Published December 02, 2014
Atlanta, GA – East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Dolphins finally won a close one. A much needed one at that. Caleb Sturgis nailed a go-ahead 26- yard field goal with 1:57 left and the Dolphins rallied for a 16-13 win over the run-heavy New York Jets on Monday night. Geno Smith, who had recorded just eight pass attempts heading into his final drive, was intercepted by Miami safety Reshad Jones with 39 seconds remaining to seal the outcome. The Dolphins (7-5) are one of six 7-5 teams in the AFC, but are currently the second wild card in the conference due to the tiebreaker. Miami had been 0-3 in games this season decided by four points or fewer, including a 39-36 defeat last Sunday when it blew an 11-point fourth quarter lead. The Dolphins also gave up late leads to Green Bay in Week 6 and Detroit in Week 10. Miami, however, was down by seven heading into the final frame in this one and posted just its second win in its last 50 games on the road when it trailed at any point in the fourth. Lamar Miller carried the ball 13 times for 56 yards and a touchdown, while Ryan Tannehill was 25- of-35 for 235 yards with an interception for the Dolphins, who have won five of their last seven games. Miami allowed 67 rushing yards in the second half on 20 carries after giving up 210 on 29 totes over the opening 30 minutes. Dolphins' linebacker Jelani Jenkins was busy in rush defense, totaling 16 tackles, and his pass deflection led to the game-clinching interception. The Jets (2-10) called 49 run plays for 277 yards and their 13 pass attempts were an NFL season low.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Final Score: San Diego 34, Baltimore 33
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Eddie Royal's 1-yard touchdown catch with 38 seconds remaining lifted the San Diego Chargers over the Baltimore Ravens, 34-33, on Sunday. Philip Rivers completed 34-of-45 passes for 383 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for the Chargers (8-4), who outscored Baltimore by a 21-10 margin in the fourth quarter. Allen caught 11 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns for San Diego, which has won three in a row. Royal hauled in nine passes for 81 yards. Joe Flacco connected on 19-of-31 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens (7-5), who are tied with Pittsburgh and Cleveland for second place in the AFC North. Flacco also ran for a score. Justin Forsett carried the ball 24 times for 106 yards and reached the 1,000-yard rushing milestone for the first time in his career. It was his third consecutive game of more than 100 rushing yards.
Final Score: Buffalo 26, Cleveland 10
Orchard Park, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Orton threw a touchdown pass, Dan Carpenter kicked four field goals in the fourth quarter and the Buffalo Bills beat the Cleveland Browns 26-10 on Sunday. Orton finished 17-of-31 for 190 yards with two interceptions. Fred Jackson had 70 yards on 21 carries for the Bills (7-5), who returned to Ralph Wilson Stadium after last Sunday's scheduled home game was played a day later in Detroit after more than six feet of snow fell on the southern reaches of the Buffalo area. Cleveland rookie Johnny Manziel scored his first NFL rushing touchdown after replacing starter Brian Hoyer, who was benched in the fourth quarter following his second interception and fifth in the last two weeks. The Browns (7-5) remained tied for second in the crowded AFC North. Baltimore and Pittsburgh also lost Sunday, leaving all three teams 1 1/2 games behind Cincinnati. The Bengals won to improve to 8-3-1.
Final Score: Houston 45, Tennessee 21
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two of his career- high six touchdown passes to DeAndre Hopkins as the Houston Texans cruised past the Tennessee Titans, 45-21, in an AFC South blowout on Sunday. Fitzpatrick, back as Houston's starter because of the injury to Ryan Mallett, and Hopkins hooked up nine times and accounted for 238 of the quarterback's 358 passing yards. J.J. Watt punctuated the rout with his third touchdown catch of the season and threw in two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for good measure. Arian Foster, who missed the previous two games with a groin injury, totaled 105 yards from scrimmage and caught a touchdown pass for the Texans (6-6), who still trail the division-leading Colts by two games with four to play. The Titans (2-10) dropped their sixth straight and saw starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger exit with a shoulder injury in the third quarter.
Final Score: Indianapolis 49, Washington 27
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrew Luck threw for 370 yards with five touchdowns, leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 49-27 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. It was supposed to be a matchup of the top two picks in the 2012 NFL Draft, but only Luck, the No. 1 selection, played. And he played very well. Luck completed 19-of-27 throws, two of which went for scores of more than 70 yards. Coby Fleener hauled in TD passes of 30 and 73 yards, while Donte Moncrief had scoring receptions of 48 and 79 yards. Robert Griffin III, the second overall choice in 2012, was benched earlier this week by Redskins coach Jay Gruden after three straight losing efforts. Colt McCoy, the winning quarterback in Washington's last two victories, threw for 392 yards with three touchdowns, but the Redskins defense could not stop Luck. The Colts (8-4) racked up 487 yards on just 49 plays, an average of 9.9 yards per play. Dan Herron added to the outburst with 88 yards on just eight carries, including a 49-yard touchdown run, as Indianapolis notched its second straight win. Washington (3-9) has lost four in a row since McCoy guided the team to an overtime win at Dallas on Oct. 27. The Redskins were productive with 425 yards of offense after mustering just 213 last week in a loss to San Francisco.
Final Score: Jacksonville 25, NY Giants 24
Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Scobee kicked a 43-yard field goal with 28 seconds remaining to give the Jacksonville Jaguars a stunning 25-24 come-from-behind victory over the reeling New York Giants on Sunday at EverBank Field. The Jaguars (2-10) scored a pair of defensive touchdowns in the second half to rally from a 21-0 deficit, ending a four-game slide while sending the Giants (3-9) to their seventh straight loss. Blake Bortles helped the comeback, throwing for 194 yards with a touchdown. He also rushed for a team-high 68 yards on five carries, including a 20-yard run that set up Scobee's go-ahead kick. Josh Brown kicked a 33-yard field goal to give the Giants a 24-22 lead with 3:26 remaining, ending a string of 22 straight Jacksonville points, but the Jaguars would not be denied.
Final Score: Minnesota 31, Carolina 13
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Thielen and Everson Griffen scooped up blocked punts and returned them for scores as the Vikings defeated the Carolina Panthers 31-13 on Sunday afternoon. Thielen's 30- yard return in the first quarter was the longest blocked punt return touchdown in Vikings history, but that mark was short-lived. Griffen's 43- yard return in the second established the new record. Teddy Bridgewater was 15-of-21 for 138 yards with two touchdowns, while Greg Jennings caught five passes for 45 yards and a score for the Vikings (5-7), who have won three of their last five games. Cam Newton completed 18-of-35 passes for 194 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Carolina, which is 1-8-1 since beginning the season 2-0. The Panthers, though, are still just 1 1/2 games behind New Orleans in the up-for-grabs NFC South.
Final Score: New Orleans 35, Pittsburgh 32
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Drew Brees threw five touchdown passes to five different receivers to stoke the New Orleans Saints' 35-32 decision over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13 action. Brees finished with 257 yards on 19-of-27 attempts for the Saints (5-7), who put a three-game losing streak to rest. Mark Ingram racked up 122 yards on 23 carries, while Kenny Stills posted 162 yards and a score on five receptions. Marques Colston, Benjamin Watson, Nick Toon and Erik Lorig added a TD catch apiece. Ben Roethlisberger threw two late TD passes to Antonio Brown, ending up 32-of-58 for 435 yards with two interceptions for the Steelers (7-5), who had won four of their last five coming in. Le'Veon Bell led his club with 159 yards on eight receptions and had 95 yards with a score on 21 attempts, while Brown ended up posting 97 yards on eight grabs. Pittsburgh remains in a three-way tie with Baltimore and Cleveland for second place in the AFC North.
Final Score: St. Louis 52, Oakland 0
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Tre Mason ran for two touchdowns and caught one more as the St. Louis Rams trounced the visiting Oakland Raiders 52-0 on Sunday. Shaun Hill completed 13-of-22 passes for 183 yards and threw two touchdowns during a dominant first half that saw the Rams (5-7) pile up 38 points. St. Louis scored touchdowns on its first five possessions and added a field goal on its sixth. Rookie Derek Carr finished 24-of-39 for 173 yards and threw interceptions on consecutive drives in the second quarter for Oakland (1-11), which snapped a 16-game losing streak with last Thursday's 24-20 home victory over Kansas City.
Final Score: Cincinnati 14, Tampa Bay 13
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Andy Dalton had one touchdown through the air and one on the ground and the Cincinnati Bengals held on for a 14-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Dalton also had three interceptions and went 19-for-27 for just 176 yards as the Bengals (8-3-1) went 3-0 during a three-game road swing to stay atop the AFC North. Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Baltimore all lost on Sunday to sit in a three-way tie in the division with marks of 7-5. Josh McCown went 15-for-29 for 190 yards with an interception, and Doug Martin had a rushing touchdown for the Buccaneers (2-10), who have dropped their past two games and fell to 0-6 at home this season.
Final Score: Atlanta 29, Arizona 18
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Bryant connected on all five of his field-goal attempts and Matt Ryan finished with 361 passing yards as the Atlanta Falcons claimed a 29-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13 action. Ryan was 30-of-41 with scoring throws to Julio Jones and Levine Toilolo for the Falcons (5-7), who are still tied atop the NFC South with New Orleans. Jones led all receivers thanks to 189 yards on 10 recepions, Harry Douglas added 116 yards on nine grabs, and Steven Jackson contributed 101 yards on 18 carries. Drew Stanton was picked off twice, completing 24-of-39 attempts with a touchdown for the Cardinals (9-3), who have dropped back-to- back games. In the absence of inactive wideout Larry Fitzgerald, Jaron Brown totaled 75 yards on seven catches.
Final Score: Green Bay 26, New England 21
Green Bay, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers remained perfect at home with a win over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Rodgers threw for 368 yards and two touchdowns and kept two NFL- record streaks alive in a 26-21 win on Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Packers (9-3) improved to 6-0 at home this season, tying the NFL's best mark shared by New England and three other teams. The Patriots (9-3) had a seven-game winning streak snapped, losing for the first time in more than two months. Rodgers was 24-of-38 and has thrown 360 consecutive passes with 31 touchdowns since his last interception at home, extending both NFL records. Eddie Lacy rushed 21 times for 98 yards and caught two passes for another 17, stretching his Packers running back record to four consecutive games with at least 100 yards from scrimmage. Davante Adams had six receptions for 121 yards and Cobb made seven catches for 85 as the Packers ran their winning streak to four games since their bye week. Brady was 22-of-35 for 245 yards and the two touchdown passes to LaFell. Rob Gronkowski had seven catches for 98 yards and Brandon Bolden added a 6-yard touchdown run in the loss, New England's first since falling 41-14 in Kansas City on Sept. 29.
Final Score: Denver 29, Kansas City 16
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes and C.J. Anderson shined once again running the ball as the Denver Broncos led wire-to-wire in a 29-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Manning passed for a season-low 179 yards on 17-of-34 efficiency, but Anderson was the story in Denver's 11th straight road win against an AFC West foe. The second-year running back out of California rushed for a career-high 168 yards on 32 carries, a week after gashing up Miami's defense for 167 in a win over the Dolphins. Anderson's last two games were the two best rushing performances this season. Montee Ball, who started the season as Denver's lead back, had a season-high 67 yards in Week 1 and Ronnie Hillman went for 109 yards on Oct. 23. Demaryius Thomas and Anderson caught TD passes and Connor Barth, who Denver signed on Tuesday to replace rookie kicker Brandon McManus, went 5-for-5 on field goals in his debut with the team. McManus was waived after hitting just 3-for-6 over his last five games. Alex Smith threw two touchdowns and an interception for Kansas City, which lost its second straight game on the heels of a five-game win streak. The Chiefs finished with just 11 first downs and only converted 1-of-9 on third down.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Final Score: Detroit 34, Chicago 17
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Joique Bell and Calvin Johnson each scored twice as the Detroit Lions grabbed a 34-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving. Matthew Stafford was 34-for-45 for 390 yards with two touchdown passes for the Lions (8-4), who bounced back from a pair of road losses to Arizona and New England. Bell totaled 91 yards on 23 carries while Johnson had 11 catches for 146 yards for Detroit, which had lost nine straight in its traditional Thanksgiving Day game, but has now won its past two thanks to this win and a victory over Green Bay last year. Jay Cutler was 31-for-48 for 280 yards with a pair of touchdown passes to Alshon Jeffery along with two interceptions for the Bears (5-7), who had won their previous two coming into the contest. Jeffery had nine catches for 71 yards.
Final Score: Philadelphia 33, Dallas 10
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Sanchez threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the Philadelphia Eagles seized sole possession of first place in the NFC East with a 33-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Sanchez had 217 yards on 20-of-29 passing, and LeSean McCoy posted 159 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries for the Eagles (9-3), who raced out to a 14-0 first- quarter lead and never looked back on their way to improving to 6-0 on Thanksgiving. The only thing preventing the score from being even more lopsided was Philadelphia's inefficiency in the red zone. The Eagles scored a touchdown only once and settled for four Cody Parkey field goals in five trips, but it didn't come back to haunt them because of a strong defensive effort. The Eagles ended Tony Romo's consecutive games streak with a touchdown pass at 38 and held league rushing leader DeMarco Murray to under 100 yards. Romo completed 18-of-29 passes for 199 yards and threw two interceptions as Dallas (8-4) dropped its third straight home game. Murray failed to reach the century mark for only the second time in 2014. He finished with a season-low 73 yards on 20 carries against the Eagles. The teams will meet again in Philadelphia on Dec. 14.
Final Score: Seattle 19, San Francisco 3
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Richard Sherman's two interceptions highlighted a dominant defensive effort, as the Seattle Seahawks routed the San Francisco 49ers, 19-3, in a highly anticipated NFC West Thanksgiving clash. The outspoken cornerback, whose key defensive stop against San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree in January's NFC Championship Game helped vault the Seahawks into the Super Bowl, picked off Colin Kaepernick twice as Seattle (8-4) limited the 49ers offense to just 164 total yards. Russell Wilson completed 15-of-22 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown pass to Robert Turbin, Marshawn Lynch ran for 104 yards on 20 carries and Steven Hauschka kicked four field goals for the Seahawks, who have won five of their last six games. The Seahawks now sit all alone for second place in the NFC West behind Arizona. Kaepernick threw for 121 yards on 16-of-29 passing as the 49ers (7-5) had their three-game win streak come to an end.