The #NFL Wild Card playoff weekend on Twitter featured big plays, a flagging controversy and an upset in Pittsburgh. It also saw many people come together to share memories and mourn the passing of broadcasting legend Stuart Scott.
On Sunday morning, news broke that legendary @ESPN broadcaster Stuart Scott had passed away at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer. ESPN Tweeted a tribute to Scott, and numerous NFL players sent their condolences on Twitter.
The game got off to a quick start when Detroit QB Matthew Stafford connected with WR Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) on 51-yard TD on the first drive.
But thanks to great defensive play from both teams, Dallas pulled out the close win and football fans discussed the top moments on Twitter, including the controversial no call and a double fumble.
Players turned to Twitter to celebrate the win:
As did some well-known fans:
Detroit players sent messages to fans on Twitter after the game as well:
In the other NFC matchup, the @AZCardinals traveled to the @Panthers and lost 27-16. Carolina was led by the relentless play of quarterback Cam Newton (@CameronNewton), running back Jonathan Stewart (@JonathanStewar1) and a dominating defense captained by linebacker Luke Kuechly (@LukeKuechly).
Carolina stars thanked their fans and look forward to facing off against the @Seahawks next week in Seattle.
Arizona was gracious in defeat:
On Monday morning, the NFL community showed support for Panthers head coach Ron Rivera and his family when news broke that their house caught on fire. But the coach confirmed his family was safe and his next adversary sent well wishes.
AFC North rivals faced off on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, but the @Ravens proved to be too much for the home team @Steelers. Thanks to a another big playoff performance from QB Joe Flacco (@TeamFlacco) and a stout defense, Baltimore won 30-17.
Check out the play of the game: an interception by Terrell Suggs (@untouchablejay4), caught with his knees!
A few of Bell’s teammates were thankful as well:
Colts players were happy to share their thoughts on Twitter after the game.
As were players on the losing team:
Most-mentioned #NFL players and teams
Here are the top five most-mentioned #NFL players (player name and/or player Twitter handle) on Twitter during Wildcard weekend (Saturday, Jan. 3 to Sunday, Jan. 4):
Here are the top five most-mentioned team accounts on Twitter during Wildcard weekend (Saturday, Jan. 3 to Sunday, Jan. 4):
Click on the image below to explore this data visualization that features the most-mentioned players and teams (and related Tweets) from Wild Card weekend.
Most-Tweeted games and moments
Here are the most-tweeted games during and around live telecasts from Wild Card weekend based on number of Tweets, as measured by Nielsen Social (@NielsenSocial).
And here are the moments that sparked the top Tweets per minute (TPM) peaks during live televised games, as measured by Nielsen Social (@NielsenSocial). The top five Tweeted moments all came during the @Lions vs. @dallascowboys game.
Come back next Tuesday as we recap how the #NFL Divisional playoffs played out on Twitter.