NFL teams bought in bulk early in Thursday night's draft. The first seven picks were all linemen: four on offense, three on defense. Not until Florida State's EJ Manuel went to Buffalo at No. 16 was a quarterback taken — the lowest since 2000, when Chad Pennington went 18th to the Jets.
SAN FRANCISCO — Colin Kaepernick ran for a quarterback playoff record 181 yards and two touchdowns and threw two scoring passes to Michael Crabtree in leading the San Francisco 49ers back to the NFC championship game with a 45-31 victory against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night.
DENVER — Baltimore's Justin Tucker kicked a 47-yard field goal 1:42 into the second overtime Saturday, ending the NFL's longest game in 26 years and giving the Ravens a 38-35 win over the Denver Broncos in the AFC playoffs.
MINNEAPOLIS – Rookie Blair Walsh kicked four field goals, including a 55-yarder as regulation time expired and another one in overtime, and Adrian Peterson returned from a left knee injury to lift the Minnesota Vikings to a 26-23 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns, two to new-found favorite receiver Kevin Ogletree, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Super Bowl champion New York Giants 24-17 on Wednesday night in the NFL season opener.
INDIANAPOLIS — Eli Manning is elite, for sure. A king of comebacks, too. And far, far more than Peyton's little brother now.
Spot-on from beginning to end Sunday night, Eli Manning won his second NFL championship in a four-year span — and second Super Bowl MVP award — for leading the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — For Eli Manning and the New York Giants, Lambeau Field has become a familiar launching pad. After beating the Green Bay Packers at home for the second time in four years, they only hope this trip ends the same way — at the Super Bowl.
MINNEAPOLIS – This was one painful win for the Chicago Bears at the end of an injury-ravaged season.
Charles Tillman’s interception return in the second quarter gave Chicago the lead for good, and the Bears finished the season by stopping their five-game losing streak with a 17-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday despite 3½ sacks by Jared Allen.
NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees has broken the NFL record for yards passing in a season, surpassing a mark that had stood since Dan Marino set it in 1984.
Brees topped Marino's record of 5,084 yards with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles on Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons.
Hundreds gathered downtown at the two-storey 4Play Sports Bar — across the street from the MTS Centre where the NHL's Winnipeg Jets play — to get their faces painted blue and gold, cheer and watch the game on a mammoth theatre-style screen.
The victory, before an ear-piercing B.C. Place Stadium sellout of 54,313, capped a stunning turnaround for the Lions, who opened the season 0-5. B.C. became the first CFL team to win a championship after losing its opening five regular-season games.
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