PHOENIX, Feb. 1 — Officials with the diversity group that has worked with the NFL to improve minority hiring said they’re pleased with this year’s hiring cycle for coaches, even though it might not result in minority candidates being hired for head coaching jobs.The Washington Redskins are the only NFL team with a head coaching vacancy at the moment. Three other teams — the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons — filled head coaching vacancies in recent weeks without a minority coach being hired.If there’s not a minority head coach hired during this hiring cycle, it would be the first time that’s happened in the six hiring cycles since the NFL imposed a rule Broncos Kids ladies nike Jerseys that each team with a head coaching opening must interview at least one minority candidate. That rule widely is known as the Rooney Rule for Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, the chairman of the league’s workplace diversity committee.Even so, Washington lawyer Cyrus Mehri said this week he’s pleased with the hiring cycle because each team with a head coaching vacancy complied with the interviewing rule, he said. Mehri serves as counsel for the Fritz Pollard Alliance, the group formed to promote diversity in hiring at all levels of the NFL.Mehri cited the Indianapolis Colts’ naming of assistant coach Jim Caldwell to succeed Tony Dungy as the team’s head coach when Dungy retires, and the positive feedback given after the head coaching interviews done by Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.Mehri also endorsed Colts defensive coordinator Ron Meeks for the Redskins’ head coaching vacancy. Meeks is the only minority candidate known to have interviewed with the Redskins. Meeks, like Caldwell and Frazier, is black."Jim Caldwell very likely would have been the head coach of the Falcons or one of the other organizations that had an opening, but the Colts wanted to keep him, and they contractually arranged for him to be the successor to Tony Dungy," Mehri said. "Leslie Frazier did extremely well. Bill Parcells [the Dolphins' recently hired front-office chief] told him personally that he’s ready Cheap Kevin Vickerson Orange Navy White Jersey to be a head coach."Mehri Cheap Kevin Vickerson Orange Navy White Jersey Broncos Kids ladies nike Jerseys said the Fritz Pollard Alliance was disappointed San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Mike Singletary was not considered for any head coaching jobs this offseason but otherwise felt minority candidates received fair consideration."It’s about the process," Mehri said. "We were very happy about the process this year. For every single opening, there was a serious process with serious minority candidates considered. The only thing we would have liked to see was for Mike Singletary to be involved in a few situations. But we’ve always focused on the process. That’s why we applaud [Redskins owner] Dan Snyder, no matter what happens with the Redskins, and we have a bigger picture than just the head coaches."Mariucci MumFormer San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci continued his work for the NFL Network and remained mum about his candidacy for the Washington Redskins’ vacant head coaching job.”I’m just talking about the Super Bowl this week,” Mariucci said. . . .Injured Giants defensive end Adrian Awasom was arrested here early Friday on suspicion of drunk driving. Awasom’s vehicle reportedly was stopped around 3 a.m. on a Phoenix interstate. Blood test results were not yet available.A Giants spokesman told the Associated Press that Awasom, who’s been on the injured reserve list since September, was sent home by the team. . . .The NFL announced the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers will play Oct. 26 at Wembley Stadium in London. 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BOSTONFor the first time since his ascension to the top of the basketball pyramid, LeBron James looked vulnerable. Okay, it was for only one game, really, and a loss to the recent champion Celtics, hardly a bunch of stumblebums. The second-round NBA playoff series was tied, 1-1, but a hint of panic was in the air.Nightmare scenarios were discussed, ones that had the Cavaliers losing here in Boston on Friday night, then again on Sunday, and being forced by the end of the weekend to the brink of not just elimination but the specter of life without LeBron. The immediate and long-range future of not just the Cavaliers but the psyche of the entire city of Cleveland was at stake.As NBA melodramas go, this one was pretty irresistible for about 10 minutes in Game 3, the one that could visit so much gloom and doom on Cleveland and the Cavaliers. That’s about how long it took LeBron to blow the Celtics away with one of the most explosive quarters in recent playoff history. He outscored Boston by himself, 21-17, in the first quarter. LeBron simply made the Celtics submit to him, physically and psychologically.By the end of the first quarter, with Cleveland leading 36-17, there was no more talk of LeBron’s uncooperative elbow, of the Celtics taking control of the series, of LeBron being two games from considering his free agent options and therefore the end of the Cavaliers as we’ve known them. He wound up with 38 points, 7 assists and 8 rebounds. Cleveland wound up with an unthinkable 29-point victory and LeBron goes into Sunday’s Game 4 here never having looked more invincible."I think he’s healthy," Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said, pausing for dramatic effect. "Enough with the elbow injury. He looked awfully good. He was great."It was easily the single best performance of these playoffs, one where LeBron James looked like Wilt in 1967 or Michael Jordan in 1991, which is to say physically and psychologically superior to his opponents. Rivers said it was as if LeBron was playing H-O-R-S-E instead of a playoff game on the road against a team just two years removed from an NBA title.And to think the game had caused so much anxiety. Cleveland Coach Mike Brown had been angry over the Game 2 loss. LeBron had been almost eerily calm, which is to say just the opposite of the city he represents, which hasn’t had a professional sports championship of any kind since 1964 when the Browns won the NFL championship. The drought, then, has reached 46 years, and the civic fear is that if the Cavaliers go out early it means LeBron is more certain to leave after this season. LeBron has given no such indication, but when you’ve had as much sporting heartbreak as Cleveland, doom is only one loss away.Antawn Jamison, thrilled nonetheless to be in Cleveland after living through Washington Wizards hell the past two seasons, had his own reaction to the loss of Game 2 and the urgent need to rebound here Friday night. "I couldn’t sleep," Jamison said. "The last three days, it was like the world coming to an end."Jamison is the perfect person to capture the largeness of LeBron at the moment because he’s still new to it, having been traded to Cleveland in February. "There are two to three thousand people waiting for the team at the hotel when we arrive, like when Michael [Jordan] was playing. LeBron’s a straight rock star. How was he the last three days? He was cool. He said: ‘Look, we didn’t play well in Game 2. We played horrible. Now let’s calm down. There’s no need to act Steelers Kids ladies nike Jerseys like we’re under a lot of pressure.’ He was focused, no-nonsense, serious."LeBron, afterward, was in a mild "told-you-so" mood without actually saying so. But he had recommended calm over anger. After Game 2, Coach Brown was in a rage over getting blown out at home, over the Cavaliers seeming to sleepwalk through a playoff game.LeBron went the other way, and it’s hard to argue with the results. "After Game 2, if you remember," LeBron said, "I was very calm. You guys were like, ‘Why are you so calm?’ I knew how important the next game was. I knew how important the whole series is. I didn’t see any need, as a leader, to talk about pressure."And as we know, there’s no pressure when you can get into the lane, get all the way to the basket, go around or over anybody on the court, finish at the rim with George Gervin’s finesse or Wilt’s power. What we were reminded during one breathtaking stretch of Game 3 is that LeBron James is the most powerful force in basketball and if he’s healthy he’s going to be favored to finish off the Celtics, and even beat undefeated-in-the-playoffs Orlando in the next round. LeBron, with seven fewer years and so many fewer miles than Kobe Bryant, is indisputably the best and most valuable player in the NBA.That said, in the NBA one player can be and often is responsible for winning the championship, so LeBron is ultimately (and fairly) going to be judged by that standard. What the three days between Games 2 and 3 demonstrated was that he doesn’t run from that judgment. "It starts with me," he said after Game 3. "We haven’t had consistent play in the playoffs. We’ve just played well enough to win and we don’t want to just play well enough to win. I can play the Cheap Lynn Swann Black Gold White Jersey Steelers Kids ladies nike Jerseys lay-back role a little more at home, wait to the second half, wait to the fourth quarter to close the games out."But there’s no waiting now, and Cheap Lynn Swann Black Gold White Jersey LeBron is unlikely to make that mistake again. Of course, the issue with Cleveland is still whether LeBron’s teammates are good enough, whether they’re the stuff of champions. Shaquille O’Neal did hit 5 of 7 shots in Game 3, but 12 points and nine rebounds, which is a good game for him now, isn’t going to deliver the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Mo Williams can be spectacular some nights, then have no impact the next two.The rest of the band doesn’t have anybody who could carry one solo number on an album. Probably, it’s going to be Jamison (20 points, 12 rebounds, 5 offensive) who can take over the mic occasionally. LeBron still has to do too much, be too many things at the same time, too many nights.But this is who the Cavaliers are, a still-flawed team built around a basketball marvel, one who can do so many things so well that executives from Los Angeles to New York to Miami go to bed at night envisioning him in their team’s jersey. There’s no vulnerability going into Game 4, just the possibility once again that the biggest, strongest, best player in the game can do anything to anybody.
Midway through the first quarter last Sunday, Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb took a snap at the Chicago Bears 32-yard line and dropped back. He looked to his left, the area where tight end Chris Cooley was coming free. Bears lineman Israel Idonije bore down on McNabb, who, for some reason, flung the ball anyway. Idonije easily tipped it in the air, and Bears cornerback D.J. Moore snatched the gift. Fifty-four yards later, Moore had a touchdown.This StoryRedskins’ Donovan McNabb acknowledges season not up to his standardsRedskins Insider: Latest updatesHard Hits: LaVar Arrington on the Redskins and moreInteractive graphic: The Shanahan playbookView All Items in This StoryView Only Top Items in This StoryThe play resembled the defining moment of a difficult rookie season for an NFL quarterback. McNabb, though, is in his 12th year in the league. Entering this season, the percentage of his throws that had been intercepted was the lowest of all-time. Typically, he doesn’t make such decisions."I’m not a guy that throws interceptions like that," McNabb said.Yet such a play hasn’t exactly been an anomaly for the 2010 version of McNabb. As he approaches his 34th birthday next month, McNabb is learning a completely new offensive system, tweaking his mechanics and dealing with an altered set of circumstances that has him approaching the midway point of the year acknowledging that his performance is not up to his own standards."When you’ve played at a level for so long, that’s the way that you want to continue to play," McNabb said. "That’s what the guys that have seen or competed against me all throughout the years have seen me play – at that level."Entering Sunday’s game at Detroit – the eighth of a nascent career with Washington that may or may not last beyond this season – McNabb is not playing at that level. Through seven games, he is Cheap Jacquian Williams Blue Red White Jersey on pace to throw more interceptions and fewer touchdowns than in any season of his career. His completion percentage is flirting with his lowest since his rookie year. In four games, it has been 53.1 percent or lower; since that rookie year, 1999, he has never had more than five such games in a single season. His quarterback rating of 76.0 is the lowest since his first year, ranking him 24th in the league."We’re a work in progress," was how McNabb addressed the offense’s production during the week, but he could have been speaking of himself alone. Before this season, he had played his entire career in one offensive system, that of Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid. Now, he is adjusting to the scheme of Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan and to the play-calling of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. "It’s like learning a new language," Mike Shanahan said."It’s not happening as fast, his recognition of things, as when he was in Philadelphia – of course," said veteran defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday, who played against McNabb for years during stops in Green Bay, Kansas City, Miami and Denver. "He’s going through the whole growing process."The lesson the Redskins are learning: For McNabb to become fluent is going to take more than seven classes, seven games. The McNabb playing in Washington is not going to resemble the McNabb who played in Philadelphia – yet. Through seven games, McNabb has thrown seven interceptions, a total he has never exceeded in his first seven games of a season. He has thrown six touchdown passes, a total Cheap Jacquian Williams Blue Red White Jersey Giants Kids ladies nike Jerseys exceeded by 24 other quarterbacks this year, Giants Kids ladies nike Jerseys including such luminaries as Josh Freeman, Chad Henne, Alex Smith and Shaun Hill.Those stats have the Redskins, both internally and externally, reminding themselves that this process will require patience, whether patience is palatable or not."You want it right away as a coach," Kyle Shanahan said. "You want it right away as a player. I don’t think him or I are feeling like we can be patient with it. We want it to happen. We want it to happen now. We got to understand that it’s not like that. It’s life."CONTINUED 1 2 3 Next >» This Story:Read | Comments#botPromoStrip background: #fff url(‘http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/longterm/2007/photo/gray624.jpg’) no-repeat; padding: 7px 10px; margin: 5px 0 10px 0;More in the Redskins SectionRedskins InsiderNews updates, poll questions and exlusive analysis of the Redskins.Tailgate ZoneA discussion group that invites fans to debate all matters burgundy and gold.Insider PodcastPost reporters and editors discuss and dissect the team’s ups and downs.
Blog excerpt from voices.washingtonpost.com/prepspost-dcWillie Stewart, one of the Washington area’s iconic coaching figures, has been fired after Cheap Anthony Castonzo Blue White Jersey Colts Kids ladies nike Jerseys 29 seasons of leading Anacostia’s football program.According to a letter sent by first-year Anacostia Principal R. Malik Bazzell to Stewart Cheap Anthony Castonzo Blue White Jersey that was obtained by The Washington Post, the coach’s failure to implement a "mandatory study hall" for his team and "no noticeable change in [Stewart's] players’ behavior or attitude toward school" were the causes for his dismissal.Stewart, who has coached at Eastern and Anacostia for the past 41 years, said he plans to file a grievance with the Washington Teachers’ Union, citing that establishing a mandatory study hall is not among the responsibilities outlined in the D.C. Public Schools’ Coaches Handbook."I was shocked," said Stewart, who, over the past two years had talked about retirement coming closer. "After all that I’ve done for the kids in my time here, and this is what he does to me? I’m not going to let a first-year principal come in and tell me when I’m going to stop coaching."It’s not over yet. Not even close."In an e-mail, Bazzell declined to comment.Stewart coached Eastern (1976-80) and Anacostia (1981-2009) to a combined seven Interhigh/D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championships and a record 13 appearances in the Turkey Bowl. Nearly two dozen of his former players have gone on to professional careers, either in the NFL or CFL. In addition, eight former assistants later became head coaches at DCPS middle and high schools.DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor called Stewart "a great man, a great coach, a great community leader," and recalled a clinic McGregor held last summer where the keynote speaker was University of Pittsburgh Coach Dave Wannstedt."All of a sudden, out of the blue, Dave said, ‘Is Willie coming today?’ " McGregor said. "That’s the respect Willie has, not just from high school coaches, but from college and the NFL, too."But Stewart’s legacy extends off the field."You have a person who, for more than 40 years, has dealt with the most difficult things you could imagine in a school," said Cato June, who was the 1997 All-Met Defensive Player of the Year at Anacostia and is in his seventh NFL season. "He’s one of the bright spots of Anacostia. There would be no other reason my mother would have sent me to Anacostia if it wasn’t for Willie Stewart. None."In 1993, Stewart led Anacostia to a 10-3 mark and a runner-up finish in the DCIAA, despite having four of his players shot in separate Colts Kids ladies nike Jerseys incidents during the season.The following year, Stewart was given the Giant Step Award, presented annually by Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, the NCAA and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports to "individuals and/or organizations who exemplify the ideals and provide the support necessary for student-athletes to achieve academic and athletic success.""You can’t save everybody, but, believe me, I still try," Stewart said at the time.#botPromoStrip background: #fff url(‘http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/longterm/2007/photo/gray624.jpg’) no-repeat; padding: 7px 10px; margin: 5px 0 10px 0;More in the High Schools SectionRecruiting InsiderThe Post’s Josh Barr provides the latest news about all of the top talent in the area.Recruit DatabaseAll the information, as well as photos and videos, on the area’s top recruits.Varsity LetterPreston Williams provides context to the Washington area prep sports scene.
CHARGERS TEAM STATISTICSCATEGORYCHARGERSOPPYards Per Game (Rank)315.3 (20)320.3 (14)Passing Yards Per Game (Rank)187.8 (26)213.3 (14)Passing Completions-Attempts281-471338-555Rushing Yards Per Game (Rank)127.4 (7)107.0 (16)Rushing Attempts-Average485-4.2416-4.1Points Per Game (Rank)25.8 (5)17.8 (5)First Downs278297Third-Down Efficiency84-214(39.3%)83-211(39.3%)Fourth-Down Efficiency6-10(60%)9-26(34.6%)Kickoff Return-Average48-25.575-20.9Punt Return-Average32-8.829-10.7Punts-Average81-45.569-42.9Interceptions-Yards30-31116-283Sacks4224Penalties-Yards94-76186-665Time of Possession30:0330:24INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSPASSINGCMPATTYDSTDINTPhilip Rivers2774603,1522115Billy Volek310601RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTDLGLaDainian Tomlinson3151,4744.71549Michael Turner713164.5174Darren Sproles371644.4234RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTDLGAntonio Gates7598413.1949LaDainian Tomlinson604757.9336Vincent Jackson4162315.2345KICKINGPATFGLGNate Kaeding46-4624-2751REGULAR SEASON RESULTSvs. Chicago, W 14-3vs. Indianapolis, W 23-21at New England, L 38-14at Jacksonville, L 24-17at Green Bay, L 31-24vs. Baltimore, W 32-14vs. Kansas City, L 30-16at Kansas City, W 24-10at Denver, W 41-3at Tennessee, W 23-17 (OT)vs. Oakland, W 28-14vs. Detroit, W 51-14vs. Houston, W 35-10vs. Denver, W 23-3at Seahawks Kids ladies nike Jerseys Minnesota, L 35-17at Oakland, W 30-17PLAYOFF RESULTSFirst Round, Jan. 6 vbar Chargers 17, Titans 6RB LaDainian Tomlinson scored on fourth and goal from the 1 on the first drive of the fourth quarter to seal the win.Second Round, Jan. 13 vbar Chargers 28, Colts 24 Tomlinson and QB Philip Rivers missed significant portions of the Cheap Red Bryant Blue Grey White Jersey Seahawks Kids ladies nike Jerseys game with injuries, Cheap Red Bryant Blue Grey White Jersey but backups helped lead an upset of the Super Bowl XLI champs./* BEGIN TOP STRIP STYLES */#customTS-SingleThumbBlog width:454px;margin-bottom:6px;padding-bottom:6px;font:11px Arial;border-bottom:solid 1px #CCC;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog p margin:0;padding:0;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog a:link, #customTS-SingleThumbBlog a:visited text-decoration:none;font-weight:bold;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog a:hover text-decoration:underline;color:#C00;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog .redkicker font-weight:bold;color:#C00;margin-bottom: 4px;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog .thumbSlot float:left;width:80px;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog .textSlot float:right;width:368px;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog ul padding:0;list-style-type:none;font-weight:bold;margin:0;#customTS-SingleThumbBlog li background-image:url(http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/images/bullet_3x3_999999.gif);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-position:0px .4em;padding-left:6px;padding-bottom:2px; Latest Posts From NFL News Feed More Posts | Sports Blog Directory #botPromoStrip background: #fff url(‘http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/longterm/2007/photo/gray624.jpg’) no-repeat; padding: 7px 10px; margin: 5px 0 10px 0;More in the NFL SectionThe LeagueA conversation about what’s happening today in the NFL.NFL News FeedMark Maske keeps you up-to-date with all of the latest news in the NFL.Redskins InsiderJason Reid provides exlusive analysis of the Redskins.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Johnny Football was the elephant in the room Tuesday at Texas A&M.The seventh-ranked Aggies head into Cheap Jermichael Finley Green Navy White Jersey Packers Kids ladies nike Jerseys Saturday’s Packers Kids ladies nike Jerseys home opener against Rice with questions still swirling about whether Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel will play against the Owls. The NCAA Cheap Jermichael Finley Green Navy White Jersey is investigating whether he was paid for his autograph, a potential violation of amateurism rules that could threaten his eligibility.
DEWEY BEACH, Del. — The beer was plentiful, the music loud. Despite the drizzly weather, many wore flip-flops and shorts to the beachfront party, which could easily have been mistaken for a reunion of fraternity brothers reminiscing about their college days in the early 1990s.But a fraternity reunion it was not."We’re here for a party with a purpose," Kim McCullough, 38, reminded the guests.The purpose was to honor the life of her husband, Kent McCullough, who died last year after battling skin cancer for 18 months. But, more to the point, to raise money for melanoma research — tens of thousands of dollars, which as a growing number of people are realizing, isn’t terribly hard to do if you’re able to draw the right crowd for the right cause to the Rehoboth Beach area."We’re here to raise hard cash," said Matt Sullivan, 36, of Silver Spring, Kent McCullough’s best friend and one of the organizers of the fundraiser Saturday night.A benefit for the deadly type of skin cancer might seem slightly out of place in Dewey, a beach town renowned for wild college parties. But the setting was no accident, Sullivan said. “Kent was a party animal — a classic college guy.”Not to mention a beach bum.The first fundraiser in his honor was held last May, a couple of months after he died. His wife, other relatives and friends, who had no prior formal fundraising experience, were stunned by the nearly $60,000 they raised last year by essentially throwing a bash in honor of a guy they all knew as the life of any party.This year, the group, which includes several friends Kent made while living in the Washington area after college, put together a weekend-long charity event, the KENTucky Derby, after one of McCullough’s passions in life. The group sold more than 250 tickets on its Web site, http://www.mela-no-more.org, and Cheap Bart Starr Green Navy White Jersey reached out to local business owners, who readily offered food, items for the auction and staff members. The owner of the Starboard, a popular Dewey Beach bar, gave the cause 50 percent of the money Cheap Bart Starr Green Navy White Jersey Packers Kids ladies nike Jerseys earned at his business Friday night. All proceeds will go to the Melanoma Research Foundation.”We have Dewey bars calling, asking, ‘How can we help? How can we be a part of it?’ ” Kim McCullough said.Dewey Mayor Dell Tush got involved, too, offering to declare the Packers Kids ladies nike Jerseys first week of May melanoma awareness week in honor of Kent McCullough.One of the guests, Vince Perrotta, a plastic surgeon who works in Salisbury, Md., volunteered to take a look at moles. Several people, beer in hand, approached him and pointed out spots on their skin.CONTINUED 1 2 Next >More in the Metro SectionFind a Local BlogPlug into the region’s blogs, by location or area of interest.Blog: Va. PoliticsHere’s a place to help you keep up with Virginia’s overcaffeinated political culture.Virginia NotebookD.C. Taxi FaresCompare estimated zoned and metered D.C. taxi fares with this interactive calculator.#followwrapper margin: 22px 0px 22px 12px; .followitem float:left;margin: 0 0 0 19px;.followtext font: 11px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;color: #333333;font-weight: bold;float:left;.followlocal font-weight: bold;float:left;FOLLOW METRO ON:|GET LOCAL ALERTS: Mobile Email
NASHVILLE, Dec. 3 — Magic is in the air around the Tennessee Titans. Just ask Rob Bironas.Bironas kicked a 60-yard field goal — the franchise’s longest ever — with seven seconds left, and the Titans upset Indianapolis, 20-17, Sunday for their first victory over the Colts since December 2002 and their second straight amazing comeback.The team that tied for the NFL’s second-biggest comeback in the final 10 minutes last week against the New York Giants struck again Sunday against the Colts (10-2), who had lost only four of their previous 36 Panthers Kids ladies nike Jerseys games.With the wind at his back, Bironas lifted the longest field goal in his short career over the crossbar for his second consecutive game-winning kick. He became the sixth kicker in NFL history to connect from 60 yards or better.”I needed that Cheap Mike Mitchell Black Blue White Jersey Panthers Kids ladies nike Jerseys wind behind me today,” Bironas said. “It was all at my back. . . . I let the wind take it the rest of the way.”Peyton Manning said the wind was a big factor for the Titans in the fourth quarter, and never bigger than on Bironas’s field goal.”The guy made a heck of a kick,” Manning said.The Titans (5-7) didn’t trail by 21 this time, but they were down 14-0 in the first half before starting this comeback Cheap Mike Mitchell Black Blue White Jersey with 10 points just before halftime. They intercepted Manning twice, and Vince Young threw for two touchdowns and used his legs to help keep the ball away from the two-time NFL MVP.Indianapolis needed a victory to clinch the division for a club-record fourth straight year and its seventh playoff berth in eight years. Seemingly easy enough for a franchise that had won 12 straight divisional games coming into Sunday.Instead, the Colts blew a 14-point lead for the first time Coach Tony Dungy could remember and lost to the Titans for the first time in eight games.”They make a 60-yard field goal, and you take your hat off to them. We put ourselves in that position where a field goal beats you, and it did,” Dungy said.After Bironas’s kick — he also made a 49-yarder with six seconds left to beat the Giants — Tennessee still had to kick the ball back to the Colts. Manning never got his hands on it again. Bryan Fletcher caught the kickoff, lateraled to Marvin Harrison, who tossed to Kelvin Hayden, who was tackled, running the last seconds off the clock.The Titans then swarmed each other on the field, celebrating with the fans who didn’t want to leave.”Last week was a big step for us,” Titans receiver Drew Bennett said. “We think we can do anything.”Tennessee has improved on last year’s 4-12 record by winning five of its last seven and building lots of confidence.”This team is crazy because we can come out and play the worst in the league, and we can come out and beat the best in the league,” said Titans punter Craig Hentrich, who held for the winning kick. “At this point, I don’t think there’s anything but good coming out of this team the rest of the year.”
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