#NFL News and Notes - December 26, 2010

Arizona Cardinals 27, Dallas Cowboys 26

The Cardinals blew an 18-point lead, but pulled out the win with some late-game magic...Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald came up big when the team needed him the most...Dan Bickley of The Arizona Republic said last night's win could hurt the Cardinals' draft position.

Cowboys kicker David Buehler's missed extra point proved costly...Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was "mad as hell" after last night's loss...Cowboys quarterback Stephen McGee remained cool in his NFL debut.

NFL News and Notes

Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden worked hard to be successful this season, writes Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Throwing less has benefited the San Diego Chargers.

Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton will be good trade bait in the off-season, writes Dave Kreiger of The Denver Post.

If all goes well today, the Kansas City Chiefs could clinch a division they were merely supposed to be competitive in this season.

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is unlikely to play today against Denver.

Jacksonville Jaguars fans responded at the ticket office for a blackout-free regular season.

Defensive end Jason Babin has found a home with the Tennessee Titans.

Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney impact on a game doesn't always appear on the stat sheet.

Today could be the last home game for several key members of the Cincinnati Bengals, writes Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Cleveland Browns third-round quarterback Colt McCoy gets his first crack at the Ravens defense today.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be rooting for the Browns today, writes Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata thought he was going to the Browns in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Eleven members of the Buffalo Bills could be playing in their final home game, writes Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News.

The New England Patriots defensive line has remained solid despite ever-changing responsibilities, writes Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe.

Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger writes that the New York Jets are looking to dominate with their running game.

Despite being eliminated from playoff contention, the Miami Dolphins have plenty to play for, writes David Neal of the Miami Herald.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' playoff hopes rest on the performances of their young stars on offense.

Third-round tight end Jimmy Graham's rapid development is paying off for the New Orleans Saints.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution looks at the three key match-ups when the Atlanta Falcons host the Saints on Monday ngiht.

Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox is leaving the team in better shape than they were when he arrived, writes Darin Gantt of The Charlotte Observer.

The Washington Redskins shuffled their roster on Christmas Day.

Tonight's Philadelphia Eagles-Minnesota Vikings game will be played in a blizzard.

New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster faces a tough match-up in Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings.

Today in Miami, the Detroit Lions will be looking for a second consecutive road win for the first time since the 2004 season.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler should stay away from Revis Island, writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.

Containing Michael Vick should be the top priority for the Minnesota Vikings.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be judged by how he does in big games, writes Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Improvement in the red zone offense would help the St. Louis Rams make the playoffs, writes Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck can make his case to return in 2011 with a strong finish, writes Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune.

Quarterback Troy Smith and the San Francisco 49ers are in must-win mode in St. Louis today.

Today's NFL birthdays: Falcons practice squad linebacker Robert James (27), Cowboys fullback Chris Gronkowski (24), Lions wide receiver Brian Clark (27), Jets practice squad linebacker Shawn Crable (26), Rams running back Kenneth Darby (28), Redskins cornerback Bryan Westbrook (25). Retired free agent defensive end Kalimba Edwards (31) and cornerback Willie Williams (40).

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