Tuesday, December 1, 2009
NFL Football- Week 12 Review
What can you say folks?
We just may as well pencil in the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints, both undefeated at 11-0 at this point, for Super Bowl 44 in Miami in February and let the two unbeatens go at it.
But, not so fast...
Remember the New England Patriots were undefeated two years ago all the way to the Super Bowl, but eventually lost 17-14 to the New York Giants in that memorable game.
That being said, kudos go out to the Colts and Saints to this point.
This is the FIRST TIME EVER in the NFL that two teams have been 11-0 in one season.
The Colts stormed back to beat the Houston Texans 35-27 behind three TD passes from Peyton Manning and a 27-yard interception return by Clint Session for a score to overcome a 17-0 deficit.
The Saints clobbered the New England Patriots 38-17 as quarterback Drew Brees (pictured upper right) threw for 371 yards and five TDs in leading the Saints to a perfect 11-0 mark.
The Minnesota Vikings rode the arm of Brett Favre once again as the veteran signal caller threw for 392 yards and three TDs and the defense stifled the Bears in a 36-10 rout in Minnesota. The Vikings are 10-1 and just one game behind New Orleans for playoff home-field advantage.
The Baltimore Ravens kept their playoff hopes alive with a 20-17 overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Billy Cundiff kicked the game-winning field goal for Baltimore as the Steelers started Dennis Dixon at quarterback in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger.
The San Diego Chargers won their sixth consecutive game, dismantling the Kansas City Chiefs, 43-14 to improve to 8-3 in the AFC West. Philip Rivers passed for two touchdowns to Antonio Gates and LaDainian Tomlinson scored two touchdowns while the defense scored a TD and recorded a safety as well to pace the easy win.
Cincinnati (8-3) kept pace with San Diego for second place in the AFC playoff picture with a 16-7 over Cleveland. The Bengals swept all six games against the AFC North this season and now have a two-game lead over Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
The Philadelphia Eagles scored a 27-24 OT win over Washington to improve to 7-4 and remain in playoff contention. David Akers kicked a 32-yard field goal for the win.
Chris Redman stepped in after Matt Ryan was injured and threw two TD passes, including the game-winning score to wide receiver Roddy White with 23 seconds remaining to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 20-17 to improve the Falcons to 6-5 and contention in the wild card race in the NFC.
Vince Young guided the Tennessee Titans (5-6) to their fifth consecutive win by hitting Kenny Britt with a ten-yard scoring pass at the buzzer to beat Arizona, 20-17. The Cardinals were without starting quarterback Kurt Warner, who missed the game because of a concussion.
The Thanksgiving Day games were all turkeys as the Green Bay Packers blasted the Detroit Lions, 34-12 behind a big day from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Dallas Cowboys beat Oakland, 24-7 as Tony Romo threw for over 300 yards and a touchdown to pace Dallas, which leads the NFC East with a 8-3 record.
The Denver Broncos snapped a four-game losing streak by beating up the New York Giants, 26-6 on Thanksgiving night. The Broncos (7-4) are still in contention for a playoff spot as a result of the win while the Giants slipped to 6-5 and for now, find themselves on the outside looking in as far as playoff spots are concerned.