Published December 03, 2013
| Sports Network
Atlanta, GA – Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Wilson had three touchdowns passes and the Seattle Seahawks became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with a dominating 34-7 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. Wilson finished the game 22-for-30 for 310 yards with touchdown passes to Zach Miller, Doug Baldwin and Derrick Coleman for the Seahawks (11-1), who will be in the postseason for a third time in the past four years and built their lead over the San Francisco 49ers to three games for first place in the NFC West. Seattle, which is in the drivers seat for homefield advantage in the NFC playoffs, will have its first shot at clinching the division next week, when it plays in San Francisco on Sunday afternoon. The defense did its part on Monday, limiting Drew Brees to just 147 yards and a touchdown on 23-for-38 passing, and allowing the Saints (9-3) to cross midfield just once in the first three quarters and stopping the team twice on fourth down in the fourth quarter. With the loss, its first since dropping a game in New York to the Jets on Nov. 3, New Orleans fell into a tie for first in the NFC South with Carolina, which the team will host next Sunday night.
(Sunday, December 1st)
Final Score: Carolina 27, Tampa Bay 6
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Cam Newton accounted for three touchdowns and the Carolina Panthers ran their winning streak to a franchise-best eight games in a thorough 27-6 drubbing of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Newton threw for 263 yards with two interceptions while adding 68 yards and a TD on the ground. Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr. each had touchdown catches in the rout. The Panthers (9-3) are now tied with the Saints for first place in the NFC-South after New Orleans lost to Seattle on Monday night, setting up a showdown for first place when Carolina plays in New Orelans next Sunday night. They stopped the improving Buccaneers (3-9) in their tracks, as they allowed just 10 first downs and 206 total yards. Tampa Bay had won three in a row behind the play of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, who took a step back Sunday as he lost a key fumble, threw an interception and finished with just 180 passing yards.
Final Score: Jacksonville 32, Cleveland 28
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Chad Henne found Cecil Shorts for a 20- yard touchdown pass with 40 seconds left to lift the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 32-28 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. As the Jaguars trailed 28-25, Joe Haden bit on a double move by Shorts to leave him wide-open for the touchdown. Henne completed 22-of-40 passes for 195 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Shorts had six catches for 64 yards and a touchdown, Marcedes Lewis and Clay Harbor both added a receiving touchdown for Jacksonville (3-9), which has won three consecutive road games for the first time since the 2007 season. Browns receiver Josh Gordon became the first player in NFL history to have back-to-back games with 200 or more receiving yards. Gordon had 237 yards receiving against the Steelers last Sunday and 261 yards on 10 catches with two touchdowns against the Jaguars. Brandon Weeden completed 24-of-40 passes for 370 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Willis McGahee added a rushing touchdown on 14 carries for 57 yards for the Browns (4-8), who have lost three straight and six of seven.
Final Score: New England 34, Houston 31
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The New England Patriots engineered another second-half comeback and edged the Houston Texans by a 34-31 score at Reliant Stadium. Stephen Gostkowski drilled two 53-yard field goals in the fourth quarter, the second giving the Patriots the lead with 3:12 remaining. Tom Brady had 371 yards and two touchdowns on 29-of-41 passing for New England (9-3), which clinched its 13th straight winning season. Last week, the Patriots rallied from a 24-0 halftime deficit to beat the Denver Broncos in overtime. New England was down 17-7 through two quarters to the Texans before producing points on its first five second-half possessions. The Texans (2-10) put up a valiant fight, but still suffered their 10th consecutive loss. Ben Tate rushed for three touchdowns and 102 yards on 22 carries against a New England defensive unit that began the week ranked 31st against the run. Case Keenum completed 15-of-30 passes for 272 yards and added his first career touchdown run.
Final Score: Indianapolis 22, Tennessee 14
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Donald Brown's late fourth-quarter touchdown run and five field goals from Adam Vinatieri sent the Indianapolis Colts to a 22-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Andrew Luck finished 17-of-32 for 200 yards and one interception for the Colts (8-4), who rebounded nicely from a 40-11 loss in Arizona last week to win their fourth game in the last six. Brown racked up 54 yards on 14 carries, while T.Y. Hilton posted 46 yards on five catches. Ryan Fitzpatrick was picked off three times, throwing for 201 yards and one score on 21-of-37 efficiency. He also contributed a one-yard TD run for the Titans (5-7), who have dropped three out of four. Chris Johnson totaled 69 yards on 18 carries and 32 yards with a touchdown on six receptions.
Final Score: Minnesota 23, Chicago 20 (OT)
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Blair Walsh hit a 34-yard field goal with 1:43 left in overtime as the Minnesota Vikings overcame the Chicago Bears, 23-20. Adrian Peterson totaled 211 yards on 35 carries and became the third fastest player to eclipse 10,000 career yards on Sunday. His final three runs totaled 26 yards to set up the field goal. Matt Cassel replaced an injured Christian Ponder late in the first half and finished the game 20-for-33 for 243 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the Vikings (3-8-1), who were coming off a tie with Green Bay last week. Ponder suffered a possible concussion late in the first half and did not return. Alshon Jeffery broke his own team record with 249 receiving yards on 12 catches -- two of which went for touchdowns -- for the Bears (6-6), who have dropped their past two games. Josh McCown was 23- for-36 for 355 yards and two touchdowns, while Matt Forte carried the ball 23 times for 120 yards for Chicago, which fell a game back of Detroit for the top spot in the NFC North.
Final Score: Miami 23, NY Jets 3
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Tannehill threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns as the Miami Dolphins cruised to a 23-3 victory over an offensively inept New York Jets team at MetLife Stadium. Tannehill completed 28-of-43 attempts with an interception in the lopsided win, which kept Miami (6-6) squarely in contention for an AFC wild card berth. Brian Hartline racked up 127 yards and a touchdown on nine catches, with Mike Wallace making seven grabs totaling 82 yards and hauling in Tannehill's other scoring toss. The Jets (5-7), meanwhile, got a meager 108 passing yards combined from the tandem of Geno Smith and Matt Simms in being dealt a third consecutive defeat. The badly struggling Smith went just 4-of-10 for 29 yards and an interception before being benched at halftime, with Simms managing 79 yards with an interception on a 9-of-18 success rate in relief. New York, which failed to score an offensive touchdown for a second straight week, mustered only 177 total yards and had three giveaways.
Final Score: Philadelphia 24, Arizona 21
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Foles continued his impressive streak of starting the season without an interception, throwing for 237 yards and three touchdowns on 21-of-34 passing as the Philadelphia Eagles held on for a 24-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cardinals (7-5) took over at their own 10-yard line with just over two minutes to play but only managed to get five yards, with Carson Palmer's fourth-down pass to Michael Floyd falling incomplete. Rookie Zach Ertz hauled in five passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns, while fellow tight end Brent Celek had four catches for 29 yards and a score for the Eagles (7-5), who ran their winning streak to four straight games. Palmer was 24-of-41 passing for 302 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the setback. Michael Floyd had five catches for 99 yards and a touchdown and Larry Fitzgerald added five grabs for 72 yards with a touchdown for Arizona.
Final Score: Atlanta 34, Buffalo 31 (OT)
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Bryant made a 36-yard field goal three minutes into overtime as the Atlanta Falcons took a 34-31 win over the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre. Steven Jackson carried the ball 23 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns, while Matt Ryan was 28-for-47 for 311 yards and a touchdown for the Falcons (3-9), who snapped a five-game slide. C.J. Spiller had his best game of the season, totaling 149 yards on 15 carries with a score, while Fred Jackson and E.J. Manuel also had a rushing touchdown for the Bills (4-8), who have lost four of five to fall out of the wild card chase. Manuel went 18-for-32 for 210 yards and a passed for another score.
Final Score: Denver 35, Kansas City 28
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Four of Peyton Manning's five touchdown passes went to Eric Decker and the Denver Broncos held on to beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-28, for first place in the AFC West. Manning and Decker connected for three straight scores to start the second half, turning a seven-point deficit into a 35-21 lead. The Chiefs made it a one-score game on Jamaal Charles' 1-yard touchdown with 6:32 left, but a final drive came up short when Alex Smith's fourth-down pass to Dwayne Bowe was broken up by Broncos safety Mike Adams in the end zone. Manning threw two interceptions in the first half that led to Kansas City touchdowns, but finished with 403 yards passing and set a new Broncos record by reaching 41 touchdown passes this season. Decker had eight catches for 174 yards and a team-record four touchdowns and the Broncos (10-2) beat the Chiefs (9-3) for the second time in three weeks to take a one-game lead in the division. Knile Davis had a 108-yard kickoff return touchdown for the longest play in Chiefs history and Smith threw for 293 yards with touchdown passes to Junior Hemingway and Anthony Fasano.
Final Score: San Francisco 23, St. Louis 13
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers rode an efficient performance from Colin Kaepernick and a stifling defensive display to a 23-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park. Kaepernick amassed 275 yards and a touchdown while completing 19-of-28 passes without a turnover, while the 49ers (8-4) held the Rams out of the end zone until Kellen Clemens tossed a garbage-time touchdown pass to Brian Quick in the game's final minute. Anquan Boldin added nine catches for 98 yards in a win that put the defending NFC-champion 49ers a game ahead of the field for the conference's final wild card berth, with Vernon Davis contributing 82 yards and a touchdown on four receptions. Facing constant pressure throughout the afternoon, Clemens hit on just 19-of-37 throws for 218 yards -- much of which came after the outcome was already decided -- and was intercepted once. Zac Stacy managed 72 yards on 19 carries as St. Louis (5-7) had a two-game win streak halted.
Final Score: Cincinnati 17, San Diego 10
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown and the Cincinnati defense forced three turnovers as the Bengals held off the San Diego Chargers, 17-10, at Qualcomm Stadium. Andy Dalton completed 14-of-23 passes for 190 yards, one touchdown and an interception and A.J. Green caught five passes for 83 yards and a score for the Bengals (8-4), who hold a two-game lead atop the AFC North standings. Philip Rivers threw for 252 yards, one touchdown and an interception on 23- of-37 efficiency for the Chargers (5-7), who have lost four of their last five games.
Final Score: NY Giants 24, Washington 17
Landover, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Tuck and the New York Giants still have some fight left. Tuck matched his 2012 sack total with four and the New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 24-17 on Sunday night. Eli Manning threw for 235 yards on 22-of-28 efficiency with a touchdown and interception and Andre Brown ran for 35 yards and a pair of scores for the Giants (5-7), who have won five of their last six games. Brandon Myers caught five passes for 61 yards and a score in the triumph. New York is two games behind the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles for the top spot in the NFC East with four games to play. Robert Griffin III had just one incompletion (16-of-17) in the first half and finished 24-of-32 for 207 yards and a touchdown. He added 88 yards rushing on 12 totes for Washington (3-9), which has been eliminated from playoff contention following its fourth straight loss. Washington totaled just 95 yards in the second half. The Redskins raced out to a 14-0 lead early in the second before the Giants outscored them 24-3 the rest of the way.
(Thursday, November 28th)
Final Score: Detroit 40, Green Bay 10
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Lions used a stifling defense to overcome four turnovers and post a win on Thanksgiving for the first time in 10 years, a 40-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers in an NFC North battle. In addition to posting seven sacks, a safety, an interception and two fumble recoveries, the Lions (7-5) limited the Packers to just 123 total yards and no offensive touchdowns, as the only time Green Bay found the end zone was on a fumble recovery that was taken in for a score. It was the first time Detroit posted a win in its annual Thanksgiving game since 2003, when the team beat a Brett Favre-led Packers, 22-14. The Lions prevailed despite Matthew Stafford continuing his recent troubles with turning over the ball. Last week against Tampa Bay, the quarterback threw four interceptions and was picked off twice in this game, in addition to losing a fumble that led to the Packers' touchdown. However, Stafford did wind up throwing for 330 yards and three scores on 22-of-35 passing, with Calvin Johnson catching six balls for 101 yards and a score for Detroit, which now sits atop the NFC North with one-game lead over Chicago, which lost to Minnesota on Sunday. Reggie Bush totaled 182 yards from scrimmage. He finished with 20 carries for 117 yards and five catches for 65 yards to help his team break a two- game skid. Green Bay (5-6-1), on the other hand, has continued to struggle without Aaron Rodgers, as the team was coming off a tie to Minnesota that was preceded by three straight losses. Matt Flynn, the third quarterback to start under center since Rodgers' injury, was ineffective all day, as was the rest of the offense. Flynn went just 10-for-20 for 139 yards with an interception and two lost fumbles, while Eddie Lacy was held to just 16 yards on 10 carries.
Final Score: Dallas 31, Oakland 24
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Tony Romo threw for 225 yards and a score, while DeMarco Murray joined elite company with his career-best three-touchdown performance, as Dallas took down Oakland, 31-24. Murray joined Emmitt Smith as the only Dallas running backs to accumulate three rushing touchdowns on this holiday, totaling 63 yards on 17 carries for the Cowboys (7-5), who remain tied with Philadelphia for first place in the NFC East. Romo completed 23-of-32 passes including a third-quarter TD pass to Dez Bryant, who racked up 61 yards on seven receptions. Lance Dunbar totaled 82 yards on 12 attempts before leaving the game late with a left knee sprain. The hosts have won six of their last eight Thanksgiving contests, including the clubs' last meeting, a 24-7 triumph in 2009. Matt McGloin finished 18-of-30 for 255 yards and an interception for the Raiders (4-8), who have lost four of their last five games. Rashad Jennings gained just 35 yards on 17 carries, but scored two of Oakland's three touchdowns in the setback. Greg Jenkins returned a fumble 23 yards from the opening kickoff to account for the other score. Andre Holmes led all receivers with 136 yards on seven grabs.
Final Score: Baltimore 22, Pittsburgh 20
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Tucker drilled five field goals and Baltimore's defense came up with a decisive stop on a potential game-tying two-point conversion with 1:03 left to help the Ravens hang on for a 22-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving night. Tucker's final field goal of the game gave Baltimore a 22-14 lead with 5:37 to play before Ben Roethlisberger guided the Steelers down the field, using a 29- yard catch- and-run from Le'Veon Bell to get the team to the Baltimore 20. Two plays later, Roethlisberger fired a strike to Heath Miller up the middle for what appeared to be a 20-yard touchdown, but video review showed Miller's knee on the ground just before the ball crossed the goal line. After being stuffed for no gain on the next play, Bell surged off the left side and dove for the end zone, where a huge collision ensued that sent Bell's helmet flying into the end zone. Bell, who appeared to lose consciousness on the hit, fell backwards into the end zone for what was originally ruled a touchdown, but the rookie running back was ruled down just short of the end zone because his helmet came off before the ball broke the plane. Following an incompletion on third down, Roethlisberger hit Jericho Cotchery on a quick slant for a 1-yard touchdown, but Emmanuel Sanders was unable to hang on to a potential game-tying two-point conversion pass on the next play. Pittsburgh then attempted an onside kick, but the ball never came close to traveling 10 yards and the Ravens were able to run out the remainder of the clock with a series of kneel downs.