What do you think?
We do agree it's become an archaic and vestigal scoring organ: it's fairly useless and uneccessary in today's game, in other words. NFL kickers are so effective these days that they missed just five extra points all year: 1,262 of 1,267 (.996).
Where's the drama or the necessity in sports for an action that converts successfully nearly 100 percent of the time?
We noted the greatly expanded impact kickers have on scoring in the NFL just last month, writing that "no performers in pro football have advanced more dramatically over the last several decades than the place-kicking specialists ... Today, kickers are big-legged, highly proficient, soccer-style specialists. They do nothing but eat, kick and make baby kickers."
Consider that in 1948, the year with the highest league-wide scoring average before 2013, kickers hit just 40.9 percent of field goal attempts; in 2013, they converted a gaudy 86.5 percent of attempts.
In 1948, 4.8 percent of all scoring came from field goals; in 2013 it was 21.6 percent.
Kickers play too just prominent a role in today's NFL.
So anything that reduces their role is probably a good thing for the sport. But we don't like the idea of the NFL abolishing a scoring method from above. We still like the strategy involved with the current format of both 1-point and 2-point conversions.
But we'll see what happens.
In the meantime, Goodell seems intent on tinkering with a sport that was already pretty close to perfect before he took over as commissioner. And that tinkering is not going well for him.
Sometimes it's best just to leave well enough alone. The trusty old extra point may be one of those issues.
NFC title game hero Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks was unhinged and ungracious during his postgame interview with Erin Andrews, screaming that he's "the best corner in the game!” while practically spitting all over the shocked reporter.
The Seahawks beat the 49ers, 23-17. But Sherman, after a season of defensive dominance by his team, came across as a surly sore winner.
Since Super Bowl XLVIII takes place outdoors at the Meadowlands in two plus weeks, the folks at Fox Sports want to go where no cameras have gone before: they want to show the internal temps of the players!
It will use this weekend's NFC title game in Seattle between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seahawks to test an infrared camera that will show how players' body temperatures change throughout the game.
"I don't know what story that tells, but it might make for some pretty cool pictures," Eric Shanks, Fox Sports chief operating officer and executive producer, told the Television Critics Association on Monday.
He said another unspecified device will show how wind affects a quarterback or kicker.
Shanks said the network will have more high-tech 4K cameras than ever before to zoom in for what he called "that definitive angle."
A "definitive angle"? Are they going to zoom in on Peyton Manning's forehead helmet stain or zoom up Bill Belichicks's hoodie? Guess it depends who wins the AFC Championship game.
Back in the mid-90s - 16 years ago this month - Fox Sports unveiled the glowing puck on its NHL telecasts, which showed viewers at home how hard/fast a player's shot was. It didn't last long; the last known, recorded glowing puck on Fox occurred in the 1998 playoffs.
How have we survived this long without it?
And how have we survived without knowing how wind affects a kicker or a quarterback until now?
Oh wait, we have. That's what the TV broadcast and announcers provide.
On this day in 1967, MVP Bart Starr and the Green Bay Packers won the first Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, in a 35-10 drubbing.
The video above is a recap of the '66/'67 season courtesy of CBS.
Friend of the Facts (and Giants fans) John Nailor sent along this image from the wild times had at the last N.Y. Jets Super Bowl party.
In January 2013, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco became a spokesman for Haribo Gummy Bears.
According to reviews on Amazon.com for the 5-lb sugar-free bag, the Gummy Bears have caused severe gastrointestinal problems for many. This could explain Flacco's 2013 on-field regression.
It also begs the question as to whether or not we should allow any company to produce and sell sugar free gummy bears.
Below are some of the actual comments on Amazon.com.
Another interception by Joe Flacco .
The question is ... did he really leave after this or was it a stunt? You decide.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR – DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS
VIEW FROM THE TOP: Since the NFL moved to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, No. 1 seeds in the NFC are 19-4 (.826) in the Divisional Playoffs. In the AFC, the No. 1 seed has compiled a 13-10 (.565) record.
Both No. 1 seeds are in action this weekend when the top-seeded Seattle Seahawks host the New Orleans Saints in the NFC and the No. 1-seed Denver Broncos face the San Diego Chargers in the AFC.
The No. 1 seeds in Divisional-round play since 1990:
AFC NO. 1 SEED
NFC NO. 1 SEED
Defeated Miami 44-34
Defeated Washington 28-10
Defeated Kansas City 37-14
Defeated Atlanta 24-7
Lost to Buffalo 24-3
Defeated Washington 20-13
Defeated L.A. Raiders 29-23
Defeated Green Bay 27-17
Defeated Cleveland 29-9
Defeated Chicago 44-15
Lost to Indianapolis 10-7
Defeated Philadelphia 30-11
Lost to Jacksonville 30-27
Defeated San Francisco 35-14
Lost to Denver 14-10
Defeated Minnesota 38-22
Defeated Miami 38-3
Defeated Arizona 41-21
Defeated Miami 62-7
Defeated Minnesota 49-37
Lost to Baltimore 24-10
Defeated Philadelphia 20-10
Defeated Baltimore 27-10
Defeated Green Bay 45-17
Defeated N.Y. Jets 30-10
Defeated Atlanta 20-6
Defeated Tennessee 17-14
Defeated Green Bay 20-17 (OT)
Defeated N.Y. Jets 20-17 (OT)
Defeated Minnesota 27-14
Lost to Pittsburgh 21-18
Defeated Washington 20-10
Lost to New England 24-21
Defeated Seattle 27-24 (OT)
Defeated Jacksonville 31-20
Lost to N.Y. Giants 21-17
Lost to Baltimore 13-10
Lost to Philadelphia 23-11
Defeated Baltimore 20-3
Defeated Arizona 45-14
Lost to N.Y. Jets 28-21
Lost to Green Bay 48-21
Defeated Denver 45-10
Lost to N.Y. Giants 37-20
Lost to Baltimore 38-35 (2OT)
Defeated Seattle 30-28
-- NFL --
FIRST-ROUND BYES: The top seeds – SEATTLE (13-3, NFC No. 1 seed), DENVER (13-3, AFC No. 1 seed), CAROLINA (12-4, NFC No. 2 seed) and NEW ENGLAND (12-4, AFC No. 2 seed) – earned first-round byes and will be featured in this weekend’s Divisional Playoffs.
Two of the four top seeds rank among the teams with the most first-round byes since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990. New England (nine) has the most, while Denver (six) has the fourth-most since 1990.
The teams with the most first-round byes since 1990:
NUMBER OF FIRST-ROUND BYES SINCE 1990
New England Patriots
San Francisco 49ers
-- NFL --
CHAMPIONSHIP GOAL: This Saturday, SAN FRANCISCO (13-4, NFC No. 5 seed) will travel to take on CAROLINA (12-4, NFC No. 2 seed) in a rematch of their Week 10 game when the Panthers defeated the 49ers 10-9 at Candlestick Park.
With a victory against Carolina, San Francisco would advance to its 15th NFC Championship Game, which would tie PITTSBURGH (15) for the most appearances in a Conference Championship Game since 1970.
NEW ENGLAND is tied for fifth on the all-time list with the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and can move into sole possession of fifth place with a win against Indianapolis on Saturday. This would be New England’s third consecutive appearance in the AFC Championship Game.
The teams with the most appearances in a Conference Championship Game since 1970:
MOST APPEARANCES IN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
San Francisco 49ers*
L.A./St. Louis Rams
New England Patriots**
*At Carolina Sunday ** Host Indianapolis Saturday
-- NFL --
PASSING GREATS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has thrown 42 career postseason touchdown passes, the third most in NFL postseason history. He trails BRETT FAVRE (44) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA (45) for the most in NFL history.
With four TD passes against Indianapolis on Saturday, Brady would surpass Favre and Montana for the most postseason TD passes in NFL history.
Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING (32) is tied for fourth on the all-time list with Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO and can surpass him with one TD pass against San Diego on Sunday.
The starting quarterbacks with the most postseason TD passes in NFL history:
MOST POSTSEASON TD PASSES
-- NFL --
ROCKET MANNING: Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING ranks fourth in NFL postseason history with 5,679 passing yards.
With 177 yards on Sunday against San Diego, Manning can surpass Montana (5,772) and Favre (5,855) for the second-most passing yards in postseason history.
Brady holds the record for most postseason passing yards (5,949) and can extend his lead Saturday against Indianapolis.
The players with the most postseason passing yards in NFL history:
MOST POSTSEASON PASSING YARDS
-- NFL --
KAEP IT OFF: San Francisco quarterback COLIN KAEPERNICK has 362 career postseason rushing yards, the fifth-most rushing yards by a QB in postseason history. Kaepernick has averaged 90.5 yards-per-game in his four playoff games, the highest yards-per-game average by a QB in NFL history (minimum four games).
With 71 rushing yards Sunday at Carolina, Kaepernick can surpass DONOVAN MCNABB (422) and Pro Football Hall of Famer ROGER STAUBACH (432) for the third-most rushing yards by a QB in NFL postseason history.
The quarterbacks with the most postseason rushing yards in NFL history:
YARDS PER GAME
-- NFL --
HEAD OF THE CLASS: New England Patriots head coach BILL BELICHICK has compiled an 18-8 (.692) record in his postseason career. Belichick has the third-most playoff wins in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of FamersTOM LANDRY (20) and DON SHULA (19).
With a win against Indianapolis on Saturday, Belichick would tie Shula (19) for second place on the all-time wins list.
The head coaches with the most playoff wins in NFL history:
MOST PLAYOFF WINS
Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins
Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots
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