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NFL HOSTS DAY OF COMMUNITY EVENTS IN CELEBRATION OF PRO BOWL

SIXTH ANNUAL “PLAY 60 COMMUNITY BLITZ” TO BE HELD JANUARY 21

In celebration of the 2015 Pro Bowl, the NFL will host its sixth annual NFL PLAY 60 Community Blitz. During the Blitz on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 2-3 p.m., Pro Bowl players, NFL representatives and local volunteers will take part in five service projects. The activities are designed to help local children stay healthy and active as part of NFL PLAY 60, the league’s campaign to fight childhood obesity, and to show support for our nation’s military, with events occurring at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., and the Arizona National Guard Armory in Phoenix, Ariz.


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‘14 DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS MOST-WATCHED EVER

AVERAGE OF 37.8 MILLION VIEWERS TUNED IN

COWBOYS-PACKERS ON FOX SECOND MOST-WATCHED DIVISIONAL GAME EVER

COLTS-BRONCOS ON CBS SECOND MOST-WATCHED AFC DIVISIONAL EVER

 An average of 37.8 million viewers watched the four Divisional Playoff games last weekend, making it the most-watched NFL Divisional Weekend ever, topping the previous record (36.6 million, 2011).

Sunday afternoon’s Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers matchup on FOX averaged 44.4 million viewers to rank as the second most-watched Divisional game on record (New York Giants-Green Bay Packers, 1/15/12, FOX, 45.1 million), and the most-watched show since Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Indianapolis Colts–Denver Broncos game on CBS drew 41.8 million viewers to rank as the second most-watched AFC Divisional Playoff game since at least 1987 (New York Jets-New England Patriots, 1/16/11, CBS, 43.5 million).

Saturday afternoon’s Baltimore Ravens-New England Patriots game on NBC averaged 34.0 million viewers to rank as the third-most watched Saturday AFC Divisional game on record. The Carolina Panthers-Seattle Seahawks game on FOX rounded out the weekend averaging 31.0 million viewers, the network’s most-watched primetime Saturday NFL Playoff game ever.

Since the 2014 Academy Awards, eight NFL games have accounted for the only programs on television to average at least 30 million viewers – four Divisional playoff games, one Wild Card playoff game and three regular-season games.

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company, Fast National Data

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE CELEBRATES SEASON WITH “4th ANNUAL NFL HONORS” SUPER BOWL EVE ON NBC

TWO-HOUR PRIMETIME AWARDS SHOW SALUTES OUTSTANDING PLAYERS & PERFORMANCES FROM 2014 SEASON

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015 TO BE ANNOUNCED DURING PROGRAM

NBC’s Seth Meyers to Host Show from Symphony Hall in Phoenix

The National Football League will recognize its best players, performances and plays from the 2014 season with a two-hour primetime awards special – “4th Annual NFL Honors” –  to air nationally on Saturday, January 31, at 9 PM ET/PT on NBC.

For the second year, the newest PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME class will be announced and introduced during the show with the Class of 2015 appearing on stage at Symphony Hall in Phoenix.

SETH MEYERS, host of Late Night with Seth Meyers and Saturday Night Live alum, will take the stage as the host of the show the evening before the AFC and NFC champions meet to kick off Super Bowl XLIX.


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Pool Report from the Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers Game with Referee Gene Steratore

GREEN BAY PACKERS vs. DALLAS COWBOYS, Jan. 11, 2015, at Green Bay, Wis.

REFEREE GENE STERATORE:

(on the call on the field after Dez Bryant caught the ball at the 1-yard line) “The call was a completed catch down at the 1-yard line…which is why it was a coach’s challenge as opposed to a booth review, because it was still a ruling down on the field of play.”

(on if he (McCarthy) was challenging whether it was a catch) “Yes.”

(on what was the determining factor in calling that an incomplete pass) “Although the receiver is possessing the football, he must maintain possession of that football throughout the entire process of the catch. In our judgment, he maintained possession but continued to fall and never had another act common to the game. We deemed that by our judgment to be the full process of the catch, and at the time he lands and the ball hits the ground, it comes loose as it hits the ground, which would make that incomplete; although he re-possesses it, it does contact the ground when he reaches so the repossession is irrelevant because it was ruled an incomplete pass when we had the ball hit the ground.”

(on if Bryant’s elbow hit the ground before the ball did) “When you’re still going through the process of the catch, elbows or knees are irrelevant, he must complete that entire process with the football, maintain possession throughout.”

(so it was clear to both you and New York that the ball did hit the ground?) “Correct.”

(on if he was able to see the ball hitting the ground on multiple angles) “Yes, there were a couple of angles that show the ball actually hitting the ground and then the receiver losing possession of it as well.”

(on who makes the final decision on the call, is it New York or is it a joint decision) “It’s a joint decision (between the game officials and Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino in New York). Now we’re fortunate to have the ability to communicate with New York and have additional input, which helps with judgment, as a referee on the field and in the booth, to be able to have that communication. It’s a joint effort.”

(on the unnecessary roughness call on T.J. Lang) “The play had ended, forward progress was ruled, the officials were blowing their whistle well after forward progress was ruled, so now you have the play ending because of the progress. Once that play ends, and there was a more than a very brief period of time, there was an extended period of time after the ruling of forward progress, then you had an unnecessary roughness penalty, so that down counts. Because it was finished, completely finished, it wasn’t an act immediately after it was down, there was space in between, so now that down will count. The 15-yard penalty takes it back to the 22-yard line, that’s why we had third down as opposed to second down, or have a foul that would have repeated the down.”

NFL 2014 TV RECAP

202 MILLION FANS TUNED IN

 NFL GAME VIEWERSHIP NEARLY TRIPLES BROADCAST PRIMETIME

 45 of 50 MOST-WATCHED SHOWS THIS FALL

 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL VIEWERSHIP UP 53%

 THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR:  NFL GAME TV’S MOST-WATCHED SHOW ALL 17 WEEKS

 The 2014 NFL season had it all. Close games, come-from-behind victories and record-breaking performances had fans tuning into NFL games.  According to The Nielsen Company, the 2014 regular season reached 202.3 million unique viewers, representing 80 percent of all television homes and 68% percent of potential viewers in the U.S.

The 2014 NFL Regular Season averaged 17.6 million viewers per game telecast, making it the second most-watched season ever behind the 2010 season (17.9 million).

NFL games accounted for the top 20, and 45 of the 50 most-watched TV shows among all programming last fall (chart below).

Five NFL game telecasts this season were watched by at least 29 million viewers, up from just one in the 2013 season.


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AFC & NFC Divisional Playoffs Capsules

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WILD CARD WEEKEND AVERAGES NEARLY 30 MILLION VIEWERS

LIONS-COWBOYS THIRD MOST-WATCHED WILD CARD GAME EVER

This weekend’s four Wild Card games averaged 29.9 million viewers, marking the sixth consecutive season that Wild Card Weekend has averaged more than 29 million viewers. 

Sunday’s Detroit Lions-Dallas Cowboys matchup on FOX was the most-watched game of Wild Card Weekend, averaging 42.3 million viewers to rank as the most-watched telecast since the Academy Awards (43.6 million, ABC, 3/2/14) and the third most-watched Wild Card game on record (49ers-Packers on FOX, 47.1 million, 1/5/14; Steelers-Broncos on CBS, 42.4 million, 1/8/12).

Sunday’s Cincinnati Bengals-Indianapolis Colts game on CBS was the second-most watched Wild Card game of the weekend, drawing 28.3 million average viewers.

Saturday’s Wild Card Games set network records. The Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game on NBC averaged 28.0 million viewers to rank as the second most-watched Saturday AFC Wild Card game in the past 20 seasons, and the Arizona Cardinals-Carolina Panthers matchup on ESPN drew 21.7 million average viewers to rank as the network’s third highest-rated NFL game ever.

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company, Fast National Data

NFL GAMES TOP RATINGS IN 96 PERCENT OF ALL MARKETS

In the final week of the 2014 NFL regular season, NFL games topped the local ratings in 96 percent of Nielsen’s metered markets, including 29 of 30 NFL markets and 25 out of 26 non-NFL markets.

Following is the list of the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of December 22 – 28:


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NFL GAMES TOP RATINGS IN EVERY NFL MARKET DECEMBER 15 – 21

NFL Games 2 Most-Watched Shows of the Week

NFL telecasts were the top 2 and 4 of the top 5 most-watched shows on television for the week of December 15-21 with the CBS National telecast (mostly Colts-Cowboys) topping the charts with 25.9 million average viewers. The Seahawks-Cardinals matchup on NBC’s Sunday Night Football held the second spot for the week, averaging 19.3 million viewers.


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GAMES TOP LOCAL RATINGS IN EVERY NFL MARKET

23 of 25 Most-Watched Shows This Fall Are NFL Games

NFL Games 4 Most-Watched Shows Of The Week

NFL telecasts were the four most-watched shows on television last week with the FOX national telecast (mostly 49ers-Seahawks) topping the charts with 26.5 million average viewers.

The Cowboys-Eagles matchup on NBC’s Sunday Night Football held the second spot for the week, averaging 24.3 million viewers and was the most-watched Sunday Night Football game this season.

The CBS single window (mostly Dolphins-Patriots, Steelers-Falcons and Texans-Colts) held the third spot averaging 18.7 million viewers, and the FOX regional window (mostly Bengals-Browns) drew 16.2 million average viewers to round out the top four.

NFL game windows account for the top 18 and 23 of the top 25 most-watched programs on television since the NFL season kicked off on Sept. 4.


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