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Posts Tagged ‘Drew Brees.’

Saints put franchise tag on QB Brees

 

Drew Brees (file photo)

The New Orleans Saints to no one’s surprise have put the franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees.

The move gives them exclusive negotiating rights with their Pro Bowl signal-caller for the next year.

He is without a doubt the key to the franchise in New Orleans.

Brees has been in lengthy contract negotiations with the Saints. Without the franchise tag, he could’ve became a free agent this week.

In the recently completed 2011 season, Brees set NFL records with 468 completions, 5,476 yards passing and a completion percentage of 71.2.

His passing talents have led New Orleans to an NFL record for total offensive yards in a season with 7,474.

 

Info compiled from NFL, New Orleans Saints

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE: NEWS & NOTES

 

(courtesy of NFLmedia.com)

Here’s the latest news, information and milestones from the National Football League.

 

***When Kansas City defeated Green Bay, 19-14, handing the Packers their first loss of the season, dropping them to 13-1. It was Romeo Crennel’s first game as the Chiefs’ head coach. That ended Green Bay’s 15-game regular-season winning streak, the longest streak ended by a head coach in his NFL debut for a team.

The previous mark was held by Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Brown, whose Browns defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, winners of their past eight games in 1949, in Cleveland’s first game as an NFL team on September 16, 1950.

 

***The Detroit Lions drove 98 yards in the final minutes of their game in Week 15 at Oakland and scored a touchdown with 39 seconds remaining to top off the comeback win. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford passed for 391 yards and four touchdowns and wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught nine balls for 214 yards and two touchdowns. The two hooked up on the game-winning TD from six yards out.

Stafford at 23 years, 10 months old has passed for 4,145 yards and a team-record 33 touchdowns and is the second youngest QB in NFL history with at least 4,000 passing yards and 30 TD passes in a season behind Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino from 1984.

***San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers has surpassed 4,000 yards (4,015) for the fourth straight season. He joins Peyton Manning and Drew Brees as the only QB’s in NFL history to pass for 4,000+ yards in at least four consecutive seasons.

***Philadelphia Eagles RB Le Sean Mc Coy leads the NFL with 20 TD’s, 17 rushing, 3 receiving and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren who had 18 in 1945 for the most in a season in franchise history. That was the longest-standing single-season club TD mark in the NFL. The current record now belongs to John David Crow of the Cardinals in 1962. He scored three TD’s against the New York Jets in Week 15.

***In the Cowboys Week 15 win over Tampa Bay, 31-15, QB Tony Romo became the first quarterback in team history to throw three touchdowns and run for another in the first half of a game. Romo, who made his 75th career start, passed for 249 yards and his 20,283 passing yards are the the third-most for any player in NFL history through his first 75 starts, joining Hall of Famer Dan Marino, 20,492 and Kurt Warner 20,305.

***The Saints defeated Minnesota in Week 15, 42-20. In the contest Drew Brees became the first player in NFL history to complete 80+ percent of his passes (32 of 40, 80 percent) and throw for at least 400 yards (412) and five touchdowns with no interceptions in a game. It marked his 11th 300-yard passing game of 2011, the most in a single season all-time. Brees has 4,780 yards, joining Peyton Manning as the only QB’s to pass for at least 4,500 yards in three different seasons and needs 305 yards to set the single-season passing record set by Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino’s 5,084.

 

Info compiled from NFL game notes and NFLmedia.com news

Saints escape Bengals, 34-30

The New Orleans Saints led at halftime, but the Bengals found their offense in the second half.

Drew Brees threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston with 31 seconds left, rallying the Saints to its fifth straight win.

Drew Brees (file photo)

After the Bengals (2-10) took a 30-27 lead, Brees threw a 42-yard pass to Robert Meachem to put the Saints in field goal range. After the Bengals were drawn offsides on a fourth down play, Brees threw his second TD pass on the next play.

The Bengals have lost nine games in a row.

compiled from NFL & Cincinnati Bengals news

Browns upset world champion Saints using gadget plays

Colt McCoy (U of Texas photo)

The Cleveland Browns, according to media sources, spend a few minutes at practice each week working on gadget plays just in case they need to use them in a game.

In Sunday’s game against New Orleans, the Browns used, not one, but several trick plays.

They include, a 68-yard run by their punter Reggie Holmes, a 62-yard throwback by Joshua Cribbs to Eric Wright on a punt return, a 13-yard pass from running back Peyton Hillis to quarterback Colt McCoy, in upsetting and stunning the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the Superdome, 30-17.

This is the third straight season that Cleveland has upset a defending Super Bowl champion. In 2008, the New York Giants, 2009, the Pittsburgh Steelers and now the New Orleans Saints.

On defense, the Browns were using all types of fronts and alignments that basically made Saints quarterback Drew Brees look like a rookie. It was one of his worst games in the NFL, throwing four interceptions.

Colt McCoy and the Cleveland offense had an impressive fourth quarter drive that chewed up 7:34 on a 13-play, 50-yard drive.

The 2-5 Browns now go into the bye week having won two of its last three games.

compiled from Cleveland Browns & NFL news

NFL MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: 49ers hang with Saints, but can’t pull upset; lose 25-22

New Orleans place kicker Garrett Hartley launched a 37-yard field goal that barely clearly the crossbar as time ran out giving the Saints a 25-22 victory over the upset-minded San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco.

The winning field goal try was possible by a pass from Drew Brees to Marques Colston covering 30 yards.

The 49ers Frank Gore rushed for 112 yards on 20 carries.

Saints PK Garrett Hartley (NFL)

49ers RB Frank Gore (NFL)

It was Gore who scored on a 7-yard touchdown with 1:19 left in regulation and Vernon Davis made a close-call catch at the goal-line for the tying two-point conversion. The play was initially called no good by the referees, but San Francisco challenged the ruling and video-tape replays showed the 49ers were right and the two-point conversion was good.

No problem for the 2-0 Saints, who got the ball back and started to drive from their 30-yard line with 1:14 left. Brees hit Colston with a pass that put the Saints on the San Francisco 18 with 18 seconds left.

Drew Brees completed 28 of 38 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns.

compiled from staff & NFL news

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