January 22, 2014


Montana Performs 2-Minute Surgery On Sam Whyche's Bengals

Jerry Rice set a Super Bowl record with 11 catches for 215 yards as part of his Super Bowl MVP.

It all took place on this day, Jan. 22, 1989. 

Just watch and enjoy!

 



January 21, 2014


 

NFL commissioner and Gridiron Godfather Roger Goodell told the NFL Network today that the league may abolish the extra point.

What do you think?

We do agree it's become an archaic and vestigal scoring organ: it's fairly useless and uneccessary in today's game, in other words. NFL kickers are so effective these days that they missed just five extra points all year: 1,262 of 1,267 (.996).

Where's the drama or the necessity in sports for an action that converts successfully nearly 100 percent of the time?

We noted the greatly expanded impact kickers have on scoring in the NFL just last month, writing that "no performers in pro football have advanced more dramatically over the last several decades than the place-kicking specialists ... Today, kickers are big-legged, highly proficient, soccer-style specialists. They do nothing but eat, kick and make baby kickers."

Consider that in 1948, the year with the highest league-wide scoring average before 2013, kickers hit just 40.9 percent of field goal attempts; in 2013, they converted a gaudy 86.5 percent of attempts.

In 1948, 4.8 percent of all scoring came from field goals; in 2013 it was 21.6 percent.

Kickers play too just prominent a role in today's NFL.

So anything that reduces their role is probably a good thing for the sport. But we don't like the idea of the NFL abolishing a scoring method from above. We still like the strategy involved with the current format of both 1-point and 2-point conversions.

But we'll see what happens.

In the meantime, Goodell seems intent on tinkering with a sport that was already pretty close to perfect before he took over as commissioner. And that tinkering is not going well for him.

Sometimes it's best just to leave well enough alone. The trusty old extra point may be one of those issues.



January 20, 2014




January 19, 2014


Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman was unhinged and ungracious during his postgame interview.

 

NFC title game hero Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks was unhinged and ungracious during his postgame interview with Erin Andrews, screaming that he's "the best corner in the game!” while practically spitting all over the shocked reporter.

The Seahawks beat the 49ers, 23-17. But Sherman, after a season of defensive dominance by his team, came across as a surly sore winner.



January 15, 2014


Since Super Bowl XLVIII takes place outdoors at the Meadowlands in two plus weeks, the folks at Fox Sports want to go where no cameras have gone before: they want to show the internal temps of the players!

It will use this weekend's NFC title game in Seattle between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seahawks to test an infrared camera that will show how players' body temperatures change throughout the game.

"I don't know what story that tells, but it might make for some pretty cool pictures," Eric Shanks, Fox Sports chief operating officer and executive producer, told the Television Critics Association on Monday.

He said another unspecified device will show how wind affects a quarterback or kicker.

Shanks said the network will have more high-tech 4K cameras than ever before to zoom in for what he called "that definitive angle." 

A "definitive angle"? Are they going to zoom in on Peyton Manning's forehead helmet stain or zoom up Bill Belichicks's hoodie? Guess it depends who wins the AFC Championship game.

Back in the mid-90s - 16 years ago this month - Fox Sports unveiled the glowing puck on its NHL telecasts, which showed viewers at home how hard/fast a player's shot was. It didn't last long; the last known, recorded glowing puck on Fox occurred in the 1998 playoffs. 

How have we survived this long without it? 

And how have we survived without knowing how wind affects a kicker or a quarterback until now? 

Oh wait, we have. That's what the TV broadcast and announcers provide. 

 



January 15, 2014


Super Bowl 1

On this day in 1967, MVP Bart Starr and the Green Bay Packers won the first Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, in a 35-10 drubbing.

The video above is a recap of the '66/'67 season courtesy of CBS.



January 15, 2014


Friend of the Facts (and Giants fans) John Nailor sent along this image from the wild times had at the last N.Y. Jets Super Bowl party.



January 14, 2014


In January 2013, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco became a spokesman for Haribo Gummy Bears.

According to reviews on Amazon.com for the 5-lb sugar-free bag, the Gummy Bears have caused severe gastrointestinal problems for many. This could explain Flacco's 2013 on-field regression.

It also begs the question as to whether or not we should allow any company to produce and sell sugar free gummy bears.

Below are some of the actual comments on Amazon.com. 

Another interception by Joe Flacco .



January 13, 2014


No Huddle Sermon

The question is ... did he really leave after this or was it a stunt? You decide.



Colin Kaepernick A Playoff Rushing Monster

By Cold Hard Football Facts
January 10, 2014


WHAT TO LOOK FOR – DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

 

VIEW FROM THE TOP: Since the NFL moved to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, No. 1 seeds in the NFC are 19-4 (.826) in the Divisional Playoffs. In the AFC, the No. 1 seed has compiled a 13-10 (.565) record.

Both No. 1 seeds are in action this weekend when the top-seeded Seattle Seahawks host the New Orleans Saints in the NFC and the No. 1-seed Denver Broncos face the San Diego Chargers in the AFC.

The No. 1 seeds in Divisional-round play since 1990:

YEAR

AFC NO. 1 SEED

DIVISIONAL RESULT

NFC NO. 1 SEED

DIVISIONAL RESULT

1990

Buffalo

Defeated Miami 44-34

San Francisco

Defeated Washington 28-10

1991

Buffalo

Defeated Kansas City 37-14

Washington

Defeated Atlanta 24-7

1992

Pittsburgh

Lost to Buffalo 24-3

San Francisco

Defeated Washington 20-13

1993

Buffalo

Defeated L.A. Raiders 29-23

Dallas

Defeated Green Bay 27-17

1994

Pittsburgh

Defeated Cleveland 29-9

San Francisco

Defeated Chicago 44-15

1995

Kansas City

Lost to Indianapolis 10-7

Dallas

Defeated Philadelphia 30-11

1996

Denver

Lost to Jacksonville 30-27

Green Bay

Defeated San Francisco 35-14

1997

Kansas City

Lost to Denver 14-10

San Francisco

Defeated Minnesota 38-22

1998

Denver

Defeated Miami 38-3

Minnesota

Defeated Arizona 41-21

1999

Jacksonville

Defeated Miami 62-7

St. Louis

Defeated Minnesota 49-37

2000

Tennessee

Lost to Baltimore 24-10

N.Y. Giants

Defeated Philadelphia 20-10

2001

Pittsburgh

Defeated Baltimore 27-10

St. Louis

Defeated Green Bay 45-17

2002

Oakland

Defeated N.Y. Jets 30-10

Philadelphia

Defeated Atlanta 20-6

2003

New England

Defeated Tennessee 17-14

Philadelphia

Defeated Green Bay 20-17 (OT)

2004

Pittsburgh

Defeated N.Y. Jets 20-17 (OT)

Philadelphia

Defeated Minnesota 27-14

2005

Indianapolis

Lost to Pittsburgh 21-18

Seattle

Defeated Washington 20-10

2006

San Diego

Lost to New England 24-21

Chicago

Defeated Seattle 27-24 (OT)

2007

New England

Defeated Jacksonville 31-20

Dallas

Lost to N.Y. Giants 21-17

2008

Tennessee

Lost to Baltimore 13-10

N.Y. Giants

Lost to Philadelphia 23-11

2009

Indianapolis

Defeated Baltimore 20-3

New Orleans

Defeated Arizona 45-14

2010

New England

Lost to N.Y. Jets 28-21

Atlanta 

Lost to Green Bay 48-21

2011

New England

Defeated Denver 45-10

Green Bay

Lost to N.Y. Giants 37-20

2012

Denver

Lost to Baltimore 38-35 (2OT)

Atlanta

Defeated Seattle 30-28

2013

Denver

???

Seattle

???

 -- NFL --

FIRST-ROUND BYES: The top seeds – SEATTLE (13-3, NFC No. 1 seed), DENVER (13-3, AFC No. 1 seed), CAROLINA (12-4, NFC No. 2 seed) and NEW ENGLAND (12-4, AFC No. 2 seed) – earned first-round byes and will be featured in this weekend’s Divisional Playoffs.

Two of the four top seeds rank among the teams with the most first-round byes since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990. New England (nine) has the most, while Denver (six) has the fourth-most since 1990.     

The teams with the most first-round byes since 1990: 

TEAM

NUMBER OF FIRST-ROUND BYES SINCE 1990

New England Patriots

9*

Pittsburgh Steelers

8

San Francisco 49ers

8

Denver Broncos

6*

Dallas Cowboys

5

*Includes 2013

 

-- NFL --

CHAMPIONSHIP GOALThis Saturday, SAN FRANCISCO (13-4, NFC No. 5 seed) will travel to take on CAROLINA (12-4, NFC No. 2 seed) in a rematch of their Week 10 game when the Panthers defeated the 49ers 10-9 at Candlestick Park.

With a victory against Carolina, San Francisco would advance to its 15th NFC Championship Game, which would tie PITTSBURGH (15) for the most appearances in a Conference Championship Game since 1970. 

NEW ENGLAND is tied for fifth on the all-time list with the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and can move into sole possession of fifth place with a win against Indianapolis on Saturday. This would be New England’s third consecutive appearance in the AFC Championship Game.

The teams with the most appearances in a Conference Championship Game since 1970:                         

TEAM

MOST APPEARANCES IN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

Pittsburgh Steelers

15

San Francisco 49ers*

14

Dallas Cowboys

14

L.A./Oakland Raiders

11

L.A./St. Louis Rams

9

New England Patriots**

9

                                                        *At Carolina Sunday  ** Host Indianapolis Saturday

-- NFL --

PASSING GREATS: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has thrown 42 career postseason touchdown passes, the third most in NFL postseason history. He trails BRETT FAVRE (44) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA (45) for the most in NFL history.

With four TD passes against Indianapolis on Saturday, Brady would surpass Favre and Montana for the most postseason TD passes in NFL history.

Denver quarterback PEYTON MANNING (32) is tied for fourth on the all-time list with Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO and can surpass him with one TD pass against San Diego on Sunday. 

The starting quarterbacks with the most postseason TD passes in NFL history:

QUARTERBACK

CAREER

MOST POSTSEASON TD PASSES

Joe Montana

1979-1994

45

Brett Favre

1991-2010

44

Tom Brady*

2000-present 

42

Peyton Manning*

1998-present

32

Dan Marino

1983-1999

32

                                                                                    *Active

-- NFL -- 

ROCKET MANNINGDenver quarterback PEYTON MANNING ranks fourth in NFL postseason history with 5,679 passing yards. 

With 177 yards on Sunday against San Diego, Manning can surpass Montana (5,772) and Favre (5,855) for the second-most passing yards in postseason history.

Brady holds the record for most postseason passing yards (5,949) and can extend his lead Saturday against Indianapolis.

The players with the most postseason passing yards in NFL history:

QUARTERBACK

CAREER

MOST POSTSEASON PASSING YARDS

Tom Brady*

2000-present

5,949

Brett Favre

1991-2010

5,855

Joe Montana

1979-1994

5,772

Peyton Manning*

1998-present

5,679

John Elway

1983-1998

4,946

                                                                                    *Active

-- NFL --

KAEP IT OFF: San Francisco quarterback COLIN KAEPERNICK has 362 career postseason rushing yards, the fifth-most rushing yards by a QB in postseason history. Kaepernick has averaged 90.5 yards-per-game in his four playoff games, the highest yards-per-game average by a QB in NFL history (minimum four games).

With 71 rushing yards Sunday at Carolina, Kaepernick can surpass DONOVAN MCNABB (422) and Pro Football Hall of Famer ROGER STAUBACH (432) for the third-most rushing yards by a QB in NFL postseason history.

The quarterbacks with the most postseason rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

POSTSEASON GAMES

RUSHING YARDS

YARDS PER GAME

Steve Young

22

594

27.0

John Elway

22

461

21.0

Roger Staubach

20

432

21.6

Donovan McNabb

16

422

26.4

Colin Kaepernick*

4

362

90.5

                                                            *Active

-- NFL --

HEAD OF THE CLASS: New England Patriots head coach BILL BELICHICK has compiled an 18-8 (.692) record in his postseason career. Belichick has the third-most playoff wins in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of FamersTOM LANDRY (20) and DON SHULA (19).

With a win against Indianapolis on Saturday, Belichick would tie Shula (19) for second place on the all-time wins list.

The head coaches with the most playoff wins in NFL history:

HEAD COACH

TEAM(S)

MOST PLAYOFF WINS

Tom Landry

Dallas Cowboys

20

Don Shula

Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins

19

Bill Belichick

Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots

18*

Joe Gibbs

Washington Redskins

17

Chuck Noll

Pittsburgh Steelers

16

                                                            *Active






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