NFL 2012 Season — Week 14 Recap
Dramatic comebacks highlighted the action in Week 14 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a recap of this week’s games:
Washington 31 — Baltimore 28 (OT)
Despite an injury that sidelined quarterback Robert Griffin III at the end of the game, the Washington Redskins beat the Baltimore Ravens, 31-28, on Kai Forbath’s game-winning, 34-yard field goal in overtime in Landover, Md. on Sunday. Washington (7-6), rallied around backup quarterback Kirk Cousins in the final minute of regulation before winning the game in the extra session.
After suffering a sprained knee late in the fourth quarter, Griffin left with the Redskins trailing by eight points. Cousins threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon with 29 seconds remaining, and he then scored the tying 2-point conversion. After stopping the Ravens on the first series of overtime, the Redskins moved toward victory when Brandon Banks set up Forbath’s kick by returning a punt to the Ravens’ 24-yard-line. Griffin finished with 246 passing yards and a touchdown. Alfred Morris ran for 122 yards and a score for Washington
Ray Rice carried 20 times for 121 yards and a touchdown for Baltimore (9-4). Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 182 yards and three scores.
Dallas 20 — Cincinnati 19
Dan Bailey kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-19, in Cincinnati on Sunday. Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo passed for 268 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Dallas (7-6) won the game while still mourning the loss of practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown, who died in a one-car accident early Saturday morning in Texas. Cowboys’ defensive lineman Josh Brent, the driver of the vehicle, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Cincinnati (7-6) lost despite leading 19-10 heading into the fourth quarter. Andy Dalton threw for 206 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Bengals, while teammate BenJarvus Green-Ellis carried 12 times for 89 yards.
Indianapolis 27 — Tennessee 23
Andrew Luck rallied Indianapolis from a 13-point halftime deficit, and the Colts beat the Tennessee Titans, 27-23, in Indianapolis on Sunday. Adam Vinatieri kicked two fourth-quarter field goals to complete the comeback for Indianapolis (9-4). Luck finished with 196 passing yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Vick Ballard ran for 94 yards for the Colts.
Jake Locker threw for 262 yards and a score for Tennessee (4-9), but one of his two interceptions was returned three yards for a touchdown by Cassius Vaughn, aiding the Colts’ comeback. Kenny Britt led the Titans with 143 receiving yards on eight receptions.
Green Bay 27 — Detroit 20
DuJuan Harris scored on a tie-breaking, 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions, 27-20, at snowy Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc. on Sunday night. Aaron Rodgers threw for 173 yards for Green Bay (9-4). He also gave the Packers their first lead, 17-14, on a 27-yard touchdown run with 11:54 to play in the third quarter. Randall Cobb had seven catches for 102 yards for Green Bay.
The Packers’ rally came after Matthew Stafford ran for one touchdown and threw for another to build a 14-0 lead for Detroit (4-9) early in the second quarter. Stafford finished with 264 yards passing, but he had an interception and a second-quarter fumble that was returned 43 yards for a score by Packers’ defensive end Mike Daniels. Calvin Johnson had 10 receptions for 118 yards for the Lions.
Philadelphia 23 — Tampa Bay 21
Nick Foles threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin with no time remaining, and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 23-21, in Tampa on Sunday. The scoring pass to Maclin was Foles’ second of the final four minutes of the game. He threw for 381 yards and ran for a score near the end of the first half for Philadelphia (4-9), which snapped an eight-game losing streak.
Tampa Bay (6-7) held the Eagles to just 29 total rushing yards, but the Buccaneers’ offense could not convert a third down late in the fourth quarter and had to punt the ball back to Philadelphia prior to the game-winning drive. Doug Martin ran for 128 yards and a touchdown for the Buccaneers. Teammate Vincent Jackson caught six passes for 131 yards and a score.
Maclin finished with nine receptions for 104 yards and the game-winning score for the Eagles, while teammate Jason Avant caught seven passes for 133 yards.
St. Louis 15 — Buffalo 12
Sam Bradford threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson with 48 seconds remaining, and the St. Louis Rams beat the Buffalo Bills, 15-12, in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Sunday. Bradford finished with 209 passing yards for St. Louis (6-6-1), which won its third straight game. Gibson caught six passes for 100 yards, including the game-winning score for the Rams. Ryan Fitzpatrick passed for 247 yards and a touchdown for Buffalo (5-8), but he was intercepted by Jo-Lonn Dunbar with 12 seconds left, ending the Bills’ hopes.
N.Y. Giants 52 — New Orleans 27
David Wilson ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns and added another score on a 97-yard kickoff return, and the New York Giants outscored the New Orleans Saints, 52-27 in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday. After Elbert Mack picked-off an Eli Manning pass and returned it 73 yards for a touchdown, New York (8-5) rallied for two quick scores and never relinquished the lead. Manning threw for 259 yards and four touchdowns for the Giants, who retained their one-game lead in the NFC East. Victor Cruz had eight receptions for 121 yards and a score for New York. Drew Brees threw for 354 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for New Orleans (5-8). Saints’ receiver Joseph Morgan caught two passes for 102 yards.
Carolina 30 — Atlanta 20
Cam Newton passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns, and the Carolina Panthers beat the Atlanta Falcons, 30-20, in Charlotte on Sunday. Newton also ran for 116 yards, including a 72-yard score, as Carolina (4-9) shocked Atlanta (11-2). Steve Smith caught seven passes for 109 yards for the Panthers.
Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 342 yards, two scores and a fourth-quarter interception that ended his team’s chance to rally. Roddy White had nine catches for 117 yards with a touchdown for Atlanta.
Minnesota 21 — Chicago 14
Adrian Peterson ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns, and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Chicago Bears, 21-14, in Minneapolis on Sunday. Harrison Smith added a 56-yard interception return for a score for Minnesota (7-6). Vikings’ quarterback Christian Ponder threw for just 91 yards and an interception. Jay Cutler passed for 260 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for Chicago (8-5). He left the game in the fourth quarter after taking a blow to the head. Brandon Marshall had 10 catches for 160 yards, including a score for the Bears.
San Francisco 27 — Miami 13
Frank Gore ran for 63 yards and a touchdown, and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Miami Dolphins, 27-13, in San Francisco on Sunday. Colin Kaepernick passed for 185 yards and ran for a late 50-yard touchdown for San Francisco (9-3-1). Michael Crabtree had nine receptions for 93 yards for the 49ers. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 150 yards and a touchdown for Miami (5-8).
San Diego 34 — Pittsburgh 24
Philip Rivers threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns, and the San Diego Chargers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-24, in Pittsburgh on Sunday. San Diego (5-8) built a 27-10 lead before coasting in the fourth quarter. Danario Alexander had seven receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 285 yards and three, second-half touchdowns for Pittsburgh (7-6). He also had two turnovers, both of which led to quick Chargers’ touchdowns. Mike Wallace made seven catches for 112 yards and two scores for the Steelers.
N.Y. Jets 17 — Jacksonville 10
Bilal Powell’s 4-yard, fourth-quarter rushing touchdown provided the margin of victory, and the New York Jets beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 17-10, in Jacksonville on Sunday. New York (6-7) trailed 3-0 at halftime, but rallied to stay in the playoff chase. Powell had 78 rushing yards for the Jets, while teammate Shonn Greene ran for 77 yards, including a third-quarter score. Chad Henne threw for 185 yards and an interception for Jacksonville (2-11).
Cleveland 30 — Kansas City 7
Trent Richardson ran for two touchdowns and Travis Benjamin returned a punt 93 yards for a game-changing score, as the Cleveland Browns beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-7, in Cleveland on Sunday. Cleveland (5-8) won its third straight game, never trailing after Benjamin’s second-quarter punt return. Jamaal Charles ran for 165 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown on the game’s first play for Kansas City (2-11).
Seattle 58 — Arizona 0
Marshawn Lynch ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns, and the Seahawks embarrassed the Arizona Cardinals, 58-0, in Seattle on Sunday. After cruising to a 38-0 halftime lead, Seattle (8-5) was conservative in the second half, but they still tacked on 20 additional points thanks to the ineptitude of Arizona (4-9), which committed eight turnovers. Reserve running back Robert Turbin added 108 rushing yards for the Seahawks. The Cardinals managed just 154 total yards of offense in losing their ninth straight game. Arizona quarterback John Skelton threw for just 74 yards and four interceptions — two each by Richard Sherman and Bobby Wagner — before being pulled for Ryan Lindley.
[Stats via NFL.com]