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Jets-Patriots TV Ratings Highest Ever For NFL Divisional Round

While Roger Goodell and Bill Belichick may not have enjoyed the week-long war-of-words between the New York Jets and New England Patriots leading up to their AFC Divisional clash, executives at CBS are no doubt pleased.


Sunday's game between the Jets and Pats drew 43.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched Divisional Round game in the NFL's history, according to the NFL PR guy. The ratings surpassed a 1997 game between the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers (42.7 million) and a Kansas City Chiefs-Houston Oilers game from 1994 (41.1 million).


The Jets, after upsetting the Pats on Sunday, travel to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 AFC Championship Game Jan. 23.