Published November 26, 2013
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Detroit, MI – Landover, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Forget about winning the NFC West, the San Francisco 49ers are just hoping to stay in the playoff hunt. Colin Kaepernick shook off his woes and helped the 49ers get back on track by outdueling another young struggling zone-read quarterback. Kaepernick threw two of his three touchdown passes to Anquan Boldin and eclipsed the 200-yard passing mark for the first time in more than a month as the 49ers took down the Washington Redskins 27-6 on Monday night. Kaepernick was 15-of-24 for 235 yards, and Boldin totaled 94 yards receiving on five receptions as the 49ers (7-4) snapped a two-game losing streak to move into a tie with the Arizona Cardinals for the sixth and final playoff spot in the NFC. Kaepernick hadn't topped the 200-yard mark since throwing for 252 yards in a 32-20 victory over the Cardinals on Oct. 13. It was just the third time this year he's gone over 200 yards passing. Kaepernick, who averaged 15.7 yards a completion, hadn't completed a pass over 17 yards during the brief losing skid. Robert Griffin III completed 17-of-27 passes for 127 yards with an interception for Washington (3-8), which has dropped three in a row.
(Sunday, November 24th)
Final Score: Baltimore 19, NY Jets 3
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - On a windy Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium, a kicker was the star of the game. Justin Tucker kicked four field goals as the Baltimore Ravens topped the offensively challenged New York Jets, 19-3. Joe Flacco completed 17-of-26 passes for 273 yards, 66 coming on a touchdown catch by Jacoby Jones that put Baltimore (5-6) up 16 late in the third quarter. Flacco also threw a 60-yard pass to Torrey Smith. New York rookie Geno Smith struggled mightily, connecting only 9-of-22 passes and finishing with a paltry 127 yards and two interceptions. The Jets (5-6), who mustered only 12 first downs and 220 yards on offense, have lost two straight for the first time this season. They were the first team in NFL history to alternate wins and losses through the first 10 games.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 27, Cleveland 11
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Roethlisberger finished with 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 22-of-34 efficiency as the Pittsburgh Steelers took down the Cleveland Browns, 27-11, in an AFC North battle. Antonio Brown totaled 92 yards and a score on six catches, and Emmanuel Sanders also recorded a TD reception for the Steelers (5-6), winners of three straight heading into a Thanksgiving matchup at Baltimore. The Steelers and Ravens are among six teams tied for the final AFC wild card berth. Pittsburgh's defense forced four turnovers, including three fumbles, and William Gay contributed a 21-yard interception return for a TD in the fourth quarter. Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell combined to pass for 333 yards, one score and one interception on 27-of-52 attempts for the Browns (4-7), who slid to their fifth loss in six games. Campbell left the game twice, the final time late in the third quarter with an apparent upper-body injury. Josh Gordon became the first Cleveland receiver since Braylon Edwards in 2006 to record back-to-back 100-yard games, finishing with a career-best 237 yards on 14 catches and his club's lone end-zone foray.
Final Score: Tampa Bay 24, Detroit 21
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay defense had four interceptions and recovered a fumble as the Buccaneers took a 24-21 victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Leonard Johnson returned one interception for a touchdown, and Johnthan Banks sealed the victory with a pick with Detroit in field goal range late in the game. The Buccaneers (3-8) also blocked a punt, while Tiquan Underwood had two touchdown catches in Tampa Bay's third straight win after losing its first eight games of the season. Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon finished the game 14-of-21 for 247 yards, while Bobby Rainey -- a week removed from a 163-yard game -- was limited to just 35 yards on 18 carries for Tampa Bay, which won its first road game in five tries this season. Matthew Stafford had three touchdown passes, but was picked off four times and finished 26-of-46 for 297 yards for the Lions (6-5), who have dropped their past two games.
Final Score: Minnesota 26, Green Bay 26 (OT)
Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings played to a 26-26 tie at Lambeau Field. Trailing 23-7 early in the fourth quarter, the Packers scored 16 unanswered points with Matt Flynn under center to send the game into overtime. Mason Crosby and Blair Walsh each made field goals for their respective teams in the extra session, but neither team got much going on offense after that. It was the first tie in the NFL since Nov. 11, 2012, when the 49ers and Rams played to a 24-24 deadlock. For the Vikings, it was their first tie since 1978 against the Packers. Green Bay played to a tie for the first time since 1987 versus the Broncos. Flynn replaced Scott Tolzien early in the third quarter and completed 21-of-36 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown for the Packers (5-5-1), who had lost three in a row. Tolzien completed 7-of-17 passes for 98 yards and added a 6- yard rushing touchdown before being benched. Eddie Lacy carried the ball 25 times for 110 yards and a touchdown for Green Bay. He also caught six passes for 48 yards. Christian Ponder connected on 21-of-30 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (2-8-1), who were coming off a 41-20 loss at Seattle last week. Adrian Peterson carried the ball 32 times for 146 yards and a score.
Final Score: Jacksonville 13, Houston 6
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Maurice Jones-Drew carried the ball 14 times for 84 yards and a touchdown to help the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 13-6 victory over the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Chad Henne managed the offense well, completing 23-of-32 passes for 239 yards for the Jaguars (2-9), who are now tied with the Texans for last place in the AFC South. Case Keenum was 18-of-34 for 169 yards and an interception for the Texans (2-9), who have now lost nine straight following a 2-0 start. Dennis Johnson carried the ball 13 times for 74 yards.
Final Score: San Diego 41, Kansas City 38
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Seyi Ajirotutu's 26-yard touchdown catch with 24 seconds left gave the San Diego Chargers a 41-38 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Ajirotutu beat Sean Smith to the left side of the end zone and caught Philip Rivers' pass as he fell to the ground, representing the eighth combined lead change -- including seven in the second half -- between the AFC West rivals. It came after Dwayne Bowe's 5-yard touchdown catch at the other end had given the Chiefs a 38-34 lead with 1:22 left. Rivers completed three straight passes of 12 yards or more on the game-winning 78-yard drive and delivered the winning strike one play after he was sacked for the first time. He threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns, connecting with Ladarius Green on a 60-yard score and Danny Woodhead on an 11-yarder. yan Mathews ran for 55 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries before leaving in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and Keenan Allen had nine catches for 124 yards for the Chargers (5-6), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Alex Smith passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns for the Chiefs (9-2), who have lost two in a row after going 9-0 to start the season for the first time in 10 years. Jamaal Charles rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and Donnie Avery and Anthony Fasano had touchdown catches.
Final Score: Carolina 20, Miami 16
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers found a way to win again. Newton finished an 80-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen with 43 seconds remaining, giving the Panthers a 20-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Newton threw for 174 yards and ran for 51 yards with a score for the Panthers (8-3), who extended their winning streak to seven straight games. Carolina, which also won seven in a row in 2003, remained one game behind first-place New Orleans in the NFC South. Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace hooked up for a 53-yard touchdown in the first quarter for Miami, but the Dolphins managed only a trio of field goals in the second quarter when they were dominating play and were shut out in the second half. It was a bitter end to a trying week for the Dolphins (5-6), who failed to build off last Sunday's 20-16 win over San Diego.
Final Score: St. Louis 42, Chicago 21
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Benny Cunningham, Zac Stacy and Tavon Austin each tallied a rushing touchdown and the Rams accounted for 258 yards on the ground in their 42-21 victory over the Chicago Bears. Cunningham carried the ball 13 times for 109 yards, while Stacy added 87 yards on 12 totes for the Rams (5-6), who tallied 140 yards rushing in a 38-8 drubbing of the Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago. Bradford's backup, Kellen Clemens, completed 10-of-22 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown in the triumph. Josh McCown was 36-of-47 for 352 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and Brandon Marshall hauled in 10 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown for Chicago (6-5), which is tied with the Detroit Lions for the top spot in the NFC North following their loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier Sunday.
Final Score: Arizona 40, Indianapolis 11
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Larry Fitzgerald caught two touchdown passes from Carson Palmer as the Arizona Cardinals used a 20-point second quarter to beat the Indianapolis Colts by a 40-11 margin. Fitzgerald caught five passes for 52 yards, becoming the youngest player in NFL history to reach 11,000 yards receiving. Michael Floyd hauled in seven passes for 104 yards for the Cardinals (7-4), who have won four in a row. Palmer completed 26-of-37 passes for 314 yards for Arizona. Rashard Mendenhall carried the ball 13 times for 54 yards and a score. Bruce Arians faced the Colts for the first time since leaving the team for the head coaching job in Arizona. Last season, Arians became the Colts' interim head coach after their head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. Arians was 9-3 in Pagano's absence and helped Indianapolis to the playoffs one year after it had gone 2-14 while Peyton Manning stood injured on the sidelines. He became the first interim coach to be named the league's coach of the year, and parlayed the success into a four-year deal with the Cardinals in January. Andrew Luck completed 20-of-39 passes for 163 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Colts (7-4), who lead the Titans by two games for first place in the AFC South. Tennessee beat Oakland on Sunday.
Final Score: Tennessee 23, Oakland 19
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Fitzpatrick found Kendall Wright for a 10-yard touchdown in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter, lifting Tennessee to a 23-19 victory over Oakland on Sunday. Fitzpatrick finished with 320 yards and another score to Justin Hunter on 30-of-42 completions for the Titans (5-6), who snapped a two-game slide. Hunter led all receivers with 109 yards on six catches, with Wright adding 103 yards on six grabs. Chris Johnson contributed 73 yards on 20 carries, and Rob Bironas made all of his three field-goal tries. Matt McGloin completed 19-of-32 passes for 260 yards, one score and an interception for the Raiders (4-7), who have dropped three of four. Rod Streater compiled 93 yards on five catches, Marcel Reece was responsible for Oakland's lone touchdown, and Sebastian Janikowski booted four field goals in defeat.
Final Score: Dallas 24, NY Giants 21
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Tony Romo engineered a late scoring drive culminating in Dan Bailey's 35-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Dallas Cowboys to a 24-21 victory over the New York Giants in a key NFC East clash at a chilly MetLife Stadium. Romo threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jason Witten earlier in the contest and finished with 250 yards and an interception on a 23-of-38 completion rate. His best work, however, came after taking over at his own 20 with 4:45 left to play and the Giants having scored 15 straight points to forge a 21-21 tie. Dez Bryant came up with three catches on the deciding series as part of a 9-reception, 102-yard effort, while safety Jeff Heath returned a fumble for a touchdown to help move Dallas (6-5) into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the NFC East and complete a season sweep of its division rival. Eli Manning put up two touchdown passes of his own to rally New York (4-7) back from a 21-6 third-quarter deficit, but his team's defense couldn't hold down the stretch and the Giants saw their four-game win streak come to an end. Andre Brown amassed 127 yards on 21 carries for New York, while Manning totaled 174 yards on 16-of-30 passing.
Final Score: New England 34, Denver 31 (OT)
Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Stephen Gostkowski drilled a 31-yard field goal with 1:56 left in overtime, capping the largest comeback in Patriots history and lifting New England to a 34-31 decision over the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The Broncos built a 24-0 halftime lead thanks in large part to a sloppy first half from the New England offense, but Tom Brady led the Patriots on five straight scoring drives to turn the deficit into a seven-point advantage. Peyton Manning responded with a 10-play, 80-yard scoring march that he capped with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, tying the game with 3:06 left in the regulation. Once in overtime, neither offense managed much until a fortuitous bounce on a New England punt set up the game-winning kick. With just 3:11 left in the extra session, the Patriots punted the ball away, but the short kick caught a piece of Denver's Tony Carter and Nate Ebner of the Patriots pounced on the loose ball at the Denver 13. Three plays later, Gostkowski sent his game-winning kick through the uprights to help New England (8-3) remain unbeaten at home this season.
(Thursday, November 21st)
Final Score: New Orleans 17, Atlanta 13
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Drew Brees passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints outlasted the Atlanta Falcons, 17-13, on Thursday at Georgia Dome. Brees completed 23-of-33 passes and eclipsed Warren Moon (49,325) for fifth place on the NFL's all-time passing list in the process. Brees finished the game with 49,564 career yards. Jimmy Graham grabbed five passes for 100 yards and a touchdown for the Saints (9-2), who have won three straight and sit one game ahead of the Carolina Panthers atop the NFC South. Atlanta (2-9), on the other hand, has dropped five straight games and owns the worst record in the division despite an efficient effort from Matt Ryan. Ryan finished 30-of-39 passing for 292 yards, while Steven Jackson racked up 63 yards on 16 carries and scored the Falcons' lone touchdown in the loss.