Saturday night’s broadcast of the game was shown around the nation, and Chiefs fans everywhere were watching.
That included actor/Kansas City, Kansas native Eric Stonestreet, former Missouri secretary of state Jason Kander, “Good Morning Football” co-host Peter Schrager and even a few forlorn 49ers fans.
ABC – American Idol (R) Viewers: 1.47 million
CBS – SEAL Team (R) Viewers: 2.36 million
NBC – Dateline (R) Viewers: 3.67 million
Fox – Greatest Games – Super Bowl LIV: San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (R) Viewers: 854,000
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Jay Tufele, DT, USC
Chris Jones might play on the franchise tag in 2020, and it’s unclear how the Chiefs will be able to afford him beyond next season with Patrick Mahomes’ contract pending. Tufele is an intriguing prospect to replace him, producing 41 tackles and 3.5 sacks last year.
Kansas City is opening the year at -425 to win the AFC West, meaning that you would need to bet $425 in order to make another $100 on their victory.
Second overall pick Mitch Trubisky, third overall pick Solomon Thomas, fourth overall pick Leonard Fournette, fifth overall pick Corey Davis and ninth overall pick John Ross all had their options declined. First overall pick Myles Garrett, sixth overall pick Jamal Adams, seventh overall pick Mike Williams and 10th overall pick Patrick Mahomes all had their options picked up. Eighth overall pick Christian McCaffrey got a contract extension before the fifth-year option deadline.
In the days leading up to Super Bowl LIV, Reid lavishly praised how his former quarterback mentored Patrick Mahomes on how to watch film and prepare for work every day.
“Alex Smith was phenomenal. He let him into his world,” Reid said. “Patrick couldn’t pay Alex enough for what he gave to him.”
And after Mahomes, who succeeded Smith as Chiefs quarterback, won Super Bowl LIV MVP, one of the first congratulatory texts he received was from Smith.
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“I’m not going to downplay Philip at all,” Henry said, via The San Diego Union-Tribune. “He was unreal and a Hall of Fame quarterback. But, obviously, it opens our offense up a little bit more. You see all these quarterbacks, their escapability in the pocket.
“[There are] so many different things that you can do with a mobile quarterback that can open your offense. [I’m] looking forward to seeing that aspect of our offense grow.”
Dalton, who was released by the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, agreed to a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys, the team announced Saturday. The quarterback’s deal has a base value of $3 million and could be worth up to $7 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Most Mr. Irrelevants don’t make an NFL team. If they do, they don’t last long.
There are exceptions, though.
Former South Carolina kicker Ryan Succop spent the past 11 seasons in the NFL, playing for the Kansas City Chiefs and then the Tennessee Titans, after being Mr. Irrelevant in 2009. He has played in 166 regular-season games and scored 1,046 points
However, with the pandemic expected to impact the sports world for the foreseeable future, the prospect of playing even domestic games in front of fans this year has become a problematic concept. Accordingly, the NFL appears ready to pull the plug on those games until future years. That decision will materially affect the pockets of the league’s international partners, including Tottenham which will miss out on around £4 million as a result of the cancellation.
Though the NFL might not play games internationally in 2020, those matchups should return once the pandemic subsides for good. The league hopes to continue growing the game outside of American borders, and playing games in foreign locations has proven highly effective at doing so. Given the financial benefits of expanding the audience, the long-term approach shouldn’t change.
2. Tony Romo
A former undrafted rookie, Romo toiled for two seasons on the Cowboys’ bench before finally getting his opportunity to play midway through the 2006 season. Romo, who replaced an ineffective Drew Bledsoe, immediately gave the Cowboys a spark while leading them to their first playoff berth in three years.
Over the next decade, Romo would lead the Cowboys to three more playoff appearances. In the process, Romo earned four Pro Bowl selections while becoming one of the league’s most popular players. Romo also rewrote the Cowboys’ record book, as he is currently the franchise’s all-time leader in career passing yards (34,183) and touchdown passes (248). Romo’s success in Dallas may one day earn him enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as Romo will be eligible for induction in 2022.
Like White, however, Romo’s legacy includes playoff disappointment, as Romo won just two of his six career playoff spots. His two biggest playoff losses include a 12-17 loss to the Giants in the second round of the 2007 playoffs and Dez Bryant’s controversial non-catch in Dallas’ second round loss to the Packers in 2014.
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Patterson, 23, is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana who spent two seasons at Mississippi before transferring to Michigan.
In two seasons (26 games) with the Wolverines under former NFL head coach Jim Harbaugh, he completed 424 passes for 5,661 yards — with a completion percentage of 60.1 — and threw 45 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions for a passer rating of 144.2. He also rushed for 323 yards (and scored seven touchdowns) on 163 attempts.
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