Archive for December, 2013

2014 Pro Bowl Players Announced

PRO BOWL KICKS OFF SUPER BOWL WEEK IN PRIMETIME ON NBC ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 26

The 2014 Pro Bowl, featuring a significantly revised format, will be played on Sunday, January 26, 2014 and televised live on NBC at 7:00 PM ET from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

For the first time, the Pro Bowl will be “unconferenced.” Gone is the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that has existed since 1971. Instead, players were selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players.

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers placed a league-best eight players each in the Pro Bowl, which will be held prior to the Super Bowl for the fifth consecutive year and serve as the signature kickoff event of Super Bowl week.

The Pro Bowl players were determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counted one-third toward determining the 86 Pro Bowl selections announced today. Two additional “need” players will be chosen by each head coach and must be long snappers. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. In 1995, the NFL became the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting.

As part of the new format, players will be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft, which will air on Wednesday, January 22 on NFL Network (8:00 PM ET). Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE and DEION SANDERS will serve as alumni team captains for their Pro Bowl squads – Team Rice and Team Sanders – and have final say over draft decisions. The NFL legends will each be assisted by two active player captains and one NFL.com fantasy football champion in the draft process.

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Officiating Video

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The video, narrated by Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino, reviews various plays from Week 16.

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NFL Games Top Ratings In 29 Markets

Locally, NFL games topped the ratings in 29 NFL markets last week (Dec. 16-22).  Following is the list of the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week: 

Week of 12/16-22  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

New Orleans Saints at Panthers 12/22/2013 47.7 71

1

Milwaukee Steelers at Packers 12/22/2013 44.7 67

1

Pittsburgh Steelers at Packers 12/22/2013 44.1 63

1

Seattle Cardinals at Seahawks 12/22/2013 41.8 74

1

Kansas City Colts at Chiefs 12/22/2013 40.0 62

1

Denver Broncos at Texans 12/22/2013 38.0 74

1

Baltimore Patriots at Ravens 12/22/2013 36.0 57

1

Boston Patriots at Ravens 12/22/2013 35.9 60

1

Indianapolis Colts at Chiefs 12/22/2013 35.5 60

1

Charlotte Saints at Panthers 12/22/2013 34.1 62

1

Cincinnati Vikings at Bengals 12/22/2013 31.3 55

1

Philadelphia Bears at Eagles 12/22/2013 30.3 46

1

Detroit Giants at Lions 12/22/2013 29.7 51

1

Chicago Bears at Eagles 12/22/2013 27.5 43

1

San Diego Raiders at Chargers/Steelers at Packers 12/22/2013 26.0 56

1

Cleveland Browns at Jets 12/22/2013 25.9 49

1

Washington, DC Cowboys at Redskins 12/22/2013 25.9 51

1

Dallas Cowboys at Redskins 12/22/2013 24.3 53

1

Minneapolis Vikings at Bengals 12/22/2013 24.2 50

1

Phoenix Cardinals at Seahawks 12/22/2013 22.8 43

1

Nashville Titans at Jaguars 12/22/2013 20.8 37

1

Houston Broncos at Texans 12/22/2013 19.4 43

1

St. Louis Buccaneers at Rams 12/22/2013 19.3 39

1

Jacksonville Titans at Jaguars 12/22/2013 18.3 38

1

Miami Dolphins at Bills 12/22/2013 15.8 36

1

Tampa Buccaneers at Rams 12/22/2013 15.6 32

1

Atlanta Saints at Panthers 12/22/2013 13.7 27

1

San Fran-Oakland Colts at Chiefs 12/22/2013 12.1 34

1

New York Browns at Jets 12/22/2013 11.5 28

1

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

RECORD LOW BLACKOUTS IN 2013

The National Football League established a record-low number of blackouts with only two games not televised this season in the local market of a home team, it was announced today. There were no blackouts in 15 of 17 weekends, also a record.

The previous record low was set in 2006 when seven games were blacked out. In 2006 13 of 17 weekends experienced no blackouts, a record until this year.

All NFL games are carried on free, over-the-air television in the city of the visiting team and, if it is sold out 72 hours in advance of kickoff, in the city where the game is played.  The NFL remains the only sports league that presents all regular-season and postseason games on free, over-the-air television.

A look at the percentage of games televised in local home markets and the number of local blackouts over the past 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years:

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Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning Tops Pro Bowl Voting by Fans on NFL.com

— Pro Bowl Players to be Announced Tonight on NFL Network at 9:00 PM ET —

— New “Unconferenced” Format Culminates with Stars Being Realigned on

First-Ever Pro Bowl Draft Show on NFL Network on Wednesday, January 22 —

NFL fans cast 80,272,816 votes to help determine the 2014 Pro Bowl players, a 16.4 percent increase from last season, NFL.com announced today.

Denver Broncos quarterback PEYTON MANNING received 1,432,257 fan votes to lead all NFL players in balloting for the 2014 Pro Bowl. Fan voting ended on Thursday, December 26.

The NFL All-Stars are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 86 Pro Bowl players who will be eligible for the first-ever Pro Bowl Draft.

The 2014 Pro Bowl players will be revealed exclusively on NFL Network tonight at 9:00 PM ET on the “NFL Total Access Pro Bowl Players Revealed” show. The full list of 2014 Pro Bowl players will be also published on NFL.com at 9:00 PM ET.

Players will later be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft, which will also air on NFL Network on Wednesday, January 22 at 8:00 PM ET.

New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES (1,206,000 votes) ranks second overall, while Kansas City Chiefs running back JAMAAL CHARLES (959,707 votes), Seattle Seahawks running back MARSHAWN LYNCH (931,563 votes), and Detroit Lions wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON (928,790 votes) round out the top five on NFL.com.

The 2014 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 26, 2014 and televised live on NBC at 7:00 PM ET from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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What To Look For – Week 17

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2014 Pro Bowl Players Revealed Exclusively on NFL Network Friday, December 27 at 9:00 PM ET

Pro Bowl Captains Deion Sanders & Jerry Rice Provide Their Analysis of the Players on ‘NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed’

Newly-Selected Pro Bowl Players Join the Show to Provide Their Reaction 

The 2014 Pro Bowl players are revealed exclusively on NFL Network Friday, December 27 at 9:00 PM ET on the NFL Total Access Pro Bowl Players Revealed show. Andrew Siciliano hosts the one-hour show, along with NFL Network analysts Darren Sharper and Daniel Jeremiah providing draft rankings, their thoughts on those that made it, and who they believe should have been selected.


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Week 17 NFL Capsules

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AFC & NFC Players of the Week — Week 16

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