THIS DATE IN SPORTS
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.