The #NFL on Twitter: Week 10

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Week 10 of the #NFL saw the league pay tribute to branches of the military for Veterans Day, two more star quarterbacks put up record-breaking performances, while another key signal caller was lost to injury for the rest of the season. It also included a breakout #BeastMode performance, a key NFC showdown that ended in OT and this season’s last game in London. All of this week’s @NFL action on and off the field played out on Twitter.

The @AZCardinals improved to an NFL-best 8-1 after beating NFC West rival @StLouisRams 31-14. After Arizona lost starting QB Carson Palmer to a knee injury in the fourth quarter, backup QB Drew Stanton (@drewstanton) came in and found rookie WR John Brown (@RIPJWALK5) for a 48-yard diving TD (and even better celebration dance) for the winning score with under eight minutes left in the game.

Arizona added two more defensive TDs after Brown’s score.

On Monday, the team confirmed that Palmer tore his ACL and will be out for rest of the season.

@SNFonNBC featured a game that was almost over by halftime, as Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) and the @Packers embarrassed the @ChicagoBears 55-14. Rodgers tied an NFL record with six TD passes in the first half, including two to Jordy Nelson (@JordyRNelson), and became the first QB in NFL history with 10 TDs and zero interceptions against an opponent in a season.

Even Wisconsin governor Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) couldn’t help but Tweet about the game.

In a key NFC battle, the @49ers beat the @Saints 27-24 on a Phil Dawson (@phil_dawson_4) field goal in overtime.

The @Saints thought they had the game won at the end of regulation when Drew Brees (@DrewBrees) completed a hail mary to Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham). However, the play was nullified when Graham was called for offensive pass interference.

The rain in Seattle didn’t slow down the @Seahawks, as they beat the @Giants 38-17, thanks to MarShawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) going #BeastMode with four TDs and 140 yards rushing.

In Detroit, the @Lions improved to 7-2 by beating the @miamidolphins 20-16 thanks to great defense, the return of star WR Calvin Johnson and solid play from QB Matt Safford (@Staff_9), who threw a game-winning TD to Theo Riddick (@Riddick6) with 29 seconds left in the game.

Despite a record-breaking past few weeks for Ben Roethlisberger (@_BigBen7) and the @Steelers, Pittsburgh struggled with turnovers and was upset by Mike Vick (@mikevick) and the @NYJets 20-13. Jets safety Jaiquawn Jarrett (@jaiquawnjarrett) had a huge day with two interceptions, 10 tackles and a sack.

In London, the @dallascowboys welcomed the return of quarterback Tony Romo from injury and beat the @Jaguars 31-17. Romo threw three TDs, including two to Dez Bryant (@DezBryant).

Five more TD passes from Peyton Manning, including two each to Julius Thomas (@Julius_Thomas) and Emmanuel Sanders (@ESanders_10), led to the @Broncos 41-17 win over the winless @RAIDERS:

Last night on @ESPNMondayNight, the @Eagles easily handled the @Panthers 45-21 in the first start for Philly QB Mark Sanchez (@Mark_Sanchez). Sanchez threw for 332 yards and two TDS, while @Eagles running back Darren Sproles (@DarrenSproles) scored a rushing TD and a punt return for a TD. Rookie WR Jordan Matthews (@jmattjmattjmatt) caught two TDs.

And on Thursday Night Football, the @Browns took over first place in the AFC North after beating up on Andy Dalton (@AndyDalton14) and the @Bengals:

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 week 10 of play (Thursday, Nov. 6 through Monday, Nov. 10):

  1. Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12)
  2. Andy Dalton (@AndyDalton14)
  3. Jay Cutler
  4. Mark Sanchez (@Mark_Sanchez)
  5. Cam Newton (@CameronNewton)

Here are the top five most-mentioned team accounts on Twitter during week 10 of play (Thursday, Nov. 6 through Monday, Nov. 10):

  1. Green Bay Packers (@Packers)
  2. Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys)
  3. San Francisco 49ers (@49ers)
  4. Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles)
  5. Cleveland Browns (@Browns)

Click on the image below to explore this data visualization that features week nine’s most-mentioned players and teams (and related Tweets). We will update this data viz each week of the season on Tuesdays.

The #NFL on Twitter: Week 10

Most-Tweeted games and moments

Here are the top five most-Tweeted games during and around live telecasts based on number of Tweets, as measured by Nielsen Social (@NielsenSocial).

  1. @ChicagoBears vs. @Packers (NBC)
  2. @Panthers vs. @Eagles (ESPN)
  3. @Browns vs @Bengals (NFL Network)
  4. @49ers vs. @Saints (FOX)
  5. @Steelers vs. @NYJets (CBS)

And here are the moments that sparked the top Tweets per minute (TPM) peaks during live televised games, as measured by Nielsen Social (@NielsenSocial).

  1. @Eagles running back Darren Sproles (@DarrenSproles) returns a punt 65 yards for a TD to put Philadelphia up 17-7 over the @Panthers with 3:29 left in the first quarter.
  2. @Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (@rcobb18) makes a diving TD catch with 14 seconds left in the first half; Aaron Rodgers’ (@AaronRodgers12) sixth TD pass gives Green Bay a 42-0 lead at the half.
  3. @49ers defeat the @Saints 27-24 in OT on a Phil Dawson (@phil_dawson_4) 35-yard game-winning field goal.
  4. @DallasCowboys QB Tony Romo finds Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) for a 68-yard TD to put Dallas up 24-7 with 19 seconds left in the first half.
  5. @Lions QB Matt Safford (@Staff_9) throws a game-winning TD to Theo Riddick (@Riddick6) with 29 seconds left in the game to give Detroit the 20-16 lead over the @MiamiDolphins.

See more here from @NielsenSocial on the reach of Twitter activity around this past week’s #NFL games.

Tweets of the week

Miss a touchdown from week 10? @NFL has you covered:

And we put together this collection of Tweets from week 10. Enjoy!

Remember to follow the NFL action on Twitter and come back every Tuesday as we recap how the #NFL played out each week. And in case you missed it, check out this blog post on our #NFL fan follower map.