When Sanders catches the winning touchdown pass in the championship game there is clearly an opponent inside Sander's arm trying to knock the ball out. In the next shot the nearest player is too far away to have done anything, and he would have been closer.
In the opening scene football game, "Never say no" Joe drops back to pass from the 25 yard line, then decides to keep it and run with it. As he begins to run to the end zone, he takes off from the 15 yard line.
It looks like the same stadium is used for regular season games and the championship game, by the amount and location of wear on the field. You would think that a championship game in Arizona would have better looking striping, etc. than a regular season game near Boston.