It also drew the same rating as the de facto Madden NFL 18 Coins playoff game between the Cowboys and Redskins the Sunday night before.The Colts and Ravens somewhat drab battle in the early Sunday slot was actually well up from the similar game last year. While the Giants/Falcons Wild Card game was no classic, the Giants still come from New York, and games from New York vs. everywhere else typically means a losing battle. No such bad luck for Indianapolis and Baltimore, who hit the highest rating for the early Sunday game since 2004's Seattle/Green Bay game. It was up four percent from New York and Atlanta in 2012. It was also the second-highest rated CBS Wild Card game since 2006.
Finally, the least buzzed about game from the weekend, the Broncos/Texans rematch, was up six percent from their battle last year, but down 12 percent from that bonkers New Orleans/Seattle game two years ago.Wild Card weekend is done, with that, a look at Divisional Playoff weekend, which is still a clunky name.Saturday, January 12Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBSPlay by Play: Greg GumbelColor: Dan DierdorfReporter: Solomon WilcotsYou know were deep into the playoffs when CBS finally gives up and starts using sideline reporters! Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf never really click for me.
Maybe it's the fact that, since the Jets are bad, I rarely get to see CBS' No. 2 broadcast team, or the fewer marquee teams at the moment in the conference. Perhaps it's the fact that Dierdorf sounds amazed and bewildered at almost everything he ever sees happen on a football field. Nonetheless, this isn't my favorite team. Gumbel always struck me as a better studio host, and Dierdorf (amazement aside) seems a few years past his prime. If any other team besides the Patriots were playing in the AFC Playoffs this weekend, this would've gotten the big Sunday late game treatment. Instead, it's the mere appetizer. The NFL can live with that, and this game will rpobably improve upon the terrific New Orleans/San Francisco game that aired in this slot last year.
Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers, 8 p.m. ET, Fox Play by Play: Joe BuckColor: Troy AikmanReporters: Pam Oliver and Erin AndrewsThis is a classic, old-timey NFL Playoff matchup. Of course, I'm 23, so classic means like... the mid 90's. Sorry, older people. Anyway, this game should get a gigantic rating and explain why the NFL is such a juggernaut. They can get 35 million people to watch a team from Buy Madden NFL 18 Coins Green Bay, Wisconsin to play. The NBA and MLB can't get three million people to watch a team from Milwaukee, Wisconson.Andrews joins Buck/Aikman/Oliver again. She was http://www.maddenvip.com/
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