How Much Football Is Even In A Football Broadcast?

Answer: not much.

The broadcast lasted three hours and 15 minutes, but it included 18 separate commercial breaks that in total lasted 43 minutes — not including the halftime break. In sum, the game’s 107 total plays gave us 14 total minutes (and 16 seconds) of football action. In other words, those who settled in to watch the entire NFC championship endured a commercial-to-action ratio of over 3-to-1.

This fact isn't surprising for any NFL-watching readers, but I link to this post because of the brilliant custom visualization that FiveThirtyEight designed for it (above). The information density is impressive.


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