|NFL Today, Week 12|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 24 November 2013 17:24|
Monday, Nov. 25
San Francisco (6-4) at Washington (3-7), 8:40 p.m. EST. The 49ers have lost two straight by combined four points after a five-game winning streak. The Redskins have been outscored 81-30 in the first quarter.
-Philip Rivers, Chargers, threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns, including a 26-yard scoring strike to Seyi Ajirotutu with 24 seconds left, in San Diego's 41-38 victory over Kansas City.
-Josh McCown, Bears, passed for 352 yards - the third-best total of his career and most since 2005 - and two touchdowns with an interception in Chicago's 42-21 loss at St. Louis.
-Ryan Fitzpatrick, Titans, completed 30 of 42 passes for 320 yards and two TDs, including a 10-yarder to Kendall Wright with 10 seconds remaining to lead Tennessee past Oakland 23-19.
-Carson Palmer, Cardinals, was 26 for 37 for 314 yards and two touchdowns to help Arizona cruise past Indianapolis 40-11.
-Alex Smith, Chiefs, had three touchdown tosses in a losing cause as Kansas City fell to San Diego 41-38.
-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, had 146 yards rushing and a touchdown on 32 carries in Minnesota's 26-26 tie at Green Bay.
-Jamaal Charles, Chiefs, ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns in Kansas City's 41-38 loss to San Diego.
-Andre Brown, Giants, had 127 yards rushing on 21 carries in New York's 24-21 defeat against Dallas.
-Eddie Lacy, Packers, ran for 110 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in Green Bay's 26-26 tie with Minnesota.
-Benny Cunningham, Rams, rushed for 109 yards on 13 carries, most of it in the second half of St. Louis' 42-21 win over Chicago after Zac Stacy was sidelined with concussionlike symptoms.
-Josh Gordon, Browns, tied a team mark with 14 catches for a franchise-record 237 yards and a touchdown in Cleveland's 27-11 loss to Pittsburgh.
-Tiquan Underwood, Buccaneers, had two touchdown receptions in Tampa Bay's 24-21 win at Detroit.
-Brandon Marshall, Bears, caught 10 passes for 117 yards and a score in Chicago's 42-21 loss at St. Louis.
-Keenan Allen, Chargers, had nine receptions for 124 yards to help San Diego edge Kansas City 41-38.
-Jason Witten, Cowboys, caught touchdown passes of 20 and 2 yards in Dallas' 24-21 win over the New York Giants.
-Josh Scobee, Jaguars, kicked field goals of 30 and 53 yards to help Jacksonville win for the second time in three games with a 13-6 win at Houston.
-Justin Tucker, Ravens, kicked four field goals and the Ravens shut down the New York Jets' sputtering offense in a 19-3 victory.
-Dan Bailey, Cowboys, kicked a 35-yard field goal on the final play as the Cowboys beat the New York Giants 24-21 Sunday.
-Blair Walsh, Vikings, booted four field goals, including a 35-yarder with 3:54 left in overtime to keep Minnesota even with Green Bay in the teams' 26-26 tie.
-Karlos Dansby, Cardinals returned an interception 22 yards for a score and the Cardinals won their fourth in a row with a 40-11 rout of the Colts.
-Audie Cole, Vikings, finished with 13 tackles and a sack starting for leading tackler Erin Henderson, who missed Minnesota's 26-26 tie with Green Bay for a personal matter.
-Robert Quinn, Rams, stripped Chicago's Josh McCown on a sack and then scooped up the ball on a 31-yard return for his first career NFL touchdown in St. Louis' 42-21 victory over Chicago.
-Jeff Heath, Cowboys, returned a fumble 50 yards for a touchdown as Dallas edged the New York Giants 24-21.
-Leonard Johnson, Buccaneers, returned one of Matthew Stafford's four interceptions 48 yards for a score to help Tampa Bay top Detroit 24-21.
STREAKS & STATS
Tampa Bay has won three straight after losing its first eight, joining the 1978 St. Louis Cardinals as the only NFL team to do that. The Buccaneers topped Detroit 24-21 on Sunday. ... Maurice Jones-Drew ran for a season-high 84 yards and a touchdown and the Jacksonville Jaguars extended the Houston Texans' losing streak to a franchise-record nine games with a 13-6 victory. The two-time AFC South champions haven't won since Sept. 15. ... After a 9-0 start, Kansas City has lost two in a row after San Diego beat the Chiefs 41-38, ending the Chargers' three-game skid. ... Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger improved to 16-1 against Cleveland after a 27-11 victory. The Steelers are 25-5 against the Browns since 1999. ... Tennessee had two 100-yard receivers (Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright) and a 300-yard passer (Ryan Fitzpatrick) in the same game for the first time since Dec. 19, 2004, in a loss to Oakland. ... Baltimore's 19-3 win over the New York Jets marked the fewest points allowed by the Ravens since December 2009, a 48-3 win over Detroit. ... The Jets had alternated wins and losses in their first 10 games, but the pattern ended here with their second straight defeat. Coach Rex Ryan, who also served as defensive line coach with Baltimore from 1999-2004, fell to 0-3 against his former team. ... Miami's Ryan Tannehill was sacked three times by Carolina to increase his season total to 44, a franchise record.
Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald had five catches for 52 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals' 40-11 win over Indianapolis, giving him 11,019 yards receiving - the youngest player in NFL history (30 years, 85 days) to reach 11,000. The previous mark was held by Randy Moss at 30 years, 222 days. ... San Diego's Antonio Gates had three catches for 21 yards in the Chargers' 41-38 win at Kansas City, making him the fourth TE in NFL history with 700 catches and 9,000 yards. ... Chicago's Matt Forte had 77 yards on 16 carries and has 6,178 with the Bears, passing Neal Anderson for second on the franchise career list behind Walter Payton, who had 16,726.
ALL TIED UP
Minnesota and Green Bay played to a 26-26 draw on Sunday, the first tie in the NFL since a game between St. Louis and San Francisco ended 24-24 on Nov. 11, 2012. It was the first game to end in a tie under the new overtime rule instituted that continues the extra period if both teams open with field goals. Mason Crosby hit from 20 yards at 10:28 of the extra period and Blair Walsh connected from 35 with 3:54 left. A touchdown by either team would have ended the game. Jacksonville and Houston both kicked field goals to open OT in a game on Nov. 18, 2012, then the Texans won it with a touchdown.
Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 26-26 tie with Green Bay. Playing in his 100th career game, Peterson has 9,846 yards rushing, the third-most in NFL history for a player's first 100 games. He passed Barry Sanders (9,766) trails only Eric Dickerson (10,818) and Jim Brown (10,403). Peterson also has rushed for 86 touchdowns, the fifth-most in a player's first 100 games.
St. Louis rookie wide receiver-punt returner Tavon Austin had a 65-yard touchdown run in the Rams' 42-21 win over Chicago. He had touchdown receptions of 81 and 57 yards and a 98-yard punt-return touchdown in Week 10, the Rams' previous game. Austin is the first player in NFL history to record a punt return TD of 95-plus yards, a receiving score of 80-plus yards and a rushing touchdown of 65 yards or more in a single season. He also joined Hall of Famers Jim Brown (1963) and Gale Sayers (1965) as the only players in NFL history to score four touchdowns of at least 50 yards in a two-game span in a single season.
Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson had seven catches for 115 yards in the Lions' 24-21 loss to Tampa Bay, giving him 861 yards receiving in his past five games - the most in NFL history for such a span in one season. The previous mark was 822 yards set by Charley Hennigan in 1961.
Cam Newton led a late comeback for the second time in a week, converting a fourth-and-10 situation at his 20 with a completion to keep alive Carolina's final possession, and the Panthers' touchdown with 43 seconds left beat Miami 20-16. The Panthers (8-3) overcame a 16-3 first-half deficit for their seventh win in a row, their longest streak since 2003. Newton led Carolina past New England with a late comeback last Monday night.
The Long brothers - Chicago guard Kyle and St. Louis defensive end Chris - lined up close to each other all day and were the focal point of one skirmish in the first half of the Rams' 42-21 win Sunday. After Josh McCown threw an incomplete pass to fullback Tony Fiammetta in the second half, Fiammetta and Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson squared off, causing players from both teams to rumble. Kyle Long raced down the field to get to Rams end William Hayes, and had him down before his big brother intervened. Chris Long, who had taken the play off, raced off the sideline to corral Kyle Long and drag him from the fight to the sideline.
Green Bay backup quarterback Matt Flynn threw for 218 yards and helped spark a rally from a 16-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to the Minnesota Vikings. But the teams could only muster field goals in overtime and had to settle for a 26-26 draw Sunday. Flynn, Aaron Rodgers' former backup who was re-signed last week, replaced the ineffective Scott Tolzien and finished 21 of 36 for 218 yards and a touchdown.
The Kansas City Chiefs could be without their top two pass rushers for a while after Tamba Hali sprained his right ankle and Justin Houston sprained his elbow in a 41-38 loss to San Diego on Sunday. Neither player was in the locker room after the game, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid said both of them were scheduled to have MRI exams on Monday. ... The Chargers could be without top running back Ryan Mathews for a while after he left the game with a hamstring injury. ... Cleveland quarterback Jason Campbell left with a concussion following a sack in the third quarter in the Browns' loss against Pittsburgh. ... Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis left the Buccaneers' win over Detroit with a groin injury. Tampa Bay also lost tight end Tom Crabtree to an arm injury in the win over the Lions. ... Rookie running back Zac Stacy was among three St. Louis Rams players evaluated for concussion-like symptoms against the Chicago Bears. Stacy, guard Chris Williams and cornerback Trumaine Johnson were all ruled out.
''I view it as a loss, personally. We gave up a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter. I don't have a sister, but I'm going to say it's like going to prom with your sister.'' - Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen after the Vikings and Green Bay Packers played to a 26-26 tie on Sunday.
''The emotions of this game were gone way before kickoff. I saw a lot of friends, a lot of dear guys on that team. But once the whistle blows, it's just you and your brother in the backyard.'' - Arizona coach Bruce Arians after his Cardinals routed Indianapolis 40-11. Arians became interim head coach of the Colts last season when Chuck Pagano was stricken with leukemia, and Indianapolis went 9-3 under Arians, earning him coach of the year honors and a head coaching job in the desert.
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