NFL Mailbag: Conference Champs, Facebook Live, and Retirement Talk

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Dec 18, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) looks on during the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Colts defeated the Vikings 34-6. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

This week around the NFL we discuss the conference championship games and if Antonio Brown’s locker room video will have an impact. Also, if we have seen the last of Adrian Peterson in the league. Welcome to our weekly NFL mailbag.

Now that the conference championship games are determined, who goes to the Super Bowl? -Bill D. (Kingsland, GA)

Following a slow start during wild-card weekend the NFL playoffs picked up steam last week. After two games that were determined shortly after the start of the final quarter both games on Sunday were competitive until the end.

Green Bay outlasted the No. 1 seed Dallas Cowboys and now face a rematch with the Atlanta Falcons. They played to a one-point Atlanta victory back on October 30th. Pittsburgh added a new chapter to the playoff woes of Kansas City and now face the New England Patriots for a second time. The Steelers lost 27-16 on October 23rd.

Who wins? I’m taking the Packers and Patriots.

Will Antonio Brown’s locker room video have any impact on the outcome of the AFC Championship game? -David B. (Harrisburg, PA)

No, while the video itself will have no implications on the outcome of the football game, it will have an influence on Brown and the Steelers’ locker room. Head coach Mike Tomlin has already addressed the issue and Brown has apologized.

The NFL could impose a fine on Brown for violation of the league’s social media policy prohibiting the posting of messages from 90 minutes prior to kickoff until the conclusion of post-game interviews.

Ironically, another Steeler can be heard during the video stating to keep a low profile on social media all while being broadcast live to the 40,000-plus watching on Facebook Live and over 900,000 views received before the video was removed from Brown’s page.

Jan 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first half in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first half in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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Have we seen the last of Adrian Peterson in a Vikings uniform? Forever? -Clifford S. (Rochester, MN)

Only if both sides cannot come to terms on a contract that benefits both Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings. Currently, Peterson is slated to earn approximately $18-million next season but the Vikings are not likely to pony up that type of money for a 31-year old running back regardless of his history with the team.

Peterson has been reported to be considering the New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or his hometown Houston Texans as possible landing spots should the Vikings not come to terms.

If he’s not in Minnesota, it’s unlikely that Peterson retires, but if we have seen the last of him depends on his price tag as opposed to the Vikings’ ownership.

Brandon Scott is the Managing Editor of cover32 for the San Diego Chargers. Follow him on Twitter here.

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