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Julius Peppers joins elite company with latest sack

In the second quarter of Sunday's game, Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers sacked Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, marking 10.5 sacks on the season. The latest sack marked Peppers' ninth season with ten-plus sacks, tied for fourth-most in NFL history with former Vikings defensive lineman John Randle. (247 Sports)

Lions TE Eric Ebron plans to auction off Christmas-themed cleats for charity

Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron was fined for wearing Christmas-themed cleats on Monday Night Football in New Orleans. Now he’s planning on auctioning off the custom-designed shoes for charity. Ebron tweeted Tuesday that he would be auctioning them off after the season concludes Sunday against the Chicago Bears, something he confirmed to ESPN.com on Wednesday. (ESPN.com)

Tobacco Road football still lagging behind basketball

North Carolina and N.C. State faced opponents in postseason play from traditional football leagues that have regularly appeared in the national Top 25 rankings, and the results weren't favorable. The Tar Heels and Wolfpack not only suffered losses, but they were manhandled by Baylor of the Big 12 Conference and Mississippi State from the Southeastern Conference. (Fayetteville Observer)

Lions' Eric Ebron says he'll be better in third year

Eric Ebron is far from a finished product. He knows that. But with his second NFL season almost in the books, the Detroit Lions tight end likes the progress he made on the field this year. "It was pretty good," Ebron said. "I mean, it should have been better, it could have been better. Hopefully next year I just come back even better than I was this year." (Detroit Free Press)

Football In A Forest

Its wooded setting and the field’s placement in the base of a natural ravine meld to give Kenan Stadium an aesthetic ambiance unrivaled among the major players in college football and those not situated next door to a river or a lake. And even at that, I’ll take Kenan over that giant “erector set by the river” in Knoxville any day. (Kenan Journal)

Denver Broncos unsung heroes: DL Sylvester Williams

Most 1st round picks (especially starters) aren’t considered unsung heroes because of their obvious draft status. In a way, that’s what makes Williams’ story very unique. In a defense that has been beyond fantastic throughout this entire season, a starter and first round pick like Sylvester Williams is often overshadowed by his defensive counterparts. (Predominantly Orange)

UNC's trip to the 1949 Sugar Bowl

The 2015 Tar Heels season ended disappointingly Tuesday evening at the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The game marked Carolina’s 32nd bowl appearance....Of the 31 previous bowl games, the Tar Heels won 14 and lost 17—and of those losses, the one on January 1, 1949 was “one that got away.” Morton collection volunteer Jack Hilliard looks back at the final three games of the 1948 regular season and the 1949 Sugar Bowl. (A View to Hugh)

Art’s Angle: Not Up To Speed

Gene Chizik has some work to do with that defense, which looked a step slow in the secondary and weaker along the interior lines. He could have loaded the box with nine players, daring Baylor to pass, and still not stopped its running game. (Chapelboro.com)

The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: Baylor

It's hard to maintain perspective sometimes when things don't end well, and 11-3 with two losses to football powers on the national stage. It also shows how far UNC has to go to play with the perennial big boys. And yet there was so much special about this season, from the 11-game winning streak to the sweep of in-state rivals to 8-0 in the ACC. (Tar Heel Blog)

North Carolina football team made strides, but still have work to do after bowl loss to Baylor

North Carolina made some significant strides as a football program in 2015 as evidenced by its 11 victories and Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division title. But in the final two games of the year, the Tar Heels discovered they still have plenty of work to do before joining college football's elite, especially on defense. (Fayetteville Observer)

Heels’ Military Connections Hit Home In Holidays

Just over 12 hours after busses returned to Kenan Football Center the third weekend of November after a trip to Blacksburg, Va., where the Tar Heels clinched their first ACC Coastal Division title, team chaplain Mitch Mason and a handful of players were on the fifth floor stuffing shoe boxes with Christmas gifts to be shipped around the world. (UNC Lettermen)

49ers' Shaun Draughn Placed on injured reserve

Shaun Draughn was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, the 49ers report. Draughn filled in admirably following the losses of Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush for the season, racking up 76 carries for 263 yards, 25 catches for 175 yards, and one rushing touchdown over six games. However, Draughn sustained a season-ending MCL sprain and will miss the final two games of the season. (CBS Sports)

Extra Points: Regroup

Between Carolina’s loss to Clemson in the ACC title game and its 49-38 loss to Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl, the Tar Heels found opponents against whom they match up reasonably well at the skill positions and in the backfield but along the front lines remain a combination of too young, too lacking in numbers, too lacking in size and too short on twitch. (GoHeels.com)

Russell Athletic Bowl: Briles, Baylor committed to run game in way nobody could have imagined

Give Art Briles a few weeks to come up with something, and, well, he'll come up with something. Against North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Baylor committed to the run in a way that nobody (especially UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik) could have imagined. Everybody but big LaQuan McGowan took a snap behind center, it seemed, and five players combined to rush 82 times for 651 yards. (SB Nation)

Fedora: "They set a new standard"

Tuesday's loss in the Russell Athletic Bowl ended a great UNC season where the Heels went 11-3 and won the ACC Coastal Division. It was an amazing turn around from a 2014's 6-7 season where the team was fractured, inconsistent, and loss on defense. "We had a lot of positive things happen with this football team this year," head coach Larry Fedora said in the press conference after the loss. (Carolina Blue)

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Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3 TBD

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10 TBD

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17 TBD

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Pittsburgh6-28-4
Miami5-38-5
Duke4-48-5
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Virginia3-54-8
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
Louisville5-38-5
NC State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9


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