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December 24

1950 – Cleveland’s Otto Graham throws four touchdown passes despite an icy foot in the municipal stadium, and Lou Groza hits a 16-yard basket with 28 seconds left to give the Browns a 30-28 victory over the Los Rams Angeles and the NFL title in their freshman year in the league.

1961 – George Blanda’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Billy Cannon gives the Houston Oilers a 10-3 victory over the San Diego Chargers for their second AFL title.

1967 – Joe Namath of New York becomes the first player to throw for 4,000 yards in a season. Namath passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Jets to a 42-31 victory in San Diego. Namath ends the year with 4,007 yards.

1997 – In one of college basketball’s biggest upheavals, the American-Puerto Division II defeated the No.12 Arkansas Razorbacks 64-59 in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic.

2000 – Marshall Faulk breaks Emmitt Smith’s NFL touchdown record, scoring three times to give him 26 for the St. Louis Rams. Faulk’s three touchdowns and 220 yards fuel a 26-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

2003 – Steven Jackson tied a bowl game record with five touchdowns, and the Oregon State defense edged out error-ridden New Mexico in a 55-14 Las Vegas Bowl victory.

2006 – Colt Brennan sets the NCAA one-season record for touchdowns at 58, throwing five in the second half to lead Hawaii to a 41-24 victory over Arizona State in the Hawaii Bowl. Brennan, 33 of 42 for 559 yards, breaks the previous mark of 54 set by David Klingler of Houston in 1990.

2011 – David Akers breaks into the NFL record books and the San Francisco 49ers push back Seattle to a 19-17 victory. Akers scores four field goals to give him 42 this season, beating the NFL 40 mark set by Neil Rackers in 2005 with Arizona.

2014 – Western Kentucky defeated Central Michigan 49-48 in a wild first Bahamas Bowl. Michigan center is 49-14 at the start of the fourth quarter before Cooper Rush returns. He threw four touchdown passes in the dying minutes, and the Chippewas recovered the ball in their own 25th with a second to go. Rush completes a pass to Jesse Kroll, and the ball is lateralized three times before Titus Davis dives into the pylon for a touchdown with no time remaining. CMU chooses to go for two, only for the pass to be incomplete.

2016 – With a 41-3 loss to the New York Jets, Bill Belichick secures his 200th regular season victory in New England, making him the fifth coach in NFL history to reach the milestone with one team .

2016 – Cleveland survives a last-second field goal attempt to secure their first win after 14 losses, beating the San Diego Chargers 20-17. When San Diego’s Josh Lambo misses a 45-yard field goal attempt when time runs out, the Browns (1-14) win for the first time in 377 days.

December 25th

1956 – Corky Devlin of Fort Wayne goes 0 for 15 on the field against the Minneapolis Lakers to tie an NBA record.

1971 – Garo Yepremian’s 37-yard field goal at 7:40 into second overtime gives the Miami Dolphins a 27-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the AFC playoffs. At 82:40, it’s the longest game in NFL history.

1984 – Bernard King of the New York Knicks scores 60 points in a 120-114 loss to the New Jersey Nets.

1995 – Dallas Cowboys Emmitt Smith scores his 25th touchdown of the season in a 37-13 victory over Arizona, breaking the record for most touchdowns in a season. Smith overtakes John Riggins of Washington, who scored 24 in 1983.

1999 – Hawaii defeats Oregon 23-17 in the Oahu Bowl to cap off a remarkable turnaround for the Rainbow Warriors. Hawaii went from 0-12 in 1998 to 9-4 – the biggest single-season improvement in NCAA history.

2002 – Katie Hnida becomes the first woman to play in a Division I football game when she tries for an extra point after a New Mexico touchdown at the Las Vegas Bowl. Hnida, a walk-in junior, has her blocked kick in the 27-13 loss to UCLA.

2008 – The Los Angeles Lakers defeat Boston to end the Celtics’ winning streak with 19 games. Kobe Bryant scores 27 points and takes nine rebounds to lead Los Angeles to the 92-83 victory. Lakers coach Phil Jackson has hit 1,000 wins. Jackson, the sixth coach to reach 1,000, has a career record 1,000 to 423 with Chicago and the Lakers.

2008 – New Orleans goalie Chris Paul sees his record-breaking NBA steal streak end at 108 games in the Hornets’ 88-68 loss to Orlando.

2012 – The Los Angeles Clippers extend their winning streak to 14 games with a 112-100 win over the Denver Nuggets. The Clippers claim the NBA’s best record at 22-6 in the doubles program final on Christmas Day at Staples Center. In Game 1, Kobe Bryant scores 34 points in his NBA-record 15th Christmas Day Game 15 to lead the Lakers to a 100-94 victory over the New York Knicks 100-94.

2016 – Ben Roethlisberger managed a pair of interceptions to throw two late touchdowns, including a 4-yard strike to Antonio Brown with 9 seconds left to carry the Steelers to a 31-27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. The victory is the 600th regular season victory in franchise history. Roethlisberger also becomes the 10th player in NFL history to throw at least 300 career TDs.

December 26

1908 – Jack Johnson becomes the first black man to win the world heavyweight boxing title, with a 14th round knockout of Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia.

1917 – Harry Cameron of Toronto becomes the first defenseman to score four goals in a game as the Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 7-5.

1943 – Sid Luckman throws five touchdown passes to lead the Chicago Bears to a 41-21 victory over the Washington Redskins for the NFL Championship.

1946 – The United States wins the Davis Cup with a 5-0 sweep over Australia, the worst loss for a defending champion.

1954 – Otto Graham scores three touchdowns and passes for three more to lead the Cleveland Browns to a 56-10 loss to the Detroit Lions for the NFL title.

1955 – The Cleveland Browns intercept six passes, including one returning 65 yards for a Don Paul touchdown, in a 38-14 victory over the Los Angeles Rams for the NFL Championship.

1960 – The Philadelphia Eagles come back twice from behind on a 35-yard pass to Tommy McDonald by Norm Van Brocklin and a 5-yard run by Ted Dean to beat the Green Bay Packers 17-13 for the NFL title.

1964 – Wray Carlton and Jack Kemp each score and Pete Gogolak hits two field goals to give the Buffalo Bills a 20-7 victory over the San Diego Chargers in the AFL Championship.

1965 – The Buffalo Bills win their second straight AFL Championship with a 27-0 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers can only get inside Buffalo’s 25-yard line once.

1986 – Hartford Whalers center Doug Jarvis plays his 915th straight game, setting an NHL record.

1999 – Mike Vanderjagt’s 21-yard field goal with four seconds left gives the Indianapolis Colts a 29-28 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Indianapolis, which went 3-13 in 1998, made NFL history by winning 10 more games than the previous season.

2001 – Colorado’s Patrick Roy becomes the first NHL goaltender to win 500 games as he registers his seventh shutout of the season, a 2-0 victory over Dallas.

2004 – Peyton Manning breaks Dan Marino’s single-season touchdown record when he starts his 48th and 49th of the season, rallying Indianapolis from a 31-16 deficit in the fourth quarter to win 34-31 in overtime against San Diego.

2007 – Chris Summers hits a 40-yard field goal at the end of the time limit in the Motor City Bowl, taking Purdue to a 51-48 victory over center Michigan. The 99 points equal the second-highest total in a bowl game that ended in regulation, behind the 2003 Insight Bowl, where California defeated Virginia Tech 52-49.

2011 – Drew Brees sets the NFL record for yards spent in a season, beating a mark Dan Marino has held since 1984, and the New Orleans Saints won the NFC South title with a 45-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Monday night. Brees throws for 307 yards and four touchdowns, the latest a 9-yard strike for Darren Sproles who set the record with 2:51 to go. It was Brees’ last assist of the game and it gave him 5,087 passing yards, to break the three-yard record.

December 27

1953 – The Detroit Lions beat the Cleveland Browns 17-16 for the NFL Championship. Doak Walker’s extra point, after a 33-yard pass, made the difference.

1959 – The Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants 31-16 in the NFL Championship. Three goals from Pat Summerall gave the Giants a 9-7 lead after three periods, but the Baltimore defensive back fielder had three interceptions that resulted in scores.

1964 – The Cleveland Browns erupt after a scoreless first half with 17 points in the third quarter and beat the Baltimore Colts 27-0 for the NFL title.

1974 – Ohio State junior running back Archie Griffin wins the Heisman Trophy.

1987 – Steve Largent of the Seattle Seahawks becomes the NFL’s all-time receiving leader in the Seahawks’ 41-20 loss to Kansas City. Largent’s six catches give him 752, topping Charlie Joiner’s 750 of San Diego. Gayle Sierens announcing the game for NBC becomes the first female play-by-play announcer in NFL history.

1999 – Joe Sakic scores his 1,000th career point on a second period assist, helping the Colorado Avalanche win 5-1 over the St. Louis Blues.

2000 – Mario Lemieux makes a remarkable comeback after 3.5 years in retirement, scoring one goal and assisting on two more – one on his first assist in his first quarter, no less – as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Maple Toronto Leafs 5-0.

2005 – Rudy Carpenter passes for 467 yards and four touchdowns as Arizona State holds off Rutgers for a savage 45-40 victory in the Insight Bowl. The teams combine for 1,210 yards, a record for any ball play.

2008 – Pat White, the most prolific quarterback in college football history, has the best passing game of his career to lead West Virginia to a 31-30 victory over North Carolina in the Meineke Bowl . The senior is voted MVP by bowl for the third year in a row and finishes 4-0 in the playoffs, the first quarterback to do so.

2010 – Niklas Kronwall scores the game-winning goal with 1:18 left in overtime and Chris Osgood stops a season-high 46 shots in the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche to become 10th goalkeeper in NHL history to reach 400 wins.

2015 – Carolina’s offer for an unbeaten season ends when Julio Jones receives a spectacular 70-yard touchdown and propels the Atlanta Falcons to a 20-13 victory over Cam Newton and the Panthers 14-1.

2015 – Kansas City defeats Cleveland 17-13 for their ninth straight victory to clinch a playoff berth when Pittsburgh loses to Baltimore. The Chiefs and Jets of 1986 are the only teams in NFL history with a nine-game winning streak and five straight losses in the same season.



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