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The 2020 NFL Draft will be presented across ABC, ESPN and NFL Network, April 23 through April 25 – the second straight year that The Walt Disney Company has worked with the National Football League to offer a multi-network presentation for all seven rounds. The 2020 NFL Draft will serve as a three-day virtual fundraiser benefitting six charities that are battling the spread of COVID-19 and delivering relief to millions in need. The National Football League, ESPN and ABC hope the 2020 NFL Draft will bring fans a small but welcome diversion in the middle of a difficult and unprecedented time.

ESPN and NFL Network will combine to offer a singular presentation across both networks, while ABC will present its own distinctive, prime-time telecasts for rounds 1 through 3, in addition to simulcasting the ESPN and NFL Network telecast of rounds 4-7.

The 2020 NFL Draft telecasts – originally scheduled to be on-site in Las Vegas, Nevada – will now originate from ESPN’s Bristol, Connecticut., studios and adhere to proper social distancing guidelines and local workplace rules due to COVID-19. Draft hosts and a limited number of commentators will be in-studio while a majority of the analysts, reporters and other experts will contribute remotely from home studios. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will introduce the picks from his home.

As previously announced, the NFL Draft will also feature a “Draft-A-Thon” which will pay tribute to healthcare workers and first responders in a variety of ways – including raising funds for the work being done to combat the impact of COVID-19. Funds will help support six national nonprofits and their respective COVID-19 relief efforts.

“We recognize the challenging times we are living in but we are looking forward to presenting the 2020 NFL Draft and providing some hope for football fans everywhere,” Seth Markman, ESPN vice president, production told USA Today and the Hartford Courtant. “For the past couple of years, ESPN’s NFL and college teams have worked together on our draft coverage, and it has been a win for our viewers. This year, we are further excited to collaborate with the NFL Network creating an All Star broadcast. We are also committed to producing the ESPN/NFL Network and ABC shows in the safest possible environment for our announcers and production teams.”

“We are excited to partner with ESPN to present a unique and collaborative broadcast of the 2020 NFL Draft,” said Mark Quenzel, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production, NFL Network. “By bringing the exceptional on-air talent and production staffs of both ESPN and NFL Network together, we hope to deliver a unified presentation of the draft that not only helps raise awareness and funds for the COVID-19 relief efforts but also provides entertainment that millions of sports fans have been craving.”

NFL Draft Schedule (April 23-25, all times Eastern):

Thursday April 23 (8 – 11:30 p.m.): NFL Draft, Round 1 on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Friday, April 24 (7 – 11:30 p.m.): NFL Draft, Rounds 2 and 3 on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Saturday, April 25 (Noon – 7 p.m.): NFL Draft, Rounds 4 through 7 on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

ESPN and NFL Network: Trey Wingo will host all three days of ESPN’s NFL Draft coverage for the fourth consecutive year, based in Bristol. Wingo will be joined remotely by ESPN analysts Mel Kiper Jr. (37th draft), Louis Riddick (sixth) and Booger McFarland (third). NFL Network host Rich Eisen (17th), Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah (eighth) and Pro Football Hall of Famers Michael Irvin (Ninth) and Kurt Warner (10th) will also contribute remotely all three days. ESPN NFL host Suzy Kolber will conduct remote interviews with NFL draftees from an ESPN studio and ESPN Senior NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will again be part of the three-day telecast, providing updates from their respective homes.

ABC: Hosts Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer and Maria Taylor will lead ABC’s unique prime-time presentation of the NFL Draft on April 23rd and 24th. Featuring NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay (12th draft, first commentating on all seven rounds) and college football analysts Kirk Herbstreit (third), Desmond Howard (third), David Pollack (third), and correspondent/feature reporter Tom Rinaldi, ABC will focus on storytelling and the journey draft prospects and their families have taken to get to the NFL. Davis, Palmer, Taylor and Rinaldi will be in-studio in Bristol.

McShay will join Wingo and the ESPN/NFL Network crew for Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 25.

ESPN reporters will cover the NFL Draft remotely for ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. Assignments include:

Josina Anderson (covering Minnesota, Washington, Cleveland and San Francisco)
Jeff Darlington (Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and Kansas City)
Dan Graziano (Green Bay, Detroit, Los Angeles Chargers, Carolina and Las Vegas)
Sal Paolantonio (New York Giants, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York Jets)
Mike Reiss (New England)
Dianna Russini (ATLANTA, Tennessee, Cincinnati and New Orleans)
Ed Werder (Denver, Seattle, Dallas and Arizona)

Digital: The 2020 NFL Draft will also be streamed live via a number of NFL and ESPN digital properties across devices (Phone, PC, tablet and connected TVs). NFL Network or ESPN authentication may be required.

NFL Digital Platforms

NFL App
NFL.com
ESPN Digital Platforms

ESPN App
ESPN.com

ESPN Deportes: ESPN Deportes will also provide exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the 2020 NFL Draft. Commentators include Monday Night Football voices Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega. In addition, ESPNDeportes.com will have a team dedicated to covering the draft, providing pre-draft analysis, pieces written by Sebastian Martinez Christensen and videos of every selection.

Radio/Audio: Radio coverage of the 2020 NFL Draft will be provided by SiriusXM, Westwood One and ESPN Radio. Digital audio coverage of the 2020 NFL Draft will be available via the TuneIn app.

Following is the 2020 NFL Draft first round order.

2020 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

# Team (W-L-T, Pct.; Opp W-L-T, Strength of Schedule)
1. Cincinnati (2-14-0, .125; 141-114-1, .553)
2. Washington (3-13-0, .188; 128-127-1, .502)
3. Detroit (3-12-1, .219; 129-126-1, .506)
4. New York Giants (4-12-0, .250; 120-134-2, .473)
5. Miami (5-11-0, .313; 124-132-0, .484)
6. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11-0, .313; 131-124-1, .514)
7. Carolina (5-11-0, .313; 140-115-1, .549)
8. Arizona (5-10-1, .344; 135-120-1, .529)
9. Jacksonville (6-10-0, .375; 124-132-0, .484)
10. Cleveland (6-10-0, .375; 136-119-1, .533)
11. New York Jets (7-9-0, .438; 121-135-0, .473)
12. Las Vegas (7-9-0, .438; 123-132-1, .482)
13. Indianapolis (7-9-0, .438; 126-130-0, .492)
14. Tampa Bay (7-9-0, .438; 127-127-2, .500)
15. Denver (7-9-0, .438; 130-125-1, .510)
16. ATLANTA (7-9-0, .438; 139-116-1, .545)
17. Dallas (8-8-0, .500; 122-133-1, .479)
18. Pittsburgh (traded to Miami)(8-8-0, .500; 128-127-1, .502)
19. Chicago (traded to Las Vegas)(8-8-0, .500; 129-125-2, .508)
20. Los Angeles Rams (traded to Jacksonville)(9-7-0, .563; 136-118-2, .535)
21. Philadelphia (9-7-0, .563; 116-139-1, .455)
22. Buffalo (10-6-0, .625; 118-138-0, .461)
23. New England (12-4-0, .750; 120-136-0, .469)
24. New Orleans (13-3-0, .813; 124-131-1, .486)
25. Minnesota (10-6-0, .625; 121-133-2, .477)
26. Houston (traded to Miami)(10-6-0, .625; 133-123-0, .520)
27. Seattle (11-5-0, .688; 135-119-2, .531)
28. Baltimore (14-2-0, .875; 126-129-1, .494)
29. Tennessee (9-7-0, .563; 125-131-0, .488)
30. Green Bay (13-3-0, .813; 115-139-2, .453)
31. San Francisco (13-3-0, .813; 128-126-2, .504)
32. Kansas City (12-4-0, .750; 130-125-1, .510)

The National Football League announced the names of 99 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2020 NFL Draft and 16 players who have fulfilled their degree requirements with college football eligibility remaining and are also eligible for selection in the April 23-25 draft in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The following 16 players have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that they have fulfilled their degree requirements. Consequently, they are eligible for selection:

Name, Position – College

1 Eno Benjamin, RB – Arizona State
2 Oluwole Betiku, DE – Illinois
3 Lloyd Cushenberry, C – Louisiana State
4 Quartney Davis, WR – Texas A&M
5 Alohi Gilman, DB – Notre Dame
6 Matt Hennessy, C – Temple
7 Darnay Holmes, DB – UCLA
8 Keith Ismael, C – San Diego State
9 Jaylon Johnson, DB – Utah
10 Tony Jones, RB – Notre Dame
11 Terrell Lewis, LB – Alabama
12 Jordan Love, QB – Utah State
13 Elorm Lumor, DE – Rutgers
14 Houston Miller, DE – Texas Tech
15 Kenneth Murray, LB – Oklahoma
16 Isaiah Simmons, LB – Clemson

Each of the 99 players listed below have met the league’s three-year eligibility rule and have renounced their college football eligibility by submitting written notification to the league office on or before the January 17 deadline. Consequently, they are eligible for selection:

The players granted special eligibility for the 2020 NFL Draft:

Name, Position – College

1 Salvon Ahmed, RB – Washington
2 Cam Akers, RB – Florida State
3 Grayland Arnold, DB – Baylor
4 Devin Asiasi, TE – UCLA
5 Trajan Bandy, DB – Miami-Florida
6 Mekhi Becton, T – Louisville
7 Tyler Biadasz, C – Wisconsin
8 Ross Blacklock, DT – Texas Christian
9 Lynn Bowden, WR – Kentucky
10 Marcus Brown, DE – Missouri Western
11 Hunter Bryant, TE – Washington
12 Quintez Cephus, WR – Wisconsin
13 K’Lavon Chaisson, LB – Louisiana State
14 Saahdiq Charles, T – Louisiana State
15 Ezra Cleveland, T – Boise State
16 Nick Coe, DE – Auburn
17 Trystan Colon-Castillo, C – Missouri
18 Isaiah Coulter, WR – Rhode Island
19 Kamren Curl, DB – Arkansas
20 DeeJay Dallas, RB – Miami-Florida
21 Cameron Dantzler, DB – Mississippi State
22 Gabriel Davis, WR – Central Florida
23 Kyle Davis, WR – Florida Atlantic
24 Grant Delpit, DB – Louisiana State
25 A.J. Dillon, RB – Boston College
26 J.K. Dobbins, RB – Ohio State
27 Jacob Eason, QB – Washington
28 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB – Louisiana State
29 Jordan Elliott, DT – Missouri
30 A.J. Epenesa, DE – Iowa
31 Darrynton Evans, RB – Appalachian State
32 Jake Fromm, QB – Georgia
33 Jonathan Garvin, DE – Miami-Florida
34 Willie Gay, LB – Mississippi State
35 Yetur Gross-Matos, DE – Penn State
36 Pete Guerriero, RB – Monmouth-New Jersey
37 Javelin Guidry, DB – Utah
38 K.J. Hamler, WR – Penn State
39 Harrison Hand, DB – Temple
40 C.J. Henderson, DB – Florida
41 Tee Higgins, WR – Clemson
42 Isaiah Hodgins, WR – Oregon State
43 Noah Igbinoghene, DB – Auburn
44 Austin Jackson, T – Southern California
45 Trishton Jackson, WR – Syracuse
46 Justin Jefferson, WR – Louisiana State
47 Jerry Jeudy, WR – Alabama
48 Dalton Keene, TE – Virginia Tech
49 Solomon Kindley, G – Georgia
50 Cole Kmet, TE – Notre Dame
51 CeeDee Lamb, WR – Oklahoma
52 Javon Leake, RB – Maryland
53 James Lynch, DT – Baylor
54 Justin Madubuike, DT – Texas A&M
55 Cole McDonald, QB – Hawaii
56 Anthony McFarland, RB – Maryland
57 Xavier McKinney, DB – Alabama
58 Thaddeus Moss, TE – Louisiana State
59 Netane Muti, T – Fresno State
60 Tomas Newman, DB – Virginia-Lynchburg
61 Jeff Okudah,DB – Ohio State
62 Albert Okwuegbunam, TE – Missouri
63 Colby Parkinson, TE – Stanford
64 Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR – Michigan
65 Jacob Phillips, LB – Louisiana State
66 James Pierre, DB – Florida Atlantic
67 Patrick Queen, LB – Louisiana State
68 Jalen Reagor, WR – Texas Christian
69 Debione Renfro, DB – Texas A&M
70 Amik Robertson, DB – Louisiana Tech
71 Kenny Robinson, DB – West Virginia
72 Kendrick Rogers, WR – Texas A&M
73 Henry Ruggs, WR – Alabama
74 Cesar Ruiz, C – Michigan
75 Darnell Salomon, WR – South Florida
76 Stanford Samuels, DB – Florida State
77 Josiah Scott, DB – Michigan State
78 Laviska Shenault, WR – Colorado
79 Arryn Siposs, P – Auburn
80 Geno Stone, DB – Iowa
81 D’Andre Swift, RB – Georgia
82 Tua Tagovailoa, QB – Alabama
83 Jonathan Taylor, RB – Wisconsin
84 Tabyus Taylor, RB – Virginia Union
85 A.J. Terrell, DB – Clemson
86 Andrew Thomas, T – Georgia
87 Jeff Thomas, WR – Miami – Florida
88 Michael Turk, P – Arizona State
89 Michael Warren, RB – Cincinnati
90 Quez Watkins, WR – Southern Mississippi
91 Curtis Weaver, DE – Boise State
92 Cody White, WR – Michigan State
93 Jedrick Wills, T – Alabama
94 Isaiah Wilson, T – Georgia
95 Antoine Winfield, DB – Minnesota
96 Tristan Wirfs, T – Iowa
97 David Woodward, LB – Utah State
98 Chase Young, DE – Ohio State
99 Toren Young, RB – Iowa

The following players inquired about their draft status and are eligible for selection without the need for special eligibility:

Name, Position – School
1 Deshawn McClease, RB – Virginia Tech
2 Carlos Strickland, WR – Texas-San Antonio
3 J.J. Taylor, RB – Arizona
4 Ty’Son Williams, RB – Brigham Young
5 Josh Uche, LB – Michigan

The number of players granted special eligibility for the NFL Draft the past 10 years:

Year – Players Granted Special Eligibility
2020 – 99
2019 – 103
2018 – 106
2017 – 95
2016 – 96
2015 – 74
2014 – 98
2013 – 73
2012 – 65
2011 – 56

The 2019 regular season has come and gone. The 2020 season? That gets underway September 10. The National Football League announced the opponents for the upcoming 2020 season.

The opponents for all 2020 regular-season games have been determined and a complete list of each team’s home and away match-ups was issued earlier 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 (six games).
• The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (four games).
• The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (four games).
• Two intra-conference games based on the prior year’s standings (two 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 with the AFC and NFC West divisions. The official 2020 schedule, with playing dates and times, will be announced in the spring (PATIENCE, GRASSHOPPER!). NFL Kickoff 2020 Weekend will begin on Thursday night, September 10 and the regular season will conclude on Sunday, January 3, 2021 and the season concludes with Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay on Sunday, February 7, 2021.

Below are the 2020 opponents with each team placed in their division by order of finish in the standings.

AFC

AFC EAST

1. New England (12-4)
Home: Buffalo, Miami, New York Jets, Arizona, Baltimore, Denver, Las Vegas, San Francisco
Away: Buffalo, Miami, New York Jets, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle

2. Buffalo (10-6)
Home: Miami, New England, New York Jets, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Seattle
Away: Miami, New England, New York Jets, Arizona, Denver, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Tennessee

3. New York Jets (7-9)
Home: Buffalo, Miami, New England, Arizona, Cleveland, Denver, Las Vegas, San Francisco
Away: Buffalo, Miami, New England, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle

4. Miami (5-11)
Home: Buffalo, New England, New York Jets, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle
Away: Buffalo, New England, New York Jets, Arizona, Denver, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, San Francisco

AFC NORTH

1. Baltimore (14-2)
Home: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Jacksonville, Kansas City, New York Giants, Tennessee
Away: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis, New England, Philadelphia, Washington

2. Pittsburgh (8-8)
Home: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Washington
Away: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Buffalo, Dallas, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Tennessee

3. Cleveland (6-10)
Home: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Washington
Away: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Jacksonville, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tennessee

4. Cincinnati (2-14)
Home: Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, Tennessee
Away: Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington

AFC SOUTH

1. Houston (10-6)
Home: Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Minnesota, New England
Away: Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Pittsburgh

2. Tennessee (9-7)
Home: Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh
Away: Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay, Minnesota

3. Indianapolis (7-9)
Home: Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Minnesota, New York Jets
Away: Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh

4. Jacksonville (6-10)
Home: Houston, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Pittsburgh
Away: Houston, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota

AFC WEST

1. Kansas City (12-4)
Home: Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, ATLANTA, Carolina, Houston, New England, New York Jets
Away: Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore, Buffalo, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay

2. Denver (7-9)
Home: Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Tennessee
Away: Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, ATLANTA, Carolina, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh

3. Las Vegas (7-9)
Home: Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay
Away: Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, ATLANTA, Carolina, Cleveland, New England, New York Jets

4. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11)
Home: Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, ATLANTA, Carolina, Jacksonville, New England, New York Jets
Away: Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay

NFC

NFC EAST

1. Philadelphia (9-7)
Home: Dallas, New York Giants, Washington, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans, Seattle
Away: Dallas, New York Giants, Washington, Arizona, Cleveland, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, San Francisco

2. Dallas (8-8)
Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia, Washington, Arizona, ATLANTA, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco
Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, Seattle

3. New York Giants (4-12)
Home: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Arizona, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Tampa Bay
Away: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle

4. Washington (3-13)
Home: Dallas, New York Giants, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Carolina, Cincinnati, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle
Away: Dallas, New York Giants, Philadelphia, Arizona, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, San Francisco

NFC NORTH

1. Green Bay (13-3)
Home: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, ATLANTA, Carolina, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Tennessee
Away: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, San Francisco, Tampa Bay

2. Minnesota (10-6)
Home: Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, ATLANTA, Carolina, Dallas, Jacksonville, Tennessee
Away: Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Seattle, Tampa Bay

3. Chicago (8-8)
Home: Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, New York Giants, Tampa Bay
Away: Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota, ATLANTA, Carolina, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee

4. Detroit (3-12-1)
Home: Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Washington
Away: Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota, Arizona, ATLANTA, Carolina, Jacksonville, Tennessee

NFC SOUTH

1. New Orleans (13-3)
Home: ATLANTA, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Green Bay, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, San Francisco
Away: ATLANTA, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Philadelphia

2. ATLANTA (7-9)
Home: Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Seattle
Away: Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Dalla, Green Bay, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota

3. Tampa Bay (7-9)
Home: ATLANTA, Carolina, New Orleans, Green Bay, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota
Away: ATLANTA, Carolina, New Orleans, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, New York Giants

4. Carolina (5-11)
Home: ATLANTA, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Arizona, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas
Away: ATLANTA, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Green Bay, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, Washington

NFC WEST

1. San Francisco (13-3)
Home: Arizona, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle, Buffalo, Green Bay, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington
Away: Arizona, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle, Dallas, New England, New Orleans, New York Giants, New York Jets

2. Seattle (11-5)
Home: Arizona, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco, Dallas, Minnesota, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets
Away: Arizona, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco, ATLANTA, Buffalo, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington

3. Los Angeles Rams (9-7)
Home: Arizona, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets
Away: Arizona, San Francisco, Seattle, Buffalo, Miami, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Washington

4. Arizona (5-10-1)
Home: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco, Seattle, Buffalo, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington
Away: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco, Seattle, Carolina, Dallas, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets

And then there were two.

Kansas City and San Francisco. The last two teams standing in the post-season. For one of these teams, they’ll get to hold another Lombardi Trophy, while the other will be second-guessed for the entire off season.

It’s the biggest game of their lives. It’s Super Bowl LIV and when it comes to an end Sunday night in Miami, it will be the last game in the 2019 NFL season. It will also be the end of the celebration of the league’s 100th anniversary.

For the winners, it’s rings and money in addition to the Lombardi. Each player on the winning team will get $124,000 (or $31,000 per quarter). The losing won’t go home completely empty handed; each player will get $62,000 (or $15,500 per quarter) for their labor (and that’s before taxes and other deductions). The game itself (yes, there’s a football game involved) and that in of itself is the star of the show, with Demi Lovato singing the National Anthem, along with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira handling the Halftime Show. There’s also those side bets, called prop bets as well as the commericals.

It’s football. It’s the end of the season until September. The halftime is going to be somewhat longer and the ads will be talked about from now until OTAs start. By then, OTA’s, the draft and training camps will have come and gone and the 2020 regular and pre-season schedules will have seen the light of day. Between now and September, it’s time for fans to think what their 2019 season would have been and what their 2020 schedule might look like.

As was the case for every playoff game, as well as the opening and closing weekends, we’ve made this contest “DRILL WORTHY!” (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a Sunday mass, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 59 last June and dates a 43-year old ex-Marine, who’s now the vice principal at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”)

32 teams started the season, hoping to get their own Lombardi or add to the ones they have already. Kansas City and San Francisco, the last two teams standing, with seven Super Bowls to their credit, square off in the final football game of the 2019 season. As for Championship Sunday? We went 1-1 and for the season, that’s 147-119. Here is the final pick for the 2019 season.

Kansas City (12-4, AFC West champion) vs. San Francisco (13-3, NFC West champion), 6:30 p.m. on FOX. The last two standing. Kansas City, the number two seed in the AFC and San Francisco, the number one seed in the NFC, meet in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium in Super Bowl LIV. BBQ and Merlot meet on South Beach. Both won their respective divisions and both advanced to football’s biggest stage after championship wins at home.

The Chiefs struggled in their AFC Championship against Tennessee at Arrowhead Stadium, then proceeded to take matters into their own hands, scoring 28 unanswered points at home in the Show Me State to come away 35-24 winners over the Titans to claim the Lamar Hunt Trophy. Kansas City trailed 17-14 with 11 seconds left when Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes gave the home team the lead for good, scoring on a 27- yard TD run that woke the crowd up before the half. The Chiefs would take the 4-point lead with them to the intermission, then proceeded to floor the gas as Kansas City RB Damien Williams scored on a 3-yard TD run and Mahomes and WR Sammy Watkins would close out the scoring for the home team, with Watkins catching a 60-yard TD toss untouched halfway through the final quarter.

Kansas City out-rushed the Titans 112-85, with Mahomes rushing for 53 yards and the TD to lead the Chiefs, while Tennessee’s Derek Henry led all rushers with 69 yards and a rushing TD of his own. Mahomes threw for 294 yards and three TDs (two of them to Tyreek Hill), while Titans QB Ryan Tannehill threw for 209 yards and a pair of TDs (one to TE Anthony Fisker, the other to OT Dennis Kelly; Tannehill was sacked three times, Mahomes was sacked twice and neither threw an interception). Kansas City was 6 of 10 on third down (the Chiefs were perfect in their only fourth down try) and kept the ball for 29:50, while the Titans actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 30:10 and went 3 of 10 on third down, 2 of 3 on fourth down.

San Francsico held Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in check in the first half of their NFC Championship at Levis’ Stadium in Santa Clara two Sundays ago, tallying 27 first-half points unchecked and came away with the 37-20 win to claim the George Halas Trophy. The 49ers used three Raheem Mostert rushing TDs in the first half to take the 27-point lead with them to the intermission and never looked back.

Mostert ran roughshod over the Packers, leading all rushers with 220 yards and four TDs as San Francisco out-rushed Green Bay 285-62 and 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo needed to only throw for 77 yards but was not sacked and did not throw an interception, while Rodgers threw for 326 yards, with a pair of TDs (one to Aaron Jones, the other to TE Jace Sternberger) and threw a pair of interceptions with three sacks. San Francisco was 4 of 10 on third down and held on to the ball for 28:47, while the Packers actually ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 31:13, while going 3 of 9 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down. Mostert’s 220 rushing yards is the second-most ever in an NFL postseason game, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson’s 248 rushing yards for the Los Angeles Rams on January 4, 1986. Mostert also became the third player in postseason history to rush for at least four touchdowns in a single game, joining Ricky Watters (five) and LeGarrette Blount (four).

Here’s what’s at stake in Super Bowl LIV:

With a San Francisco victory…

The 49ers would record their sixth Super Bowl victory, tied with the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl titles by one franchise. San Francisco also captured Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV and XXIX.
The team would become just the second club in NFL history to win a Super Bowl after finishing the previous season with four-or-fewer wins, joining the 1999 St. Louis Rams.

San Francisco would win the Super Bowl for the first time in 25 years. At the same stadium, on January 29, 1995, the 49ers concluded the NFL’s 75th season with a 49-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers in Miami.

Head coach Kyle Shannahan and his father, Mike Shannahan, would become the first father and son head coaches to win Super Bowls. Mike won Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII as head coach of the Denver Broncos. San Francisco would improve to 6-1 in Super Bowls, and 3-0 in Miami Super Bowls (also XXIII after the ’88 season and XXIX after the ’94 season).

With a Kansas City win…

Nearly 50 years to the date of their last Super Bowl appearance (January 11, 1970, Super Bowl IV), the Chiefs would have their first world championship in five decades.

In the 60th season of the Chiefs franchise, the Lombardi Trophy would return to Kansas City for the first time since the AFL merged with the NFL prior to the 1970 campaign. Lamar Hunt, who founded the franchise in 1960 and passed away in 2006, helped to create the AFL. He also asked then-NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to call the game the Super Bowl.

Head coach Andy Reid would win his first Super Bowl. Reid would have 222 career wins, including postseason. Only five coaches in the history of the league have more victories, including the postseason.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes would become the second-youngest quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl (Ben Roethlisberger, Super Bowl XL). The 49ers, who were 4-12 in 2018, became the third team to advance to a Super Bowl after winning four-or-fewer games the prior season, joining the 1999 St. Louis Rams (4-12 in 1998) and the 1988 Cincinnati Bengals (4-11 in 1987).

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has a 23-5 (.821) career record as a starter, including the postseason, and makes his first-career Super Bowl start.

Tight end George Kittle has 2,945 career receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka (2,774) for the most receiving yards by a tight end in his first three seasons in league annals. Wide receiver Emmanel Sanders joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Walter Payton and LaDanian Tomlinson, along with Odell Beckham Jr., as the only non-quarterbacks to record both a passing and receiving touchdown in multiple games since 1970. Wide receiver Deebo Samuel had three games with at least 100 receiving yards in 2019, the most by a rookie in franchise history.

Rookie defensive lineman Nick Bosa has recorded three sacks in the 49ers first two postseason games and can become the third rookie since 1982 when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record at least four sacks in a single postseason, joining Greg Townsend (4.5 sacks in 1983) and Garin Veris (four in 1985). Defensive lineman Arik Armstead has recorded a sack in each of San Francisco’s two postseason games this year while cornerback Richard Sherman has registered an interception in both the Divisional and Championship rounds. Defensive lineman DEE FORD spent five seasons (2014-18) with Kansas City and recorded a career-high 13 sacks and seven forced fumbles with the Chiefs in 2018.

The Chiefs have scored at least 30 points in each of Mahomes’ first four career postseason starts, tied for the second-longest postseason streak in the Super Bowl era. At 24 years and 138 days old on Sunday, he is the fifth-youngest quarterback to start a Super Bowl. With a victory, Mahomes would become the youngest player to win both an NFL MVP award and a Super Bowl championship, surpassing Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith (24 years, 233 days old on the last day of his MVP 1993 season). Mahomes recorded 75 touchdown passes and 9,238 passing yards in his first 30 career games, both the most by any player through his first 30 career games in NFL history.

Running back Damien Williams has four touchdowns this postseason, including three in the Chiefs Divisional Round victory. Williams has nine total touchdowns in his first five postseason games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Terell Davis (nine) and Larry Fitzgerald (nine) for the most by a player in his first five postseason games in NFL history. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill has 21 career touchdowns of at least 40 yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (21) for the third-most such touchdowns in a player’s first four seasons in NFL history. Tight end Travis Kelce became the first tight end in NFL history with four consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Since 2017, Hill and Kelce have combined for 7,795 receiving yards, the most by a wide receiver-tight end teammate duo over a three-season span since 1970.

While this is their first post-season meeting, they’ve met 13 times and the 49ers the lead series 7-6 and the Chiefs have outscored San Francisco 274-245. Their last meeting took place in 2018 at Arrowhead and the Chiefs came away 38-27 winners (San Francisco’s last win came at Candlestick Park in 2014 by a final of 22-17).

Their week three meeting saw the Chiefs led 35-10 at the intermission, using a pair of Kareem Hunt rushing TDs to open the scoring, before the 49ers would pull themselves to within 11 with 5:17 left in regulation but got no closer. San Francisco out-rushed Kansas City 178-77 (Hunt led Kansas City with 44, while San Francisco’s Matt Breida led all rushers with 90 yards), with Mahomes throwing for 314 yards and three TDs (one to Hill), while Garoppolo threw for 251 yards with a pair of TDs (one to FB Kyle Juszczyk; Chiefs TE Travis Kelce led all recievers with 114 yards, while San Francisco’s George Kittle had 79 yards; Garoppolo was sacked four times, Mahomes was sacked twice and neither man threw an interception). Kansas City went 7 of 11 on third down (they were perfect in their only fourth down try) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 30:01, while the 49ers clung to the pigskin for 29:59, going 2 of 9 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

In the week three contest in the Show-Me State, Kansas City was favored by 6 1/2 and covered, winning by 11 and both teams took care of the 58 over/under, tallying 65 points. The boys and girls in Vegas like the Chiefs as 1-point favorites and the over/under’s 54. Both numbers make a ton of sense. The winner will get two things… one, they’ll get to pick 32nd in the 2020 draft in Las Vegas and two, they get the Lombardi Trophy. For the 49ers, a win would tie them with New England and Pittsburgh. For the Chiefs, it would be their first since the Nixon administration. Hail to the Chiefs! Kansas City covers the 1 in Miami and wins Sunday evening in the Sunshine State.

Broadcast Information – 6:30 p.m. on FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Chris Myers (field reporter); WESTWOOD ONE: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Tony Boselli (field reporter), Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (San Francisco), 83 (Kansas City); XM: 226 (San Francisco ), 225 (Kansas City)

Referee – Bill Vinovich

Injury Report

Kansas City – Kansas City reports no injuries

San Francsico – Kansas City reports no injuries

Weather: Sunny and 67 degrees

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel

The National Football League and Fox Sports announced that multi-platinum singer, songwriter, Demi Lovato will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LIV pregame festivities at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday, February 2.

The pregame show, including the National Anthem, will be broadcast live worldwide.

Lovato is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, actress, advocate, philanthropist, and business woman. Within hours of the release of Lovato’s fifth studio album, Confident, the first single, “Cool for the Summer” trended worldwide and hit #1 on iTunes in 37 countries.

Lovato will join a prestigious line up of Super Bowl National Anthem performers, including: Gladys Knight, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, P!NK, Jordin Sparks, Idina Menzel, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Neil Diamond.

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Christine Sun Kim, internationally renowned sound artist and performer, will sign the National Anthem in American Sign Language.

The NFL previously announced that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show. The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL Network Production and will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner.

In other Super Bowl LIV music news….

Pepsi, the NFL and Roc Nation announced cultural icons Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will perform during the PEPSI SUPER BOWL LIV HALFTIME SHOW on FOX at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. on Sunday, February 2, 2020. Pepsi and the NFL collaborated with Roc Nation to bring these two icons together for the first time ever, for what will be an unforgettable performance on the world’s biggest stage.

“Ever since I saw Diana Ross fly off into the sky at the Halftime Show, I dreamed of performing at the Super Bowl,” Lopez told USA Today and Entertainment Tonight. “And now it’s made even more special not only because it’s the NFL’s 100th season but also because I am performing with a fellow Latina. I can’t wait to show what us girls can do on the world’s biggest stage.”

“I’m so honored to be taking on one of the world’s biggest stages in the company of a fellow female artist to represent Latinos and Latinas from the U.S. and all over the world — and to top it off, on my birthday!” Shakira told USA Today. “This is a true American dream and we are going to bring the show of a lifetime!”

Jennifer Lopez is an award-winning singer, actress, producer and entertainer who has established herself in music, film, and television. She is a successful recording and touring artist who has sold over 75 million records and has a cumulative worldwide box-office gross of over $3 billion. As an artist, fashion icon, entrepreneur and a philanthropist, Jennifer Lopez has been named to the TIME 100 list, Forbes’ Most Powerful Celebrity and People’s first “Most Beautiful Woman in the World,” in addition to being nominated for both Golden Globe and GRAMMY awards and receiving the MTV Video Vanguard Award. Most recently, Lopez spent Summer 2019 touring the globe with her electrifying sold-out It’s My Party tour. She can currently be seen on the big screen as the notorious Ramona in the critically-acclaimed box office smash, Hustlers. As one of most influential female artists in history, Jennifer Lopez defines what it means to be a global icon and the ultimate multi-hyphenate.

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter and multi-GRAMMY® award winner. She has sold over 75 million records worldwide and has won numerous awards including three GRAMMYs®, eleven Latin GRAMMYs® and several World Music Awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards, to name a few. She is the only artist from South America to have a number one song in the U.S., has had four of the 20 top-selling hits of the last decade and is one of the top-5 YouTube artists of all time. Shakira’s last album “El Dorado” charted #1 on iTunes in 37 Countries, won Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2017 Latin GRAMMY® Awards and Best Latin Pop Album at the 2018 GRAMMY® Awards. With over 10 billion streams, it is one of the most-streamed female albums of all time. In November 2018, she wrapped her hugely successful El Dorado World Tour.

The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is the most-watched musical performance of the year, with nearly 100 million viewers tuning in to last year’s show. Super Bowl LIV marks Pepsi’s eighth year as title sponsor of the Super Bowl Halftime Show and 18th year as an NFL partner. Past halftime performances include Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Prince, Madonna and more.

The Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show telecast will be produced by NFL Network with Ricky Kirshner serving as executive producer, and Hamish Hamilton serving as director. Roc Nation will serve as producers and strategic entertainment advisors of the live performance.

Viewers can expect unprecedented access to the making of pop culture’s biggest event and should stay tuned for more details. For ongoing updates on the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show, follow @Pepsi on Instagram and Twitter.

For more information about Super Bowl LIV, visit SuperBowl.com.

It’s the second largest day that has food involved next to Thanksgiving. While it’s not a holiday, many have pressed Congress to make it a National holiday. Once an event that took place in the early afternoon after church, it’s now a prime-time event and many watch the ads but for the most part, there’s a sporting event involved.

For the 54th time since its birth, Super Bowl Sunday will make an appearance, like the swallows at San Juan Capistrano, like the groundhog, like death and taxes. It signals the end of the football season. The winners get to take home a trophy that looks a lot like a football. The loser will be second guessed right up to kickoff the next season.

Friends, co-workers and families will gather for the big game. Church youth groups will have their get together, while most churches or mosques will move up their services so their parishioners can go home and watch the game. New televisions will be purchased on the day of or before kickoff and most will watch their team either win it all or lose.

A few things you need to know about the Super Bowl.

1. This year’s contest is Super Bowl LIV (54 for those that are not familiar with Roman numerals).

2. It is one of the most-watched events in the history of television or sports for that matter.

3. There has never been a shutout in the history of the Super Bowl and while there have been some blowouts, for the most part, every team that has played in a Super Bowl on the winning and losing side have scored points. There has only one contest go into overtime and the winner of that contest was New England, who beat Atlanta in Houston.

4. Remember that food thing we talked about before? There’s going to be a lot of it, which means that there could very well be leftovers. Remember your manners and watch out for your cousin Connie. She’s been known to wipe out a buffet and wiped out your Super Bowl party last year and did not gain a pound. Connie by herself could keep the local grocery store in business for the next three years. Be sure your guests have fun, they’re happy and they don’t drink and drive.

5. There are a lot of prop bets, which don’t always involve the game itself. Bets will be placed on the time it takes to sing the National Anthem, who scores first, what the halftime performer will be wearing (or not wearing). This year’s National Anthem singer, by the way, is Luke Bryant and Lady Gaga has the Halftime duties, in case you’re wondering.

6. There will be a lot of TVs sold during Super Bowl week. That’s a lot of cable and dish sales going on as well. Just make sure your dish/cable bill and the power bill’s paid.

7. The Super Bowl halftime show is 20 minutes long, instead of the usual 15. Be patient. There’s going to be a lot of moving parts involved, such as getting the players into the locker room, getting the performers set and ready to go and then taking everything down.

8. As a courtesy to their football neighbors, the NBA and NHL have a limited schedule of games and the last ones start at 1 p.m. Eastern, giving their fans a chance to watch the Super Bowl.

9. Lastly, those commercials. They’re not cheap. A 30-second ad will run you about $5.5 million or $183,333.00 a second. That means that you have about five seconds or so to decide if you like the ad or change the channel. That same 30 second ad for the very first Super Bowl would cost you about $5,000.

32 teams started the season with one goal in mind. There are four teams that have never gone to the big game in the Super Bowl era (Cleveland, Jacksonville, Detroit and Houston, either as the Oilers or the Texans). At the end of tonight’s contest in Houston, one team will be holding the Lombardi Trophy, while the other 31 will say “that should have been ours.”

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Championship Broadcast Information (All times Eastern)

AFC Championship: Tennessee at Kansas City, 3:05 p.m. on CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter), Jay Feely (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Tony Boselli, Laura Okmin (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Tennessee), 83 (Kansas City); XM: 226 (Tennessee), 225 (Kansas City)

NFC Championship: Green Bay at San Francisco, 6:40 p.m. on FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Chris Myers (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Kurt Warner, Ross Tucker (field reporter); SIRIUS: 82 (Green Bay), 83 (San Francisco); XM: 226 (Green Bay), 225 (San Francisco)

Officials
Tennessee at Kansas City, 3:05 p.m.: Tony Corrente
Green Bay at San Francisco, 6:40 p.m.: John Hussey

Odds (Home teams in Caps)
KANSAS CITY – 7 1/2 vs. Tennessee (52)
SAN FRANCISCO – 7 vs. Green Bay (45)

Injury Report

Tennessee at Kansas City, 3:05 p.m.

Tennessee
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jayon Brown (shoulder), T Jack Conklin (shoulder), LB Rashaan Evans (foot), WR Cody Hollister (ankle), WR Adam Humphries (ankle), CB Adoree’ Jackson (foot), LB David Long (knee)

Kansas City
QUESTIONABLE: DT Chris Jones (calf), RB LeSean McCoy (illness), QB Matt Moore (illness)

Green Bay at San Francisco, 6:40 p.m.

Green Bay
QUESTIONABLE: RB Dan Vitale (knee)

San Francisco: San Francisco reports no injuries

Sunday Weather
Tennessee at Kansas City, 3:05 p.m.: Sunny and 18 degrees
Green Bay at San Francisco: 6:40 p.m.: Cloudy and 53 degrees

Broadcast Information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel