Top Ten Memorable NFL Moments of 2013
Which Moments From the NFL's 2013 Season Will We Never Forget?
2014 NFL Off-Season
In every season, there are defining moments. Depending upon which side of them you’re on, some are worthy of elation, while others make fans want to crawl into holes for the entirety of the off-season. Tonight, I thought we’d take a look ten of the most memorable moments of the 2013 NFL year. Kick-off is exactly five months from today, so why not relive some of what makes us come back to this sport year after year after year?
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1. For many players, analysts, and fans, myself included, NaVorro Bowman’s devastating knee injury during the NFC championship game is the single most memorable moment of the entire season. Having suffered an MCL injury myself, I can barely watch the film without wanting to cry…for Bowman, for me, for everyone who has ever blown a knee. Bowman’s surgery was reportedly successful, so all we can do is hope he returns better than ever in 2014. Look for him to be on the PUP list for at least the first several weeks of the season, though.
2. January 4, 2014 was a memorable day for Colts fans (including me…sitting on the 50) and Chiefs fans alike, albeit for totally different reasons. Sorry again, KC. Andrew Luck’s incredible fumble recovery and subsequent TD turned the tide in the Colts’ favor, giving them the momentum to come back from a 38-10 deficit in the 3rd to win Luck’s first play-off game 45-44. It was the second largest come back run in play-off history. I’m a little biased, but it was awesome.
3. This wouldn’t be a list of memorable moments without including Seahawks CB Richard Sherman’s post NFC championship rant (and a half) about 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree. We’ve all seen the film five thousand times by now, but Sherman’s…um…impassioned speech (and the look on poor Erin Andrews’s face) still hasn’t gotten old for a lot of fans. This one’ll probably go down in NFL history.
4. In Week 8’s match-up against the Cowboys, Lions WR Calvin Johnson (you may know him as Megatron) had 329 yards and 14 receptions. This is the most ever by an NFL wideout in a game that didn’t go into OT. The most memorable moment of this standout game for me? Johnson’s 54-yard reception over the heads of both CB Brandon Carr and S Jeff Heath. If you haven’t…Watch. The. Film.
5. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers spent the weeks between November 4 and December 29 nursing a broken collarbone. When he returned in Week 17, Rodgers threw a 48-yard bomb to Randall Cobb for a TD that led his Pack to the play-offs in an NFC North showdown against Da Bears.
6. The Denver Broncos offense had dozens upon dozens of highlights during its 2013 campaign, breaking record after record under QB Peyton Manning. They ended the season as the No. 1 ranked offense of all time. If we ignore the Super Bowl (defense wins championships, guys), the Broncs’ entire season could be classified as one perpetual memorable moment.
7. Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (who is, by the way, possibly the best thing to ever happen to fantasy players) scored a nearly record breaking 5 TDs in KC’s Week 15 match-up against Oakland. It was, for those of you who weren’t watching, a heck of a performance. Only RB Gale Sayers, who had 6 TDs in a 1965 game, has scored more times in a single contest.
8. While NFL nation didn’t know it at the time, Cam Newton and Brandon LaFell combining for a 79-yard TD in Week 6 against the Vikings turned the tide of the Panthers season. The squad had gone 1-3 in the weeks leading up to the game, but finished the season 10-1 and absolutely on fire.
9. One of this season’s coolest moments didn’t take place on the field. On December 2, the Seahawks’ famed 12th Man broke the Guinness World Record for making the most noise - clocking in at 136.6 decibels - of any crowd ever recorded in any stadium. The Seattle 12th Man was undoubtedly one of the feel good stories of 2013; their loyalty (and their lungs) were rewarded with a Super Bowl XLVIII victory.
10. The Dallas Cowboys’ string of 8-8 seasons have often been blamed on Tony Romo, but it appears it may actually make very little difference who’s under center. On December 29, back-up QB Kyle Orton threw an interception that allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to secure a 24-22 victory and a play-off berth. All of this meant yet another off-season at the drawing board for the ‘Boys and their fans. For Philly fans and young QB Nick Foles (who finished the season with a league leading QB rating of 119.2), though, the win was absolutely huge.