2007 NFL season

The 2007 NFL season was the 88th regular season of the National Football League.

Regular-season play was held from September 6 to December 30.

The New England Patriots became the first team to complete the regular season undefeated since the league expanded to a 16-game regular season in 1978. Four weeks after the playoffs began on January 5, 2008, the Patriots' bid for a perfect season was dashed when they lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII, the league championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on February 3, by a score of 17–14.

2007 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 6 – December 30, 2007
Playoffs
Start dateJanuary 5, 2008
AFC ChampionsNew England Patriots
NFC ChampionsNew York Giants
Super Bowl XLII
DateFebruary 3, 2008
SiteUniversity of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
ChampionsNew York Giants
Pro Bowl
DateFebruary 10, 2008
SiteAloha Stadium

Rule changes

The following rule changes were passed at the league's annual owners meeting in Phoenix, Arizona during the week of March 25–28:

  • The instant replay system, used since the 1999 season, was finally made a permanent officiating tool.[1] Previously, it was renewed on a biennial basis.
  • The system has also been upgraded to use high-definition technology. However, the systems at Texas Stadium (Dallas Cowboys), RCA Dome (Indianapolis Colts), and Giants Stadium (New York Giants and Jets) did not receive the HDTV updates since those stadiums were scheduled to be (and since have been) replaced in the forthcoming years.[2] One reason that the technology was improved was that fans with high-definition televisions at home were having better views on replays than the officials and according to Dean Blandino, the NFL's instant replay director "that could have bit us in the rear if we continued [with the old system]." In addition, the amount of time allotted for the referee to review a play was reduced from 90 seconds to one minute.[3]
  • After a play is over, players who spike the ball in the field of play, other than in the end zone, will receive a 5-yard delay of game penalty.[3]
  • Forward passes that unintentionally hit an offensive lineman before an eligible receiver will no longer be an illegal touching penalty, but deliberate actions are still penalized.[3]
  • Roughing-the-passer penalties will not be called on a defender engaged with a quarterback who simply extends his arms and shoves the passer to the ground.[3]
  • During situations where crowd noise becomes a problem (when it becomes too loud that it prevents the offensive team from hearing its signals), the offense can no longer ask the referee to reset the play clock.[3]
  • It is necessary to have the ball touch the pylon or break the plane above the pylon to count as a touchdown. Previously, a player just had to have some portion of his body over the goal line or pylon to count a touchdown.[4]
  • A completed catch is now when a receiver gets two feet down and has control of the ball. Previously, a receiver had to make "a football move" in addition to having control of the ball for a reception.[5]
  • Players will be subject to a fine from the league for playing with an unbuckled chin strap. Officials will not penalize for chin strap violations during a game.[5]

Television

The 2007 season marked the second year of the current television contracts with NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN, and the NFL Network. The pre-game shows made some changes, with former Steelers coach Bill Cowher joining host James Brown, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Dan Marino on CBS’ The NFL Today. On Fox, after one season on the road, Fox NFL Sunday returned to Los Angeles as Curt Menefee took over as full-time host. Chris Rose, who had been doing in-game updates of other NFL games, was reverted to a part-time play-by-play role.

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New England takes on San Diego in the AFC Championship Game

The biggest changes were at NBC and ESPN. Michael Irvin’s contract with ESPN was not renewed, and former coach Bill Parcells returned to the network after four years as Cowboys head coach. Parcells left before the season ended to become the Miami Dolphins VP of Player Personnel. Another pair of former Cowboys, Emmitt Smith and Keyshawn Johnson also provided roles in the studio for Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown. At Monday Night Football, Joe Theismann was dropped (and would later resign from the network) after seventeen years in the booth between the Sunday and Monday Night packages, and former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and current Philadelphia Soul (AFL) president Ron Jaworski took his place alongside Mike Tirico and Tony Kornheiser. Part of the reason that Jaworski replaced Theismann was because of his chemistry with Kornheiser on Pardon the Interruption, where Jaworski was a frequent guest during the football season.

NBC’s Football Night in America also made two changes. MSNBC Countdown anchor Keith Olbermann joined Bob Costas and Cris Collinsworth as another co-host, while Sterling Sharpe exited as a studio analyst, and former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber replaced him. In another change, Faith Hill took over singing “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night” for Pink.

In the second year of the NFL Network's “Run to the Playoffs”, Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders replaced Dick Vermeil for two games when Collinsworth was unavailable. An unforced change saw Bryant Gumbel miss the Broncos–Texans game December 13 due to a sore throat and NBC announcer Tom Hammond step into Gumbel's play-by-play role in what turned out to be more or less a preview of one of NBC's Wild Card Game announcing teams.

Controversy surrounding NFL Network coverage

The dispute between the NFL Network and various cable companies involving the distribution of the cable channel continued throughout the season, getting the attention of government officials when the NFL Network was scheduled to televise two high-profile regular season games: the Packers-Cowboys game on November 29 and the Patriots-Giants game on December 29. In the case of the Packers-Cowboys game, the carriage was so limited that even Governor of Wisconsin Jim Doyle went to his brother's house to watch the game on satellite (which is where the majority of the viewers watch the network). The contest drew a network record 10.1 million viewers, a high-water mark at that time.

Some politicians urged the league to seek a resolution to conflict. In December, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry wrote a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking for the league to settle their differences in time for the Patriots-Giants game. Because the game, as it turned out, would be the Patriots' attempt to seal the record that would make them the first undefeated team in 35 years, Kerry urged for a solution to be decided upon in time so that Americans can witness "an historic event."[6] Also, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter threatened to introduce legislation to eliminate the league's freedom from antitrust laws.[7]

On December 26, the NFL announced that, despite initial plans to broadcast the game only on the NFL Network, the game would be presented in a three-network simulcast with both CBS and NBC, the first time an NFL game would be broadcast on three networks, and the first simulcast of any pro football game since Super Bowl I.[8] Nielsen ratings saw CBS with 15.7 million viewers, NBC with 13.2 million viewers and NFL Network with 4.5 million viewers for the game. In addition, local stations in New York City (WWOR-TV in nearby Secaucus, New Jersey), Boston (WCVB-TV), and Manchester, New Hampshire (WMUR-TV), all previously signed on to carry the game in the teams' home markets, added 1.2 million viewers, making it the most watched TV show since the 2007 Oscars and the most watched regular season NFL telecast in twelve years.

Stadiums

The 2007 season was the last in the RCA Dome for the Indianapolis Colts, who had played there since 1984. The franchise moved to the new Lucas Oil Stadium in time for the 2008 season, located directly across the street. The dome would be demolished, and an extension to the Indiana Convention Center would replace the stadium.

Coaching changes

The following teams hired new head coaches prior to the start of the 2007 season:

Team 2007 Coach Former Coach Reason for leaving Story/Accomplishments of Former Coach
Atlanta Falcons Bobby Petrino, former head coach, University of Louisville Jim Mora Fired Hired in 2004 and subsequently led the Falcons to the NFC Championship Game. However, Atlanta went 8–8 in 2005 before going 7–9 in 2006, losing the last final three games.
Arizona Cardinals Ken Whisenhunt, former offensive coordinator, Pittsburgh Steelers Dennis Green Fired Hired in 2004. However, the Cardinals suffered three consecutive losing seasons under him, including a loss to the Chicago Bears after blowing a 20-point lead that prompted Green to throw an infamous tirade during the post-game media conference saying, "They are who we thought they were, and we let em' off the hook!"
Dallas Cowboys Wade Phillips, former defensive coordinator, San Diego Chargers Bill Parcells Retired Hired in 2003. Led the Cowboys to the playoffs in two of his four seasons as Dallas head coach.
Miami Dolphins Cam Cameron, former offensive coordinator, San Diego Chargers Nick Saban Resigned to coach the University of Alabama Hired in 2005 and finished the year 9–7, narrowly missing the playoffs. Went 6–10 in 2006, first losing record as a head coach.
Oakland Raiders Lane Kiffin, former offensive coordinator, Southern California Art Shell Fired Re-hired in 2006 after having previously served as Raiders head coach, 1989–94. However, in his only season back, the team finished with its worst record, 2–14, since 1963.
Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Tomlin, former defensive coordinator, Minnesota Vikings Bill Cowher Resigned Hired in 1992 and led the Steelers to an appearance in Super Bowl XXX and a victory in Super Bowl XL.
San Diego Chargers Norv Turner, former offensive coordinator, San Francisco 49ers Marty Schottenheimer Fired Hired in 2002. Led the Chargers to two playoff appearances, but a strained relationship with general manager A.J. Smith led to his ousting.

The following head coaches were fired or resigned during the 2007 season:

Team Coach at start of the season Interim coach Reason for leaving Story/Accomplishments
Atlanta Falcons Bobby Petrino Emmitt Thomas Resigned Petrino resigned after going 3–10 to take job at University of Arkansas; Thomas took over and went 1–2 as interim coach.

Uniforms and patches

  • This was the final season in which the classic NFL Shield logo, which had not changed since 1980, was used. An updated version first seen on August 31 in USA Today was put into use starting with the 2008 NFL Draft in April.[9] The new logo design features eight stars (one for each division) instead of the current 25 stars, the football now resembles that on the top of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, given to the Super Bowl champion and the lettering and point has been updated and modified to that of the league's current typeface for other logos.
  • Teams that have permanent captains are allowed to wear a "C" patch (similar to those in ice hockey) on their right shoulder. The patch is in team colors with four stars under the "C." A gold star is placed on a bar below the "C" signaling how many years (with a maximum of four years) that player has been captain. The Pittsburgh Steelers—who were using up two patches as it was for the season with their own logo (which was already part of the standard uniforms) and the team's 75th anniversary logo—and Oakland Raiders elected not to use the "C" patch.
  • San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan and Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio each wore suits on the sidelines for all of the teams' home games to honor Nolan's father, former 49ers and Saints coach Dick Nolan. In 2006, both coaches were allowed to wear a suit on the sidelines for a maximum of two home games. Del Rio did not wear a suit in the September 16 game against the Falcons due to the extreme heat in Jacksonville that day. Nolan wore a suit at the Meadowlands against the Giants on October 21.
  • The Washington Redskins celebrated their 75th anniversary season (the franchise having been founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves), and wore Vince Lombardi-styled uniforms against the New York Giants on September 23. The Philadelphia Eagles and their cross-state rival Pittsburgh Steelers also celebrated their respective 75th seasons, having been founded in 1933. The Eagles wore replicas of their inaugural season uniforms against the Detroit Lions on September 23, while the Steelers wore 1960 uniforms against the Buffalo Bills on September 16 and did so again when the Baltimore Ravens visited on November 5.
  • Throwback uniforms were not just limited to team anniversary celebrations. The Cleveland Browns wore their 1957 throwbacks in a game against the Houston Texans on November 25, the Minnesota Vikings wore 1970s uniforms against the Green Bay Packers on September 30 (in the same game that Brett Favre passed Dan Marino for most touchdown passes in NFL history), while the Jets honored their historic predecessors on October 14 against the Eagles and, in a rare instance, wore them in a road game at Miami December 2 by wearing the New York Titans' 1960 through 1962 uniforms. The team did not become the Jets until 1963. The Cowboys wore their 1960 uniforms on November 29 against the Packers, and the Bills wore their 1960s throwbacks at home against Dallas October 7 and against Miami December 9.
  • The 49ers also honored the late Bill Walsh, coach of their wins in Super Bowls XVI, XIX, and XXIII by wearing throwback uniforms from the 1980s in their opener on September 10 against the Arizona Cardinals. Mike Nolan had been considering wearing the 1980s uniforms for the entire season to honor Walsh's memory. The retro uniforms were worn again on November 18 against the Seahawks. In addition, all season long, the team wore a black football-shaped decal on their helmets with the initials "BW" in white.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs honored their late former owner and team founder Lamar Hunt by wearing special American Football League logo patches on their jerseys with the letters "LH" emblazoned inside the logo's football. Originally meant to be a one-season tribute, the Chiefs announced that as of the 2008 NFL season, the patch will be a permanent fixture on the jerseys, joining the Chicago Bears (for George Halas) and Cleveland Browns (for Al Lerner) for such memorial patches.

Schedule

Preseason

The Hall of Fame Game was played in Canton, Ohio on Sunday August 5, 2007, with the Pittsburgh Steelers defeating the Saints by a score of 20–7;[10] the game was televised by the NFL Network, replacing NBC, who had been previously scheduled to broadcast the China Bowl exhibition game from Beijing, China on August 8, 2007 between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks at Workers Stadium. However, with all efforts being put into the London regular season game, plans for the game were postponed (then later cancelled completely) as Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Regular season

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Adrian Peterson of Minnesota rushes against San Diego in week 9, on his way to a record 296 rushing yards in a game

Opening weekend

On March 26, 2007, the league announced the aforementioned opening Saints-Colts Kickoff Game on September 6 that would be telecast on NBC. Pre-game activities featured Indiana native John Mellencamp, Faith Hill, and Kelly Clarkson. The entertainment portion of events started 30 minutes earlier than the scheduled start time of the game, leading up to the unveiling of the Colts’ Super Bowl XLI championship banner. The opening events were simulcast on NFL Network.

The Dallas Cowboys hosted the New York Giants in the first Sunday night game September 9 at 8:15 p.m. US EDT. Monday Night Football on ESPN kicked off with a doubleheader on September 10 with the Cincinnati Bengals hosting the Baltimore Ravens at 7:00 p.m. US EDT, and the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Arizona Cardinals at 10:15 p.m. US EDT. The 49ers paid tribute to three-time Super Bowl winning head coach Bill Walsh, who died July 30, in that game.

Going global

In October 2006, NFL club owners approved a plan to stage up to two international regular season games per season beginning in 2007 and continuing through at least 2011.[11] On February 2, 2007, the league announced that the Week Eight contest between the New York Giants and the Miami Dolphins would be played at Wembley Stadium in London on October 28 at 5 p.m. UTC, which is 1 p.m. EDT)[12][13] As the Giants were the away-team designate from the NFC, Fox broadcast the game in the USA according to league broadcast contract rules.[14]

"Super Bowl 41​12"

In Week 9, the New England Patriots (8–0) faced the Indianapolis Colts (7–0) in a battle of undefeated teams. Thus there was a lot of hype surrounding the game, also due to the fact that these teams had met in the previous season's AFC Championship game, and would possibly meet later in the 2007 AFC Championship game. Many people dubbed the game "Super Bowl 41​12".[15] The Patriots prevailed 24–20,[16] and would later finish the regular season as the league's first 16–0 team.

Thanksgiving

For the second year in a row, three games were also held on the United States' Thanksgiving Day (November 22). In addition to the traditional games hosted by the Detroit Lions and Cowboys (with those teams respectively playing the Green Bay Packers and the New York Jets, with the Packers–Lions game starting at 12:30 p.m. US EST and the Jets–Cowboys game kicking off at 4:15 p.m. US EST respectively), the Colts faced the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome, with kickoff at 8:15 p.m. US EST.

Schedule formula

Based on the NFL's scheduling formula, the intraconference and interconference matchups for 2007 were:[17]

Intraconference

Interconference

Flex scheduling

The NFL entered its second year of flexible scheduling in the final weeks of the season. In each of the Sunday night contests from Weeks 11 through 17, NBC had the option of switching its Sunday night game for a more favorable contest, up to 12 days before the game's start.[18]

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Philadelphia playing at Dallas on December 16 – Donovan McNabb calls a play to Matt Schobel

In addition to an extra week of flexible scheduling (because of the conflict with scheduling Christmas Eve the previous season, which NBC did not do (instead opting to air a game on Christmas Day)), the NFL slightly changed its flex-schedule procedure. In 2006, the league did not reveal its predetermined Sunday night game; the reason given by the league was to avoid embarrassing the teams switched out for a more compelling game.[19] In 2007, the league announced all predetermined matchups, with a footnote on the games subject to flex scheduling.[20] Also, the network that carries the "doubleheader" week game (either CBS or Fox) will be able to switch one game per week into the 4:15 PM (US ET) time slot, except in the final week, when NBC will select one game for the 8:15 PM slot, and both CBS and Fox will have doubleheader games on December 30.

The first flex game was the New England Patriots visiting the Buffalo Bills on November 18. The next flexing came when it was announced that the December 23 Washington Redskins–Minnesota Vikings game was moved to 8:15 PM on NBC, replacing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers–San Francisco 49ers contest, which was moved to 4:05 PM to be aired on Fox.

It was announced on December 23 the Tennessee Titans–Indianapolis Colts game, originally scheduled for a 1 PM kickoff on CBS, would be the December 30 "flex game" and airing at 8:15 PM on NBC, replacing the Kansas City ChiefsNew York Jets game, which was moved to 4:15 PM on CBS, along with the Pittsburgh SteelersBaltimore Ravens contest. Additionally, the Dallas Cowboys–Washington Redskins game was switched on Fox from 1 PM kickoff to 4:15 PM.

Final regular season standings

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) New England Patriots 16 0 0 1.000 6–0 12–0 589 274 W16
Buffalo Bills 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 252 354 L3
New York Jets 4 12 0 .250 2–4 4–8 268 355 W1
Miami Dolphins 1 15 0 .063 0–6 1–11 267 437 L2
AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Pittsburgh Steelers 10 6 0 .625 5–1 7–5 393 269 L1
Cleveland Browns 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 402 382 W1
Cincinnati Bengals 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 380 385 W2
Baltimore Ravens 5 11 0 .313 1–5 2–10 275 384 W1
AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Indianapolis Colts 13 3 0 .813 5–1 9–3 450 262 L1
(5) Jacksonville Jaguars 11 5 0 .688 2–4 8–4 411 304 L1
(6) Tennessee Titans 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 301 297 W3
Houston Texans 8 8 0 .500 1–5 5–7 379 384 W1
AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) San Diego Chargers 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 412 284 W6
Denver Broncos 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 320 409 W1
Kansas City Chiefs 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 226 335 L9
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 2–4 4–8 283 398 L4
NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Dallas Cowboys 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 455 325 L1
(5) New York Giants 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 373 351 L1
(6) Washington Redskins 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 334 310 W4
Philadelphia Eagles 8 8 0 .500 2–4 5–7 336 300 W3
NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Green Bay Packers 13 3 0 .813 4–2 9–3 435 291 W1
Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 365 311 L2
Detroit Lions 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 346 444 L1
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 2–4 4–8 334 348 W2
NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 334 270 L2
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 3–3 7–5 267 347 W1
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 379 388 L2
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 259 414 W1
NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 393 291 L1
Arizona Cardinals 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 404 399 W2
San Francisco 49ers 5 11 0 .313 3–3 4–8 219 364 L1
St. Louis Rams 3 13 0 .188 1–5 3–9 263 438 L4

Tiebreakers

  • Pittsburgh finished in first place in the AFC North over Cleveland based on a head-to-head sweep.
  • Detroit finished in third place in the NFC North over Chicago based on a head-to-head sweep.
  • Carolina finished in second place in the NFC South over New Orleans based on a better conference record (7–5 to New Orleans’ 6–6).[note 1]
  • Kansas City finished in third place in the AFC West over Oakland based on a better record against common opponents. (2–10 to Oakland's 1–11).[note 2]
  • Tennessee clinched the AFC No. 6 seed over Cleveland based on a better record against common opponents. (4–1 to Cleveland's 3–2).[note 3]
  • Dallas clinched the NFC No. 1 seed over Green Bay based on a head-to-head victory.

Playoffs

Within each conference, the four division winners and the two wild card teams (the top two non-division winners with the best overall regular season records) qualified for the playoffs. The four division winners are seeded 1 through 4 based on their overall won-lost-tied record, and the wild card teams are seeded 5 and 6. The NFL does not use a fixed bracket playoff system, and there are no restrictions regarding teams from the same division matching up in any round. In the first round, dubbed the wild-card playoffs or wild-card weekend, the third-seeded division winner hosts the sixth seed wild card, and the fourth seed hosts the fifth. The 1 and 2 seeds from each conference then receive a bye in the first round. In the second round, the divisional playoffs, the number 1 seed hosts the worst surviving seed from the first round (seed 4, 5 or 6), while the number 2 seed will play the other team (seed 3, 4 or 5). The two surviving teams from each conference's divisional playoff games then meet in the respective AFC and NFC Conference Championship games, hosted by the higher seed. Although the Super Bowl, the fourth and final round of the playoffs, is played at a neutral site, the designated home team is based on an annual rotation by conference.

Playoff seeds
Seed AFC NFC
1 New England Patriots (East winner) Dallas Cowboys (East winner)
2 Indianapolis Colts (South winner) Green Bay Packers (North winner)
3 San Diego Chargers (West winner) Seattle Seahawks (West winner)
4 Pittsburgh Steelers (North winner) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (South winner)
5 Jacksonville Jaguars (wild card) New York Giants (wild card)
6 Tennessee Titans (wild card) Washington Redskins (wild card)

Bracket

                                   
Jan. 6 – Raymond James Stadium   Jan. 13 – Texas Stadium          
  5   NY Giants   24
  5   NY Giants   21
  4   Tampa Bay   14     Jan. 20 – Lambeau Field
  1   Dallas   17  
NFC
Jan. 5 – Qwest Field   5   NY Giants   23*
Jan. 12 – Lambeau Field
    2   Green Bay   20  
  6   Washington   14 NFC Championship
  3   Seattle   20
  3   Seattle   35   Feb. 3 – University of Phoenix Stadium
  2   Green Bay   42  
Wild card playoffs  
Divisional playoffs
Jan. 6 – Qualcomm Stadium  N5    NY Giants   17
Jan. 13 – RCA Dome
   A1    New England   14
  6   Tennessee   6 Super Bowl XLII
  3   San Diego   28
  3   San Diego   17     Jan. 20 – Gillette Stadium
  2   Indianapolis   24  
AFC
Jan. 5 – Heinz Field   3   San Diego   12
Jan. 12 – Gillette Stadium
    1   New England   21  
  5   Jacksonville   31 AFC Championship
  5   Jacksonville   20
  4   Pittsburgh   29  
  1   New England   31  
* Indicates overtime victory

Milestones

The following teams and players set all-time NFL records during the regular season:

Record Player/Team Date Broken/Opponent Previous Record Holder[21]
Longest Kickoff Return Ellis Hobbs, New England (108 yards)[a] September 9, at N.Y. Jets Tied by 3 players (106)
Most Regular-Season Wins by a Quarterback, Career Brett Favre, Green Bay (160) September 16, at N.Y. Giants John Elway, 1983–1998 (148)
Most Touchdown Passes, Career Brett Favre, Green Bay (442) September 30, at Minnesota Dan Marino, 1983–1999 (420)
Most Pass Attempts, Career Brett Favre, Green Bay (8,758) September 30, at Minnesota Dan Marino, 1983–1999
(8,358)
Most Points Scored by a Team, Fourth quarter Detroit Lions (34) September 30, vs. Chicago Tied by 3 teams (31)
Most consecutive games with a 20-point margin of victory, to start season New England Patriots (4) October 1, vs. Cincinnati 1920 Buffalo All-Americans (4, including semi-pro teams)
Most Touchdown Catches by a Tight End, Career Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City (66) October 14, vs. Cincinnati Shannon Sharpe, 1990–2003 (62)
Most Passes Had Intercepted, Career Brett Favre, Green Bay (288) October 14, vs. Washington George Blanda, 1949–1975 (277)
Most Field Goals, Game Rob Bironas, Tennessee (8) October 21, at Houston Tied by 4 players (7)
Most Consecutive Seasons in One Stadium Lambeau Field,
Green Bay Packers
2007 marks 51st season. Wrigley Field, Chicago Bears (50 years, 1921–1970)
Longest Return of a Missed Field Goal/
Longest Play in NFL History
Antonio Cromartie, San Diego (109 yards)[22] November 4, at Minnesota Tied by 3 players (108 yards)[a]
Most Rushing Yards, Game Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (296) November 4, vs. San Diego Jamal Lewis, 2003 (295)
Most Consecutive Games with Three Touchdown Passes Tom Brady, New England (10 games)[23] November 4, at Indianapolis Peyton Manning (8 games)
Most Games with Three Touchdown Passes, Career Brett Favre, Green Bay (63) November 22, at Detroit Dan Marino, 1983–1999 (62)
Most Yards Passing, Career Brett Favre, Green Bay (61,655) December 16, at St. Louis Dan Marino, 1983–1999 (61,361)
Consecutive 12+ win seasons 2003–2010 Indianapolis (5)[24] December 16, at Oakland 1992–1995 Dallas (4)
Most Touchdowns Scored, Season New England Patriots (75) December 23, vs. Miami Miami Dolphins, 1984 (69)
Most Points After Touchdown Kicked, Season/
Most Point After Touchdown Attempts, Season
Stephen Gostkowski, New England (74/74) December 16, vs. N.Y. Jets/
December 23, vs. Miami
Uwe von Schamann, 1984 (66 PATs) /
Uwe von Schamann, 1984 (70 attempts)
Most Points, Season New England Patriots (589) December 29, at N.Y. Giants Minnesota, 1998 (556)
Most Touchdown Passes, Season Tom Brady, New England (50) December 29, at N.Y. Giants Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, 2004 (49)
Most Receiving Touchdowns, Season Randy Moss, New England (23) December 29, at N.Y. Giants Jerry Rice, San Francisco, 1987 (22)
Most Points After Touchdown, No Misses, Season Stephen Gostkowski, New England (74/74) December 29, at N.Y. Giants Jeff Wilkins, St. Louis, 1999 (64/64)
Most Games Won, Season New England (16) December 29, at N.Y. Giants Tied by 4 teams (15)
Most Consecutive Games Won, Start of Season/
Most Consecutive Games Without Defeat, Start of Season
New England (16) December 29, at N.Y. Giants Miami, 1972 (14)
Most Consecutive Games Won, End of Season/
Most Consecutive Games Without Defeat, End of Season
New England (16) December 29, at N.Y. Giants Tied by 2 teams (14)
Most Consecutive Regular Season Games Won New England, 2006–07 (19) December 29, at N.Y. Giants New England, 2003–04 (18)
Most Kick Returns for a Touchdown, Season Devin Hester, Chicago (6: 4 punts and 2 kickoffs)[25] December 30, vs. New Orleans Devin Hester, 2006 (5: 3 punts and 2 kickoffs)
Most Passes Completed, Season Drew Brees, New Orleans (443) December 30, at Chicago Rich Gannon, Oakland, 2002 (418)
Most Receptions by a Tight End, Career Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City (816) December 30, at N.Y. Jets Shannon Sharpe, 1990–2003 (815)
a Hobbs' kickoff return was also, at the time, tied for the longest play in NFL history until Antonio Cromartie broke the record.

Regular season statistical leaders

Team
Points scored New England Patriots (589)
Total yards gained New England Patriots (6,580)
Yards rushing Minnesota Vikings (2,634)
Yards passing New England Patriots (4,731)
Fewest points allowed Indianapolis Colts (262)
Fewest total yards allowed Pittsburgh Steelers (4,262)
Fewest rushing yards allowed Minnesota Vikings (1,185)
Fewest passing yards allowed Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2,728)
Individual
Scoring Mason Crosby, Green Bay (141 points)
Touchdowns Randy Moss, New England (23 TDs)
Most field goals made Rob Bironas, Tennessee (35 FGs)
Rushing LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (1,474 yards)
Passer rating Tom Brady, New England (117.2 rating)
Passing touchdowns Tom Brady, New England (50 TDs)
Passing yards Tom Brady, New England (4,806 yards)
Pass receptions T. J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati and Wes Welker, New England (112 catches)
Pass receiving yards Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis (1,510 yards)
Punt returns Devin Hester, Chicago (42 for 651 yards, 15.5 average yards)
Kickoff returns Josh Cribbs, Cleveland (59 for 1,809 yards, 30.7 average yards)
Interceptions Antonio Cromartie, San Diego (10)
Punting Shane Lechler, Oakland (73 for 3,585 yards, 49.1 average yards)
Sacks Jared Allen, Kansas City (15.5)

Awards

Most Valuable Player Tom Brady, New England Patriots[26]
Coach of the Year Bill Belichick, New England Patriots[27]
Offensive Player of the Year Tom Brady, New England Patriots[28]
Defensive Player of the Year Bob Sanders, Safety, Indianapolis Colts[29]
Offensive Rookie of the Year Adrian Peterson, Running back, Minnesota Vikings[30]
Defensive Rookie of the Year Patrick Willis, Linebacker, San Francisco 49ers[31]
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Greg Ellis, Dallas Cowboys[32]
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Jason Taylor, Defensive end, Miami Dolphins
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award Eli Manning, Quarterback, New York Giants
All-Pro Team
Offense
Quarterback Tom Brady, New England
Brett Favre, Green Bay
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia
Fullback Lorenzo Neal, San Diego
Wide receiver Randy Moss, New England
Terrell Owens, Dallas
Tight end Jason Witten, Dallas
Offensive tackle Matt Light, New England
Walter Jones, Seattle
Offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota
Alan Faneca, Pittsburgh
Center Jeff Saturday, Indianapolis
Defense
Defensive end Patrick Kerney, Seattle
Jared Allen, Kansas City
Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee
Kevin Williams, Minnesota
Outside linebacker Mike Vrabel, New England
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
Inside linebacker Lofa Tatupu, Seattle
Patrick Willis, San Francisco
Cornerback Asante Samuel, New England
Antonio Cromartie, San Diego
Safety Bob Sanders, Indianapolis
Ed Reed, Baltimore
Special teams
Kicker Rob Bironas, Tennessee
Punter Andy Lee, San Francisco
Kick returner Devin Hester, Chicago

Team Superlatives

Offense

  • Most points scored: New England, 589
  • Fewest points scored: San Francisco, 219
  • Most total offensive yards: New England, 6,580
  • Fewest total offensive yards: San Francisco, 3,797
  • Most total passing yards: New England, 4,731
  • Fewest total passing yards: San Francisco, 2,320
  • Most rushing yards: Minnesota, 2,634
  • Fewest rushing yards: Kansas City, 1,248

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Defense

  • Fewest points allowed: Indianapolis, 262
  • Most points allowed: Detroit, 444
  • Fewest total yards allowed: Pittsburgh, 4,262
  • Most total yards allowed: Detroit, 6,042
  • Fewest passing yards allowed: Tampa Bay, 2,725
  • Most passing yards allowed: Minnesota, 4,225
  • Fewest rushing yards allowed: Minnesota, 1,185
  • Most rushing yards allowed: Miami, 2,456

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Week/
Month
Offensive
Player of the Week/Month
Defensive
Player of the Week/Month
Special Teams
Player of the Week/Month
AFC NFC AFC NFC AFC NFC
1 Chris Brown
(Titans)
Tony Romo
(Cowboys)
Mario Williams
(Texans)
Dewayne White
(Lions)
Ellis Hobbs
(Patriots)
Mason Crosby
(Packers)
2 Derek Anderson
(Browns)
Brett Favre
(Packers)
Bob Sanders
(Colts)
Barrett Ruud
(Buccaneers)
Jason Elam
(Broncos)
Devin Hester
(Bears)
3 Tom Brady
(Patriots)
Brian Westbrook
(Eagles)
Keith Bulluck
(Titans)
Anthony Henry
(Cowboys)
Yamon Figurs
(Ravens)
Lance Laury
(Seahawks)
4 Daunte Culpepper
(Raiders)
Brett Favre
(Packers)
Jabari Greer
(Bills)
Osi Umenyiora
(Giants)
Dave Rayner
(Chiefs)
Steve Breaston
(Cardinals)
5 Philip Rivers
(Chargers)
Jason Campbell
(Redskins)
Ike Taylor
(Steelers)
Roderick Hood
(Cardinals)
Kris Brown
(Texans)
Nick Folk
(Cowboys)
6 Tom Brady
(Patriots)
Adrian Peterson
(Vikings)
Paul Spicer
(Jaguars)
Charles Woodson
(Packers)
Matt Stover
(Ravens)
Devin Hester
(Bears)
7 Tom Brady
(Patriots)
Brian Griese
(Bears)
Dwight Freeney
(Colts)
Osi Umenyiora
(Giants)
Rob Bironas
(Titans)
Nate Burleson
(Seahawks)
8 Joseph Addai
(Colts)
Drew Brees
(Saints)
Mike Vrabel
(Patriots)
Trent Cole
(Eagles)
Mike Scifres
(Chargers)
Jason Hanson
(Lions)
9 Randy Moss
(Patriots)
Adrian Peterson
(Vikings)
James Harrison
(Steelers)
Shaun Rogers
(Lions)
Antonio Cromartie
(Chargers)
Shaun Suisham
(Redskins)
10 Ben Roethlisberger
(Steelers)
Marc Bulger
(Rams)
Antonio Cromartie
(Chargers)
Karlos Dansby
(Cardinals)
Darren Sproles
(Chargers)
Morten Anderson
(Falcons)
11 Randy Moss
(Patriots)
Terrell Owens
(Cowboys)
Shaun Ellis
(Jets)
Antrel Rolle
(Cardinals)
Glenn Martinez
(Broncos)
Tramon Williams
(Packers)
12 Chad Johnson
(Bengals)
Frank Gore
(49ers)
Asante Samuel
(Patriots)
Dwight Smith
(Vikings)
Josh Scobee
(Jaguars)
Devin Hester
(Bears)
13 Peyton Manning
(Colts)
Tony Romo
(Cowboys)
Shawne Merriman
(Chargers)
Lofa Tatupu
(Seahawks)
Rian Lindell
(Bills)
Aundrae Allison
(Vikings)

Events

Player conduct off the field

The NFLPA, then led by their president Gene Upshaw and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, worked with player conduct in the form of suspensions for off the field conduct in light of the more than fifty arrests by local law enforcement since the start of the 2006 season. The hardest hit came on April 10 when Adam "Pacman" Jones of the Tennessee Titans was suspended for the entire season for his five arrests, the most blatant while in Las Vegas for the NBA All-Star Weekend in February where he was accused of causing a riot/shooting in a strip club. That same day, Chris Henry of the Cincinnati Bengals was suspended for the first eight games of the season for his run-ins with the legal system. The other big name that has been caught in the web of controversy was Falcons' quarterback Michael Vick. Vick was charged on July 24, 2007 with dogfighting and animal abuse, and was suspended following a guilty plea in the case, on which he was sentenced to 23 months in prison (retroactive to November) and three years probation on December 10.[35]

Death of Marquise Hill

On the evening of May 27, 2007, Marquise Hill, a defensive end for the New England Patriots and a friend fell off a jet ski in Lake Pontchartrain, north of New Orleans.[36] The two were wearing neither personal flotation nor tracking devices. The friend was rescued and sent to Tulane Medical Center, but Hill did not survive; his body was found the next day.[37] The Patriots honored Hill, the first Patriots player to die while still a member of the team,[38] by wearing black circular decals on their helmets with Hill's number, 91.

Death of Sean Taylor

Fourth-year player Sean Taylor, a strong safety for the Redskins, was shot in his home near Miami, Florida on November 26. Armed with a machete, Taylor confronted robbers who were breaking into his home—the 17-year-old Eric Rivera, Jr., 18-year-old Charles Wadlow, and 20-year-olds Jason Mitchell and Venjah Hunte. Rivera fired two shots from his 9 mm gun, one missing and the other hitting Taylor's leg, going from his right groin to his left according to an autopsy obtained by Associated Press. He died from his injuries the next day.[39]

For the remainder of the season, the Redskins honored him with a black patch on their right shoulder of the player uniform jerseys, while all 32 teams honored Taylor by applying a decal with his playing number (21) on the left back side of their helmets. Taylor's memory was honored in all games during Week 13 and all three Redskins representatives in the Pro Bowl wore number 21 in his honor. In 2013, a jury found Rivera guilty of second-degree murder and armed burglary.[40] In 2014 Rivera received a sentence of 57​12 years in prison; he testified someone else fired the gun.[41] Jason Scott Mitchell was also convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment,[42] with three others still awaiting verdicts.[42]

Spygate

During the Patriots season opening game at The Meadowlands against the Jets, a Patriots camera staffer was ejected from the Patriots sideline and was accused of videotaping the Jets' defensive coaches relaying signals. The end result was that the team was fined $250,000, head coach Bill Belichick was docked $500,000 (the maximum fine that could be imposed) and also stripped of their first round selection of the 2008 NFL Draft. If the Pats had failed to make the playoffs, the penalty would have been their second and third round picks. The team was allowed to keep their other first-round pick acquired from the San Francisco 49ers during the previous year's selection meeting.

Other events

  • The NFL set an all-time attendance record in 2007, with the league's 32 stadiums attracting 17,345,205 paying customers during the regular season. Average per-game attendance was 67,755.[43]
  • The ESPN Monday Night Football game between the unbeaten New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens on December 3 drew the highest basic cable rating in history, with over 17.5 million viewers, beating the premiere of Disney Channel’s High School Musical 2, which set the previous record on August 17. The previous high-water mark was a MNF telecast between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys on October 23, 2006, which drew over 16 million viewers.

Draft

The 2007 NFL Draft was held from April 28 to 29, 2007 at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. With the first pick, the Oakland Raiders selected quarterback JaMarcus Russell from Louisiana State University.

Coaches

American Football Conference

National Football Conference

See also

External links

Notes

  1. ^ They split season series, both 3–3 within the division, and both 7–7 against common opponents
  2. ^ They split season series and were both 2–4 in the division
  3. ^ Common opponents were Cincinnati, Houston, N. Y. Jets, and Oakland

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2016 San Diego Chargers season

The 2016 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League, the 57th overall, the 56th and final season in San Diego, California and the fourth under head coach Mike McCoy.

Due to the age of Qualcomm Stadium, there was speculation that the team would be relocating to Los Angeles, where the franchise played its first season in 1960. This followed a decision by the NFL to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to the Greater Los Angeles Area with a provision that the Chargers may relocate to Los Angeles as well. On January 4, 2016, the team filed a relocation application to the NFL along with the Rams and the Oakland Raiders releasing a statement and a video on the team's website. The league made its decision in a special meeting on January 12; it approved the Chargers' relocation if they chose to share Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park with the Rams (the Raiders-Chargers proposal did not receive enough support from the league as a whole to proceed, prompting the Raiders to back out). On January 29, 2016, the Chargers announced they would remain in San Diego for the 2016 season as negotiations with the city continued; the team also reached an agreement in principle to use the Rams' Los Angeles stadium should negotiations with the city of San Diego fail.

On November 8, 2016, Measure C was voted down by voters 57% to 43%; and on January 12, 2017, the Chargers officially announced a move to Los Angeles, making 2016 their final season in San Diego.

This would also be the first time in nine seasons that Pro Bowler free safety Eric Weddle was not on the team, having departed via free agency to the Baltimore Ravens. Weddle had spent his entire career with the Chargers, starting with the 2007 NFL season.

On January 1, 2017, the Chargers fired McCoy after four seasons.

Cedric Killings

Cedric Laquon Killings (born December 14, 1977 in Miami, Florida) is former American football defensive tackle of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He played college football at Carson-Newman.

In his eight-year career, Killings played for the 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins and the Houston Texans. He retired following the 2007 NFL season after suffering a fractured vertebra with the Texans.

Christian Mohr

Christian Mohr (born April 5, 1980) is an American football defensive end who played for the Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.

He was signed by the Düsseldorf Panther in 2001 to play in the GFL. He started playing football at the age of 19.

Five years later, Christian Mohr signed a two-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks in 2005, despite never having played college football in the United States.

Christian also played for the Berlin Thunder and Rhein Fire in the NFL Europe from 2004 to 2007, won the World Bowl with Berlin Thunder 2004 and received All-NFL Europe team honors in 2005 and 2006 and Team Defense MVP honors in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

The Indianapolis Colts offered him a contract for the 2007 NFL season, but an injury kept Mohr from playing.

However, he kept training with his local Aachen team Grasshopper Hassenichjesehn until his injuries healed.

He played for the GFL-Team Kiel Baltic Hurricanes for the second half of the 2009 season. The Mönchengladbach Mavericks signed him for the 2010 and 2011 season.

History of Los Angeles Chargers head coaches

Sid Gillman coached the Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers to five Western Division titles and one league championship in the first six years of the league's existence.

His greatest coaching success came after he was persuaded by Barron Hilton, then the Chargers' majority owner, to become the head coach of the American Football League franchise he planned to operate in Los Angeles. When the team's general manager, Frank Leahy, became ill during the Chargers' founding season, Gillman took on additional responsibilities as general manager.

As the first coach of the Chargers, Gillman gave the team a personality that matched his own. Gillman's concepts formed the foundation of the so-called "West Coast offense" that pro football teams are still using.

He coached the Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers to five Western Division titles and one league championship in the first six years of the league's existence.

He played college football at Ohio State University under legendary coach Francis "Shut the Gates of Mercy" Schmidt, forming the basis of his "West Coast offense." The term "West Coast Offense," as it is now commonly used, derives from a 1993 Bernie Kosar quote, publicized by Sports Illustrated writer Paul Zimmerman (or "Dr. Z"). Originally the term referred to the "Air Coryell" system used by two west coast teams beginning in the 1970s, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. However, a reporter mistakenly applied Kosar's quote about the Air Coryell system to the 1980s-era attack of Walsh's San Francisco 49ers. Initially, Walsh resisted having the term misapplied to his own distinct system, but the moniker stuck. Now the term is also commonly used to refer to pass-offenses that may not be closely related to either the Air Coryell system or Walsh's pass-strategy.

Don Coryell coached the San Diego Chargers from 1978 to 1986. He is well known for his innovations to football's passing offense. Coryell's offense today is commonly known as "Air Coryell". However, the Charger offense lacked the ability to control the clock, resulting in their defense spending too much time on the field. As a result, they fell short of getting to the Super Bowl. He was inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame in 1986. Coryell is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He did not use a playbook.

Al Saunders was the coach for the Chargers from 1986 to 1988 and became a citizen of the United States in 1960, one of the four foreign-born coaches in the NFL. In college played Defensive Back and Wide Receiver for the Spartans of San Jose State University (SJSU) from 1966 to 1968 where he was a three-year starter, team captain, and an Academic All-American.

In the 1970s, Al Saunders joined the coaching staff at USC and San Diego State University (SDSU), whose SDSU Aztecs were then under the control of Head Coach Don Coryell. Saunders would go with Coryell to NFL when Coryell became the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.

Statistics correct as of December 30, 2007, after the end of the 2007 NFL season.

Bobby Ross coached the Chargers from 1992 to 1996, and is the only coach to win awards while coaching the Chargers. In 1992, Ross won the Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year, the Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year and the UPI NFL Coach of the Year. The Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year is presented annually by various news and sports organizations to the National Football League (NFL) head coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. The Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year was created in 1989 and is originally titled the Earle "Greasy" Neale Award for Professional Coach of the Year. The United Press International (UPI) NFL Coach of the Year award was first presented in 1955. Before the AFL-NFL merger, an award was also given to the most outstanding coach from the AFL. When the leagues merged in 1970, separate awards were given to the best coaches from the AFC and NFC conferences. The UPI discontinued the awards after 1996.

The San Diego Chargers hired Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach on January 29, 2002. Schottenheimer posted a 47–33 record (.588) with the Chargers. His success did not come immediately, as the team posted a 4–12 record in 2003, thereby "earning" the first overall pick in the draft (this was the last time that a team with the worst record in the NFL kept its head coach the following season, even considering the three other 4–12 teams that season replaced their head coaches, Oakland, Arizona, and the New York Giants hiring Norv Turner, Dennis Green, and Tom Coughlin, respectively). He was named NFL Coach Of The Year for the 2004 NFL season. Schottenheimer led the team to two playoff appearances, his 17th and 18th as a head coach. However, both appearances resulted in disappointing losses to the underdog New York Jets in overtime in 2005 and the New England Patriots in 2007, bringing his playoff record to 5–13. Schottenheimer was abruptly fired by San Diego on February 12, 2007. Schottenheimer was fired because of a strained relationship with general manager A.J. Smith, which reached a breaking point when four assistants (Cam Cameron, Wade Phillips, Rob Chudzinski and Greg Manusky) left for positions with other teams.There have only been four coaches to lead the team into the playoffs. Bobby Ross holds the best record percentage wise in the playoffs. Norv Turner holds the best regular season coaching record, with 0.640, followed by Hall of Famer Sid Gillman with 0.608. Ron Waller holds the worst regular season record, winning just one out of the six games he coached.

James Adkisson

James Adkisson (born January 11, 1980) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League. He spent the 2007 NFL season on the practice squads of the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers, having been cut by the Oakland Raiders. In 2006, Adkisson played in two games for the Raiders and had one catch for nine yards.

John Parry (American football official)

John Parry (born c. 1965) is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 2000 NFL season. Parry officiated Super Bowl XLI in 2007 as a side judge on the crew headed by referee Tony Corrente. Following this game, he was promoted to referee for the 2007 NFL season following the retirement of Bill Vinovich due to health issues. He wears uniform number 132.Parry is a native of Michigan City, Indiana and a graduate of Michigan City Rogers High School. Currently, Parry is a resident of Akron, Ohio; he is also an associate Financial Advisor for Ameriprise Financial in suburban Tallmadge. His father, Dave Parry, was the Supervisor of Officials for the Big Ten Conference, and the side judge in Super Bowl XVII.Parry was the referee of Super Bowl XLVI, which was held February 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This was his second Super Bowl as an official, and first as referee. He made his second Super Bowl appearance as a referee with Super Bowl LIII. He was also the referee of the 2015 Pro Bowl.Parry's 2018 NFL officiating crew consists of umpire Mark Pellis, down judge David Oliver, line judge Julian Mapp, field judge Matt Edwards, side judge Michael Banks, back judge Perry Paganelli, replay official Jimmy Oldham, and replay assistant Roddy Ames.In 2014, Parry worked the New England Patriots-Philadelphia Eagles preseason game and part of his crew, serving as head linesman, was one of the first female NFL officials, Maia Chaka.Parry's crew officiated the 2016 AFC Wild card game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals, which was filled with injuries and personal fouls on both sides, and which sportswriter Mike Freeman later called "one of the dirtiest and ugliest contests in the modern era of the sport".

KPRC-TV

KPRC-TV, virtual channel 2 (UHF digital channel 35), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Houston, Texas, United States. The station is owned by the Graham Media Group subsidiary of the Graham Holdings Company. KPRC's studios are located on Southwest Freeway (I-69) in the Sharpstown district, and its transmitter is located near Missouri City, in unincorporated northeastern Fort Bend County. It is the largest NBC affiliate (not owned by the network) station by market size.Prior to the digital transition, KPRC was the only Houston station on the VHF dial whose cable channel position did not match its over-the-air analog channel, due to interference from the low-band VHF terrestrial signal; it was placed on Comcast Xfinity channel 12, instead. Other cable systems on the outer edges of the Houston media market carry KPRC on cable channel 2. It is also available on cable in Lufkin–Nacogdoches and Bryan–College Station.

Man Laws

Man Laws (Men of the Square Table) are a series of beer commercials for Miller Lite, inspired by the supposed unwritten codes by which men live. The "Men of the Square Table" are a parody of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table. The "Square Table" they congregate around is located in what appears to be a secret, Dr. Strangelove-esque room with glass (probably soundproof) walls. The advertising campaign was a response to negative feedback about prior sexist advertising. The campaign also included a website as well as print advertising.The ads featured the "Men of the Square Table", which consisted of men of great significance in different fields, such as football star Jerome Bettis, pro wrestler Triple H, actor/comedian Eddie Griffin, adventurer Aron Ralston, professional bull-rider Ty Murray, and actor Burt Reynolds, who acts as the Square Table's de facto leader. The ads would consist of the men bringing up a certain topic or situation, from simple beer-related topics, such as whether anything other than beer be stored in the garage fridge, or if one can take leftover beers that he brought to a party back home. Other topics would be slightly more serious, such as how long one can wait before asking out his best friend's ex-girlfriend, or if it's time to retire the "high-five" celebration. After a short discussion on the topic, the men will come to a consensus on a new Man Law, at which point the men raise their beer bottles (or sometimes cans) and proclaim, "Man Law!", at which point the Square Table's elderly scribe would write the new Man Law down.

Mike Carey (American football)

Michael "Mike" Carey (born c. 1949) is a retired American football official in the National Football League (NFL). His uniform number was 94. Prior to his officiating career, he played college football as a running back for Santa Clara University.

Carey was a respected official in the NFL for his thorough pre-game preparation, professional demeanor, and fair play. In a poll conducted by ESPN in 2008, Carey tied with referee Ed Hochuli for most "best referee" votes among NFL head coaches. He had also ejected the most players in the league among current referees, as of 2002, including incidents involving Sean Taylor and Terrell Suggs. In his nineteenth year as referee with the 2013 NFL season, Carey's officiating crew consisted of umpire Chad Brown, head linesman Mark Baltz, line judge Tim Podraza, field judge Mike Weir, side judge Doug Rosenbaum and back judge Kirk Dornan.Carey was designated as referee of Super Bowl XLII between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, becoming the first African American referee to receive the prestigious assignment. Carey officiated the same two teams when they played each other during the final week of the 2007 NFL season.At the time of his retirement, Carey was one of the two senior referees in the NFL, along with Walt Coleman. Carey was promoted in 1995 when the league added the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars and thus needed an extra officiating crew to handle up to 15 games per weekend instead of 14, which had been the case between 1976 and 1994.

National Football League on Canadian television

As of the 2017 NFL season, CTV and TSN broadcast Sunday games. Monday Night Football airs exclusively on TSN. TSN and CTV Two own rights to Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football. RDS carries games in the French language from all timeslots. U.S. network television feeds may also be available, often from multiple markets, on cable and satellite (and via terrestrial broadcast in the border lands); all games are subject to simultaneous substitution.

Oregon Lottery

The Oregon Lottery is run by the government of the U.S. state of Oregon. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL).

Ron Blum

Ron Blum is a former American football official in the National Football League (NFL), having served in that role from the 1985 NFL season through the 2007 NFL season. He joined the league as a line judge, officiating Super Bowl XXIV in 1990 and Super Bowl XXVI in 1992 and later became a referee for the start of the 1993 NFL season, replacing retired legend Pat Haggerty. Blum moved back to line judge beginning with the 2004 NFL season, and worked his last four seasons on the crew of referee Tony Corrente.

Blum wore the uniform number 83 from the 1985 to 1992 seasons and the number 7 from 1993 through 2007. He was the first non-referee to wear the uniform number 7; the number belonged to long-time referees Tommy Bell and, later, Fred Silva before Blum assumed it upon his promotion to crew chief. Side judge Keith Washington took the number upon Blum's retirement.

In the offseason, Blum is a golf professional. For a number of years in the 1960s and 1970s, he was the head golf pro at the Sonoma National Golf Course in Sonoma County, California.[1]

Blum was the referee for the San Diego Chargers' 27–17 victory over the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on December 23, 1995. The contest was notable because both teams, the game officials and other field-level personnel spent the entire second half dodging snowballs hurled by unruly fans. A few such projectiles hit Blum's legs. When he picked up a telephone on the Chargers' sidelines to make a call to request that a verbal warning to the crowd be made over the public address system, a snowball narrowly missed hitting him. Instead it struck Chargers equipment manager Sid Brooks, who was knocked unconscious and had to be removed from the sidelines on a stretcher.

Sean Taylor

Sean Michael Maurice Taylor (April 1, 1983 – November 27, 2007) was an American football free safety for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Redskins with the fifth overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft where he played for four seasons until his death in 2007.

As a high school player, Taylor led Gulliver Prep to a Florida state championship and rushed for a state record 44 touchdowns in a season. He subsequently played college football as a defensive back for the University of Miami, where he was a member of the Hurricanes' 2001 BCS National Championship team, and earned unanimous All-American honors.

Taylor's success in college led to him being selected in the first round of the 2004 draft by the Redskins where he gained a reputation as a hard-hitting player. Due to his ferocious hits, several of his Redskins teammates nicknamed him "Meast", from the expression "half man, half beast." He made one Pro Bowl appearance in 2006.

During the 2007 NFL season, Taylor was shot by intruders at his Miami area home and died 10 days later on November 27. His death led to an outpouring of national support and sympathy, especially in the Washington, D.C. area, where Taylor had been a fan favorite as a Redskin, and the Miami area, where he had starred in high school and college. Posthumously, he earned a second Pro Bowl selection and First Team All-Pro honors.

Touchdown (T.I. song)

"Touchdown" is a song by American rapper T.I., taken from his fifth studio album T.I. vs. T.I.P. (2007). The song features vocals from fellow American rapper Eminem, who also produced the song alongside his frequent collaborator Jeff Bass. The song, although not officially released as a single received considerable airplay on the radio, as well as on Monday Night Football, during the 2007 NFL season.

Tui Alailefaleula

Tui Alailefaleula (born November 5, 1982) is a former American football defensive tackle in the NFL. He played college football for the Washington Huskies, where he played on the offensive line, and was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Washington, by the New York Giants. Injured in the 2006–2007 NFL season Tui was later cut by the Giants then signed by the New York Jets. Later released on waivers, Tui now works as a youth counselor at the McLaughlin Youth Center in Anchorage, Alaska and is an assistant football coach and offensive line coach at Bartlett High School, where he went to high school. He also plays offensive tackle for the Alaska Wild of the Indoor Football League.

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