I cover @NFL for @LATimes and @TribuneCompany newspapers. Co-host of Pro Football Slam podcast at profootballslam.com. Sam.Farmer@latimes.com

Hail Mary passes remain most exciting plays in football

latimes.com — It's the most exciting play in football, and it rarely works. It's the "Hail Mary" pass, a term coined 39 years ago Sunday, when Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach heaved a 50-yard, desperation pass for Drew Pearson with 24 seconds left in an NFL divisional playoff game at Minnesota.

Drew Pearson recalls the first Hail Mary pass

latimes.com — Drew Pearson played 11 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, made three Pro Bowls, was a three-time All-Pro, and reeled in 489 career catches... And all people ask about is The One. That was Pearson's game-winning, 50-yard touchdown catch from Roger Staubach with 24 seconds left in an NFC divisional playoff game at Minnesota's Metropolitan Stadium on Dec.

NFL's 2014 saw Seattle Seahawks' glory but also Ray Rice controversy

latimes.com — The Seattle Seahawks win their first Super Bowl ring with a 43-8 pounding of the Denver Broncos, a game pitting a smothering defense against Peyton Manning's high-octane Broncos offense. "Watching the film coming into the week, we'd seen that they haven't played a defense like ours," Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner said.

Roger Goodell tells teams no NFL in Los Angeles in 2015

latimes.com — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed the 32 teams Tuesday that the league will not be accepting relocation applications for teams interested in moving to Los Angeles in 2015. In a memo to the chief executives and club presidents of all NFL teams, obtained by The Times, Goodell said the decision was due to "the significant number of uncertainties associated with an appropriate long-term stadium site."

NFL heads into 2015 with popularity intact - but there are issues

latimes.com — The nation's most popular sports league put that fan loyalty to the test this season. Amid the domestic-abuse scandals involving star running backs Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, the NFL lurched through the most turbulent fall in its 94-year history.

NFL's Week 17 will feature three big division showdowns

latimes.com — One small stomp for man, one giant gulp for the Detroit Lions. The NFL on Monday suspended Detroit center Dominic Raiola one game for stomping on the ankle of Chicago defensive tackle Ego Ferguson the day before.

NFL Week 16: Schedule plan means fantastic finishes in division races

latimes.com — The fix is in - and it's working. Five seasons ago, confronted with the problem of playoff-bound teams resting starters and coasting into the postseason, the NFL began scheduling only division games for the final week of the season. The theory being, chances would be better those finales would mean something.

Ask Sam Farmer: Why do NFL QBs point to opposing players at the line?

latimes.com — Have a question about the NFL? Ask Times NFL writer Sam Farmer, and he will answer as many as he can online and in the Sunday editions of the newspaper throughout the season. Email questions to: sam.farmer@latimes.com. Question: My question is about the finger pointing at certain members of the opposing team that many quarterbacks do just before the ball is snapped.

NFL probably will focus on an L.A. stadium site rather than teams

latimes.com — The San Diego Chargers announced this week that they will not be terminating their stadium lease in 2015, meaning for now they will not be packing the moving vans for Los Angeles. The St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders probably will make similar announcements in the coming weeks, or they might just quietly make commitments to stay in their current cities for the 2015 season.

Sam Farmer's NFL Week 15 picks

latimes.com — The Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to Glantz-Culver (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 11-5 (.688); season 145-78-1 (.650). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 11-5 (.688); season 120-103-1 (.5.38).
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Dec 25, 2014

Cowboys' 1975 Staubach-to-Pearson prayer to beat Vikings in playoffs was pass that coined 'Hail Mary' play fw.to/OfSAbMi

Dec 24, 2014

@WinnerRocky thanks, bud! Happy holidays to you! Throw a couple more plates on for my dad!

Dec 24, 2014

Kind of sad. Christmas cards are now basically Facebook, three months late. On paper.

Dec 23, 2014

Goodell tells teams that no relocation applications to Los Angeles in 2015 will be accepted. Will focus on stadiums. fw.to/sm8mAmD

Dec 22, 2014

During a 10-game stretch in the middle of the season, Carolina went 1-8-1. Now, it's a win away from hosting a playoff game. Makes sense.

Dec 21, 2014

Russell Wilson is so calm when he scans the field, it's as if he can stop time.

Dec 21, 2014

What's more intimidating, steel curtains or arm-hair curtains?

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