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Week 14 NFL 2017 Playoff scenarios

FOR WEEK 14​

AFC

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-2) (at Miami (5-7), Monday night)

New England clinches AFC East division with:

  1. NE win or tie  OR
  2. BUF loss or tie

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (10-2) (vs. Baltimore (7-5), Sunday night)

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division with:

 

  1. PIT win or tie

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff berth with:

 

  1. BUF loss or tie

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (8-4) (vs. Seattle (8-4), Sunday)

Jacksonville clinches a playoff berth with:

 

  1. JAX win + BUF loss + MIA loss or tie + NYJ loss or tie + LAC loss or tie + OAK-KC game does not end in a tie


NFC

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-2) (at Los Angeles Rams (9-3), Sunday)

Philadelphia clinches NFC East division with:

 

  1. PHI win or tie  OR

​2. DAL loss or tie

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-2) (at Carolina (8-4), Sunday)

Minnesota clinches NFC North division with:

 

  1. MIN win or tie  OR

  2. DET loss or tie + GB loss or tie

 

LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-3) (vs. Philadelphia (10-2), Sunday)

Los Angeles Rams clinch a playoff berth with:

 

1)    LAR win + DET loss or tie + GB loss or tie + DAL loss or tie + CAR loss + ATL loss

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9-3) (at Atlanta (7-5), Thursday night)

New Orleans clinches a playoff berth with:

 

1) NO win + CAR loss or tie + DAL loss or tie  OR

 

2)    NO win + CAR loss + DET loss or tie  OR

3)    NO win + DET loss or tie + GB loss or tie  OR

4)    NO win + CAR loss + NO clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over DAL  OR

5)    NO win + CAR tie + NO clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over DAL and GB  OR

6)    NO win + CAR tie + GB loss or tie + NO clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over DAL

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL Pro Bowl voting remains unchanged; Eagles’ Carson Wentz remains leading fans vote getter

 

Carson Wentz signaling to his running back in 2016 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons

​WITH ONE WEEK REMAINING

– Rosters to be announced Live on NFL Network’s

Pro Bowl Special on Tuesday, December 19 at 8:00 PM ET –

As fan voting enters its final week, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback CARSON WENTZ, with 562,958 total votes, continues to lead all players in balloting for the 2018 Pro Bowl.

New England quarterback TOM BRADY (499,727 votes) ranks second overall, while Pittsburgh running back LE’VEON BELL(499,042 votes), Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN (487,170 votes) and New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES(439,079 votes) round out the top five.

Fan voting for the 2018 Pro Bowl will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at www.NFL.com/probowlvotethrough Thursday, December 14. In addition:

  • Fans may vote via Twitter’s Direct Message (DM) Voting Experience, which has never been done for an All-Star game before. Fans may participate via entry cards tweeted from all 32 team accounts or by directly visiting the @NFL profile page at Twitter.com/NFL. The entry cards will initiate a private “Direct Message” and enable fans to select a position group or search for a player or team to begin the voting process.
  • Starting tomorrow, fans can also vote directly on Twitter with the #ProBowlVote hashtag. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, or the player’s official Twitter handle, along with the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. This method is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote and the DM Voting Experience, which will both be available throughout the voting period.

The 2018 Pro Bowl, which kicks off at a new start time of 3:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 28, will be televised live from Camping World Stadium on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC. Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 15.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 19 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

 

​Tickets to the game start at $45 and are on sale now at www.probowl.com. Last year’s sold-out event – the Pro Bowl’s first time in Orlando – featured a capacity crowd of more than 60,000. Fans may visit ProBowl.com for additional information on Pro Bowl Week, which features a variety of free, family-friendly events in Orlando.

The Pro Bowl is an all-inclusive event for fans on gameday. Working with KultureCity, Camping World Stadium’s sensory-inclusive partner, the NFL will offer families who attend the 2018 Pro Bowl support, including sensory accessibility resources and two dedicated sensory rooms located in the stadium on gameday to enable them to enjoy the game with more confidence and comfort.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Carson Wentz Philadelphia 562,958

QB

Tom Brady New England 499,727

RB

Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh 499,042

WR

Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 487,170

QB

Drew Brees New Orleans 439,079

RB

Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 427,782

QB

Russell Wilson Seattle 368,551

RB

Kareem Hunt Kansas City 366,344

QB

Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 363,243

TE

Rob Gronkowski New England 342,183

 

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION*

AFC

NFC

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Tom Brady New England 499,727

QB

Carson Wentz Philadelphia 562,958

RB

Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh 499,042

RB

Todd Gurley LA Rams 427,782

FB

Tommy Bohanon Jacksonville 87,793

FB

Kyle Juszczyk San Francisco 225,023

WR

Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 487,170

WR

Julio Jones Atlanta 296,349

TE

Rob Gronkowski New England 342,183

TE

Zach Ertz Philadelphia 319,783

T

Alejandro Villanueva Pittsburgh 126,610

T

Lane Johnson Philadelphia 140,332

G

David DeCastro Pittsburgh 155,103

G

Zack Martin Dallas 136,167

C

Maurkice Pouncey Pittsburgh 143,603

C

Jason Kelce Philadelphia 162,767

DE

Joey Bosa LA Chargers 247,464

DE

Everson Griffen Minnesota 190,110

DT

Geno Atkins Cincinnati 179,504

DT

Fletcher Cox Philadelphia 199,589

OLB

Von Miller Denver 154,056

OLB

Chandler Jones Arizona 103,845

ILB

Ryan Shazier Pittsburgh 148,443

ILB

Luke Kuechly Carolina 179,517

CB

A.J. Bouye Jacksonville 190,916

CB

Darius Slay Detroit 140,666

SS

Micah Hyde Buffalo 80,759

SS

Kam Chancellor Seattle 99,431

FS

Kevin Byard Tennessee 98,926

FS

Harrison Smith Minnesota 87,378

K

Stephen Gostkowski New England 92,977

K

Greg Zuerlein LA Rams 109,850

P

Marquette King Oakland 103,582

P

Johnny Hekker LA Rams 55,575

RS

Tyreek Hill Kansas City 98,221

RS

Pharoh Cooper LA Rams 76,728

ST

Tyler Matakevich Pittsburgh 59,045

ST

Kamu Grugier-Hill Philadelphia 62,871
  *Totals reflect players currently on active rosters through Tuesday, December 5

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL enters Week 14 and home stretch of the season

(photo by Christiana Santiago)

​NFL REGULAR SEASON ENTERS FINAL QUARTER

​There are only four games remaining in the regular season to decide who advances to the playoffs for a shot at a trip to Super Bowl LII in Minnesota. As the NFL enters the final quarter of the regular season, there are 22 teams either in or within two games of a playoff spot.

​Entering Week 14, no teams have clinched a playoff berth. Four teams – Minnesota, New England, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh– can clinch a division title this week. Three others – Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans – can secure a playoff berth. Pittsburgh can also clinch a playoff berth with a Buffalo loss.

In the AFC, the Patriots (10-2) can lock up the AFC East with a win or a Buffalo loss. The Steelers (10-2) can secure the AFC North title with a victory over Baltimore. Pittsburgh can also clinch a playoff berth before the team plays on Sunday night with a Buffalo loss. The Jaguars (8-4) have a chance to secure a playoff berth with a win combined with other scenarios.

In the NFC, the Eagles (10-2) can secure the NFC East with a win or a Dallas loss. It would complete a “worst-to-first” turnaround for Philadelphia, which finished last in the division in 2016, and this would be the 14th season in the past 15 years in which at least one team won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place. The Vikings (10-2) can lock up the NFC North with a victory or losses by both Detroit and Green Bay. The Rams (9-3) and Saints (9-3) each have an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth with a win combined with other scenarios.

Week 14 begins on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon Prime) with an important NFC South contest as the Atlanta Falcons (7-5) host the first-place New Orleans Saints (9-3). With four games to go, the Saints lead the division by one game over Carolina and two games over Atlanta. However, the Falcons finish with four consecutive division games – including two against the Saints – and both New Orleans and Atlanta are in control for the NFC South title.

The week concludes with a pair of primetime contests with AFC playoff implications. On Sunday night (8:30 PM ET, NBC), the Steelers (10-2) will host Baltimore (7-5) with a chance to clinch the AFC North with a victory. On Monday night (8:30 PM ET, ESPN), the Patriots (10-2) will visit Miami (5-7) and can lock up the AFC East this week with either a Buffalo loss on Sunday or a win against the Dolphins on Monday night. Some of the key contests in Week 14:

 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9-3) at ATLANTA FALCONS (7-5) (Thursday, NBC/NFLN/Amazon Prime, 8:25 PM ET)

 

  • The Saints have won nine of their past 10 games, including last week’s 31-21 victory over Carolina. New Orleans leads the NFC South and is in control for the division title. The Saints can clinch a playoff berth this week with a win on Thursday night combined with other scenarios in Sunday’s games.
  • New Orleans running backs ALVIN KAMARA and MARK INGRAM have combined for at least 200 scrimmage yards in five consecutive games. During that span, the duo has combined for 1,243 scrimmage yards and 13 touchdowns. Kamara and Ingram are the first pair of running back teammates to each gain at least 100 scrimmage yards in the same game four times in a season since the 1985 San Francisco 49ers (ROGER CRAIG and WENDELL TYLER).

 

  • The Falcons have won three of their past four games and finish the season with four division contests. Atlanta is in control for the NFC South and can seize the division title by winning the team’s final four regular-season games.
  • Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN has reached 3,000 passing yards (3,057) for the eighth consecutive season. In his past six games against New Orleans, Ryan has completed 162 of 229 passes (70.7 percent) for 1,970 yards with 14 touchdowns and one interception for a 115.4 passer rating.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-2) at CAROLINA PANTHERS (8-4) (Sunday, CBS, 1:00 PM ET)

 

  • The Vikings have won eight consecutive games, including last week’s 14-9 win at Atlanta. Minnesota can clinch the NFC North with a win or losses by both Detroit and Green Bay.
  • Minnesota quarterback CASE KEENUM, who was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November, has recorded a passer rating of at least 100 in four consecutive games, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (2009) and DAUNTE CULPEPPER (2000 and 2004) for the longest streak in franchise history.
  • The Panthers, who have won four of their past five games, are 8-4 and right in the mix for a postseason berth.
  • Carolina linebacker LUKE KUECHLY leads the team with 89 tackles this season. Since entering the league in 2012, Kuechly leads the NFL with 782 tackles.

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-2) at LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-3) (Sunday, FOX, 4:25 PM ET)

 

  • The Eagles and Rams are both averaging 30.1 points per game, the best mark in the NFL.
  • Philadelphia, which has won nine of its past 10 games, can clinch the NFC East with a win or a Dallas loss. It would complete a “worst-to-first” turnaround for the Eagles, who finished last in the division in 2016. This would be the 14th season in the past 15 years in which at least one team won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place.
  • Eagles quarterback CARSON WENTZ leads the NFL with 29 touchdown passes and ranks second in the NFC with a 102 passer rating (minimum 200 attempts). Wentz’s 29 touchdown passes are the most by an Eagles quarterback through the team’s first 12 games and he needs three touchdown passes to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer SONNY JURGENSEN (32 in 1961) for the franchise single-season record.
  • The Rams, who have won six of their past seven games, lead the NFC West and can clinch a playoff berth this weekend with a win combined with other scenarios.
  • Los Angeles running back TODD GURLEY leads the NFC with 1,502 scrimmage yards and is tied for the NFL lead with 11 touchdowns. Gurley and Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (1983) are the only players in franchise history to have at least 1,500 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns in the team’s first 12 games of a season.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (8-4) at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (8-4) (Sunday, FOX, 4:25 PM ET)

 

  • The Seahawks have won seven of their past nine games, including last week’s 24-10 win over Philadelphia.
  • Since 2012, quarterback RUSSELL WILSON’s first season, the Seahawks are an NFL-best 20-5 (.800) in regular-season games played in December/January. In those games, Wilson has 50 touchdown passes and a 104.1 passer rating, the highest mark among active quarterbacks over that span.
  • The Jaguars, who defeated Indianapolis 30-10 last week, are 8-4 and enter Week 14 tied with Tennessee for first place in the AFC South. Jacksonville can clinch a playoff berth this week with a win combined with other scenarios.
  • Jacksonville defensive end CALAIS CAMPBELL leads the AFC with a career-high 12.5 sacks, the most in a single season in franchise history. The Jaguars lead the NFL with 45 sacks and Campbell has recorded at least a half-sack in nine of the team’s 12 games.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (7-5) at PITTSBURGH STEELERS (10-2) (Sunday, NBC, 8:30 PM ET)

 

  • The Ravens have won three consecutive games, including last week’s 44-20 victory over Detroit, and are right in the middle of the playoff race in the AFC with a 7-5 record.
  • Baltimore leads the NFL with 29 takeaways and a +14 turnover differential. Safety ERIC WEDDLE had a sack, forced fumble and 45-yard interception-return touchdown in last week’s win against the Lions.
  • The Steelers have won seven consecutive games, including last week’s 23-20 comeback win at Cincinnati, and can clinch the AFC North division title with a victory over Baltimore. Pittsburgh can also lock up a playoff berth before the team plays on Sunday night with a Buffalo loss.
  • Pittsburgh running back LE’VEON BELL leads the NFL in rushing yards (1,057) and scrimmage yards (1,559) while wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN ranks first in receptions (88) and receiving yards (1,296). Brown, who has 569 catches and 7,611 receiving yards since 2013, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (1999-2003) for the most receptions and receiving yards by a player in any five-year span in NFL history.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-2) at MIAMI DOLPHINS (5-7) (Monday, ESPN, 8:30 PM ET)

 

  • The Patriots, who defeated Buffalo 23-3 last week, have won eight consecutive games and can clinch the AFC East with either a Buffalo loss on Sunday or a win on Monday night. New England has won at least 10 games in 15 consecutive seasons, the second-longest streak in NFL history (16, San Francisco, 1983-1998).
  • New England quarterback TOM BRADY has won 55 games in December in his career, the most by a starting quarterback in any calendar month in NFL history. Last week, Brady became the fourth player in NFL history to reach 65,000 career passing yards (65,214).

 

  • The Dolphins defeated Denver 35-9 last week and remain alive in the race for a postseason berth.
  • Miami cornerback XAVIEN HOWARD had two interceptions – including a 30-yard touchdown – in the victory over the Broncos. The Dolphins added two safeties in the game and are the third team in NFL history to have an interception-return touchdown and two safeties in a single game, joining the 1927 and 1961 New York Giants.

NFL WEEK 14 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 10-11

(All times local)

 

Thursday, December 7 Sunday, December 10 (cont’d)
New Orleans at Atlanta, 8:25 PM (NBC/NFLN/Amazon) Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM

Sunday, December 10

Indianapolis at Buffalo, 1:00 PM

Tennessee at Arizona, 2:05 PM

New York Jets at Denver, 2:05 PM

Washington at Los Angeles Chargers, 1:05 PM

Minnesota at Carolina, 1:00 PM

Chicago at Cincinnati, 1:00 PM

Seattle at Jacksonville, 4:25 PM

Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams, 1:25 PM

Green Bay at Cleveland, 1:00 PM Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:30 PM (NBC)
San Francisco at Houston, 12:00 PM  
Oakland at Kansas City, 12:00 PM Monday, December 11
Dallas at New York Giants, 1:00 PM New England at Miami, 8:30 PM (ESPN)

 

GAME PREVIEWS WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

Reviewing Week 13 in the National Football League

THE WEEK THAT WAS – WEEK 13

LIVING LEGENDS: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD and Indianapolis running back FRANK GORE continue to etch their names in the NFL record book.

Fitzgerald led the Cardinals with 10 receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown in their Week 13 loss. He has 1,207 career catches and became the third player in NFL history to reach 1,200 receptions, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (1,549) and TONY GONZALEZ (1,325).

Fitzgerald, who played in his 214th career game, is the fastest player in NFL history to reach the milestone (Rice, 221 games and Gonzalez, 247).

The players with the most career receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER RECEPTIONS GAMES TO REACH 1,200 CATCHES
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 1,549 221
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City, Atlanta 1,325 247
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 1,207* 214
*Active  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer  

Fitzgerald has 15,267 career receiving yards and surpassed ISAAC BRUCE (15,208) to move into fourth place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list.

The players with the most career receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER RECEIVING YARDS  
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 22,895  
Terrell Owens San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati 15,934  
Randy Moss Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee, San Francisco 15,292  
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 15,267*  
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Gore rushed for 61 yards in the Colts’ Week 13 loss and has 13,697 career rushing yards. He surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famers LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (13,684) and JEROME BETTIS (13,662) to move into fifth place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.

The players with the most career rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER RUSHING YARDS
Emmitt Smith^ Dallas, Arizona 18,355
Walter Payton^ Chicago 16,726
Barry Sanders^ Detroit 15,269
Curtis Martin^ New England, New York Jets 14,101
Frank Gore San Francisco, Indianapolis 13,697*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

SAINTS ARE MARCHING: New Orleans running backs ALVIN KAMARA (126 scrimmage yards with two touchdowns) and MARK INGRAM (122 scrimmage yards with a touchdown) combined for 248 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns in the Saints’ 31-21 win over Carolina in Week 13.

Kamara and Ingram have both recorded at least 100 scrimmage yards in the same game four times and are the first pair of running back teammates with four such games in a season since ROGER CRAIG and WENDELL TYLER of the 1985 San Francisco 49ers.

The pairs of running back teammates to record 100+ scrimmage yards each in the same game at least four times in a single season since 1970:

TEAM PLAYERS SEASON GAMES WITH 100+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS EACH
Atlanta Dave Hampton, Art Malone 1972 6
New Orleans Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara 2017 4*
San Francisco Roger Craig, Wendell Tyler 1985 4
Pittsburgh Rocky Bleier, Franco Harris^ 1976 4
Dallas Walt Garrison, Calvin Hill 1972 4
*Through Week 13
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

RECORD-SETTING RECEIVER: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers’ 23-20 win at Cincinnati on Monday Night Football last week.

Brown, who has 569 receptions since 2013, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (563 from 1999-2003) for the most catches by a player over any five-year span in NFL history.

The most receptions by a player over any five-year span in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS RECEPTIONS
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 2013-17 569*
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 1999-2003 563
*In fifth season of span

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brown, who has 7,611 receiving yards since 2013, also surpassed Harrison (7,594 from 1999-2003) for the most receiving yards by a player over any five-year span in NFL history.

The most receiving yards by a player over any five-year span in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS RECEIVING YARDS
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 2013-17 7,611*
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 1999-2003 7,594
*In fifth season of span

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

LEGENDARY LANDRY: Miami wide receiver JARVIS LANDRY ranks third in the NFL with 80 receptions this season.

Landry, who entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick in 2014, is the only player in NFL history to have at least 80 receptions in each of his first four seasons.

– NFL –

CLUTCH WILSON: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON threw three touchdown passes, including one in the fourth quarter, in the Seahawks’ 24-10 win over Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football last week.

Wilson has 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes this season, tied with ELI MANNING (15 in 2011) for the most in a single season.

The players with the most fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON 4TH QUARTER TD PASSES  
Russell Wilson Seattle 2017 15*  
Eli Manning New York Giants 2011 15  
Drew Brees New Orleans 2016 14  
Blake Bortles Jacksonville 2015 14  
Peyton Manning Denver 2013 14  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 2002 14  
Johnny Unitas^ Baltimore Colts 1959 14  
*Through Week 13
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

JETS SOARING: New York Jets quarterback JOSH MC COWN completed 26 of 36 passes (72.2 percent) for 331 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 109.8 passer rating and rushed for two touchdowns in the team’s 38-31 win over Kansas City last week.

McCown, who turned 38 years old in July, became the third player in NFL history with at least two rushing touchdowns in a single game at the age of 38 or older.

The players with at least two rushing touchdowns in a single game at the age of 38 or older:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON AGE RUSHING TDS  
Josh McCown New York Jets 2017 38 2  
Doug Flutie San Diego 2003 41 2  
Jim Thorpe^ Canton Bulldogs 1926 38 2  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

DOMINANT DUMERVIL: San Francisco linebacker ELVIS DUMERVIL recorded a sack in the 49ers’ 15-14 win at Chicago last week. Dumervil ranks fourth among active players with 104.5 career sacks.

Dumervil’s sack of Chicago rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on Sunday marked the 50th different quarterback he has sacked in his 12-year NFL career. Dumervil is the fourth active player to have at least a half-sack against 50 different quarterbacks in his career.

The active players with at least a half-sack against 50 different quarterbacks:

PLAYER TEAM(S) NO. OF QUARTERBACKS SACKED
Julius Peppers Carolina, Chicago, Green Bay 74
Terrell Suggs Baltimore 69
Dwight Freeney Indianapolis, San Diego, Arizona, Atlanta, Seattle, Detroit 63
Elvis Dumervil Denver, Baltimore, San Francisco 50

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski suspended 1 game by the NFL for violation of unnecessary roughness rules

Rob Gronkowski waving hand 2017 photo by By Jeffrey Beall - Own work, CC BY 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


ROB GRONKOWSKI of the New England Patriots has been suspended without pay for one game for a violation of unnecessary roughness rules in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

 

NFL Vice President of Football Operations JON RUNYAN issued the suspension for multiple violations of NFL rules, including Rule 12, Section 2, Article 6 which prohibits “unnecessary roughness” and specifically bans both “forcibly contacting a runner when he is out of bounds,” and “running, diving into…or throwing the body against or on a player who (1) is out of the play or (2) should not have reasonably anticipated such contact by an opponent, before or after the ball is dead,” as well as Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7 which prohibits “initiating unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture”.  Players who are “on the ground” are both “defenseless” and protected from “forcible” hits to the “head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm, or shoulder.”

In his letter to Gronkowski, Runyan wrote:

 

“Your actions were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury.  The Competition Committee has clearly expressed its goal of ‘eliminating flagrant hits that have no place in our game.’  Those hits include the play you were involved in yesterday.” ​

Gronkowski will be eligible to return to the Patriots’ active roster on Tuesday, December 12 following the team’s December 11 Monday night game against the Miami Dolphins.

 

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either DERRICK BROOKS or JAMES THRASH, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

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