Boston College Wide Receiver Alex Amidon Gives Up Chance To Play In The NFL To Become A Navy SEAL

Boston College Football Player Gives Up Chance To Play In The NFL To Become A Navy SEAL – Weasel Zippers

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Via NFL.com:

Boston College wide receiver Alex Amidon, who finished his career in 2013 as the school’s leading career receiver, has decided to bypass a potential NFL future and instead try to become a Navy SEAL.

BC Interruption reported the news on Thursday.

Amidon (6-foot, 182 pounds) was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine but still had the potential to be a third-day pick. Amidon finished his career with a school-record 191 receptions for a school-record 2,792 yards and 15 TDs. He had 78 receptions in 2012 and 77 in 2013; those are the two best single-season marks in school history.

Amidon, from Greenfield, Mass., was a first-team All-ACC pick in 2012 and a third-team selection in 2013.

While not considered a burner, Amidon had been clocked as fast as 4.42 seconds in the 40; he was effective both as a deep threat – information from cfbstats.com shows that he had five catches of 50-plus yards in 2013 and 18 of 30-plus yards in 2012 and ’13 combined – and over the middle for BC.

Amidon roomed with tailback Andre Williams, who led the nation in rushing in 2013 and was a Heisman finalist. The two were co-winners of the Thomas Scanlan Award, considered BC’s highest football honor. It goes to the senior who is most outstanding in scholarship, athletic ability and leadership.

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NASCAR Driver Jeff Gordon Gets Revenge On Pepsi Ad Critic With Wild Cab Ride Prank (Video)

Jeff Gordon Gets His Revenge With A Prank On Unsuspecting ‘Cab Rider’ – Yahoo News

You may remember the Jeff Gordon “test drive” ad from about a year ago, when Gordon, in disguise, appeared to take a hapless used-car salesman on the ride of his life. Well, as it turned out, most of that ad was staged; Gordon himself wasn’t even behind the wheel for much of the ad.

But never let it be said Gordon doesn’t have a long memory… or a desire for revenge. Gordon and the folks at Pepsi zeroed in on Travis Okulski, a writer for Jalopnik who wrote a scathing takedown of the commercial. With a little help from Okulski’s bosses, they got Okulski into a cab in North Carolina, and, well… magic happens. This one’s a bit long but worth it.

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Nice work there by Gordon in playing a reasonably convincing ex-con who ain’t gonna go back to prison. The lesson is clear: don’t mess with Gordon.

Now, let’s be clear: you can be forgiven for thinking this is yet another hoax. We’re used to this thing by now: something that seems too good to be true in fact IS too good to be true, whether it’s Jeff Gordon test-driving or a wolf wandering the hallways of the Sochi athletic dorm. If this is a scam, however, Okulski and Jalopnik are both staking their journalistic reputations on it:

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“This is absolutely, 100%, totally legit,” Okulski told Yahoo Sports. “Not fake in any way at all. I was really that terrified.”

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Seahawks Soar To Victory Over Niners; Advance To Super Bowl XLVIII

Seahawks Clinch 2nd Super Bowl Appearance – SB Nation

After clinching home-field advantage in the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks took advantage of a golden opportunity to make a Super Bowl run. With its win against NFC West rival San Francisco on Sunday, Seattle won the NFC Championship and will move on to Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Seattle trailed the 49ers heading into the second half, but they put up 20 points to take a 23-17 lead once the San Francisco offense started to stall out. Colin Kaepernick couldn’t run the ball anymore, and Marshawn Lynch started to get the running game going for Seattle. In the end, it was the defense coming up with two huge plays to seal the win, with Kaepernick getting intercepted on both of San Francisco’s final two possessions.

The game ended at 23-17, with Wilson kneeling out the remainder of clock.

Seattle came up just short in the playoffs last year, blowing a lead in the final 30 seconds against Atlanta. Had the Seahawks held on, they would have played San Francisco for the right to go to the Super Bowl. Despite the missed opportunity, the Seahawks returned one of the most talented rosters in the NFL this season. Unlike last year, when Seattle lost a few games it probably shouldn’t have, the Seahawks took care of business during the 2013 regular season, clinching the NFC West and the No. 1 seed. That meant that NFC foes would have to advance through the playoffs by beating Seattle at CenturyLink Field, a very tough place for opponents to win as New Orleans found out last week and San Francisco this week.

Although the run to the Super Bowl shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, it is still a rarity for the Seahawks and Seattle fans. The game on Sunday was just Seattle’s third appearance in a conference championship, and the franchise will advance to its second Super Bowl. The 2005 Seahawks rode home-field advantage to Super Bowl XL, eventually losing to Pittsburgh. That loss still aggravates Seattle fans nearly 10 years later. The current crop of Seahawks will have a chance at redemption and an opportunity to bring the city its first major sports championship since the Seattle SuperSonics won the 1979 NBA Championship.

The Seahawks made the playoffs in eight of the last 11 seasons. This season, however, is only the second time they have advanced past the Divisional round during that stretch. While making the playoffs isn’t anything new for Seattle, having success – and being favored to win – is a drastic change. This season was just the fourth in franchise history that the Seahawks won more than 10 games. The 2005 team was often regarded as the best in franchise history, but the 2013 team may have already taken that mantle. It has advanced as far as any team, won as many games and has the opportunity to finish with the Super Bowl victory the 2005 team couldn’t capture.

There will be a bit of history on the line in the Super Bowl. Seattle hired Pete Carroll away from USC, and he and general manger John Schneider have assembled one of the deepest and most talent-laden rosters in the league. With one more win, Carroll will join Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer as the only coaches to win an NCAA and NFL championship.

While they had the benefit of playing at home, the Seahawks’ path to the Super Bowl was not an easy one. Nine of their 18 games came against teams with at least 10 wins. Seattle beat San Francisco twice, New Orleans twice and Carolina once. In total, the Seahawks won six games against teams with double-digit wins. The Seahawks now need just one more such win to cap the season with the Lombardi Trophy.

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Manning Machine Pounds Brady Bunch To Advance To Super Bowl XLVIII

Manning To Super Bowl, Broncos Beat Pats 26-16 – ABC News

Peyton Manning had an answer for everyone. What’s new? For Tom Brady. For the New England defense. For anyone who thought he couldn’t win the big one.

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Manning is taking the Denver Broncos on a trip to New York for the Super Bowl after another of his impeccably crafted victories – this time, a 26-16 win over the Patriots on Sunday in the AFC title game.

Less than three years after being unable to throw a football because of his surgically ravaged neck and nerve endings, Manning will get a chance for his second ring. He’ll try to become the first quarterback to win one with two different teams, at the Meadowlands on Feb. 2 against Seattle or San Francisco, who play later Sunday for the NFC championship.

After taking the final knee, Manning stuffed the football in his helmet and ran to the 30-yard line to shake hands with Brady. The Indy-turned-Denver quarterback improved to 5-10 lifetime against New England’s QB but 2-1 in AFC title games.

It was far from a fireworks show in this, the 15th installment of the NFL’s two best quarterbacks of their generation. But Manning, who finished 32 for 43 for 400 yards and two short touchdown passes, set up four field goals by Matt Prater and put his stamp on this one with a pair of long, meticulous and mistake-free touchdown drives in which nothing came cheap.

Manning geared down the no-huddle, hurry-up offense that helped him set records for touchdown passes and yardage this season and made the Broncos the highest-scoring team in history. The result: A pair of scoring drives that lasted a few seconds over seven minutes; they were the two longest, time-wise, of the season for the Broncos (15-3).

Manning capped the second with a 3-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas – who got inside the overmatched Alfonzo Dennard and left his feet to make the catch – for a 20-3 lead midway through the third quarter.

From there, it was catch-up time for Brady and the Pats, and they are not built for that.

A team that averaged more than 200 yards on the ground the last three weeks didn’t have much quick-strike capability. Brady, who threw for most of his 277 yards in comeback mode, actually led the Patriots to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. But they were a pair of time-consuming, 80-yard drives. The second cut the deficit to 26-16 with 3:07 left, but the Broncos stopped Shane Vereen on the 2-point conversion and the celebration was on in Denver.

The trip to New York, where it figures to be at least a tad cooler than Sunday’s 63-degree reading at kickoff, will come 15 years after John Elway rode off into the sunset with his second straight Super Bowl victory.

The Broncos have had one close call since – when they lost at home to Pittsburgh in the 2005 title game – but what it really took was Elway’s return to the franchise in 2011. He slammed the door on the Tim Tebow experiment and signed Manning to a contract, knowing there were risks involved in bringing to town a thirtysomething quarterback coming off multiple operations to resurrect his career.

Even without Von Miller on the field, Elway put enough pieces in place around Manning to contend for a championship.

And Manning knows how to make the most of them.

This game started getting out of hand at about the same time Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib went out with a knee injury. Nobody else could cover Thomas and Manning, who finds mismatches even under the toughest of circumstances, found this one quickly.

Thomas finished with seven catches for 134 yards, including receptions of 26 and 27 yards that set up a field goal for a 13-3 lead before the half.

Denver got the ball back to start the third quarter – working the plan to perfection after winning the coin toss and deferring the choice – and Manning hit Thomas for 15 and 4 yards as part of the 80-yard, 7:08 touchdown drive that gave Denver the 17-point lead.

The thought this week was that the Patriots were playing with house money, having well exceeded expectations for a team that lost a number of stars – Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski – and has been plagued by injuries all year.

But a loss is a loss and facts are facts. Bill Belichick is stuck on three titles and hasn’t won one since the NFL busted him for the Spygate videotaping scandal.

The Broncos, meanwhile, got over a big hump last week by beating the Chargers in the divisional round, which is where last year’s trip fizzled unexpectedly against Baltimore.

Manning insisted the showdown against Brady was more Broncos vs. Patriots than Manning vs. Brady. He lets others decide who’s the greatest at this or that.

But he earned a chance to improve on his already-sterling legacy, one that figures to include a fifth MVP award come Super Bowl week.

A win at MetLife Stadium would put him in the same company as his brother, Eli, along with Elway, Roger Staubach and others as a two-time Super Bowl winner.

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Team USA Women’s Hockey Goalie Required To Remove “We The People” From Mask

Team USA Women’s Hockey Goalie Required To Remove U.S. Constitution Reference From Mask – The Blaze

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The International Olympic Committee is requiring Team USA women’s hockey goalie Jessie Vetter to remove an inscription bearing “We the People” on her custom mask before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The reference from the U.S. Constitution is seen by the IOC as “propaganda” promoting the United States over other countries, according to Ron Slater, the mask’s artist. He also makes custom masks for NHL players.

“It ruffles the wrong feathers, I guess,” Slater told FoxNews.com.

Vetter’s mask “was allowed to retain depictions of the Statue of Liberty, a screaming bald eagle and a ‘USA’ shield,” the report adds.

Slater remembers Vetter asking him to add “We the People.” She reportedly told him: “It’s only three words. How much damage could they do?”

Rob Koch, the communications director for USA Hockey, told FoxNews.com that the incident “has not been an issue for our players.”

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2014 NFL Playoffs – Round 3 (Conference Championships)



Sunday – January 19th – 3:00 p.m. ET

New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos

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Sunday – January 19th – 6:30 p.m. ET

San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks

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Florida State Seminoles Come From Behind To Win BCS National Championship

BCS National Championship 2014 Final Score: Seminoles Complete Incredible Comeback In Wild Title Game, 34-31 – SB Nation

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The thing Florida State did wrong on their first potential game-winning touchdown in Monday’s national title game? They didn’t let Jameis Winston work his magic.

The Heisman winner struggled all game until it mattered most, driving the Seminoles 80 yards down the field in a breathtaking 66 seconds with a 6-for-7 passing performance, culminating with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin to take the 34-31 lead. That turned out to be the final score.

The Seminoles broke Oklahoma’s FBS scoring record on that final scoring play as well, finishing the season with 723 points, surpassing the Sooners’ 716.

Florida State took the lead on their first drive of the game, as Jameis Winston completed three passes en route to Roberto Aguayo’s 35-yard field goal. After the two teams traded punts (including a rare Seminole three-and-out from the goal line), Auburn went to work.

The Tigers started with the ball on the Seminoles’ 25-yard-line, and Nick Marshall found C.J. Uzomah for a crucial first down. Three plays later, Nick Marshall hit Heisman finalist Tre Mason for the 12-yard touchdown, making the score 7-3. It was the first time Florida State trailed since September 28, when they were down 3-0 to Boston College in the first quarter.

Auburn struck again on their first drive of the second quarter. Tre Mason opened the possession with his 23-yard run, and Florida State was called for unsportsmanlike conduct on the next play, which was a rush for a loss. On the ensuing play, Marshall found Melvin Ray wide open over the middle for the 50-yard touchdown, making the score 14-3.

After another Florida State three-and-out, Auburn drove down the field before Cody Parkey’s missed 33-yard field goal attempt. On the next Seminole drive, Jameis Winston fumbled, giving the ball away. The Tigers capitalized, capping off their next drive with Marshall’s four-yard run to make it 21-3.

Florida State finally woke up on the next drive, with a sense of urgency as the half drew to a close and a blowout loss approaching as a possibility. Karlos Williams rattled off a group of strong runs, and Winston found Rashad Greene for a 12-yard gain near the red zone. On third-and-seven, Winston escaped the pocket and ran down the left sideline for 21 yards before being knocked out of bounds at the three. On the next play, Devonta Freeman burst through for the touchdown to make it 21-10.

The Seminoles struck first in the second half as well, taking the ball from their own nine down the field (helped by Winston’s 24-yard completion to Kelvin Benjamin) and leading to Aguayo’s 41-yard field goal. Those ended up being the only points of the third quarter, as the Tigers entered the final period with a 21-13 lead.

Early in the fourth quarter, Marshall finally made a mistake, lofting the ball to the right side. P.J. Williams leaped for the great interception, swinging momentum back in favor of the Seminoles. Winston and Devonta Freeman moved down the field with ease, and the quarterback (finally with time in the pocket) found Chad Abram for the 11-yard score. Unsportsmanlike conduct was called, preventing Florida State from going for the game-tying two-point conversion, and Aguayo hit the long extra point attempt to make it 21-20.

Auburn burned clock and moved down the field on their next drive, with Tre Mason moving over the 125-yard mark on the game. The 13-play drive took off more than six minutes of game time, ending in Parkey’s 22-yard field goal and a 24-20 Tiger lead with less than five minutes to play.

Jameis Winston didn’t even get a chance. On the kickoff, Levonte Whitfield shot straight out of a cannon, dashing 100 yards straight to the end zone, giving Florida State their first lead since 3-0 in the first quarter, and Auburn the ball back, suddenly down three points.

With more than four minutes left on the clock, Auburn went right to work, unafraid to continue running the ball. Marshall found Coates for an incredible 15-yard completion on third-and-11 to extend the drive, and found Coates again for 17 yards to establish position in Seminole territory. Two plays later, Mason burst up the middle, barreling through defenders en route to the 37-yard touchdown.

Florida State got the ball back with more than a minute to play, and quickly moved down the field thanks to a huge completion from Winston to Rashad Greene — to the tune of 49 yards. The Seminoles found themselves on the Auburn 10-yard-line, with 20 seconds left to play and a touchdown necessary to win it all. Winston threw the ball over the middle to Greene, and Chris Davis was called for pass interference, giving the Seminoles the first down. On the next play, Winston found Benjamin in the end zone, taking the lead with 17 seconds left to play.

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2014 NFL Playoffs – Round 2 (Divisional)



Saturday – January 11th – 4:30 p.m. ET

New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks

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Saturday – January 11th – 8:00 p.m. ET

Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots

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Sunday – January 12th – 1:00 p.m. ET

San Francisco 49ers @ Carolina Panthers

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Sunday – January 12th – 4:30 p.m. ET

San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos

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Wild Card Weekend: 49ers Squeak Past Packers

Colin Kaepernick Carries 49ers Past Packers Once Again – SB Nation

The San Francisco 49ers are off to the divisional round of the playoffs, and while there are tons of factors that went into their 23-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands out. In fact, Kaepernick has stood out every time the 49ers have played the Packers in recent seasons.

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San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh is 4-0 against the Packers and Kaepernick has been his quarterback for three of those games. On Sunday, Kaepernick had a so-so game throwing the football, with 16 completions on 30 attempts for 227 yards with one touchdown and an interception. But he made a difference on the ground.

Kaepernick kept the ball seven times and put up 98 yards on the ground. On three of San Francisco’s final four drives, Kaepernick rushed for 16 yards on a first down, converted a 3rd-and-short with a 24-yard rush and converted a 3rd-and-long for 11 yards to extend the final drive, which ended with a game-winning field goal.

Sure, he underthrew some passes – he missed a wide open Vernon Davis on more than one occasion — but Kaepernick came through when the game was on the line, and that’s what was important. On the aforementioned last drive of the game, Kaepernick also used his legs to escape the pressure and find Michael Crabtree for a 17-yard reception and a first down.

Extending that final drive to give that field goal more of a chance was a huge deal given the conditions that game was being played in.

Earlier this season, the 49ers bested the Packers in Week 1, though that time it was Kaepernick’s arm that made the difference. Green Bay, having spent the offseason in a highly-publicized search for methods to beat the read option, was locked onto the run and Kaepernick only rushed for 22 yards in that game. But he found Anquan Boldin 13 times for 208 yards and completed 27 of 39 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

In fact, there was actually very little read option in that game. Maybe the Packers’ tough talk worked, or perhaps Harbaugh and San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman didn’t want to take the chance. Whatever the case, Kaepernick shredded the Green Bay secondary and got the 49ers’ regular season started with a win.

His biggest game against the Packers was in the divisional round of last year’s playoffs, though. In that game, Kaepernick threw for just 263 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, but broke the single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 16 carries for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

Searching for pictures of that game will bring up tons of snapshots of Kaepernick holding the ball and running, with three or four Packers players chasing him from behind. It certainly felt like that was all that game truly featured in the end.

In all, Kaepernick has accounted for 301 rushing yards against the Packers in three games. In total with rushing and passing, he’s put up 1,203 yards and eight touchdowns. Do keep in mind that Kaepernick grew up a Packers fan.

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Chargers Get Playoff Victory Over Bengals – KNSD

The Chargers, after making it to the playoffs this year for the first time since 2009, are moving on.

San Diego went into Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, where the Bengals had a perfect record at home this season, and came out victorious, 27-10. They will now face Denver next Sunday at 1:40 p.m. local time.

It was a game where turnovers mattered, as expected. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who threw 20 interceptions in the regular season, lost the ball three times (once on a fumble and twice on interceptions). Cincinnati running back Giovanni Bernard was stripped of the ball in the second quarter by linebacker Donald Butler.

Big plays happened when big plays mattered.

In a game where it was supposed to snow — (it didn’t, just rained in the fourth quarter) — the Chargers silenced the critics who didn’t give them a chance all week, who said they didn’t really deserve to be in the playoffs.

Here’s how it went:

The Chargers lost the coin toss and the Bengals deferred, giving San Diego the ball first. Rivers was sacked five plays into the opening drive and the Bengals took the ball, but stalled on their first possession.

On the next drive, the Chargers did what they do best — they controlled the clock on an 11-play methodical drive that was punctuated by a Danny Woodhead run up the middle for a touchdown.

In the second quarter, the Bengals tied the game, marching 60 yards down the field in 10 plays.

Chargers linebacker Donald Butler made a big play at the end of the second quarter when he stripped Bengals running back Giovanni Bernard near the red zone, forcing a fumble. Cornerback Richard Marshall recovered the fumble and the Chargers received the ball with less than two minutes before halftime.

The Bengals forced a three-and-out on the next drive and, on the following possession, kicker Mike Nugent converted a 46-yard field goal. The Bengals led the Chargers 10-7 going into halftime.

The Chargers didn’t pick up a single first down in the second quarter.

But adjustments were made in the locker room.

In the third quarter, Rivers finally connected with a wide receiver for the first time in the game, hitting Keenan Allen for nine yards. The offense found a rhythm and a few plays later, Eddie Royal caught a 33-yard pass. On the next play, Rivers threw a touchdown to Ladarius Green and the Chargers took the lead, 14-10.

After attempting only six passes in the first half, Rivers went 6-for-6 for 68 yards and a touchdown in that third quarter drive.

On the Bengals’ next drive, Andy Dalton fumbled the ball on a head-first slide, giving San Diego possession at Cincinnati’s 46-yard-line. The Chargers capitalized this time with a 25-yard field goal by Chargers kicker Nick Novak, making it a seven point margin.

Dalton turned the ball over again on the next drive, picked off by cornerback Shareece Wright for the third turnover in five drives. The Bengals held San Diego to a field goal, but the Chargers were up by two scores.

Another interception by Dalton on the next drive (this time, picked off by linebacker Melvin Ingram) made it near impossible for the Bengals to come back, and a touchdown by Chargers running back Ronnie Brown with a little more than two minutes to play sealed the win for San Diego.

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Colts Beat Chiefs In 2nd Biggest NFL Playoff Comeback Ever

Colts Complete 2nd-Largest Comeback In NFL Playoff History Vs. Chiefs – SB Nation

Andrew Luck has been held in contrast to Peyton Manning since entering the league in 2012, but the second-year quarterback cemented his own legacy on Saturday when he lead the Indianapolis Colts to one of the largest comebacks in NFL history against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Indianapolis looked dead and buried when the team trailed by 28 points early in the third quarter. Luck was out of sync with his receivers, throwing three interceptions. The Chiefs’ defense got regular pressure and the Colts lacked a reliable run game to steady their quarterback.

Suddenly things started to change.

A 10-yard rushing touchdown by Donald Brown was quickly followed by a sack-fumble and another Colts touchdown. The Chiefs answered back with a field goal, only to see Indianapolis score two more touchdowns in five minutes – the first came on a pass to Coby Fleener and the second on a wholly remarkable fumble recovery by Luck.

The reeling Chiefs needed offensive consistency, but only were met with injuries. The losses of Jamaal Charles, Donnie Avery and Knile Davis forced the team to lean on rookies and depth players to get them through the team’s most important game in three years. A 64-yard pass to T.Y. Hilton was the backbreaker, and the Chiefs couldn’t match it.

Indianapolis’ 28-point comeback is second only to the 1993 Buffalo Bills, who came back from 32 points against the Houston Oilers. Now there’s a new chapter in Luck’s NFL story in one of the most dramatic playoff wins in recent memory.

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Saints Beat Eagles, Earn 1st Road Playoff Victory In Franchise History – SB Nation

The New Orleans Saints earned their first road playoff victory in franchise history on Saturday with a 26-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. They’ll advance to the divisional round of the playoffs, where they’ll take on the Seattle Seahawks in what might be the league’s toughest and most hostile environment.

While the Saints will surely be underdogs in Seattle, this is a big milestone for the New Orleans organization. Before Saturday, the Saints had lost all five of their previous playoff games on the road.

A couple of those losses were close – a 36-32 game against the San Francisco 49ers in the 2011 season, and a 41-36 loss to the aforementioned Seahawks in the 2010 season – but the rest were fairly one-sided games. New Orleans fell twice to the Chicago Bears, 39-14 in the 2006 and 16-6 in 1990, its first ever road playoff game. The Saints had a 36-16 loss in Minnesota in 2000.

This is significant today because this team has been notably better at home. This has been discussed for some time, with particular emphasis on quarterback Drew Brees and how he performs better in the conditions of a dome. New Orleans put up a 3-5 record on the road this season, while sporting a perfect 8-0 mark at the Superdome.

Brees struggled early in Saturday’s game, throwing two interceptions in the first half. Whether or not he would have thrown those picks at home isn’t really the point, though. What matters is that the Saints won this one, and now have the ultimate road test ahead of them in Seattle.

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Sooners Roll Tide To Win Sugar Bowl

SEC-Ya, Sooners Roll Tide To Win Sugar Bowl – KFOR

Oklahoma used big plays on offense and defense and kept Alabama in check in a 45-31 upset of the 3rd-ranked Crimson Tide to win the Sugar Bowl on Thursday night at the Superdome in New Orleans.

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Alabama struck quickly at the start, going 75 yards in just 1:49 on a short T.J. Yeldon scoring run after a big 53 yard pass from A.J. McCarron to Amari Cooper.

But the Sooners showed they had some striking power themselves, when starting QB Trevor Knight just missed a wide-open Jalen Saunders on what would’ve been a TD pass, but the ball deflected off Saunders and Alabama got the interception.

However, McCarron threw an interception to the Sooners Gabe Lynn on the first play after Alabama’s oskie, and OU wasted no time in tying the score.

On the 1st play after the turnover, Knight threw a strike to LaColtan Bester for a 45 yard touchdown play and the game was tied 7-7.

Alabama kicked a short field goal for a 10-7 lead before the Sooners came up with perhaps their best drive of the season.

OU went 78 yards in 13 plays, taking up more than 5-minutes off the clock with Knight hitting Saunders from 8 yards out for the score and OU led 14-10 after the opening period.

In the quarter, OU had 161 total yards to 149 for Alabama and the Tide was held to just 18 yards rushing. The Sooners also converted 4-of-4 on 3rd down plays in the opening 15-minutes.

Alabama regained the lead early in the second quarter, with McCarron throwing deep to DeAndrew White for a 67-yard touchdown to put the Tide back on top, 17-14, with 14:03 to play in the first half.

OU’s defense helped them dominate the rest of the half.

The Sooners scored touchdowns on the first play of two possessions after Alabama turnovers.

Geneo Grissom recovered an Alabama fumble and rumbled 20 yards upfield before the last Crimson Tide player with a chance made a touchdown-saving tackle at the OU 35.

Knight then struck again, finding Saunders on a deep pass for a 43-yard touchdown, with Saunders making a great over-the-shoulder catch to give the Sooners a 24-17 lead with 2:59 to play in the first half.

On the next Alabama possession, McCarron didn’t handle an OU blitz and he threw it right to Sooners freshman CB Zach Sanchez, who returned the oskie 43 yards to the Tide 13 yard line.

On the very next play, Sooners WR Sterling Shepard raced 13 yards around right end for the shocking 31-17 lead and the pro-Alabama crowd inside the Superdome was absolutely shocked.

To top off the impressive first half, Alabama rolled down the field kicker Cade Foster was wide on a 32-yard FG try and the Sooners danced to the locker room with the lead…with massive applause from their delirious fans.

In the first half, OU scored 21 points off Alabama turnovers, more than the 20 the Crimson Tide had allowed all season off turnovers.

The Crimson Tide gave up 42 points in an early-season game to Texas A&M and 34 in their regular season finale, their lone loss to Auburn.

Other than that, Alabama hasn’t allowed more than 17 points in any one game this season.

And yet, OU never punted in the opening half and scored 30+ points in a 1st half for the first time since the West Virginia game in 2012.

OU’s 31 first half points were the most a Nick Saban-coached Alabama team has ever surrendered.

Oklahoma’s momentum didn’t last into the third quarter, and Alabama inched closer.

The Sooners had the ball on four possessions, and only gained 28 total yards as ‘Bama cut their 14-point halftime deficit in half on Derrick Henry’s 43 yard touchdown jaunt with 8:49 left in the period.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Sooners doubled their lead, with Knight passing to Bester for a gain of 34.

That set up the next Sooner touchdown, as Knight rolled right and spotted Shepard in the back of the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown to make it 38-24 Oklahoma with 10:44 to play.

Alabama got back within seven midway through the quarter, with McCarron dumping off a short pass to Henry, who zipped 61 yards through poor OU tackle attempts to cut the Sooner lead to 38-31 with 6:22 to play.

Oklahoma took over the ball and moved the ball downfield, converting a critical 3rd and 9 with a pass from Knight to Clay for a gain of 10 yards.

Knight found Roy Finch for a gain of 15, then Brennan Clay gained 12 yards on a run.

The Sooners then got a critical pass interference penalty on Alabama on 3rd and 8 that kept OU’s drive alive with just under 3 minutes to play.

OU’s drive stalled, though, and they had to punt to Alabama with just under a minute to play.

Alabama took over on their own 15-yard line, and on the first play of the drive, the Sooners clinched it.

Eric Striker rushed in from McCarron’s blindside, sacking him and knocking the ball loose.

Grissom scooped it up at the nine-yard line, and returned it, stretching the ball over the goal line for a touchdown with 47 seconds left to put Oklahoma on top 45-31, and sending the Sooner fans into delirium.

On the ensuing kickoff, a squib kick ricocheted off an Alabama player and OU recovered.

Trevor Knight took a knee on the final play and the Sooners had won 45-31, for their first Sugar Bowl win since 1972.

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2014 NFL Playoffs – Round 1 (Wild Card)



Saturday – January 4th – 4:30 p.m. ET

Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts

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Saturday – January 4th – 8:00 p.m. ET

New Orleans Saints @ Philadelphia Eagles

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Sunday – January 5th – 1:00 p.m. ET

San Diego Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals

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Sunday – January 5th – 4:30 p.m. ET

San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers

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Peyton Manning Reclaims Single-Season Touchdown Passing Record

Peyton Manning Sets NFL Record With 51 Touchdown Passes, Julius Thomas Catches Record-Setting TD – New York Daily News

In 2004, Peyton Manning set the record for the most touchdown passes in a single season, throwing 49 of them that year with the Colts when he was 28 years old. Tom Brady would break that record in 2007, completing 50 touchdown passes.

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Now 37 years old and in his second season with the Broncos, Manning has reclaimed the record. His fourth touchdown Sunday in an AFC West-clinching win against the Texans, a 25-yard completion to tight end Julius Thomas with 4:28 left in the game, gave Manning 51 touchdowns for the season.

Manning still has one more game to add to that total at Oakland in Week 17. The Broncos also clinched a first-round bye with the victory.

Never one to call too much attention to himself, Manning said it was a “team record” and expects it to be broken, but he will savor it for now.

“I’m sure it’s just a temporary record, but I will enjoy it,” he said

Manning received a standing ovation at Reliant Stadium after breaking the record and got plenty of love from his teammates and coaches on the sideline.

“It was very special,” Manning said of the reaction, according to the team’s website. “Very rarely during an NFL game do you get to have a moment like that. Having some of my teammates come onto the field, having some defensive players coming out and high-fiving me – and I was telling them thanks back, thanks for all of their help. That is certainly a moment I’ll remember. Lots of Broncos fans in the stands today. That was pretty unique as well. Certainly a moment I’ll remember because of just the team bonding that went on during that time.”

Entering Sunday, Manning had already set a career-high for passing yards in a season, and for the first time he eclipsed the 5,000-yard mark. He entered the game with 4,811 and went 32 of 51 for 400 yards, his fourth game of at least 400 yards passing this season. Drew Brees holds the single-season passing record with 5,476 yards set in 2011. With 266 yards against the Raiders, Manning would break the record.

In a video posted on the team’s website, Broncos coach John Fox is shown presenting Manning with the game ball in the locker room and Manning was ready to walk away before his teammates implored him to make a speech.

“Like coach Fox said, the best news I heard all day, we won our division today,” Manning told his teammates. “That’s a heck of an accomplishment. Let’s keep it going next week. I just can’t thank you guys enough. A lot of people contributed to this (record.) I really think this is a team accomplishment – defense getting us the ball back, receivers catching a lot of passes.”

Manning tied the record with 6:57 left in the game on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker.

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2013/2014 College Football Bowl Games Worth Watching

Las Vegas Bowl

Saturday – December 21st – 3:30 p.m. ET

Fresno State Bulldogs vs. USC Trojans

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Russell Athletic Bowl

Saturday – December 28th – 6:45 p.m. ET

Miami Hurricanes vs. Louisville Cardinals

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Chick-fil-A Bowl

Tuesday – December 31st – 8:00 p.m. ET

Duke Blue Devils vs. Texas A&M Aggies

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Capital One Bowl

Wednesday – January 1st – 1:00 p.m. ET

Wisconsin Badgers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

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Rose Bowl

Wednesday – January 1st – 4:30 p.m. ET

Stanford Cardinal vs. Michigan State Spartans

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Fiesta Bowl

Wednesday – January 1st – 8:30 p.m. ET

UCF Knights vs. Baylor Bears

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Sugar Bowl

Thursday – January 2nd – 8:30 p.m. ET

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

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Cotton Bowl

Friday – January 3rd – 7:30 p.m. ET

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Missouri Tigers

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Orange Bowl

Friday – January 3rd – 8:30 p.m. ET

Clemson Tigers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

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BCS National Championship

Monday – January 6th – 8:30 p.m. ET

Florida State Seminoles vs. Auburn Tigers

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So, I wonder how RS McCain will take Auburn beating Bama?

Oh, not good

Plagues of locusts! Darkness at noon! Rivers of blood! Auburn beat Alabama!

— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) December 1, 2013

Being an Alabama fan means expectations so high as to be, objectively, unrealistic. It is impossible that the Crimson Tide could have undefeated seasons and national championships every year.

Yet anything short of perfection is failure to the ‘Bama fan.

So . . . we lost.

To Auburn.

It was an exciting game, but . . . we lost.

To Auburn.

Psychological trauma.

This is almost worse than when Obama was re-elected.

— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) December 1, 2013

Oh come on Stacy, it COULD be worse, your coach could be named Will Muschamp, and your AD could be backing him. Hmmmm, I wonder how much Nick Saban would take to come to Gainesville?