Monday, November 14, 2016

NFL - Week Ten Review

It was a weekend of fantastic and strange finishes around the NFL as several games came down to the wire, including the Dallas Cowboys stunning 35-30 finish against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
There were three touchdowns scored in the final two minutes of the game. The game had five lead changes and the Cowboys finally won it when running back Ezekiel Elliott (114 rush yards, 95 yards receiving) romped untouched for a 32-yard TD run (his third of the game) with just nine seconds remaining.
The Steelers had gone back in front when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (408 yards and three TD passes) threw a 15-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Antonio Brown with 42 seconds remaining.
But Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (319 passing yards and two TD) led the drive down the field that led to the winning score. The win was the eighth in a row for the Cowboys.
The Sunday night game was equally exciting as the Seattle Seahawks got a huge road win at New England, beating the Patriots, 31-24 as QB Russell Wilson led the way with three TD passes along with 348 passing yards. The game saw seven lead changes and the Seahawks scored with 4:08 left on Wilson's third TD pass to WR Doug Baldwin.
From there, the Patriots drove to the Seattle two-yard line, where the Seattle defense rose up and made a goal line stand to win the game. Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week, made the play against tight end Rob Gronkowski to end the drama. Chancellor (pictured left) made eight tackles in the game and also forced a fumble.
Pats' RB LeGarrette Blount scored three rushing touchdowns in the loss.
The Denver Broncos outlasted the host New Orleans Saints, 25-23 thanks to a blocked PAT kick that was returned for two points by Will Parks in the final minute of play.
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian had two TD passes in the win while Saints QB Drew Brees passed for 303 yards with three TD strikes and two interceptions.
The Kansas City Chiefs overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the host Carolina Panthers, 20-17 as kicker Carlos Santos made a 37-yard field goal as time expired. It was the fourth field goal for Santos. Chiefs defensive back Eric Berry took an interception back 42 yards for the only touchdown for Kansas City.
A strange fourth quarter in San Diego saw Chargers QB Philip Rivers intercepted FOUR times as the Miami Dolphins rallied back from an early deficit to beat the host Chargers, 31-24. Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso took a pick back 60 yards to the house to make the difference with just a minute to play in the game.

                                                               Around the NFL . . . . . .

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers smashed the Chicago Bears, 36-10 as the defense forced four turnovers, including a "pick six" interception by safety Chris Conte and also scored a safety to lead the way . . .  The Houston Texans held off the host Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-21 as QB Brock Osweiler threw two TD passes and Kareem Jackson took an interception back 42 yards for a score . . .  The Washington Redskins handed the Minnesota Vikings their fourth consecutive loss with a 26-20 home win. 'Skins QB Kirk Cousins had a pair of TD passes to offset Vikings QB Sam Bradford's two scoring passes. Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins made four field goals in the second half to provide the difference in the outcome . . .  The Los Angeles Rams rode three field goals by kicker Steve Zuerlein to beat the New York Jets, 9-6 . . .   Philadelphia got a home win against the Atlanta Falcons, 24-15 as RB Ryan Mathews scored a pair of rushing touchdowns . . .  The Tennessee Titans had a 47-25 rout of the visiting Green Bay Packers as QB Marcus Mariota threw four touchdown passes and RB DeMarco Murray (123 yards) scored on a 75-yard run to lead the way. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had two TD passes (and two INT) and a rushing TD in the loss  . . .   The Arizona Cardinals held off the stubborn San Francisco 49ers, 23-20 as kicker Chandler Catanzaro  drilled a 34-yard field goal as time ran out to send the 49ers to their eighth consecutive defeat . . .  The Baltimore Ravens rolled the visiting Cleveland Browns, 28-7 last Thursday night as the defense limited the Browns (0-10) to a paltry 144 total yards in offense. Meanwhile, Baltimore QB Joe Flacco had three TD passes to pace the easy win . . .  Eli Manning threw for three touchdowns and the New York Giants used a balanced offensive attack to beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 21-20 on Monday Night Football.

Week Ten Scores
Baltimore 28, Cleveland 7
Washington 26, Minnesota 20
Tampa Bay 36, Chicago 10
Kansas City 20, Carolina 17
Los Angeles 9, NY Jets 6
Philadelphia 24, Atlanta 15
Houston 24, Jacksonville 21
Tennessee 47, Green Bay 25
Denver 25, New Orleans 23
Dallas 35, Pittsburgh 30
Arizona 23, San Francisco 20
Miami 31, San Diego 24
Seattle 31, New England 24
NY Giants 21, Cincinnati 20


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