The first regular-season NFL game is today, and that means you have 17 weeks to whip your fantasy team into shape and plan your playoff beard. Whether youíre looking for a way to follow your favorite team, track game-day stats, manage your fantasy team, or combat those dreaded NFL blackouts, these apps can help you stay on top of it all until Super Bowl XLVII. And all of them are free, at least to start with.
1. NFL Mobile (iPhone, Android)
This is a one-stop shop for NFL junkies. It delivers game highlights, scores, schedules, news, blogs, and fantasy league updates. Upgrading to the premium version for $5/month lets you live-stream games and gets you on-the-go access to the NFL Network. Unfortunately, itís available only for Verizon subscribers.
2. NFL í12 (iPhone, Android)
The NFLís official app for the 2012 season lets you create personalized push notifications for your favorite teams. You can also get live scores and statistics, watch game highlights, listen to podcasts, and read the latest news. Paid subscribers ($1.99/month or $9.99 for the whole season) can watch NFL Fantasy Live and Thursday Night Football Live on their mobile devices.
3. NFL Sunday Ticket (iPhone, Android)
With this app, DirectTVís NFL Sunday Ticket Max subscribers can stream any Sunday afternoon game (no primetime games) on their mobile devices. The app wonít save you from local-market blackouts, but itís an essential supplement to any Sunday Ticket subscription.