June 5, 2013 |
HIS NAME is his outlook. "All things are possible through God's greatness" is not just the English translation to Ifeanyi Momah's Nigerian first name. It is the philosophy that has sustained him through the last 21 months of his life. By now, many of us have heard his story. Bounced between defensive end and receiver at Boston College, his knee torn up amid what appeared to be a breakout game against Northwestern at the start of the 2011 season, his appeal to play a sixth season denied by the NCAA.
November 27, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS - Colin Kaepernick ran for one score that he made look easy and threw for a touchdown in another performance that validated coach Jim Harbaugh's decision to start him. The San Francisco defense added its share of big plays and the 49ers ended the New Orleans Saints' three-game winning streak, 31-21, on Sunday. Ahmad Brooks and Donte Whitner each returned interceptions for touchdowns and the 49ers sacked Brees five times. Kaepernick was solid in his second career start while Alex Smith, deemed healthy enough to suit up after recovering from a concussion, watched from the sideline.
October 4, 2012 |
ON SUNDAY, SAINTS quarterback Drew Brees will likely break Johnny Unitas' record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass. And that's fine with Joe Unitas, the son of the late NFL Hall of Fame quarterback. Brees tied the 47-game record with a 20-yard strike to Marques Colston in the first quarter of a loss to the Packers last weekend. He can break the mark on Sunday night against the visiting Chargers, the team the 12-year veteran began his career with. In a letter to Brees that the Saints posted on their Facebook page, Joe Unitas wrote: "I wanted to take a minute to congratulate you on tying my father's record . . . I'm a big fan of yours, and wish you the best Sunday night against San Diego . . . When I look back on my father's life I remember a man who was much bigger than the game of football.
October 1, 2012 |
GREEN BAY - As if bearing the brunt of the call that ultimately led to the end of the NFL's replacement officials wasn't enough, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers nearly had a big comeback win undone with a blunder by the regular refs. Rodgers threw a go-ahead touchdown to Jordy Nelson in the fourth quarter, and the Packers shook off a week's worth of controversy with a rally to beat the New Orleans Saints, 28-27, on Sunday. With Packers fans howling about what appeared to be yet another bad call - this time by the regular officials, not the replacements - Garrett Hartley missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt with just under 3 minutes left, costing the Saints a shot at the lead.
March 14, 2012 |
WIDE RECEIVERS grabbed the big money as NFL free agency began yesterday. Vincent Jackson is headed to Tampa Bay, Pierre Garcon to Washington and Marques Colston will stay in New Orleans, all getting huge deals. Josh Morgan also caught a hefty contract from the Redskins, while Miami dealt its top receiver, Brandon Marshall, to Chicago for two third-round draft choices. Jackson got a 5-year, $55.55 million contract with the Buccaneers. He will be paid $13 million in each of his first 2 years, then $10 million for the third year.
December 27, 2011 |
NEW ORLEANS - Quite a night for Drew Brees and the Saints - a record and a rout. Brees set the NFL record for yards passing in a season, breaking a mark that Dan Marino had held for 27 years, and New Orleans clinched the NFC South title with a 45-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons last night. Brees threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, the last a 9-yard strike to Darren Sproles that set the record with 2:51 to go. "So many people contributed to this, and I'm happy for them," Brees said.
November 29, 2011 |
NEW ORLEANS - Drew Brees and the surging New Orleans Saints made everything look easy against the slumping Giants. Brees passed for 363 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score as New Orleans rolled to a 49-24 victory last night, extending New York's losing skid to three games. Tight end Jimmy Graham had five catches for 84 yards, including touchdowns of 5 and 29 yards. Brees' two other scoring strikes went to Lance Moore, who had five catches for 54 yards.
October 24, 2011 |
NEW ORLEANS - Drew Brees completed 31 of 35 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns, and the Saints set a franchise record for points and victory margin in a 62-7 demolition of the hapless Indianapolis Colts last night. For the first time as a head coach, Sean Payton spent the game up in the coaches' booth, where he could sit comfortably with his broken left leg propped up. He called the plays from there and he had to like what he saw from his new vantage point. Brees had two TD passes to Marques Colston and one to Darren Sproles in the first quarter.
December 1, 2009 |
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints carved up Bill Belichick's defense, staying unbeaten with a dominant romp over the Patriots. Brees threw for a season-high 371 yards and five touchdowns, and the Saints harassed Tom Brady all game in a 38-17 victory over New England last night. By routing one of the NFL's top powers, the Saints joined the Colts at 11-0, the first time two teams have opened with that many wins in the same season. The convincing win left little doubt about New Orleans' credentials to match the Patriots' 16-0 regular-season mark in 2007.
October 19, 2009 |
Eli Manning returned to his hometown only to see Drew Brees torch the New York Giants' league-leading defense. Brees ended his two-game streak without a touchdown throw by completing 23 of 30 passes for 369 yards and four scores yesterday, and New Orleans easily remained unbeaten, 48-27. The Giants (5-1) came into the game giving up averages of 210.6 yards and 14.2 points. The Saints (5-0) had 34 points and 315 yards by halftime, as Brees threw three TD passes to reach 100 since the Saints signed him as a free agent in 2006.