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Bengals lose to Baltimore; make AFC playoffs as sixth seed with Clements as key figure

 

Nate Clements Bengals in 2011 (photo by Jeffrey Beall via wikipedia commons)

Eventhough the Cincinnati Bengals lost their final game to the Baltimore Ravens, the team still will be amongst the top 6 in the AFC Playoffs next weekend as the sixth seed.

The Bengals received help on Sunday when the Jets, Raiders and Broncos all lost but they earned the wildcard spot in a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Tennessee Titans, the only other AFC team with that same record of 9-7. The Bengals beat the Titans at Tennessee in November, 24-17. That’s why every game in the NFL is important.

They’ll be traveling to Houston to play the 10-6 Texans who they lost two three weeks ago in the final seconds.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton, who is from the Houston area, is 3-0 in Reliant Stadium home of the Texans. He played there during his college career at TCU.

Cincinnati defied all the odds playing with a rookie QB and won 9 games even after trading away veteran signal-caller Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders.

One of the reasons the Bengals made the playoffs was the play of former Ohio State defensive back Nate Clements, who they signed in the off-season to release Johnathan Joseph who bolted for Houston after the team had a losing season in 2010.

The 32-year-old native of the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, had never made the playoffs as his career has taken him to Buffalo and San Francisco after being drafted in the first round at #21 by the Bills in 2001.

Clements felt the Bengals, even being a young team had a chance at the playoffs and he was right.

The 2011 free agent signee who has been a standout player in the Cincinnati secondary this season, missed only one game with a hamstring injury he suffered in practice on December 1.

After sitting out the December 4 Pittsburgh game, he has been back at the Left cornerback spot the past three games against Houston, St. Louis and Arizona.

Clements was not fully healed for the December 11 game vs. the Texans, and he had just one tackle in very limited action. But returned to his big-play capabilities on December 18 at St. Louis, and also on December 24 vs. Arizona.

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Clements has made big plays all season:

* On October 16 against Indianapolis, he blocked a 52-yard FG attempt by Adam Vinatieri with 5;43 to play. Also in the opening quarter of the game, he forced a fumble by Colts TE Dallas Clark.

* On October 30 at Seattle, Clements stopped a two-point try by stripping the ball from WR Ben Obomanu in the end zone.

* On November 6 at Tennessee with under four minutes to play, and the Bengals up 21-17, Clements separated TE Jared Cook from the ball and recovered it at the Titans 20. From there, the Bengals scored a field goal for the final margin of 24-17.

* On November 27 vs. Cleveland, with the score 20-20, Clements ripped the ball away from WR Greg Little for an incompletion which would’ve given the Browns a first down. It forced the Browns to kick a 55-yard field goal which missed and the Bengals started their game-winning drive on their 45-yard line.

* On December 18 at St. Louis, Clements was responsible for making four, huge third down plays that caused the Rams to punt on three of them and kick a field goal on another.

* On December 24, against Arizona, his second-quarter interception against John Skelton set up the Bengals TD drive for a 17-0 lead.

With Right cornerback Leon Hall going down with an injury a few games ago, the free agent signing of Clements has been huge for Cincinnati’s defense.

 

 

Edwards looking for a new team after release by 49ers

 

Braylon Edwards with Browns in 2008 (photo by John Kusinski via wikipedia commons)

The San Francisco 49ers released struggling wide receiver Braylon Edwards earlier in the week following surgery on his right knee a few weeks ago which slowed his progress.

Edwards had 15 catches for 181 yards and no touchdowns in eight games with five starts after the Niners signed him to a one-year, #3.5 million contract in August.

Edwards, who has also played for the Browns and the Jets, is just 28 years old and has career totals of 340 catches for 5,314 yards and 39 touchdowns in his career.

 

Info compiled from NFL & San Francisco 49ers news

Thrashers move to Winnipeg, Manitoba now official

MTS Centre home of Winnipeg NHL team (photo by wpg guy via wikipedia commons)

The fans of the new Winnipeg NHL team can now celebrate for real!

The NHL board of governors unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers this week, opening the way for the club to move to Winnipeg, Manitoba for the 2011-2012 season.

True North Sports and Entertainment bought the team last month and announced it was transferring the Thrashers to Winnipeg, which lost the Jets to Phoenix following the 95-96 season.

The sale of the Thrashers reportedly is for $170 million, including a $60 million relocation fee that is divided among the rest of the National Hockey League owners.

 

compiled from staff, NHL, Radio & TV news

Joe Gardi, former Hofstra football coach dies at 71

compiled from staff, wire and Hofstra Athletic Communications

Former Hofstra head football coach Joe Gardi is dead at age 71. The university posted on its website, that he died Wednesday after suffering a stroke.

Gardi, who coached Hofstra from 1990-2005, helped shape the NFL careers of Wayne Chrebet, Marques Colston and Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris.

Joe Gardi (courtesy of Hofstra Athletic Communications)

Gardi compiled a 119-62 -2 record in 16 seasons at Hofstra, which is located in Hempstead, New York. He ranks second in school history in wins and winning percentage (.650). Under Gardi, Hofstra, which has since dropped football, upgraded from Division III to I-AA and earned its first NCAA playoff victories.

He served as an assistant with the Jets from 1976-1984 before taking the Hofstra job.

Gardi is survived by his wife, two children, one daughter-in-law and four grandchildren.

New York Giants and New York Jets will meet in preseason opener

compiled from staff and wire reports

New Jets/Giants Stadium (photo courtesy of New Meadowlands Stadium Company)

The first football game in the new Meadowlands Stadium will be between the two occupants of the $1.6 billion facility.

The NFL announced Wednesday that the Giants and Jets will play the first game August 16 when they meet Monday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

The Jets and Giants traditionally play the second-to-last preseason game against each other, but with the new stadium both teams wanted to be the first to play in it.

The Giants will play the first regular season game in the new stadium on September 12.  The Jets will open their regular season with the first Monday night game in the new stadium.

That decision caused much controversy and debate.

Both New York teams also wanted to play the first regular-season game at the new stadium.  But that became a problem since the Giants and Jets are not on each other’s schedule, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell intervened and flipped a coin to determine which would play first at the new stadium.

The Giants won the toss, but the Jets ownership was upset that a representative from their team was not present when the coin was flipped.

In other NFL news, the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals will play in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game to open the NFL’s preseason schedule in Canton, Ohio on August 8.