NFL - Are you ready for some football

NFL - Are you ready for some football

Postby yukon on Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:13 am

Superbowl is just around the corner, time to catch up on the NFL.

Wild-Card Weekend Games

Saturday

Atlanta Falcons 24, Arizona Cardinals 30
Indianapolis Colts 17, San Diego Chargers 23 (OT)

Sunday

Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins
Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings


First Round Byes –
NY Giants,
Carolina Panthers,
Tennessee Titans,
Pittsburgh Steelers


MASON, REED among 12 questionable Ravens for Sunday

Owings Mills, MD (Sports Network) - Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason and safety Ed Reed are among 12
players on the team's injury report listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC wild card playoff game against Miami.

Mason missed practice on Friday with a shoulder injury after being limited in Thursday's workout. He leads the team
with 80 catches for 1,037 yards and five touchdowns this season.

Reed has been limited the last two days after skipping Wednesday's practice because of a nagging thigh injury.
The Pro Bowl selection led the NFL this season with nine interceptions, returning two for touchdowns.

http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=261649&lid=sublink01&lpos=headlines_nfl



NFL Confirms Buffalo Bills To Play In T.O.
Friday February 1, 2008
By Dan Ralph The Canadian Press

Roger Goodell didn't exactly give Toronto's aspirations for a full-time NFL franchise a ringing endorsement Friday.

The NFL commissioner confirmed during his state-of-the-union address in Arizona the league has approved a proposal
from the Bills to play eight games over the next five years in Toronto. Buffalo would stage a regular-season contest
at Rogers Centre each season, starting in 2008, and also play three exhibition games every other year.

http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_19207.aspx


Perhaps take it a step further and have the US Super Bowl Champs take on the Grey Cup champs(Canadian Football) or the
Eurobowl champs(the European Football League (EFL), a European American football contest.)





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Re: NFL - Are you ready for some football

Postby Speak1 on Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:38 am

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The San Diego Chargers story is really something. The player that scored the winning touchdown in overtime is not a very big football player. I mean his size. I guess we could say he doesn't have a big name in the game, either. The Chargers' star player was hurt, if I remember correctly. That player that scored the winning touchdown had a very good game even before that last touchdown.

Another great story this season is the Miami Dolphins. Only won one game last season and this season they are in the playoffs. I wonder how far they will go?

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Re: NFL - Are you ready for some football

Postby deja vu on Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:22 pm

Unfortunately Speak1, the Dolphins will have to wait till next year.

Ravens 27, Dolphins 9

Miami, FL - Ed Reed had two of Baltimore's four interceptions, running one back for a touchdown,
and the Ravens defense stifled Miami to record a 27-9 win over the Dolphins in an AFC Wild Card contest.

With the victory, Baltimore advances to play the Tennessee Titans next weekend.

The Ravens forced five turnovers and limited Miami to 276 yards, continuing their remarkable
turnaround from last season. Baltimore went 5-11 in 2007, finishing last in the AFC North, but under
first-year head coach John Harbaugh, they went 11-5 in the regular season.

Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 135 yards, completing only 9-of-23 passes, but did not have
an interception and ran for a touchdown to help Baltimore win its first playoff contest since 2001
-- when the Ravens also beat Miami in a Wild Card-round matchup.

http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=261941&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nfl


Eagles 26, Vikings 14

MINNEAPOLIS - All but forgotten as a post-season contender just one month earlier, Andy Reid,
Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles have a playoff win.

Brian Westbrook caught a short pass out of the backfield and zigzagged through the Minnesota
defence for a devastating 71-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, and the Eagles
spoiled the Vikings' first home playoff game in eight years with a 26-14 victory Sunday.

Asante Samuel's 44-yard interception return of Tarvaris Jackson's errant pass in the second quarter
set a tone for the kind of game most Vikings fans feared from the unpolished quarterback.

Reid improved his playoff coaching record to 9-6, including at least one win each time the Eagles
have qualified in his 10 years. He bested his buddy and former offensive co-ordinator Brad Childress
in this one, and they spoke for several moments on the field after the game.

http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=261969&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nfl

Sat. January 10th:

Baltimore at Tennessee
Arizona at Carolina


Sunday January 11th:

Philadelphia at NY Giants
San Diego at Pittsburgh


On another NFL note:

Atlanta's Smith edges Miami's Sparano for NFL Coach of the year.

NEW YORK - Mike Smith and Tony Sparano performed so brilliantly as rookie head coaches it was
almost impossible to separate them.

Atlanta's Smith edged Miami's Sparano by one vote Sunday for The Associated Press 2008 NFL Coach
of the Year award.

Both coaches oversaw sensational turnarounds, leading their teams from last-place finishes in 2007
to playoff berths this year. Their achievements were reflected by the closeness of the balloting,
with Smith getting 23 1/2 votes and Sparano 22 1/2 from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers
and broadcasters who cover the NFL.

After improving from 4-12 to 11-5 and making the NFC playoffs as a wild card, the Falcons fell 30-24
at Arizona on Saturday night. That should not detract from a memorable season that bodes well for
the football future in Atlanta.

http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=261925&lid=sublink01&lpos=headlines_nfl
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Postby dreamon on Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:36 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl receiver Anquan Boldin was deactivated for Saturday's NFC divisional
playoff game against Carolina due to a strained left hamstring.

Boldin tested his leg on the field before the game, but was deemed unfit to play, a blow for the pass-happy Cardinals.
Second-year receiver Steve Breaston got the start in his place opposite Larry Fitzgerald, and Jerheme Urban was expected
to see more playing time in Arizona's multiple receiver sets.

Boldin was injured on his 71-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter of Arizona's win over Atlanta last week. He did not
practice until taking part in the Cardinals' light workout Friday.

http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=262748&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nfl

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San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson is listed as doubtful for Sunday's
playoff game against the Steelers.

Tomlinson, who hasn't practiced all week with a torn groin muscle, sat out the entire second half of the Chargers' overtime
win over the Colts last week after aggravating the injury. He recorded 25 yards on five rushes with a touchdown against Indianapolis.

http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=262586&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nfl

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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Eagles running back Brian Westbrook returned to the practice field on a limited basis Friday
and is listed as probable for Sunday's NFC Divisional Playoff battle with the New York Giants.

Westbrook has battled numerous injuries throughout a season that saw him miss two games early on. The Eagles' leading rusher
(936 yards) and touchdown scorer (11 total) is currently nursing a knee injury that caused him to be listed as questionable for
last Sunday's Wild Card bout with Minnesota.

http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=262580&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nfl

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Postby dreamon on Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:26 pm

Baltimore Ravens 13, Tennessee Titans 10

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As grudge matches go, this one was worthy of the WWE. The Baltimore Ravens survived 13-10 against
the Tennessee Titans on Saturday thanks to Matt Stover's 43-yard field goal with 53 seconds remaining.

Two teams with an extreme dislike for each other never stopped pounding it out in the wind and rain.

The difference: Baltimore forced three turnovers and never gave away the ball.

And when Joe Flacco led a 51-yard drive in the dying minutes to set up Stover's winning kick, the Ravens (13-5) were headed
to the AFC championship game. Led by the first rookie quarterback to win two playoff games, the Ravens will play at Pittsburgh
or San Diego next week for the right to go to the Super Bowl.

http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=262754&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nfl

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Postby dreamon on Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:30 pm

Arizona Cardinals 33 Carolina Panthers 13

The Arizona Cardinals were considered the softest team in the playoffs, unable to win far from
home and carrying the scars of years of ineptitude.

But behind their cagey quarterback, dynamic receiver, improved defence - and a big assist from
Jake Delhomme's horrible night - the Cardinals are a win away from the unthinkable: a berth in
the Super Bowl.

Kurt Warner threw two touchdown passes, Larry Fitzgerald had 166 yards receiving and the Cardinals
pounced on Delhomme's six turnovers Saturday night in a 33-13 win over the bumbling Panthers.

A team that had won only two playoff games in their history before last week's win over Atlanta,
the Cardinals became the last NFC team to reach the conference championship since the 1970 merger
with a win few saw coming.

http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=262809&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nfl


Sundays Games:

Philadelphia Eagles vs. NY Giants
San Diego Chargers vs.Pittsburgh Steelers

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Postby deja vu on Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:50 pm

Philadelphia Eagles 23, NY Giants 11

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Donovan McNabb and his Philadelphia Eagles get another week to keep
chasing that elusive Super Bowl crown. Eli Manning and the New York Giants get a whole off-season
to wonder what went wrong.

McNabb made all the big plays that Manning did not, and the Eagles eliminated the Super Bowl
champions 23-11 Sunday to reach the NFC title game for the fifth time in eight seasons.

Throw in Philadelphia's hard-hitting, ball-hawking defence, and these NFL playoffs are now for the
Birds - the underdog Eagles, Cardinals and Ravens all won on the road this weekend.

McNabb lunged for one touchdown, threw for another and converted several key third downs to
move the sixth-seeded Eagles (11-6-1) into next Sunday's title game at Arizona (11-7). Philadelphia
beat the Cardinals 48-20 on U.S. Thanksgiving night.


http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=262895&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nfl
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Postby deja vu on Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:39 pm

Steelers 35 Chargers 24

PITTSBURGH - There is a home-field advantage in the NFL playoffs after all, and it belongs to
the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now they've got to prove it means something against the team they despise like no other,
and in the game they lose at home like no one else.

The Steelers, owners of the NFL's best home-field record since the 1970 NFL merger, shook off
a 7-0 deficit barely two minutes into the game, controlled pint-sized playmaker Darren Sproles
and returned some normalcy to the post-season by beating the San Diego Chargers 35-24 in an
AFC divisional game Sunday.

With a now-healthy Willie Parker running for 146 yards and two touchdowns, Ben Roethlisberger
ignoring his late-season concussion to throw for a score and lead an efficient offence, the Steelers
did what the favoured Titans, Panthers and Giants couldn't do by winning at home. It was the first
time since 1971 that three road teams won during a single playoff weekend, and the Steelers made
certain that road teams didn't go 4-for-4.

http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=262921&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nfl





Sunday January 18:

Philadelphia Eagles vs Arizona Cardinals
Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers
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Postby dreamon on Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:03 pm

Atlanta Cardinals 32 Philadelphia Eagles 25

GLENDALE, Ariz. - That's not a mirage rising out of the desert, folks. It's the Arizona Cardinals soaring to their first Super Bowl.

Yes, the Cardinals, founding members of the NFL, but historically among the most dysfunctional of franchises, finally have joined the big boys.

Capitalizing on Larry Fitzgerald's three first-half touchdown receptions, then coolly marching downfield to Kurt Warner's eight-yard scoring pass to rookie Tim Hightower with 2:53 left, they beat the Philadelphia Eagles 32-25 Sunday for the NFC championship.

"That drive where we scored a touchdown at the end of the game and took seven minutes was really the difference," Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said.

Donovan McNabb was superb in leading Philadelphia's second-half rally, but he misfired from midfield four times in the final moments.


http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=263816&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_main


The Baltimore Ravens/Pittsburgh Steelers game just started.

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Postby dreamon on Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:33 pm

Pittsburgh Steelers 23 Baltimore Ravens 14

Steelers shove aside Ravens for AFC title
Pittsburgh's 23-14 victory cements its seventh Super Bowl appearance

The Pittsburgh Steelers used their defense and a couple of big offensive plays to beat the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game and advance to Super Bowl XLIII.

It will be the Steelers' seventh Super Bowl appearance — second most behind the Dallas Cowboys — and first since winning Super Bowl XL in 2006.

The Steelers’ No. 1-ranked defense kept the Ravens bottled up throughout the game, limiting the Ravens to 127 passing yards and just 72 yards rushing. Safety Troy Polamalu returned an interception 40 yards late in the fourth quarter which helped seal the win.


http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/28725616/



Superbowl will be in Tampa Bay on Feb. 1.

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