Sunday, December 6, 2009
NFL Football- Week 13 Review
Sometimes it's better to be luckier than good and the New Orleans Saints were just that Sunday as they survived in Washington while winning 33-30 in overtime against the Redskins.
The win gives New Orleans a 12-0 record and along with the Indianapolis Colts, they have a legitimate shot at going undefeated in the regular season.
The Saints got a game-winning 18-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley in OT to win the game, thanks to Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham missing a 23-yard chip shot that would have given Washington a ten-point lead with less than two minutes to play in regulation.
The Colts, meanwhile, dismantled the red hot Tennessee Titans, 27-17 and improved to 12-0 while at the same time pretty much snuffed out any hopes the Titans (5-7) have for a post-season appearance.
The red hot San Diego Chargers won their seventh straight game, beating Cleveland 30-23 in a game that was not as close as the final score would indicate. The Chargers (9-3) were led by quarterback Philip Rivers who passed for 373 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson passed Marshall Faulk and NFL Hall-of-Fame legend Jim Brown on the all-time NFL rushing leaders list by going for 64 yards and scored a touchdown, giving him 150 TDs for his career and making him the fastest player in NFL history to get to 150 career touchdowns.
The shocker of the day was the Oakland Raiders beating the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers (in Pittsburgh) 27-24 as quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (pictured upper right) passed for three touchdowns in the final eight minutes of the game to seal the deal.
The game-winning TD pass came with nine seconds remaining when Gradkowski hit wide receiver Lou Murphy in the end zone from 11 yards out.
Philadelphia is tied for first place in the NFC East after whipping the Atlanta Falcons on the road, 34-7 to improve to 8-4 as Michael Vick returned to Atlanta and scored a rushing touchdown and also passed for a score in the win.
Arizona stopped Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings (10-2) in the desert, 30-17 as Cardinals' quarterback Kurt Warner threw for three TDs and 285 yards in the win.
Favre was intercepted twice in the loss, which dropped the Vikings two games behind the New Orleans Saints in the race for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
Denver seems to be back on track after losing four in a row recently as the Broncos blasted the Kansas City Chiefs, 44-13 to improve to 8-4 and a solid spot for a wild card in the AFC. Quarterback Kyle Orton was efficient, passing for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Denver amassed 245 yards rushing in the game.
What's up with New England?
The Patriots lost again, their third loss in the last four games. The Miami Dolphins rallied from a 14-0 deficit to defeat the Patriots, 22-21 as Dan Carpenter kicked a 41-yard field goal with one minute remaining.
Dolphins' QB Chad Henne passed for 335 yards and two TDs in the win, which puts the Dolphins and Jets (a 19-13 winner Thursday night over Buffalo) both at 6-6 and just one game behind the Patriots in the ever tightening AFC East race.
In other action...
The Green Bay Packers won the Monday Night Football game at home 27-14 over the Baltimore Ravens that gives them an 8-4 record and puts the Pack right in the thick of things in the NFC Wild Card race. Baltimore fell to 6-6 with the setback and could be in trouble as far as post-season hopes are concerned.
Jacksonville (7-5) jumped back into wild card contention in the AFC with a 23-18 win over the fading Houston Texans...
The New York Giants sprang back to life with a 31-24 win over the Dallas Cowboys (8-4) as Domenik Hixon took a punt back 79 yards for a touchdown and Brandon Jacobs rumbled 74 yards with a pass from Eli Manning to lead the way for New York, which improved to 7-5 with the win and puts them just game back of both Dallas and Philadelphia in the NFC East.
The Eagles play the Giants next Sunday night while Dallas hosts the San Diego Chargers.
The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Detroit Lions, 23-13 behind solid defense and Cedric Benson's 110-yard rushing effort... The Chicago Bears (5-7) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 17-9 yawner over the St. Louis Rams at Soldier Field in Chicago... The Carolina Panthers did the same to Tampa Bay, 16-6 and also improved to 5-7 for the season.