Archive - September 2014

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Chiefs Dominate Patriots in Week 4 Upset
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Top Moments from Derek Jeter’s Illustrious Career
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NFL Contenders Look to Emerge in Week 3
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Behind-the-Scenes with Brian Hoyer
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Teams Looks to Set the Tone for 2014 in Week 2
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Can Peyton Manning Repeat Record-Setting 2013 Season?
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NFL Kicks Off Week 1 with No Shortage of Excitement
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Can the Seattle Seahawks Repeat as Super Bowl Champs in 2014?

Chiefs Dominate Patriots in Week 4 Upset

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Calling the New England Patriots Monday night performance against the Kansas City Chiefs dismal would be putting it nicely. In a 41-14 rout, the Chiefs completely steamrolled the Patriots, while shutting down MVP quarterback Tom Brady. The opportunistic Kansas City team played mistake-free football while picking apart Brady and the Patriots to hand New England its worst defeat since losing to San Diego 41-17 in 2005

A franchise that once dominated the NFL with a reputation as one of the league’s strongest forces, the New England Patriots is starting to look more like an amateur football team this year. Already off to a dismal start to the season at 2-2, the Patriots outlook for the 2014 NFL season doesn’t seem promising, despite being a perennial postseason contender. Tom Brady was picked off twice, with one interception returned for a touchdown, and sacked three times, including a strip-sack from Tamba Hali to set up for a field goal. Regardless of a terrible performance from Brady, he was still New England’s top performer, which is really saying something. If Bill Belichick doesn’t address the massive problems plaguing this Patriots team, such as massive holes in their offensive line and a lacking running game, the Patriots are in for an extremely rough season, as demonstrated on Monday night.

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Meanwhile, things are looking up for the 2-2 Chiefs in Kansas City with a huge return from Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles. From coming off the bench with a recovering ankle injury to dominating the field for three touchdowns, Charles brought hope coupled with a lot of excitement back to Kansas City football fans. Despite a sprained ankle that kept him from playing last week in Miami, Charles proved he’s back at full speed while running for 92 yards against the Patriots. Supporting Charles’ stellar performance, Alex Smith threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns, with Knile Davis recording 107 rushing yards and Travis Kelce catching eight for 93 yards and a score. On a night that Chiefs fans were determined to reclaim the record for the loudest outdoor sports venue and reached that feat in the first half, Kansas City regained its faith in its football team.

Although the season is entering Week 5, the entire league is unpredictable and inconsistent, giving the Patriots a glimpse of hope for remaining a contender in 2014. With teams that many believed would play in the Super Bowl, including the 49ers and Saints, failing to live up to predictions, while unexpected forces, such as the dominant Cincinnati Bengals at the top of the league, the NFL is truly in for a wild season.

Top Moments from Derek Jeter’s Illustrious Career

JeterTunnelBabe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jo DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle. These are just several players from the incredible dynasty of legendary baseball players to write their name in MLB history while donning the famous pinstripes as members of the New York Yankees. If there’s any player who deserves to have their name added to this list, it’s the longtime Yankee great known as “The Captain”, Derek Jeter. After 20 seasons of ball in the Bronx, Jeter begins his final stretch of games as a New York Yankee this week and will make his last MLB appearance on Sunday, September 28, 2014. In honor of the upcoming retirement of this future Hall of Famer, Fanatics Authentic recaps some of the greatest moments in The Captain’s illustrious career.

Only 28 players in over a century of Major League Baseball have tallied 3,000 or more hits during their career and Derek Jeter ranks sixth among those 28 Hall of Fame inductees. After surpassing Lou Gehrig to become the New York Yankees all-time hits leader, Jeter racked up his 3,000th career hit by homering to left field in a 2011 home match-up against the Tampa Bay Rays. It was only fitting that a Yankee as memorable as Jeter joined the 3,000 hit club with a home run in front of a nearly sold out Yankee Stadium.

dj3kIn the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, the city of New York was looking for a sign of hope in trying times. The people of the Big Apple would look no further than The Captain himself. The 2011 World Series games were delayed until November and the Yankees were in a heated series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Just after the clock struck midnight in Game 4, Derek Jeter hit a walk-off home run to earn the legendary nickname Mr. November and keep the faith alive in New York.

Arguably the greatest moment in Derek Jeter’s career wasn’t achieving one of his dozens of milestones or winning any of his five World Series rings. Instead, it came in a 2001 ALDS game against the Oakland A’s. Down two games in a must-win match-up in Northern California, the Yankees were holding on to a slim 1-0 lead late in the night. When Oakland’s Terrence Long slapped a Mike Mussina pitch in to the outfield, it was almost certain that Jeremy Giambi would score the game-tying run, putting all the pressure back on the Yankees to win this game and stay alive in the postseason. Yankees outfielder Shane Spencer threw the ball from the outfield over the cutoff mans head, but Derek Jeter appeared seemingly out of nowhere to scoop up the throw and flip it to Jorge Posada to tag out Oakland’s Giambi at home. This play saved the New York Yankees season and will forever be known as “The Flip.”

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Celebrate the storied career of The Captain by taking home a piece signed by Derek Jeter from our New York Yankees memorabilia collection. Authentic autographed Derek Jeter memorabilia is the ideal way to commemorate the 14-time MLB All-Star and five-time World Series winner that is credited with changing the game forever. Jeter will certainly go down as one of the most talented and well-respected athletes of all-time, leaving the value of his autographed MLB merchandise inevitably valuable for years to come.

NFL Contenders Look to Emerge in Week 3

Jay_CutlerWith three weeks off the grid we officially start to find ourselves in the thick of the NFL season. Teams have now shaken off the rust and are on the verge of finding out what playmakers they will rely on to come up big this season. Week 3 gave us our first taste of some of the most prolific rookies in this year’s draft class.

The week started off down south with a Thursday night Falcons embarrassment of the Buccaneers as Atlanta defeated Tampa Bay by over 40 points. Safety Antrelle Rolle called the New York Giants third game a “must-win” and that’s exactly what the Big Blue did in a romping of J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans. The Cowboys dug themselves a big hole in the first half of their game against the Rams, but DeMarco Murray hit the century mark on the ground for the third game in a row en route to a Dallas comeback victory. In DeSean Jackson’s heavy-tempered return to the City of Brotherly Love he connected with new quarterback Kirk Cousins for an 81-yard touchdown despite a three-point loss to the Eagles. Vikings fans got to see rookie sensation Teddy Bridgewater under center for the first time but his performance wasn’t enough to take down a New Orleans team starving for their first win. A low scoring affair in the Motor City gave Detroit a 19-7 edge over a struggling Green Bay Packers squad and on the west coast the Arizona Cardinals improved to 3-0 with a statement win against the 49ers. The Seattle Seahawks survived a Peyton Manning comeback and scored first in overtime to seal a victory in a Super Bowl rematch and the Jay Cutler led Bears took down the New York Jets despite a breakout performance by second year quarterback Geno Smith.

Ben_RoethlisbergerIn the AFC, the Dolphins dropped their second in a row with a double-digit loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. San Diego emerged as an early sleeper pick to represent the AFC West in the playoffs as they routed a talented Buffalo Bills team 22-10. Quarterback Andy Dalton didn’t throw a touchdown, but caught one instead in a 33-7 Bengals win over Tennessee and the Baltimore Ravens edged the Browns with a last second score in a divisional matchup in Cleveland. After the Indianapolis Colts jumped out to a commanding 30-0 first half lead, Jacksonville turned to quarterback of the future Blake Bortles to see his first regular season snaps. Bortles found pay dirt twice but the Jaguars still were crushed by the Colts 44-17. New England escaped a scare from the Oakland Raiders with a seven point victory and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled a big upset with a dominating win against Carolina on Sunday Night Football.

Week 4 features one of the oldest rivalries in the game with a match-up between the Chicago Bears versus the Green Bay Packers, along with a matchup between two NFC favorites, the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers. In addition to these two heated rivalries, the competition is really heating up as it gets deeper into the season, determining the contenders from the pretenders.

Behind-the-Scenes with Brian Hoyer

Recently, the Cleveland Browns quarterback, Brian Hoyer, spent time with Fanatics Authentic and met for an exclusive autograph signing to bring sports fans new, unique sports memorabilia. As an undrafted free agent that proved all of his critics wrong, Hoyer finally made a name for himself in the NFL as the Browns new starting quarterback despite the addition of Johnny Manziel joining Cleveland’s roster. Now 4-1 as a starter in Cleveland, Brian Hoyer has won over a legion of believers and gave Browns fans a reason to keep hope alive in the 2014 NFL season with a big victory over the New Orleans Saints in Week 2.

Check out the behind-the-scenes photos below and visit the Fanatics Authentic site to gear up for the upcoming NFL season to supper Brian Hoyer, as he looks to lead the Browns to a successful season.

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Teams Looks to Set the Tone for 2014 in Week 2

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With another week in the books, every NFL team is really starting to show their true colors and let their fans know exactly what kind of season they’re in for this year. As teams looked to set the tone for the rest of the 2014 NFL season, Week 2 brought football lovers plenty of down-to-the-wire games and comeback victories to provide fans with enough conversation to fill the gap between the league’s next match-up.

After their offense struggled in Week 1, the Baltimore Ravens recovered from their recent loss and took down on their division rival Steelers in an effort to make a positive change for the season. Meanwhile, first round draft pick Sammy Watkins had the breaking out party all Buffalo fans expected, as he tallied up 117 yards and a touchdown in a 29-10 Bills victory over the Dolphins to raise Buffalo to a 2-0 record. Tom Brady and the Patriots shook off an uncharacteristic opening week loss with a dominating performance over the Adrian Peterson-less Minnesota Vikings. It was no A.J. Green, no problem for the Cincinnati Bengals as a high-powered defense shut down Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons 24-10. In Johnny Football’s highly anticipated NFL debut, which was nothing to get excited about as he went 0/1 in passing and played for only seconds, the Cleveland Browns upset the New Orleans Saints with a time expiring field goal. Out west, the San Diego Chargers gave the Seattle Seahawks their first loss in almost a year and the Houston Texans improved to 2-0 with a 30-14 win against the struggling Raiders. Despite a scare from the Kansas City Chiefs, Peyton Manning and the Broncos avoided a Week 2 loss and sealed a fourth quarter 24-17 victory.

In the NFC, the Arizona Cardinals didn’t need captain Carson Palmer to earn a victory over the struggling New York Giants. Things looked bleak early in the nation’s capital when Robert Griffin and DeSean Jackson both left the game with injuries, but the Redskins managed to prevail over Jacksonville 41-10. Although Dallas looked weak in their season opener, America’s team bounced back with a big victory over the Tennessee Titans behind 167 yards on the ground from DeMarco Murray. Carolina’s stingy defense was up to their usual tricks with a win over Detroit led by quarterback Cam Newton, while the Rams beat the Buccaneers in a close one down in Tampa Bay. Comebacks seemed to be the common theme with the late games in the NFC. As the Green Bay Packers avoided a monumental upset with a tremendous fourth quarter comeback against the New York Jets, the Bears battled back from a 17-point deficit to defeat the San Francisco 49ers in the first regular season game at Levi’s Field. To cap off the excitement of Week 2 of the regular season, Darren Sproles and the Philadelphia Eagles fought back against the Indianapolis Colts to earn a 3-point victory at Lucas Oil, proving to be a powerhouse for 2014.

To cap off the excitement of this past weekend, Week 3 has some must-watch games on the slate, including a Super Bowl rematch with the Seahawks versus the Broncos on Sunday and a prime-time match-up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers later that night. With each coming week, the match-up keep getting better and the race to the top of the NFL gets hotter. If the first two weeks of regular season play are a prelude of what’s to come, football fans better gear up for a long, exhausting season full of nail-biters and shocking upsets.

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Can Peyton Manning Repeat Record-Setting 2013 Season?

FA_ManningRecord1He’s been named to the Pro Bowls an outstanding 13 times, won five illustrious NFL Most Valuable Player awards, and owns a coveted Super Bowl ring. Yet despite all of the success he reached during his prime, Peyton Manning recorded some of his best career feats ever at the ripe age of 37 when many thought his playing days were nearing an end.

The 2013 NFL season marked an incredible year for both Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos. In his second year in the Mile High City, the quarterback with the surgically repaired neck and typically referred to as “over the hill” put together one of the greatest seasons in NFL history. With the help of top targets Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, and Julius Thomas, Manning was able to lead the league in completions, passing yards, and yards per game. More impressively, Manning was able to throw for 55 touchdowns in 2013, the most ever recorded by a quarterback in a single season of play. The future Hall of Famer’s second-to-none numbers and 13-3 record rightfully earned him a fifth NFL MVP award to add to his collection.

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Although it’s only one week into the 2014 NFL season, Peyton Manning looks poised to repeat as league MVP. The quarterback tossed three touchdowns to his new favorite target Julius Thomas in a commanding victory over the Indianapolis Colts during a Sunday night game. If Manning can maintain his level of physical performance and football IQ (something that will never get away from this gridiron guru), Manning can surely top his own feat as the oldest player to ever win an NFL MVP award to cement his place among the greatest to grace the game.

Honor the legendary career of this football hero or show support for the Broncos in the 2014 NFL season with a piece of our must-have autographed Peyton Manning memorabilia. Our impressive selection of autographed Peyton Manning jerseys and Peyton Manning signed footballs offers the perfect addition to any Denver Broncos collection or man cave. As a Fanatics Authentic exclusive athlete, FanaticsAuthnetic.com is your number one spot for all things Peyton Manning.

NFL Kicks Off Week 1 with No Shortage of Excitement

FA_EarlThomasAfter months of anticipation, the first week of the 2014 NFL season is finally in the books. From Thursday to Monday football fans were given some of the best games they could have asked for, loaded with big hits, electrifying touchdowns, breakout fantasy stars, and no shortage of drama.

Arguably the best match-up on paper and most anticipated game of week 1, kicked off the season on Thursday night. The defending champion Seattle Seahawks and their Legion of Boom defense, headlined by Earl Thomas, shut down former MVP Aaron Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers team in a commanding 36-16 victory. In another thrilling match-up that featured NFC South rivals, Matt Ryan threw for an incredible 448 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Atlanta Falcons to an overtime victory against the New Orleans Saints. 2012 MVP Adrian Peterson was up to his usual tricks as he ruled the backfield in a Minnesota Vikings blowout over the St. Louis Rams. On the west coast, the San Francisco 49ers played a flawless game on both sides of the ball as they beat the Dallas Cowboys 28-17. Young 49ers sensation Colin Kaepernick finished off the game with two passing touchdowns and an impressive 125.5 quarterback rating. In the season’s first Monday night match-up, Detroit’s Calvin “Megatron” Johnson completely dominated the field as he reeled in two touchdown passes from Matt Stafford in a 35-14 romping of the New York Giants.

FA_ManningThe AFC also had their fair share of heart-stopping games to set the tone for the 2014 season. In South Florida, Knowshon Moreno helped Miami to a come from behind victory against a heavily favored New England Patriots squad. Although there was no Johnny Football appearance, the Browns versus Steelers match-up was still a must-watch spectacle. Ben Roethlisberger controlled Pittsburgh’s aerial attack with 365 passing yards and led his team to a three-point victory over Cleveland. In a game featuring two of the league’s notoriously stingy defenses, Giovani Bernard and the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Baltimore Ravens in a 23-16 victory. Some of the games biggest stars aligned in the Mile High City for a Sunday night battle between the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos. Despite a resilient effort from Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the legendary Peyton Manning connected with Julius Thomas too many times in the end zone for Indianapolis to complete a comeback. Denver’s MVP quarterback capped off the night with 269 passing yards, three touchdowns, and a quality victory against one of the AFC’s toughest teams.

With just one weekend of the NFL season complete, the competition is just beginning to heat up. As the Seahawks look to defend the Super Bowl title and all other 31 teams vie to steal their crown, each week of NFL match-ups is bound to be more exciting than the last. Be sure to check back for weekly updates and with football’s official return, there is no finer way to celebrate than with a piece from our selection of authentic NFL memorabilia.

Can the Seattle Seahawks Repeat as Super Bowl Champs in 2014?

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After one of the most exciting and unexpected championship runs in recent sports history, the Seattle Seahawks were named Super Bowl XLVIII Champions. From power rankings to their ability to win consecutive championships, the Seahawks have been one of the biggest topics of conversation as the 2014 NFL season gets underway. Returning to the field with nearly every starter from their Super Bowl winning roster, the defending champs are very well equipped to produce another season for the history books.

Whether it be during the 2014 NFL season or the near future, the Seahawks have the capability to add another trophy to their new championship collection. Seattle has a strong leader in quarterback Russell Wilson, who is just beginning to scratch the surface of his full potential. With two consecutive Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl title in just his second year at the pro level, Wilson will continue to improve and ignite the Seahawk’s offense. The return of the Hawk’s greatest threat, Marshawn Lynch, and a healthy Percy Harvin, plus the improvement of young runners Robert Turbin and Christine Michael further solidifies Seattle’s offense as one of the best in the league. Coupled with the Legion of Boom, a record-setting pass defense starring Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, the Seahawks are a dynamic threat on both sides of the ball. With the support of the 12th man and one of the most overwhelming home field advantages in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks are prepared to not only win, but seriously dominate the league throughout the season.

Although no NFL team has produced back-to-back Super Bowl victories since the New England Patriots a decade ago and there are only nine repeat champions in football history, the Seattle Seahawks are no stranger to defying the odds. With a lineup of proven champions and the most electrifying fan base in all of football, Seattle is prepped to continue writing history as the Seahawks look to further silence the critics and take home another Lombardi trophy.

FA_LynchSBCelebrate Seattle’s first Super Bowl title and show Seahawks pride as the team looks to make history during the 2014 NFL Season. Shop the extensive selection of Seattle Seahawks memorabilia to take home a piece of the championship glory and invest in the bright future of the next football dynasty.

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