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Bruce Carter sets ‘production points’ record following big day for Cowboys

Linebackers coach Matt Eberflus has a grading system that rewards points based on “production plays.” And Bruce Carter set a new record based on that system with a 56-point day against the Redskins. Carter had two interceptions in the red zone and a team-leading 11 tackles in the Cowboys’ 44-17 victory.

Art’s Angle: Honeymoon Over

The shining light through the malaise that has become Carolina Athletics over the last three years has been Larry Fedora and his football program. Until the last two hapless games of the 2014 season. Fedora was hired in late 2011 to lead the Tar Heels back to respectability off the field and continued (if not added) success on the field.

Tar Heels in the NFL Had a Good Day Yesterday

Former Tar Heels playing in the NFL had their share of key plays in the final week of the regular season. Linebacker Bruce Carter, now with the Dallas, picked off two passes and had 11 tackles to help the Cowboys to a 44-17 win over Washington to finish the season 12-4.

Tre Boston returns an interception for a touchdown (video)

Carolina DB Tre Boston returned an interception 84 yards for a touchdown in the Panthers' 34-3 win over the Atlanta Falcons to clinch 1st place in the NFC South.

Extra Points: Bottoms Up

There will be a new defensive coordinator and perhaps a new schematic approach in 2015. A half dozen or so fresh recruits are scheduled to enroll in two weeks for the spring semester. As Larry Fedora said Saturday evening, one season ended on the turf at Ford Field and another one began. It seems the Tar Heels have hit bottom. Now it’s time to bounce.

Weekly Report Card: Quick Lane Bowl

Carolina put up another zero on the national stage against Rutgers in the Quick Lane Bowl. The loss gave Larry Fedora his first losing season in Chapel Hill. The game showed Carolina's defense had never improved from its dismal showing against NC State. Carolina never showed it could stop the run this season and its last two opponents exploited that to blowout wins.

Watch Giovani Bernard hurdle over a defender and fly for a TD

Nobody is going to confuse Giovani Bernard for a guy who can run through a defender, so he might as well go OVER ALL OF THEM.

Tre Boston prediction comes true for Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston’s prediction – which might have sounded blustery coming from a rookie in the NFL – turned out to be spot-on true. On the bus ride from their hotel to the Georgia Dome before Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, Boston told teammate Roman Harper that they both would return an interception for a touchdown in the win-or-go-home game.

Bruce Carter earns nicknames ‘the closer’ and ‘King Carter’ after two-interception game

The Dallas Cowboys have started calling linebacker Bruce Carter “the closer” because of his key late-game interceptions in some games this season to put teams away. Carter had two more interceptions Sunday against Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and finished the regular-season with a team-best five. Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer said Carter is doing everything right.

UNC’s Quick Lane Loss Means Town Council Will See Red

When next the Chapel Hill Town Council meets, Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt will be seeing red. That’s because he’s agreed to wear a jersey from Rutgers University, paying up on a bet he made with Piscataway, NJ, mayor Brian Wahler.

The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: Rutgers

If you didn't actually watch Friday's Quick Lane Bowl between North Carolina and Rutgers and only looked at the stat sheet, you probably wouldn't guess a 40-21 Scarlet Knight victory in a game that wasn't really that close. For example: Although Rutgers put up over 500 yards of total offense, they only out-gained UNC by 42 yards.

Dre Bly Interview

Before going onto an 11-year NFL career, which included a pair of Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams, cornerback Dre Bly starred with the Tar Heels. Bly was a three-time First-Team All-American (twice consensus). The Heels were 28-8 in his three seasons in Chapel Hill and Bly holds school records for most interceptions in a season (11) and in a career (20).

Rutgers loss leaves Tar Heels reeling

North Carolina’s players had planned to be licking their chops right about now, the response elicited from the sweet taste of a postseason victory. The Tar Heels instead are all puckered up. “We’ve got a bad taste in our mouths,” UNC coach Larry Fedora said after Rutgers beat the Heels 40-21 in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field on Friday.

Quinshad Davis Undergoes Successful Surgery

UNC receiver Quinshad Davis underwent successful surgery Saturday morning to repair a fractured right tibia, which he injured in UNC’s bowl game Friday afternoon in Detroit. Dr. Jeffrey Spang performed the surgery at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Davis will miss spring practice, but is expected to make a complete recovery and be available for 2015 fall training camp.

Photo: UNC's Quinshad Davis out of surgery

North Carolina junior wide receiver Quinshad Davis entered Friday's bowl game one touchdown away from breaking the UNC touchdown reception record. It was not to be. Davis suffered an apparent broken leg while going up for a catch in the end zone late in the fourth quarter. The receiver from South Carolina was immediately tended to and an air cast was brought out to support the leg.

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