Tuesday, December 8, 2015

NFL - Week Thirteen Review

Miracle finish -  The Green Bay Packers stunned the host Detroit Lions last Thursday night as Aaron Rodgers (pictured left) completed a 61-yard  'Hail Mary' touchdown pass to tight end Richard Rodgers as time expired for a 27-23 victory that capped a big comeback from a 20-point deficit.
The win put the Packers (8-4) back on top in the NFC North division with Minnesota (also 8-4), which lost on Sunday against Seattle.

TOP RUSHERS FOR WEEK THIRTEENLamar Miller (Miami) 113 yards;  Marcus Mariota (Tennessee) 112 yards and one TD;  Thomas Rawls (Seattle) 101 yards and one TD.

TOP PASSERS FOR WEEK THIRTEENCam Newton (Carolina) 331 yards and five TD;  Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh) 364 yards and four TD;  Blake Bortles (Jacksonville) 322 yards and five TD;  Carson Palmer (Arizona) 356 yards and two TD;  Tom Brady (New England) 312 yards and three TD.

Heftyinfo NFL Player of the WeekCam Newton  (QB- Carolina Panthers) passed for 331 yards and FIVE touchdowns in a come from behind 41-38 win at New Orleans which kept the Panthers (12-0) unbeaten for the season.

Game highlights -  The San Francisco 49ers stunned the host Chicago Bears, 26-20 in overtime as QB Blaine Gabbert completed a 71-yard TD pass to Torrey Smith for the winning score. Gabbert also had a 44-yard TD run to tie the game. Bears kicker Robbie Gould missed a potential game winning 36-yard field goal as time expired in regulation . . .  The Kansas City Chiefs rolled to their sixth consecutive win with a 34-20 triumph at Oakland behind two touchdown passes by QB Alex Smith to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and a defensive score by Tyvon Branch off an interception . . .  The surging Seattle Seahawks crushed the host Minnesota Vikings, 38-7 as their defense limited the great Adrian Peterson to only 18 yards rushing while QB Russell Wilson had three touchdown strikes to lead the offense . . .  Cincinnati improved to 10-2 with a dominating 37-3 road win at Cleveland as QB Andy Dalton had two TD passes and a rushing touchdown . . .  Arizona improved 10-2 with a 27-3 beat down of the host St. Louis Rams behind a pair of TD passes from QB Carson Palmer . . .  The Buffalo Bills kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 30-21 win against the visiting Houston Texans as QB Tyrod Taylor had three touchdown passes . . .  The New York Jets tripped up the New York Giants, 23-20 in OT as kicker Randy Bullock made a 31-yard field goal in the OT session to win it. Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with WR Brandon Marshall on a nine-yard scoring pass with just 27 seconds left in regulation to force the overtime . . .  The Philadelphia Eagles scored twice on special teams (punt block and punt return by Darren Sproles) and also had a 99-yard INT return for a score by Malcolm Jenkins to stun the host New England Patriots, 35-28 . . .  The Denver Broncos won a ho-hum game at San Diego, 17-3 as their defense scored off a pick-six INT and QB Brock Osweiler had a TD pass to send the Chargers to their seventh loss in eight games . . .   Carolina stayed unbeaten at 12-0 with a wild and hard fought 41-38 win at New Orleans as QB Cam Newton threw FIVE touchdown passes to out duel Saints QB Drew Brees, who had three TD passes in the loss . . .  The Pittsburgh Steelers dominated the Sunday Night Football game as they won, 45-10 against the Indianapolis Colts behind 364 yards passing and four touchdowns by QB Ben Roethlisberger . . .  Miami outlasted Baltimore 15-13 for a home win behind a TD pass from QB Ryan Tannehill and a defensive score off a pick six INT by Derrick Shelby . . .  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers knocked off the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 23-19 as QB Jameis Winston ran and threw for scores . . .  The Tennessee Titans got three TD passes from QB Marcus Mariota and also an 87-yard TD run by the rookie signal caller to hold off the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, 42-39. Jags QB Blake Bortles had 322 passing yards and five touchdown passes in the loss . . .  Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey drilled a game winning 54-yard field goal with only nine seconds remaining to help the Cowboys beat the host Washington Redskins, 19-16 on Monday Night Football.

Green Bay 27, Detroit 23
San Francisco 26, Chicago 20 (OT)
Miami 15, Baltimore 13
Cincinnati 37, Cleveland 3
Arizona 27, St. Louis 3
Seattle 38, Minnesota 7
Tennessee 42, Jacksonville 39
Tampa Bay 23, Atlanta 19
Buffalo 30, Houston 21
NY Jets 23, NY Giants 20 (OT)
Carolina 41, New Orleans 38
Philadelphia 35, New England 28
Denver 17, San Diego 3
Kansas City 34, Oakland 20
Pittsburgh 45, Indianapolis 10
Dallas 19, Washington 16

                                                 NFL  CHEERLEADER PHOTO OF THE WEEK

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking good.

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