…And the end has come… after the New England Patriots staged the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in Super Bowl history to defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, the 2014 NFL season is officially in the books.
The season was filled with ups and downs. Players such as Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt posted historic seasons on the field, but for far too much of the year, the dominant storylines in the NFL involved scandals off it.
In recent years, the NFL has done just about everything but stand on its head to make offense more prolific. Rules have been changed to the point that sneezing in the direction of a receiver will draw a flag. Of the eight 5,000-yard passing seasons in NFL history, seven have occurred since 2008.
Still, in the opinion of NFL National Lead Writer Matt Bowen, the old axiom that “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” holds true in today’s NFL. source: bleachreport.com
Given that the NFL’s top three defenses and top two rushing teams all made the playoffs in 2014 and that the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks led the league in both categories, it would appear that they have a point. Maybe the trends just didn’t shift as much as we thought to begin with.
It was a pretty good season for Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.
The 25-year-old racked up nearly 80 tackles, an eye-popping 20.5 sacks, an interception and four forced fumbles. Watt scored a staggering five touchdowns, including three on offense as a goal-line tight end.
On Saturday night’s NFL Honors show, Watt brought home the 2014 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, finishing as the runner-up to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the Most Valuable Player vote.
To say it was a rough year for the National Football League off the field is an understatement. The 2014 season began with scandal swirling around Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson. It ended with whispers, finger-pointing and yet more talk of “cheating” surrounding the New England Patriots. The whole season left a bad taste with NFC North Lead Writer Zach Kruse “child abuse,” Kruse said. “domestic abuse. Cheating allegations. The NFL is as popular as ever, but 2014 was undoubtedly a rotten year for professional football.”
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