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Did The Ravens Choke, Or Are The Titans Just That Good?

The divisional round of the NFL playoffs did not disappoint. While there was only one upset in the four games, it was the biggest upset in the Super Bowl era (according to Elo). The No. 6 seed Tennessee Titans took down the No. 1 Baltimore Ravens 28-12 on Saturday night. Neil, Geoff and Sara break down how this game was a loss for analytics, how this affects Lamar Jackson’s MVP season and what to expect in the conference finals.

As the NBA regular season marches steadily onward, some fans and members of the media are questioning how the league is covered and, in particular, who is covered. The Hot Takedown crew assesses why these media patterns occur and how social media is producing a new type of basketball fan.

In advance of the NHL All-Star Game, our Rabbit Hole celebrates the ingenuity of the NHL and how other leagues could follow suit.

What we’re looking at this week:

  • Bill Barnwell of ESPN reflects on the NFL divisional round games.
  • “Can the NBA promote greatness instead of buzz?” from Ethan Strauss of The Athletic.
  • A preview of new competitions at the NHL All-Star Game from CBS Sports.

Grace Lynch is the former producer of Hot Takedown.

Sara Ziegler is the former sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Neil Paine was the acting sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Geoff Foster is the former sports editor of FiveThirtyEight.