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Six second-screen apps just for NFL fans

Andrew Hayward | Nov. 28, 2014
From companion stats to social media streams, video vaults, and guessing games, there's a little something for every connected football fan.

The app uses your device's mic to listen to your television and identify the content; it took two tries, but it pinpointed the Eagles game I had on. From there, it launches the Viggle Football prediction game, which asks you questions ("Will the Eagles miss a field goal in the 4th quarter?") and lets you input responses. How you pick determines how many extra points you earn for checking in and watching the game.

SportsManias 

If you are the sort to really focus on a single NFL game at a time, but want to enhance that experience with plenty of perspective and behind-the-scenes tidbits, then SportsManias (free) is a very handy option for doing just that.

You can select a live matchup in the NFL (or nearly any other league), and the app will display a constant stream of tweets from noted experts: reporters, analysts, official team feeds, and other relevant sources, delivering info on plays, injuries, historical trivia, and more. It features a very utilitarian design and doesn't attempt to compete on feature set with something like NFL Mobile. But if you want a stream of focused info handy while watching a big game, it's a helpful pick.

NFL Connect

If there's one app that really makes a game out of watching the games, it's NFL Connect (free), which gives you a board full of football actions to work with--like penalties, passes of a certain length, and receptions. You can reconfigure their placement on the screen and predict what will happen next, all in an effort to connect four and win the match.

It's a little confusing to get a hold of, but the interface is really slick--with an updated window showing movement down the field--and you're playing against other real players. Unfortunately, the game has its obsessive fans that seem to have mastered the strategies and will wipe the floor with you while you learn. Shout out to "Johnnie" for crushing me every round before I even knew what was happening.

SportsYapper

For those who can't take in a game without making their opinions known wide and far, you needn't clog up your social network feeds with observations that most friends and followers won't care about. Instead, just log into SportsYapper (free) and find likeminded folks ready to trade barbs and insights alike.

Effectively, SportsYapper creates chat rooms around all of the big matchups, so instead of pouring your thoughts into a massive, messy feed, you'll quickly locate fans focused on the same showdown as you. There isn't much more to it than that, but the app remains a clean and neat way to carry on a conversation even when you're watching alone at home.

 

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