The outcome of the game was clearly not what he was hoping for, but his commanding presence on the field - Nick doing what he always does - could not have been a more appropriate way for him to honor his courageous sister's life.
Atlanta handed New Orleans its fifth straight home loss with a 30-14 win in the Big Easy, which it has been for opposing road teams of late. The Falcons set up a winner takes all showdown with the Panthers next week and eliminated the Saints from playoff contention.
For those who wonder why the owners have supported Goodell through the recent missteps and blunders it is only necessary to look at what the labor settlement and television contracts have done to team values. A lot of money has been delivered to the owners by Roger Goodell's achievements.
The New York Jets avoided setting a franchise record for consecutive losses by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13 Sunday afternoon. Michael Vick threw two touchdowns and the Jets forced four turnovers in the win.
St. Louis used a fake punt to hold off Seattle 28-26. The Seahawks had rallied from a 21-6 deficit at the half to pull within one score of the Rams with 3:18 to play.
Phil Dawson converted all five of his field goal attempts as San Francisco beat Kansas City 22-17. Dawson's 27-yard go-ahead field goal was setup by a trick play.
My friend Irene has told me for years that she has a magical mysterious pendulum that picks football games. I laughed at her stupidity forever UNTIL I came face to face with the magical pendulum the entire month of September.
Atlanta beat New Orleans for just the fourth time in their last 17 meetings. The Falcons needed overtime and a pair of Matt Bryant +50-yard field goals, one as time expired in regulation and one in overtime, to win 37-34.
Several groups have emerged as potential buyers, but one group, led by John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., also known as "Jon Bon Jovi," has received the most attention from furious Buffalo Bills fans. That's because Bon Jovi's investors are made up of a group of Toronto, Canada-based businessmen.
A real leader acknowledges quickly that rules must often change immediately. A real leader of the NFL better understand the role of violence in that sport -- its uses, its value, its expressions, and its costs.
A very impressive duck gives Marshawn Lynch's 2010 playoff run against the New Orleans Saints a run for its money. The duck lives in New Orleans, so maybe it had something to prove.
The highlight of Week 16's terrific slate of games will be the contest between two 10-4 teams with a ton to play for: New Orleans and Carolina.
How we each can lift ourselves above the fray -- life's circumstances, negativity and excuses -- is the true message of Thanksgiving that I see. Because, if we're truly thankful, then we will know that our lives have a higher purpose, and our expression of gratitude is to live out that purpose.
The Jets are a corrective to the spoiled brat, indulgent, I want it all now, mentality that is way too prevalent in our age. The Jets teach patience, perseverance and how to grapple with disappointment.
During an NFL era of inflated offensive statistics and elite quarterbacking play, Drew Brees is on a level so dominant and special that it can almost be baffling to watch. The New Orleans Saints are not unlike most of the league in that they give a vast amount of responsibility to the quarterback. What Brees does from there though is beyond words.
The Atlantic article suggests that in place of high school sports, kids could play on club teams outside of school. But that misses the critical role that high school sports play in America's unparalleled sports infrastructure.