Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton were the two most-mentioned players on Twitter during Wild Card weekend, Twitter data shows.
Romo led the Cowboys to a controversial 24-20 win over the Lions, going 19-of-31 for 293 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions led 20-17 in the fourth quarter and were driving into Dallas territory when referees picked up a flag that was initially thrown for pass interference on the Cowboys on a third-and-1. Two plays later, the Lions were forced to punt, and the Cowboys scored the go-ahead touchdown on the ensuing possession.
The top five most-tweeted about moments from the weekend – measured in tweets per minute (TPM) by Nielsen Social – all came from the Cowboys-Lions game. The end of the game was No. 1, followed by Romo's go-ahead touchdown pass to Terrance Williams with 2:32 left and a Bush touchdown run that gave the Lions a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Matthew Stafford's game-opening touchdown pass to Golden Tate was fourth, and a fumble two with two minutes remaining in the game rounded out the top five.
Not surprisingly, the Cowboys were the most mentioned team on Twitter over the weekend, followed by the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Lions and Panthers. Cowboys-Lions was also the most tweeted-about game, followed by Ravens-Steelers, Cardinals-Panthers and Bengals-Colts.
- Mike Fiammetta