NFL’s Best in Show: Meet NFL players and their dogs (photos)

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There’s something about a good dog that can make even the most strong and fierce NFL players melt at the wag of a tail. Big or small, man’s best friend has kept the gladiators of the gridiron company since the league began, but thanks to the wonders of social media, we now get a window into the special relationships of NFL players and their dogs.

Ahead of the 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show (Sunday, May 17, 8-10 p.m. ET, NBC), we’ve compiled some of our favorite good dogs with good football players. The Beverly Hills Dog Show was held on February 29, 2020 at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. Its air date was postponed to May 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show in primetime on May 17 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET on NBC, NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app.

What to know about the 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show

See who made “Best in NFL Show”:

 

Athlete: JuJu Smith Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers, Wide Receiver)

Dog: Boujee (French Bulldog)

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For years, Steelers player JuJu Smith Schuster was afraid of dogs after being chased by a Chihuahua as a kid–until a pup named Boujee came along. The French Bulldog is named after the Migos song “Bad and Boujee.” His coat is considered blue even though it’s light grey in appearance. One of the more rare colors for French Bulldogs, blue Boujee put Smith Schuster back $6,000. Boujee has a birthday bash every year for his best dog friends (including his Frenchie girlfriend Portia) and is the star of his own Instagram account with over 200,000 followers.

 

Athlete: Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs, Quarterback)

Dogs: Steel & Silver (Pitbull, Cane Corso)

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Patrick Mahomes is an MVP on and off the field. The Chiefs QB is the proud dog dad of two pitbulls: Steel and Silver. Mahomes and his girlfriend Brittany Matthews have had Steel since 2017, and Silver joined the family in 2019. Silver even accompanied Mahomes at an offseason training session in Fort Worth. Mahomes says he was scared of dogs as a kid, but now the pups even joined Mahomes on a charity fan experience for Children’s Mercy Hospital.

 

Athlete: Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles, Quarterback)

Dogs: Henley, Jersey and Riggs (Golden Retrievers)

Eagles QB Carson Wentz became a dad in late April but has been a pet parent for years. Wentz has a trio of Golden Retrievers who join him on wild outdoor adventures and hunting trips. Henley has been with Wentz and his wife Maddie the longest. Henley had eight puppies in 2017 and one of the bunch, now named Jersey, became a permanent member of the Wentz family. Riggs completed the pack in 2019.

 

Team: San Francisco 49ers

Dog: Zoe (French Bulldog)

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A tiny French Bulldog is making NFL history. 49ers teammate Zoe is the league’s first designated emotional support animal, and she seems to be doing a stellar job. Defensive lineman Solomon Thomas petitioned San Francisco’s Director of Player Engagement Austin Moss for a team pup after a 49ers employee brought a French Bulldog around during training camp in 2018. Zoe loves balloons.

 

Athlete: Mitchell Schwartz (Kansas City Chiefs, Offensive lineman)

Dogs: Cupcake and Pumpkin (Pomeranians)

Chiefs OL Mitchell Schwartz is 6’5, 320 pounds and a Super Bowl champ, but his two tiny Pomeranian pups outweigh him on social media (by about 60,000 followers on Instagram). Cupcake and Pumpkin live the good life with Schwartz and his wife Brooke, relaxing, being pampered and cheering their dog dad on all fall.

 

Athlete: Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs, Tight end)

Dogs: Rambo and Chauncey (Goldendoodle, Pomsky)

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Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has had pets almost his whole life, so it’s no surprise that he had two dogs. Chauncey is a 2-year-old Pomsky (Pomeranian-Husky mix) and Rambo is a 1-year-old Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever-Poodle mix). The two accompany Kelce on his offseason adventures, including running around the Hollywood hills.

“I love to go to dog parks,” Kelce says. “I got a lot of friends on the team that have dogs and obviously, we love to let the pups hang around each other.”

 

Athlete: Tom Brady (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Quarterback)

Dogs: Lua, Scooby and Fluffy (Pitbull, Beagle, mix)

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A lot of football players get banged up on the field, but Tom Brady might be the only one who’s been bit by a dog on the field. Years ago during Patriots training camp, players met with members of the military who were using Gillette Stadium to train dogs, and one took a bite out of Brady’s thigh. Even after that ordeal, Brady’s family still includes three pups: Lua the Pitbull, Scooby the Beagle and Fluffy the black and white pooch. All three are rescues. He loves them so much that he even threw them their own parade after the Patriots’ 2017 Super Bowl win.

 

Team: Cleveland Browns

Dog: Swagger Jr. aka “SJ” (Cleveland Browns Mascot – Bullmastiff)

The Cleveland Browns have two mascots, but the cuddlier one of the two is SJ (short for Swagger Jr.) the Bullmastiff. The 1-year-old pup weights in at around 125 pounds and enjoys chewing on liver and the Cincinnati Bengals. SJ took the reins over from his father Swagger, the Browns’ previous live mascot, in fall of 2019. Daddy Swagger is now living the good, retired life.

Watch NBC’s coverage of the Beverly Hills Dog Show on May 17 on NBC from 8-10 p.m. ET on NBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

How to watch Miami Dolphins vs LA Chargers: TV, live stream info for Sunday night’s game

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It’s the Miami Dolphins vs LA Chargers this Sunday night at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock with Football Night in America. See below for additional information on how to watch tonight’s game.

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Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins (8-4) currently hold one of the AFC’s Wild Card spots after a tough 33-17 loss against the 49ers last Sunday afternoon that ended Miami’s 5-game win streak. Tagovailoa finished 18-of-33 for 295 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble). He did not return for the game’s final play after injuring his ankle on a strip sack late in the 4th quarter but is expected to start this Sunday. Despite last Sunday’s performance, which was Tagovailoa’s worst of the season, the Dolphins QB has exceeded expectations in year 3. In the 10 games he’s played this season, Tagovailoa has already surpassed his career highs in touchdown passes (21) and passing yards (2,859). He also leads the NFL in passer rating (112.0) and yds/attempt (9.02).

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LA Chargers

Justin Herbert and the LA Chargers (6-6)  fell 27-20 to the Raiders last Thursday night picking up their 3rd loss in the last 4 games. The team, which is seeking its first playoff appearance since 2018, currently sits one game behind the NY Jets and outside of playoff position. Herbert finished 28-of-47 for 335 passing yards–his most in a game since Week 4–and one touchdown. WR Keenan Allen had 6 receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown while RB Austin Ekeler had 5 receptions for 57 receiving yards and picked up 35 yards on the ground. The 6th-year RB leads the Chargers’ offense with 85 receptions this season and is second on the team with 564 receiving yards.

How many times have Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert gone head-to-head?

Third-year QBs Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert went 5th and 6th overall, respectively in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, Sunday night’s matchup will be just the second meeting between two players who have quickly become some of the best young quarterbacks in the league. Tagovailoa and Herbert met in Week 10 of their rookie season when the Dolphins defeated the Chargers 29-21. Tagovailoa threw for 169 yds and 2 touchdowns in the win, while Herbert passed for 187 yds, 2 touchdowns, and an interception in the Chargers loss.

Both quarterbacks are looking to make their first career playoff appearance this season.


How to watch the Miami Dolphins vs LA Chargers:

  • Where: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California
  • When: Sunday, December 11
  • Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET; live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Stream liveWatch live on Peacock or with the NBC Sports App

What time is kickoff for the Miami Dolphins vs LA Chargers game?

Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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Football Night in America will feature a weekly segment hosted by former NFL quarterback Chris Simms and sports betting and fantasy pioneer Matthew Berry, which highlights storylines and betting odds for the upcoming Sunday Night Football game on NBC, Peacock, and Universo. Real-time betting odds on the scoring ticker during FNIA also will be showcased. Peacock Sunday Night Football Final, an NFL postgame show produced by NBC Sports, will also go deep on the storylines and BetMGM betting lines that proved prominent during the matchup.

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If you have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can watch Sunday Night Football on your TV or with a TV provider login on the NBC Sports app, NBC app, or via NBCSports.com. Check your local listings to find your NBC channel. If you can’t find NBC in your channel lineup, please contact your TV provider.

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Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a charge which will recur on a monthly or annual basis until you cancel, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

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When do the 2022 NFL Playoffs start: dates, schedule, playoff format, overtime rules, and more

The 2022 NFL playoffs begin on January 14! Here is everything you need to know before then!
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The 2022 NFL playoffs are quickly approaching and this year’s format will once again include a total of 14 teams –seven from each conference with the top seeds automatically getting a first-round bye. Six games will take place on Wild Card Weekend under the following format for each conference:

2022 NFL Wild Card Weekend Format :

  • No. 2 Seed (host) vs No. 7 Seed
  • No. 3 Seed (host) vs No. 6 Seed
  • No. 4 Seed (host) vs No. 5 Seed

The Wild Card winners will advance to the Divisional round where they will face the top seeds in each conference. See below to find out the 2022 NFL playoff format and schedule.

When do the 2022 NFL Playoffs Start?

The 2022 NFL playoffs begin on Saturday, January 14, 2023.

2022 NFL Playoff Schedule

Be sure to check back for times and teams but until then follow all the NFL action on ProFootballTalk!

Wild Card Weekend Schedule:

  • Saturday, January 14
  • Sunday, January 15
  • Monday, January 16

Divisional Weekend:

  • Saturday, January 21
  • Sunday, January 22

Conference Championships:

  • Sunday, January 29

When is the Super Bowl?

This year’s Super Bowl will take place at State Farm Stadium–home of the Arizona Cardinals– in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox. The last time the Super Bowl was contested in Arizona was in 2015, Super Bowl XLIX when the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks.

How will overtime work in the 2022 NFL playoffs?

After Kansas City’s exciting 42-36 overtime victory over the Bills in last year’s divisional round, when Kansas City scored a touchdown on the first possession of OT denying the Bills a chance to touch the ball, the league has made a change to its postseason rules. Each team will now have an opportunity to possess the ball in overtime. See below for the NFL’s official postseason OT rules:

2022 NFL Playoffs Overtime Rules:

  • If the score is still tied at the end of an overtime period — or if the second team’s initial possession has not ended — the teams will play another overtime period. Play will continue regardless of how many overtime periods are needed for a winner to be determined.
  • There will be a two-minute intermission between each overtime period. There will not be a halftime intermission after the second period.
  • The captain who lost the first overtime coin toss will either choose to possess the ball or select which goal his team will defend unless the team that won the coin toss deferred that choice.
  • Each team will have an opportunity to possess the ball in overtime.
  • Each team gets three timeouts during a half.
  • The same timing rules that apply at the end of the second and fourth regulation periods also apply at the end of a second or fourth overtime period.
  • If there is still no winner at the end of a fourth overtime period, there will be another coin toss, and play will continue until a winner is declared.

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How to watch Sunday Night Football on Peacock:

If you have access to NBC via your TV provider, you can watch Sunday Night Football on your TV or with a TV provider login on the NBC Sports app, NBC app, or via NBCSports.com. Check your local listings to find your NBC channel. If you can’t find NBC in your channel lineup, please contact your TV provider.

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