The Daily Outkick: Thursday, January 31, 2019

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Roger Goodell Finally Acknowledges Referee Error In N.F.C. Championship Game (New York Times) Ten days after a controversial noncall marred the ending of the N.F.C. championship game, Goodell finally addressed it publicly.

Polar Vortex Grips The Midwest In A Deep And Dangerous Freeze (Washington Post) Millions across the Midwest experienced a freeze normally reserved for the Arctic Circle as temperatures dropped to nearly 50 degrees below zero.

The Secret To The Rams’ Blocking Success Isn’t The Linemen. It’s Sean McVay. (538) A metric created by Football Outsiders called adjusted line yards is changing how linemen are evaluated.

Facebook Posts Record Profit, Capping Grueling Year (Wall Street Journal) Shares rise as social network shows resilience of its businesses as it battles through a string of challenges.

Rams’ Jared Goff Is Ok With Being That Other Super Bowl QB (NY Post) Fact is, whomever was opposing Tom Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl 53 was going to be the other quarterback.

Modern Weather Forecasts Are Stunningly Accurate (The Atlantic) The polar vortex is just the latest example of how reliable five-day forecasts have become.

Super Bowl Both Divides And Unites Patriots’ Matthew Slater And Rams Legend Jackie Slater (USA Today) Blood may be thicker than water, but it is not the swing factor for what we can call “The Slater Situation.”

iPhone Subscription Model Would Be A Game-Changer For Apple (CNBC) An iPhone subscription plan could convert Apple customers from a transactional business model to a subscription model.

Sixth Ring? Patriots Already In Their Own Universe (Boston Herald) In reality, the slogan for the sixth, if it happens, will be “Still Here.”

Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’ Gets June 2021 Release Date (Variety) Ben Affleck will not be returning to play the Caped Crusader; Reeves will be handpicking the next Bruce Wayne.

Report: Pelicans Have No Interest In Trading Anthony Davis To Lakers Right Now (SI) Pelicans general manager Dell Demps is “not picking up his phone” regarding potential trade offers for Davis.