This week saw Tom Brady breaking the record for the most wins by any Quarterback, as he surpassed Peyton Manning’s record of 200 wins in the Patriots game with the LA Rams. Tampa Bay continued their late surge into the playoff picture as they go under the radar by many, but are in the thick of it. Chicago picked up only their 3rd win of the season and could have come at a cost of a high draft pick for next year. Dallas remain the form team still, while Detroit and Oakland keep picking up victories in this unpredictable season so far.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS 15 – 17 DALLAS COWBOYS
Dallas Cowboys headed to the U.S Bank Stadium in Minnesota and chalked up their 11th victory in a row, with Dez Bryant completing 4 passes in the game for 84 yards and one of those catches putting the Cowboys ahead in the fourth quarter. Ezekiel Elliott gave Dallas a 7-3 lead in the second quarter with a 1 yard touchdown, but Kai Forbath kicked his third field goal to put the Viking back in front at 9-7 early in the fourth. That Dez Bryant touchdown then saw the Cowboys retaking the lead and with Dan Bailey kicking a 39 yard field goal it saw the score open up to a 17-9 game for the NFC East side. Jerick McKinnon with 25 seconds left saw the home side scoring and their attempt to tie the game with a two-point conversion failed and handed the win to Dallas.
ATLANTA FALCONS 28 – 29 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
A thriller at the Georgia Dome saw the Chiefs taking it late on thanks to the fantastic work from Eric Berry who collected two interceptions in the game and none more important than the his second one, as an attempted two-point play for Atlanta was returned instead for a Chiefs two pointer. Kansas City scored 3 touchdowns in the first half to cancel out the soul Atlanta one that Devonta Freeman scored, as Spencer Ware collected a couple of scores and then Eric Berry returned a 37 yard interception to move the Chiefs 20-13. Albert Wilson then made it a 16-point game with touchdown in the third quarter and then Devonta Freeman and Aldrick Robinson put the Falcons one ahead of the visitors at 28-27. Berry then intercepted a two-point attempt by the Falcons and had him streaking away to give Kansas City the win.
BUFFALO BILLS 24 – 38 OAKLAND RAIDERS
Oakland Raiders produced a stunning comeback from 15 points down late in the third quarter, to then storm back to victory and win by 14 points themselves at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum. Touchdowns by Tyrod Taylor and two from Mike Gillislee put the Bills in a dominant position at 24-9 with Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski trying his best to help his side stay in contention with Buffalo. Things then changed late on towards the third quarter, as Oakland started their comeback and saw them scoring 15 unanswered points. Late scores in the third by Michael Crabree and a Latavius Murray touchdown put the Raiders one shy at 23-24 and then Amari Cooper and second touchdown from Murray helped the Oakland Raider completely flip the game around and see them remain top of the AFC West ahead of their meeting with the Chiefs next week.
NY GIANTS 14 – 24 PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Pittsburgh defence in the first half proved to be the key to victory in their win over the Giants, as they shutout the NFC East side for the opening two quarters at Heinz Field. The Steelers led 14-0 after a Antonio Brown touchdown and couple of field goals by Randy Bullock. Rashad Jennings put points on the board for the Giants with a 13-yard score before Ladarius Green reopened the 14 point lead again for Pittsburgh with a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Eli Manning threw a 1 yard pass to Sterling Shepard with 26 seconds left on the game and saw the Giants take a knock to their playoff hopes.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS 23 – 31 ARIZONA CARDINALS
Arizona quarterback had a stunning performance as he threw for 300 yards which resulted in 3 Touchdowns for the Cardinals in a win hard-fought win at the University of Phoenix Stadium. David Johnson put Arizona ahead in the first quarter before Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins then ran in for a score in the third quarter to put the Redskins ahead at 13-10. Michael Floyd had given the lead back to the Cardinals later in the quarter, that was until Jamison Crowder scored on a 26-yard pass to see the lead swapping again. A touchdown either side of a 53 yard field by Dustin Hopkins saw the Arizona Cardinals home with David Johnson picking up his second touchdown and then J.J Nelson with a 42-yard play sealed the deal.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 28 – 21 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Tampa Bay made it 4 wins on the spin in Week 13 as they defeated Phil Rivers and his San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. San Diego twice led in the game with Dontrelle Inman and Melvin Gordon getting into the endzone, while a Doug Martin score for the Buccaneers was sandwiched in between the Chargers touchdowns for a 14-7 half-time score. Second half saw the Buccaneers put in a swashbuckling display with 2 TD’s through Lavonte David and fourth effort by Cameron Brate to give Tampa Bay victory despite Tyrell William 40 yard TD earlier in the third quarter for the Chargers.
CAROLINA PANTHERS 7 – 40 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Seattle completely destroyed the Carolina Panthers at CenturyLink Field as Panthers head coach Ron Rivera benched his quarterback Cam Newton for the opening drive of the game, after he fell foul of a team dress-code violation and saw him watching on from the sidelines. From the kickoff it seemed like the Seahawks had their opponents number and led 10-0 with a Thomas Rawls 8-yard run proving to be the only TD in the opening quarter. Ted Ginn Jr then gave the visitors their only joy in the contest as he scored a 55 TD to the Panthers within 3 points. However a second Thomas Rawls TD and 2 kicks by Steve Hauschka moved Seattle out to a 23-7 lead at half-time. A 75-yard run by Tyler Lockett TD and a 1-yard TD from Jimmy Graham saw the Seahawks pushing the 40 points barrier before Hauschka kicked a 28 yard field goal to complete the massacre.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 41 – 10 NY JETS
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had a game and a half, as he threw for 278 yards and 4 TD’s in the contest at MetLife Stadium in New York. Indianapolis led 24-3 through a hat trick of touchdowns by Dwayne Allen in the first half and saw Nick Folk 38 yard kick being the only response from the Jets after three-quarters of the game. Donte Moncrief and Robert Turbin scored either side of a Adam Vinatieri field goal for the Colts, as Robby Anderson completed a 40 yard pass to see him get New York at least into double figures.
DETROIT LIONS 28 – 13 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
The Detroit Lions tightened their grip of the NFC North with a win over the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome. Theo Riddick added a TD to a Matt Prater field goal for a 10-0 lead and after kicks between the two sides were traded for the following two quarters, it saw Lions holding firm at 19-6 after three-quarters of play. John Kuhn scored a 1-yard TD for the Saints as they looked to force their way back, but a 66 yard TD by Golden Tate pretty much sealed the win for Detroit and had Prater kicking over a 52-yard field goal to make sure of the victory.
LOS ANGELES RAMS 10 – 26 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
New England’s Tom Brady broke the NFL record for the most wins as he picked up his 201st victory beating the previous of 200 set by Peyton Manning last year. The Patriots lead 17-0 at half time after TD’s by LeGarrette Blount and Chris Hogan put the hosts ahead at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. After Greg Zuerlein kicked the Rams on the scoreboard midway through the third quarter, it then saw Stephen Gostkowski converting on 3 kicks himself and leave the game 26-3 in favour of New England. Kenny Britt picked up a TD for Los Angeles inside the final two minutes of the game, but the day belonged to Tom Brady and saw him going into the history books as the QB with the most wins of all-time.
DENVER BRONCOS 20 – 10 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Denver kept their playoff hopes alive with a win over the mistake-ridden Jacksonville Jaguars as two interceptions by quarterback Blake Bortles saw him and the Jags handing victory to the Broncos at EverBank Field. Devontae Booker ran in for a 6-yard TD in the second quarter after a scoreless first and saw Brandon McManus last kick of the first half giving the away side a 10-3 lead at the break. Bradley Roby then returned a 51-yard interception off a pass by Bortles to see the Broncos going 17-3 up. In the fourth quarter the Jaguars QB made up for his earlier mistake and completed a 22 yard run into the endzone for a TD and have his side one score away from levelling the game. However hope was dashed when McManus kicked a late field goal to give Denver the game.
HOUSTON TEXANS 13 – 21 GREEN BAY PACKERS
Aaron Rodgers made 209 yards and threw for 2 TD passes in the game, while also possibly damaging a hamstring in the Packers win over the Texans at Lambeau Field in one of a couple of games affected by the snow. Randell Cobb put Green Bay ahead in the contest after the second quarter and saw Ryan Griffin respond for the Houston Texans with a 6 yard TD pass from Brock Osweiler to tie the game. Jordy Nelson then made it 14-7 early in the fourth quarter for Green Bay and the Packers increased their lead when Aaron Ripkowski went in for a 3 yard run to make it a 21-7 points game. DeAndre Hopkins then scored a 44 yard TD to give the Texans late hope with just under 2 minutes left to go, but the extra point was no good and saw the chance of coming back evaporate from that point.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 14 – 32 CINCINNATI BENGALS
This was a game that the Cincinnati Bengals had full control from kick off and never looked in any danger at all. The Bengals led 19-0 at the break with Jeremy Hill and Tyler Eifert claiming a TD each and have Mike Nugent enjoying a better kicking day then in previous weeks, though he did slice his extra point attempt at the end of the first half wide and get some boos his way from the home fans in the Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati continued their battering of the Eagles after Brandon LaFell completed a 8 yard pass to grab the Bengals third TD of the game. Philadelphia then picked up a couple of TD’s as firstly Zach Ertz went in for a 13 yard pass and then Darren Sproles ran into the endzone for a 2 yard play to see the score 29-14 for the hosts, before Nugent slotted over a 38 field goal to condemn Eagles to defeat.
MIAMI DOLPHINS 6 – 38 BALTIMORE RAVENS
Miami saw their 6-game run come to a screaming halt at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium, as Joe Flacco quarterback threw for 381 yard and collected 4 touchdowns for the Ravens in the process. Baltimore took a 24-0 lead after the first half thanks to TD’s by Terrance West and a brace from Dennis Pitta as the Ravens dominated the Dolphins in the opening two quarters. DeVante Parker picked up a 8-yard TD for Miami in the opening minute of the third quarter, but also saw them missing out on the two-point conversion. The Ravens regrouped and had Breshad Perriman entering the endzone along with second score for Terrance West as the home side beat up the Dolphins to see the Ravens strengthen their playoff hopes.
CHICAGO BEARS 26 – 6 SAN FRANCISCO 49ers
A freezing cold and Snowy Soldier Field was the setting for two of the worst sides in the NFC this season as the (1-10) 49ers met the (2-9) Bears in Chicago. It did have the feeling that it was a double edged sword the contest as whole, as win would improve the respective sides record, but cost them a higher draft pick in the process. Phil Dawson kicked two field goals to put San Francisco 6-0 up and that was until Jordan Howard claimed a hat-trick with one TD in the second quarter and then two more in the third saw the Bears 21-6 ahead. Connor Barth added a field goal and then Leonard Floyd caused a safety to see the Bears move to 3-9 on the year and scupper a potential higher draft pick with the victory. Special mention should go to Defensive-End Akiem Hicks who had a stunning game with 2 sacks and caused a fumble off the 49ers.