Ottawa Citizen

THIS DATE IN SPORTS

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De­cem­ber 28

1958 - The Baltimore Colts de­feated the New York Giants, 23-17 af­ter eight min­utes of a sud­den death over­time to win the NFL cham­pi­onship game.

1963 - Johnny “Red” Kerr of the Philadel­phia Warriors played in his 707th straight game, a 114-100 vic­tory over the Lak­ers, to break the NBA record held by Dolph Schayes.

1975 - The in­fa­mous “hail mary” pass from Dal­las’ Roger Staubach to Drew Pear­son in the fi­nal minute gave the Cow­boys an up­set win over the Min­nesota Vik­ings in the NFC Di­vi­sional Game.

1998 - It was con­sid­ered “black Mon­day” around the NFL, as five coaches got fired; Philadel­phia’s Ray Rhodes, Carolina’s Dom Ca­pers, Seat­tle’s Dennis Erick­son, Baltimore’s Ted Marchi­broda and Chicago’s Dave Wannst­edt.

2002 - Vir­ginia won the in­au­gu­ral Con­ti­nen­tal Tire Bowl de­feat­ing West Vir­ginia, 48-22.

2003 - Indianapol­is Colts kicker Mike Van­der­jagt kicked an NFL record 41st con­sec­u­tive field goal, lead­ing the Colts to a 20-17, vic­tory over the Hous­ton Tex­ans.

2003 - Kansas City Chiefs RB Priest Holmes set both the NFL record for rush­ing touch­downs in a sin­gle sea­son with 26 and to­tal touch­downs in a sin­gle sea­son with 27.

2003 - San Diego Charg­ers RB LaDainian Tom­lin­son be­came the first player in NFL his­tory to have at least 1,000 rush­ing yards and 100 re­cep­tions in one sea­son.

2008 - The Detroit Lions be­came the first NFL team to lose all 16 of their games.

2008 - New Or­leans’ Drew Brees be­came the sec­ond player in NFL his­tory to throw for over 5,000 yards (Dan Marino, 1984).

2008 - In­terim head coach Mike Sin­gle­tary be­came the per­ma­nent head coach of the San Fran­cisco 49ers.

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