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Video: Hakeem Nicks catches laser beam touchdown from Andrew Luck

Something about being in the postseason brings out the absolute best in Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. Nicks, who spent five seasons with the Giants, caught a laser beam 15-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Luck in traffic in the end zone, giving the Colts a 21-10 lead over the Denver Broncos in the AFC divisional playoffs at Mile High Stadium. It was Nicks' second catch of the day, and first touchdown of the postseason. (NJ.com)

Ex-NFL Star Greg Ellis: I'm a Hollywood Producer Now

He dominated on defense for the Dallas Cowboys...but now former Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Ellis is quarterbacking his first Hollywood feature film -- and he's got some pretty big stars on board. Ellis -- who made millions during his 11-year NFL career -- is the executive producer on a movie called "Carter High" starring Vivica A. Fox, Charles S. Dutton and David Banner. (TMZ.com)

Ravens sign Bryn Renner to reserve/future deal

On the second full day of their offseason, the Ravens signed nine players to reserve/future contracts on Monday, including quarterbacks Keith Wenning and Bryn Renner. Renner (6-3, 228) spent the 2014 exhibition season with Denver before being waived on August 25. He signed with the Broncos after going undrafted out of North Carolina in May. (NBC Sports)

Extra Points: Prognosis Good for Quinshad Davis

Quinshad Davis was not shocked that he’d broken his leg trying to snare a pass from Mitch Trubisky with just over two minutes left in the Quick Lane Bowl. He played all season with stress fractures on both legs and surgery was already planned for Jan. 7 to repair the injuries. “The doctors told me this could happen, there was a risk playing on my legs,” Davis says. (GoHeels.com)

More Bad Lists! Fedora #1 on Hot Seat?

The Big Lead website lists the top 10 coaches on the hot seat for 2015, and their #1 is Larry Fedora, but the reality is his seat really won't be hot for at least one more year and likely two. On the surface, this is a harsh but not wholly inaccurate assessment of Fedora's time in Chapel Hill. The scholarship limits are at their maximum impact and this year's defense was historically bad. (Tar Heel Blog)

Packers' Julius Peppers still capable of making big plays

Linebacker Julius Peppers, the oldest player Sunday in the NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field, also might have been the best. Peppers added another chapter to his first-year success story in Green Bay during the Packers' 26-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. The Packers' lone takeaway came when Peppers jarred the ball loose from running back DeMarco Murray. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Julius Peppers forces DeMarco Murray to fumble (video)

Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers forces Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray to fumble and defensive end Datone Jones recovers for the Packers. (Green Bay Packers)

Sources: UNC defensive assistant Ron West will not be retained

According to sources, North Carolina defensive assistant coach Ron West will not be retained by new Tar Heels defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. West served as UNC's co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach this past season and has been on the North Carolina staff since 2013. Prior to that, he served one year at Illinois and one season at Arizona State. (Carolina Blue)

Lions, Ebron expect better production in future

When the Lions drafted Eric Ebron last May, they expected the 10th overall pick to make an immediate impact. During the course of this season, Ebron established himself as the team's top tight end, but the production didn't measure up to the draft slot — 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown. (Detroit News)

Why Cowboys' Bruce Carter is finally living up to his draft position

The Cowboys are finally seeing the Bruce Carter they’ve been talking about for four years. And that’s because Carter finally has his eyes in the right spot. Over the last month, the Cowboys linebacker has been as consistent and impactful as he has ever been since Dallas drafted him in the second round in 2011 out of North Carolina. (Dallas Morning News)

Josh Cabrera hopes for big catch at UNC this fall

Josh Cabrera wasn’t planning on red-shirting as a freshman at UNC. But a knee injury left Cabrera with no choice as he sat out the 2014 season, spending part of the year on crutches and in the stands during games watching his teammates. While he’d like to come out of spring drills in the two-deep, he knows what you do in preseason camp in August is most critical. (Jacksonville Daily News)

Bruce Carter flourishing in new role

Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli calls Bruce Carter "The Closer". That’s because he has been making so many big plays at the end of games. Carter, a free agent at the end of the season, has picked a good time to play the best football of his career. It’s no coincidence his improved performance has coincided with the Dallas Cowboys' defense playing its best football of the season. (ESPN.com)

Q&A with Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston

Tre Boston, former UNC football player and current Carolina Panthers safety, has made big plays for his team down the stretch after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. With the playoffs in full swing, Pat James spoke with Boston about his rookie season, his UNC career and the Panthers' showdown with the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC divisional round on Saturday. (Daily Tar Heel)

Offseason Fix: Offensive Inconsistency

At first glance, UNC’s offensive statistics were solid last fall. The Tar Heels ranked fifth in the ACC in total offense (429.8 ypg; 45th nationally) and third in the league in scoring offense (33.2 ppg; 36th nationally). A closer look, however, reveals that UNC ranked seventh in yards per play (5.56) and eighth in points per play (.430) in the ACC. Tempo accounts for the statistical disparity. (Inside Carolina)

UNC football to lead ACC in returning starters

For the 2015 college football season North Carolina will return more starters than any team in the ACC. In a post by PhilSteele.com or a simple glance at the 2014 roster and depth chart, one will find that UNC returns 17 players total: 10 on offense and seven on defense. Virginia Tech and Wake Forest both return 16 starters while Pittsburgh and Florida State return 15. (Carolina Blue)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3, 5:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, 7:30 ET BTN Tickets

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, 3:30 ET RSN Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

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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