For the last two weeks, it seems like anything anyone can talk about is the fact that our GPS-enabled smartphones are tracking our location. First, it was the iPhone, then the Android and finally Windows Phone 7. Why has this struck such a chord?According to a study by TRUSTe, a leading Internet privacy service provider, privacy is the leading concern for smartphone users, with security following close behind. Although some may point to 15,200-word terms of service, privacy comes down to more than a legal contract, it comes down to user expectation and, in this case, it seems that users did not expect that their smartphones were not only tracking them, but also sending the data back to Google’s, Apple’s and Microsoft’s servers. Tags:#Location#mobile#news#NYT#privacy#Statistics#web mike melanson The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement TRUSTe’s survey points out why this story erupted so quickly. The survey, conducted in 2011, “revealed a strikingly high level of concern around personal information and data privacy,” the company writes. Privacy concerns weren’t only the primary concern stated by respondents, but 77% said that they don’t want to share their location with app owners and developers. Beyond that, 85% of respondents said that they were uncomfortable with advertiser tracking. If 77% of respondents don’t want to knowingly share their location with apps.ReadWriteWeb’s Marshall Kirkpatrick wrote about a study last week that had similar findings. According to that study, published by Portland, Oregon digital marketing firm White Horse, 56% of smartphone owners surveyed said they knew about location-based services and 39% of respondents said they used them. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, top left, speaks at the Australian Olympic Committee annual general meeting in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)GOLD COAST, Australia— The head of the international boxing federation has criticized IOC president Thomas Bach’s comments that Olympic officials could organize the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament if the sport’s federation can’t get its affairs in order.Bach said last weekend that the IOC wants the sport at next year’s Tokyo Games and is prepared to organize both the qualification and the competition if boxing’s troubled international governing body, the AIBA, loses its Olympic status over leadership and financial problems.ADVERTISEMENT “Organizing a sports event is also not rocket science,” Bach told a meeting in Sydney on Saturday. “So I guess we will be able to manage it in the end. It’s a very universal sport, so we want to have boxing on the program. If the case arises … we would have to make an effort then to have such a tournament.”AIBA executive director Tom Virgets said Bach’s comments belittled the job of international sports federations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We’re very concerned about it,” Virgets said in an interview with SNTV on Wednesday. “We have concerns about it mostly for the athletes and for the programs.“We’re in the best position to ensure a good quality games. I think Mr. Bach’s statement … is disappointing because I think we play a much more important role.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Naomi Osaka taps into ‘zombie mode’ to advance in Madrid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Virgets said the AIBA had the institutional knowledge and “we understand the politics and all the behind the scenes things that take place.”“We’ve spent a year and a half reforming and I think we’re in the best position because we have made all these corrective actions.”Relations between the IOC and AIBA have been tense since Uzbekistan businessman Gafur Rakhimov was elected AIBA president in November, beating Kazakh candidate Serik Konakbayev.The U.S. Treasury Department has alleged Rakhimov has links to organized crime and placed him under sanctions. Rakhimov denies the allegations.AIBA risks being derecognized in June after an IOC inquiry panel reports. Until then, AIBA is banned from contacting 2020 Tokyo Olympic organizers.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Virgets said he hopes an agreement can be reached between his organization and the IOC ahead of next year’s games.“If the IOC will talk to me, we can find a win-win solution if that is legitimately what we’re trying to find,” he said. “And I think that’s the only way to resolve this issue because right now the IOC doesn’t trust what AIBA is doing (and) we don’t trust what they’re doing.“We need to come together and have conversation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester recall Harvey Barnes from loan at West Bromby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City have recalled Harvey Barnes from his loan at West Brom.He has scored nine times in 26 appearances for the Baggies in the Championship this term, as well as contributing six assists to help keep Darren Moore’s side in the automatic promotion race.Barnes, who came through the ranks of Leicester City’s Academy, signed a new four-year contract with the Club in the summer ahead of his loan to West Brom, where he has built on an already impressive reputation.He made his senior debut in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League away to Porto and went on to score six times in 21 appearances for MK Dons in a loan spell in League One later the season.
OTTAWA – The sweeping Canadian retaliation against Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs has been carefully crafted in hopes of hitting the U.S. president where it hurts.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s counter-tariffs will take effect Sunday — a month after the Trump administration slapped duties on U.S. steel and aluminum imports from Canada and other allies.Canada’s response is set to include imposing tariffs on selected consumer products that come from a wide range of sectors — from hair lacquers, to ballpoint pens, to maple syrup.Ottawa released its finalized lineup Friday of items that will be hit by Canadian tariffs.Here’s a rundown of some of the states and products in the crosshairs of the retaliatory measures using Canadian government numbers. The figures are based on 2017 data from Statistics Canada and the U.S. Census Bureau.—Some of the states set to be hit hardest by Canada’s tariffs, based on how much of the targeted consumer products they shipped north in 2017:Ohio — $1.15 billionNew York — $1.12 billionWisconsin — $820 millionIllinois — $780 millionPennsylvania — $646 millionWashington — $629 millionCalifornia — $529 millionTennessee — $453 millionMichigan — $432 million—Value of 2017 imports from U.S. for some of the products targeted by Canada’s preliminary tariffs:Herbicides — $1.13 billionMotorboats, rowboats, canoes and other pleasure boats — $646 millionCoffee, roasted — $525 millionMayonnaise, salad dressing, mixed condiments — $522 millionFungicides — $418 millionKetchup and other tomato sauces — $264 millionOrganic facewash — $229 millionSoups and broths — $204 millionWhiskey — $62 millionMaple sugar and maple syrup — $17 millionBallpoint pens — $3.5 million
___Nissan chairman arrested in probe of financial misconductYOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. says its chairman Carlos Ghosn has been arrested and will be dismissed for alleged under-reporting of his income and misuse of company funds. The Japanese automaker’s CEO said Monday that Ghosn was detained after he arrived in Japan earlier in the day. The Yokohama-based company said the violations by Ghosn and another executive were discovered during a monthslong investigation that was instigated by a whistleblower.___US stocks take sharp losses as tech, internet companies dropNEW YORK (AP) — Big technology and internet companies again came under heavy selling pressure, leading to broad losses across the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly fell 500 points, pulled down by steep declines in Boeing and Apple. Amazon led a sharp drop among retailers as investors react to tensions between the US and China at a Pacific Rim conference. Industrial companies also fell. Nissan sank after its chairman was arrested on misconduct charges.___Volatile stock market spooking some older workers, retireesCHICAGO (AP) — Some older workers and retirees are spooked by the ups and downs of the U.S. stock markets. But there’s no indication that the recent volatility has brought about large-scale overhauls in retirement planning. A Bankrate survey says 62 per cent of Americans — and 76 per cent of those 65 and over — don’t believe their financial situation has improved in the two years since President Donald Trump’s election.___UK leader has eye on rebellion as EU braces for Brexit pushLONDON (AP) — The U.K. and the European Union are plowing ahead with trying to have their divorce deal signed, sealed and delivered within days. But the draft Brexit agreement has left British Prime Minister Theresa May fighting0020to keep her job. May waited on Monday to see if rebel lawmakers from her party had the numbers to trigger a no-confidence vote, while British and EU negotiators raced to firm up a final deal before a weekend summit where EU leaders hope to rubber stamp it.___Even small companies may be able to cut Amazon-like dealsNEW YORK (AP) — A company doesn’t need to be as big as Amazon to get a real estate deal. Whether a small business wants to buy or rent, it may have some leverage with landlords or local governments to get breaks on taxes or win grants. It’s especially doable if a company can be a drawing card that helps boost local commerce or has significant job creation plans. The key is often to look for real estate in an area that needs an economic boost, or a depressed neighbourhood that’s on the verge of making a comeback.___Bloomberg donates ‘unprecedented’ $1.8B to Johns HopkinsBALTIMORE (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. Bloomberg and the Baltimore university said Sunday that the gift is the largest ever to any education institution in the U.S. University President Ronald Daniels says the contribution will allow Hopkins to eliminate the need for student loans in financial aid packages.___Airbnb removes listings in Israeli settlementsJERUSALEM (AP) — Vacation rental company Airbnb says it is removing its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. A statement released on the company’s website Monday said it will take down some 200 listings in Israeli settlements “that are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians.” Most of the international community views the settlements as illegal.___David’s Bridal files for bankruptcy, but your order is safeNEW YORK (AP) — David’s Bridal is filing for bankruptcy protection but there is no danger for customers who have ordered dresses because operations continuing as normal while the wedding and prom retailer restructures. The bankruptcy filing, the private company said Monday, will wipe out more than $400 million in long-term debt.___Brazil’s Petrobras to be led by privatization advocateRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s president-elect is appointing a pro-market reformer to lead the state oil company Petrobras. Roberto Castello Branco has advocated privatizing the oil giant, a measure also supported by his close ally Paulo Guedes, designated as Brazil’s next finance minister. However, experts say a wholesale privatization is unlikely.___The S&P 500 index fell 45.54 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 2,690.73. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 395.78 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 25,017.44. It was down as much as 512 earlier. The Nasdaq composite skidded 219.40 points, or 3 per cent, to 7,028.48. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 30.99 points, or 2 per cent, to 1,496.54.Benchmark U.S. crude rose 0.5 per cent to $56.76 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was little changed at $66.79 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline added 0.4 per cent to $1.58 a gallon. Heating oil gained 0.6 per cent to $2.09 a gallon. Natural gas surged 10 per cent to $4.70 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Press
OTTAWA — Canada’s interim competition commissioner is urging B.C. to change its liquor policy to allow more competition, spark innovation and lower prices.Matthew Boswell writes in an open letter to B.C.’s Attorney General David Eby that the province’s current policy restricts competition, raises consumer prices and limits access to specialty products.B.C. requires restaurants, bars and hotels to purchase alcohol products at retail prices from government-owned stores.Boswell says he supports recommendations that hospitality providers should be able to buy alcohol products from any licensed source in the province, including private retailers, and they should pay “a proper wholesale price.”Those two recommendations were made in an April 2018 report commissioned by the provincial government as part of its ongoing review of the provincial liquor policy.Boswell, who applauded B.C.’s efforts to review its policy, says those changes would encourage more competition and lead to more choice for consumers and lower prices.The Canadian Press
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Muskoseepi Park in Grande Prairie has been evacuated and closed until further notice. Many paths are under water and creek banks and slopes are extremely unstable.The public is urged to stay away from the Bear Creek corridor and Muskoseepi Park.Vehicular bridges crossing Bear Creek are safe for travel.Releasing the water at a higher than normal rate through the spillway has protected the dam. It has also lowered water levels in the reservoir but increased water flows downstream. Muskoseepi Park will remain closed until water recedes and a thorough damage assessment can be completed. Pedestrian bridges, paths, creek banks, and other park infrastructure will be inspected for safety before the park is reopened.Crews will be monitoring water levels to protect critical infrastructure throughout the corridor.RCMP and Enforcement Services will be monitoring the park.At this time no properties have been damaged. Residents are asked to obey signs, barricades and the direction of local authorities.
New Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Thursday signed a contract for the prolific Chinnewala Tibba gas field in Rajasthan, which it had discovered around 15 years ago but was taken away and auctioned by the government.ONGC won back five out of the 23 discovered oil and gas fields that the government took away from the state-owned firm and Oil India Ltd (OIL) for auctioning in the second round of discovered small field (DSF). Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe 72-square kilometer field near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan has 1,900 million standard cubic metres of reserves, an official of the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons said at the contract-signing ceremony with the winners of the 23 fields auctioned in DSF-II. The 23 fields, made up of some 57 discoveries by ONGC and OIL, hold 190 million tonnes of oil and oil-equivalent gas resources, the official said. Speaking on the occasion, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said DSF bid rounds are aimed at raising domestic production to cut dependence on imported oil. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIndia is 83 per cent dependent on imports to meet its oil needs. “Maximising production is the most important priority now,” he said. While ONGC and OIL could not monetise the discoveries auctioned in the DSF round mainly due to they being financially unviable on prevalent fiscal terms, DSF round winners will get complete pricing and marketing freedom that will make the finds economically viable. Pradhan said ONGC was asked to largely stay away from DSF-I round last year but was given freedom to bid in DSF-II and he was happy that the company walked away with the most number of fields. Chinnewala Tibba was the most-contested field in DSF-II with as many as 17 bids being put in. ONGC won the field as also four others after bid evaluation and award was completed last week. Contracts for the same were signed Thursday. OIL and Vedanta Ltd signed contracts for two fields each they had won while lesser known Ganges Geo-Resources Pvt Ltd signed for five fields. State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and its partner Hindustan Oil Exploration Company Ltd (HOEC) signed for one field they won in the auction. Arch Softwares Pvt Ltd, a firm backed by former Cairn India executive Suniti Bhat, won two offshore fields. The remaining fields went to little-known firms such as Shanti GD Ispat Power, Arsh Corporate Services, Invenire Energy, Keerthi Industries, and Gem Petro E&P. On the contract signing, Vedanta Resources Ltd Executive Chairman Anil Agarwal said: “The Government of India has taken concrete steps to encourage and thus enhance domestic crude oil production, in line with Minister Pradhan’s vision of energy self-sufficiency. The discovered small fields Round-II auction is another significant step in this direction. We remain committed to optimising exploration and production from the fields awarded to us. These reformative steps and our demonstrated success will pave the way for attracting future foreign investments as well.” Sudhir Mathur, chief executive officer of oil and gas business of Vedanta Ltd, said the company is known for its engineering strength and innovation, especially in the tight oil and tight gas domain. “We are excited to bring these strengths to bear in the two new DSF fields awarded to us. We congratulate the government on all of these progressive initiatives that will lead to growth in the sector, job creation, and prosperity for our country.” As many as 39 firms, including six foreign players, had put in 145 bids for 24 out of the 25 oil and gas fields on offer in DSF-II at the close of bidding on January 30. Mining giant Vedanta put in the highest number of bids for 21 fields. A DGH statement said one bid for a field has been kept in abeyance as the matter is sub-judice. ONGC and OIL had put in bids for 10 fields each while Indian Oil Corp (IOC) bid for 3. British company Soco International made its foray into India, bidding for one field but it failed to make a dent. Arch Softwares had put in bids for 15 fields.
After wrapping up my “Kickers Are Forever” article on Tuesday, I wandered to Media Day in Phoenix, site of a sporting event this Sunday, and found Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka, who — unlike a certain beastly teammate — was willing to answer a few questions.Here’s how it went down, starting with what they were talking about just before I arrived:Another reporter: Can you imagine Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo kicking field goals in the Super Bowl? Do you think they would be good?Steven Hauschka: Yeah, I think Ronaldo would be really good at it. They both would. It’s a little different but I’m sure within a few minutes they could be kicking 50-yard field goals, no problem.Benjamin Morris: Do you know how to bend a soccer ball?SH: Yeah.BM: What’s the longest field goal you’ve ever made in practice?SH: 67 [yards].BM: How often do you think you convert a field goal of 60 yards?SH: In Arizona, I don’t know. Half the time or more.BM: Why do you think kickers are so good these days?SH: Because we grew up kicking. I started kicking at 3 years old. I think it’s just, we’re more athletic. I mean, not me in particular, but some of the guys out there in the league are just really good athletes who switched to kicking because they couldn’t make it as a quarterback or something.BM: Do you think soccer has improved it a lot?SH: Yeah, yeah I do. Most of the guys started playing soccer that ended up as kickers.BM: Do you think punters have gotten better as much as field goal kickers have gotten better?SH: I think some of the punters have gotten really good, but as a whole I don’t think they’re at the level of the field-goal kickers. I think there’s more put into the field goal at a younger age. I don’t think kids start learning to punt until a little later. Whereas field goal kicking, I think guys are starting pretty young.BM: What are the odds that an average NFL player, non-kicker, could make a 25 yard field goal?SH: Um, low. Twenty-five percent.BM: Do you think there’s such a thing as clutch?SH: I think if you’re a 90 percent kicker, the best you can do under the most important situation is be a 90 percent kicker. I think if you’re trying to stretch any more than that … that’s not realistic. Obviously the clutch guys make it when it matters, but there’s still that chance.BM: If you miss a kick, do you feel bad about it? Or do you feel like, if you’re 90 percent, you’re going to miss one in 10 kicks?SH: Yeah, that’s the goal: to understand that it’s going to happen every once in a while because no one is perfect. The goal is consistently to play at a high level.Some thoughts:That last one may read like a fairly bland answer, but his tone reminded me of how a lot of professional poker players ideally feel about losing: that losing is part of the process. But in reality that ideal is very hard to meet.He obviously has a very high opinion of soccer, saying an average NFL player (who has presumably been handling footballs his whole life) could make a short field goal only 25 percent of the time, but top soccer players could make 50-yarders with only minutes of practice. The introduction of the soccer-style kick and the influx of former soccer players into gridiron kicking ranks are both likely contributors to kickers’ otherworldly improvement.His answer about “clutchness” seemed to suggest that trying too hard to be clutch could be counter-productive relative to just trying to kick the ball. That fits with one of my pet theories of clutch, which is that, rather than being some kind of superhuman ability, clutch just means being completely normal in circumstances when others might crack.Here’s hoping that kicking plays a big role in Sunday’s game!
Kansas City>9997-2 2. Miami 34, Buffalo 31 (Week 16) 10. New Orleans 31, Tampa Bay 24 (Week 16) Philadelphia56%72%+16 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE The game to watch for Week 16 was one of the best of the year. Buffalo came back from a 21-7 deficit, but the Dolphins hit a 55-yard field goal at the end of the fourth quarter to send the game into OT. Buffalo immediately drove 58 yards to Miami’s 17-yard line before moving backward 10 yards on two running plays and missing a 45-yarder. The Dolphins eventually won it on a chip shot field goal, sending their playoff chances skyrocketing to 92 percent at the expense of Denver and Baltimore. Philadelphia3835-3 Tennessee4542-3 Houston8682-5 Indianapolis2311-12 Houston7987+7 9. Philadelphia 34, Pittsburgh 3 (Week 3) Based on the Cowboys’ terrible performance last season, our NFL predictions projected them to go 7-9 in 2016. And it took a little while for our model to figure out that Dallas was for real. This Week 6 drubbing of Green Bay improved the Cowboys’ record to 5-1 and sent their playoff chances shooting up 22 points to 78 percent; the suddenly struggling Packers saw an equivalent drop. Game had 116.6 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Detroit7380+7 Miami4145+3 Tennessee16%44%+28 1. N.Y. Giants 19, Washington 10 (Week 17) Game had 76.0 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Houston5855-3 Tennessee11%25%+14 Washington580-58 Miami55%92%+38 Detroit72100+28 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE PLAYOFF CHANCES Indianapolis344-30 Indianapolis3934-5 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE PLAYOFF CHANCES 3. Tennessee 13, Denver 10 (Week 14) Game had 66.3 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Houston44%74%+30 Dallas2623-3 PLAYOFF CHANCES Cincinnati159-7 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Green Bay6269+6 Game had 59.7 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown PLAYOFF CHANCES Buffalo712+5 Green Bay5434-20 Game had 57.2 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Dallas56%78%+22 Baltimore3841+3 Indianapolis73-4 Houston7957-22 Denver7348-24 Game had 65.0 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Baltimore2814-14 Tampa Bay29<1-28 4. Houston 22, Indianapolis 17 (Week 14) Let’s take a moment to acknowledge Tennessee’s season. The Titans were one of the NFL’s worst teams in 2015 but rallied to go 9-7 this season, with a 5-2 record against eventual playoff teams. Their peak came in back-to-back wins against Denver (Week 14) and Kansas City (Week 15), giving them a serious shot at an AFC South title. Unfortunately, it was all for naught — the bad version of the Titans came out in Week 16 and lost 38-17 to the Jaguars, allowing the Texans to clinch the division. Tennessee’s victory over Denver did make a big difference for Miami, which eventually took the second AFC wild card spot. Green Bay70%100%+30 Houston5144-7 Pittsburgh9388-5 After Green Bay’s late-season surge to make the playoffs (and the collapse of Washington and Tampa Bay), the Packers’ midseason foibles are all but forgotten. But they really almost blew it, going on a four-game losing streak that started at the end of October during which the Green Bay defense allowed 38 points per game and the team’s chances of making the playoffs dropped (at 4-6) to just 6 percent. This Week 9 loss to the Colts — the second loss in the streak — was one of the most damaging for Green Bay while simultaneously reviving Indianapolis’s hopes. N.Y. Giants4850+2 7. Pittsburgh 28, Indianapolis 7 (Week 12) PLAYOFF CHANCES Detroit4650+4 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE The most important game of the year came in Week 17, even though one of the teams — the New York Giants — had absolutely nothing to play for. Washington’s loss ended its playoff hopes and rendered the highly anticipated Green Bay-Detroit evening matchup mostly moot by guaranteeing playoff spots for both the Packers and Lions. AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Pittsburgh was an early favorite to make the playoffs, with a 62 percent preseason chance of advancing to the postseason that improved to 90 percent after a 4-1 start. But then the Steelers lost four straight, dropping down to 16th in our rankings, which are based on Elo ratings (a measure of team strength based on game results that we use quite a bit around here). They would go on to beat the Browns in Week 11, but this road victory against the Colts was when Pittsburgh really righted the ship. The Steelers closed the season with five more wins, easily making it to the postseason; they enter as the fourth-ranked team by Elo. Minnesota6164+3 Miami1626+11 Baltimore3224-8 The second ultimately meaningless late-season Titans victory that briefly shook the AFC South playoff race. Better luck next year, Tennessee! Washington2831+3 Game had 58.9 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Pittsburgh55%71%+16 Denver4139-2 5. Tennessee 19, Kansas City 17 (Week 15) Washington1815-3 PLAYOFF CHANCES Green Bay7249-22 After a tedious Week 17, the NFL playoff picture is finally set. Every week since Week 12, we’ve looked at which games could have the biggest impact on postseason chances throughout the league. Now, instead of dealing with hypotheticals, we can look backward to see which results from the entire 2016 regular season actually affected the playoff race the most.This is pretty easy to measure. Our NFL predictions update after every game, so the most important games are simply the ones that caused the largest net change in playoff probabilities. For example, when Buffalo beat Los Angeles in Week 5, the Bills’ playoff chances immediately improved from 50 percent to 64 percent (+14) while the Rams’ dropped from 49 percent to 34 percent (-14, with rounding). That’s a net change of 28 points. If we add to that number the impact the Bill’s victory had on Arizona, Seattle, New England and Oakland and its minor impacts on every other team in the league, we get an overall playoff swing of 57 points for that game.1The playoff swing totals in this article are lower than what we had listed in previous weeks. That’s because the scale has changed a bit, now that we’re measuring based on one actual game outcome instead of two potential game outcomes. An example: Going into their Week 17 matchup against New York, Washington had a 58 percent chance of making the playoffs. It would be eliminated with a loss and would more or less clinch with a win, so the team’s total potential range of outcomes, which we called its swing, was zero to 100 percent, or 100 percentage points. But Washington lost that game, so its actual, non-potential swing was from 58 percent to zero, or 58 percentage points.By this measure, the 10 biggest games of the regular season are below. Note that some of these results didn’t actually “matter” in the end. Going back to the example above: Buffalo didn’t make the postseason. But that game did make a significant impact on the playoff race at the time, so it was still important to the arc of the season. PLAYOFF CHANCES Pittsburgh6870+2 6. Indianapolis 31, Green Bay 26 (Week 9) AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Game had 58.7 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Baltimore5154+3 PLAYOFF CHANCES AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE N.Y. Giants3429-4 Pittsburgh8067-13 PLAYOFF CHANCES Game had 58.5 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Game had 75.9 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown PLAYOFF CHANCES AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Washington37%51%+14 Indianapolis11%21%+10 8. Dallas 30, Green Bay 16 (Week 6) The Texans ended the regular season with a 9-7 record, a -49 point differential and just the saddest kind of quarterback controversy (the kind where both quarterbacks are bad). So how did they find themselves in the playoffs, with room to spare? Houston’s secret weapon was a 5-1 record against its AFC South opponents, spoiled only by its final meaningless game against the Titans. Whenever Houston’s lead in its terrible division was challenged, the team rose to the occasion, getting a particularly large boost to its playoffs chances in this narrow victory over the Colts. Denver177-10 Remember Philadelphia? After a 3-0 start, capped by this shellacking of the highly rated Pittsburgh Steelers, the Eagles saw their playoff chances rise to over 70 percent. After a bye in Week 4, it was all downhill. Philadelphia went 2-9 over their next 11 games and were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15. Going into Week 15, the 8-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a 54 percent chance of making the playoffs but blew it with back-to-back narrow losses to the Cowboys and Saints. Although this game didn’t technically eliminate Tampa Bay from playoff contention — the team had a very outside chance of making the playoffs in Week 17, if seven games broke their way — it more or less ended the Bucs’ playoff hopes.Check out our latest NFL predictions.