The San Francisco 49ers will hope to have one of their top playmakers fit for the start of the regular season after wide receiver Deebo Samuel broke his foot while working out with a team-mate. 

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Samuel suffered a Jones fracture and is expected to be out for between three and four months. A 12-week recovery puts his return in the first few weeks of the season. 

The team later confirmed the receiver underwent surgery on his left foot on Thursday. While they did not indicate a timescale for his return, Samuel tweeted: "10 weeks I'm back better than the Deebo you seen before".

A rookie in 2019, Samuel was second on the 49ers in receptions and receiving yards, finishing with 57 catches for 802 yards, and caught three touchdown passes. 

In the playoffs, the 24-year-old emerged as Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite target with team highs of 10 receptions and 127 yards.

He had five catches for 39 yards in the 49ers' Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami.

The San Francisco 49ers ensured Kyle Shanahan will be their head coach for the long term by signing him to a new contract on Monday.

Shanahan signed a fresh six-year deal with the 49ers and will remain at the helm through the 2025 season. His previous deal contracted him to the Niners through 2022.

Should he see out the entirety of his contract, Shanahan will become the second-longest tenured head coach behind the legendary Bill Walsh.

The Niners' decision to extend Shanahan's stay follows a 2019 season that saw him lead the 49ers to Super Bowl LIV, in which they suffered a dramatic defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs.

As the Stats Perform data shows, Shanahan has authored one of the more impressive turnarounds in NFL history, making it no surprise that the 49ers have made sure they will not be losing his services any time soon.

SAN FRANCISCO ON CLOUD NINE

The 49ers went 13-3 in the regular season in 2019, Shanahan's third year in charge, having gone 4-12 in 2018.

San Francisco's 2018 performance was heavily impacted by the torn ACL quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered early in the season, but the upturn they enjoyed was still startling.

Indeed, their nine-win improvement was the largest in the history of the 49ers franchise. San Francisco became one of just 10 teams in NFL history to improve by nine wins from one year to the next.

Only two teams, the 2008 Miami Dolphins and the 1999 Indianapolis Colts, have bettered their win tally by 10 from the previous campaign.

AN OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION 

Shanahan is widely regarded for his acumen as an offensive play-caller and he has had a transformative impact on San Francisco's attack.

In the two seasons before he took over, 2015 and 2016, the Niners finished 32nd and 27th in points per game. They were 31st in total yards per game in each of those seasons.

The influence of Shanahan was quickly felt in a 2017 campaign that saw the Niners go 6-10.

They were 20th in points per game and 12th in yards per game, with their revival in both categories undoubtedly impacted by the October trade for Garoppolo, who led the 49ers on a five-game winning streak to end the year.

Without Garoppolo for 13 games in 2018, the 49ers were 21st in points per game and 16th in yards per game.

However, with their quarterback available for a full season in 2019, the Niners joined the league's elite in both metrics. San Francisco's tally of 29.9 points per game was good enough for second in the league, while the 49ers were fourth in yards per game (381.1) in a year that saw them make history in a variety of fashions.

HISTORY MAKERS

By progressing to the Super Bowl, San Francisco became the third team to do so after four consecutive losing seasons, following in the footsteps of the 1981 49ers and 1999 St. Louis Rams.

Additionally, the Niners were only the second team to contest the season-ending showpiece having lost 12 games in the prior campaign, again replicating the 1999 Rams.

Dominant on both sides of the ball, the 49ers finished in the top five on offense and defense for the first time since 1995.

Offensively, their success was built largely on a near unstoppable running attack. Three 49ers running backs went over 500 yards rushing for the season, marking the first time the Niners achieved that feat since 1954.

When passing the ball, the Niners did an excellent job of spreading it around and finished the season with 13 players catching a touchdown, tying an NFL record.

The 49ers kept the bulk of their Super Bowl team around this offseason and, with Shanahan contracted for at least another six seasons, there is reason to believe they will spend much of this decade threatening more NFL milestones.

The San Francisco 49ers rewarded head coach Kyle Shanahan with a multi-year contract extension following last season's run to the NFL Super Bowl.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed by the 49ers, but Shanahan reportedly signed a new six-year deal that will replace the remaining three years on his original contract – running through the 2025 season.

Shanahan helped engineer the best reversal of fortune in franchise history when he guided the 49ers to a 13-3 regular-season record and two more wins in the NFC playoffs to reach Super Bowl LIV last season.

San Francisco took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter before the Kansas City Chiefs rallied for a 31-20 victory in the showpiece fixture.

With quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo limited to three games by a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the 49ers limped to a 4-12 record in 2018. 

The nine-win improvement is tied for the third largest in a regular season in NFL history, surpassed only by the 1999 Indianapolis Colts and the 2008 Miami Dolphins. Both of those teams won 10 more games than the previous year.  

Shanahan, the son of three-time Super Bowl champion coach Mike Shanahan, is 23-25 in three seasons since being hired as the 49ers' coach in February 2017.

The 40-year-old also led San Francisco to a four-win upgrade over the previous campaign during his first season in charge in 2017.  

Prior to joining the 49ers, Shanahan served as the Atlanta Falcons' offensive co-ordinator and played a key role in the team reaching Super Bowl LI during the 2016 season.

The San Francisco 49ers are donating $1million to organisations "who are creating change" in the United States, chief executive Jed York said.

Protests have taken place across the USA after the death of George Floyd on Monday.

Floyd – an African-American man – died in Minneapolis after a police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck during an arrest, sparking arrests across the country.

York said the 49ers would be offering their support to bodies who are ensuring change in the USA.

"People throughout our country are hurting. Emotions are raw, and rightfully so," he said, via a statement posted on Twitter on Saturday.

"Heinous acts have been committed in recent weeks. Before we are able to realise impactful change, we must first have the courage and compassion as human beings to come together and acknowledge the problem: black men, women, children and other oppressed minorities continue to be systematically discriminated against.

"The 49ers organisation is committing to support the legislative priorities of the players coalition and to donating $1million to local and national organisations who are creating change."

The Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints will each enter the 2020 season with high-profile backups.

Dallas signed Andy Dalton to a one-year, $7million contract on Saturday, the former Cincinnati Bengal following Jameis Winston in finding a new home.

Winston signed with the New Orleans Saints on a deal worth only $1.1m, a meagre sum for the NFL's passing yards leader in 2019.

They are excellent options to have in reserve and feature on our list of the best backups in the league.

 

Nick Mullens - San Francisco 49ers

Key Stat: Mullens' yards-per-attempt average of 8.31 ranked fifth in the NFL in 2018.

Mullens couldn't rescue San Francisco's 2018 season, which fell apart when Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in Week 3. However, after he replaced an injured C.J. Beathard in Week 9 he kept the starting job for the rest of the campaign.

He impressed with his poise and his ability to run Kyle Shanahan's offense, keeping the Niners competitive down the stretch and winning three of his eight starts. Mullens was arguably the premier backup in the league going into the 2019 season but was not needed to step in as Garoppolo helped the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

Jacoby Brissett - Indianapolis Colts

Key Stat: Brissett was tied for 11th in touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2019, throwing for 18 scores and just six picks. 

The starter for the Colts last season after Andrew Luck's shock retirement, Brissett looks set to return to the backup role for the last year of his contract.

Indianapolis signed Philip Rivers to a one-year deal in the offseason, with the Colts deciding to upgrade after Brissett failed to elevate a team that struggled with injuries to the playoffs last season.

Brissett, however, has an extremely strong arm, can make plays on the move and took care of the football in 2019. His 12-20 record as a starter should not discourage teams from trying to sign him next offseason or acquire him in a trade ahead of the 2020 campaign.

Marcus Mariota - Las Vegas Raiders

Key Stat: Mariota had his best statistical season in 2016, ranking in the top 10 in passer rating (95.6), TD-INT ratio (2.89) and yards per completion (12.41)

Mariota declined in 2019 and surrendered his starting role with the Tennessee Titans to Ryan Tannehill, who led them to the AFC Championship game.

The second overall pick in the 2015 draft, Mariota unquestionably has the right pedigree, having guided the Titans to a playoff win in the 2017 season.

He has the skill set as a thrower and a runner to push starter Derek Carr and it would be no surprise if the Raiders' first season in Las Vegas is marked by a quarterback controversy.

Andy Dalton - Dallas Cowboys

Key Stat: Dalton was second in the NFL with a passer rating of 106.3 in 2015, only Russell Wilson (110.1) was superior in that regard.

The Cowboys' decision to invest in another quarterback may raise eyebrows given they are still to sign starter Dak Prescott to a new deal.

However, the expectation is that Dallas will eventually get a deal done with their franchise quarterback, and Dalton gives them an insurance policy who is worthy of having a starting job.

Dalton played at an MVP level in 2015, when a broken thumb derailed his and the Bengals' Super Bowl aspirations. He never recaptured that form in Cincinnati but his availability to serve as a backup for the Cowboys is indicative of the surplus of quarterback talent in the league.

Jameis Winston - New Orleans Saints

Key Stat: Winston's 5,109 passing yards led the NFL in 2019, he racked up 54 passing plays of 25 yards or more.

Winston was once thought to be seeking a contract in the region of $30million a year as his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers neared its end.

However, his proclivity for turning the ball over - he threw 30 interceptions in 2019 - was undoubtedly a factor in him having to settle for a substantially less lucrative deal in New Orleans after the Bucs opted to sign Tom Brady.

The first overall pick in 2015, Winston carries considerable upside as a downfield passer and is the most talented reserve in the NFL.

He has yet to channel that talent into consistency but, with Drew Brees approaching perhaps the final season of his decorated career, Winston has the perfect opportunity to transform his fortunes under head coach Sean Payton.

New San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams claimed there is no lingering resentment towards Richard Sherman from their on-field bust-up in 2013.

Williams was traded to the 49ers from the Washington Redskins last week and will be a key veteran presence on a team that was beaten by the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV in February.

In moving to the Bay Area, he has become team-mates with cornerback Sherman, who Williams punched in the face after the Redskins' playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January 2013.

Any fears that bad blood could still exist between the pair appeared to be assuaged when the two made light of their spat on Twitter, and Williams has revealed the matter was quickly put to bed at the time.

"Well, a lot of people don't know this, but me and Sherm, we talked that night after that incident, and we kind of buried the hatchet then," Williams explained on a conference call.

"So we've, since then, built a good relationship over the past seven years.

"You know he's one of the guys I talk to a lot in the offseason, seen him a few times, so we've been good friends for a minute.

"I'm kind of happy to be on a team with him."

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was on Washington's coaching staff when Williams was drafted by the Redskins in 2010.

Williams, who did not play for Washington last season due to a dispute, explained San Francisco was his ideal landing spot, and reiterated he had not refused to be traded to the Minnesota Vikings, as one report claimed.

"This was a preferred destination of mine just because of the familiarity I have with Kyle and the offense," he added.

"Obviously, it being an ascending team, I feel like I'll fit right in.

"The Vikings, long term, and what I looked at long term, it didn't synch up.

"They just really dropped out. It wasn't me refusing to go."

General manager John Lynch says the San Francisco 49ers will not rush into a decision over whether to offer new recruit Trent Williams a contract extension.

Left tackle Williams was traded to the Niners from the Washington Redskins on Saturday.

The arrival of Williams, who is in the last year of his contract, came on the same day in which Joe Staley announced his retirement after 13 seasons with San Francisco.

Williams did not feature in the NFL last year due to a dispute with the Redskins, who received a fifth-round pick in this season's draft and a third-round pick in 2021.

The Niners, beaten by the Kansas Chiefs in the Super Bowl in February, are excited to have landed Williams but are in no hurry to tie the 31-year-old down to a long-term contract.

Lynch said: "I think the plan was to land him right now and then let the rest kind of work itself out.

"I think it's always an advantage when you get someone in the building, on your roster. Now you've got a chance.

"We'll get a really good look at him. We'll see where the rest of our team is at, but right now we are just ecstatic that we were able to pull it off at a really opportune time.

"You're losing a great player like Joe at a very critical position, to be able to have everything line up that he was available right then and for us to be able to land him, I think very fortuitous for us, and we're very excited about that."

The San Francisco 49ers were the most prominent team on the third and final day of the 2020 NFL Draft but not for their draft choices.  

The 49ers executed three trades on Saturday, highlighted by the acquisition of disgruntled left tackle and seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins, giving up a fifth-round pick this season and a third-round selection in 2021.

Williams will take the place of Joe Staley, who announced his retirement after a 13-year career in San Francisco that included six Pro Bowls.  

The 49ers also traded running back Matt Breida to the Miami Dolphins for a fifth-round pick and sent wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to the Philadelphia Eagles while swapping picks in the sixth round.   

The Eagles entered the draft on a mission to improve a receiving corps that was historically impotent last season. In addition to trading for Goodwin, Philadelphia spent first-, fifth- and sixth-round picks on wide receivers, including Boise State's John Hightower and Southern Mississippi's Quez Watkins on Saturday.   

Quarterback selections played a prominent role again as the Indianapolis Colts used their fourth-round pick – 122nd overall – on Washington quarterback Jacob Eason.

The 6-foot-6 signal-caller began his career at Georgia but transferred to his home state of Washington and may be Indianapolis' quarterback of the future.   

The player who replaced Eason at Georgia, Jake Fromm, had to wait until the 22nd pick of the fifth round to hear his name called by the Buffalo Bills.    

The New York Jets selected a quarterback in the fourth round, grabbing Florida International's James Morgan, and Oregon State's Jake Luton, another 6-foot-6 quarterback, fell to the sixth round and the Jacksonville Jaguars.  

Four more quarterbacks were taken in the seventh round, but one team that did not select a QB all weekend was the New England Patriots.   

Despite the departure of Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, the Patriots passed on adding a rookie at the position, leaving journeyman Brian Hoyer and second-year Auburn product Jarrett Stidham as the only quarterbacks on the New England roster.   

The Patriots, however, did draft a replacement for a franchise legend in the fifth round by selecting Marshall kicker Justin Rohrwasser, who will take the place of franchise scoring leader Stephen Gostkowski.   

The Carolina Panthers and new head coach Matt Rhule used all seven of their picks on defensive players, tying the 1985 Cleveland Browns for most picks on one side of the ball. The Browns used all seven picks on offense.  

National champion LSU had the most players selected with 14, tied with Ohio State in 2004 for the most by any single school in a seven-round draft. 

The Philadelphia Eagles boosted their receiver stocks by acquiring veteran Marquise Goodwin from the San Francisco 49ers.

San Francisco had confirmed wide receiver Goodwin was on the trading block prior to the NFL Draft, while Philadelphia's needs at receiver were well documented.

So, the Eagles and last season's Super Bowl runners-up the 49ers struck a deal on Saturday.

The Eagles – who selected wide receiver Jalen Reagor in the first round of the draft – sent the 190th pick to the 49ers in exchange for speedster Goodwin and the 120th selection.

Goodwin had 12 receptions for 186 yards in nine games last season before landing on Injured Reserve and missing San Francisco's run to the NFL Super Bowl. 

A third-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2013, Goodwin signed as a free agent with the 49ers in March 2017 after spending his first four years in Buffalo.

The 2017 season ended up being the best of Goodwin's seven-year career, as the 29-year-old finished with personal bests of 56 receptions and 962 yards. 

Meanwhile, the Eagles and NFC East rivals the Dallas Cowboys were involved in a rare trade on the third and final day of the NFL Draft.

For the first time since 2010, Philadelphia and Dallas made a draft-day trade after the Cowboys gave up a 2021 fifth-round pick and this year's 164th selection for the Eagles' 146th spot.

It allowed the Cowboys – who narrowly lost out to the Eagles for a spot in the playoffs last season – to draft Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz.

Trent Williams was traded to the San Francisco 49ers from the Washington Redskins in a big move at the start of day three of the NFL Draft.

Star left tackle Williams did not make an appearance in 2019 due to a dispute with the Redskins, who received a fifth-round pick in this season's draft and a third-round pick in 2021 from the Niners.

Beaten in the Super Bowl in February, San Francisco were in need of defensive reinforcements and reportedly saw off competition from the Minnesota Vikings and the Cleveland Browns to secure Williams' services.

The Vikings, according to reports, had been in line to commit to a similar deal as the Niners, but 31-year-old Williams – a seven-time Pro Bowler – preferred a move to San Francisco.

Williams leaves the Redskins after nine years with the team, having made 119 starts.

On Saturday, he posted on his Instagram account: "Can someone make me a San Fran edit."

San Francisco later confirmed the deal was complete, pending Williams passing physical tests.

Washington selected tackle Saahdiq Charles from LCU as Williams' replacement, with the 108th pick overall.

The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft returned some normalcy to the sports world, even if commissioner Roger Goodell's basement does not quite exude the same glitz as the Las Vegas Strip. 

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the draft to be held remotely with NFL general managers, coaches and scouts isolated in their homes instead of inside team complexes, the virtual draft ran smoothly – and without much drama early on Thursday.

In what has been widely expected for weeks, and possibly months, the Cincinnati Bengals selected LSU Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick.

Burrow led LSU to the national title last season, completing 76.3 percent of his passes for 5,671 yards and an FBS-single season record 60 touchdowns to just six interceptions. 

The second pick also went exactly like how many draft experts had predicted for weeks, with the Washington Redskins drafting Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young. 

Young led the FBS with 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in 2019, and was regarded to be the most talented player in the draft class – even ahead of Burrow. 

If not for Burrow's incredible 2019 season and because of Tua Tagovailoa's injury concerns, the latter may have challenged for the top spot in the 2020 draft. 

Tagovailoa became the second quarterback off the board when he was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the fifth pick.

One pick after Tagovailoa, the Los Angeles Chargers took Oregon QB Justin Herbert – just the third time since the 1970 merger three quarterbacks were chosen in the top six picks. 

Three teams that had selected quarterbacks in the first round of the last two drafts, used the 2020 draft to beef up their offensive lines to protect their young, franchise QBs. 

The New York Giants (Daniel Jones at six in 2019) picked Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas at fourth overall, the Cleveland Browns (Baker Mayfield at one in 2018) selected Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. with the 10th pick, and the New York Jets (Sam Darnold third in 2018) used the next pick to select Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton. 

After this run on tackles, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took part in the first trade of the draft to insure their new – and aging – quarterback would also stay upright. They moved up one spot in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to select Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs at 13 to shore up the offensive line in front of Tom Brady. 

The next trade came 10 picks later as Brady's old team, New England Patriots, dealt pick 23 to the Chargers – who selected Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray. The Patriots received a second and third-round pick from the Chargers and now have five of the first 100 picks of the 2020 draft and 13 overall. 

While it is possible New England could use one of those picks to draft Brady's replacement, the Green Bay Packers have chosen the heir apparent to 36-year-old Aaron Rodgers, trading up from 30th to 26th to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. 

The opening round concluded with the defending Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs selecting the first running back to bookend the first round with LSU picks, taking Clyde Edwards-Helaire – the 14th player drafted out of the SEC. 

Wide receiver is considered to be the deepest position in the draft, and six went in the first round – but none until 12, when Alabama's Henry Ruggs III became the first player ever selected by the Raiders in their new home of Las Vegas. 

While Las Vegas was not able to host the draft festivities this year, Goodell announced that the city has been awarded the 2022 draft, with the commissioner saying, "We think you deserve another shot".

 

First round selections:

1. Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals)
2. Chase Young (Washington Redskins)
3. Jeff Okudah (Detroit Lions)
4. Andrew Thomas (New York Giants)
5. Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins)
6. Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers)
7. Derrick Brown (Carolina Panthers)
8. Isaiah Simmons (Arizona Cardinals)
9. CJ Henderson (Jacksonville Jaguars)
10. Jedrick Wills Jr. (Cleveland Browns)
11. Mekhi Becton (New York Jets)
12. Henry Ruggs III (Las Vegas Raiders)
13. Tristan Wirfs (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
14. Javon Kinlaw (San Francisco 49ers)
15. Jerry Jeudy (Denver Broncos)
16. A.J. Terrell (Atlanta Falcons)
17. CeeDee Lamb (Dallas Cowboys)
18. Austin Jackson (Miami Dolphins)
19. Damon Arnette (Las Vegas Raiders)
20. K'Lavon Chaisson (Jacksonville Jaguars)
21. Jalen Reagor (Philadelphia Eagles)
22. Justin Jefferson (Minnesota Vikings)
23. Kenneth Murray (Los Angeles Chargers)
24. Cesar Ruiz (New Orleans Saints)
25. Brandon Aiyuk (San Francisco 49ers)
26. Jordan Love (Green Bay Packers)
27. Jordyn Brooks (Seattle Seahawks)
28. Patrick Queen (Baltimore Ravens)
29. Isaiah Wilson (Tennessee Titans)
30. Noah Igbinoghene (Miami Dolphins)
31. Jeff Gladney (Minnesota Vikings)
32. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Kansas City Chiefs)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are taking the necessary measures to keep their soon-to-be-43-year-old quarterback Tom Brady upright, moving up one place to select Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs with the 13th pick in the NFL Draft. 

Predicted to be drafted in the top 10 in some projections, the Buccaneers jumped at the chance to grab Wirfs on Thursday.

The Buccaneers traded from number 14 with the San Francisco 49ers and swapped late-round picks to draft Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year Wirfs.

Primarily a right tackle for the Hawkeyes, Wirfs can also play on the left side and is athletic enough to potentially play one of the interior offensive line positions. 

This past season, he ranked third among FBS tackles in pressure rate allowed at 3.2 per cent (minimum 250 pass snaps). 

Tampa Bay allowed the 11th-most sacks in the NFL last season with 47, and Wirfs will be called upon to protect superstar recruit Brady to give the veteran quarterback time and fill a hole on the offensive line after right tackle Demar Dotson was not re-signed. 

The 49ers, meanwhile, used the 14th pick to select defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw.

A large part of sport's huge appeal is the chance for the seemingly impossible to be achieved.

Shane Long and Chris Gayle realised that potential on April 23, each entering the record books in their respective sports.

Long and Gayle etched their name into the history books for delivering in quick time, but on this date 15 years ago Aaron Rodgers' NFL Draft experience was anything but swift.

Here we look back on some of the most memorable moments from the world of sport to take place on April 23.

 

1991: Borg way past his best on comeback

Having initially retired as an 11-time grand slam champion in 1984, Borg made his return to the tennis court, but was a shadow of his former self.

The 34-year-old proved too slow to compete with Jordi Arrese at the Monte Carlo Open, his Spanish opponent easing to a 6-2 6-3 win in just 78 minutes.

Borg went on to suffer first-round exits in 12 tournaments before putting the racquet down for good.

2005: Niners go with Smith over Rodgers

The San Francisco 49ers held the first pick in the 2005 NFL Draft and the sentimental choice was clear.

Quarterback Rodgers, a Northern California native who had starred across the bay from San Francisco in Berkeley for the California Golden Bears and grew up a 49ers fan, was among the cream of the crop.

However, instead of selecting Rodgers, the 49ers went with Utah quarterback Alex Smith, leading to a now-infamous draft-day slide.

Rodgers was eventually selected 24th overall by the Green Bay Packers and, as Smith experienced a rollercoaster career with the Niners, went on to establish himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time.

He won a Super Bowl with Green Bay at the end of the 2010 season, but revenge over the Niners has not been forthcoming. Rodgers has faced the 49ers three times in the playoffs and lost on all three occasions, including in last season's NFC Championship game.

2013: Universe boss sends records world records tumbling

West Indies star Chris Gayle is famed for his explosive batting, and he delivered in record-breaking fashion seven years ago.

Playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, Gayle struck an incredible unbeaten 175 against Pune Warriors.

Hitting 13 fours and a scarcely believable 17 sixes in a memorable 66-ball stay, Gayle set records for the fastest Twenty20 century and the highest T20 score of all time.

It truly was a day on which the self-titled 'Universe Boss' lived up to his moniker.

2019: Shane didn't need long to score

April 23, 2019 is a date Ledley King may want to forget, as the former Tottenham defender saw his record for the fastest Premier League goal broken by Shane Long.

The Southampton striker needed just 7.69 seconds to score in a 1-1 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road.

His effort was over two seconds quicker than King's, who netted for Spurs after 10 seconds against Bradford City back on December 9, 2000.

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