FOXBORO MA - JANUARY 16: Dustin Keller #81 of the New York Jets celebrates with fans after the Jets defeated the Patriots 28 to 21 in their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16 2011 in Foxboro Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Let's face it, not too many people watched Bears-Seahawks yesterday. To most of us Jets fans, no 1 p.m. game even took place yesterday. Hell, the Seahawks would probably wish that were true also, probably at the point they looked up at the scoreboard and saw themselves down 28-0.
Anyway, the 4:30 p.m. game was a big one, and the Jets stole the show. The AFC Divisional matchup would also go on to set records as far as viewers go.
Per Brian McCarthy, NFL spokesperson:
Jets-Pats most-watched NFL Div Playoff game ever-43.5m ave viewers. 2)Dallas-Carolina, 1/5/97, 42.7m; 3) KC-Houston, 1/16/94, 41.1
Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch also Tweeted that "Jets-Pats game peaked between 7:30-7:48 PM, ET. At that point, the average viewership was 52.3 million."
... And yeah, Mark Sanchez and Gang Green stole the show.