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first_imgNew England’s Doug Flutie converts the first successful drop kick in the NFL since 1941 during Sunday’s game. Seattle record breaker Shaun Alexander said his offensive line was more excited about a chance at the league rushing title than he was. The NFL touchdown record was another matter. “It’s more fulfilling to be 13-3, to know we’re in the playoffs and we don’t have to play next week,” Alexander said. “Those are more fulfilling than the rushing title. The scoring title, the touchdowns, I do like that. That’s pretty cool.” Alexander set both marks on Sunday in the Seattle Seahawks’ 23-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers. First, he established the NFL single-season mark for touchdowns by scoring his 28th early in the second quarter. On third-and-goal at the 1, Alexander took a handoff from Matt Hasselbeck, got a block from fullback Mack Strong and raised his hand in triumph, untouched, for his 100th career TD. “I know there was one play that there was no reason in the world for Green Bay to line up the way they lined up (defensively),” he said. “You kind of understood that the game was not a normal game for us or them, and it was just weird. I like the other way better.” Priest Holmes set his mark in 2003 with 27 touchdowns – all rushing. Alexander, who ran for 73 yards on 20 first-half carries Sunday, also had 27 touchdowns rushing and added one receiving this season. Just before halftime, Alexander’s 3-yard run vaulted him ahead of New York Giants’ running back Tiki Barber as the league rushing leader. Alexander finished with 1,880 yards, 20 ahead of Barber, who ran for 203 yards on Saturday night in a 30-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders. At this rate, we’ll see it again in the 2069 season center_img For 21 years, Doug Flutie’s career has been defined by one play. Now the “Hail Flutie” has its historic bookend. The 43-year-old Patriots backup converted the NFL’s first successful drop kick since 1941, making an extra point in the fourth quarter of the Miami Dolphins’ mostly meaningless 28-26 victory Sunday over New England. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Web site, the league’s last drop kick for points was Dec. 21, 1941, when Ray “Scooter” McLean converted for the Chicago Bears to beat the New York Giants 37-9 in the NFL championship game. The ball was more round until 1934, making the bounce more predictable. And the rules were changed to require the kicker to be behind the line of scrimmage, relegating the drop kick to a riskier version of a place kick or extra point. But when ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman mentioned to New England coach Belichick that he’d seen Flutie drop kick, the coach called his quarterback into his office and asked if he could do it. “I said, ‘I could do it,”‘ Flutie said. “‘There’s no real application for it, but I could do it.”‘ A tearful goodbye, as expected With trademark tears in his eyes, Dick Vermeil said this is really it – a third retirement means he’s out of football. Unlike his other two retirements, there’ll be no returning to the profession he loves so dearly, Vermeil tearfully told a news conference Sunday after his Kansas City Chiefs beat Cincinnati 37-3. He teared up and had to pause several times after the game Sunday while thanking Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt and team president Carl Peterson for giving him an opportunity. “I didn’t get you to a Super Bowl, Lamar,” he told the owner, who sat a few feet away and also appeared to be tight-lipped. “But you’ll get there some day, and I’ll go with you.” When he looks back at a lifetime of coaching, Vermeil said he will remember the people. He’ll think about the fresh-faced high school kids where it all began in San Jose and San Mateo. He’ll recall the youngsters at UCLA he took to the Rose Bowl and led to an upset of then-No. 1 Ohio State in 1976. There’ll be the memories of Philadelphia and a Super Bowl, of winning the Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams, and the last five years in Kansas City. “I think of watching people go through transitions in their career, to go from one level to the next level,” he said. “All those things are very real.” Vermeil also made it clear he would like to see offensive coordinator Al Saunders move up to replace him. One other possibility who’s often been mentioned has been New York Jets coach Herman Edwards, an old friend of Peterson. Cardinals set records Arizona’s Neil Rackers broke the NFL’s single-season field goal record by hitting a 42-yarder with 10:59 left in the game Sunday at Indianapolis, his 40th field goal this season. Rackers broke the mark set by Miami’s Olindo Mare in 1999 and tied by St. Louis’ Jeff Wilkins in 2003. He tied the record with a 28-yarder in the second quarter. The Cardinals also hit another milestone late in the game, becoming the first team in five years with two receivers to catch 100 passes. Larry Fitzgerald caught his 100th pass in the first quarter Sunday, and Anquan Boldin caught his 100th pass in the fourth period. It marked the first time a receiving duo on the same team had 100 receptions in the same season since the 2000 Denver Broncos with Ed McCaffrey and Rod Smith. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more