The Eagles were one of the most watched teams of the NFL season. The Eagles-Cowboys game in Week 14 set a new Sunday Night Football record for most viewers. The Eagles-Packers playoff game was the most watched wild card game in NFL history.
It turns out, the Eagles were also the most popular team in a much different format.
A study by the New York Times concluded that the Eagles were the team used the most in the video game Madden NFL 11. In fact, the study pointed out that the Eagles "were by far the most popular team" accounting for eight percent of all games played on an Internet-connected PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 from Aug. 10, 2010 to Jan. 31, 2011.
Certainly, a large reason for the success was quarterback Michael Vick's return to superstardom. The Eagles' popularity peaked after two historic moments in 2010. First was Vick's six-touchdown performance in the Monday night rout of the Washington Redskins. The second was the "Miracle At The New Meadowlands" when Vick rallied the Eagles back from a 31-10 fourth-quarter deficit that culminated with the first game-ending punt return for a touchdown in NFL history by DeSean Jackson.
The Vikings and the Ravens were the second and third most popular Madden teams, respectively. In the NFC East, the Cowboys were fourth, the Giants were 14th and the Redskins were 21st.
It will be interesting to see if Vick is in contention to be the cover athlete for the Madden NFL 12 game. Vick was on the cover for the 2004 version of the franchise. Of course, Vick was with the Falcons at that point. Donovan McNabb graced the cover for the 2006 edition. No player has ever been on the cover twice.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 10:44 a.m., February 17