It was a big weekend for excitement, elation, and heartbreak with the return of National Football League action on our television sets. With four primetime games this weekend, a battle of two high-profile rookie quarterbacks, as well as important games in Chicago, St. Louis, and Denver, there was plenty of social outcry as a result of the NFL’s opening slate of games. Click to see which plays translated to the most Twitter posts, as well as the most talked about moment over the weekend.
Tony Romo has developed a reputation as someone who has come up short in the clutch. Warranted or not, it certainly was not the case on Sunday night.
The biggest moment from this weekend’s action came in the Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants game. Romo led the Cowboys to a 27-26 victory, with a touchdown pass to Jason Witten in the last seconds of the game. This play sparked the highest initial social response on Twitter, with 4,441 total curated tweets in 60 seconds after it happened, and 40,950 in the following ten minutes after the play. The reaction was bolstered due to the official completion of the game coming about three minutes (real-time) after the play. The 40,950 tweets in the ten-minute span accumulate for over 12% of the total tweets of the game’s volume. View the entire presentation view of this game’s social interaction here.
As for the top five social moments in the NFL’s Week 1 schedule of games, here is what gathered the most interaction:
- Tony Romo’s touchdown pass to Jason Witten with 7 seconds left, to make the score 27-26, Cowboys. (4,441 tweets initially; 19,514 in the five minutes following)
- Tom Brady’s touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski in the second quarter, to go up on the Steelers, 7-0. (3,275 tweets initially; 15,023 five minutes following)
- End of game: Patriots: 28, Steelers: 21. (2,538 tweets initially; 12,709 five minutes following)
- Ricardo Allen’s interception of Sam Bradford’s pass intended for Jordan Matthews with just over a minute left in the game. (2,526 tweets initially; 11,501 five minutes following)
- Carlos Hyde’s touchdown run in the third quarter, giving the 49ers a 7-0 lead over the Vikings. (2,552 tweets initially; 9,679 five minutes following)
Top five games by total tweets:
- Steelers vs. Patriots (369,313 total tweets)
- Giants vs. Cowboys (336,340 total tweets)
- Vikings vs. 49ers (206,717 total tweets)
- Eagles vs. Falcons (197,229 total tweets)
- Titans vs. Buccaneers (192,820 total tweets)
Least popular game: Panthers vs. Jaguars (34,142 total tweets)
Notable fact of the week: Titans vs. Buccaneers was the most-popular Sunday afternoon game – despite being 42-14 final – over close games such as Packers vs. Bears (121,540 total tweets), Seahawks vs. Rams (77,096 total tweets), and Ravens vs. Broncos (78,446 total tweets).