Ten Interesting Facts from the 2008-09 NFL Season

ChiCitySports .ComCorrespondent IJune 28, 2009

The 2008-09 NFL season brought many surprises, great games, and excitement to fans. With all of the excitement, it's sometimes easy to overlook certain things.

Here is a list (in no certain order) of 10 very interesting occurrences from the season. Enjoy!

Sept. 7, 2008

Two rookie coach-quarterback combos (Baltimore Ravens with John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco, Atlanta Falcons with Mike Smith and Matt Ryan) won in Week One—something that had never happened since the NFL/AFL merger.

Sept. 21, 2008

In the Chiefs' third game of the season, they started their third different quarterback and lost for the third time.

Sept. 28, 2008

Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski attempted a 76-yard field goal. He didn't make it.

Oct. 5, 2008

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The Colts embarrassed the Texans by becoming the first team ever to trail by at least 17 points in the final five minutes and win in regulation.

Oct. 26, 2008

During the first halftime speech of his NFL coaching career, Mike Singletary dropped his pants and pointed to his posterior to illustrate what he thought of his 49ers' performance so far. He then went on to rant for more than three minutes before hoisting them back up.

Nov. 2, 2008

The Raiders gained minus-two yards of total offense in the first half against the Falcons—the first time since 1992 a team finished with less than zero yards of offense before halftime.

Nov. 30, 2008

Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams became the first player ever to record four one-yard rushing touchdowns in a game.

Dec. 28, 2008

In a win over the Buffalo Bills, New England punted on third down on back-to-back possessions, equaling the total number of third-down boots by all NFL teams combined since 1991.

Dec. 28, 2008

Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant had an 80-yard run called back in his final game of the year when replay showed that his knee was down 21 yards into the play, depriving him of a $1.35 million incentive bonus for reaching 1,250 yards. Ouch.

December 28, 2008

The Detroit Lions—the only undefeated team in preseason—became the first to finish an 0-16 regular season.

Almost on the List

Sept. 28, 2008

The Jets outgunned the Cardinals 56-35 despite a scoreless first quarter.

Oct. 12, 2008

On their 334th play of the season, the Redskins committed their first turnover. On their next possession they coughed it up again.

Dec. 31, 2008

Former NFL Comeback Player of the Year Chad Pennington won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award again.

These are from the Athlon Sports Preview Magazine. I highly suggest you go pick it up to read the ENTIRE list!


Rush - VSN Writer


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