Monday, December 12, 2011

NFL - Week Fourteen Review

Tebow! Tebow! Tebow!

Aw, shut up already!

That has to be what the Chicago Bears were saying after blowing a 10-0 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of their 13-10 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos.
It was the sixth straight win for the upstart Broncos (8-5) as kicker Matt Prater nailed two field goals over 50 yards to help win the game.
Of course, quarterback Tim Tebow gets most of  the credit in the come-from-behind victory after throwing a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas to trim the deficit to 10-7. The Bears then gift wrapped the game for the Broncos as running back Marion Barber went out of bounds to stop the clock as the Bears were looking to run out the clock with Denver out of timeouts.
The give away continued in OT (following Prater's 59-yard field goal to tie the game) as Barber fumbled at the Denver 33-yard line just as he was into the clear on a rushing attempt.
Following that gaffe, Tebow and company drove into position for Prater's game-winning 51-yard kick.

Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers continued their perfect season with a 46-16 trouncing of the Oakland Raiders as QB Aaron Rodgers threw a pair of TD passes and running back Ryan Grant scored twice while gaining 85 yards for the Packers.
The New Orleans Saints won again as QB Drew Brees hit Marques Colston with a 28-yard TD strike (following a 35-yard TD pass as well) to seal the deal against the host Tennessee Titans in a 22-17 decision.
Titans' running back Chris Johnson was held in check, gaining just 23 yards for the Titans, which had only 59 yards on the ground in the loss.
The New York Jets rolled over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs 37-10 as Shonn Greene ran for 129 yards and scored a touchdown while QB Mark Sanchez had two TD passes and also ran for one. The Jets' defense limited KC to just 221 yards of offense, including just four yards in the first half of the game. Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley was fired on Monday following the loss.
The Houston Texans clinched the AFC South and earned their first ever playoff birth by beating the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-19 as QB T.J. Yates threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Walter with two seconds left in the game.
New England earned a hard fought win at Washington in a 34-27 game that saw QB Tom Brady pass for 357 yards and three touchdowns, including two to tight end Rob Gronkowski, who set a record for TD catches by a tight end in a season with his 15th touchdown.
The Sunday Night Football game was a barn burner that had the New York Giants rallying from a 12-point deficit to post a 37-34 win at Dallas, which also ended their four-game losing streak.
Giants' QB Eli Manning (pictured left) threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns to offset Dallas QB Tony Romo's four TD passes. For the second week in a row, Dallas kicker Dan Bryant missed a late field goal after making the first one that was negated by a "time out" called.
The win puts the Giants in a first place tie with Dallas at 7-6 in the NFC East division.
The Baltimore Ravens ran all over the winless Indianapolis Colts, 24-10 as Ray Rice scored a touchdown and QB Joe Flacco threw two TD passes while the Baltimore defense held the Colts to just 167 yards.
The Pittsburgh Steelers kept pace with Baltimore in the AFC North by topping the stubborn Cleveland Browns, 14-3 on Thursday Night Football. Both the Steelers and Ravens are 10-3.
Atlanta kept on their run for a wild card playoff spot in the NFC with a huge comeback win, 31-23 at Carolina.
Falcons' QB Matt Ryan had four TD passes in win.
The Falcons were behind 23-7 at the half, but quarterback Matt Ryan, the  Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week, threw four TD passes including a pair of touchdowns to Julio Jones in the fourth quarter to complete the win.
Detroit held off the visiting Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Joe Webb in a 34-28 win in Motown to improve to 8-5 and stay in contention in the NFC Wild Card chase.
The Lions defense scored twice and then sacked Webb and forced a fumble on the final play of the game to sustain a big effort that saw the Lions jump out to and nearly squander a 21-0 first quarter lead.
The Arizona Cardinals surprised the visiting San Francisco 49ers 21-19 as they fought back behind reserve QB John Skelton, who replaced Kevin Kolb (concussion) to lead the way.
Skelton found wide outs Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Roberts with touchdown passes in the second half to overcome a 12-point deficit.
Elsewhere around the league ... The Philadelphia Eagles snapped out of their season long funk and toppled the Miami Dolphins, 26-10 that proved to be the last game for Tony Sporano as Dolphins Head Coach as he was fired on Monday ...  The San Diego Chargers continued their late season push for the AFC West lead as they throttled the visiting Buffalo Bills, 37-10 behind three TD passes from Philip Rivers ... Jacksonville beat down the hapless Tampa Bay Bucs, 41-14 behind a big game from running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who scored four touchdowns and had 136 yards (85 rushing) in the game... The Seattle Seahawks defeated the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football, 30-13 as running back Marshawn Lynch gained 115 yards and scored a touchdown while QB Tarvaris Jackson added a TD pass. Rookie Doug Baldwin caught seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown and also blocked a punt that led directly to the game's first score.

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