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NFL Week 7 Begins to Separate the Contenders from the Pretenders
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Peyton Manning Furthers Legacy with NFL All-Time Passing Touchdowns Record
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Week 6: Blowouts, Upsets, and the First Tie of the 2014 NFL Season
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Peyton Manning’s 500
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Chiefs Dominate Patriots in Week 4 Upset
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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

NFL Week 7 Begins to Separate the Contenders from the Pretenders

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Only ten more weeks remain in the 2014 NFL season after we wrapped up Week 7 with a number of games that came down to the wire. In both the NFC and AFC, football fans witnessed a number of records, upsets, and dominating performances.

Thursday Night Football gave football fans a traditional AFC East match-up that featured the rival New York Jets and New England Patriots. Despite a three touchdown day from Tom Brady, the Pats were able to hold off a scare from the Jets with a last second blocked kick. The Dolphins are continuing to look like a team that will stay in the playoff hunt as they secured a double digit win against the Bears behind Ryan Tannehill’s pair of touchdown passes. The Baltimore Ravens have continued their winning ways, this time taking down the struggling Atlanta Falcons who have yet to win a game on the road. Jaguars fans can now finally rejoice as Jacksonville destroyed the Cleveland Browns 24-6 to secure the team’s first win all year. Converted quarterback Denard Robinson started the game in the backfield for the Jags and ended the game with 127 rushing yards and a touchdown. A game that many predicted would be a prelude to the AFC championship ended up in a beat down as Andrew Luck and the Colts shut out the Cincinnati Bengals 27-0 in Indy. Rookie sensation Sammy Watkins came in huge for the Bills this weekend, finding the end zone late in the game to give Buffalo a victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Jamaal Charles passed Priest Holmes to become the Kansas City Chiefs all-time leading rusher on Sunday afternoon as KC squeaked by the Chargers for an upset win in San Diego. To cap off the evening, NFL fans across the world got the honor to witness history. With a second quarter strike to Demaryius Thomas, Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for most all-time touchdown passes and set the new mark at 510. Manning’s Denver team ended up winning big against San Francisco. In a Monday Night Football match-up, the Texans jumped out to an early 13-0 lead, but the Steelers relentlessly fought back with a few trick plays up their sleeves to defeat Houston at home.

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The NFC games had no lack of drama this weekend either. DeMarco Murray became the first running back to ever rush for 100+ yards in each of his first seven games as Dallas rolled through the New York Giants 31-21 in Big D. No Griffin, no Cousins, no problem. Third stringer Colt McCoy stepped in at QB for the Redskins and led Washington to a come from behind victory against the Tennessee Titans. In the most exhilarating game of the day, the St. Louis Rams relied on a bit of trickery to take down their conference rivals and defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks 28-26 in Seattle’s second consecutive loss this year. It looked like the New Orleans Saints would finally get on track with a big win against the Detroit Lions, but Matthew Stafford tossed two late fourth quarter touchdowns to secure a win for the 5-2 team from the Motor City. Carolina’s supposedly shut-down defense hasn’t looked too hot this year and received another beating as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers rolled over the Panthers 38-17. The Arizona Cardinals have continued to make 2014 one of their best seasons yet as they won their fifth game of the year with a commanding 24-13 win against the lowly Raiders.

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Peyton Manning Furthers Legacy with NFL All-Time Passing Touchdowns Record

FA-ManningTDRecordJust when his NFL career seemed to be approaching its end after multiple neck surgeries, Fanatics Authentic exclusive athlete Peyton Manning defied all odds to not only return to the NFL, but to do so and build an almost untouchable legacy. Since arriving in Denver, Manning has broken almost every NFL record for a quarterback, and on Sunday night, he wrote his name in football history once again as the league’s all-time passing touchdowns leader. Overcoming Brett Favre and his legendary NFL record for 508 career passing touchdowns, Manning took the number one spot on the list of top NFL passing touchdown leaders with a total of 510 passing touchdowns.

During the Denver Broncos’ 42-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on October 19th, Peyton Manning tied Favre’s NFL record with his 508th touchdown pass and then went on to break it. Late in the second quarter, Manning became the all-time NFL passing touchdowns leader with a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas. As Manning surpassed the NFL career passing touchdown record, he also achieved the historic feat in just 246 regular season starts compared to the 302 it took Favre.

Peyton Manning entered the Sunday night match-up at only two touchdowns behind Brett Favre’s record and completed four touchdown passes to set the record-breaking mark at 510. Before his record-breaking pass, Manning recorded number 507 with a scoring pass to Emmanuel Sanders and went on to tie the NFL record with a 39-yard completion to Wes Welker. With three minutes and nine seconds remaining in the first half, the record-breaker went to Demaryius Thomas to give the Broncos a 21-3 lead that eventually resulted in a win.

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Following Manning’s historic touchdown pass, Sanders, Thomas, and Welker tossed the milestone football around in a game of keep-away before letting Manning hold the iconic ball before it would head to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After completing one more scoring pass to Thomas in the third quarter, Manning put the new NFL record at 510 career passing touchdowns. At his career 510 passing touchdowns, Peyton Manning is a colossal 135 passes ahead Drew Brees, who is the next active quarterback on the leader board at 374 scoring passes for his career. For the indefinite future, this record is Peyton Manning’s alone and sets the league’s quarterback standards at new heights. Peyton Manning is projected to reach north of 600 career passing touchdowns before he hangs up his cleats for the last time, which is an unfathomable number in league standings.

Regardless of Peyton Manning’s collection of prestigious NFL records, just one more significant record still remains in sight: Brett Favre’s NFL career passing yards record which stands at 71,838 career passing yards. Although Manning was 5,344 yards back before Denver’s game against San Francisco, the Broncos quarterback is projected to break the record before his eventual retirement if he can remain healthy and consistent into the 2015 NFL season. With over 40 individual NFL records, Peyton Manning is among the greatest ever to play the game and write his name in sports history as he chases his next feat.

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Week 6: Blowouts, Upsets, and the First Tie of the 2014 NFL Season

FA-BengalsAlthough the 2014 NFL season isn’t even half way over yet, numerous teams are beginning to emerge as serious playoff threats while others are falling off the map. After a week of blowouts, upsets, and even a tie, Fanatics Authentic recaps the biggest headlines from Week 6 in the NFL.

The Indianapolis Colts jumped out to an early 24-0 start against the Houston Texans in the first quarter, but that didn’t stop Ryan Fitzpatrick’s squad from making it a close one. JJ Watt scored his third touchdown of the season to put him ahead of consistent offensive threats LeSean McCoy and Calvin Johnson, but Indy still held off Houston to a 33-28 win. In what turned out to be a snoozer, rookie sensation Blake Bortles led Jacksonville in both passing in rushing despite a 2-point loss to the Tennessee Titans. The Jets could get nothing going on the ground as Geno Smith led Gang Green with 11 (yes, you read that right) yards on the ground behind a miserable loss to the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos. The Cleveland Browns got revenge on their archrival Pittsburgh Steelers after a Week 1 loss and took down the black and gold with a big 21-point victory at home. Just about every NFL fan would have predicted a San Diego romping of the Oakland Raiders before the game on Sunday. Considering the Chargers look like legitimate AFC West contenders and the Raiders hadn’t won a game, it was a perfectly respectable expectation, but Oakland gave the Chargers all they could handle and San Diego barely escaped with a last minute victory. Tom Brady looks to be back to his old tricks as he tallied 4 passing touchdowns with over 360 yards in the air, as he led New England to a commanding win over the Buffalo Bills. In what was the most intriguing result of the weekend, the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers ended their high scoring match-up in a 37-37 tie. For a match-up between one of the biggest players this season in the Bengals against a Panthers team that still struggles to find its rhythm, its bizarre result really threw NFL fans, and even the players, for a loop.

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After coming off of three straight victories, the New York Giants were brought back down to Earth after getting shutout by the rolling Philadelphia Eagles 27-0. Packers fans may now finally be a little more relaxed after Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay to yet another big win, with a last-minute victory over the Miami Dolphins. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco put together a record-breaking performance in a 48-17 win against the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as he threw 5 touchdown passes in a shorter amount of time than any other NFL quarterback in league history. Theo Riddick’s 75 receiving yards helped the Detroit Lions to a 17-3 win over Minnesota, while the Washington Redskins were no match for the 4-1 Arizona Cardinals. After back-to-back losses, the Chicago Bears were able to get back on track as they defeated the Atlanta Falcons behind nearly 400 yards in the air from quarterback Jay Cutler. The defending Super Bowl champions finally met their match as they went up against a hot Dallas Cowboys team on Sunday afternoon. Despite being favorites to win the game by over a touchdown, the Seattle Seahawks came up short as Dallas improved to a 5-1 record. To cap things off for Week 6, Monday Night Football featured an NFC West battle, in which Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers took down the Rams in St. Louis in an exciting 31-17 win.

NFL fans are in for a real treat with a slate of games headlined by some of the league’s best rivalries next weekend. The Jets will play the Patriots for a thrilling Thursday Night Football, the Giants and Cowboys will square off on Sunday, and the Bengals will face the Colts in what may be a preview for this year’s AFC Championship Game. Gear up to support for your favorite NFL players and your Super Bowl hopefuls every Sunday as the competition gets even closer and separates the pretenders from the contenders.

Peyton Manning’s 500

Manning_500Among football’s greatest players of all time, there is one record-breaking quarterback that has forever changed the game: Peyton Manning. As the 2014 NFL season began, many questioned Manning’s ability to live up to the remarkable year of football he produced in 2013 that feature multiple league records, such as seven touchdowns in a game and the fastest quarterback to reach 60,000 passing yards, but after five weeks of play, it’s clear the Broncos quarterback’s glory days are not a thing of the past.

On Sunday, October 5th during a Denver Broncos 41-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Peyton Manning threw his 500th career touchdown pass, becoming just the second quarterback in NFL history to reach such as feat and the fastest to do so in just 244 games. To close out the Broncos’ opening drive of the game, Julius Thomas caught a 7-yard scoring pass with just under 5 minutes left in the first quarter to mark Peyton Manning’s 500th career touchdown pass. With the completion of that touchdown pass, Manning further solidified his place in football, as he completed an epic performance by posting a career-high of 479 yards in a single-game and tying Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino for most career 400-yard games with 13.

Manning_5001To put Manning’s 500 touchdown milestone in perspective, the quarterback has posted more touchdown passes alone than Joe Namath, Troy Aikman, and Roger Staubach combined for a total of 491. As compared to an entire NFL franchise’s lineage of quarterbacks, it took 36 Cleveland Browns quarterbacks 28 seasons to match Manning’s 500 touchdown passes in 16 years. Additionally, four NFL teams, including the Panthers, Ravens, Texans, and Jaguars, still haven’t even recorded 400 touchdown passes in all of franchise history. For quarterbacks trailing Peyton Manning in career touchdown passes, like Tom Brady and Drew Brees, it would take them years to reach the elusive 500 club and requires no drop in their current performance.

At a total of 503 touchdown passes, Peyton Manning now sits second on the all-time list to Brett Favre with 508. Unlike Favre, who reached the 500 mark near the end of his dreadful final season in the NFL, Manning is still one of the best performers at quarterback and at the top of his game. Therefore, playing the way he is, Peyton Manning will dethrone Favre for the top spot on the NFL’s list of top touchdown passing quarterbacks in no time as he looks to lead the Broncos to another successful season.

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.

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.

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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.

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