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Something Remarkable Happened When Tennessee Played Jacksonville Last Night in the NFL

I write far less about American Football here than I would like to – mainly because the legal aspects are more abstruse (though one day I will recap the USFL v NFL battles on the 1980’s and their implications for Scottish football should the SPL, SFL and SFA not agree on re-structuring).

Last night’s games threw up some remarkable events – Drew Brees of the Saints passing for over 5,000 yards for the second straight season; Adrian Peterson taking his Vikings single-handedly into the playoffs and falling 9 yards short of beating Eric Dickerson’s “unbeatable” single season rushing record; and Washington beating their arch-rivals, Dallas, to win their division.

But the most remarkable took place in a meaningless game, between two teams who have disappointed this year – the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The season ended with Jacksonville on 6-10 and Tennessee on 2-14. Yesterday showed Jacksonville how best to win – avoid putting your offence on the field at all!

With 3.04 to go in the second quarter the Titans got the ball. They led 14-7 and took over possession on their own 49 yard line. Continue reading

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