2012 NFL Season kicks off
The 2012 NFL Season is finally upon us and it feels like an age since we last had NFL action on our screens, but with visions of the NY Giants lifting the Vince Lombardi trophy in the rear view mirror we look ahead to another year of grid iron action.
As with the start of any NFL season all 32 teams are in with a chance of reaching this years Superbowl which takes place in New Orleans on February 3rd 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The 2013 Super Bowl is the 47th Super Bowl or as more commonly known Super Bowl XLVII.
Cowboys @ Giants – 2012 NFL Scores
As is now common place the NFL Season kicks off on a Wednesday with the defending Champions starting off the season at home. The right to begin the season belonged to the New York Giants who faced the Dallas Cowboys at the Met Life stadium in New Jersey. So this is where Real Sporting News kicks off its season long coverage of the 2012 NFL Scores with the 2012 NFL Scores week 1 from the Giants Cowboys match up.
The match up was a rematch of the final game of the 2011 NFL regular season where the Giants defeated the Cowboys 31-14 to put them in the playoffs and leaving the Cowboys players watching from home. However the opening game of the 2012 NFL Season would see the Cowboys gain the early advantage over there NFC East rivals.
The first quarter was played out between both defences and kept the scores tied at 0-0 with the 1st scores coming in the second quarter with a Lawrence Tynes field goal breaking the tie with a 22 yard field goal. With the minutes winding down in the 1st half Tony Romo would give Dallas the lead at half time after a touchdown pass to Kevin Ogletree to put the scores at 7-3 at the half.
The 3rd quarter saw Ogletree catch his second score of the night before an Ahmad Bradshaw touch down brought the scores to 14-10 before Dan Bailey kicked a 33 yard field goal gave Dallas the 17-10 lead at the end of the 3rd. In the 4th quarter both teams scored a touchdown apiece and the scores finished 24-17.
In what was an entertaining 1st game of the season we now have to wait for more 2012 NFL scores week 1 on Sunday where the rest of the 30 NFL teams get involved in the 2012 NFL Kickoff weekend. Be sure to check back Sunday for the latest live 2012 NFL Scores.
Thursday Evening saw the NFL Draft 2012 take place at the Radio City Music hall in New York and even though the 1st 2 picks were pretty much done deals there was plenty of intrigue in the 2012 NFL Draft 1st round. There were no fewer than 8 picks traded on Thursday night with teams jumping forward in the draft to get the players they wanted.
Luck & RG3 off the board with the first 2 picks – NFL Draft 2012
As expected the Indianapolis Colts chose Andrew Luck with the overall number 1 pick in the NFL Draft 2012, the quarter back from Stanford should have the tools to be the Colts franchise QB for years to come.
With the 2nd pick in the NFL Draft the Washington Redskins took another Quarterback off the board and selected Baylor’s Robert Griffin III. The Redskins will hope that RG3 will develop again into their franchise quarterback and in his final college season showed all the right signs that he could be just that.
The first trade of the evening saw the Browns trade up 1 spot to 3rd to select Alabama running back Trent Richardson whilst the Vikings still got there man Matt Kalil with the 4th pick.
The Jaguars also traded up in the NFL Draft 2012 by trading their 7th pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5th pick which they used to select wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
NFL Draft 2012 – Cowboys trade up to the 6th pick
The 6th overall pick saw the Dallas Cowboys trade up from 14th to select LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne a deal which no one saw coming especially Claiborne himself. Claiborne had not received any contact from Dallas and was pleasantly surprised to see the Cowboys had traded up to take him to Texas.
With the 7th pick the Bucs selected Mark Barron a safety from Alabama whilst with the 8th pick the 3rd quarterback went of the board as the Miami Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill.
To round out the top 10 picks from this years NFL Draft saw the Panthers selected linebacker Luke Kuechly & the Buffalo Bills selected cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
To see how the rest of the NFL Draft 2012 draft order visit NFL.com for all the latest picks & trades from the remaining 6 rounds of the NFL Draft.
The 2012 NFL Draft is a little over 3 days away and NFL Fans around the globe are awaiting to see who the team will draft to strengthen their squad. The NFL Draft 2012 kicks off on Thursday 26th April at 8pm EST with the 1st round and will then continue across the weekend. The 2012 NFL Draft venue will take place in New York at the Radio City Music Hall where it has been held at since 2006.
Andrew Luck 2012 NFL Draft number 1 pick
As with most NFL Drafts there is much discussion on who should be taken with the number 1 pick in the draft and the 2012 NFL Draft is no exception however the decision has been limited to pretty much 1 player Andrew Luck. Luck has been widely touted as the best Quaterback talent to come out of College since perhaps Peyton Manning or Tom Brady.
The 2012 NFL Draft number 1 pick will be going to the Indianapolis Colts after they finished with the worst record in the NFL & Luck will no doubt be stepping into Manning’s shoes after the Colts released him earlier in the off season.
2012 NFL Draft Mock
In the run up to the draft many pundits are making their 2012 NFL Draft mock up and there is a general idea of who the top 5 picks will be. The Colts will select QB Andrew Luck with the first pick & the Washington Redskins will take another QB off the board when they select Robert Griffin III 2nd. Offensive Tackle Matt Kalil will be 3rd off the 2012 NFL Draft Board to the Vikings whilst Alabama RB Trent Richardson will go to Cleveland with the 4th pick. To round out the top 5 Morris Claiborne a CB from LSU will be selected by the Buccaneers.
The 2012 NFL Draft is essentially like no other American sports draft with the Entire 7 rounds televised as the entire nation looks to see who will be the next big star. The 2012 NFL Draft dates are the 26-28th April and the NFL teams War Rooms will be buzzing as teams look to trade up or down the draft board to get their man.
For the complete 2012 NFL Draft order check out NFL.com for the complete run down of who picks when and check back here for all the latest 2012 NFL Draft news.
The 2012 NFL Schedule was released this week and football fans across the country will now be planning where they will be when their team is playing. The 2012 NFL Schedule always throws up some anomalies and oddities and this year is no exception.
Giants begin their defence against Dallas Cowboys – 2012 NFL Schedule
Kicking of the 2012 NFL Schedule will be the Superbowl Champions the New York Giants who will host the Dallas Cowboys in the first Wednesday night NFL game since 1948. The reasoning behind playing on the Wednesday is to make sure the game does not clash with Barack Obama’s speech on the Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention.
2012 NFL Schedule – Manning debuts against the Pittsburgh Steelers
The Denver Broncos have been eagerly awaiting the release of the 2012 NFL Schedule and they wont have to wait long to see their big Free Agent acquision Peyton Manning. The Broncos kickoff their season at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Manning who replaces Tim Tebow as the starting quarterback for Denver Broncos has got the Broncos fans excited for the 2012 NFL Season.
The 2012 NFL Schedule Monday Night Football kicks off with the usual double header with Bengals at Ravens & Chargers at the Raiders to kick off ESPN’s football coverage.
The 2012 NFL Schedule Thanksgiving sees 3 games as usual take place over Thanksgiving with New England at New York Jets, Houston at Detroit & Washington at Dallas to get you through the festive season.
2 games on the NFL Schedule 2012 with be played outside of the United States with the St Louis Rams hosting the New England Patriots at Wembley & the Buffalo Bills host the Seattle Seahawks in Toronto.
The odd anomalies on the 2012 NFL Schedule see the Houston Texans & Green Bay Packers playing 3 straight away games whilst 10 teams have 3 straight home game.
To see your teams full 2012 NFL Schedule check out the official NFL Website.
With the NFL Season in the books and the New York Giants crowned as the 2012 Superbowl Champions most teams are looking ahead to the 2012 NFL Draft in April. However this week sees the 2012 NFL Combine take place which puts the College prospects through their paces ahead of the NFL Draft.
NFL Combine – Whats it all about?
The NFL Combine allows the 32 NFL teams to see how the prospects fare in a series of tests which can help determine the physical fitness of a player. The NFL Combine in current season has seen players move up and down the draft board dependant on their performance.
The NFL Combine 2012 features 6 standard drills which all combine participants will take place in with each test aiming to measure the speed, agility and strength of the player.
2012 NFL Combine News
The NFL Combine drills feature a 40 yard dash to measure the players speed with scouts looking for explosive power from a standing start. The Bench Press is a test of strength were the athlete has to see how many times he can lift a 225 pound weight. Another power test is the Vertical jump which sees the player aiming to jump as high as he can which is like the 4th test which is the Broad Jump which sees the player trying to jump as far as he can.
The other 2 NFL Combine drills are the 3 cone drill where the player runs around 3 cones in a ‘L’ shape trying to show his ability to change pace at speed. The final test is the Shuttle run which sees them run 5 yards then 10 yards then 5 yards again to show quickness and explosive speed.
If those tests went enough for each they have NFL Combine position drills which are specific to a players position. For QB’s they will have them coming out of the snap doing 3,5 & 7 step drops and for WR’s they will get them running routes.
The NFL scouting combine is a weeklong event running from the 22nd – 28th February and you can watch the 2012 NFL Combine live on the official NFL Website and on the NFL Network.
2012 NFL Super Bowl – Giants Win
All the talk before the 2012 NFL Super Bowl was revenge for the Patriots over a Giants team that ruined there perfect season back in 2008. However for the Patriots there wait to claim revenge over the NY Giants will have to wait as it was the Giants who reigned supreme as the 2012 NFL Super Bowl Champions.
The 2012 Super Bowl’s first score was an unconventional one as Tom Brady drew an intentional grounding in the end zone giving the Giants a 2-0 lead. The first quarter also saw the New York Giants score a touchdown when Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz for 9-0 first quarter lead.
However the 2nd quarter belonged to the New England Patriots who scored on a 29 Stephen Gostkowski 29 yard field goal and a Tom Brady touchdown pass to Danny Woodhead for the 10-9 half time 2012 NFL Super Bowl lead.
At half time the football action stopped and the 2012 NFL Super Bowl half time show took centre stage with headline act Madonna joined on stage by LMFAO, Nikki Minaj & Cee Lo Green. After the nearing on half hour break the action on the field restarted.
The New England Patriots extended their lead when Aaron Hernandez caught a 12 yard touchdown pass to give them an 8 point lead at 17-9. Before the third quarter drew to a close two Lawrence Tynes field goals brought the score to 15-17 as the 2012 NFL Super Bowl entered the 4th quarter.
2012 NFL Super Bowl – 4th quarter win
Like with many of the Giants wins this season quarterback & 2012 NFL Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning executed a 88 yard drive to win the match. Ahmad Bradshaw rushed in for a 6 yard run to see the Giants take the 21-17 lead with just 57 seconds remaining.
The time left on the clock proved to be too little for Brady to work with and left the New York Giants as the 2012 NFL Super Bowl Champs with a scoreline of 21-17.
The victory for Eli Manning is his 2nd Superbowl win & his second Super Bowl MVP award whilst giving the Giants franchise 4th Super Bowl win which leaves them tied in 3rd spot with the Green Bay Packers.
Well that concludes our look at the 2012 NFL Super Bowl and we bid congratulations to all in the Giants franchise as we look ahead to the 2012 NFL Draft.