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Daily Madden: Football Overshadows Thrilling Ryder Cup

(KCBS/AP) - The Ryder Cup's final day has drawn its highest preliminary television rating since the last big comeback 13 years ago. Sunday's coverage on NBC earned a 4.1 overnight rating and 9 share. The network said Monday that was the best since a 6.3/15 for the U.S. comeback in 1999 in Brookline, Mass.

This time, the Europeans rallied from the same 10-6 deficit to win 14 -13.

The rating was up 21 percent from the last Ryder Cup in the U.S., a 3.4 for the event in Louisville, Ky., in 2008.

Coach John Madden:

The ratings prove just how thrilling the action was, but that's not to say everybody was watching.

"There was a ton yesterday and last night," Coach John Madden pointed out to the KCBS morning crew.

"There were only, let's see, seven games I think in the early games so we had (golf) on one of our TV sets and I knew, but I mean there was no reason to watch that, to be honest with you, because the U.S. was so far ahead, there was no way they could lose it."

So I didn't watch it at all," he admitted.

On the other hand, he watched plenty of Sunday football.

Atlanta, Arizona and Houston remain undefeated headed into Week 5 of the NFL schedule, after four weeks of play in the NFL.

KCBS' Dave Padilla Reports:

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