Week 12 results from the NFL
BY: Jeff Schneberk @Game7overtime
Another handful of upsets yesterday in the NFL, coupled with a rare and unusual tie between two vastly different football clubs, the Steelers appear to be headed in the right direction, the Browns do not, Tampa Bay won again and Kansas City lost again. It’s all right here: (upsets are indicated by three asterisks ***)
Pittsburgh 27, Cleveland 11:
Pittsburgh remains in the hunt for the playoffs.
Improves to 5-6, next game for them will be even bigger than this one was. Steelers have climbed back with that one-game-at-a-time philosophy. It is safe to assume that they will not abandon that philosophy anytime soon. Next game is at Baltimore who are also at 5-6.
Tampa Bay 24 Detroit 10***
It is safe to say that the Tampa Bay defence was more than prepared to play this game, beating Detroit was unimaginable until now, and they did it by 2TDs.
Tampa Bay had four interceptions on Matt Stafford, Bucs pick up their third straight win, late touchdown by Tiquan Underwood who made an 85-yard score for the win.
TIE Minnesota 26 Green Bay 26***:
I didn’t think that NFL games could end in a tie, this looks worse on GB. I don’t know if a tie game constitutes an upset, but let’s let it in this case, Green Bay should have won this one by playing third-stringers.
Packers played without Aaron Rodgers, you can kind of see that by the scoreboard. Backup Matt Flynn kept on pace with Christian Ponder. Very rare to see a tie in the NFL. To make things more interesting, Minnesota had a 20-7 lead early in the second half. Can you imagine hoe depressing the press conferences were after this one?
“It’s an empty feeling. You go out there and didn’t lose the game,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “But you feel like you didn’t accomplish what you set out to do (either).”
“I view it as a loss, personally. We gave up a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter,” Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said. “I don’t have a sister, but I’m going to say it’s like going to prom with your sister.”
At least the 77,000-plus frigid fans got to witness a bit of history — this was first game to end in a tie under the new overtime rule instituted last year that continues the extra period if both teams open it with field goals. A touchdown by either team would have ended the game.
“I think to everybody around here, it feels like a loss, for sure,” Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk said.
San Diego 41 Kansas City 38***:
Speaking of a game where somebody should have won, Kansas City was the league’s only unbeaten team a couple weeks ago, now they have lost 2 in a row, this latest loss came against the Chargers. Philip Rivers 8 yards away from 400, had 3 TDs and looked pretty good.
“It’s one of those you’ll never forget, that’s for sure,” said Rivers, who threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns against a Kansas City defense that had been among the NFL’s best.
St. Louis 42 Chicago 21***
I thought this was a misprint until I read the recap.
I know Brady Quinn was signed by the Rams, and I also know he did not play but still… that will still hurt if you are a Bears fan.
Coming off their bye, the Rams (5-6) followed up a 30-point rout of Indianapolis in front of their first capacity crowd of the season, about half of them clad Bears orange. Late scores by rookie backup running back Benny Cunningham and defensive end Robert Quinn helped finish off the Bears (6-5), who remained tied for the NFC North lead.
Josh McCown passed for 352 yards and two touchdowns with an interception for Chicago, which had won four straight in the series. The Bears were dogged by penalties throughout, including a 62-yard punt return for touchdown by Devin Hester nullified by a holding call in the fourth quarter.
The Rams stunned the Bears early with two big plays and two touchdowns.
Carolina 20 Miami 16:
Cam Newton continues to look like gold behind the Panthers’ centre. He led a late comeback for the second time in a week, converting a fourth-and-10 situation at his 20 with a completion to keep alive the Panthers’ final possession, and their touchdown with 43 seconds left beat Miami 20-16.
The Panthers (8-3) overcame a 16-3 first-half deficit for their seventh win in a row, their longest streak since 2003.
“It may not be pretty,” Newton said, “but at the end of the game we get that three-letter word, and that’s gorgeous.”
The Dolphins (5-6) fell to 2-2 since tackle Jonathan Martin left the team and the team’s bullying scandal began to mushroom.
Panthers are now 8-3 in the NFC South thanks to their 7th straight win.
Baltimore 19 NY Jets 3: this is the only game summary that I am going to keep short and sweet.
Rex Ryan had seen it many times before: The Baltimore Ravens didn’t do much on offense, yet it hardly mattered because their defense was so sharp.
Jets are crumbling like cookies, now 5-6 which is what Baltimore is at now.
Jacksonville 13 Houston 6***
The Houston Texans started the season with a little bit of optimism. Most of it is long gone now. This would be another upset, either Jags are getting better or Texans are garbage. Most would agree with the last part there. Both teams right now have a combined win total of four. Both are at 2-9. The Jags were said to be interested in signing Tim Tebow. Right now, that doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. Why not? What more could go wrong?
Quarterback concerns continue for the Texans, Keenum goes 18-34 with 0 TDs. This is also Houston’s ninth straight loss. Keenum had the worst performance in his five starts, throwing for just 169 yards with an interception. Kubiak wouldn’t commit to sticking with Keenum, saying he never makes decisions right after games.
Tennessee 23 Oakland 19
With one drive to determine whether Tennessee or Oakland would move right into the thick of the AFC playoff race, Ryan Fitzpatrick stepped up for the Titans.
Fitzpatrick threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright with 10 seconds remaining to cap a mistake-free performance that led Tennessee to a 23-19 victory over the Raiders on Sunday.
Arizona 40 Indianapolis 11
This is another one of the game scores I had to read 2-3 times over to make sure I was reading right. It’s 4pm in the afternoon and I’m still not sure about this one. Palmer out-throws Luck by about double? Thanks to a near-flawless second quarter in which Arizona scored 20 points, it proved to be too much for the Colts to make a comeback. Palmer had two TD throws, Luck had one.
And Arizona head coach Bruce Arians embarrassed his former team, too.
Arians became interim head coach of the Colts last season when Chuck Pagano was stricken with leukemia. Indianapolis went 9-3 under Arians, earning him coach of the year honors and a head coaching job in the desert.
“I think this was a respect game,” Palmer said. “I don’t think we’re well-respected throughout the league and that’s not anybody’s fault but our own.
Carson Palmer threw 314 yards, Andrew Luck had 163, Colts fall to 7-4.
Dallas 24 NY Giants 21
Romo outperforms Eli Manning by about 75 yards, strong first quarter results in a win, Cowboys are above .500 again for the third time and continue the crazy pattern of W-L-W-L-W-?
Romo threw two touchdown passes and led a 14-play drive that set up Dan Bailey‘s 35-yard field goal on the final play as the Cowboys won 24-21 Sunday, ending the Giants’ four-game winning streak and denying them a place in NFL history.
Romo was 6 of 9 passing for 67 yards, including two crucial third-down throws, on the winning drive that covered the final 4:45. It came right after New York (4-7) tied the game on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Louis Murphy Jr., and a 2-point conversion run byAndre Brown, who rushed for 127 yards.
New England 34 Denver 31
Brady got the better of Manning, again, but it wasn’t completely Manning to blame for this one. I don’t like singling out anyone on a team that generally puts together a good product on the field most of the time, but a mixup in OT between Wes Welker on a kick return saw the Pats pick up a loose ball deep in Bronco territory and all Brady had to do to win was NOT lose the football and the field goal unit took care of the easy chip-shot to win the game. No worries though, not like Broncos could screw up the season now anyways. Another overall good game between two of the biggest brains behind the football we have ever seen (Brady and Manning).
Monday Night San Francisco at Washington