Space restraints required the trimming of some items from today's column. But no such limitations exist here, so here are the items rescued from the cutting-room floor:

*With two playoff games to televise tomorrow, NBC has teamed Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth to call the Washington Redskins vs. the Seattle Seahawks. The regular Sunday night pair of Al Michaels and John Madden works will work the Jacksonville Jaguars-Pittsburgh Steelers game. NBC is fortunate to have the versatile Hammond to plug in; he does a terrific job at any assignment.

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*For the first time since Monday Night Football debuted in 1970, Sunday afternoon NFL games averaged higher ratings than prime-time telecasts.

Fox came out on top, averaging 10.7 percent of the audience, slightly ahead of CBS' 10.3. Both beat out NBC's 10.1 for Sunday night games.

Fox pointed out how its showing was even more impressive given the loss of several games with the popular Dallas Cowboys to NBC and the NFL Network. CBS was boosted by the Patriots-Indianapolis Colts game.

*Saturday night's Patriots-New York Giants multi-network telecast was the most-watched NFL regular-season game since 1995.

A total of 34.5 million viewers watched New England complete its undefeated regular season. The viewership broke down like this: 15.7 million on CBS, 13.2 on NBC, 4.5 million on NFL Network and 1.2 million on New York and Boston stations. (In Baltimore, 1.3 percent more people watched the game on NBC affiliate WBAL/Channel 11 than on CBS' WJZ/Channel 13.)

*I have to call my cable operator right away to get ESPNU. This week, I missed two three-hour telecasts of practice sessions from the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. (The actual game, featuring 80 of the nation's top senior players, airs tomorrow at 2 p.m. on ABC [WMAR/Channel 2 and WJLA/Channel 7]). I wonder whether Allen Iverson tuned in to watch practice.

*Oh, and I'm sorry I didn't have another ratings item for you.

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