Targeting is limited to cases of illegal contact to an opponent’s head or neck area.

Unlike college football, the NFL doesn’t have a “targeting” rule — for now, at least — but the unnecessary roughness rules provide offensive players with essentially the same exact protections.

The biggest difference is that targeting in college football results in an automatic ejection and 15-yard penalty, while unnecessary roughness is just a 15-yard penalty in the NFL.

“The media made it a situation to where they thought I was grandstanding, “ Owens said. “But like I told a lot of people. If [that was] Brett Favre, they would have called him a warrior. For me, they said I was selfish. If I’m selfish, I’m selfish because I want to help my team win.”

No matter what anyone believed in, Owens proved himself to be a great teammate. It was also a testament to how passionate he was about the game, to be willing to risk his career for a championship.

Though the Eagles lost, it’s an all-time performance by Owens.
There are not many games in any sport where a performance in a losing effort is remembered so fondly. Owens’ game on a broken leg is arguably the most memorable.

Owens didn’t get into the Hall of Fame in 2017, with some voters citing his antics and attitude. He’s a finalist again in 2018 and knows he belongs. On Good Morning NFL Owens said, “As far as my body of work, I constantly say it, it speaks for itself.”

Though Kane has produced on the ice when healthy and been active in working with Buffalo-area charitable groups, he has been questioned for his immaturity off the ice.

Kane has had two legal run-ins, including being arrested for grabbing three women by the hair and neck during an altercation at a Buffalo bar in June 2016. The charges were eventually dismissed on condition Kane stayed out of trouble as part of a plea agreement in which a prosecutor described the player’s behavior as arrogant, boorish and surly, but not criminal.

We saw him in Boston, we came and saw him, and the year before that we watched him, and then they made it this year, Alex says. It didn’t work out last year to go to the Super Bowl, but we kept in touch with him.

Both are predicting Patriots victories, not surprisingly. Alex says 27-24, Sydney says 37-33. Whatever happens, they’ll be partying with Waddle afterwards. They’re having a blast.
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Seahawks miscues were non-factors in Falcons’ blowout win

The Seahawks made several momentum-killing mistakes, but those plays probably didn’t affect the end result of Saturday’s divisional playoff game, considering how the Falcons offense played.

Atlanta put up 422 yards of total offense and capitalized on each Seattle mistake en route to a 36-20 victory at the Georgia Dome.

Super Bowl postgame shows (approximately 10:30 p.m., ESPN, FS1, NFL Network). It is not necessarily a rule, but the Super Bowl broadcaster will typically rush postgame coverage off the air to make room for the lead-out show (a ’24’ spinoff this year). That leaves the bulk of postgame coverage to cable. Last year, ESPN’s NFL Primetime scored a 1.2 rating and NFL Gameday Final had a 0.6 on NFL Network. Those numbers may dip this time around, with game broadcaster Fox certain to direct viewers to postgame coverage on FS1. In 2014, then-fledgling FS1 had a mere 0.2 for a postgame edition of ‘Fox Sports Live’ compared to a 1.2 for NFL Primetime and a 0.4 for Gameday Final. Predictions: 1.2 (ESPN), 0.5 (NFLN), 0.4 (FS1).

‘Undisputed’ (noon Sunday, Fox). Fox Sports has gone into overdrive trying to promote it’s homage to ESPN’s First Take, and Super Bowl Sunday provides the biggest opportunity yet. It goes without saying that the show, which typically attracts a five- or six-figure audience on FS1, will generate more eyeballs than ever before. The real question is whether it can top last year’s comparable ‘Road to the Super Bowl’ telecast on CBS (2.6). Prediction: 2.8.

NBA regular season: Cavaliers-Knicks and Clippers-Celtics (8:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, ABC). The Knicks’ struggles and the Clippers’ injuries make next weekend’s NBA offerings on ABC not so appealing. Luckily for the network, last year’s comparable games set a low bar with a 2.0 on Saturday night (Thunder-Warriors on ESPN) and a 1.6 on Super Bowl Sunday (Clippers-Heat). Expect at least comparable numbers this time around. Predictions: 2.2 and 1.6.avalanche_120