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And in Minnesota, Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels will compete for the top signal caller's job as speculation of Brett Favre's return to the league continues to swirl. Check out all the quarterback battles being waged, make your picks,...
Minnesota Vikings QB Sage Rosenfels has little to say about Brett ... - Pioneer Press
By Sean Jensen "It doesn't make any sense to comment on something that hasn't happened," Rosenfels, a native of Maquoketa, Iowa, told the Des Moines Register. The Vikings acquired Rosenfels in a trade with the Houston Texans in February....
First looks at Harvin show plenty - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Said quarterback Sage Rosenfels: "He's got a lot on his plate and we have him as a Z-receiver, we have him as the third receiver in the slot. He does a lot of things and we're trying to make the most of his athletic ability, which he has a lot of....
Will The Vikings Sign Michael Vick In 2009? - Bleacher Report
Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson are expected to battle it out for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart, and I hate to say it, but neither of these guys are as good as Michael Vick. Don't get me wrong, I think we are fine with Jackson or Rosenfels,...
The 2009 Minnesota Vikings: Position Battles To Watch - Bleacher Report
Minnesota reportedly tried to acquire quarterback Sage Rosenfels from the Houston Texans prior to the 2008 season, only to have to wait a year to bring him aboard via trade. He will compete with incumbent Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job,...
Why Sage Rosenfels Has More Pressure on His Shoulders Than Ever - Bleacher Report
One player on the roster that I'm focusing on today is Minnesota's newest quarterback, Sage Rosenfels. As most of you know, Rosenfels was acquired for a fourth-round pick all the way back in February. Sage was a backup for the Texans before they made...
Brett Favre: Until He Actually Shows Up, The Vikings Need To ... - Bleacher Report
The team traded for Houston's Sage Rosenfels (who is an upgrade over Jackson) in February, hoping that he would have what it takes to lead the Vikes into the promised land. But, let's be honest here, neither Jackson nor Rosenfels are Brett Favre,...
Now, all eyes turn to Rosenfels . . . - Daily Norseman
When the deal was made to bring Sage Rosenfels in from Houston (after having tried unsuccessfully to trade for him last year), it seemed to send a strong signal that the coaching staff has lost its confidence in Tarvaris Jackson's ability to become an...
Lurtsema's Reaction: Line play, QBs & Harvin - Packer Report
BL: Of the three, I like Sage Rosenfels the best. A lot of times on Thursday, they were working on the quarterbacks releasing the ball before the receiver finished his route. I thought he had the most consistency of the three quarterbacks....

Sage Rosenfels

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Sage Rosenfels (born March 6, 1978 in Maquoketa, Iowa) is an American football quarterback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Iowa State.

Rosenfels has played for the Miami Dolphins and the Houston Texans in his career.

Rosenfels attended Maquoketa High School in Maquoketa, Iowa, and was a good student, a member of the National Honor Society, and a letterman in football, basketball, baseball, tennis, and track. In football, he played quarterback, defensive back, punter, and kicker. As a senior, he was a first team All-District selection, and was named as an All-Eastern Iowa selection by the Quad City Times and the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, and was honored as a second team Class 3-A All-State defensive back by the Des Moines Register. In basketball, he was a three-year starter. As a junior, he was an All-State Honorable Mention selection. As a senior, he named as an All-Eastern Iowa selection by the Quad City Times, and was an All-State selection. In baseball, he was twice named as an All-District selection, was a two-time All-Conference selection, and was a two-time All-State selection. In tennis, he was a four-year letterman. In the only season he competed in track, Rosenfels was a member of the 4x200-meter relay team which placed at the State Championships. He graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1996 with a 3.4 grade point average. At Iowa State for the 2000 season, Rosenfels led the Cyclones in their victory against the University of Pittsburgh in the Insight.com Bowl.

Rosenfels, selected by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft, spent one season as the team's third-string quarterback.

He was acquired by the Miami Dolphins on August 22, 2002 in exchange for a seventh-round 2003 draft pick, but only threw 48 passes.

In 2005, Rosenfels led Miami's biggest comeback since 1974, when he entered their Week 13 game against the Buffalo Bills. After Gus Frerotte was sidelined by a concussion in the third quarter, Rosenfels entered the game with the Dolphins trailing 23–3. Rosenfels led the team on three fourth-quarter scoring drives as they beat the Bills, 24–23. Two weeks later, Rosenfels entered the game at halftime versus the New York Jets with the score tied 10-10 and led them on two scoring drives to get the win 24-20.

He signed with the Houston Texans as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2006.

In 2006, the Houston Texans trailed the Tennessee Titans 21-3 before he threw three second-half touchdown passes to cut the lead to 28-22 as time ended the comeback.

The Sporting News' February 2007 offseason awards issue predicted that Sage would be 2007's Tony Romo, the breakout quarterback of the year coming from a backup role.

In 2007, the Houston Texans trailed the Tennessee Titans 32-7 entering the fourth quarter. Rosenfels tied an NFL record by throwing four 4th-quarter touchdown passes to give the Texans a 36-35 lead before Rob Bironas kicked his NFL-record 8th field goal to give the Titans a 38-36 win. Rosenfels finished the 2007 season at 4-1 as a starter, in comparison to Matt Schaub's 4-7 on the season.

In 2008, Rosenfels started in the Texans' home opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Although Rosenfels had led the team to a 27–10 lead with 8:18 remaining, Indianapolis scored a touchdown to make the score 27–17 with 4:04 left. In that span, Rosenfels turned the ball over three times: the first two turnovers, both fumbles, both led to Indianapolis touchdowns, putting the Colts ahead 31–27; the third, an interception, sealed the Texans loss.

Due to Matt Schaub's knee injury mid-way through the 2008 season, Rosenfels was made starting QB in his place, although started badly, throwing 4 interceptions and only 1 touchdown in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

After blowing an almost insurmountable lead the first time the Texans played the Colts in 2008, Rosenfels once again fell short in his bid to beat Indianapolis after throwing a game ending interception while trying to lead the Texans to victory.

Rosenfels finally got his first win as a starter in 2008 in a November game against the Cleveland Browns. His second win of the season came against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Houston Texans' first ever Monday Night Football appearance.

In his three seasons with the Texans, Rosenfels is 6-4 as a starter. He has played in 16 games during the last two seasons.

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2008 Indianapolis Colts season

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The 2008 Indianapolis Colts season was the 56th season for the team in the National Football League and the 25th in Indianapolis. It was the first season since 2002 that the Colts did not win the AFC South title. However, after a 3-4 start on the season Peyton Manning led the Colts to a nine-game winning streak, a 12-4 record, and a wild card berth in the playoffs. The Colts' season came to an end in San Diego when they were upset in their wild-card round playoff game against the Chargers.

The 2008 season was the Colts' inaugural season playing at Lucas Oil Stadium after playing at the RCA Dome for 24 seasons. This marks Tony Dungy's 7th season as head coach, and Peyton Manning's 11th season as the starting quarterback. As a result of his play over the final two months of the regular season, Manning was awarded his third MVP award.

When the Colts won their seventh straight game in Week 15, they became the only team in the history of the NFL to have seven consecutive wins in five consecutive seasons. With their final win-loss record of 12-5, they became the only team in NFL history to have twelve wins in six consecutive seasons.

On January 21, 2008 Tony Dungy announced he would return for at least one more season. The Colts also announced that Assistant Head Coach Jim Caldwell would be promoted to Associate Head Coach and would assume the position of Colts Head Coach whenever Tony Dungy decides to retire.

In May, ESPN The Magazine released the findings of its annual survey of over 80,000 fans entitled the "Ultimate Standings: Fan Satisfaction Rankings". The Colts ranked as the best major league sports franchise out of 122 teams from MLB, NFL, NBA, and the NHL. In August, ESPN.com ranked Colts' fans as the 16th best in the National Football League.

The Colts participated in the Hall of Fame Game on August 3 against the Washington Redskins with the Redskins winning 30 to 16.

During the kickoff weekend the Indianapolis Colts hosted the Chicago Bears on NBC Sunday Night Football, the first regular-season game at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts regular season schedule was released on April 15, 2008.

The Colts began their 2008 campaign with their first official home game at Lucas Oil Stadium. For this Sunday night interconference duel, they took on the Chicago Bears in a rematch of Super Bowl XLI. In the first quarter, Indianapolis was first out of the gate as kicker Adam Vinatieri got a 39-yard field goal. The Bears responded with RB Matt Forté getting a 50-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Colts responded with Vinatieri nailing a 34-yard field goal. However, Chicago increased its lead with kicker Robbie Gould getting a 41-yard field goal, DE Adewale Ogunleye tackling RB Joseph Addai in his endzone for a safety (first time Indy gave up a safety since November 2000), and Gould nailing a 25-yard field goal. In the third quarter, Indianapolis tried to rally as QB Peyton Manning completed a 6-yard TD pass to WR Reggie Wayne, yet the Bears replied with LB Lance Briggs returned a fumble 21 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Chicago sealed the win with FB Jason McKie getting a 1-yard TD run.

With the loss, the Colts began their season at 0-1.

Hoping to rebound from their home loss to the Bears, the Colts flew to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for a Week 2 interconference duel with the Minnesota Vikings. In the first half, Indianapolis trailed as Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell got a 45-yard and a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter, along with a 53-yard field goal in the second quarter. It marked the first time that the Colts got shut out in the first half since October 2006.

In the third quarter, Minnesota increased its lead with Longwell nailing a 46-yard and a 28-yard field goal. Afterwards, Indianapolis started to rally as RB Joseph Addai got a 1-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Colts drew closer as QB Peyton Manning completed a 32-yard TD pass to WR Reggie Wayne, followed by a 2-point conversion run by RB Dominic Rhodes. Afterwards, near the end of game, Indianapolis completed its comeback as kicker Adam Vinatieri nailing the game-winning 47-yard field goal.

With the win, the Colts improved to 1-1.

Coming off their last-second road win over the Vikings, the Colts went home for a Week 3 AFC South duel with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the first quarter, Indy was first out of the gates as QB Peyton Manning completed a 4-yard TD pass to WR Marvin Harrison. In the second quarter, the Jaguars took the lead with kicker Josh Scobee getting a 26-yard field goal, along with CB Rashean Mathis returning an interception 61 yards for a touchdown. The Colts reclaimed the lead before halftime as RB Joseph Addai got a 3-yard TD run.

In the third quarter, Jacksonville regained the lead with RB Maurice Jones-Drew getting a 6-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Jaguars increased their lead with Scobee kicking a 21-yard field goal. Afterwards, Indianapolis responded with Addai's 2-yard TD run. However, the Jaguars got the last laugh as Scobee nailed the game-winning 51-yard field goal.

With the loss, the Colts entered their bye week at 1-2.

Coming off their bye week, the Colts flew to Reliant Stadium for a Week 5 AFC South duel with the Houston Texans. In the first quarter, Indianapolis drew first blood as kicker Adam Vinatieri got a 46-yard field goal, along with RB Joseph Addai getting a 1-yard TD run. In the second quarter, the Texans responded with RB Steve Slaton getting a 1-yard TD run, kicker Kris Brown getting a 37-yard field goal, and QB Sage Rosenfels completing a 5-yard TD pass to WR Andre Johnson.

In the third quarter, Houston increased its lead with Brown nailing a 43-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Texans continued its run as Slaton got a 1-yard TD run. The Colts rallied with QB Peyton Manning completing a 7-yard TD pass to rookie TE Tom Santi, LB Gary Brackett returning a fumble 68 yards for a touchdown, and Manning completing a 5-yard TD pass to WR Reggie Wayne.

With the win, Indianapolis improved to 2-2.

Coming off their comeback divisional road win over the Texans, the Colts went home for a Week 6 duel with the Baltimore Ravens. In the first quarter, Indianapolis got a fast start as QB Peyton Manning completed a 67-yard TD pass to WR Marvin Harrison and a 22-yard TD pass to WR Reggie Wayne, while kicker Adam Vinatieri got a 37-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Colts continued their dominating start as Manning completed a 5-yard TD pass to Harrison. In the third quarter, Indianapolis continued its victory march as RB Dominic Rhodes got a 1-yard TD run. The Ravens would get their only score of the game as kicker Matt Stover nailed a 37-yard field goal.

With the win, not only did the Colts improve to 3-2, but they finally got their first win in their new stadium.

Coming off their home rout over the Ravens, the Colts flew to Lambeau Field for a Week 7 interconference duel with the Green Bay Packers. In the first quarter, Indianapolis trailed early as Packers kicker Mason Crosby got a 31-yard field goal. The Colts would take the lead as RB Dominic Rhodes got a 3-yard TD run. In the second quarter, Green Bay regained the lead as QB Aaron Rodgers completed a 12-yard TD pass to TE Donald Lee, along with RB Ryan Grant getting a 11-yard TD run.

In the third quarter, the Packers increased their lead as Free Safety Nick Collins returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown, along with Crosby nailing a 29-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Green Bay finished its domination as Safety Aaron Rouse returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown. Indianapolis's only response would be Rhodes' 1-yard TD run.

With the loss, the Colts fell to 3-3.

Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Packers, the Colts went to LP Field for a Week 8 MNF interconference duel with the undefeated Tennessee Titans. In the first quarter, Indianapolis trailed early as Titans kicker Rob Bironas got a 34-yard field goal. The Colts responded with QB Peyton Manning completing a 10-yard TD pass to TE Dallas Clark. In the second quarter, Tennessee drew closer as Bironas got a 44-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, Indianapolis increased its lead as Manning hooked up with Clark again on a 19-yard TD pass. Afterwards, the Titans tied the game as RB LenDale White got a 1-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, Tennessee pulled away as Bironas nailed a 48-yard field goal, White got another 1-yard TD run, and RB Chris Johnson got a 16-yard TD run. The Colts tried to rally as Manning got a 1-yard TD run, but the Titans defense stiffened and prevailed.

With the loss, Indianapolis fell to 3-4.

Trying to rebound from their MNF divisional road loss to the Titans, the Colts went home for a Week 9 Sunday night duel with their hated rival, the New England Patriots. In the first quarter, Indianapolis got off to a fast start as QB Peyton Manning completed a 12-yard TD pass to WR Anthony Gonzalez. In the second quarter, the Patriots responded as kicker Stephen Gostkowski got a 29-yard and a 35-yard field goal. In the third quarter, New England took the lead as RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis got a 6-yard TD run (with a failed 2-point conversion). The Colts would answer with Manning hooking up with Gonzalez again on a 9-yard TD pass, along with completing a 2-point conversion pass to WR Reggie Wayne. In the fourth quarter, the Patriots tied the game with Gostkowski getting a 25-yard field goal, yet Indy replied with former Patriot kicker Adam Vinatieri nailing a 52-yard field goal. Afterwards, Indianapolis's defense prevented New England's last attempt at a comeback.

With the win, the Colts improved to 4-4.

Coming off their Sunday night home win over the Patriots, the Colts flew to Heinz Field for a Week 10 duel with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the first quarter, Indianapolis trailed early as Steelers RB Mewelde Moore got a 1-yard TD run. The Colts immediately responded with QB Peyton Manning completing a 65-yard TD pass to WR Reggie Wayne. In the second quarter, Pittsburgh answered with Moore getting another 1-yard TD run, along with kicker Jeff Reed getting a 42-yard field goal. Indianapolis closed out the half with Manning completing a 2-yard TD pass to TE Dallas Clark.

In the third quarter, the Colts tied the game with kicker Adam Vinatieri getting a 36-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Steelers regained the lead as Reed nailed a 24-yard field goal. Indianapolis took the lead as Manning completing a 17-yard TD pass to RB Dominic Rhodes, along with the defense preventing any Pittsburgh comeback.

With the win, the Colts improved to 5-4.

Coming off their road win over the Steelers, the Colts went home for a Week 11 AFC South rematch with the Houston Texans. In the first quarter, Indianapolis trailed early as Texans kicker Kris Brown got a 28-yard field goal. The Colts responded with kicker Adam Vinatieri getting a 40-yard field goal. Houston would answer with Brown making a 34-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Indy tied the game as Vinatieri got a 39-yard field goal. The Texans retook the lead as RB Ahman Green got a 1-yard TD run. Indianapolis closed out the half as Vinatieri made a 32-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Colts took the lead as QB Peyton Manning completed a 23-yard TD pass to RB Joseph Addai. Houston would reply as RB Steve Slaton got a 71-yard TD run, yet Indy regained the lead as Addai got a 7-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Texans tried to comeback as Green got a 2-yard field goal, yet Indianapolis pulled away with Vinatieri nailing a 31-yard field goal. On the Texans' final drive, QB Sage Rosenfels was picked off by safety Melvin Bullitt (who was filling in again for the injured Bob Sanders), preserving the Colts' third consecutive victory.

With the season-sweep, the Colts improved to 6-4.

Coming off their divisional home win over the Texans, the Colts flew to Qualcomm Stadium for a Week 12 Sunday night game with the San Diego Chargers. In the first quarter, Indianapolis took the lead as kicker Adam Vinatieri got a 23-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Chargers took the lead as kicker Nate Kaeding made a 35-yard field goal, while QB Philip Rivers completed a 39-yard TD pass to WR Vincent Jackson. The Colts would tie the game as QB Peyton Manning completed a 13-yard TD pass to WR Anthony Gonzalez.

In the third quarter, Indianapolis took the lead as Manning completed a 1-yard TD pass to RB Dominic Rhodes. In the fourth quarter, the Colts added onto their lead as Vinatieri got a 38-yard field goal. San Diego cut the Colts' lead to 3 as Rivers completed a 1-yard TD pass to FB Jacob Hester, and then Kaeding kicked a 47-yard field goal to tie the game. However, Indianapolis sealed the deal as Vinatieri nailed the game-winning 51-yard field goal.

With the win, the Colts improved to 7-4.

Coming off the Sunday Night road win over the Chargers, the Colts flew to Cleveland Browns Stadium for a Week 13 duel with the Cleveland Browns. In the first quarter, Indianapolis trailed early as Browns kicker Phil Dawson got a 34-yard field goal. The Colts would respond with kicker Adam Vinatieri getting a 30-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Cleveland took the lead as Dawson nailed a 25-yard field goal. After a scoreless third quarter, Indianapolis's defense made the game's key play in the fourth quarter, as DE Dwight Freeney forced a fumble, allowing fellow DE Robert Mathis to return the fumble recovery 37 yards for a touchdown. From there on out, Indy's defense prevented any possible comeback.

With the win, the Colts improved to 8-4.

With a low-scoring road win over the Browns behind them, the Colts went home for a Week 14 game with the Cincinnati Bengals. In the first quarter, Indy got the early lead as RB Dominic Rhodes got a 17-yard touchdown run. The Bengals would answer in the second quarter with kicker Shayne Graham nailing a 19-yard field goal, yet Indianapolis replied with QB Peyton Manning completing a 5-yard TD pass to WR Marvin Harrison. Manning would even deliver two third-quarter scores for the Colts, as he completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez and a 4-yard touchdown pass to TE Dallas Clark. Indianapolis closed out the game with CB Kelvin Hayden returning an interception 85 yards for a touchdown.

With their win, the Colts improved to 9-4.

Coming off their win over the Bengals, the Colts stayed at home for their Week 15 interconference game with the winless Detroit Lions. Indianapolis delivered the game's opening hit in the first quarter as running back Dominic Rhodes got a 1-yard touchdown run. The Lions would respond with a 51-yard field goal from kicker Jason Hanson. The Colts would add onto their lead in the second quarter as rookie running back Chad Simpson got a 2-yard touchdown run, yet Detroit answered with quarterback Dan Orlovsky completing a 33-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Indianapolis would close out the half quarterback Peyton Manning completing a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Clark.

The Lions would begin to catch up in the third quarter as Hanson got a 30-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Detroit tied the game with running back Kevin Smith getting a 1-yard touchdown run, followed by Orlovsky's 2-point conversion pass to tight end Casey FitzSimmons. The Colts would pull away with Rhodes getting another 1-yard touchdown run, followed by kicker Adam Vinatieri nailing a 31-yard field goal.

With the win, Indianapolis improved to 10-4.

Coming off their home win over the Lions, the Colts flew to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for a Week 16 AFC South rematch with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night. Indianapolis trailed early in the first quarter as Jaguars David Garrard completed a 28-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dennis Northcutt. In the second quarter, the Colts' deficit increased to 14 points as Garrard scored on a 2-yard touchdown run. Indianapolis responded with quarterback Peyton Manning's 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Reggie Wayne. The Colts had an opportunity to cut the Jacksonville lead to 4, but Adam Vinatieri missed a 30-yard field goal. The scoreless Colts possession left 1:03 on the clock, enough time to enable Jacksonville to close out the half with a 44-yard field goal from kicker Josh Scobee.

The Colts would hack at the Jaguars' lead in the third quarter with Manning's 10-yard touchdown pass to running back Dominic Rhodes, yet Jacksonville answered with running back Montell Owens to take a 24-14 lead. In the fourth quarter, Indianapolis took the lead on the following scores: Manning's 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Clark, kicker Adam Vinatieri's 45-yard field goal, and defensive back Keiwan Ratliff's 35-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Jaguars would get a late-game drive into Colts' territory, yet defensive end Dwight Freeney delivered the game-winning sack, preserving Indianapolis' slim lead.

With the win, not only did the Colts improve to 11-4, but they also clinched the AFC's #5 seed. They also gave head coach Tony Dungy his 10th-straight playoff appearance (an NFL record).

Coming off their playoff-clinching road win over the Jaguars, the Colts closed out the regular season at home in a Week 17 AFC South rematch with the Tennessee Titans. Indianapolis would get the early first quarter lead as quarterback Peyton Manning completed a 55-yard touchdown pass to running back Joseph Addai, followed by kicker Adam Vinatieri getting a 28-yard field goal. The Colts would increase their lead in the second quarter as Vinatieri nailed a 21-yard and a 38-yard field goal. After a scoreless third quarter, Indianapolis closed out the game in the fourth quarter as center Jamey Richard recovered rookie running back Lance Ball's fumble in the endzone for a touchdown.

With the shutout win, the Colts closed out the regular season at 12-4.

Peyton Manning (7-7 for 95 yards, 1 touchdown) would acquire his NFL record ninth-staighth 4,000-yard passing season, wide receiver Marvin Harrison (7 receptions for 31 yards) would pass Cris Carter for second on the NFL's all-time career receptions list with 1,102, and tight end Dallas Clark (6 receptions for 59 yards) would set a franchise record for the most single-season receiving yards by a tight end with 848.

Entering the postseason as the AFC's fifth seed, the Colts began their playoff run at Qualcomm Stadium in the AFC's Wild Card game against the #4 San Diego Chargers, in a rematch of their Week 12 contest. Indianapolis got the lead in the first quarter as running back Joseph Addai got a 1-yard touchdown run. The Chargers would strike back in the second quarter as running back LaDainian Tomlinson got a 3-yard touchdown run. The Colts would answer with kicker Adam Vinatieri's 43-yard field goal, yet San Diego got the halftime lead with running back Darren Sproles getting a 9-yard touchdown run.

Indianapolis would regain the lead in the third quarter as league MVP/quarterback Peyton Manning completed a 72-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Reggie Wayne, but the Chargers would tie the game in the fourth quarter as kicker Nate Kaeding nailed a 22-yard field goal. Afterwards, in overtime, the Colts would never get the ball as San Diego took the period's first drive and capped it off with Sproles' game-ending 22-yard touchdown run.

With the loss, Indianapolis' season would end with an overall record of 12-5.

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2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the 32nd season for the club in the National Football League. On December 16, 2007, they cliched the NFC South division title, and returned to the playoffs after missing it in 2006.

On December 16, in a game against the Atlanta Falcons, Micheal Spurlock scored the first kickoff return touchdown in franchise history, snapping a streak of 32 seasons, 497 games (at 53 stadiums in 38 cities), 139 individuals, and 1,864 unsuccessful attempts. The play earned Spurlock the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award.

Head coach Jon Gruden was in his sixth year with the Buccaneers. He was joined by Offensive Coordinator Bill Muir and Defensive Coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Re-signings After brief stays on the open market, the Buccaneers re-signed CBs Phillip Buchanon and Torrie Cox, the latter known as a special teams standout. They also re-signed fan favorite Mike Alstott to a one-year contract, but ultimately lost him to injured reserve after a neck injury during the preseason.

The 2007 NFL Draft took place in Radio City Music Hall on April 28-29, 2007. The Buccaneers were either to pick third or fourth in the draft, to be determined by a coin flip with the Cleveland Browns because the two teams had identical records and strength of schedule. Buccaneers GM Bruce Allen called heads and the coin landed tails. For the first round, the Buccaneers picked fourth. The two teams alternated picking third and fourth in each round. In addition to their given picks, Tampa Bay also holds the Colts' second round pick, the 64th pick overall (because of a midseason trade for Anthony McFarland), but also lost a sixth round pick in a trade for tight end Doug Jolley formerly of the New York Jets. They also received two compensatory picks, awarded for losses during free agency. During the draft, the Buccaneers swapped fourth-rounders with the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for their pick in the sixth round.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held Training Camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex from July 26 through August 16. They played four preseason games.

The Buccaneers began their 2007 campaign on the road against their fellow 1976 expansion mate, the Seattle Seahawks. In the first quarter, kicker Matt Bryant provided two field goals for Tampa Bay (a 38-yarder and a 32-yarder) to begin the game. In the second quarter, the Seahawks took the lead with kicker Josh Brown getting a 28-yard field goal, while RB Shaun Alexander got a 1-yard TD run. During a scoreless third quarter, injuries sidelined Tampa Bay running back Cadillac Williams (ribs) and quarterback Jeff Garcia (head). Garcia, however, would return to the game. Seattle would wrap up the win with Brown kicking a 46-yard field goal, while QB Matt Hasselbeck completed a 34-yard TD pass to RB Maurice Morris.

With the loss, the Buccaneers began their season at 0-1, their third opening day defeat in the past four seasons.

The Buccaneers played their home opener against the 2006 NFC South champion New Orleans Saints. After scoring only 6 points the week before, the Buccaneers dominated the Saints, on offense and defense, at one point taking a 28-0 lead. Early in the first quarter, Barrett Ruud recovered a Deuce McAllister fumble, which set up a Tampa Bay scoring drive. Carnell Williams, who was back in the lineup after injuring his ribs the week before, capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. Early in the second quarter, Joey Galloway scored on a 69-yard catch and run from quarterback Jeff Garcia. Inside the two-minute warning, Garcia and Galloway scored again, this time with a 24-yard touchdown, to take a 21-0 halftime lead. Halfway through the third quarter, Cato June intercepted a pass from Drew Brees. Two plays later, Garcia and Galloway connected for yet another big play, a 41-yard completion to the New Orleans 9 yard line. Williams capped off the drive with his second 1-yard touchdown. New Orleans' first score finally came with a 1-yard touchdown run by Mike Karney, aided by a 58-yard catch by Phillip Buchanon moments earlier. The Buccaneers improved to 1-1, into a tie for the NFC South lead. New Orleans fell to 0-2.

Following the game, with 16 tackles, and 2 forced fumbles, middle linebacker Barrett Ruud was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday September 19.

The Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams renewed a rivalry that was popular from 1999-2004. The early part of the game was a field position battle, with Rams running back Steven Jackson rushing effectively in the first half. All of St. Louis' first half drives, however, came up empty on the scoreboard. Tampa Bay's first quarter drivers were also scoreless, with kicker Matt Bryant missing a 54-yard field goal short after slipping in the damp grass. Just before the two-minute warning, Rams kicker Jeff Wilkins missed a 42-yard field goal, setting up Tampa Bay's first score. After driving to the 17 yard line, a heavy downpour drenched the stadium. Matt Bryant connected on 27-yard field goal for the game's first points and concluded the first half. Tampa Bay received the second half kickoff, and rolled into the endzone with a 7-yard touchdown run by Carnell Williams. St. Louis drove to the Tampa Bay 10 yard line, aided by two uncharactaristic defensive penalties by Derrick Brooks (late hit) and Ronde Barber (taunting). The threat was moot, however, as Phillip Buchanon intercepted Marc Bulger in the endzone. In the fourth quarter, Carnell Williams, aggravated his sore ribs, and fumbled the ball while Oshiomogho Atogwe recovered for St. Louis. The Rams finally got on the scoreboard with a 25-yard field goal, narrowing the lead to 10-3 with 12 minutes to play. Back up running back Earnest Graham took over for Williams, and iced the game with two rushing touchdowns, the first of his career outside of the preseason.

The Buccaneers and Panthers met for the first time this season, with first place in the NFC South on the line. Carolina starting quarterback Jake Delhomme sat out the game with an elbow injury, and was replaced by David Carr. The Buccaneer offense started the game with an exhausting, 11-play, 71-yard drive, capped off by a 3-yard scramble by Jeff Garcia for a touchdown. With 3 minutes left in the first quarter, running back Carnell Williams blasted down the field for an 18-yard run, but his right leg buckled, seriously injuring his knee. As he was being carted off the field, nearly the entire Buccaneers team, along with several Panthers players, huddled around Williams in support. After the injury timeout, Earnest Graham salvaged the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. Tampa Bay extended their halftime lead to 17-0 after a Matt Bryant field goal, meanwhile, Carolina's offense was sputtering, blasted by the Buccaneers defense, who sacked Carr three times, and intercepeted him once. Carr completed only 19 of 41 pass attempts, and Carolina was facing their first shutout in five seasons. With 23 seconds left in regulation, Carolina finally got on the board with a touchdown pass to DeAngelo Williams. An onside kick was unsuccessful, and the Buccaneers won their third straight game.

Through four games, the Buccaneers have not given up any points in the first quarter, and quarterback Jeff Garcia has not yet thrown a single interception. After the game, the Buccaneers announced that running back Carnell Williams (torn patellar ligament) and left tackle Luke Petitgout (torn ACL) would both face season-ending surgery. On Wednesday October 3, linebacker Barrett Ruud was named the NFC Defensive Player of Month for September with a league-leading 51 tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and one interception.

The Buccaneers faced former head coach Tony Dungy for the second time. The previous meeting between the two teams in 2003 saw the Colts erase a 21-point deficit in the final four minutes to win the game in overtime. Both teams entered the game with players sidelined by injuries. Marvin Harrison and Joseph Addai sat out for Indianapolis, while Carnell Williams and Luke Petitgout were placed on injured reserve for Tampa Bay.

The Colts controlled the tempo of most of the game, with a time of possession of over 38 minutes and 400 yards of offense. The Buccaneers were held to only 177 total yards and only 17 yards rushing. The first three Buccaneers possessions were 3-and-outs. Meanwhile, Indianapolis pulled out to a 13-0 lead. In the second quarter, Tanard Jackson intercepted Peyton Manning and set up the Buccaneers' first scoring drive. During the drive, running back Michael Pittman left the game with an injured ankle. Two plays later Tampa Bay got on the board with a Jeff Garcia touchdown pass to Alex Smith, and narrowed the score to 13-7.

In the second half, Indianapolis continued to dominate both sides of the ball, and stretched their lead to 30-7. Garcia and Smith connected for a second touchdown pass with just over 9 minutes left in the fourth quarter, and made the score 30-14. Hoping to spark a comeback, Tampa Bay attempted a surprise onside kick, but it was called back by a penalty. Indianapolis then took the re-kick, and put three more points on the board with an Adam Vinatieri field goal. Bruce Gradkowski took over as quarterback for Tampa Bay, and subsequently threw an interception to seal the victory for the Colts.

The following day, on Monday October 8, the Buccaneers announced that Michael Pittman would miss 6-8 weeks with a cracked fibula.

The Buccaneers hosted the Titans at Raymond James Stadium, their second inter-conference matchup in two weeks. Buccaneers running back Earnest Graham was a part of the starting lineup for the first time in his career, replacing the injured Michael Pittman, who sat out the game.

The first half was a defensive struggle, with neither team scoring in the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Tennessee drove to the Buccaneers 32 yard line, but quarterback Vince Young fumbled the ball and the Buccaneers recovered. Jeff Garcia connected on a 39-yard pass play to Michael Clayton, to help set up a 23-yard Matt Bryant field goal, the first points of the game. Moments later, Phillip Buchanon intercepted Vince Young with 1:29 remainging in the half, to maintain a 3-0 halftime lead.

Tennessee took the second half kickoff, and executed a 12-play, 45-yard drive which resulted in a 48-yard field goal by Rob Bironas. On their next possession, Vince Young ran out of bounds, and suffered a strained quad. He would have to leave the game, and was replaced by Kerry Collins. On Tampa Bay's next drive, Garcia connected with Joey Galloway for a 69-yard touchdown catch. On the ensuing drive Ronde Barber intercepted a pass by Kerry Collins, but it ruled incomplete after review.

With under four minutes remaining in regulation, Collins drove the Titans to the Buccaneers 23 yard line. For the second time, Ronde Barber intercepted Collins, this time in the endzone, but it was again ruled incomplete after review. The drive continued, and with 1:24 remaining, LenDale White tied the game 10-10 with a touchdown run. With only one timeout, Garcia drove the Buccaneers 55 yards on seven plays. With 11 seconds remaining, Matt Bryant kicked a game-winning 43-yard field goal.

The Tampa Bay racked up 422 yards of offense against Detroit, and quarterback Jeff Garcia passed for 316 yards, but two costly fumbles and one blocked punt allowed the Lions to take the victory. In the first quarter, Tampa Bay and Detroit began what would be a physical game. Tampa Bay suffered injuries to Mark Jones(knee) and Michael Clayton(ankle), and neither would return. On the sixth play of the game, Detroit forced a fumble for a loss of 23 yards. However, an instant replay ruled the play an incomplete pass instead. Moments later, the Lions blocked a punt by Josh Bidwell, and the turnover led to a field goal. On the next drive, the Buccaneers drove 43 yards to the Lions 37 yard line, but a fumble between the exchange from Garcia to Earnest Grahamwas recovered by the Lions. Detroit moved quickly down the field and Kevin Jonesscored the first touchdown of the game. Early in the second quarter, Garcia capped off an 81-yard drive with a touchdown pass to Ike Hilliard. Their next possession, a 16-play, 58-yard drive, covered over 9 minutes. It came up empty, as Matt Bryantmissed a field goal. Detroit moved quickly to score a field goal just before halftime. Late in the third quarter, and early in the fourth quarter, Tampa Bay started another long drive. A 15-play, 73-yard drive of over 7 minutes drove the Buccaneers to the Detroit 1 yard line. Tampa Bay had converted on two third downs, and one fourth down. But Garcia fumbled the handoff on a first and goal at the 1 yard line, and Detroit recovered. They would drive 93 yard for their second touchdown. Trailing by 16, Tampa Bay drove 78 yards in 16 plays, and Maurice Stovall caught Garcia's second touchdown pass. A two-point coversion failed, but Bryant performed and onside kick, which Tampa Bay recovered. The Buccaneers managed to trim the deficit to 7, but a second onside kick failed, and Detroit took the victory.

Tampa bay faced in-state rival Jacksonville Jaguars for the fourth time in the regular season. Injured Jacksonville starting quarterback David Garrard was replaced by Quinn Gray, while Jeff Garcia hoped to extend on a 217-consecutive passing streak without an interception.

In the first half, Jacksonville's running attack of Fred Taylor, LaBrandon Toefield and Maurice Jones-Drew rushed 15 times in their first 16 plays from scrimmage, and eventually set up a 10-3 lead. In the second quarter, Garcia threw his first interception of the season, which was returned for a Jacksonville score. Tampa Bay quickly responded, however, driving 81 yards in three plays, capped off with Garcia and Joey Galloway connecting for a 58-yard touchdown.

A momentum shift appeared to occur near the end of the second quarter, as Tampa Bay forced Jacksonville into a 3-and-out. Inside the two-minute warning, Garcia drove the Buccaneers to the 4 yard line. Garcia scrambled on 3rd & 10, colliding with Reggie Nelson, losing his helmet, but fell one yard short of the first down. Tampa Bay settled for a Matt Bryant field goal, and a 13-17 halftime deficit.

Tampa Bay's defense dominated the third quarter, forcing Jacksonville a turnover on downs, a fumble in the endzone (recovered by Gray on the 1 yard line), and a blocked punt. The good field position led to Michael Bennett's first touchdown as a Buccaneer.

The fourth quarter saw Jacksonville re-take the lead with an 8-yard touchdown pass. Despite two late drives starting with decent field position, Tampa Bay's effort died when Garcia's pass was deflected and intercepted with 19 seconds remaining, his third pick of the game. The loss dropped Tampa Bay to 4-4, second place in the NFC South.

The Buccaneers beat the visiting Arizona Cardinals, snapping a two-game losing streak, and regained first place in the NFC South. Tampa Bay dominated the game, maintaining a time of possession of over 43 minutes with running back Earnest Graham rushing for 124 yards and one touchdown. Tampa Bay's defense held Arizona to only 23 yards rushing, and held them to 2 of 10 third down conversions.

In the first quarter, Arizona quickly drove down the field, connecting on a 47-yard pass from Kurt Warner to Larry Fitzgerald. The drive stalled, however, and they settled for 43-yard Neil Rackers field goal. Tampa bay answered on the ensuing drive. On 3rd and 1, from the 42 yard line, Jeff Garcia fell, but avoided a sack, and scrambled for a first down. Two plays later he scored a 37-yard touchdown pass to Joey Galloway.

On the first play of the second quarter, Tanard Jackson intercepted Warner's pass, and Arizona was penalized 15 yards for a facemask, setting up the Buccaneers on the Arizona 27 yard line. Tampa Bay suffered two false start penalties, and settled for a field goal and took a 10-3 lead into halftime.

Tampa Bay took the second half kickoff and drove 64 yards in ten plays. The drive was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Earnest Graham. Late in the third quarter, the Buccaneers started a 19-play, 86-yard drive, lasting nearly 9 minutes. At the 8 yard line, Garcia threw to Alex Smith but the pass was incomplete in the endzone. The drive came up empty when Matt Bryant missed a 26-yard field goal. Arizona quickly drove down the field and scored a touchdown by Edgerrin James, narrowing the margin to 17-10.

With 2:43 remaining in the game, Tampa Bay punted to Arizona. Maurice Stovall de-cleated receiver Steve Breaston at the Arizona 16 yard line, preventing a return. On the very next play, Jermaine Phillips intercepted Warner's pass, sealing the victory for Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers had their scheduled bye the weekend of November 11. In week 10 action, Atlanta defeated Carolina, and St. Louis upset New Orleans, giving Tampa Bay sole possession of first place in the NFC South.

Tampa Bay faced their heated division rival for the first time this season, at the Georgia Dome. Tampa Bay dominated, and enjoyed the return of Michael Pittman from injury. Atlanta started quarterback Byron Leftwich. Atlanta suffered four turnovers, and 11 penalties for 105 yards in the loss.

In the first quarter, both teams traded punts on their opening drive. On Tampa Bay's second drive, Pittman caught an 11-yard pass but fumbled and it was recovered by Keith Brooking. An instant replay challenge upheld the ruling on the field. On the very next play, Byron Leftwich was hit as he released the ball, and it was intercepted by Barrett Ruud, who returned the ball to the 28 yard line. Tampa Bay drove 72 yards in three plays, as Joey Galloway caught a 44-yard touchdown.

In the second quarter, Leftwich was sacked from behind and fumbled the ball. Ronde Barber picked up the ball, and ran 41 yards for Tampa Bay's second touchdown. On Atlanta's next drive, Warrick Dunn fumbled at the 45 yard line. Atlanta challenged the ruling, and the call on the field was overturned and ruled an incomplete pass. The following play, Roddy White fumbled, and Brian Kelly recovered for Tampa Bay. He lateraled to Cato June, who then lost the ball. Despite an instant replay challenge by Tampa Bay, the ruling on the field was upheld. Atlanta, however, was unable to move down the field, and Tampa Bay took a 14-0 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, Tampa Bay added a field goal, then Gaines Adams chopped Leftwich's arm as he threw and his floating pass was intercepted by Chris Hovan (later in the week NFL officials revised the play to a sack & fumble recovery). Tampa Bay quickly scored another touchdown catch by Alex Smith. In the fourth quarter, Earnest Graham took over the offense for Tampa Bay, rushing 102 yards total, and a touchdown score. Atlanta avoided the shutout, replacing Leftwich with Joey Harrington, and scored a touchdown with 1:10 to go.

Tampa Bay hosted Washington for the third time in three seasons during the month of November. Tampa Bay's defense dominated a good part of the game, forcing six turnovers, and despite quarterback Jeff Garcia sitting out most of the game, the Buccaneers held on for a 19-13 victory.

On the game's first play, Garcia tried to scramble, but injured his back upon being tackled by Cornelius Griffin. He would last only two more plays, and was replaced by Bruce Gradkowski until early in the 4th quarter. Garcia's injury seemingly galvanized the Tampa Bay defense, who went on to cause 4 turnovers in the first half. Phillip Buchanon forced a fumble off the Redskins' first pass which was recovered by Tanard Jackson who advanced it 8 yards to the Washington 19. Three plays later, Earnest Graham scored a 1 yard touchdown run. On the third play of Washington's next drive, Greg White hit Clinton Portis hard, forcing a fumble which Jackson recovered at the 19 yard line. Tampa took a 10-0 lead after a Matt Bryant field goal.

Early in the second quarter, Greg White forced yet another fumble as he sacked Jason Campbell which Kevin Carter recovered. The turnover led to another field goal. Portis fumbled again on the following drive as he took a bone-jarring hit from Jermaine Phillips and Tampa Bay capitalized with a third field goal. Before the half, Washington managed to get on the board with a field goal, then Tampa Bay kicked a fourth field goal as the half expired to lead 19-3.

The second half saw Washington attempt a comeback. Despite injuring his hand, Campbell stayed in the game, and threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cooley. Meanwhile, Gradkowski stayed in at quarterback for Tampa Bay, and continued to perform poorly. Tampa Bay managed only 9 yards of offense in the third quarter, and 0 yards passing. The Redskins drove 66 yards in 13 plays and over nine minutes to the Tampa Bay 4 yard line. Tampa Bay's defense held on 4th and 1 at the 4, however, as linebacker Derrick Brooks shed several blockers to down Portis for no gain.

Washington narrowed the score to 19-13 in the fourth quarter. With about 11 minutes to go, Jeff Garcia returned to the game, hoping to spark Tampa Bay's offense, and hold on for the win. He was unable to do much against the Redskins' well-rested and fired up defense, however, and Tampa Bay ended up having to punt. Josh Bidwell pinned the Redskins at their own 9 yard line, and Campbell drove them to the Tampa Bay 32 yard line. Ronde Barber stopped the threat when he intercepted the ball at the 28 yard line. With under a minute to go, Campbell drove the Redskins to the Tampa Bay 16 yard line, but Brian Kelly intercepted the pass in the endzone with 17 seconds remaining, to clinch the victory for the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay took on the New Orleans Saints for the second time this season, this time at the Superdome. Luke McCown started at quarterback for the Buccaneers in place of the injured Jeff Garcia. McCown would pass for 313 yards, and connectd on his first 15 consecutive passes of the game.

The Buccaneers scored the first points of the game with Matt Bryant's 27-yard field goal. New Orleans answered with WR Terrance Copper catching a 4-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees. Late in the first quarter, McCown connected with Joey Galloway for a 60-yard catch which set Tampa Bay up on the 1 yard line.

Tampa Bay retook the lead early in the second quarter with TE Anthony Becht catching a 1-yard TD, and Matt Bryant making another field goal to increase the Tampa Bay lead to 13-7. New Orleans scored a touchdown just before halftime, a 45-yard pass to WR Devery Henderson, to make it 13-14 at halftime.

In the second half, RB Earnest Graham scored a 25-yard touchdown run. New Orleans had to punt on their ensuing possession, but disaster struck with 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter as miscommunications between McCown and WR Joey Galloway led to a Saints interception which was returned for a touchdown.

Leading 21-20 with 4 minutes remaining in the game, Saints P Steve Weatherford made a successful coffin corner punt which pinned the Buccaneers at their own 2-yard line. Two plays later, DE Will Smith sacked McCown for a safety. After the safety kick, New Orleans looked to run the clock out and seal the victory. However, in an unexpected and perhaps season-altering mistake, Reggie Bush fumbled a double reverse intended for WR Devery Henderson and Jovan Haye recovered for Tampa Bay at the New Orleans 37-yard line. Three plays later, the Buccaneers found themselves in a predicament as they faced a 4th and 1 at the New Orleans 28. Instead of attempting a game-tying field goal, however, coach Jon Gruden went for it on fourth down, calling a run around right tackle which Graham converted for a first down. Three plays later, McCown found TE Jerramy Stevens for a 4-yard touchdown to win the game.

With the win, Tampa Bay improved to 8-4 and maintained a perfect division record. Tampa Bay only needed to win one game in the final four weeks to clinch the NFC South division crown.

Tampa Bay faced the Texans for only the second time in the regular season, and for the first time during the regular season at Reliant Stadium. With a win, or losses by New Orleans and Carolina, Tampa Bay would clinch the NFC South division title. Tampa Bay's postseason berth, however, would have to wait at least another night, as the Texans capitalized on a sluggish Buccaneers squad.

For the second week in a row, Luke McCown started in place of injured Jeff Garcia. Meanwhile, back-up quarterback Sage Rosenfels led the Texans. Tampa Bay took the opening kickoff, and drove to the Houston 34 yard line. Coach Jon Gruden elected to go for it on 4th down and 2, but running back Earnest Graham was tackled for no gain. Houston took over on downs, and scored a quick and convincing touchdown pass. On the ensuing kickoff, Tampa Bay's Micheal Spurlock returned the ball 45 yards to the Houston 47. Even though the drive ended in a punt, the good field position helped pin the Texans deep on their next drive. Greg White sacked Rosenfels and forced a fumble, which was recovered by Jovan Haye the Houston 25. Five plays later, Earnest Graham scored his first rushing touchdown to tie the score 7-7.

Later in the second quarter, Ike Hilliard caught a pass for a first down at the Houston 28, but Will Demps hit Hillard in an apparent helmet-to-helmet and forced a fumble, but did not draw a penalty. Houston recovered, and soon scored a second touchdown to lead 14-7 at halftime.

Houston received the second half kickoff, which Andre Davis returned 97 yards for a touchdown. Just over two minutes later, Tampa Bay responded with a 4-play, 69-yard drive, capped off by Graham's second rushing touchdown. Tampa Bay, however, would not score again.

Houston added another score early in the fourth quarter, and held on for a 28-14 victory. Tampa Bay fell to 8-5, but still controls their own destiny for the division championship and overall playoff picture. A single victory in the final three weeks will clinch the NFC South championship. In other week 14 action, Carolina lost to Jacksonville, eliminating them from the division race, and New Orleans defeated Atlanta, keeping themselves mathematically alive for the division title.

The Buccaneers stayed home this week for a rematch against their division rivals the Atlanta Falcons. With the convincing victory, Tampa Bay clinched the NFC South division title, maintained a perfect 5-0 division record, and scored their first kickoff return touchdown in franchise history.

Tampa Bay's defense recorded the first points of the game, as Ronde Barber intercepted Chris Redman's pass on the third play of the game and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown. Atlanta got on the board next with kicker Morten Andersen making a 33-yard field goal. On the ensuing kickoff, Micheal Spurlock made team history by becoming the first Buccaneer player to return a kickoff for a touchdown. It was the first kickoff return touchdown for Tampa Bay in 32 seasons, 498 games, and 1,865 attempts.

After the Buccaneer defense forced a Falcons punt, Jeff Garcia commandeered a long, clock-eating 10-minute drive ending in a 33-yard field goal by Matt Bryant to make the score 17-3. With just over five minutes remaining in the first half, Tampa bay recovered an Atlanta fumble, and Earnest Graham scored a 1-yard TD run. Graham became the first player in club history to score a touchdown in six consecutive games. With a 24-3 lead, Tampa Bay performed a pooch kickoff, and Atlanta muffed the return, while Kalvin Pearson recovered. Tampa Bay drove to the 24 yard line, but DeAngelo Hall intercepted a pass intended for Joey Galloway at the Atlanta 11-yard line. The Buccaneers would immediately regain possession as Greg White forced and recovered a fumble on the next play. Matt Bryant then easily converted a 28-yard field goal to take a 27-3 lead into halftime.

Tampa Bay would receive the second half's opening kickoff, but was forced to punt after a 7-minute drive. On Atlanta's third play, Jermaine Phillips intercepted a pass intended for Jerious Norwood which set Tampa Bay up at the Atlanta 23-yard line. Matt Bryant then scored the half's first points with a 34-yard field goal to make the score 30-3. In the fourth quarter, punter Josh Bidwell successfully pinned Atlanta at their own 6 yard line. The resulting poor field position eventually led to Tampa Bay taking over near midfield. Michael Bennett carried six times all the way to the Atlanta 1-yard line, from which Anthony Becht scored the game's final points off a 1-yard TD catch.

Statistically, Tampa Bay's defense dominated Atlanta. The Falcons managed only 133 yards of total offense, committed five turnovers, and were 0-for-9 on third down conversions. The Falcons crossed midfield only once, and Tampa Bay's time of possession was 43 minutes. On the following Wednesday, the kickoff return touchdown earned Spurlock the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award.

Tampa Bay traveled west to San Francisco for the third time in five seasons. Tampa Bay lost their eight consecutive meeting at Monster Park, dating to 1980. This game was originally scheduled for 8:15 p.m. on NBC's Sunday Night Football, but on December 10, in accordance with flex-scheduling, the game was moved to the afternoon. Having already clinched a playoff berth, Tampa Bay rested most of their starters in the second half. Despite a late rally, the Buccaneers fell two points short of victory.

Tampa Bay controlled most of the first half, capping off their first two drives of the first quarter with field goals by Matt Bryant. On the first play of the second quarter, Shaun Hill connected with Darrell Jackson on a 21-yard touchdown.

San Francisco punted on their next drive, and Micheal Spurlock fielded the ball at the 19 yard line. He was tackled and fumbled, while the 49ers recovered. After an instant replay challenge, it was determined that Spurlock was down by contact, and Tampa Bay maintained possession. The drive fizzled though, and ended with a punt. Late in the fourth quarter, Barrett Ruud recovered a 49ers fumble, setting the Buccaneers up on the San Francisco 36 yard line. Four plays later, Jerramy Stevens caught a touchdown pass from Jeff Garcia. Tampa Bay took a 13-7 lead into halftime.

On the second-half kickoff, San Francisco recovered a surprise onside kick. The drive came up empty, as they were forced to punt. On Tampa Bay's next possession, however, Luke McCown (who had taken over for the benched Garcia) fumbled and the 49ers recovered at the 14 yard line. In four plays, San Francisco scored a touchdown.

Early in the fourth quarter, Nate Clements intercepted a McCown pass, and led to another 49ers touchdown. The 49ers led 21-13, but Tampa Bay still kept hopes alive for a rally. With under six minutes left in the game, the Buccaneers drove to the 49ers 25 yard line. On 4th down and 6, McCown threw to Michael Clayton for an apparent one-handed touchdown catch, but the ball fell incomplete, and the drive turned over on downs. Tampa Bay managed one final chance to tie the score. Inside the two-minute warning, Tampa Bay drove to the 49ers 24 yard line. McCown rolled out wide to his right, and connected with Stevens for a 24-yard touchdown. McCown then attempted a game-tying two-point conversion. Michael Clayton caught the pass, but one of his feet touched out-of-bounds in the back of the endzone, sealing the game for San Francisco.

Tampa Bay concluded the regular season at home against the Panthers. They dropped the season finale, and their second-straight game, but rested most of their starters (including Garcia, Graham, Galloway and Ruud). Luke McCown started at quarterback.

On their opening drive, McCown drove the Buccaneers for the game's first score, a touchdown pass to Jerramy Stevens. The drive included a 52-yard catch by Chad Lucas. Carolina responded by driving to the Tampa Bay 4 yard line. A field goal kick was good, but a holding penalty by Derrick Brooks gave the Panthers a first down. They capitalized by scoring a touchdown.

In the second quarter, an interception by Phillip Buchanon led to a Tampa Bay field goal. Late in the second quarter, Josh Bidwell punted to Carolina, but a fumble on the return was recovered by the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay tacked on another field goal before halftime, and trailed 14-13 at the half.

Midway through the third quarter, Carolina punted and pinned the Buccaneers on their own 2 yard line. McCown then led the Buccaneers on a 10-play, 98-yard touchdown drive, the longest such scoring drive in franchise history. Carolina kept themselves in the game, however, quickly following up with a 46-yard reception to Drew Carter, and then a 1-yard touchdown run.

Trailing 31-23 late in the fourth quarter, McCown drove the Buccaneers to the Carolina 36 yard line, but was intercepted by Richard Marshall. The Buccaneers finished the regular season 9-7 (5-1 division, 6-2 home).

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Matt Schaub

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Matthew Rutledge Schaub (born June 25, 1981 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Houston Texans. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia.

Schaub attended East High School in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he finished his career with 3,990 passing yards and 35 touchdowns. As a senior, he was a team captain, named the team's Most Valuable Offensive Back, garnered first team All-Chestmont League honors, first team All-Area honors, first team all-County honors, and USA Today Honorable Mention All-State honors. In baseball, he was named the Chestmont League Sophomore of the Year as a sophomore, and won second team All-Area honors as a junior. In basketball, he remains on W.C. East's Top 5 Scoring List.

Matt Schaub finished his college career with at least 22 school records. He played in a record 40 games at the quarterback position and finished his career as one of the most accurate passers in Atlantic Coast Conference history (.670 career completion percentage). His Virginia statistics included school career records for yards passing (7502), touchdown passes (56), completions (716), attempts (1069), completion percentage (.670), 300-yard games (8), and 200-yard games (20).

Schaub enrolled at Virginia in the fall of 1999 and redshirted his true freshman season. In 2000, starter Dan Ellis missed some time due to injury, but fellow redshirt freshman Bryson Spinner received the bulk of playing time in relief. After the 2000 season, coach George Welsh retired and was replaced by Al Groh. Schaub was the starter for the first game of the 2001 season at Wisconsin. Over the 2001 season, Schaub and Spinner split quarterbacking duties nearly evenly. The two alternated in some games, while in others either Schaub or Spinner received nearly all the snaps. The two quarterback system worked relatively well with both effectively passing the ball to receiver Billy McMullen, the team's leading offensive threat.

Spinner transferred to the University of Richmond for the 2002 season, seemingly making Schaub the unquestioned starter. However, Schaub was briefly replaced by redshirt freshman Marques Hagans in the first game of the 2002 season against Colorado State University. Hagans was named the starter for the next game, against Florida State University, but was replaced by Schaub who went onto his breakout season. Schaub was the 2002 ACC Player of the Year, 2002 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-State Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) as a senior. Publicized in the 2003 preseason as a Heisman candidate, Schaub suffered a shoulder injury in the first game of the season and did not return for several games; therefore his overall numbers declined in his senior season. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 2003 Continental Tire Bowl and was twice selected to the All-ACC Academic Football Team. His University of Virginia awards included the John Acree Memorial Trophy, given to the football player with the highest qualities of leadership and unselfish service, and the Ben Wilson Award as the team’s most outstanding offensive player.

In 2004, Matt Schaub saw playing time in six games with the Atlanta Falcons, including starting the NFL week sixteen contest against the New Orleans Saints.

In 2005, Schaub was named the Most Valuable Player in the American Bowl preseason game in Tokyo, Japan. In front of 45,203 fans at the Tokyo Dome, Schaub completed 11 of 13 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-21 comeback victory over the Indianapolis Colts. During the regular season he played in 5 games, starting one. His lone start came against the New England Patriots in week 5; Schaub threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns in the 31-28 loss.

In March 2007, the Houston Texans acquired Schaub from the Falcons for second round picks in 2007 and 2008. As part of the deal, the teams also swapped first round picks in 2007, exchanging the Falcons' 10th pick with the Texans' 8th pick. Schaub was introduced to his new team at a press conference on March 22, 2007, and the subsequent day, the Texans released David Carr, opening the door for Schaub to become their long-term starter.

In each of the first two games of the 2007 season, Schaub threw for over 220 yards, a 71% completion percentage, and attained a quarterback rating of over 100; both games were victories for the Texans, winning 20-3 over the Kansas City Chiefs and 34-21 over the Carolina Panthers. The second victory marked the first 2–0 start in franchise history.. In week four, he started against his former team, the Atlanta Falcons, in which he completed 28 of 40 attempts, with 317 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions in what would be his second loss of the 2007 season.

Though Schaub was plagued with injuries throughout the 2007 season, he and backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels improved on the team's 2006 record of 6–10, bringing the Texans to their first .500 season with an 8–8 record which is also a first in the team's short history. Expectations are lofty as Schaub becomes the Texans starting quarterback for a second season, hoping to bring the Texans to their first playoff season.

Schaub is expected to need two to three months of rehab after undergoing surgery on his dislocated non-throwing shoulder. He is expected to participate in the team's Offseason Team Activities in May. The injury cost Schaub five games and parts of four others.

Schaub returned as the starter for the 2008 season. He played poorly in the first two games, losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans but then had a great game against the Jacksonville Jaguars despite another loss. He sat out the week 5 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. In week 6, Schaub set the Texans franchise record for passing yards with 379 in a comeback win against the Miami Dolphins in which Schaub scored the winning TD on a QB draw with 3 seconds left. Schaub helped teammate wide receiver Andre Johnson lead the league in both receptions and receiving yards through week 8 of the season, having 56 catches for 772 yards. The new quarterback-receiver tandem had their best day together through midseason during the week 8 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals where Schaub threw for 280 yards, completing over 85% of his passes (24 of 28), 10 of those going to Johnson for 143 yards in the 35-6 rout. Schaub's season was broken up however with a knee injury against the Minnesota Vikings, which expected to keep him out for around 4 weeks, making Sage Rosenfels the new starter. Texans coach Gary Kubiak has said that Schaub could be the backup quarterback for the Texans' week 13 game against Jacksonville, indicating that his injury is healing and that he may be able to start in the week 14 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Against the Packers, Schaub completed 28 of 42 pass attempts for 414 yards and 2 touchdowns, also leading the Texans down the field to set up a Kris Brown game winning field goal.

He played well down the stretch and the team finished 8-8 despite starting 0-4.

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2007 Tennessee Titans season

The 2007 Tennessee Titans season was the 48th season for the team in the National Football League, and their tenth in Tennessee. They entered the season in an attempt to improve on their 8-8 record from 2006, along with attempting to make the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

The Titans began their season on the road against their division rival, the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the first quarter, Tennessee struck first with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 20-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Jaguars took the lead with QB David Garrard completing a 47-yard TD pass to WR John Broussard. In the second quarter, Jacksonville increased its lead with kicker Josh Scobee getting a 22-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Titans would draw closer with Bironas kicking a 31-yard field goal. In the third quarter, Tennessee took the lead for good with QB Vince Young running into the end zone from 2 yards out for the final score of the game.

With the win, the Titans began the year at 1-0.

The Titans and Colts met at LP Field on September 16. After a slow start from both offenses, the Colts struck first with an 8 yard run by Joseph Addai, but Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri missed the point after. With 1:03 left in the first quarter, the Titans scored with a 30 yard field goal by Rob Bironas. In the second quarter, the Colts scored another touchdown via a 22 yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to Dallas Clark. Both sides kicked another field goal in the quarter, and the Colts led 16-6 at the break. After the break, Adam Vinatieri made another field goal to extend the Colts' lead. Titans running back LenDale White scored a rushing touchdown, while Vinatieri's field goal attempt was tipped but bounced over the crossbar to end the third quarter. Vinatieri missed a missed a 36 yard attempt early in the fourth quarter and Vince Young threw a 1 yard touchdown pass to Roydell Williams to end the game's scoring.

With the Titans' 22-20 loss, the team fell to 1-1 on the season.

Following their home loss from the Colts, the Titans flew to the Louisiana Superdome for a Monday Night fight with the New Orleans Saints. In the first quarter, Tennessee got the first punch with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 33-yard field goal for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Titans increased its lead with QB Vince Young completing a 35-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Jones. The Saints would respond with RB Reggie Bush getting a 1-yard TD run.

In the third quarter, New Orleans would take the lead with another 1-yard TD run by Bush. Fortunately, Tennessee would regain the lead with RB LenDale White getting a 1-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Titans closed out the game with Young completing a 3-yard TD pass to TE Bo Scaife, while DB Vincent Fuller returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown. Pulling off the 3 other Saints interceptions was LB Keith Bulluck.

With the win, Tennessee entered its bye week at 2-1.

Coming off their bye week, the Titans were at home for a Week 5 interconference duel with the Atlanta Falcons. In the first quarter, Tennessee fell behind early as RB LenDale White fumbled, allowing Falcons CB DeAngelo Hall to return the ball 56 yards for a touchdown. Later, the Titans ties the game with RB Chris Brown getting a 3-yard TD run. In the second quarter, Atlanta went back into the lead with kicker Morten Andersen getting a 32-yard field goal. Tennessee would end the half with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 30-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Falcons regained the lead with Andersen kicking a 28-yard field goal. Fortunately, the Titans took the lead with kicker Rob Bironas nailing a 40-yard field goal, while DB Vincent Fuller intercepted Atlanta QB Joey Harrington and returned it 76 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, it was a defensive struggle. Even when the Falcons benched Harrington and put QB Byron Leftwich in, Tennessee managed to hold on and win, despite having 5 turnovers on the day.

With the win, not only did the Titans improve to 3-1, but it was also their 5th straight win over Atlanta. It also improved head coach Jeff Fisher's head coaching record against the NFC South to 13-1.

Coming off a home win over the Falcons, the Titans flew to Raymond James Stadium for a Week 6 interconference duel with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After a scoreless first quarter, Tennessee would trail as Buccaneers kicker Matt Bryant got a 23-yard field goal for the only score of the half. In the third quarter, the Titans would respond with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 48-yard field goal. However, Tampa Bay answered with QB Jeff Garcia completing a 69-yard TD pass to WR Joey Galloway. In the fourth quarter, Tennessee tied the Buccaneers again with RB LenDale White getting a 2-yard TD run. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay would get the win as Bryant nailed a 43-yard field goal.

With the loss, not only did the Titans fall to 3-2, but QB Vince Young (11/14 for 120 yards and 1 interception) left the game in the third quarter with an injured right quadricep.

Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Buccaneers, the Titans flew to Reliant Stadium for a Week 7 AFC South showdown with the Houston Texans. With Vince Young recovering from a quad injury, back-up QB Kerry Collins was given the start. In the first quarter, Tennessee drew first blood with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 52-yard field goal. The Texans would respond with LB DeMeco Ryans returning a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown. Afterwards, the Titans answered with Bironas kicking a 25-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Tennessee began to pound away as Bironas got a 21-yard field goal, while RB LenDale White got a 1-yard TD run. Afterwards, Bironas would end the half with a 30-yard and a 28-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Titans continued its domination with Bironas kicking a 43-yard field goal, while rookie RB Chris Henry got a 4-yard TD run. However, in the fourth quarter, Houston began to rally as QB Sage Rosenfels completed a 7-yard TD pass to WR David Anderson and a 6-yard TD pass to WR Kevin Walter. Afterwards, Tennessee managed to reply. With Bironas' 29-yard field goal, he became the 5th kicker in NFL history to get 7 field goals in one game. However, the Texans managed to retake the lead with Rosenfels completing a 7-yard TD pass to TE Jeb Putzier and a 53-yard TD pass to WR André Davis. Fortunately, the Titans managed to get a historic last-second field goal. With his 29-yard field goal, not only did it seal the win for Tennessee, but it made Rob Bironas the first kicker in NFL history to get 8 field goals in one game.

With the win, the Titans improved to 4-2.

Coming off their divisional road win over the Texans, the Titans returned home for a Week 8 intraconference duel with the Oakland Raiders. In the first quarter, Tennessee trailed early as Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski got a 50-yard field goal. The Titans would tie the game with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 35-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Oakland retook the lead with Janikowski getting a 43-yard and a 54-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, Tennessee drew close with rookie RB Chris Henry getting a 24-yard TD run for the only score of the period. In the fourth quarter, the Titans took the lead for good as Bironas nailed a 23-yard field goal. Afterwards, Tennessee's defense held off the Raiders long enough for a touchdown.

With the win, the Titans improved to 5-2.

Coming off their home win over the Raiders, the Titans stayed at home for a Week 9 intraconference duel against the Carolina Panthers. In the first quarter, Tennessee drew first blood as QB Vince Young got a 3-yard TD run, along with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 47-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Titans increased their lead with Bironas kicking a 53-yard field goal for the only score of the period.

After a scoreless third quarter, Tennessee managed to put the game out of reach with RB LenDale White getting a 1-yard TD run. The Panthers would avoid getting shutout as QB David Carr completed an 18-yard TD pass to WR Drew Carter.

With the win, not only did the Titans improve to 6-2, but Head Coach Jeff Fisher improved his record over the NFC South to 14-2.

Tennessee's defense had a good game as they sacked Carr 7 times and limited Carolina's offense to just 191 total yards.

Coming off their home win over the Panthers, the Titans stayed at home for an AFC South rematch with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the first quarter, Tennessee trailed early as Jaguars QB Quinn Gray completed a 2-yard TD pass to FB Greg Jones for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Titans continued to fall behind as RB Maurice Jones-Drew got an 8-yard TD run. Tennessee would end the half with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 37-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, Jacksonville increased its lead with RB Fred Taylor getting a 4-yard TD run. The Titans would manage to get a 49-yard field goal from Bironas. In the fourth quarter, Tennessee drew close with QB Vince Young completing a 20-yard TD pass to WR Justin Gage. Unfortunately, the Jaguars sealed the win with Gray completing a 3-yard TD pass to Jones.

With the loss, the Titans fell to 6-3.

Not only was Tennessee's rushing attack held to a season-low 62 yards, but their top-ranked rushing defense allowed its first 100-yard rusher of the year in Maurice Jones-Drew (19 attempts for 101 yards and 1 touchdown). This is largely in part due to DT Albert Haynesworth and DE Travis LaBoy being inactive due to injuries.

Hoping to rebound from their divisional home loss to the Jaguars, the Titans flew to INVESCO Field at Mile High for a Week 11 Monday Night intraconference duel with the Denver Broncos. In the first quarter, Tennessee trailed early as Broncos QB Jay Cutler completed a 48-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Stokley, along with WR/PR Glenn Martinez returning a punt 80 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, the Titans got on the board with QB Vince Young completing a 21-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Jones. Denver would respond with kicker Jason Elam getting a 21-yard and a 39-yard field goal. Tennessee would end the half with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 56-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Titans continue to trail as Cutler completed a 41-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Marshall. Tennessee would reply with Young getting a 4-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Titans tried to get a comeback as Bironas nailed a 37-yard field goal. Unfortunately, the Broncos sealed the win with RB Andre Hall getting a 62-yard TD run.

With the loss, the Titans fell to 6-4.

Trying to snap a two-game losing skid, the Titans flew to Paul Brown Stadium for a Week 12 duel with the Cincinnati Bengals. In the first quarter, Tennessee trailed early as Bengals RB Rudi Johnson got a 5-yard TD run for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Titans got on the board with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 28-yard field goal. However, Cincinnati answered with QB Carson Palmer completing a 10-yard TD pass to WR Chad Johnson. Tennessee would end the half with Bironas getting a 23-yard field goal.

In the second half, the Bengals sealed the win Carson and Chad hooking up with each other on a 2-yard TD pass in the third quarter and a 3-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter.

With their third-straight loss, the Titans fell to 6-5.

Trying to snap a three-game losing skid, the Titans went home for a Week 13 AFC South rematch with the Houston Texans. In the first quarter, Tennessee trailed early as Texans RB Ron Dayne got a 1-yard TD run. Afterwards, the Titans responded with RB LenDale White getting a 1-yard TD run. In the second quarter, Houston regained the lead with kicker Kris Brown getting a 45-yard field goal for the only score of the period.

In the third quarter, Tennessee took the lead as QB Vince Young completed a 43-yard TD pass to WR Roydell Williams, along with an 11-yard TD pass to WR Justin Gage. In the fourth quarter, the Texans crept closer with QB Sage Rosenfels completing a 28-yard TD pass to WR Andre Johnson. Afterwards, the Titans replied with RB Chris Brown getting a 7-yard TD run. Later, Houston managed to get a 50-yard field goal from Brown. Afterwards, Tennessee's defense help secure the guarantee of their three-game skid coming to an end.

With the season-sweeping win, the Titans improved to 7-5. This marked the third-straight year that Tennessee has swept the Texans.

Coming off their divisional home win over the Texans, the Titans stayed at home for a Week 14 intraconference duel with the San Diego Chargers. In the first quarter, the Titans went on the attack first as kicker Rob Bironas managed to get a 44-yard field goal for the only score of the half.

In the third quarter, the Chargers tied the game with kicker Nate Kaeding getting a 20-yard field goal. Afterwards, Tennessee would regain the lead with rookie RB Chris Brown getting a 7-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Titans increased its lead with RB LenDale White getting a 7-yard TD run. However, San Diego tied the game with QB Philip Rivers completing a 7-yard TD pass to RB LaDainian Tomlinson and a 2-yard TD pass to TE Antonio Gates. In overtime, the Chargers sealed the win with Tomlinson getting a 16-yard TD run.

With the loss, Tennessee fell to 7-6.

The Titans have lost 4 out their last 5 games since starting the year at 6-2.

Hoping to rebound from their home loss to the Chargers, the Titans flew to Arrowhead Stadium for a Week 15 intraconference duel with the Kansas City Chiefs. In the first quarter, Tennessee drew first blood as QB Vince Young completed a 16-yard TD pass to WR Roydell Williams for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Chiefs tied the game with QB Brodie Croyle completing a 10-yard TD pass to WR Samie Parker. Afterwards, the Titans responded with kicker Rob Bironas managing to get a 37-yard field goal. Kansas City would take the lead prior to halftime with Croyle completing a 9-yard TD pass to FB Kris Wilson.

In the third quarter, Tennessee would draw close as Bironas kicked a 37-yard field goal. The Chiefs answered with kicker John Carney getting a 36-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Titans would retake the lead with Young and Williams hooking up with each other again on a 41-yard TD pass. In the fourth quarter, Tennessee clinched the victory with Bironas nailing a 40-yard and a 25-yard field goal.

With the win, the Titans kept their playoff hopes alive at 8-6.

Coming off their road win over the Chiefs, the Titans went home for a Week 16 duel with the New York Jets. After a scoreless first quarter, Tennessee got on the board first in the second quarter with RB Chris Brown getting a 4-yard TD run. The Jets would respond with QB Chad Pennington completing a 9-yard TD pass to WR Jerricho Cotchery (with a failed PAT). In the third quarter, the Titans took the lead with kicker Rob Bironas nailing a 46-yard field goal. For the rest of the game, Tennessee's defense kept New York from being any kind of threat.

With the win (and a Cleveland loss), the Titans continued to keep their playoff hopes alive at 9-6.

RB LenDale White (23 attempts for 104 yards) got his first career 1,000-yard season.

Coming off their home win over the Jets, the Titans (needing a win to make the playoffs) flew to the RCA Dome for a Week 17 Sunday night AFC South rematch with the playoff-bound Indianapolis Colts. In the first quarter, Tennessee got the first punch as RB Chris Brown capped off the team's game-opening drive with an 8-yard TD run for the only score of the period. In the second quarter, the Colts got on the board with kicker Adam Vinatieri getting a 37-yard field goal for the only score of the period.

In the third quarter, Indianapolis took the lead with QB Jim Sorgi completing a 3-yard TD pass to WR Craphonso Thorpe. Afterwards, the Titans tied the game with kicker Rob Bironas getting a 40-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Tennessee sealed the deal with Bironas nailing a 54-yard and a 33-yard field goal.

With the win, not only did the Titans end the regular season at 10-6, but it also gave them the AFC's #6 seed.

Entering the playoffs as the AFC's #6 seed, the Titans began their Super Bowl run at Qualcomm Stadium against the third-seeded San Diego Chargers in a rematch of Week 14, which saw Tennessee lead early, yet lose in overtime.

In the first half, the Titans got the early lead as kicker Rob Bironas kicked a 30-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter. In the third quarter, the Chargers took the lead with kicker Nate Kaeding nailing a 20-yard field goal, along with QB Philip Rivers completing a 25-yard TD pass to WR Vincent Jackson. In the fourth quarter, San Diego sealed the win with RB LaDainian Tomlinson getting a 1-yard TD run.

With the loss, Tennessee ended its season with an overall record of 10-7.

QB Vince Young entered this game as the youngest quarterback to ever start a playoff game in franchise history (24 years and 233 days).

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The Marino Curse

The Marino Curse is a superstition cited as a reason why the Miami Dolphins haven't been able to find a stable quarterback after Dan Marino's retirement after the 1999 season. Dan Marino, or course, is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. He was drafted to Miami in the 1983 season and played his entire career there, gaining 61,361 yards through the air, which was a league record (it was broken in 2007 by Brett Favre) and another lead record of 420 touchdowns (also broken by Favre in 2007.) He also led the Dolphins to a Super Bowl in 1984, which they lost to the 49ers. After his retirement, every quarterback that played for the Dolphins have either played horribly or became seriously injured during the season. Some victims of the curse include Daunte Culpepper, Trent Green, Jay Fiedler, Cleo Lemon, and more.

After Marino's retirement, head coach Dave Wannstedt announced that the team's new starting quarterback would be Jay Fiedler. That season Jay Fiedler played exceptionally well, gaining 2402 yards through the air and 14 touchdowns, and leading the Dolphins to an 11-5 finish and took first place in the AFC East division. They made it to the Divisional Playoff round, but lost to the Oakland Raiders 17-0.

After that season, it looked as though that there was no curse as Jay Fiedler was a great quarterback. It was said in 2001 too when he threw for 3290 yards and 20 touchdowns, leading the Dolphins to the playoffs once again that year, but ended up losing in the Wild Card round to the Baltimore Ravens.

After the 2002 season, the team cut Ray Lucas and signed Brian Griese. Griese played with the Denver Broncos from 1998 to 2002. He was the man that was said to replace John Elway in Denver, but after 5 seasons, they decided to part ways. This time, Jay Fieder and Brian Griese would compete for the starting job. It was announced that Fiedler won the starting job for the regular season. He only played 12 games that season, and played the worst that he ever did. He threw for 2138 yards, 11 touchdowns, but 13 interceptions. After his horrible playing, head coach Dave Wannstedt pulled him out and put Brian Griese in. Brian Griese also didn't play well throwing 6 interceptions in 4 games. After the first two seasons were great in Miami, the curse was starting to set in.

Brian Griese was released and ended up playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They decided to trade for A.J. Feeley in his stead. Feeley played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2001 to 2003. And in the 2002 season when the star quarterback for the Eagles Donovan McNabb got injured, Feeley stepped in throwing for 1011 yards and 6 touchdowns leading the Eagles to the playoffs. In 2004, he and Jay Fiedler would compete for the starting job. A.J Feeley would start for the first half of the season, but his playing suffered. He threw for 1893 yards and 11 touchdowns, but he also threw 15 interceptions. After the season started 1-8, head coach Dave Wannstedt quit and the defensive coordinator Jim Bates would be the head coach for the rest of the season. He then made Jay Fiedler the new starter. Jay Fiedler threw for 1186 yards and 7 touchdowns, but 8 interceptions. The Dolphins finished 4-12, the franchise's worst record since 1969.

In 2005, the Dolphins hired Nick Saban as their new coach. He swore to turn this franchise around. The Dolphins traded both Jay Fiedler and A.J Feeley, and signed Gus Frerotte. Frerotte was the starter for the Washington Redskins from 1994 to 1999. He then went to the Detroit Lions as the starting quarterback, but only played one season there. He went to the Broncos for the 2000 and 2001 seasons as a backup, only to go to the Cincinnati Bengals in 2002 where he threw 5 interceptions and only 1 touchdown in 4 games. He was them picked up by the Minnesota Vikings in 2003 and there he revived his career throwing 7 touchdowns and 2 picks in limited action, with a 100+ QB rating. Gus Frerotte is often called "The Marino Survivor", as many feel he was the only quarterback to play for Miami and not be effected by the curse. He threw for 2996 yards and 18 touchdowns with only 13 interceptions. The same couldn't be said for his backup Sage Rosenfels who played four games throwing three picks and only 462 yards. Although Frerotte was seen as the favorite for Miami, he was released after the 2005 season and went to St. Louis. That year the Dolphins finished 9-7 and it would stand as their last winning record before 2008.

After the franchise decided Frerotte and Rosenfels weren't good enough, they signed Daunte Culpepper and Joey Harrington. Culpepper was the starting quarterback for the Vikings from 2000 to 2005. There he was a Pro Bowl quarterback who threw for 4717 yards and 39 touchdowns in the 2004 season. But in 2005, he threw 12 interceptions and only 6 touchdowns before being injured. He demanded more money to stay there, but the Vikings released him instead. Harrington was the first round draft pick for the Detroit Lions in 2002, but he was often seen as a bust. He was their starter for 4 seasons. In those 4 seasons he threw 60 touchdowns and 62 interceptions. Culpepper was bothered by his knee injury he suffered the year before and only played 4 games that year throwing 3 picks and 2 touchdowns. Harrington then took the reins as quarterback. Harrington threw 15 picks and only 12 touchdowns that season. The Dolphins went 6-10 and Saban quit afterwards to go coach for Alabama. Culpepper and Harrington were also released as the Dolphins continued to try and find a quarterback.

The Dolphins hired Cam Cameron as their head coach after Saban quit. Cameron was the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers from 2002 to 2006. Many said he was a genius for this work there. The Dolphins also acquired Trent Green through a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs and they dubbed Green as their new starter. Green was drafted by San Diego in 1993 but went to Washington in 1995. He started his first game in 1997. In 1999 he went to the Rams as the starting quarterback, only to go down to injury in the preseason, losing his job to Kurt Warner, before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2001. In Kansas City, Green threw for 21,459 yards and 118 touchdowns. But the year before, he went down with a season ending concussion and the Chiefs felt that they didn't need him anymore. They also acquired John Beck in that years NFL draft. Green threw 7 picks and 5 touchdowns in 5 games. He then was knocked out (literally) for the rest of the season with another concussion. Cleo Lemon would then step in. Lemon led the Dolphins to their only victory in week 15 against the Baltimore Ravens. Lemon finished with 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Beck finished with 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. Head Coach Cam Cameron was fired after a 1-15 season, the franchise's worst record.

After the Dolphins fired Cam Cameron, the Dolphins introduced Bill Parcells as the team's new Head Of Football Operations. Bill Parcells was a former head coach in the National Football League, coaching the New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets, and the Dallas Cowboys. He also led the Giants and the Patriots to Super Bowl appearances. Right away, Bill Parcells began to rebuild the organization, cutting many players including Dolphins All-Pro Linebacker Zach Thomas and trading All-Pro Defensive End Jason Taylor. Bill Parcells released Trent Green and Cleo Lemon and drafted quarterback Chad Henne. The Dolphins signed quarterback Josh McCown. McCown entered the league in 2002 with the Arizona Cardinals. After being released by the Cardinals after the 2005 season, he played for the Detroit Lions and the Oakland Raiders. In 2007, he played in 9 games throwing for 1,151 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was named the starter for the first preseason game. But after lackluster play, the Dolphins signed quarterback Chad Pennington to be the new starter. McCown was then traded to the Carolina Panthers. Pennington played 8 years with the Dolphins rival New York Jets before being released in favor of quarterback Brett Favre. Pennington played considerably well, but constant injuries often ruined his seasons. In 2007, Pennington threw for 1,765 yards and 10 touchdowns. In his 2008 season he threw 19 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and passing for 3653 yards. His QB rating was a 97.4. They went 11-5 which was enough to win the AFC East.

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