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Hanukkah 2014 Night 6–NFL 2014 Week 16 Recap

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Happy Hanukkah Night 6. Now let’s get down to football. Here is the NFL 2014 Week 16 Recap.

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars was the Thursday night game. A pair of 2-12 teams battling to see who could anger their fans by winning and blowing a shot at the top pick in the 2015 Draft. Charlie Whitehurst led a 12 play, 84 yard, 7 1/2 minute drive as an 8 yard touchdown pass to Leon Washington made it 7-0 Titans. with 4 minutes left in the half Ryan Succop hit a 50 yard field goal to make it 10-0 Titans.

The Jaguars finally woke up. Blake Bortles moved Jacksonville after a touchback to a 3rd and 1 at the Tennessee 4 with 36 seconds left in the half. Bottles hit Mercedes Lewis for the touchdown as the Jaguars trailed 10-7. Jacksonville took the second half kickoff and marched 72 yards. On 3rd and goal from the 14, Blake Bortles only gained 12 but defensive holding meant 1st and goal at the one. Toby Gerhart got the last yard to make it 14-10 Jaguars after three quarters.

With 9 1/2 minutes left in regulation Jordan Todman broke free for a 62-yard touchdown run to make it 21-10 Jaguars. With 6 minutes left the Titans faced 3rd and goal at the 5. Whitehorse threw incomplete and Ken Whisenhunt opted for the field goal. With 1:14 to play and the Jaguars facing 4th and 1 at the Tennessee 37, Gus Bradley played it ultraconservative and decided to punt. Nothing inspires the fans of a 2-12 team like a punt in that situation. After a touchback, Whitehurst got the Titans to a chance to tie the game. With 17 seconds left and the Titans at the Jacksonville 35, Whitehurst was sacked to end the worst game in the history of prime time football. 21-13 Jaguars

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins was the Saturday afternoon game. On 3rd and 14 from the Washington 47, Mark Sanchez was sacked and fumbled to give the Redskins a short field. Kai Forbath hit a 25 yard field goal to get Washington on the board first. Sanchez came back and moved the Eagles 79 yards as an 11 yard touchdown run by LeSean McCoy had the Eagles up 7-3. The Redskins came right back as Robert Griffin III threw a 51 yard pass to DeSean Jackson. On the next play Alfred Morris raced for a 28 yard touchdown for a 10-7 Redskins lead. In the second quarter Sanchez moved the Eagles 93 yards in 15 plays and 7 minutes. On 3rd and goal from the 3 Sanchez hit Riley Cooper for the score as the Eagles led 14-10 at the half.

The Redskins fumbled away the second half kickoff, but from the Washington 16 the Eagles went nowhere. Cody Parkey missed the 34 yard field goal try. RGIII moved the Redskins 76 yards in 12 plays and 7 minutes. Young got the final yard as the fourth lead change had the Redskins up 17-14. The Eagles then moved from their 20 to 3rd and 1 at the Washington 28. McCoy got the carry and got nothing. Chip Kelly decided not to gamble on fourth and one. Playing it safe backfired as Parkey missed again, this time from 46 yards out.

Late in the third quarter RGIII went deep to Jackson again for a 55 yard gain to the Philly 13. RGIII then went to the end zone and benefitted from a very questionable defensive pass interference call. There was absolutely contact, but the ball was thrown out of the end zone. Young got in again from the one as the Redskins led 24-14 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter Sanchez moved the Eagles 69 yards. On 3rd and 8 from the Washington 16, Sanchez went to Cooper for the touchdown as the Eagles got within 24-21 with 10 1/2 minutes left in regulation. RGIII went deep again and this time was intercepted at the Philadelphia 46. Sanchez got the Eagles to 3rd and goal at the 4 before firing over the middle in a crowd incomplete. This time Parkey hit from 22 as the game was tied 24–24 with 6 1/2 minutes left. The Eagles got it back at their own 15 with 2 1/2 minutes left. With 90 seconds left on a critical 3rd and 4 at the Washington 48, Sanchez was intercepted by Breeland at the Washington 42.

One play later, and the Eagles were in deep trouble. A short pass to Pierre Garcon saw Garcon spin out out of a tackle and sprint down the field. A roughing the passer tacked on 15 more yards as the Redskins were now at the Philly 20. A pair of Alfred Morris runs meant 1st and goal at the 8 with 1:10 to play. On 3rd and goal from the 5, a false start did not change anything. From the 10, the Eagles took their last timeout with one minute left. One strategy would be to let the Redskins score to save time. Chip Kelly instead allowed a run up the middle to take the clock down as Forbath came in with only 10 seconds left.    

From 26 yards out, Forbath was good. Kelly’s decision backfired since being down by 7 with one minute left is better than being down by 3 with 5 seconds left. The Redskins never make anything easy, as the ensuing kickoff meant to be a low line drive was covered by the Eagles at midfield. Sanchez threw the Hail Mary to the end zone where it was well defended and knocked down. Washington snapped a 6 game losing streak, got to 4-11 and now has no shot at the top pick in the 2015 Draft. The Eagles lost their third straight to fall to 9-6 and  elimination from the playoff race. 27-24 Redskins

San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers was the Saturday night game. This thriller will be talked about for quite some time. The Chargers gave up an astonishing 355 yards rushing. Colin Kaepernick only threw for 114 yards, but he ran for 151 more and Frank Gore added 158 more. Gore broke off a 52 yard touchdown run to put the 49ers up 7-0 after the first quarter. In the second quarter Kaepernick hit Ellington for an 8 yard touchdown. Then Philip Rivers had an interception returned 49 yards for a score by Antoine Bethea to make it 21-0 49ers. Rivers did hit Eddie Royal for a 15 yard touchdown pass, but Ellington ran it in from one yard out just before the half ended. The 49ers were leading 28-7 in a laugher. They would not be laughing in the second half.

Early in the third quarter the 49ers faced 4th and 2 at the San Diego 39. Jim Harbaugh decided to go for it and put the game away. Kaepernick was sacked for a 2 yard loss. Rivers hit Gates for a one yard touchdown to get the Chargers within 28-14 in the third quarter. Then came the key play of the game. The 49ers faced 3rd and 5 from their own 37. Kaepernick went deep to Vernon Davis  for a 63 yard touchdown and what appeared to be a 35-14 49ers lead. Yet an illegal chop block on Gore nullified the score. On the very next play the 49ers faced 3rd and 20 from their own 22. Kaepernick was sacked and fumbled. A mad scramble in the end zone led to the Chargers recovering the football for a touchdown. The wild 14 point swing turned a blowout into a game where the Chargers only trailed 28-21.

A blunder on the ensuing kickoff had the 49ers backed up to their own 6. From the 10, Kaepernick scrambled and raced all the way for a 90 yard touchdown as the 49ers were back up 35-21. Rivers then went deep and was intercepted as the 49ers took their 14 point lead into the fourth quarter. Despite a short field at the San Diego 47, the 49ers wasted the opportunity. With 9 minutes left the game the 49ers again reached the San Diego 47 but no further. One more first down would have meant a long field goal to put the game out of reach. The Chargers were down but not out.

Rivers moved the Chargers 85 yards as a 21 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Gates had the Chargers only down 35-28 with 5 minutes left. Cox returned the ensuing kickoff 57 yards to the San Diego 45. Again the 49ers failed to turn out the lights. The Chargers got it back after a touchback with 3 1/2 minutes left. The 49ers had every chance to ice the game on offense. They did not. The 49ers had every chance to get a stop on defense. They did not.

On 3rd and 2 from the San Francisco 37, Rivers was sacked and fumbled. The Chargers were saved by retaining possession. With 1:35 to play, the Chargers faced 4th and 8 at the San Francisco 43. Rivers found Eddie Royal for a 17 yard gain. With 54 seconds left the Chargers faced 4th and 10 at the San Francisco 26. Rivers found Inman for 17 more yards. Rivers hit Malcolm Floyd for an 11 yard touchdown with 30 seconds left to tie the game 35-35.

The 49ers took over at their own 28 with 26 seconds left. On 3rd and 4, Kaepernick scrambled for 20 yards. With 2 seconds left Phil Dawson came in for a 60 yard field goal try. It was no good. On the second play of overtime, with the 49ers at their own 35, Patton took an end around for a 20 yard gain but had the ball chopped out of his hand. The Chargers recovered the fumble at their own 38. A steady dose of Ronnie Brown set up Nick Novak for the 40 yard field goal try to win it.

Novak was good and the Chargers had the biggest comeback win in franchise history. The 49ers were eliminated one week earlier and are now 7-8. The Chargers snapped a two game losing streak and got to 9-6 as Rivers finished 33 of 54 for 356 yards, four touchdown passes and three interceptions. 38-35 Chargers, OT

Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers — Graham gang hit from 23 in the first quarter for the Panthers and Garrett Hartley answered from 43 in the second quarter for a 3-3 tie. Late in the half from the Carolina 43, Cam Newton led a 12 play, 6 1/2 minute, 57 yard drive. At the 2 minute warning Carolina faced 3rd and goal at the 2. Newton got in himself for the 10-3 Panthers lead. Johnny Manziel went from Johnny Football to Johnny Locker Room after getting belted. Bryan Hoyer played the second half.

In the third quarter Hartley hit from 31 to get the Browns within 10-6. In the fourth quarter Hoyer connected with Cameron on an 81 yard touchdown connection to put the Browns up 13-10. Newton came back with a 9 yard touchdown to Stewart to make it 17-13 Panthers. Midway through the fourth quarter Hoyer was intercepted but the Panthers fumbled the ball back to Cleveland on the return. The Browns punted anyway and the Panthers took over at their 20 with 3 1/2 minutes left. With 1:47 left and both teams out of timeouts, the Panthers faced 3rd and 5 from the Cleveland 40. Stewart gained 30 as the Panthers ran out the clock. The Browns lost their fourth straight to fall to 7-8 while the 6-8-1 Panthers have a division showdown next week at Atlanta. 17-13 Panthers

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears — Jay Cutler was benched before the game started in favor of Jimmy Clausen in what appeared to be a suicide strategy by Marc Trestman. Meanwhile Reggie Bush ran for a 13 yard touchdown in the first quarter for a 7-0 Lions lead. Early in the second quarter the Lions had 2nd and goal at the one. Clausen threw incomplete. On 3rd and goal, Matt Forte got stopped. Trestman decided to go for it on 4th and goal. Clausen threw incomplete. Stafford moved the Lions from their one to the Chicago 17. Then Stafford was intercepted in the end zone for a touchback. The Lions got it back and moved the Chicago 18. Again Stafford was intercepted for a touchback. With the Lions defense playing lights out, special teams killed them when Detroit fumbled a punt with 45 seconds left in the half. The Bears took over at the Detroit 11 and one play was enough for Clausen to hit Forte for the 7-7 halftime tie.

Matt Prater hit a 39 yard field goal in the third quarter for a 10-7 Lions lead. Clausen then moved the Bears 80 yards in 14 plays and 7 1/2 minutes. A 20 yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery put the Bears up 14-10. With 11 minutes left in regulation Prater had a 37 yard field goal try blocked. The Lions got it back and a 46 yard defensive pass interference call was followed by Bell running for a 17 yard touchdown to put the Lions up 17-14 midway through the fourth quarter.

With 2 1/2 minutes left Prater hit from 30 to put the Lions up by 6. At the 2 minute warning facing 4th and 10 at their own 45, Clausen went deep and was intercepted. with Chicago out of timeouts, Stafford took 3 knees to end the game. At 11-4 the Lions are in the playoffs and have a showdown for the NFC North division title next week. The Bears are one game away from ending the Trestman era. Jim Caldwell was so pleased over the Lions win that he almost made a facial expression. 20-14 Lions

Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans — Randy Bullock hit field goals of 35 yards in the first quarter and 25 and 30 yards in the second quarter for a 9-0 Texans lead. The last kick came after an interception of Joe Flacco set the Texans up at the Baltimore 16 but the Texans failed to capitalize. Flacco was intercepted again, giving the Texans the ball at the Houston 19. From the 5 yard line, Arian Foster threw a halfback option pass to Fiedorowicz for the touchdown and the 16-0 Texans lead.

The Ravens finally got on the board in the third quarter when Flacco hit Troy Smith for an 8 yard touchdown to get Baltimore within 16-7. After that Bullock took over, hitting from 20 in the third quarter and 39 and 33 in the fourth quarter to put the Texans up 25-7. Flacoo did connect with Smith again for a 20 yard touchdown but after that the Houston defense clamped down. The loss dropped Baltimore to 9-6 while the Texans are at 8-7. Both teams will need help to make the playoffs. 25-13 Texans

Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins — In the first quarter Asiata got in from the one for the Vikings. In the second quarter Ryan Tannehill was intercepted, setting up the Vikings at the Dolphins 23. Teddy Bridgewater hit Greg Jennings for a 21 yard touchdown and a 14-0 Vikings lead. Tannehill then led a 12 play, 92 yard, 6 1/2 minute drive that culminated in his hitting Sims for a 14 yard touchdown to get the Dolphins within 14-7. With one minute left in the half, Bridgewater rapidly moved the Vikings 86 yards to 1st and goal at the one with 14 seconds left in the half. After a run and an incomplete pass, the Vikings faced 3rd and goal at the one with 6 seconds left and no timeouts. In a curious decision, Mike Zimmer decided not to try and run one more quick pass play. Blair Walsh hit the 18 yard field goal as the Vikings took a 17-7 lead into the locker rooms. In the third quarter Tannehill hit Mike Wallace for a 16 yard touchdown t cap an 80 yard drive and get the Dolphins within 17-14. Three quarters of defense was followed by a fourth quarter shootout.

On the first play of the fourth quarter with the Dolphins facing 3rd and goal at the one, Miller got in to make it 21-17 Dolphins. Walsh then hit a 33 yard field goal to get the Vikings within 21-20. Tannehill hit Wallace for a 7 yard touchdown on 3rd and 5 to make it 28-20 Dolphins with 6 1/2 minutes left in the game. A very short kick had the Vikings taking over at their own 40. Bridgewater hit Wright for an 8 yard score  and Asiata ran in the two point conversion to tie the game 28-28 with 4:45 to play. This game was only beginning to get ridiculous.

The Dolphins fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Vikings the ball at the Dolphins 5. One play later Asiata was in the end zone as 2 scores in 15 seconds had the Vikings up 35-28. Tannehill after a touchback moved the Dolphins to a critical 3rd and 14 at the Minnesota 18 with 1:21 to play. Tannehill threw incomplete but defensive pass interference meant 1st and goal at the 3. Tannehill hit Williams on the next play and the game was tied 35-35.

This time Minnesota took over at their own 13 with one minute left. After a short gain the Vikings called timeout rather than let the clock wind down to overtime. On 3rd and 8 Bridgewater was sacked and the Dolphins called their last timeout. With 45 seconds left, they wanted one last shot in regulation. The offense did not need it. In a game of wild plays, the Dolphins blocked the punt for a safety. The free kick was treated like an onside kick, which went out of bounds as the Dolphins hung on for the crazy win. Tannehill finished 35 of 47 for 396 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Neither the 8-7 Dolphins or 6-9 Vikings are playoff bound, but this was the game of the day. 31 points in 3 quarters was followed by a 41 point fourth quarter. A supposedly boring coach sure has a team with some exciting finishes. After the game owner Stephen Ross announced that Philbin is not being fired. He will coach the team next year. 37-35 Dolphins

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints — With the hideous NFC South division title on the line, Saunders took the opening kickoff for the Saints and raced 99 yards for what looked like a touchdown. He was ruled down at the Atlanta one, and Mark Ingram plunged in to make it 7-0 Saints. Matt Bryant hit a 44 yard field goal and then added a 50 yarder in the second quarter to get the Falcons within 7-6. Matt Ryan then led a 15 play, 89 yard, 5 1/2 minute drive. A 3 yard touchdown pass to Eric Weems as the half ended to give the Falcons a 13-7 lead.

In the third quarter the Falcons quickly moved 86 yards as Freeman raced for a 31 yard touchdown to put Atlanta up 20-7. With 6 minutes left in the third quarter after a touchback Brees moved the Saints down the field. Controversy ensued on the first play of the fourth quarter with the Saints at the Atlanta 14. Bree threw complete to Jimmy Graham at the goal line as Graham was met by three defenders. Graham struggled to get the ball past the goal line. The ball was ripped out of his hands and the fumble was returned to the Atlanta 20. Sean Payton challenged the call but the replay showed Graham was an inch or two short of breaking the plane of the goal.

The Saints got it back at their own 13 and quickly moved down the field again. On 3rd and goal at the 4 Brees went to Graham, and this time the result was a touchdown as the Saints got within 20-14 with 6 minutes left in regulation. With 2 1/2 minutes left Brees was intercepted by Rolando McClain, setting up the Falcons at the Saints 13. Bryant hit from 32 at the 2 minute warning to make it 23-14 Falcons. With 13 seconds left in the game the Saints faced 3rd and 6 from the Atlanta 8. Brees was sacked and fumbled as Osi Umenyiora strolled 86 yards the other way for the final touchdown.

While the game was a lot closer than the score indicated, turnovers in the fourth quarter killed the Saints. Both teams are 6-9 but the Saints are eliminated from playoff contention due to an inferior division record. The Falcons host Carolina next week for the division title and a playoff berth. 30-14 Falcons

New England Patriots at New York Jets — The Jets wanted nothing better than to send Rex Ryan out a winner over their most hated rival and deny the Patriots home field throughout the playoffs. As expected, the Jets played tough early on. After a scoreless first quarter, the second quarter began with Danny Amendola returning a punt 39 yards to the Jets 36. Tom Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a 3 yard touchdown and a 7-0 Patriots lead. Geno Smith came back and moved the Jets 87 yards in 12 plays and 6 minutes. Smith hit Cumberland for a 20 yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7. Nick Folk added a 26 yard field goal for a 10-7 Jets lead.

In the third quarter the Jets moved 11 plays, 66 yards and took up 6 minutes but got not further than the 5. Folk hit from 23 to make it 13-7 Jets. Next the Patriots moved to a 3rd and 2 at the Jets 6 when Tom Brady threw incomplete. Bill Bellichick went with the field goal as the Patriots trailed 13-10 late in the third quarter. The Jets needed a perfect game to beat the Patriots, and one mistake cost them. Smith was intercepted, setting up the Patriots at the Jets 38. One minute into the fourth quarter, Gray got in from the one to make it 17-13 Patriots. Midway through the fourth quarter Folk hit from 37 to get the Jets within 17-16.

With 5 minutes left Folk came in for a 52 yard field goal try to give the Jets the lead. This time Folk was no good as the Patriots had good field position. On 3rd and 7 at their own 45, Brady found Amendola for just enough. Rex Ryan challenged the spot. The first down was upheld and the Jets lost their second timeout. With 1:55 to play and the Jets out of timeouts, the Patriots faced 3rd and 1 at the Jets 25. Bolden took an end around 17 yards as the Patriots got to 12-3. New England clinched a first round bye and has home field throughout with a win next week. The Jets at 3-12 are one game away from ending the Rex Ryan era. 17-16 Patriots

Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers — Early on it was the kickers as Shawn Suisham hit from 23 for the Steelers and Carlo Santos hit from 35 to tie the game. In the second quarter Santos hit from 25 to put the Chiefs in front. The Steelers then moved 80 yards in 11 plays and 5 minutes and LeVeon Bell got in from the one to make it 10-6 Steelers. With less than 30 seconds left in the half Andy Reid decided to gamble on 4th and 1 from the Pittsburgh 11. Jamal Charles got nothing. Ben Roethilsberger led a 10 play, 75 yard, 6 minute drive and threw a 3 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown as the Steelers led 17-6 after three quarters.

Santos hit from 43 to get the Chiefs within 17-9 with 10 1/2 minutes left in regulation. Suisham answered from 23 to put the Steelers up 20-9 with only 4 minutes left. With 1:37 to play Santos hit from 23. The onside kick never had a chance. The Steelers at 10-5 clinched a playoff spot and face a division showdown next week while the 8-7 Chiefs are on life support.

Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sometimes statistics tell the absolute truth. Aaron Rodgers began 17 of 22 for 164 yards while Josh McCown was 1 of 8 for 5 yards. Eddie Lacy raced for a 44 yard touchdown and Mason Crosby added a 42 yard second quarter field goal for a 10-0 Packers lead. Murray hit a 43 yard field goal to get the Buccaneers within 10-3 at halftime. Crosby hit from 25 in the fourth quarter to make it 13-3 Packers.  Rodgers threw a one yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson as the Packers got to 11-4 and the Buccaneers fell to 2-13 with a chance for the top pick in the 2015 Draft. The Packers clinched a playoff spot and host a division showdown against Detroit next week. 20-3 Packers

New York Giants at St. Louis Rams — Neither of these teams is playoff bound but Tom Coughlin and Jeff Fisher teams always play hard. Josh Brown hit a 29 yard field goal to make it 3-0 Giants. The Rams fumbled the ensuing kickoff at the Giants took over at the Rams 21. Eli Manning found Odell Beckham for a 9 yard touchdown to make it 10-0 Giants. Greg Zuerlein hit from 51 to get the Rams within 10-3.

Brown hit from 37 in the second quarter to make it 13-3 Giants. Darkwa capped off an 80 yard, 10 play, 5 1/2 minute drive by running in from 12 yards out to make it 20-3 Giants. True Mason answered with a 10 yard run to get the Rams within 20-10. The Rams got it back and moved from their own 40 to 1st and goal at the 2 with 8 seconds left. Shawn Hill threw incomplete, and with 4 seconds left Jeff Fisher took no chances. Zuerlein hit from 20 as the Rams trailed 20-13.

In the third quarter Manning moved the Giants 87 yards and hit Reuben Randle for a 7 yard touchdown to make it 27-13 Giants. Hill brought the Rams back 90 yards in 10 plays and 6 minutes as a 23 yard touchdown pass to Kendricks had the Rams within 27-20. Manning then went back to Beckham for an 80 yard touchdown and a 34-20 Giants lead after three quarters. Josh Brown hit a 52 yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Hill did find Chris Givens for a 47 yard touchdown with 4 minutes left but it was not enough.

Manning finished 24 of 29 for 360 yards, 3 touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Coughlin says he wants to coach next year and the normally patients Giants ownership would be crazy to force him into retirement. 37-27 Giants

Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys — A pair of 10-4 teams looked to firm up playoff positions but only one team showed up. Tony Romo began with a staggering 15 play, 80 yard drive that took 8 1/2 minutes off the clock. Romo hit Williams for a 9 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Cowboys. The Colts ran the ball 3 times and lost one yard. On 4th and 11 from their own 19 Chuck Pagano called a fake punt. Punter McAfee threw a perfect pass and McDonald just dropped it. One play later Romo went to Dez Bryant for the touchdown as the Cowboys led 14-0 before Andrew Luck had thrown a single pass. Less than one minute into the second quarter Romo threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Cole Beasley to make it 21-0 Cowboys. Romo completed 12 of his first 13 passes for 150 yards and 3 touchdown passes. A 10 play, 67 yard, 6 1/2 minute drive was capped off by DeMarco Murray getting in from one yard out to make it 28-0 Cowboys.

In the third quarter Romo found Jason Witten for a 25 yard touchdown to make it 35-0 Cowboys. Evan Brandon Weeden got into the act, throwing a 43 yard touchdown pass to Terrence Williams for a 42-0 Cowboys lead. With the win Dallas got to 11-4 and clinched the NFC East. After three straight 8-8 seasons and missing the playoffs in Week 17, this was sweet vindication for Jason Garrett, Tony Romo and the uncharacteristically patient Jerry Jones. 42-7 Cowboys

Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders — Kyle Orton went deep to Sammy Watkins for a 42 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Bills. Derek Carr moved the Raiders 64 yards. On 3rd and 13 from the Oakland 46, Carr went deep to Tompkins for a 50 yard gain. On the first play of the second quarter Carr hit James Jones for a 3 yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7. Midway through the second quarter Sebastian Janikowski hit a 45 yard field goal to make it 10-7 Raiders. Carr moved the Raiders late in the half to a 2nd and 4 at the Buffalo 18. Carr threw incomplete twice but Seabass hit from 36. Buffalo came in with the number one defense but it was the Oakland defense propelling the Raiders to a 13-7 lead. Once again, even average offense would get the Raiders a win. The defense let up at the end of the half and Dan Carpenter drilled a 54 yard field goal to get the Bills within 13-10.

In the third quarter the Raiders moved to the red zone but from the 19 Carr threw incomplete twice. Seabees hit from 38 to make it 16-10 Raiders. The Raiders kept playing ball control as another 6 minute drive led to a fourth Seabass field goal from 49 yards out and a 19-10 Raiders lead late in the third quarter. On the first play of the fourth quarter Horton went deep to Steve Chandler for a 29 yard touchdown as the Bills were within 19-17.

With 12 minutes left the Raiders failed to convert on 3rd and 1 from their own 41 when Latavius Murray got stopped. The Bills took over at their 14 and moved to a 3rd and 1 at their own 46. Orson threw incomplete and it was Buffalo punting. With 8 1/2 minutes left at their own 20, the offense had another chance to try and put the game away.

On 3rd and 1 from the Oakland 29, Carr gained 2. With 5 minutes left, on 3rd and 22 from their own 19, Carr went deep to Andre Holmes for a 51 yard gain. McFadden then burst outside for a 25 yard run down to the Buffalo one. With 3 minutes left Carr found Jamize Olawale alone in the flat for the touchdown as the Raiders were back up by 9 points. After earlier being intercepted by Charles Woodson, this time Orton was intercepted by Brandon Ross to supposedly seal Buffalo’s fate.

Yet the Raiders got soft. First Seabass missed a 48 yard field goal at the 2 minute warning. Then Orton threw a 30 yard touchdown pass to Woods as the Bills were within 2 again with one minute left. The onside kick failed and the Raiders finally had the win.The Bills and their number one defense were knocked out of the playoff race. After starting 0-10, the Raiders have won three of five including three straight home games. It may not save Tony Sparano, but it is something to build for next year. 26-17 Raiders

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals was the Sunday night game. Both the 10-4 Seahawks and 11-3 Cardinals clinched playoff spots before this game began. The winner of this clash would be in position to win the NFC West. An Arizona win would lock up home field throughout the playoffs.

Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals is the Monday night game.

Hanukkah 2014 Night 2: NFL 2014 Week 16 Prequel

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

NFL 2014 Week 16 Prequel

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NFL 2014 Week 15 Recap

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

NFL 2014 Week 15 Recap

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Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams San Francisco and Seattle get all the attention but the entire NFC West is about nasty, physical defenses. Bruce Arians and Jeff Fisher both bought the heat in the Thursday night game, resulting in an old-school bare-fisted slobberknocker without a touchdown. Greg Zuerlein hit a 24 yard field goal to give the Rams a 3-0 lead after the first quarter. Chandler Catanzaro hit from 23 and 44 in the second quarter, from 51 in the third quarter, and from 46 in the fourth quarter.

With six minutes left in the game, the Rams trailed 12-3 and faced fourth and goal at the one. Fisher decided to kick the field goal and trust his defense. Zuerlein hit from 19 to make it a one score game. With 90 seconds left the Rams faced fourth and three at the Arizona 43. Shaun Hill threw incomplete. The Rams got it back with 18 seconds left but Hill was intercepted on the final play by Patrick Peterson. While the Cardinals maintained the top record in the NFC, they lost Drew Stanton and are now down to their third string quarterback. 12-6 Cardinals

Pittsburgh Steelers at Atlanta Falcons — Shawn Suisham kicked a pair of 38 yard first quarter field goals and William Gay returned an interception of Matt Ryan 52 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter as the Steelers jumped to a 13-0 lead they never relinquished. After Devon Hester caught a 17 yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan, LeVeon Bell score from the one to make it 20-7 Steelers at halftime. Matt Bryant hit field goals of 28 and 22 in the third quarter, but Bell’s second touchdown from 13 yards out put the Steelers up 27-13 in the fourth quarter. Ryan hit Roddy White for a 4-yard touchdown with 10 1/2 minutes remaining, but after that the Pittsburgh defense clamped down. Ben Roethlisberger finished 27 of 35 with 360 yards passing as the Steelers remained in contention for the AFC North Crown. 27-20 Steelers

Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens — A blocked punt returned 11 yards for a touchdown got the Ravens on the board first, but four Josh Scobee field goals had Jacksonville up 12-10 at halftime. Scobee hit from 53 and 45 in the first quarter and from the exact same distance in the second quarter sandwiched around a 22 yard kick from Justin Tucker. Once again the Jaguars played tough, but could not mount offense in the second half. Joe Flacco threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Owen Daniels in the third quarter and Justin Tucker tacked on a 33 yard field goal with 1:15 to play. Down by 8 and facing fourth and 19 from the Jacksonville 23, Blake Bortles was intercepted as the Ravens got to 9-5 in the ultra-competitive AFC North. 20-12 Ravens

Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills — Mason Crosby hit a 45 yard field goal to get the Packers on the board. Thigpen then returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown and a 7-3 Bills lead. In the second quarter Eddie Lacy ran it in from one yard out to make it 10-7 Packers. After that, Dan Carpenter took over. He hit from 27 to tie the game 10-10 at the half. He hit from 51 and 35 in the third quarter and hit his fourth field goal from 48 in the fourth quarter to make it 19-10 Bills. Crosby hit from 34 to get the Packers within one score. Down by 6, the Packers saw the game slip away when Aaron Rodgers was sacked and fumbled in the end zone for a safety. Buffalo at 8-6 stayed alive in the playoff race while the Packers at 10-4 fell one game back in the race for home field advantage. 21-13 Bills

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers — With Cam Newton nursing injuries sustained in a car crash, Derek Anderson filled in well in going 25 of 40 for 277 yards and one touchdown pass. Graham Gano hit from 29 to get the Panthers on the board first. Josh McCown hit Mike Evans from 8 yards out to make it 7-3 Buccaneers. Yano then hit from 49 and in the second quarter from 38 to make it 9-7 Panthers. Murray hit from 48 to put Tampa Bay back on top.Trailing 10-9 at halftime, Anderson’s two-yard touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery and Graham Gano’s fourth field goal were enough for the win. The Buccaneers got within a deuce with three minutes to play when McCown scrambled for a 16 yard touchdown. The Buccaneers got the ball back at their own 10 with only 23 seconds left. Josh McCown was intercepted. 19-17 Panthers

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns — Bryan Hoyer got the Browns to a 7-4 start, but consecutive losses led to Mike Pettine risking the entire season by allowing Johnny Manziel to start. Manuel was miserable, throwing for only 80 yards with two interceptions. The Bengals asked the Browns defense for 244 yards rushing. The star rookie in this game was Jeremy Hill, who rushed for 148 yards and a pair of first half touchdowns in a game that was over by halftime. Hill scored from 2 yards out in the first quarter and from 16 yards out in the second quarter. Both of his scores were followed by a 44 yard Mike Nugent field goal to make it 20-0 Bengals. Nugget hit from 34 in the third quarter and Bulkhead ran it in from 10 yards in the fourth quarter as the Bengals moved one step closer to clinching their division while the Browns are on the brink of elimination. 30-0 Bengals

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts — Every week Andrew Luck seems to get off to a slow start. This week he had a first quarter interception returned 27 yards by Lewis for a Houston touchdown. Luck rebounded in the second quarter with a pair of touchdown passes. He hit Hakeem Nicks for a 26 yard score and threw a 3 yard touchdown to Allen. With the Colts leading 14-7 at halftime, the second half was a defensive slog. Randy Bullock hit a 53 yard field goal and Adam Vinatieri answered from 29. With 90 seconds left, Houston’s third string quarterback was intercepted as the Colts hung on for another ugly win to get to 10-4 and win the AFC South Crown. 17-10 Colts

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs — The Chiefs Thomas returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown early. In the second quarter Carlo Santon hit from 41 to make it 10-0 Chiefs. Sebastian Janikowski hit from 53 in the second quarter and from 33 in the third quarter as the Raiders only trailed 10-6 in the third quarter. The second field goal came when the Raiders returned a fumble to the Chiefs 15 and the offense wasted the opportunity. As with so many Raiders games, the defense played well, the offense did nothing, and the defense finally broke.

Kenneth Davis ran it in from 3 yards out for the Chiefs. Then after a fumbled snap gave the Chiefs a short field, Alex Smith threw a 20 yard touchdown pass to Kelce. Smith then went to Davis for a 70 yard touchdown in a 21-point third quarter that turned a close game into a 31-6 Chiefs blowout. Derek Carr threw 56 passes, completing only 27 for 222 yards and the late garbage touchdown the team normally gets. The Chiefs at 8-6 kept their playoff hopes alive. 31-13 Chiefs

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots — Miami actually outplayed New England in the first half but two breakdowns killed them. Caleb Sturgis had a field goal blocked and returned 62 yards by Kyle Arrington for a touchdown and a 7-0 Patriots lead. Sturgis hit from 24 to get the Dolphins on the board. An interception of Ryan Tannehill in the second quarter was returned 60 yards to the Miami 8. Shane Vereen got in from 3 yards out to make it 14-3 Patriots. Sturgis hit from 53 to get the Dolphins with 14-6. A New England breakdown saw Landry return a punt 32 yards to the Patriots 32 with 11 seconds left in the half. One play as enough for Tannehill to go deep to Mike Wallace for a touchdown as the Dolphins only trailed 14-13 at halftime.

The Patriots exploded with 24 points in the third quarter. LeGuarrette Blount ran it in from 3 yards out and Stephen Gostkowski hit from 35 to make it 24-13 Patriots. Tom Brady then threw a pair of touchdown passes, hitting Rob Gronkowski for a 27 yard score and Julian Edelman for a six yard strike as the Patriots led 38-13. Gostkowski added a 36 yard field goal in the fourth quarter. The Patriots at 11-3 are on track for home field throughout the playoffs while the Dolphins at 7-7 are all but eliminated in what could be the end of the Joe Philbin era. 41-13 Patriots

Washington Redskins at New York Giants — Colt McCoy got injured early on and Robert Griffin III played the rest. Griffin was not bad, going 18 for 27 for 236 yards and one touchdown pass without an interception. Kai Forbath hit a 35 yard field goal to get the Redskins on the board first. Eli Manning threw a 10 yard touchdown pass to O’Dell Beckham for a 7-3 Giants lead. In the second quarter Griffin hit Thompson for a 9 yard touchdown pass to put Washington back in front. However. Griffin’s one mistake killed the Redskins. On third and goal from the 8 with the Redskins leading 10-7, RGIII scrambled on the last play of the half and initially appeared to score a touchdown. On further review it was ruled that RGIII fumbled at the one out of the end zone for a touchback.

The Redskins fumbled the second half kickoff, setting up the Giants at the Washington 17. Josh Brown hit a 32 yard field goal to tie the game. Forth answered from 38 to make it 13-10 Redskins. Eli Manning went 23 of 34 for 250 yards without an interception. Manning and Beckham were the difference, as a 35 yard touchdown connection put the Giants in the lead in the third quarter. Their third touchdown hookup from 6 yards out in the fourth quarter turned out the lights. 24-13 Giants

Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers — Twice in the first half Denver moved to the San Diego one yard line. A third time they got to the eight. All three times they settled for Connor Barth field goals and a 9-0 lead. Late in the half San Diego began a drive at the Denver 17 after a 58 yard punt return and settled for a Nick Novak field goal. Novak had another kick blocked as the Chargers trailed 9-3 at halftime. In the third quarter Novak dunked another kick off the upright no good.

The Broncos finally capitalized as Peyton Manning threw a 28 yard touchdown pass to Denarius Thomas to make it 16-3 Broncos. Philip Rivers found Antonio Gates for a 5 yard touchdown to get the Chargers within 16-10 with 10 minutes left in regulation. Barth hit his fourth field goal from 49 yards out with five minutes left to put the game out of reach. One minute later Barth added his fifth field goal from 50 yards out. Denver at 11-3 won its fourth straight AFC West division title and still has a shot at home field throughout the playoffs. The Chargers are now 8-6 as consecutive home losses to New England and Denver shows the Chargers to be playoff tomato cans if they even get in. 22-10 Broncos

New York Jets at Tennessee Titans — A pair of 2-11 teams played because league ruled would not allow this hideous offering to be canceled. Jake Locker and Charlie Whitehorse were awful while Geno Smith gave up a safety after an exchange of field goals. Tennessee led 5-3 at the half of a game that should never be viewed again. Ryan Succor hit two more field goals in the third quarter sandwiched around Smith throwing a 9 yard touchdown pass to Connor. The Titans led 11-10 after three quarters of the stupor bowl. Chris Ivory ran it in from one yard out with 3:15 to play to give the Jets the win. 16-11 Jets

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions — Minnesota jumped to a 14-0 lead on a 2 yard touchdown run by Asiata in the first quarter and an 8 yard second quarter touchdown pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Greg Jennings. Two critical interceptions by Teddy Bridgewater wrecked the Vikings. The first was returned 56 yards to the Minnesota 11, setting up a 7 yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Golden Tate. and led 14-10 at the half. The second one set up Detroit at the Minnesota 32. Matt Prater hit from 29 as the Lions only trailed 14-10 at halftime.

Midway through the third quarter Prater hit from 30 to get the Lions within 14-13. Midway through the fourth quarter Blair Walsh had a 26 yard try blocked. With 3:45 to play Prater hit from 33 to give the Lions the lead. Just before the 2 minute warning Minnesota faced 3rd and 4 at the Detroit 45. Bridgewater threw incomplete twice. Minnesota got it back at their own 30 with 45 seconds to play. From midfield, Mike Zimmer decided to bring Walsh in for a 68 yard field goal try rather than go with the Hail Mary. An ending to be talked about forever did not happen as the kick was no good. The Lions at 10-4 are tied for the NFC North lead. 16-14 Lions

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks — This was the game where the Seahawks would either permanently wreck the 49ers or San Francisco would rise from the ashes. The defenses were as nasty as ever. Stephen Hauscka hit a 38 yard first quarter field goal and smash mouth runner Frank Gore got in from 10 yards out in the second quarter as the 49ers led 7-3 at halftime. In the second half the Legion of Boom shut down the 49ers. Marshawn Lynch ran for a five-yard touchdown in the third quarter and Russell Wilson threw a ten-yard fourth quarter touchdown to drop the 49ers to 7-7 and perhaps end the Jim Harbaugh era in San Francisco. Seattle at 10-4 is still one game back in the brutal NFC West. 17-7 Seahawks

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles was the Sunday night game. On Thanksgiving, the Eagles went into Dallas and walloped the Cowboys 33-10. The Sunday night game rematch between these 9-4 teams was a wild one that brought action from the opening kickoff. A short kick was fielded by nobody, allowing Dallas to fall on it at the Philadelphia 17. DeMarco Murray scored from one yard out to quickly make it 7-0 Cowboys. Dallas got it back and Romo led a staggering 16 ply, 88 yard drive that consumed nearly 8 1/2 minutes. A 4 yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant made it 14-0. On their next drive Romo hit Bryant for a 26 yard touchdown as the Cowboys led 21-0 in the second quarter.

The Eagles rallied back on the ground as a 5 yard touchdowns by Chris Polk got the Eagles on the board. Chris Parkey hit a 47 yard field goal as the Eagles only trailed 21-10 at halftime. In the third quarter Mark Sanchez moved the Eagles from their own 14 to a 3rd and 12 at the Dallas 27. Sanchez went deep to Jeremy Maclin for 26 yards and Polk got the last yard on the ground to get the Eagles within 21-17. Romo was then sacked and fumbled, giving the Eagles the ball at the Dallas 14. Darren Sproles got in from the one as the Eagles had come all the way back to go up 24-21 in the third quarter. It looked like another Romo meltdown.

Then momentum swung again. Romo moved the Cowboys 78 yards as Murray scored his second rushing touchdown from the 2 to put the Cowboys up 28-24. Sanchez was then intercepted, giving the Cowboys the ball at the Philly 42. Romo then connected with Bryant for the third time for a 25 yard touchdown in powering Dallas to a 35—24 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Eagles got within eight points on a 43 yard Parkey field goal and got the ball back with a chance to tie the game midway through the fourth quarter.   

Captain Morgan Brent Celek fumbled the ball and the Cowboys recovered at the Philly 34. Dan Bailey made a critical 49-yard field goal to get the Dallas lead back to 11 points with 4 1/2 minutes left. One more Sanchez interception sealed the game as the Cowboys gutted out a tough win to lead the NFC East by one game with two left. 38-27 Cowboys

New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears was the Monday night game. The Monday night game saw the lifeless Bears play like themselves. On the first play of the second quarter after a defensive pass interference penalty, Drew Brees threw an 8 yard touchdown pass to Josh Hill to open the scoring. With 4 minutes left in the half the Saints took over at their own 5. Brees moved them 95 yards as a 9 yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston with 30 seconds left in the half made it 14-0 Saints. The Saints got the ball to start the second half and 80 yards in 12 plays and 6 1/2 minutes put the game away. Bree hit Hill for the 7 yard score to make it 21-0 Saints. Jay Cutler’s second interception led to a 26 yard Shane Graham field goal as the Saints led 24-0 after three quarters.

The Bears finally got in the end zone early in the fourth quarter but then fell back into dysfunction. Mark Ingram ran for a 15 yard Saints touchdown with less than 2 minutes left. Another Chicago touchdown during garbage time completed the scoring. Brees finished 29 of 36 for 375 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Cutler completed another three passes to the opposing defense. The 6-8 Saints lead the NFC South while the Marc Trestman era may end in a couple weeks. 31-15 Saints

NFL 2014 Week 15 Prequel

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

NFL 2014 Week 15 Prequel

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NFL 2014 Week 14 Recap

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

NFL 2014 Week 14 Recap. December football. As John Randall says, “This is when the big dogs come out.”

Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears was the Thursday night game. DeMarco Murray opened the scoring with a one yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Jay Cutler threw a 12 yard touchdown pass to Bennett. A 7-7 game turned into a blowout when Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes to Beasley, one right before the half and the other right after it. Romo’s third touchdown pass to Escobar and a 17 yard touchdown run by Reuben Randle had the Cowboys up 35-7 after three quarters. Dallas slept through the fourth quarter because they could. Romo finished 21 of 26 and was not intercepted. Three garbage touchdowns in the fourth quarter made the score appear closer than the game. The Bears will have the entire winter to hibernate, perhaps without Marc Trestman. 41-28 Cowboys

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals — The Cincinnati Bengals will never get respect until they start beating Baltimore and Pittsburgh, especially at home. For three quarters this was an exciting football game. After a scoreless first quarter, Ben Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller for a one yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0 Steelers. Red Rifle Andy Dalton threw a 10 yard touchdown pass to Gresham and ran for a 20 yard score to make it 14-7 Bengals. Shawn Suisham hit a 22 yard field goal for Pittsburgh before the half ended.

Big Ben threw a 10 yard touchdown pass to LeVeon Bell in the third quarter to make it 17-14 Steelers. Dalton then went bombs away with an 81 yard touchdown pass to AJ Green. The Bengals led 21-17 but then suffered a major fourth quarter meltdown. After a 44-yard Pittsburgh field goal, Andy Dalton fumbled to set up LeVeon Bell for the go-ahead touchdown run. The fourth lead change of the game made it 28-21 after Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller for the 2 point try. Ben Roethlisberger then delivered the backbreaker, connecting with Bryant on a 94-yard touchdown pass to make it 35-21 Steelers and keep the AFC North division race wide open. Bell broke off a 22 yard touchdown run to complete the scoring. Roethlisberger finished 25 of 39 for 350 yards without an interception and Bell added 185 rushing yards on 26 carries. 42-21 Steelers

Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns — Andrew Luck got off to another rough start as he was sacked in the end zone and fumbled for a 7-0 Browns lead. In the second quarter Luck ran for an 11 yard touchdown to tie the game. Ian Crowell ran it in from 9 yards out to put the Browns up 14-7 at halftime. In the third quarter Luck was intercepted by Gilbert, who returned it 23 yards for the score the other way. The Dawg Pound was rocking as two defensive touchdowns had the Browns up 21-7 in the third quarter.

The Colts got back in it when Adam Vinatieri nailed a 51 yard field goal. The Colts got it back and Luck threw a 42 yard touchdown pass to TY Hilton. The 2 point try failed but the Colts were within 21-16 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter the Colts edged closer when Vinatieri hit a 33 yarder. After the Colts closed to within 21-19 in the fourth quarter, another Indianapolis turnover led to a 39 yard Billy Cundiff field goal and a 5 point Browns lead.

Just like the 1980 Brian Sipe Cardiac Kids, the 2014 Bryan Hoyer Browns seem destined for heartbreak. Hoyer had another tough game, going 14 of 31 for 140 yards and a pair of interceptions. After the Browns defense sacked Luck to end one drive, the Browns faced 3rd and 7 from their own 38 with 4 minutes left. Hoyer threw a 14 yard completion to Josh Gordon, but Chuck Pagano challenged the catch. On further review the call was reversed. The Browns punted and the Colts were pinned at their 10.

On 3rd and 7 from their 13, Luck hit Dante Moncrief for a 27 yard gain. On the next play defensive pass interference meant 35 more yards. On 3rd and 10 from the Cleveland 25, Luck hit Coby Fleener for 13. On 4th and 1 from the Cleveland 3 with 44 seconds left, Herron appeared stopped cold before spinning out of trouble and getting the key first down. From the one, Andrew Luck’s 24th completion on 53 attempts was the winning touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton. The Colts wrapped up their division while dealing a severe blow to 7-6 Cleveland’s playoff chances. 25-24 Colts

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions — Matthew Stafford hit Calvin Megatron Johnson for a 6 yard touchdown and a 7-0 Lions lead. Murray hit a 54 yard field goal for the Buccaneers in the second quarter. An interception of Josh McCown set up Detroit at the Tampa 34. Joquie Bell ran it in from the one to make it 14-3 Lions. Matt Prater added a 46 yard field goal to make it 17-3 Lions. Just past the 2 minute warning the Buccaneers and 1st and goal at the 8. McCown was intercepted for a touchback but the ball was fumbled back on the return. With 5 seconds left in the half, McCown hit Mike Evans for a 5 yard touchdown pass.

Detroit only led 17-10 at halftime but two of Matthew Stafford’s three touchdowns came after the intermission as Detroit put the game away before the third quarter ended. Prater hit a 23 yard field goal and Stafford hit Fauria for a 10 yard touchdown to make it 27-10 Lions. Early in the fourth quarter McCown hit Evans for a 26 yard touchdown, but the Lions defense clamped down after that. Stafford hit Bell for a 5 yard score with 5 minutes left to ice the game. The Lions got their second consecutive 34-17 win. Stafford finished 26 of 34 for 311 yards and zero interceptions. As the Lions got to 9-4 and dropped the Buccaneers to 2-11. 34-17 Lions

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars — Last week Jacksonville overcame a 21-0 deficit to earn their second win of the season on the final play. This week Blake Bortles threw a 4 yard touchdown pass to Hums for a 7-0 Jaguars lead. Randy Bullock hit a 44 yard field goal and in the second quarter Ryan Fitzpatrick ran for a 4 yard score to make it 10-7 Texans. Josh Scobee hit field goals of 33 and 37 as This week the Jaguars led 13-10 at halftime.

In the third quarter the Texans had a staggering 16 play, 84 yard drive that consumed 8 1/2 minutes. Alfred Blue got in from one yard out to make it 17-13 Texans. Bortles then threw a critical interception. 40 seconds into the fourth quarter the Texans faced fourth and goal at the one. Bill O’Brien decided to go for it and Arian Foster got in the end zone to lock up the win. Bullock added one more field goal as the Texans got to 7-6 to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. 27-13 Texans

Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins — A 46 yard Caleb Sturgis field goal and a 3 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to Brad Hardline gave Miami a 10-0 first quarter lead but then the Ravens clamped down. In the second quarter Joe Flacco moved the Ravens 97 yards in 12 plays as a one yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith got the Ravens within 10-7. In the third quarter Flacco moved the Ravens 75 yards in 11 plays and 5 1/2 minutes as a 13 yard touchdown pass to Aiken made it 14-10 Ravens. Surges hit a 34 yard fourth quarter field goal to get the Dolphins within 14-13.

Flacco moved the Ravens after a touchback to a 3rd and goal at the 2. Justin Forsett got in to make it 21-13 Ravens. The Ravens got it back at their 21 and Forsett broke off a 44 yard run and Pierce added 24 more. Flacco snuck for the final yard to keep the Ravens alive for their division crown and jeopardize the chances of the Dolphins to make the playoffs. 28-13 Ravens

New York Jets at Minnesota Vikings — Geno Smith threw a touchdown pass to Hodges, who plays defense for the Vikings. The 27 yard interception return made it 7-0 Minnesota. Then Teddy Bridgewater was sacked for a safety as both quarterbacks were giving points to the other team. The Jets took the free kick and Smith threw a 35 yard touchdown pass to Percy Harvin. Marvin does play offense for the Jets, who led 9-7. Teddy Bridgewater threw a 56 yard touchdown pass to Johnson to make it 14-9 Vikings.

In what would become a disturbing trend for the Jets, they moved to the red zone but settled for a field goal. Nick Folk hit from 36 as the Jets trailed 14-12 after an exciting first quarter. In the second quarter the Vikings thought they had a touchdown catch, but the ball was fumbled at the one yard line. Felton recovered the ball in the end zone for the Minnesota offense as they got the 21-12 lead the unconventional way. The Jets moved from their 20 to a 2nd and 3 at the Minnesota 5. Chris Ivory fumbled at the 2 and the Minnesota defense recovered.

Then came the Folk field goal show as the Jets could not overcome red zone struggles. Folk hit from 33 in the second quarter, from 22 in the third quarter, and from 24 early in the fourth quarter to tie the game 21-21. Minnesota moved down the field but then they had to settle for a 20 yard Blair Walsh field goal and a 24-21 lead with 5 1/2 minutes left in regulation.

Both teams went 3 and out and the Jets got it back with 3 minutes left at their own 29. Smith  moved the Jets to a 2nd and 4 at the Minnesota 26 with 40 seconds left to play. Smith’s chance to be the hero was followed by a pair of incompletions. Folk hit from 44 as the game went into overtime tied 24-24.

In overtime the Jets moved from their 20 to a 3rd and 6 at the Minnesota 43. Smith threw incomplete and Rex Ryan opted to punt. Then one lapse ended the game. From the Minnesota 13, a simple dink and dunk West Coast Offense pass followed by a couple mistackles turned into an 87-yard touchdown reception for Jarius Wright. In three more weeks Rex Ryan is put out of his misery. 30-24 Vikings

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints — Sometimes football makes no sense. The Saints were expected to easily roll over the sinking Panthers on the way to another New Orleans NFC South division title. That’s why they play the games, to quote umber-announcer Chris Berman. Cam Newton through a 9 yard touchdown pass to Benjamin to start the blowout. Grams Gano tacked on a 37 yard field goal. Newton then ran for a 2 yard touchdown as the Panthers led 17-0 after the first quarter in front of a shellshocked home crowd.

The Saints did get a 37 yard field goal from Shane Graham in the second quarter, but Newton then hit Greg Olsen for a 16 yard score to make it 24-3 Panthers at the half. In the third quarter Stewart broke free for a 69 yard touchdown run and Newton threw a 26 yard touchdown to make it 38-3 Panthers. Yano added a 41 yard fourth quarter field goal before the Saints finally got one garbage touchdown. The Saints at 5-8 are 1/2 a game ahead of the Panthers in the worst division in football. 41-10 Panthers

New York Giants at Tennessee Titans — Both teams are bad but at least the Giants are fighting hard for Tom Coughlin. Josh Brown kicked a 20 yard field goal to start the scoring for Big Blue. Eli Manning then hit Odell Beckham for a 15 yard touchdown to make it 10-0 Giants. Kuhn returned a fumble 26 yards for a score as the Giants led 17-0 after the first quarter against the hapless Titans. Brown added second quarter field goals of 19 and 36 yards for a 23-0 Giants lead at the break.

In the third quarter Williams broke off a 50 yard run for another Giants touchdown. Eli Manning did throw a touchdown pass to each team, but his blunder came with the Giants already up 30-0. The interception return was the only Titans score as neither Jake Locker or Zach Mettenberger could help the lifeless Titans. Brown added his fourth field goal in the third quarter from 52 and his fifth field goal in the fourth quarter from 42 to complete the blowout. 36-7 Giants

St. Louis Rams at Washington Redskins — Congress and the White House are functional compared to the football team in the Nation’s Capitol. The Rams only led 6-0 at halftime on a 35 yard second quarter touchdown pass from Shaun Hill to Jared Cook. It was more than enough. In the third quarter Greg Zuerlein hit a 34 yard field goal and Hill went back to Cook for a 1 yard touchdown pass.

Tavon Austin returned a punt 78 yards for another touchdown as the Rams got their second consecutive shutout. Colt McCoy played this game but got injured. After Jay Gruden supposedly benched Robert Griffin III forever, RGIII played, and did so badly. McCoy, RGIII, Kirk Cousins, Gruden and Bruce Allen may all be fired after this wretched season. 24-0 Rams

Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona Cardinals — In the first quarter Catanzaro hit a 44 yard field goal for the Cardinals and Jamal Charles answered with a 63 yard touchdown run to make it 7-3 Chiefs. The second quarter was an exact replica as Catanzaro hit from 33 and Charles caught an 18 yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith for a 14-6 Chiefs lead at intermission. In the third quarter Catanzaro hit from 39 to get Arizona within 14-9.

With 5 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter Smith was intercepted, setting up Arizona at the Chiefs 42. Drew Stanton went to Brown for a 26 yard touchdown and found Carlson for the 2 point conversion to put the Cardinals up by a field goal. With 5 1/2 minutes left in the game the Chiefs faced 3rd and 4 at the Arizona 41. Smith found Kelce for 19 yards, but Kelce fumbled and Arizona recovered. The Chiefs got it back with one minute left but game manager Alex Smith kept throwing West Coast Offense dink and dunk passes. The Cardinals snapped a 2 game losing streak to get to 10-3 while the Chiefs at 7-6 are dink, dunk, dead. 17-14 Cardinals

Buffalo Bills at Denver Broncos — For the first time in 51 games Peyton Manning did not throw a touchdown pass. In fact, he threw only 20 passes the whole game, completing 14 of them for only 173 yards. Kyle Orton was 38 of 57 for 355 yards and one touchdown. Both quarterbacks were intercepted twice. The numbers deceive. Denver ran the ball all game.

CJ Anderson scored from 6 yards out in the first quarter to make it 7-0 Broncos. Dan Carpenter hit a 44 yard field goal in the second quarter to get Buffalo on the board. Anderson then scored from one yard out in the second quarter and from the 3 in the third quarter to make it 21-3 Broncos. Connor Barth added a 50 yard field goal. Denver got lazy in the fourth quarter as Kyle Orton hit Chris Hogan for a 14 yard touchdown and ran for a one yard score with one minute left. The onside kick failed as Denver remained ahead in the AFC West at 10-3 while Buffalo at 7-6 is in trouble. 24-17 Broncos

San Francisco 49ers at Oakland Raiders — One week after getting blasted 52-0, the Oakland Raiders shocked their hated cross-Bay rival. David Carr went 22 of 28 for 254 yards, three touchdown passes and zero interceptions. On the first play from scrimmage, Colin Kaepernick was intercepted. When penalties appeared to kill the short field drive, Tony Sparano let Sebastian Janikowski try a 57 yard field goal. Seabees drilled it for the 3-0 Raiders lead.

Kaepernick came back and threw an 8 yard touchdown pass to Miller for a 7-3 49ers lead. In the second quarter Carr led an 11 play, 74 yard, 6 minute drive and threw a 3 yard touchdown pass to Donald Penn for a 10-7 Raiders lead. Phil Dawson hit a 52 yard field goal to tie the game 10-10 at the half. Dawson hit from 20 in the third quarter for a 13-10 49ers lead.

Carr then led a pair of 80 yard drives. He threw a 9 yard touchdown pass to Marcel Reece in the third quarter and a 5 yard touchdown pass to Mychal Rivera to give the Raiders an 11 point lead. With 5 minutes left the 49ers missed a chance to get within one score when Dawson missed a field goal. The loss dropped the 49ers to 7-6 and put them in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs. Jim Harbaugh is still the 49ers coach, although the Raiders may trade for him. 24-13 Raiders

Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles — The Chip Kelly high octane offense met the Legion of Boom defense in a battle of teams with a real shot at home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Russell Wilson and Mark Sanchez both threw two touchdown passes but Wilson threw for 263 yards and Sanchez only 96 yards. In the first quarter Pete Carroll punted rather than try a 52 yard field goal. On their next series on 4th and 1 from their own 38, the Seahawks fumbled on the punt try. The Eagles took over at the Seattle 14 and Sanchez threw a one yard touchdown to Jeremy Maclin for the 7-0 Eagles lead. In the second quarter Russell Wilson broke free for a 26 yard touchdown run to tie the game.

With 90 seconds left in the half the Seahawks moved from their 33 to a 4th and 1 at the Philly 26. Steve Hauschka hit the 44 yard field goal to make it 10-7 Seahawks. On the first play of the third quarter, LeSean McCoy fumbled and Seattle took over at the Philly 19. Wilson found Marshawn Lynch for a 15 yard touchdown to make it 17-7 Seahawks. Sanchez came back with a 35 yard touchdown pass to Zac Ertz to get the Eagles within 17-14. Wilson then went deep to Doug Baldwin for a 23 yard touchdown as the Seahawks led by 10 with 9 minutes left in the third quarter. The Legion of Boom did the rest as both teams now have matching 9-4 records. 24-14 Seahawks

New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers was the Sunday night game. The Patriots started with a staggering 17 play, 89 yard, 8 minute drive. However they did not crack the end zone, settling for a 22 yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal. In the second quarter Philip Rivers moved the Chargers 80 yards in 11 plays. A 15 yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Floyd made it 7-3 Chargers. Stuckey  then returned a Patriots fumble 53 yards for another touchdown and a 14-3 Chargers lead. Tom Brady moved the Patriots deep again but again settled for another 22 yard Gostkowski kick as the Patriots trailed 14-6. A key play happened with 5 1/2 minutes left in the half as the Patriots blocked a Mike Scifres punt. Scifres was injured on the play. The Patriots took over at the Chargers 25 and Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a 14 yard touchdown to get the Patriots within 14-13 at halftime.

In the third quarter a San Diego receiver got blasted, resulting in an interception that was returned for a Patriots touchdown. A terrible call by the officials ruled that the hit was a personal foul helmet to helmet, nullifying the touchdown. Replays clearly showed a clean hit of a shoulder to the chest. With 10 1/2 minutes left in regulation Gostkowski hit his third field goal from 38 yards out as the Patriots took the 16-14 lead. 90 seconds later the Patriots got it back at their own 31. One play and 12 seconds later, terrible tackling allowed a short pass from Brady to become a 69 yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman for a 9 point lead that held up. The Patriots at 10-3 still have the inside track for home field throughout the playoffs while the 8-5 Chargers may not get in at all. 23-14 Patriots

Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers was the Monday night game. With snow coming down on Lambeau Field, the Monday night game saw Aaron Rodgers make his red hot case to be the league MVP. James Starks scored from 3 yards out for the Packers and Stephen Jackson ran it in from the 4 for the Falcons. A 7-7 tie game saw the Packers explode for 24 points in the second quarter as Rodgers had 190 yards passing and a pair of touchdown passes by halftime. The Packers also put up over 100 rushing yards in the first half in building a 31-7 lead. Eddie Lacy had a pair of one yard touchdown runs sandwiched around a 38 yard Mason Crosby field goal. A 10 yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson completed the halftime deluge.

The Falcons tried to make a game of it in the second half. A 79 yard bomb to Julio Jones led to 4th and goal at the 5. Mike Smith went for it and Matt Ryan hit Eric Weems for the touchdown. Matt Bryant added a 50 yard field goal to get the Falcons within 31-17 but Crosby answered from 33 to make it 34-17 Packers after three quarters. Ryan went to Jones again early in the fourth quarter for a 22 yard touchdown as the Falcons were only down 34-24. Rodgers kept firing as a 60 yard bomb to Nelson made it 40-24 Packers with 10 1/2 minutes left in regulation. The extra point was blocked, giving the Falcons a ray of hope. Ryan kept working the no huddle and threw a one yard touchdown pass to Roddy White with 6 minutes remaining. The 2 point conversion saw a rush up the middle go nowhere as the Falcons trailed 40-30.

A failed onside kick led to the Packers facing 4th and 4 at the Atlanta 35. Despite the earlier blocked extra point, Mike McCarthy trusted his kicker with a 53 yard field goal try on a cold night. Crosby got it over the crossbar for a 43-30 Packers lead. Matt Ryan continued leading a furious rally as the Falcons scored on all five second half possessions. On 4th and goal at the 2, a one yard touchdown pass to Douglas got Atlanta within six points with 2:15 to play. Another onside kick failed but the Falcons had all 3 timeouts and the 2 minute warning.

Desperately needing a stop, the Atlanta defense could not get one. Rodgers ran for one first down and Starks broke off a 42 yard run to allow Green Bay to run out the clock.The Packers at 10-3 are very much alive for home field throughout the playoffs while the Falcons at 5-8 are amazingly well positioned to win the hideous NFC South. 43-37 Packers

NFL 2014 Week 14 Prequel

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

NFL 2014 Week 14 Prequel

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NFL 2014 Week 13 Recap

Monday, December 1st, 2014

NFL 2014 Week 13 Recap

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Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions was the Thanksgiving morning game. Early on it was Jay Cutler throwing touchdown passes of 6 and 10 yards to Jeffery sandwiched around a 46-yard Matt Prater field that powered the Bears to a 14-3 lead after the first quarter. After that reality set in. Detroit exploded in the second quarter as Matthew Stafford went deep to Calvin “Megatron” Johnson for a 25 yard touchdown to get the Lions within 14-10. Detroit got it back and soon faced 4th and goal at the one. Jim Caldwell decided to go for it, and Bell got in to put the Lions up 17-14. Detroit got it back at their own 36 with 1:45 left in the half. With 24 seconds left in the half Stafford hit Johnson for a 6 yard touchdown as the Bears led 24-14.

Robbie Gould hit a 35 yard field goal in the third quarter to get the Bears within 24-17. Yet Stafford then led a 12 play, 95 yard, 6 minute drive. On the first play of the fourth quarter the Lions faced third and goal at the one. Again Bell got in as the Lions led 31-17. Prater hit a 40 yarder to lock up the win as the Lions got to 8-4 and all but knocked the Bears out of the playoff race. Stafford finished 34 of 45 for 390 yards, two touchdowns and 0 interceptions. 34-17 Lions

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys was the Thanksgiving afternoon game. The battle for first place in the NFC East saw the revival of Mark Sanchez continue. Sanchez ran for a 2 yard touchdown and threw a 27 yard touchdown pass to Matthews as the Eagles led 14-0 after one quarter and romped. Democrat Murray did score from one yard out in the second quarter to get the Cowboys within 14-7, but the rest was all Eagles. Chris Parkey hit field goals of 31, 22 and 26 yards to put the Eagles up 23-7 at halftime. After Dallas kicked a third quarter field goal, LeSean McCoy broke off a 38-yard touchdown run and Parkey added one more field goal in the fourth quarter. 33-10 Eagles

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers was the Thanksgiving night game. 10 months after Richard Sherman out-dueled Michael Crabtree in an NFC Title Game for the ages, the defenses again ruled. Russell Wilson threw a 13-yard first quarter touchdown pass to Turbin, concluding the offensive highlights. After that the Legion of Boom clamped down. Steve Hauschka kicked field goals of 21 and 36 in the second quarter and 35 in the third quarter. The 49ers avoided the shutout with a 40 yard Phil Dawson field goal, but Hauschka’s 46 yard field goal in the fourth quarter led Seattle to its second consecutive 19-3 win against a division opponent. Richard Sherman silenced the crowd with two interceptions. 19-3 Seahawks

San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens — Joe Flacco threw a 16 yard touchdown pass to Tory Smith on 3rd and 13 to make it 7-0 Chargers. Philip Rivers was the intercepted, giving Baltimore the ball at the San Diego 19. John Harbaugh decided to go for it on 4th and 1 but a delay of game penalty meant a 33 yard Justin Tucker field goal and a 10-0 Ravens lead. Rivers came back and led a 13 play, 80 yard, 7 1/2 minute drive. A 12 yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen got the Chargers within 10-7.

In the second quarter the Ravens drove twice inside the red zone but had to settle for 21 and 29 yard Justin Tucker field goals to lead 16-7. Nick Novak hit a 52 yard field goal to get the Chargers within 16-10 at halftime. Novak added a 26 yarder in the third quarter to get the Chargers within 16-13. Flacco went back to Smith for a 10 yard touchdown and a 23-13 Ravens lead.

In the fourth quarter Ryan Mathews ran for a 14 yard touchdown run as the Chargers got back within 23-20. Flacco led a 12 play, 79 yard, 7 minute drive and got the final yard himself on 3rd and goal as the Ravens led 30-20 with 6 minutes to play. Rivers quickly moved the Chargers 77 yards as Rivers hit Allen for a 23 yard score The Chargers were within 30-27 with 4 minutes left.

The Ravens had a chance to put the game away when Jacoby Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 72 yards to the San Diego 30. Yet on 3rd and 4 from the 13, Flacco threw incomplete. Tucker hit his fourth field goal from 31 yards out as the Ravens led by 6 with 2 1/2 minutes to play. Baltimore failed to close the door. From the Baltimore 24, Rivers went deep to the end zone and defensive pass interference put the ball on the one. Rivers hit Eddie Royal for the touchdown as the Chargers had the one point lead.

This time Jones had trouble handling the kickoff and the Ravens had to take over at their own 14 with one timeout left and only 32 seconds left. With 9 seconds left, Flacco went deep Aiken for a 24 yard gain at the San Diego 43. A 60 yard field goal try by Tucker never got attempted because Brandon Flowers tackled Aiken inbounds and the clock ran out. 34-33 Chargers

  

Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills — A defensive boneblack saw the Browns drive 91 yards in 15 plays and 6 minutes but settle for a 22 yard Billy Cundiff field goal. That concluded the first half highlights. Trailing 3-0, 2 plays changed the game midway through the third quarter. Facing 4th and 3 at the Cleveland 37, Doug Marrone decided to go for it. Kyle Orton went deep to Woods for a 34 yard gain. On the next play a 3 yard touchdown pass to Hogan gave the Bills the lead. On the next play from scrimmage West fumbled and Hughes recovered it and returned it 18 yards for another touchdown and a 14-3 Bills lead.

In the fourth quarter a pair of short fields set up Dan Carpenter for 49 and 34 yard field goals as the Bills now led 20-3. The second field goal was set up by an interception of Hoyer. With 12 minutes left in regulation, Mike Pettine finally gave Johnny Manziel some playing time. Manuel did run for a 10 yard touchdown but Carpenter hit his third and fourth field goals from 34 and 35 yards out to complete the scoring. The Browns fell to 7-5, but the real issue in Cleveland would be if the simmering quarterback controversy has finally boiled over. 26-10 Bills

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans — Ryan Fitzpatrick marched the Texans 80 yards and threw an 8 yard touchdown to Griffin for the 7-0 Texans lead. 2 plays later Mettenberger was intercepted, setting up Houston at the Tennessee 20. On 3rd and goal Fitzpatrick found Arian Foster for the 7 yard touchdown to make it 14-0 Texans. In the second quarter Randy Bullock hit a 37 yard field goal to extend the lead. Fitzpatrick then found Hopkins for a 58 yard touchdown as the Texans led 24-0 at halftime.

The game tightened in the third quarter. Zach Mettenberger hit Wright for a 36 yard touchdown. On the next series Mettenberger was injured and Jake Locker came in. Locker’s first pass was intercepted. McCourty then returned a fumble 62 yards for another score as the Titans got with 24-14. Fitzpatrick went back to Hopkins for a 34 yard touchdown to make it 31-14 Texans.

In the fourth quarter Fitzpatrick kept firing, hitting Andre Johnson for a four yard touchdown. Locker was then sacked and fumbled. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a one yard pass to JJ Watt as the Texans led 45-14. Locker then threw another interception. Late in the game Locker was picked off again, but roughing the passer nullified it, allowing Locker instead to throw a garbage time touchdown. Fitzpatrick finished 24 of 33 for 358 yards and six touchdown passes with 0 interceptions. 45-21 Texans

Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts — Colt McCoy got the nod over Robert Griffin III. Meanwhile, Andrew Luck continued to have early struggles. On the first play from scrimmage Luck was sacked and fumbled, setting up Washington at the Indy 15. Despite the gift, the Redskins settled for a 25 yard Kai Forth field goal. Luck came back and threw a 30 yard touchdown to Coby Fleener for  7-3 Colts lead. In the second quarter Herron raced for a 49 yard touchdown to make it 14-3 Colts. Luck then threw a 3 yard touchdown pass to TY Hilton to make it 21-3 Colts.

McCoy threw a 21 yard touchdown pass to Roy Help to get the Redskins within 21-10. In the third quarter McCoy found Paulsen for a 16 yard score as Washington only trailed 21-17. The Colts broke open the game again when Luck found Moncrief for a 48 yard touchdown to make it 28017 Colts. Jackson returned a fumble 35 yards for another touchdown to make it 35-17 Colts. McCoy hit DeSean Jackson for a 42 yard touchdown as the Redskins were back within 35-24.

Luck went back to Fleener for a 73 yard touchdown as the Colts had a 42-24 lead. In the fourth quarter Forth hit a 29 yard field goal, but Luck kept firing. A 79 yard touchdown pass to Moncrief put the game out of reach. McCoy finished 31 of 47 for 392 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Luck was ridiculous, completing 19 of 27 for 370 yards, five touchdown passes and one interception. 49-27 Colts

New York Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars — Tom Coughlin returned to face the team that fired him. Eli Manning led a mind-dumbing 19 play, 91 yard drive that consumed 10 minutes. On the first play of the second quarter Manning got in from 2 yards out to make it 7-0 Giants. Later on Manning found Parker for a 3 yard touchdown to make it 14-0 Giants. The Giants got it back and Rashad Jennings ran for a 17 yard touchdown to make it 21-0 Giants against the toothless Jaguars.

Jacksonville did get a 28 yard Josh Scobee field goal before the half to trail 21-3. All the Giants had to do to protect the lead was protect the football. In the third quarter from the Giants 15, Manning went back to pass, was sacked, fumbled, and saw the Jaguars recover in the end zone for a gift touchdown. Now the Jaguars were within 21-10. Blake Bortles would throw a 30 yard touchdown pass to Lee. The 2 point conversion failed but the Jaguars were within 21-16.

Early in the fourth quarter the Giants faced 3rd and 15 at their own 43. A short completion was fumbled and returned by Colvin 41 yards for another Jacksonville defensive touchdown. The 2 point conversion again failed but the Jaguars led 22-21.

The Giants thought they had overcome their bumbling when Josh Brown hit a 33 yard field goal. The Giants had the 24-22 lead with 3 1/2 minutes left. Blake Bortles took over after a touchback and showed flashes of why he was the number 3 pick in the draft. With 90 seconds to play on 2nd and 15 from the Giants 45, Bortles scrambled for 20 yards. Gus Bradley then played it safe with 3 straight runs up the middle, forcing the Giants to use their timeouts. With 32 seconds left, Scobee came in for a 43 yarder. It was good and Jacksonville had the lead.

With 28 seconds left after a touchback, Manning was sacked and fumbled the ball away again. Coughlin failed to get revenge against the team that fired him. He now for the first time has consecutive losing seasons with his second team, which could lead to him being permanently retired. Coughlin is a disciplinarian. He can’t make his quarterback hold on to the football. 25-24 Jaguars

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings — Christmas came early for the Vikings as Teddy Bridgewater threw a 4 yard touchdown pass to Rudolph for a 7-0 Vikings lead. After that it was the special teams that had the home crowd rocking. A blocked punt was returned by Adam Thielen 30 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0. Graham Gano got the Panthers on the board with a 30 yard field goal. Then the Vikings blocked another punt and Eversen Griffen returned it 43 yards for another touchdown and a 21-3 Vikings lead.

Gano hit a 35 yard field goal, but Teddy Bridgwater threw a 17 yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings to make it 28-6 Vikings at the half. An uneventful half saw Cam Newton throw a 32 yard touchdown pass Brown, but nothing more. Blair Walsh hit a 39 yard fourth quarter field goal to complete the scoring. 31-13 Vikings

New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers — What looked like a defensive struggle early on turned into an aerial show. Shaun Suisham hit a 49 yard field goal in the first quarter and a 31 yarder in the second quarter to make it 6-0 Steelers. The Brees finally got going and just exploded. He hit Watson for a 15 yard touchdown and Lorig for a 4 yard score as the Saints led 14-6 at halftime. Bree was just getting warmed up. In the third quarter Brees found Nick Toon for an 11 yard touchdown to make it 21-6 Saints.

Pittsburgh got within 21-13 when LeVeon Bell ran it in from one yard out. Brees then went to Kenny Stills for a 69 yard touchdown to make it 28-13 Saints after three quarters. Suisham’s third field goal from 47 yards out got the Steelers within 28-16. Bree then moved the Saints 80 yards and threw his fifth touchdown pass, a three yarder to Marquis Colston. The Saints had a 35-16 lead with only 10 1/2 minutes left in regulation. When Pittsburgh fumbled midway through the fourth quarter and the Saints took over at their own 45, the game seemed over. Pittsburgh held on defense but got the ball back at their own 5 yard line with 6 minutes to play.

Ben Roethlisberger moved the Steelers 95 yards and on 3rd and goal threw a 4 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. The 2 point conversion was good but the Steelers trailed 35-24 with only 2 1/2 minutes left. The onside kick failed but the Steelers held on defense. Another great punt backed up the Steelers to their own 2 yard line with one minute left. Roethlisberger then moved the Steelers 98 yards, but his 3 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown came on the last play of the game. Another 2 point conversion got the Steelers within a field goal, but this was pure garbage time scoring.

Roethlisberger finished 32 of 58 for 435 yards, but half of those yards and his only two touchdown passes came on the final two drives when the outcome was no longer in doubt. Big Ben was also intercepted twice. Bree meanwhile was 19 of 27 for 257 yards, five touchdown passes, and zero interceptions. The Saints at 5-7 are tied for the NFC South division lead. 35-32 Saints

Oakland Raiders at St. Louis Rams — After taking 10 days to celebrate finally winning a game, that Raiders went back to continuing their march toward the top draft pick. Oakland went 3 and out, the Rams took over at their own 41, and Shaun Hill threw a 35 yard touchdown to Mason to make it 7-0 Rams. The Raiders again failed to gain a first down and Hill moved the Rams 78 yards easily. Hill ran the last 2 yards himself for the 14-0 Rams lead. Tavon Austin then ran for an 18 yard touchdown as the Rams led 21-0.

In the second quarter the Raiders managed to gain a first down on a defensive penalty. Tony Sparano decided to go for it on 4th and 1 from the St. Louis 35. A false start penalty killed the drive as the Raiders punted. A good punt had the Rams pinned back to their own 6. It did not matter. First the Raiders jumped offside. 12 seconds later Tre Mason was off and running for an 89 yard touchdown to make it 28-0 Rams.

The game was already out of hand, but Derek Carr then threw interceptions on the next two Oakland drive. Harley scored from 4 yards out and Greg Zuerlein added a 38 yard field goal as the Rams led 38-0 at halftime. In the fourth quarter Mason struck again from 8 yards out as the Rams led 45-0. Carr was done for the day. The loss was not his fault but there was no point in getting the only halfway decent player on the offense killed. Matt Schaub finally saw action. On his first series he was sacked and fumbled the ball away. On his next series Schaub was intercepted by Johnson, who raced 43 yards for the seventh Rams touchdown on the day. On Schaub’s third series he was sacked and fumbled. 52-0 Rams

Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Red Rifle Andy Dalton was intercepted on the first play from scrimmage, setting up the Buccaneers at the Cincinnati 9. Tampa Bay lost 5 yards and kicked a 32 yard Murray field goal to make it 3-0 Buccaneers. In the second quarter Doug Johnson ran for a 7 yard touchdown to make it 10-0 Buccaneers. A flu-ridden Dalton threw three interceptions in the first half, but managed to run for a 5 yard touchdown to have the Bengals within 10-7 at halftime. In the third quarter Dalton threw a 13 yard touchdown pass to AJ Green as the Bengals led 14-10. Less than one minute into the fourth quarter Murray hit a 42 yard field goal as the Bucs were within one point.

on 4th and 11 from the Cincy 42 with 4 minutes left, Lovie Smith chose to punt and trust his defense. It was the right call as the Bucs got it back just before the 2 minute warning after a touchback. With 43 seconds to play the Bucs had 1st and 5 at the Cincy 31, with a winning field goal try a near certainty. Instead an offensive holding penalty moved the Bucs back. On the next play Josh McCown threw a 21 yard completion to Louis Murphy as the Bengals were now in chip shot field goal range. However, the offense had 12 men on the field and the call was nullified. With 12 seconds left on 4th and 20 from the Cincy 46, Smith decided against a 64 yard field goal try. Rather than throw past the marker, a 13 yard completion saw the Bucs turn it over on downs as the Bengals at 8-3-1 lead the AFC North by 1 1/2 games. 14-13 Bengals

Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons — Some games are just head scratchers. Matt Ryan threw first quarter touchdown passes of one yard to Toilolo and 32 yards to Julio Jones sandwiched around a 20 yard Matt Bryant field goal to make it 17-0 Falcons after the first quarter. In the second quarter Matty Ice went ice cold as an interception by Johnson was returned 88 yards to get the Cardinals on the board. Catanzaro hit a 44 yard field goal to get the Cardinals within 17-10, but Bryant hit from 23 to make it 20-10 Falcon at halftime.

Bryant did the rest in the second half, hitting from 21 in the third quarter and 45 and 28 in the fourth quarter to make it 29-10 Falcons. Arizona added a garbage touchdown. Ryan finished 30 of 41 for 361 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Julio Jones had 189 yards receiving. At 5-7 the Falcons can still win the NFC South. After starting 9-1, back to back losses have the Cardinals going from home field throughout the playoffs to barely leading their division. 29-16 Falcons

New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers — If this is a potential Super Bowl preview, the NFL can only hope that game is as exciting as this one. Early on it was all Packers as Mason Crosby hit field goals of 32 and 35 yards and Aaron Rodgers threw a 32 yard touchdown pass to his non-relative Richard Rodgers to make it 13-0 Packers.

In the second quarter Bolden ran it in from 6 yards out to get the Patriots within 13-7. Crosby added a 33 yard field goal to make it 16-7. Brady hit Brandon LaFell for a 2 yard touchdown as the Patriots were only down 16-14 with one minute left in the half. That was enough time for Rodgers to move the Packers 81 yards as a 45 yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson made it 23-14 Packers at the break.

Early in the fourth quarter Brady hit LaFell for a 15 yard touchdown to get the Patriots within 23-21. With 9 minutes to play the Packers faced 2nd and 5 from the Patriots 10 but Rodgers threw incomplete twice. Crosby hit his fourth field goal from 28 as the Patriots led by 5. Brady moved the Patriots methodically from their 28 to 3rd and 9 at the Packers 20. Brady was then sacked. With 2:40 left, Stephen Gostkowski missed a 47 yard field goal.

12 seconds later the Patriots had taken their last timeout as everything came down to 3rd and 4 at the Packers 43. Rodgers found Randall Cobb for a 7 yard game as the Packers hung on for the tough win. Both of these teams are now 9-3 and tied for the top record in their respective conferences. 26-21 Packers

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs was the Sunday night game. Peyton Manning threw first quarter touchdown passes of 23 yards to Denarius Thomas and 15 yards to CJ Anderson has the Broncos led 14-0 after the first quarter. Anderson also contributed 168 yards on the ground. Newly acquired Denver kicker Connor Barth did the rest. In the second quarter Barth hit from 22 t make it 17-0 Broncos. Alex Smith then threw a 20 yard touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano to get the Chiefs on the board. Barth hit from 24 to make it 20-7 Chiefs at halftime.

In the third quarter Carlo Santos hit from 39, but Barth answered from 30 and again from 33 in the fourth quarter to make it 26-10 Broncos. Smith did throw a 12 yard touchdown pass to Jamal Charles, but the 2 point conversion failed. Barth’s fifth field goal from 37 ended the scoring. Never still leads the AFC West and is now tied again for the top conference record. 29-16 Broncos

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets was the Monday night game. The Monday night game was deja vu all over again. For the second straight year a Dolphins team with everything to play for had difficulty with a Jets team with nothing to play for. This game was Rex Ryan ground and pound taken to the extreme. Salas ran for a 20 yard touchdown and a 7-0 Jets lead, concluding highlights for a large stretch of the game. With 2 minutes left in the game the Jets had run the ball 49 times for 277 yards while allowing Geno Smith only 8 pass attempts. He completed 4 of them for 42 yards.

The kickers then traded field goals, with Nick Folk hitting from 40 for the Jets in the second quarter and Caleb Sturgis answering from 43 to end the half. In the third quarter Sturgis from 44 and Folk’s 45 yarder bounced off the crossbar but went through good to make it 13-6 Jets. The Dolphins caught a break when they partially blocked a punt. One play later Ryan Tannehill threw a low ball that bounced off a receiver’s hands up in the air for an interception.

In the fourth quarter Smith fumbled a snap inside his own 10 yard line. The Jets retained but a penalty on the punt had the Dolphins starting at the Jets 39. Miller got in from 4 yards out to tie the game with 10 1/2 minutes left in regulation. The Jets from their 39 to a 3rd and 7 at the Dolphins 19. Forced to throw, Smith was sacked. Folk then missed the field goal. With 5 1/2 minutes left, the Jets collapse was almost complete.

Tannehill moved the Dolphins and at the 2 minute warning Caleb Sturgis hit the 26 yard field goal to give the Dolphins the lead. Forced to throw on the final drive, Smith completed three of five passes for 23 yards before a ball into triple coverage that could have been caught was intercepted. 16-13 Dolphins

Black Friday Ferguson style

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Black Friday Ferguson Style

 

Take Black Friday shoppers and unleash them on the Ferguson protesters who burned down the stores on the busiest shopping day of the year. Nothing subdues protesters ready to kill over nonsense like holiday shoppers ready to kill over nonsense. Give the police the day off.

Due to my sorrow over Ferguson rioting, I’ve cancelled my plans to buy Garth Brooks albums. Also, not sure if albums are made anymore.

A certain product “slices, dices & Juliennes,” which leads most men to ask, “Who the heck is Julienne & what does she do?”

Earth to Millennials: Post-Thanksgiving turkey pot pies do not contain actual marijuana. Well, maybe in Denver & Seattle.

I’m calling for a boycott of Black Friday protesters. Anybody caught protesting, take their picture, post it, boycott them.

If they do not work for the company they are protesting, find out who their employers is and boycott those companies until the workers are fired.

If the protesters are unemployed like Jesse Jackson, keep them that way.

If the protester are sort of unemployed like Al Sharpton, boycotting them has already been done based on MSNBC’s ratings.

It is time for a law and order crackdown. Lock up all community organizers and make sure their time in prison is spent learning an actual job skill.

Now for the rest of us to get some peace and quiet.

Somebody tell the President that Friday is still Thursday. Not hearing his voice made for a special Thanksgiving. He’s taken 6 years off. What’s 1 more day?

“We should have a new Black Friday tradition called ‘Burning man.’ We can torch all looters.” My dad, who somehow heard of Burning Man.

If America really values traditions, bring back the Post-Thanksgiving Friday Oklahoma-Nebraska game.

Staying home & avoiding the mall is a good way to save 100% of your money. This concludes the 2014 Black Friday report.

eric

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

I thank almighty God for creating the USA, NFL, & Republican Jewish brunettes jiggling like jello on my Thanksgiving turkey plate.

Happy Thanskgiving all!

eric

NFL 2014 Week 13 Prequel

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

NFL 2014 Week 13 Prequel

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