Monday, December 14
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If you asked the Panthers what their game plan was, it's simple. They helped whoever was covering Randy Moss early in the game with a safety. Then, once he was frustrated, they no longer needed to. Because by then, it was Game Over for No. 81. "We knew he was going to shut it down," Panthers cornerback Chris Gamble told me after the game. "That's what we wanted to do him. That's what we did. ... He'd just give up a lot ... Slow down, he's not going deep, not trying to run a route. You can tell, his body language." Gamble continued ... "I know everyone who plays against him, they can sense that. Once you get into him in the beginning of the game, he shuts it down a little bit." (Boston Globe)Comment
There's another reason Brian Kelly is excited to return to Notre Dame for his first official day on the job Monday: Apparently the people of Cincinnati can't wait until he leaves. A post on Kelly's Twitter page Sunday morning indicated he received quite the cool welcome as he spent the weekend wrapping up loose ends in Cincinnati. "Spent most of the morning on the phone with recruits," Kelly wrote. "House got egged last night and the sign on the lawn wasn't a FOR SALE sign." (Chicago Tribune)Comment
Sunday's victory assured that Norv Turner will get a contract extension, perhaps right after the regular season ends. There really was no doubt Turner would have his current pact, which is due to expire after next season, extended anyway. But there was the thought among the team's decision makers that if the Chargers were to collapse over the final four games the extension could be put off. (San Diego Union-Tribune)Comment
Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson burns the Giants on an astounding 72-yard punt return touchdown. (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)
Marian Hossa catches the puck in mid air and then bats it home for an incredible goal in the Chicago Blackhawks' win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Game To Watch
Cardinals at 49ers, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
- Arizona Cardinals
- San Francisco 49ers
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This Day in Sports
- 1915 -- Jack Johnson becomes first black world heavyweight boxing champion.
- 1953 -- Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax.
- 1977 -- Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins to Rangers for John Poloni and cash.
- 1984 -- Howard Cosell retires from Monday Night Football.