NFL Week 12 Recap – Texans Blow Big Lead

It was a big Thanksgiving week in the NFL and the Colts are thankful they played the Texans who blew a 20-7 halftime lead to lose to the Colts, while the Saints had a statement win over the Patriots

Packers defeat Lions 34-12:
Detroit actually led 7-0 after the first quarter on a touchdown grab from Calvin Johnson, but it was all Green Bay the rest of the way as they outscored the Lions 34-5 the rest of the way. Aaron Rodgers continued owning this team, throwing for 348 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win. Matthew Stafford threw 4 interceptions for Detroit, really hurting their chances of staying competitive.

Cowboys defeat Raiders 24-7:
The Dallas defense was dominant, keeping the Raiders scoreless through halftime. The Cowboys had several big plays in this one, compiling 494 yards of total offense. Tony Romo threw for 309 yards and 2 touchdowns, hitting Miles Austin 7 times for 145 yards and a score.

Broncos defeat Giants 26-6:
Denver returned to form defensively in this game, limiting the Giants to just 267 yards of total offense. They held New York out of the end zone for the entire game, and Kyle Orton was efficient for Denver by throwing for 245 yards and 1 touchdown to 1 interception. Knowshon Moreno had a solid day on the ground, rushing for 88 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown.

Bills defeat Dolphins 31-14;
After trailing 7-14 entering the final period, Buffalo exploded for 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to run away with it. In the quarter, they forced Miami QB Chad Henne into 3 interceptions which was the difference in the game. Terrell Owens had another big day for the Bills, catching 5 balls for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Seahawks defeat Rams 27-17:
Seattle completed their 10th straight victory over St. Louis, led by the running of Justin Forsett who rushed for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns. They didn’t need much from the passing game because they rushed for 170 yards as a team. Without Marc Bulger, the Rams’ offense was stagnant, and could not punch it into the end zone enough times when getting down in Seattle territory.

Eagles defeat Redskins 27-24:
Philly opened the game with an onside kick, but Washington recovered and marched down to score a touchdown on a 1-yard run from QB Jason Campbell. The Redskins kept it close the entire way, but the Eagles outscored them 11-3 in the final period and took the lead for good on a 32-yard field goal from David Akers with just under 2 minutes remaining.

Falcons defeat Buccaneers 20-17:
Chris Redman was forced into action after QB Matt Ryan went down with a toe injury early into the game. Redman played well, throwing for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions. He connected with Roddy White on a 4th down for a touchdown with only 23 seconds remaining, giving the Falcons the lead for good.

Colts defeat Texans 35-27:
Houston blew a 20-7 lead at halftime as the Colts outscored the Texans 28-7 after the break. They actually scored 28 unanswered points to open the second half, and Indy improved to 11-0 this season with their 20th straight regular season win. Peyton Manning finished with 244 passing yards and 3 touchdowns, and a win next week over the Titans would tie the Patriots for most consecutive regular season wins in league history.

Bengals defeat Browns 16-7:
This game was all about Cincinnati’s defense. The Bengals allowed just 169 yards of total offense and 11 first downs. They held Brady Quinn to 15-of-34 passing for only 100 yards, an average of 2.9 yards/attempt. It turns out that signing Larry Johnson was huge, as the former Chiefs’ running back rushed for 107 yards on 22 carries to grind it out on the ground.

Jets defeat Panthers 17-6:
New York didn’t need to do much offensively, because their defense held the Panthers to just 179 total yards and 11 first downs. They forced Jake Delhomme into 4 interceptions, and he completed just 14-of-34 pass attempts in the game.

Chargers defeat Chiefs 43-14:
Philip Rivers had a big day, throwing for 317 yards and 2 touchdowns. Antonio Gates accounted for 118 of those yards on 7 receptions with 2 touchdowns, his biggest game this year. The Chargers also got 2 rushing touchdowns from LaDanian Tomlinson in the win.

49ers defeat Jaguars 20-3:
This game came down to red zone efficiency. The Jaguars had 2 turnovers and a field goal when getting inside the San Francisco 20-yard line. Meanwhile, the 49ers scored 2 touchdowns and tacked on a field goal in 3 trips inside the Jacksonville 20-yard line. The Jaguars actually outgained the 49ers 357-284 for the game, but the San Francisco red zone defense was the difference in this one.

Titans defeat Cardinals 20-17:
Vince Young led his team on a 99-yard drive with just under 3 minutes remaining. On the drive, they converted three 4th downs and another 3rd-and-long. He found Kenny Britt on a 10-yard touchdown strike with no time remaining on the clock, and the Titans won their 5th straight game after starting the season 0-6. Young had the best game of his career, throwing for 387 yards and the game-winning touchdown. For the day, the Titans racked up 532 yards of total offense!

Vikings defeat Bears 36-10:
Minnesota kept on rolling behind the right arm of Brett Favre, who threw for 392 yards and 3 touchdowns, just a few yards shy of his career high. And he didn’t even play much of the fourth quarter! The Vikings outgained the Bears 537-169 in an all-around dominant performance, and Jay Cutler threw 2 more interceptions to add to his league-leading total.

Ravens defeat Steelers 20-17:
Give Pittsburgh a lot of credit for playing tough despite being without starting QB Ben Roethlisberger and backup Charlie Batch. Dennis Dixon was solid in the first half, but he was miserable down the stretch and threw an interception in overtime that set up a game-winning 29-yard field goal from Billy Cundiff to clinch the victory in the extra period. Joe Flacco threw for 289 yards for the Ravens, and Ray Rice added 88 rushing yards in the win.

Saints defeat Patriots 38-17:
New Orleans made a statement on Monday Night Football, dominating from the second quarter-on. Drew Brees went 18-of-23 for a massive 371 yards passing and 5 touchdowns. Big play after big play ensued for the Saints, as the Patriots’ secondary had no answer for their unlimited weapons. 5 different receivers caught touchdown passes from Brees, and the Saints’ defense forced 3 key turnovers, 2 interceptions from Brady and a fumble lost from Maroney. It was a complete team effort and a complete 48-minute game from the Saints.


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