Miracle finish not enough to save NFL playoff ratings

Not even tight NFL playoff games over the weekend — including a last-play winning score in Sunday’s Vikings-Saints game — could pull the once-invincible league out of its downward spiral. Following a record decline in TV ratings for the regular season, the NFL’s four divisional playoff games hit new

A convincing case for not resting starters before NFL playoffs

There are urban myths, these stories of legend passed on by word of mouth. Some assume these allegories to be credible, but when confronted with providing details, it proves difficult. But sometimes, the tales are true. There are real ghosts and true horror stories. We’re not talking about actual

Abrupt Titans ouster shakes up NFL coaching carousel

A last-minute shake-up stunned the NFL world this holiday weekend that had nothing to do with the Vikings. Mike Mularkey and the Titans called off their arrangement Monday morning, a day after they were working on a long-term deal. The team said “the two parties couldn’t come to an

Why these Jaguars have the recipe for a Patriots shocker

They are 60 minutes from a Super Bowl again, and most of you either hate the Patriots, or wish you had a team like this to call your own. Some of you can remember watching the Mickey Mantle-Yogi Berra-Whitey Ford Yankees suddenly grow old in 1965, and were forced

Titans coach stunningly gone

It was all a bunch of Mularkey. A week after the Titans owner gave him a vote of confidence and a day after reports that he and the team were working on an extension, Mike Mularkey is out. The head coach of the Titans is no longer the head coach

It took 10 minutes for CBS to realize Tony Romo was a star

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus was in his usual spot at the network’s broadcast center during the Week 1 games this season, but it came with an unusual feel. McManus had made the decision to bring in Tony Romo to replace Phil Simms to work with Jim Nantz as

Carrie Underwood is a 'Champion' in new Ludacris collab for Super Bowl

Justin Timberlake will be headlining the halftime show at Super Bowl LII (perhaps in some sort of flannel ensemble to match his new album’s purportedly country aesthetic), but it’s up to Carrie Underwood to open the show. The one-time American Idol winner has been opening Sunday Night Football for the past five

What Giants fans showed me in their darkest hour

For Darren McMullen, there’s more to NFL teams than victories. “Winning all the time isn’t a big thing for me in picking a team,” the Scotland-born star of USA Network’s “NFL Football Fanatic” recently told The Post. “The prerequisite I had was I wanted it to be in a

NFL London Games 2018: Seattle Seahawks vs Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles vs Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans vs Los Angeles Chargers

SEATTLE and Oakland will welcome a new era of American football at Tottenham's 61-000-seat home in October. The NFL announced the three regular-season clashes to be played in London next season from Spurs' headquarters on Thursday. NFL LONDON 2018 SCHEDULE Seattle Seahawks vs Oakland Raiders - Sunday, October 14 at Tottenham Philadelphia

Longtime NFL coach begins the Nick Saban-to-Giants rumors

Could Nick Saban to the Giants be a legitimate proposition this time? While a source familiar with Saban’s thinking said Saban has zero interest in the Giants’ job, Bruce Arians has jump-started the rumors. The recently retired Cardinals coach dropped speculation Tuesday that the Giants’ head-coaching position would be the

Ryan Shazier makes inspirational return to Steelers practice

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Shazier attended practice for the first time since injuring his spine against Cincinnati last month. Shazier posted a photo on Instagram on Wednesday afternoon from the team’s indoor training facility as Pittsburgh prepared to host Jacksonville in the divisional round of

Ratings for opening round of NFL playoffs flop

Life is getting harder for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. After a nightmare season that saw TV viewership fall a record 9.7 percent, an even larger wave of fans passed on watching the first round of the NFL playoffs last weekend. Overnight ratings for the four Wild Card games fell by

Josh McDaniels’ market shrinks as Bears find their head coach

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Another one down. One Josh McDaniels suitor left the market Monday, with the Bears hiring Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as their new head coach. Chicago had interviewed the Patriots’ offensive coordinator this weekend and instead picked Alex Smith’s coach, hoping he can help lift a

How Belichick changed the fate of two sad teams with one decision

Bill Belichick played with the heartstrings of two fanbases this season. With one word, the Patriots’ mastermind uplifted the 49ers and spurned the Browns when he dealt quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco in October for a second-round pick in this year’s draft. The Browns, who had been actively

Terry Glenn was drunk and high during fatal crash

Former NFL standout Terry Glenn was drunk and high on marijuana during the fatal one-vehicle wreck that took his life in November, according to an autopsy report. The report, obtained by TMZ Sports, found that Glenn was impaired with a .165 blood-alcohol content level — more than double the

Longtime NFL ref walking away after “horrible’ game

Jeff Triplette is ejecting himself. The longtime NFL official has decided to retire, multiple reports stated, a day after being on the crew for the Titans’ 22-21 win over the Chiefs, which featured a few disputed calls that had Chiefs fans furious. Triplette, who first became an NFL field judge

Sean McDonough emotional after Gruden’s last ESPN game

Sean McDonough is really going to miss his ESPN partner Jon Gruden on “Monday Night Football” and gave an awkward fist bump to prove it. “Thank you, coach, as we wrap this one up, all of us last night in our production meeting got a chance to tell

It’s official: Jon Gruden is the Raiders coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Raiders have officially hired Jon Gruden as their coach. The team announced the move Saturday as soon as Gruden finished his final broadcast as an announcer for ESPN. Gruden will be formally introduced at a news conference Tuesday. Gruden is returning for a second stint as

Browns fans come together to mock terrible team with parade

CLEVELAND — Chanting through chattering teeth, Browns fans finally felt victorious. Maybe the winless season wasn’t a total loss. Thousands of disgruntled Cleveland fans, some of them calling for owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam to sell the franchise or jump in Lake Erie, paraded once around the team’s stadium in