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Anquan Boldin's TD on MNF delivered another championship to the Chickens

Anquan Boldin

Perhaps unlike any defending champion before them, the Chunky Chickens entered the 2013 season with a definite swagger. They were good, they knew it, and nobody was going to deny that greatness.

So when they entered Sunday night down 22 points in Super Bowl XXI, they didn't panic. They went to business.

After a back-and-forth Sunday afternoon that saw the Orangutangs get out to an early lead thanks to struggles from Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham, late season addition Donald Brown kept the champs afloat with a career high 16 points until Brees finally found Graham in the end zone, which appeared to be the turning point the Chickens needed. However, the 'Tangs counterpunched with a second TD from Eric Decker, a late TD pass from Tony Romo and a short TD reception from Shane Vereen to take back the reins.

When Marshawn Lynch failed twice to score from a yard out in his late afternoon game, it looked like the 'Tangs might be a team of destiny.

That's when the Super Bowl XXI MVP stepped up. A lynchpin of the Chickens' success, LeSean McCoy delivered yet again with a signature 18 point performance that put the Chickens within striking distance on Monday night. When Anquan Boldin found the end zone during the third quarter of Monday Night Football, it was a coda to a story that the Chickens already knew was true: they were the champions, even if history hadn't recognized them yet.

Last year's championship proved that the Chickens could get it done in the playoffs; this one proved that they were more than just Brees and Graham (who combined for just 12 points) and that yes, they did have depth when they needed it (Brown's 16 points).

With a roster that is fully locked and loaded for 2014, what will a third championship prove?

As Ric Flair once said, "to be the man, you have to beat the man." The Orangutangs put up a good fight, but just weren't quite man enough to take down the champs. Congratulations to the Chunky Chickens, your Super Bowl XXI (and back-to-back) champions.

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Jamaal Charles

Charles

What a Year It's Been

On the eve of a new year, Chickens general manager and back-to-back champion Nick Wood has plenty to be thankful for. He takes a look back at another incredible season highlighted by breakthrough performances by players like Jamaal Charles, turnaround seasons from the Huskers and Brothers, and of course, another championship for the Chickens. Plus, a look ahead to what 2014 may bring.

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  Orangutangs vs. Chickens

The 2013 Asian Orangutangs didn't disappoint as they nailed my Post Card from Camp. I said they were on a collision course for the AFC Title game with the Buddies and that's exactly how it played out. The Chickens reached the Super Bowl by winning a nail biter with the Huskers. While the Chickens do not appear to be peaking like the "Tangs are, they still have to be considered the favorite. The Oranguboys have another great match up as most of this team is taking on the Redskins in what should be a high scoring affair. But ultimately I do not think that will be enough as several Chickens have been ticking fantasy bombs. Brees, McCoy, and Graham are all due for monster games. All of them come through and the Chickens go back to back.

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2013 YFFL Award Winners

Peyton Manning

Manning

Most Valuable Player

Peyton Manning - Buddies (33 of 33 possible points)

A single-game record 47 points in your first game of the season? Passing Brett Favre for #1 all-time on the career scoring list? Posting 295 points, a new single-season scoring record? This was a season for the ages in an already storied career.

Eddie Lacy

Lacy

Rookie of the Year

Eddie Lacy - Brothers (32 of 33 possible points)

With many questions surrounding an already shallow draft class, the Memphis Brothers didn't let Eddie Lacy get past pick #2 and the result was 66 points that helped turn the Brothers into contenders.

Knowshon Moreno

Moreno

Macor Misa

Knowshon Moreno - Huskers (26 of 33 possible points)

Kevin Sansone rescued Moreno from the scrap pile and enjoyed a 102-point season; he was one of several players that made the Huskers one of the season's top stories.

Mike Kinsman

Kinsman

Owner of the Year

Mike Kinsman (26 of 33 possible points)

An 18 win season and two division titles was enough for Mike Kinsman to capture his second straight (and record 7th) Owner of the Year award, but not without controversy.

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