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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

Bulger, former Rams QB retires

Marc Bulger of St. Louis Rams in November 2008 (photo by GMO66 & Blueag9 via wikipedia commons)

It has been reported all over the internet, radio and television today that former St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger has retired after 11 NFL seasons.

After leaving the Rams after the 2009 season, Bulger spent 2010 with the Baltimore Ravens but did not play.

Bulger played in two Pro Bowls and passed for 22,814 yards, 122 touchdowns and 93 interceptions.

 

He threw for more than 3,800 yards three times, including a career-best 4,301 in 2006, the only season he played all 16 games.

Bulger was drafted out of West Virginia University by New Orleans in 2000, but never played for the Saints. He did become a star until Mike Martz brought him to the Rams where he eventually replaced Kurt Warner as the starting quarterback.

 

compiled from staff, Internet, Radio & TV 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

2010 NFL season kicks off with a familiar matchup: Minnesota at New Orleans

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM FEATURE


The 2010 NFL season is upon with the opening game Thursday night from the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, with Minnesota once again visiting New Orleans. It’s a rematch of the 2009 NFC championship game which New Orleans won on their way to a Super Bowl title.

If everyone recalls, the Vikings outplayed the Saints in several stat categories and might’ve won the game if they hadn’t committed five turnovers, three fumbles and two interceptions.

Brett Favre Minnesota (NFL)

Drew Brees New Orleans (NFL)

There is plenty of interest in the game because of the return of QB Brett Favre of Minnesota, who is starting his 20th season despite having surgery on his left ankle during the offseason. The controversial Favre almost retired for the third time.

Minnsota will need a strong defensive effort to stop the Saints explosive and speedy offense. The Vikings led the NFL with 48 sacks last season, led by defensive end Jared Allen’s 14 1/2. They’ll have to put pressure on QB Drew Brees.

The New Orleans offensive unit led the NFL in 2009 in total yards with 403.8 per game.

The Saints defensive unit has three new starters with free safety Malcolm Jenkins, holding the fort until All-Pro Darren Sharper continues his rehabilitation from offseason knee surgery.

Minnesota is without two of their key offensive players, WR Sidney Rice is injured and third-down back Chester Taylor went to Chicago for more playing time.

Iowa hires Fran McCaffery to replace Lickliter as men’s basketball coach

compiled from staff, wire reports and Iowa Hawkeyes athletics

The Iowa Hawkeyes have their man to head the men’s basketball program.  Athletic Director Gary Barta has convinced 50-year-old Fran McCaffery to leave the comforts of Mid-major Siena College to coach in the Big Ten Conference.

McCaffery went 112-51 in five seasons at Siena, leading the Saints to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Siena lost to Purdue in the first round of this year’s NCAA tournament and finished with a 27-7 mark.

McCaffery replaces Todd Lickliter, who was fired after Iowa went 10-22 this season. Once upon a time Iowa was one of the top programs in the Big Ten, the Hawkeyes went 38-58 under Lickliter while dropping to the bottom of the league.

Eventhough Iowa was starting to be on target for improvement in 2010-2011, Gary Barta let Coach Lickliter go right after the Big Ten tournament on March 15.  Barta cited several reasons: Bad recruiting, a losing record, sagging attendance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, dwindling revenue from ticket sales and contributions when he let Lickliter go. Also, the general concensus around Iowa City was Todd Lickliter was a good man and a good coach but he was “out of his league” coaching at Iowa and in the Big Ten.

Fran McCaffery Iowa Coach (Siena photo)

The Hawkeyes last made the NCAA tournament in 2006, losing to Northwestern State on a 3-point goal at the buzzer.  Then coach Steve Alford left for New Mexico following the 2007 season.  Alford in the meantime has built the Lobos into a dominant force in the Mountain West Conference, Iowa hasn’t had a winning season since he left. The feeling is that it is tough for any coach to recruit at Iowa. Plus other basketball programs in the state are more attractive to play at: Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa State in Ames and Northern Iowa, located in Cedar Falls, is now the kingpin in the state over Iowa.

With that in mind, Coach McCaffery’s first duties will be is to keep the current Hawkeyes key players around to rebuild the program. They include: Matt Gatens, Aaron Fuller, Eric May and Cully Payne.

Fran spent six years at North Carolina Greensboro, compiling a record of 90-87, before taking over at Siena College before the 2005-2006 season.  McCaffery also coached Lehigh  for 3 years, guiding it to the NCAA tournament in 1988, before leaving to become an assistant at Notre Dame.

McCaffery is a Philadelphia native and has taken three different teams to the NCAA tournament.  He played college basketball at Wake Forest and Pennsylvania.