Archive for December, 2014

Wild Card Weekend Preview

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

“The message is pretty much the same for everybody,” says New England head coach BILL BELICHICK about playing the postseason. “We all know that this is single elimination and you put everything you have into it. There’s nothing to save it for, nothing to hold back. You compete with all you’ve got. I think that’s true for everybody. This should be the best we all have.”

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. And four divisions were decided on the last day of the regular season, including the AFC North in game No. 256 of 256 as Pittsburgh defeated Cincinnati.

“We’re excited about getting to where we are,” says Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON about the team winning the NFC West and clinching the No. 1 seed in the conference. “The first goal that we had was winning the NFC West and getting to the playoffs and we were able to do that. It’s definitely exciting going into the playoffs.”

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

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2014 Season In Review


Many close games and great comeback victories…new teams making the playoffs and winning divisions…consistent teams excelling once again…records falling…young players making their mark…and so much more.

The 2014 season really did have it all, including a fantastic finish.

Week 17 came right down to the wire as 10 of the 16 games scheduled for 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.

Each of the 12 teams still in Super Bowl XLIX contention can look back at the wild ride that was the 2014 regular season and appreciate how challenging the road to the playoffs was.

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. Five teams – Dallas (12-4), Arizona (11-5), Detroit (11-5), Pittsburgh (11-5) and Baltimore (10-6) – accomplished the feat this year.

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Ndamukong Suh Suspended One Game For Violation Of Player Safety Rules

Defensive tackle NDAMUKONG SUH of the Detroit Lions has been suspended without pay for this Sunday’s Wild Card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys for a violation of safety-related playing rules in last Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

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2006 Rose Bowl Featured on NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’

Matt Leinart & Vince Young Reunite at the Rose Bowl in the First

‘A Football Life’ Episode Dedicated to College Football

Additional Interviews Include Snoop Dogg & Matthew McConaughey

Episode Premieres Friday, January 2 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network

“It was just an epic, epic battle.” – Matthew McConaughey

“I’m still in misery over that game, forgive me.” – Snoop Dogg

The 2006 Rose Bowl featured the top two college football teams in the country, many future NFL players and became one of the greatest college football games of all time. It was a sporting event that lived up to all of the immense hype that preceded it, becoming a defining moment for the young men who played in it and creating expectations that few could have fulfilled.

NFL Network’s A Football Life continues Friday, January 2 at 9:00 PM ET with the story of the 2006 Rose Bowl between No. 1 USC and No. 2 Texas – the first time an episode of A Football Life has been dedicated to college football. The one-hour, NFL Films-produced documentary focuses on Texas’ thrilling 41-38 victory, the season-long anticipation which preceded it, and the futures of quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Vince Young.

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2015 Opponents Determined

The opponents for all 2015 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).

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Quotes From Week 17 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay Highlights’ & ‘NFL GameDay Final’

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hold First Pick In 2015 NFL Draft

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers own the No. 1 pick of the 2015 National Football League Draft, which will be held on April 30-May 2 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

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

The NFL Draft will kick off in primetime for the sixth consecutive year. The first round will be held on Thursday, April 30. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, May 1. Rounds four through seven will be held on Saturday, May 2.

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Week 17 What To Look For – A Look Back

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Final NFL Wild Card & Divisional Playoff Schedule

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NFL Wild Card & Divisional Playoff Schedule Announced

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