Interesting week in the NFL where the Steelers were upset for the second consecutive week and the Cleveland versus Detroit game was one for the ages.
Dolphins defeat Panthers 24-17:
Miami controlled this one basically the entire way, holding Carolina to just 3 points through three quarters. The Panthers made a valiant comeback in the fourth by scoring 14 points, but in the end there was too much Ricky Williams for the Dolphins. Williams rushed for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns as the featured back with Ronnie Brown out due to injury.
Chiefs defeat Steelers 27-24 (OT):
It was the second straight upset loss for the Steelers after losing to Cincinnati the previous week. They blew a 17-7 halftime lead, and lost in overtime on a Ryan Succop field goal with a little over eight minutes to go in the extra session. Pittsburgh found a way to lose despite outgaining the Chiefs 515-282 for the game and converting 27 first downs to Kansas City’s 13. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 398 yards and 3 touchdowns, but his 2 interceptions proved to be very costly before he left with a concussion late.
Colts defeat Ravens 17-15:
The Ravens were in field goal range for the game-winning score late, but Joe Flacco threw an interception and the Colts ran the clock out most of the way, giving Baltimore no chance to take the lead in the end. Peyton Manning finished with 299 passing yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions for the Colts. But it was the Indy defense that stole the show, keeping Baltimore out of the end zone the entire way, limiting them to 5 field goals.
Packers defeat 49ers 30-24:
This game was a bigger blowout than the final score indicated. Green Bay led 23-3 at halftime, and had to hold off a big comeback by the 49ers to win. San Francisco pulled to within six points with 5:56 to go on a Frank Gore 10-yard touchdown catch, but were never able to get the winning score. The Packers outgained the 49ers 484-284 for the game, and Aaron Rodgers finished with 344 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.
Jaguars defeat Bills 18-15:
Buffalo held a 15-10 lead for most of the second half, but they couldn’t hold onto it in the end as the Jaguars scored on a Mike Sims-Walker receiving touchdown with just 56 seconds left to take an 18-15 lead. The Bills finally got a big game from T.O. as he finished with 197 receiving yards and a touchdown, but Sims-Walker got the last laugh as he did the T.O. sign after scoring the game-winner.
Giants defeat Falcons 34-31:
New York led 31-17 late in the fourth, but they allowed two touchdowns to Atlanta in the final 6 minutes to send it into overtime. From there, the Giants got the ball first and went down to set up a 36-yard game-winning field goal from Lawrence Tynes. The Giants outgained the Falcons 456-352, and got 384 passing yards and 3 touchdowns from Eli Manning.
Saints defeat Buccaneers 38-7:
After trailing 7-0 early, it was all New Orleans the rest of the way as they put up 38 unanswered points to put Tampa Bay away. Drew Brees only needed 187 passing yards in this one, because he was efficient by throwing for 3 touchdowns along the way. New Orleans got 183 rushing yards for the game, with Mike Bell and Pierre Thomas leading the way.
Lions defeat Browns 38-37:
Trailing 37-31, Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford threw a desperation hail mary from about the 50-yard line as time expired. A pass interference call in the end zone gave the Lions the ball on the 1-yard line, and they capitalized as Stafford hit TE Brandon Pettigrew for the game-winning touchdown. This game saw over 900 yards of total offense, and Stafford finished with 422 passing yards and 5 touchdowns, clearly the best performance of his career thus far.
Cowboys defeat Redskins 7-6:
Washington had several missed opportunities, including two missed field goals from Shane Suisham. Still, they led 6-0 most of the way until Tony Romo found Patrick Crayton on a 10-yard touchdown strike with just 2:41 remaining. Washington could not get in range to attempt a field goal, and the Cowboys escaped with a 1-point victory.
Vikings defeat Seahawks 35-9;
This one was all Minnesota as they took a 21-0 lead into halftime and never looked back. Brett Favre was spectacular again, completing 22-of-25 passes for 213 yards and 4 touchdowns. Minnesota outgained Seattle 431-212, and Tarvaris Jackson was able to come in and relieve Favre in the fourth quarter because this game was such a blowout.
Cardinals defeat Rams 21-13:
Arizona had to hold on in the end after Kurt Warner left with a concussion, and they were ahead 21-3 when he departed. By that time, he had already thrown for 202 yards and 2 touchdowns, which gave the Cardinals enough of a cushion to hold onto the lead. Marc Bulger got off a hail mary as time expired that landed in the end zone, but it hit the ground and this one was over.
Patriots defeat Jets 31-14:
New England stormed out to a 24-0 lead late in the second quarter before the Jets finally got on the board on a blocked punt returned for a touchdown by Brad Smith. But this was a complete mismatch as the Patriots revenge an earlier loss to the Jets, outgaining them 410-226 and recording 27 first downs to their 12. Mark Sanchez has another miserable game for New York, throwing 4 interceptions in the loss.
Chargers defeat Broncos 32-3:
Oh how things have changed in the AFC West. The Chargers were 2-3 at home point while the Broncos were 6-0, but all of a sudden San Diego has grabbed back the division lead with 4 straight victories now to get to 7-3. Meanwhile, the Broncos have lost 4 straight and all have come in blowout fashion to drop to 6-4. The Chargers recovered 2 huge fumbles, including one from Knowshon Moreno at the 1-yard line as he was diving in for a score.
Raiders defeat Bengals 20-17:
Cincinnati blew an early 14-0 lead, and also a 17-10 lead late. Bruce Gradkowski hit Louis Murphy on a 29-yard touchdown pass with 33 seconds left to tie it at 17-17. Then, on the ensuing kickoff, Brandon Myers stripped and recovered a fumble on special teams for the Raiders, setting up a game-winning 33-yard field goal from Sebastian Janikowski as the Raiders pulled off the biggest upset of the weekend.
Eagles defeat Bears 24-20:
This was a very entertaining Sunday night game that went back and forth, but the Eagles got the go-ahead score on a 10-yard touchdown scamper from LeSean McCoy with just over 5 minutes left in the game. McCoy finished with 99 yards rushing, while DeSean Jackson chipped in with 107 yards receiving and a score and the Eagles defense held late to preserve the win.
Titans defeat Texans 20-17;
Tied 14-14 at halftime, both defenses stepped up big in the second half. This one came down to field goal kicking, and Rob Bironas nailed a 53-yarder with 53 seconds left to give the Titans the winning score. Houston kicker, Kris Brown, had a chance to tie it late, but his 49-yard field goal sailed way left of the uprights. It was his second missed field goal of the game, and the second straight week he has missed a field goal on the game’s final play as both kicks would have tied the game for his team.