Antonio Brown, Joe Haden, DeMarco Murray & J.J. Watt Named 2015 Pro Bowl Captains

– Stars will be realigned during Pro Bowl Draft Show live on NFL Network on January 21 –

The active player captains for the 2015 Pro Bowl will be WR ANTONIO BROWN, CB JOE HADEN, RB DE MARCO MURRAY and DE J.J. WATT, the NFL announced today. Murray and Haden will be paired together, while Watt and Brown will work as a duo.

The 2015 Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald’s, has been announced as a sellout and will be televised live on ESPN at 8:00 PM ET from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, site of Super Bowl XLIX. It will again serve as the signature event to kick off Super Bowl week. NBC will broadcast the Super Bowl a week later on Sunday, February 1.

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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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What To Look For – Championship Weekend

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NFL Announces 2015 Pro Bowl Coaching Staffs

The coaching staffs of the BALTIMORE RAVENS and DALLAS COWBOYS were selected to lead the 2015 Pro Bowl teams in Arizona, the NFL announced today.

JOHN HARBAUGH and the coaches from the Baltimore Ravens and JASON GARRETT and the coaches from the Dallas Cowboys will be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft. The 2015 Pro Bowl Draft will be nationally televised on Wednesday, January 21 on NFL Network (8:00 PM ET).

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AFC & NFC Championship Game Capsules

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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

Championship Weekend Preview

The final four teams are set and this Sunday will determine the two teams to play in Super Bowl XLIX.

“It’s fun to still be alive in the playoffs,” says Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS. “It’s exciting this time of year when you’re still playing.”

Championship Sunday begins with the NFC title game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks in a rematch of the Kickoff opener which Seattle won 36-16. The Seahawks defeated Carolina 31-17 last week while the Packers knocked off Dallas 26-21. The AFC Championship Game will feature the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots who met in Week 11 with New England winning 42-20. The Patriots defeated Baltimore 35-31 in the Divisional round and Indianapolis won at Denver 24-13.

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 XLIX, they’ll have their work cut out for them on Championship Weekend.

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Divisional Playoffs What To Look For – A Look Back

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Quotes From Divisional Round Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay Highlights’ & ‘NFL GameDay Final’

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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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