunday (San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals on CBS, followed by 49ers-Packers) averaged 38.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched Wild Card Sunday in at least 20 years.
NBC’s “Wild Card Saturday” was the most-watched Wild Card Saturday ever, averaging 30.8 million viewers. New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles is the most-watched Wild Card Saturday game ever, averaging 34.4 million viewers.
The four games were also the four most-watched shows on television last week (chart below).
Most-Watched Shows on Television, Week of Dec. 30, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014
|1. FOX Wild Card Playoff (49ers-Packers)||47.1 million|
|2. NBC Wild Card Playoff (Saints-Eagles)||34.4 million|
|3. CBS Wild Card Playoff (Chargers-Bengals)||30.9 million|
|4. NBC Wild Card Playoff (Chiefs-Colts)||27.6 million|
|5. The Big Bang Theory||19.2 million|
|6. 2014 Rose Bowl (Stanford-Michigan State)||18.6 million|
|7. 2014 Sugar Bowl (Oklahoma-Alabama)||16.3 million|
|8. New Years Rockin’ Eve||12.2 million|
|9. 2014 Orange Bowl (Clemson-Ohio State)||11.4 million|
|10. The Millers||11.3 million|
Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company, Fast National Data
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