Category - NFL

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Cowboys and Panthers to Advance to Divisional Round
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2014 NFL Playoffs: Who Will Earn a Spot Atop the AFC?
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NFL Week 16: The Beginning of the End
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A Future Star Arrived at Fanatics Authentic – The Odell Beckham Jr. Collection
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Product Feature: Game-Used Nick Foles Autographed Eagles Hat
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The Playoff Race Heats Up in Week 12
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Fanatics Authentic Brings Steelers Collectibles & Game-Used Memorabilia to Heinz Field
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Week 10 Marks the Beginning of the End
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Ben Roethlisberger Continues to Dominate in Week 9
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NFL Week 8: High Scores and High Drama

Cowboys and Panthers to Advance to Divisional Round

newtonsuperman In two incredibly strange games this weekend, the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers have each moved on past Wild Card Weekend to play for a shot to make the NFC Championship Game in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. While Carolina defeated Arizona in one of the sloppiest playoff games in recent memory, Dallas’ defeat of the Detroit Lions has sparked controversy over a questionable call by officials.

The 7-8-1 Carolina Panthers became only the second team in NFL history to make the playoffs with a losing record. They hosted the NFC Wild Card winning Arizona Cardinals who made the playoffs with an 11-5 record. From the get go, this matchup was filled with punts and turnovers galore. However, despite sloppy play and even sloppier weather, the Carolina Panthers defense was absolutely stifling. Arizona held a one point lead at the half but would go on to be shut out for the rest of the game, recording only 12 yards of total offense in the third and fourth quarters combined. Defensive captain Luke Kuechly would serve as the hero for the Carolina Panthers, recording 10 total tackles, two pass deflections, and an interception en route to the best team defensive effort in NFL playoff history and the Panthers first playoff victory since 2005. Carolina will face the number one seed Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field next weekend.

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Sunday in Jerry World, the Dallas Cowboys hosted the Detroit Lions in a playoff game that will be questioned for quite some time. From the first whistle, Detroit looked in control and on pace for an upset of the NFC East champs. Matt Stafford entered the contest winless against teams with winning records on the road, but with a 10-point lead and momentum entering the second half in Dallas, the ex-Georgia Bulldog looked certain to correct that record. DeMarco Murray and Terrance Williams found the end zone and Dan Bailey nailed a field goal to result in a 20-17 Lions lead late in the fourth quarter. On a crucial third down towards the end of the game, a flag thrown on an evident defensive pass interference call against the Cowboys was picked up by a referee after the call. This picked up flag forced Detroit to punt, which led to a Tony Romo game-winning touchdown pass to Terrance Williams. With the win, Dallas advances to the Frozen Tundra where they will face the Green Bay Packers.

As the NFC postseason heads into the divisional round, football fans everywhere are gearing up for even more thrilling NFL action an the suspense of which two teams will compete at the Conference Championship. With Super Bowl XLIX getting even closer, the competition is fiercer than ever, which will provide for even more great match-ups with teams fighting to the very end so don’t miss am minute of the action coming next weekend.

2014 NFL Playoffs: Who Will Earn a Spot Atop the AFC?

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The 2014 NFL regular season has come to an end and the usual suspects once again find themselves back in the AFC playoff picture. Four of the six AFC teams that appeared in the playoffs a year ago have once again earned a spot in the postseason and are looking to bring the Vince Lombardi Trophy back to their conference.

Much like a year ago, the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos will be resting for the first week of the playoffs. New England didn’t exactly start the season off on the right foot, with blowout losses to the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs, both of which missed out on the playoffs this year. But if football fans have learned anything about the Patriots in the past decade, it’s that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick won’t stand for anything short of greatness. The future Hall of Fame quarterback ultimately led New England to a 12-4 record and a chance to bring the Pats their first Lombardi Trophy since 2004. Much like fine wine, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning only gets better with age. Last seasons MVP and AFC Champion threw for 39 touchdowns and 4,727 yards in 2014 and brought Denver to the playoffs yet again. With the deepest receiving core in the NFL, the Broncos seek revenge for the beat down they were handed in Super Bowl XLVIII.

An AFC North divisional showdown will take place as the kick off for the postseason as the Baltimore Ravens will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. The Ravens snuck into the playoffs after a Week 17 win against the Browns. 10-6 Baltimore fought through ongoing criticism of the Ray Rice scandal to succeed on the football field without their star running back and earn a postseason berth for the sixth time in seven years. The Pittsburgh Steelers put together one of the best offensive campaigns in NFL history, averaging over 411 yards and 27 points per game. Wide receiver Antonio Brown led the league in both receptions and receiving yards as he looks to continue his success into January.

The AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts will host Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals on Wild Card Weekend. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had a career year, finishing first in the league in passing touchdowns with 40. Luck has brought Indianapolis to the playoffs in each of his first three pro seasons but has yet to advance to the AFC Championship Game. On the opposite sideline will be the 10-5-1 Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati has had a roller coaster season of sorts, looking like a Super Bowl contender at some points and a bottom feeder at others. A Week 16 victory over the number two seeded Denver Broncos was exactly what the Bengals needed, giving them a huge momentum swing just two weeks before the postseason.

Gear up for the 2014 NFL playoffs and weeks of excitement as the remaining teams fight for the chance to compete at Super Bowl XLIX. From the dominant Patriots and Broncos to the lucky Ravens, no team is safe so be sure to cheer on your favorite AFC team on the road to Glendale as the AFC postseason battle begins.

NFL Week 16: The Beginning of the End

GiovaniBernardSpotlightAs the 2014 regular season faces just one week left of play, it’s do or die time for teams fighting to play in January. Week 16 brought an abundance of celebrations and heartbreak, as a number of teams clinched spots in the NFL postseason, while others saw their playoff dreams crushed before their very eyes.

The weekend kicked off with the Tennessee Titans taking a trip down to Florida to play the Jacksonville Jaguars, a battle of two 2-12 teams. Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles was out-thrown by Tennessee’s Charlie Whitehurst, but still led his squad to a 21-14 victory. The San Diego Chargers kept their playoff hopes alive after a relentless comeback capped off with a late fourth quarter Nick Novak game winning field goal against the San Francisco 49ers. The Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings combined for 41 points in the fourth quarter of play alone and the Phins capped off a great team win with a game ending blocked punt safety. The Houston Texans are still alive entering Week 17 with their big 25-13 win against a Baltimore Ravens team who may have just seen their playoff hopes expire. The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their under-the-radar, yet extremely successful season by clinching a playoff berth against a talented Kansas City Chiefs team. The New England Patriots avoided a late scare from Geno Smith and the New York Jets and won the AFC East battle 17-16 en route to clinching the number one seed for AFC playoffs. The Cinderella Story of the Buffalo Bills just ended, as the lowly Oakland Raiders ended Kyle Orton and the Bills season with a 26-24 upset victory. In a Monday Night showdown, rookie Jeremy Hill torched the Denver Broncos with 147 rushing yards as the Cincinnati Bengals clinched their fourth straight playoff berth with a big victory.

OBSpotlightMeanwhile in the NFC, a Washington Redskins team in shambles somehow found a way to defeat their division rival Philadelphia Eagles and virtually eliminate them from postseason contention. Although the New York Giants and Saint Louis Rams had nothing to play for, G-Men rookie Odell Beckham Jr. put together yet another jaw dropping performance with 148 yards and two touchdowns in a 10-point New York win. The Jimmy Clausen-era in the Windy City was short lived, but relatively successful by the 2014 Bears terms. Jay Cutler’s quarterback replacement threw for two touchdowns and kept the game with the division leading Detroit Lions close despite a loss. One star quarterback entered the game as another left it as Cam Newton returned to the field to lead the Carolina Panthers to victory against a Cleveland Browns team that saw rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel get sidelined with an injury early in the game. Even though both teams were well-below .500, the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints we’re duking it out for a shot at the NFC South division crown last Sunday. Despite Drew Brees storied reputation, Matt Ryan performed best when it mattered the most as he led Atlanta to a 30-14 win. Aaron Rodgers silenced critics who said he couldn’t play well on the road with a 318 passing yards and a touchdown in a Green Bay Packers blowout win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while looking to keep his name in the MVP discussion. The Dallas Cowboys proved that they may be the team to beat this postseason as they clinched the NFC East and smoked the Indianapolis Colts by a count of 42-7. In a battle of the bird, the Seattle Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch went “beast mode” in a dominating 35-6 win against the Arizona Cardinals and their third string quarterback Ryan Lindley.

Gear up for the 2014 NFL playoffs and a thrilling postseason because the competition between the remaining contenders after next week’s match-ups will be nothing short of intense. Don’t forget to invest in the future power players in the NFL and upcoming football stars by shopping Fanatics Authentic’s selection of unique NFL memorabilia with autographs from all of the league’s biggest names.

A Future Star Arrived at Fanatics Authentic – The Odell Beckham Jr. Collection

 

beckhamjrspotlightDuring Week 12 of the 2014 NFL season, a Sunday night game that featured the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys gave rise to one of the most unforgettable highlights in football history.With an absolutely remarkable touchdown catch, this match-up produced the game’s next big star: Odell Beckham Jr.

As the clock began to run down in the second quarter, with the score at 7 to 3 in favor of New York, the Giants were in possession of the ball and Eli Manning decided to go for it all. Manning threw the football to his new favorite target, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and even while being pulled down by Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr, the Giants receiver somehow caught  the ball for a touchdown. Beckham Jr. made what is considered to be the “Catch of the Year” by fully extending his right arm to make arguably the toughest catch of all-time with just three fingers. Completing what is regarded as one of the most epic catches ever in just his rookie season, Odell Beckham Jr. is in for a storied career.

As Odell Beckham Jr. continues to amaze football fans of all loyalties and continues to write his name in NFL lore, sports memorabilia with the young wide receiver’s autograph is a great purchase for anyone. Our exclusive selection of autographed Odell Beckham Jr. memorabilia features an assortment of Odell Beckham Jr. signed football and autographed Giants jerseys so fans can celebrate the next big thing in football. Fans and collectors can also take home a piece of history with a rare autographed Odell Beckham Jr. photo that captures the very catch that defined his career.

Check out some of the Odell Beckham Jr. collectibles from our product offering below or shop for these items, here.

Odell Beckham Jr. Autographed Football

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Limited Edition Odell Beckham Jr. In-Focus

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Odell Beckham Jr. Signed Giants Logo Football

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Autographed Odell Beckham Jr. Jersey

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Odell Beckham Jr. Signed Catch Photo

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Product Feature: Game-Used Nick Foles Autographed Eagles Hat

Foles_FlyEaglesFlyAs the official game-used memorabilia shop for several professional sports teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles, Fanatics Authentic has the ability to give sports fans and collectors the unique chance to purchase items actually used by players on the field. There’s no better way to take home a piece of the action than with game-worn collectibles, especially those used by NFL greats like Eagles quarterback Nick Foles.

With the 2014 NFL season at the height of excitement and the Eagles at the top of the NFC East as a serious contender for a long postseason run, Philadelphia has been the talk of football. Despite currently facing a collarbone injury, Nick Foles is the core of the Eagles offense and led Philadelphia to a commanding start to the season. Foles came into the 2014 season as one of the most dominant quarterbacks in the league, after setting a single-season record for a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 27-to-2 while leading the NFL in yards per attempt and posting the third-highest passer rating ever in 2013. Taking the Eagles record to 5-2 before his injury, Foles put his team in playoff contention and is expected to return before the postseason just in time to make a championship run.

NickFoles_GameUsedHatConsidering the quarterback’s success over just three seasons in the NFL, Eagles fans can honor the face of the franchise and collectors should look to invest with valuable Nick Foles memorabilia. Add a unique piece to your collection and preserve exciting moments from what has the potential to become a championship season for the Philadelphia Eagles with this Nick Foles autographed game-used hat. This Philadelphia Eagles cap that features the team’s official colors and logo was worn by Nick Foles on October 5, 2014 when the team faced the St. Louis Rams. During the Eagles 34-28 victory over the Rams, Foles went 24-37 for 207 yards, two touchdowns, and just one interception. Fully certified authentic with a tamper evident hologram, a game-used hat with a genuine Nick Foles autograph adds serious value to any collection and will rise in worth significantly throughout his career, especially if the Eagles manage to win Super Bowl XLIX.

Shop for this Nick Foles signed game-worn hat and other Philadelphia Eagles game-used collectibles, here!

The Playoff Race Heats Up in Week 12

FA-BeckhamWith playoff races heating up, the 12th week of the NFL season was huge for teams vying to get in to the postseason. Featuring last second wins, come from behind victories, and must-see plays, including the catch of the year from Odell Beckham Jr., Week 12 was no disappointment for football fans across the nation.

The nightmare for the Oakland Raiders finally ended with two touchdowns from Latavius Murray to take down the Kansas City Chiefs and propel Oakland to their first victory of the year. Ryan Tannehill and the red hot Miami Dolphins recently looked like a legit playoff contender, but were quickly silenced by the Denver Broncos despite leading almost the entire game. Brian Hoyer’s play was questioned by Browns fans on Sunday after his three interceptions, but a time-expiring field goal by Billy Cundiff secured a big Cleveland victory against the Falcons in Atlanta. The New England Patriots cannot be stopped. After rattling off six victories in a row, the Pats streak reached seven this weekend with a big victory over the Detroit Lions. After a slow first half, the Indianapolis Colts quickly hit the gas pedal and engineered a 23-3 victory at home against a one win Jacksonville Jaguars team. In a repeat playoff match-up from two seasons ago, the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Houston Texans 22-13. On the west coast, the San Diego Chargers avoided a scare from the streaky Rams and took home a 27-24 home win in sunny California.

Nearly seven feet of snow in upstate New York caused the Buffalo Bills to make Detroit their temporary home for a Monday Night match-up against the Jets. The change of location didn’t seem to make a difference to the “home team” Bills as Buffalo smoked New York 38-3 at Ford Field. In the second Monday Night match-up of the week, the Baltimore Ravens handled Drew Brees and the Saints 34-27, handing New Orleans their third straight loss at the Superdome. Mark Sanchez shook off a poor Week 11 performance by tossing for over 300 yards in a Philadelphia Eagles blowout win against the Tennessee Titans. In a divisional match-up in the north, the Green Bay Packers won their third straight game by squeaking out a three-point win against the Minnesota Vikings. Jay Cutler finally gave Bears fans a little something to cheer about this season as he led Chicago to a Windy City win against the 2-9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Washington Redskins have been underwhelming this season, but gave San Francisco a run for their money this Sunday. Washington took a three-point lead in to the final minutes of the game but the 49ers were able to orchestrate their third straight win with a Carlos Hyde touchdown. The Seattle Seahawks handed the Arizona Cardinals only their second loss of the season behind 211 passing yards and 73 rushing yards from quarterback Russell Wilson.

Week 13 is a make or break week for dozens of NFL teams hunting for their shot at a Lombardi Trophy. To provide some holiday excitement as teams hope to secure a place in the postseason, a slate of can’t miss Thanksgiving day match-ups is highlighted by the Eagles taking on the Cowboys and an NFC Championship Game rematch featuring the San Francisco 49ers and Seahawks.

Fanatics Authentic Brings Steelers Collectibles & Game-Used Memorabilia to Heinz Field

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For the 2014 NFL season, Fanatics Authentic partnered with the Pittsburgh Steelers to launch in-stadium memorabilia shops at Heinz Field to offer NFL fans autographed collectibles, various game-used items, and a wide range of framed and encased Steelers memorabilia.

Beginning on September 28th versus Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh Steelers memorabilia and game-used items are available for purchase for the first time ever with kiosks located near Sections 108 and 127 at their home stadium. Each Fanatics Authentic stadium location offers football fans exclusive Pittsburgh Steelers merchandise and fully authenticated game-used memorabilia, including helmets, footballs, sideline caps, pylons, coaches challenge flags, and more. Additionally, the Steelers memorabilia kiosks feature an assortment of authentic Pittsburgh Steelers collectibles available for purchase, including autographed and framed memorabilia from both current players and Steelers alumni.

As the official Pittsburgh Steelers memorabilia partner, Fanatics Authentic also implemented a new authentication system which utilizes multiple on-field and in-locker room first party authenticators at each home game. Not only can attendees at Heinz Field witness every moment these collectibles were in use, but official Fanatics Authentic authenticators are on-site to verify and document the use of each piece of memorabilia as they are taken out of play. In order to guarantee genuine memorabilia for all fans, Fanatics Authentic implemented its comprehensive first-party authentication and collection system that certifies the authenticity of each item. Once witnessed, all game-used items receive a Fanatics Authentic tamper-proof hologram with a unique alpha-numeric code. Each serialized identification number is connected with the Fanatics Authentic Authenticity Verification Database, where fans can reference their collectibles online to identify its background, including details about the game in which it was used.

Check out the photos below for a peak at the in-stadium Steelers memorabilia shops, unique game-used merchandise, and more!

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Week 10 Marks the Beginning of the End

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With Week 10 in the books, the NFL is officially double digits deep into the regular season. Only seven weeks remain on the slate as the season begins winding down and teams are giving it their all to fight for a playoff spot. As the tenth week of play concluded, football fans saw even more excitement that set the NFL up for an interesting weekend of play ahead.

A battle of Ohio kicked off the NFL Week 10 on Thursday night, as Brian Hoyer and the Cleveland Browns rolled the Cincinnati Bengals to hold sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Two 5-3 squads squared off in Buffalo Sunday afternoon as the Kansas City Chiefs won their fourth game in a row with a close 17-13 win against the Bills. Baltimore bounced back after a primetime blowout to take down the Tennessee Titans 21-7 at home behind a two touchdown performance from Justin Forsett. In hands down the biggest upset of the weekend, the New York Jets hopped out to an early 17-0 lead against the red hot Pittsburgh Steelers and held on the rest of the game for their second victory of the season. Meanwhile, no surprises took place in Northern California on Sunday, as the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos came to town and manhandled the winless Raiders 41-17.

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Despite a close game entering the fourth quarter and a huge performance from rookie received Odell Beckham Jr., the New York Giants lost yet another game, falling to the Seattle Seahawks. The San Francisco 49ers snapped New Orleans home winning streak as they took down the Saints 27-24 in overtime. While the Buccaneers-Falcons match-up may not have been on the NFL Week 10 marquee this week, it turned out to be a great contest as a late pick secured a victory for Atlanta. What looked like it would be yet another Miami victory came to an end with just seconds left as Matt Stafford found Theo Riddick in the end zone to complete a fourth quarter come from behind win for the Detroit Lions. Across the pond, the Dallas Cowboys easily took down the Jacksonville Jaguars in London with the help of Dez Bryant’s 158 receiving yards and pair of touchdowns. Surging quarterback Carson Palmer went down with an ACL injury early in the game, but Arizona Cardinals backup Drew Stanton rallied the team for a double-digit win against the St. Louis Rams. One of the biggest rivalry games in football ended up in one of the biggest blowouts in football, as MVP-candidate Aaron Rodgers tossed six touchdowns in the first half for a 55-14 Green Bay Packers win against the Chicago Bears. To end Week 10 the Carolina Panthers rolled in to Philadelphia and were manhandled by a Philadelphia Eagles team led by their new starter under center, none other than Mark Sanchez.

As the competition heads into its final games of the regular season, Week 11 is loaded with can’t miss match-ups across the country. In addition to another round of thrilling weekly match-ups, the Eagles and Packers will go head-to -head in a battle of two of the most dangerous teams in the NFC, while the Patriots will square off against the Colts on Sunday Night Football.

Ben Roethlisberger Continues to Dominate in Week 9

fa-BigBenInFocusWith nine weeks in the books, the NFL playoff push is starting to heat up quickly. At this point in the season, teams have established their identity and know what it takes to make a run for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Week 9 of the NFL season was highlighted by blowouts, goal line stands, and yet another big performance from the seemingly unstoppable Big Ben.

A good old southern match-up kicked off the weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina where the New Orleans Saints demolished the Panthers 28-10 courtesy of two touchdowns from Mark Ingram, who is quickly becoming one of the hottest backs in the league. Things wouldn’t get any better for the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9, as they had to take on the surging Arizona Cardinals without their star quarterback Tony Romo. Carson Palmer threw for three touchdowns as Arizona defeated Dallas 28-17. Despite losing quarterback Nick Foles to an injury early in the game, the Philadelphia Eagles rallied behind backup Mark Sanchez to beat Arian Foster and Texans in Houston by 10 points. After a show stopping performance from Colt McCoy, Robert Griffin III made his return to the field as the Washington Redskins faced the Minnesota Vikings. However, it was rookie Teddy Bridgewater that would be the quarterback to watch in this game, as he posted 268 passing yards to lead the Vikings to a victory over the Skins. Austin Davis and the St. Louis Rams keep finding a way to win games this season. In a divisional match-up against the San Francisco 49ers, the Rams held on to win the game from a last second goal line stand that resulted in a Colin Kaepernick fumble on what could have been the game winning touchdown. Out west, the Seattle Seahawks won their second consecutive game as they look to defend their crown and dropped the hopeless Raiders to 0-8 on the season.

FA-bradyRecordIn a match-up featuring two of the season’s breakout quarterback stars, Ryan Tannehill and his three touchdowns crushed the San Diego Chargers as the Miami Dolphins won their third game in a row, this one by a massive count of 37-0. Don’t look now, but the Cleveland Browns have one of the best records in the AFC. The Browns won their fourth game in the last five contests this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22-17. Despite an outstanding 129 receiving yards from the newly acquired Percy Harvin, it wouldn’t be quite enough for Gang Green, as the New York Jets dropped a match-up to the Kansas City Chiefs for their eighth consecutive loss. Although a young offensive core of Blake Bortles, Denard Robinson, and Allen Hurns made big strides for the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, the Jags still dropped the game against the Cincinnati Bengals by the score of 33-23. The 16th rendition of the legendary Brady versus Manning match-up was a bit lopsided. Peyton Manning threw for over 400 yards for the Denver Broncos, but Tom Brady’s four touchdown passes to become the fifth all-time in NFL passing yards and another monster performance from Rob Gronkowski secured a 43-21 win for the New England Patriots. Ben Roethlisberger is taking no prisoners in Pittsburgh as he dominates the field week after week. The Pro Bowl quarterback became the first player since 1961 to throw six or more touchdown passes in back-to-back games as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens 43-23. To close out the weekend in a Monday Night showdown between two of the game’s most talented quarterbacks, the Indianapolis Colts beat down the New York Giants 40-24 behind a monster performance from Andrew Luck.

As the competition begins to get closer, Week 10 gifts some of the best games of the season to NFL fans. A couple of recent Super Bowl champions will square off as the Giants visit Seattle and two red hot teams meet as the Dolphins go up against the Lions. There’s no better time than now with regular season winding down to show pride for your favorite teams and players. Look no further than the selection of Fanatics Authentic NFL memorabilia to support for your team and commemorate standout performances each week leading up to Super Bowl XLIX.

NFL Week 8: High Scores and High Drama

FA-RoethlisbergerRecordWeek 8 of the 2014 NFL season officially marks the half-way point for a good majority of NFL teams. With the playoffs quickly approaching and every team’s postseason hopes on the line, this week’s play brought no lack of drama. Sunday provided football fans with a number of nail biters and high scoring match-ups across the board to continue the excitement.

For Thursday night football, Week 8 kicked off with a showdown between two potential MVP candidates. While San Diego tends find success in the Mile High City, it was Peyton Manning and the Broncos that ended up on top, defeating Philip Rivers and the Chargers by a score of 35-21. Down in Florida, the Miami Dolphins rolled in to Jacksonville fresh off a big win and produced another stellar defensive performance. Jaguars’ quarterback Blake Bortles threw two interceptions for touchdowns against Miami as the Phins won big at 27-13. The St. Louis Rams couldn’t quite follow up their upset of Seattle with another victory, as the Kansas City Chiefs dominated the game and won by double digits. Arian Foster and the Houston Texans offense we’re too much for the Tennessee Titans with the debut of rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger. The battle for the AFC North is bound to be a good one, as the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the otherwise dominant Ravens for the second time this year with a last minute touchdown run from Andy Dalton. Despite a rough start to the season, Tom Brady looks to be in peak form at just the right time, firing five touchdown passes with three of which to Rob Gronkowski in a 51-23 Patriots win over the Bears. In an AFC match-up, neither Geno Smith nor Michael Vick could get the job done under center for the New York Jets as they were destroyed by a solid Buffalo Bills defense. The Cleveland Browns easily shook off an embarrassing loss last week to the Jaguars with a 23-13 victory over the winless Oakland Raiders. Despite the fact that Indianapolis was beginning to look like the team to beat in the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers crushed the Colts 51-34 behind Ben Roethlisberger’s franchise record for 522 passing yards.

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Across the pond in London, Atlanta’s 21-0 halftime lead disappeared in 30 quick minutes as the Detroit Lions scored 22 unanswered points capped off by a game winning field goal from Matt Prater as time expired. Two of the league’s youngest quarterbacks squared off in Tampa Bay as Teddy Bridgewater and the Minnesota Vikings took down the Buccaneers with a game winning fumble return for a touchdown in overtime. After two straight losses and a week of locker room troubles, the Seattle Seahawks found themselves in a must win game against the Carolina Panthers. With just minutes left to play in the game, Russell Wilson led Seattle on an 80-yard drive that resulted in a game winning touchdown thrown to Luke Willson. The Arizona Cardinals have proven themselves as the team to beat in the NFC West as they took down the previously 5-1 Philadelphia Eagles with a 24-20 win in the desert. Despite all of the thrilling match-ups over the course of the weekend, Sunday Night Football brought the best quarterback battle of the weekend as Drew Brees and the Saints hosted Aaron Rodgers and the streaking Packers. Brees came out on top of this one with a little help from running back Mark Ingram who ran for 172 yards and a touchdown to lead New Orleans to 44-23 victory. Then on Monday night, in what had all the makings of a blow out win at home, the smoking hot Dallas Cowboys were cooled down by not RG3, or even Kirk Cousins, but Colt McCoy and the Washington Redskins in a shocking overtime upset.

The coming weeks are time for many teams that are battling for a playoff spot to prove themselves and Week 9 will give rise to many key victories. The two best teams in the NFC will face each other as Arizona travels to Dallas, meanwhile, the two best quarterbacks of this generation will meet each other as Brady and the Patriots take on Manning and the Broncos.

When it comes to showing your pride for your favorite teams and players, especially as the playoffs approach, look no further than the selection of Fanatics Authentic NFL memorabilia. Home to hundreds of must-have authentic pieces, Fanatics Authentic is your can’t miss stop for the greatest pieces of autographed football memorabilia out there.

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