Monthly Archives: December 2014

Record breaking day for Marino

On December 17, 1984, Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino set two NFL records by throwing his 48th touchdown of the season and became the first quarterback to accumulate 5,000 passing yards in a 28-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Mark Clayton gave the Dolphins the edge when he made the fourth quarter, 63 yard reception to […]

Dallas sends Roger Staubach off with style

On December 16, 1979 Roger Staubach played in his final regular season home game as he led the Dallas Cowboys to a 35-34 victory over the Washington Redskins. The Cowboys had a 21-17 lead going into the fourth quarter but Joe Theismann was not going to give in easily, and neither were his Redskins. Mark Moseley […]

Recchi sits out

On December 12, 1998, Mark Recchi sat out, putting an end to his 569 consecutive regular season games due to pneumonia. Recchi is one of 20 players who have played in at least 500 consecutive games. Doug Jarvis, whose streak ended in 1986, holds the record, 964. Recchi was chosen in the fourth round of the 1988 […]

A long throw with no points

On December 10, 1972, Ahmad Rashad, also known as Bobby Moore, was tackled after receiving a 98 yard pass from Jim Hart to complete the longest pass to not result in a touchdown. The game resulted in a 24-14 St. Louis Cardinals home victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Rashad was taken down on the Ram’s one yard […]

Payton flops at quarterback

On December 9, 1984, Walter Payton took over as Chicago Bears quarterback for six plays in a 20-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The winner of the game, the Packers, went on to have home field advantage in the Central Division Championship game. Head Coach Mike Ditka was running short on choices for the […]

Sanders runs to the Heisman

On December 3, 1988, Oklahoma State University running back, Barry Sanders won the Heisman Trophy after accumulating 2,628 rushing yards and scored 37 touchdowns in his third collegiate season. Sanders played three seasons with Oklahoma State. He totaled 3,556 rushing yards, 164 receiving yards and 49 touchdowns. After being chosen third overall in the 1989 NFL draft […]

Marino throws 40

On Decemer 2, 1984, Miami Dolphin’s quarterback Dan Marino threw his 40th touchdown pass of the season in a 45-34 Los Angeles Raiders victory at the Orange Bowl. The Raiders managed to get on the board first. Mike Haynes made a 97 yard return off of an interception. By the end of the first quarter, a four yard […]