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Jeff Garcia sparks come-from-behind win for Nighthawks

The Omaha Nighthawks, a brand-new UFL team stocked with former NFL players in uniforms that conjure memories of the Mean Machine from the Adam Sandler remake of The Longest Yard, made a big splash in their Friday night debut before more than 23,000 Nebraska fans.

The record crowd saw quarterback Jeff Garcia throw a 12-yard touchdown pass to receiver Robert Ferguson with only six seconds on the clock.  With the extra point, the Nighthawks took their first lead of the game — and erased a 23-10 deficit they faced at the start of the fourth quarter for the 27-26 victory.

Per Eric Olson of the Associated Press, the game also featured the pro debut of Maurice Clarett, who has returned to football after a failed NFL stint and a successful incarceration.  Clarett returned a kickoff and nearly blocked a punt.

Garcia, who completed 23 of 39 passes for 226 yards, threw three touchdown passes on the night, outdueling Josh McCown of the Colonials, who connected on 22 of 25 passes for 264 yards and two scores.

Former NFL tailback Ahman Green, 33, gained 49 yards on 12 carries for Omaha.

The game could have gone to overtime if Hartford kicker Taylor Melhaff hadn’t missed an extra point in the second quarter.  Instead, the game generated the smallest margin of victory in UFL history — a record that will stand at least until the UFL incorporates the extremely rare 1/2-point play.

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40 Responses to “Jeff Garcia sparks come-from-behind win for Nighthawks”
  1. Onderin says: Sep 25, 2010 1:02 AM

    Very weird to hear all these familiar names with these unfamiliar teams.

  2. ShawshankReception says: Sep 25, 2010 1:10 AM

    Are you claiming that Jeff Garcia is gay?

  3. 73plumbob says: Sep 25, 2010 1:41 AM

    What grade of high school journalism school student wrote this? How did his teacher edit it? No where in this story does it mention the final score of the stinking game. Hey, remember, who what, when and where? IS this what print journalism has degenerated into? No wonder, newspapers can’t sell. This guy may be able to write classified ads for a weekly newspaper, but poor journalism has ruined weekly’s too.

  4. miah says: Sep 25, 2010 1:46 AM

    Oh come on Florio, be nice. We all know the 1/2 point play is the wave of the future!

  5. grandavenue says: Sep 25, 2010 1:49 AM

    The UFL is on the fast track to schooling the NFL.
    They have treated their fans so unbelievably well I keep waiting for the catch. It’s not there.
    Tickets are VERY reasonable. Atmosphere was great!
    The talent was great. The players were so unbelievably cool to the fans.
    Take note, Omaha demonstrated what can happen if you give professional football to a market that doesn’t have a whole lot of other athletic draws.
    The Nighthawks had a very big home field advantage late when they needed a stop. Instead of taking a larger lead Hartford kicked a field goal. The Nighthawks battled from down 23-10 to winning late. Amazing game. Amazing crowd.
    Florio, you and your crew need to get your butts here this Saturday. No Husker game to deal with, it’s going to be beautiful weather like tonight, and it’s going to be insane.
    GO NIGHTHAWKS!

  6. cobrala2 says: Sep 25, 2010 1:59 AM

    Somebody’s getting silly late at night.

  7. Alydar says: Sep 25, 2010 2:06 AM

    *crickets*

  8. don4953 says: Sep 25, 2010 2:10 AM

    missed xtra point. nice

  9. myocum311 says: Sep 25, 2010 2:12 AM

    Please deny this comment again…. would only be like the 100th time.
    Grow up Florio you duesche bag. Seriously, I used to love this site, and for the last four years I must check it nearly 20 times a day. That’s a lot of clicks, and I assure you, I am completely losing interest. There are better articles on ESPN, they are more up to date, they actually post information FIRST (instead of citing sources for every single post). There are things I can see on there, and not find on here for another day. This used to be the first place you go look for RUMORS. The sh!t you put up here now isn’t rumors, I haven’t seen a good rumor on here for months. I used to click on every article to read it, now I just scroll down the page because there is so much crap. You only get information from other people, and your sarcasm and B.S. is now the only thing you write about. Who cares if Favre finally is on the injury report, whitlock is a dumbass, but you still use his information. Why don’t you come up with something yourself for once? Something that some of us actually give a crap about. The queen of England had a cold today, maybe she is having an affair with Favre and plans to resign from her position as soon as Favre puts himself on the injured reserve so they can be together. I mean are you effing kidding me. Why don’t you have 2 seperate sites. A rumor mill (which would actually probably have nothing on it whatsoever because you don’t know anything that anyone else doesn’t know). And a Mike Florio’s Bull Sh!t page where the 12 visitors of this site who actually like this crap can go to read about what nobody else cares about. If this crap continues you can kiss my clicks goodbye. The best thing you can do is Fire yourself, or start doing what you used to do about 3 years ago, when there was limited credibility, insane rumors, and none of your bias, sarcasm, legitimate copyrighting (Using everyone elses information, but posting their name as a reference in order to prevent issues), or selective posting. I assure you I am not the only one who feels this way, and I know you see it every day in your comments, so why not actually take advice from your loyal readers? Are you so completely self centered that you actually think you can’t be wrong? I say you post an article on the site using me as a reference, and copy/pasting this for everyone to read and see how many agree with me. I bet it rises to most commented within hours.

  10. contract says: Sep 25, 2010 2:16 AM

    “Per Eric Olson of the Associated Press, the game also featured the pro debut of Maurice Clarett, who has returned to football after a failed NFL stint and a successful incarceration.”
    lol! Nice one.

  11. natelan says: Sep 25, 2010 4:08 AM

    Oops, I must have accidentally clicked AMATEURfootballtalk.com.
    JK!
    But in all honesty, Jeff Garcia is a great player with a great personality and he has gotten the shaft over and over in the NFL, but that might work for him since he’s gay and all.

  12. Lance19 says: Sep 25, 2010 4:50 AM

    I’m a little insulted that this story is here.
    The fact that it is, suggests that PFT
    doesn’t give us credit for ALREADY
    knowing how the Nighthawks did
    tonight(hawk)

  13. Soia311 says: Sep 25, 2010 6:03 AM

    zzzzzzzz

  14. Swive says: Sep 25, 2010 6:17 AM

    So, um, what [u]was[/u] the final score? I can guess 24-23, but that’s just a guess…

  15. Hailskinzz says: Sep 25, 2010 6:35 AM

    Ur corny florio

  16. dgreene78 says: Sep 25, 2010 7:12 AM

    Given Garcia’s lifestyle preferences, this headline is pretty funny

  17. TailgateHeaven says: Sep 25, 2010 7:34 AM

    Buddy Nix – give’em a call. If you’re in love with vanilla, then at least eat good vanilla. At the very least he’s Flutie’esque and would bring the hottest woman to western NY

  18. NortoVike says: Sep 25, 2010 8:53 AM

    Ummmm come-FROM-behind maybe?

  19. Bucforever says: Sep 25, 2010 9:02 AM

    Dose the UFL have a team in Mississippi? If so Brett should be able to continue playing closer to home next year if when the NFL players go on strike .

  20. vikings=worstfranchiseandfans says: Sep 25, 2010 9:10 AM

    Nothing else to do in Nebraska.

  21. Corey says: Sep 25, 2010 9:19 AM

    “1/2 point play,” come on Florio; you’re better than that.

  22. C.Bass says: Sep 25, 2010 9:38 AM

    Um, this just in. No one cares about the UFL. Garcia must be pretty bad if not one NFL team signed him. Last time I checked, several NFL need a QB (CLE, BUF, CAR, OAK, TEN, etc).

  23. realitypolice says: Sep 25, 2010 9:43 AM

    What would the line be if the Nighthawks played the Bills?

  24. FlorioFanClubMember says: Sep 25, 2010 9:53 AM

    I read this post and a tear ran down my cheek. I remembered the good old days of watching “semi-pro” football where guys played their asses off. They weren’t just going through the motions because their huge check was already in the bank. Players like Rod “He Hate Me” Smart, Jeff Brohm and Tommy Maddox were stars. Yes, I am talking about the XFL. People never really took it serious because of the Vince McMahon factor. Why do you think people love college football and high school football so much? Maybe it is because you have people giving it 100% and playing their asses off because they love the game and love the competition. I hope the UFL continues to grow. The NFL has gotten out of control, like all major sports. Maybe a change of pace for the fans it what they need. The NFL gets pretty old the way the same people stroke off the same players every week. The announcing alone is enough reason to turn off the NFL. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Cris Collinsworth, John Gruden. These guys all suck ass. They are bias and take sides and often fight with the other guy in the booth to see who can kiss ass the most. I think the NFL needs to take a look at their product and listen to the fans. The fans have made the game what it is. I hope there are tons of blackouts this year just so maybe, just maybe the NFL will realize that they are not invicible.

  25. tatum32 says: Sep 25, 2010 10:08 AM

    # dgreene78 says: September 25, 2010 7:12 AM
    Given Garcia’s lifestyle preferences, this headline is pretty funny
    ==============================
    for the 442nd time, Garcia had super models fighting over him…he gets more tail than a toilet seat – Ive seen the dude at clubs..its just his tone of voice. He’s a straight playa. His wife a freakin porno star, and that was one of many. I knew a crew that rolled with him during the San Jose St. days…. the rumor is as corny as John Malkovich being gay. Whats the obsession with gay being derogatory, period – insecure, are we?

  26. FlorioFanClubMember says: Sep 25, 2010 10:20 AM

    Did you guys even read they story????
    With the extra point, the Nighthawks took their first lead of the game — and erased a 23-10 deficit they faced at the start of the fourth quarter for the 27-26 victory.
    Call me crazy but I think the final score was 27-26 just like it mentioned IN THE STORY!!!!

  27. Phil Wright says: Sep 25, 2010 10:21 AM

    dgreene78
    1st Place Comment of the Day Award.

  28. Phil Wright says: Sep 25, 2010 10:22 AM

    dgreene78
    1st Place Comment of the Day Award.

  29. Tennessee_Tyrant says: Sep 25, 2010 10:24 AM

    Just for all the idiots who are ragging Florio … Read this paragraph once more :
    “The record crowd saw quarterback Jeff Garcia throw a 12-yard touchdown pass to receiver Robert Ferguson with only six seconds on the clock. With the extra point, the Nighthawks took their first lead of the game — and erased a 23-10 deficit they faced at the start of the fourth quarter for the 27-26 victory”
    …Yes, thats right , if you could push the corndog away from your face long enough to actually read then you would have saw it clear as day. Thank you Mike , good to know Ahman Green refuses to believe the RB’s die at 30 ….

  30. geo1113 says: Sep 25, 2010 10:39 AM

    @dgreene78
    If so, he sure knows how to pick a beard.

  31. AzHawk says: Sep 25, 2010 10:47 AM

    To myocum311
    I raise my beer in salute to your comment.

  32. Drat says: Sep 25, 2010 11:39 AM

    Florio, WTF with “successful incarceration.” More lawyer talk. Did Clarett do a successful near block of a punt? Cripes. Just squeeze the lawyer out of yourself when you cover football. It is really really starting to be aggravating.

  33. TrueFan says: Sep 25, 2010 11:59 AM

    All you critics..
    The score is mentioned in the article:
    “– and erased a 23-10 deficit they faced at the start of the fourth quarter for the 27-26 victory.”

  34. RaiderChile says: Sep 25, 2010 12:01 PM

    Sad to see some known guys in the UFL. Some NFL team need these proven pros back in the league.

  35. Ralph says: Sep 25, 2010 12:20 PM

    Thanks for the Nighthawk update, I’m hoping to make it to one of their games this season. I’m totally behind the UFL. The NFL has gone beyond stupid. Overpriced prima donas and fat old billionaires.
    When they have a lockout, next year, how many NFL players will bolt to the upstart league?

  36. scooter7 says: Sep 25, 2010 1:22 PM

    Ralph, I GUARANTEE you are right. I also gaurantee that this is the exact reason the UFL was formed, because of the long-discussed issues of a potential work stoppage in the NFL.
    Also, to 73plumbbob and myocum311 … were both of you just severely neglected as children, or are both you just douchebag blue-collar workers who clearly have never worked in the media and are simply jealous because: a) you wish you had a job you love to do; or b) you think – as most short-sighted fans do – you could do better than Florio, or me, for that matter?
    And before either of you flip out and go on a “what do you know about being in the media?” rant, I AM a member of the media (print, specifically) over 20 years. I KNOW what deadline pressure is, as an editor AND a writer. I KNOW what Florio has to deal with, to an extent, but I also know that he has limited resources at his disposal, so he does everything he can to provide quick, instant, accurate news and do it effectively -and legally.
    Media outlets — especially online — use information from each other constantly, they just don’t use each other’s stories – unless they’re given proper credit. And get off Florio’s back about crediting other sources for his stories, because ESPN and all the other media big boys constantly cite other sources for the stories they use on the air.
    But, hey, if you guys THINK you can do better, I implore you to apply for a job in the media, asap. Go for it. …

  37. K-Rock says: Sep 25, 2010 1:38 PM

    I thought the UFL was going to be a developmental league designed for young players to get better and get playing time.
    Seems like a Seniors Tour instead.

  38. Brandon C. says: Sep 25, 2010 2:55 PM

    Nice post, appreciate the UFL stuff. Guys if you don’t like it, don’t read it.

  39. AP's Cleanup Crew says: Sep 25, 2010 3:07 PM

    # myocum311 says: September 25, 2010 2:12 AM
    Please deny this comment again…. would only be like the 100th time.
    Grow up Florio you duesche bag. Seriously, I used to love this site, and for the last four years I must check it nearly 20 times a day. That’s a lot of clicks, and I assure you, I am completely losing interest. There are better articles on ESPN, they are more up to date, they actually post information FIRST (instead of citing sources for every single post). There are things I can see on there, and not find on here for another day. This used to be the first place you go look for RUMORS. The sh!t you put up here now isn’t rumors, I haven’t seen a good rumor on here for months. I used to click on every article to read it, now I just scroll down the page because there is so much crap. You only get information from other people, and your sarcasm and B.S. is now the only thing you write about. Who cares if Favre finally is on the injury report, whitlock is a dumbass, but you still use his information. Why don’t you come up with something yourself for once? Something that some of us actually give a crap about. The queen of England had a cold today, maybe she is having an affair with Favre and plans to resign from her position as soon as Favre puts himself on the injured reserve so they can be together. I mean are you effing kidding me. Why don’t you have 2 seperate sites. A rumor mill (which would actually probably have nothing on it whatsoever because you don’t know anything that anyone else doesn’t know). And a Mike Florio’s Bull Sh!t page where the 12 visitors of this site who actually like this crap can go to read about what nobody else cares about. If this crap continues you can kiss my clicks goodbye. The best thing you can do is Fire yourself, or start doing what you used to do about 3 years ago, when there was limited credibility, insane rumors, and none of your bias, sarcasm, legitimate copyrighting (Using everyone elses information, but posting their name as a reference in order to prevent issues), or selective posting. I assure you I am not the only one who feels this way, and I know you see it every day in your comments, so why not actually take advice from your loyal readers? Are you so completely self centered that you actually think you can’t be wrong? I say you post an article on the site using me as a reference, and copy/pasting this for everyone to read and see how many agree with me. I bet it rises to most commented within hours.
    ———————————————————————
    Wanna know what’s funny? This guy definitely just had his account priveledges revoked! I guarantee we never see a post from him again. Too bad because he is completely right. Its really sad that Florio can’t just listen to what his readers have to say. The only reason he wants comments is to further arise controversy, feeding his addiction.

  40. FinFan says: Sep 25, 2010 10:34 PM

    Garcia will be in a Bills uni by week 6

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