Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Taylor nominated for player of year honor

Fred Taylor has been selected as one of three finalists for the 2007 FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year honor. San Diego Chargers' running back LaDainian Tomlinson and Minnesota Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson round out the award finalists.

Taylor won the player of the week honor once in the regular season and was nominated twice. The player of the year will be announced Jan. 30 in Glendale, AZ.

The winning city's children's hospitals will receive $25,000 each.

Fans can vote for the winner until 12 noon on Wednesday at NFL.com.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

That's a wrap from New England

The game is over and I am waiting for the last of our intensive video coverage from both Foxborough and Jacksonville to finish uploading. I figured I would take a second to reflect back on the short time here in New England.

It's 4:00 A.M. currently and I've been up since 5:00 A.M. yesterday morning. Gillette Stadium is a very nice stadium but I must say that Heinz Field was much better. The internet connections issues were a big problem for not only myself but everyone else in the press area as well.

I also never saw an empty seat in the stadium when the game was in progress. Patriots fans fill their stadium to the top. I also must say that the stadium is the only attraction around. A new "Patriots Place" is being built though that seems very intriguing and I hope to visit again to experience it when it is finished.

I am going to wrap up here putting the remnants of the video on the site and head downstairs to revisit the airport. Another 30+ hours of no sleep but an enjoyable time nonetheless.

Be sure to check for all the video coverage on Jacksonville.com on the video page and click on the "Jaguars" tab.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Jaguars lose 31-20

The Jacksonville Jaguars playoff run ended tonight in Foxborough, MA losing to the Patriots 31-20.

The Jaguars did keep the game close though up until the second half. The Jaguars were unable to get into the endzone and were forced to settle for field goals while the Patriots were able to convert their drives into touchdowns.

Stay tuned for a full story from AP Sports Writer Mark Long.

Scobee adds another field goal

The Patriots scored seven on their last possession. The Jaguars scored three. Keeping that ratio up will not result in a victory for the Jaguars as the Patriots now lead 28-20 over the Jaguars.

Scobee converted a 25-yard field goal to bring the Jaguars to 20 points on the day.

Patriots add another touchdown

As I said in my last post the Jaguars' defense had to stop the Patriots' offense. Apparently the coaches do not listen to me. ON the Patriots' next drive, Laurence Maroney achieved his first career 100-yard rushing game in the postseason. That 100-yard rushing is the sixth in Patriots' postseason history. The last to achieve this was Corey Dillon on January 16, 2005 against the Colts with 144 yards.

That Patriots drive ended in a nine-yard touchdown pass to Benjamin Watson. Watson's two touchdown receptions in tonight's game ties a Patriots' postseason record. The record was originally achieved by Stanley Morgan against Denver on January 4, 1987.

The Patriots now lead 28-17.

Scobee cuts Pats lead to four

Josh Scobee converted a 39-yard field goal to keep the Jaguars within four of the Patriots. A dropped pass by Dennis Northcutt forced the Jaguars to settle for the field goal.

With a four point differential the Jaguars defense has to find a way to stop Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense. On five possessions for the Patriots tonight, three have resulted in touchdowns. The other two were a missed field goal and the end of the half.

Brady fakes for TD

The Patriots have broken the even score on their first drive of the second half. Tom Bray found Wes Welker in the endzone for a six-yard touchdown reception. Brady faked the handoff on the touchdown pass that had just about everyone on the field fooled.

Patriots now lead 21-14 over the Jaguars.