NFL Cougar Highlights: Week 17

IT WAS ANOTHER disappointing season for the Detroit Lions. Holding a .500 record at the midway point of the season, the Lions dropped their final eight games, including a 26-24 fall to Chicago, Sunday. But that didn't stop kicker Jason Hanson from setting the franchise single-season scoring record.

The Washington State great connected on three extra-points and one field goal against the Bears, giving him 134 points for the season. The previous Detroit record of 132 points was set in 1995 by—you guessed it—Jason Hanson.

The NFL record book also fell victim (again) to Hanson. His 44-yard field goal was the 188th 3-pointer from 40 or more yards, the most by any kicker in league history. The Spokane native already owned the NFL record for most field goals (52) from 50-plus yards.

Here's how all the NFL Cougs performed in week 17:

Jed Collins, FB, New Orleans, 4th season: Caught one pass for 5 yards in the Saints' 44-38 loss to Carolina.

Eric Frampton, S, Dallas, 6th season: Recorded six tackles (4 solo) on defense and assisted in 2 additional special teams stops in the Cowboys' 28-18 loss to Washington.

Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis, 4th season: The Puyallup native caught three passes for 45 yards in the Rams' 20-13 loss to Seattle.

Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 21st season: The Spokane native was true on a 44-yard field goal attempt and three extra-points in the Lions' 26-24 loss to Chicago.

Jerome Harrison, RB, Detroit, 7th season: Did not play; officially listed on the Lions' reserve/non-football injury list. If you missed the Thanksgiving day special The NFL Today (CBS) aired on Harrison's road to recovery, you can view it here.

Alex Hoffman-Ellis, LB, San Francisco, rookie: Did not play; released from the 49ers' development squad on Christmas Eve.

Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans, 3rd season: Rushed the ball four times for 22 yards in the Saints' loss to the Panthers.

Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo, 13th season: The Vancouver native missed on two field goal attempts (giving him just 3 miscues for the season), but was good on 4 extra-point tries in the Bills' 28-9 win against the New York Jets.

Ropati Pitoitua, DE, Kansas City, 4th season: The Tacoma native posted six tackles (4 solo) in the Chiefs' 38-3 fall to Denver.

Marcus Trufant, DB, Seattle, 10th season: The Tacoma native tallied three tackles (2 solo) and defensed an endzone pass in the Seahawks victory against St. Louis.

Zack Williams, G, Carolina, 2nd season: Did not play; out for the remainder of the season on injured reserve (ACL).

Be sure to tune in next week for CF.C's NFL Cougar Highlights: Season in Review.

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