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Week 14 in Review

Week 14 in Review

 

Texans 28 — Bucs 14

That

Luke McCown magic ran out in a hurry as the Texans scored 7 in each quarter in their 28-14 rout of the Bucs.

McCown didn’t throw a TD in the loss, but Sage Rosenfels tossed for 3 TDs on 209 yards. The Bucs dropped to 8-5 and now sit in the 4th spot in the NFC playoff picture. The Texans are on the outside looking in at 6-7.

 

For

Houston,

Andre Johnson caught 9 balls for 82 yards and a score. Owen Daniels had 20 yards receiving and a TD as well.

Ron Dayne rushed for 17 yards on 7 carries, but left the game with an injury. As for the Bucs,

Earnest Graham continued his tremendous success this season with a 61-yard, 2 TD effort on the ground. He was also a receiving threat catching 6 balls for 45 yards.

Joey

Galloway was

McCown’s leading target with 87 receiving yards.

Tampa

Bay will host

Atlanta next week while

Houston will play vs.

Denver on the NFL Network Thursday night game.

 

Packers 38 — Raiders 7

The only thing noteworthy from this game was that Brett Favre started for the Pack despite nursing injuries. He threw for 266 yards, 2 TD’s, and 1 pick in the Packers’ blowout of

Oakland.

Ryan Grant ran for 156 yards and a TD on 29 carries for

Green Bay.

Greg Jennings and

Donald Lee each were TD recipients with 100 and 71 receiving yards, respectively. The Pack will travel to

St. Louis next weekend.

 

The Raiders fell to 4-9 on the year with their loss at Lambeau.

Josh McCown threw for 110 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INT’s before being replaced by

Andrew Walter.

Justin

Fargas ran for only 57 yards and

Jerry Porter had the lone Raider TD.

 

Cowboys 28 — Lions 27

There was highway robbery in Motown Sunday afternoon as the Cowboys stole one from the Lions for their 12th win of the season.

 

Lion 4th quarter missed opportunities:

1)

    

Jason Hanson

misses a 35-yard FG to potentially give

Detroit a two-score lead with ten minutes to go.

2)

    

Jason Witten

fumbled at the 1-yard line with under six minutes to go, but the Lions couldn’t put together a drive to seal the win.

3)

    

Dallas

recovers a

Tony

Romo fumble with a minute remaining when a Lion had the ball in his grasp.

4)

    

Dallas

converts the ensuing 4th and 6 play to keep the drive alive.

 

The Lions had plenty of chances to win this game, but in the end it was

Tony Romo doing it again leading

Dallas to a victory. His 16-yard strike to

Jason Witten tied the game with 18 seconds remaining and

Nick Folk nailed the XP to give them the lead.

Witten finished the game with 15 catches for 138 yards and that TD.

Marion Barber also had a big game rushing for 43 yards, catching 10 balls for 61 yards, and totaling 3 TD’s.

 

As for

Detroit, they dropped their 5th straight and fell to 6-7 on the year.

Jon Kitna threw for 248 yards, but it was the run game for

Detroit which made them successful in this one.

Kevin Jones ran for 92 yards and 2 scores while

TJ

Duckett rumbled for 60 yards and a score.

Shaun McDonald led all Lion wide outs with 8 catches for 96 yards.

Bengals 19 — Rams 10

It wasn’t such a pretty one in Cincy on Sunday.

Brock Berlin made the start for the Rams and threw for 153 yards and a pick. The Rams didn’t score an offensive TD in the game, but

Steven Jackson had a good game on the ground with 91 yards on 18 carries.

Torry Holt caught 8 balls for 90 yards in the loss.

 

The Bengals won an ugly game scoring a TD in the 1st quarter, but kicked 4 FG’s the rest of the way.

Carson Palmer threw for only 189 yards and 2 INT’s.

Rudi Johnson ran for 92 yards and a TD in one of his best outings of the year.

Chad Johnson and

TJ Houshmandzadeh had just 60 and 58 yards receiving, respectively. The 5-8 Bengals will play on Saturday night in

San Francisco next week.

 

Bills 38 — Dolphins 17

Look who is back in the playoff hunt. The Buffalo Bills dominated the winless Dolphins from the start. They led 31-7 at the half led by their defense and QB Trent Edwards, who threw for only 165 yards, but 4 TD’s.

Fred Jackson and

Marshawn

Lynch spilt the load, but ran for 115 and 107 yards, respectively.

Lee Evans and

Robert Royal each had a pair of TD’s in the win.

Buffalo is now 7-6 and will play at

Cleveland in a key AFC wildcard matchup.

 

As for

Miami, it was the same story, but a different week. The 0-13 Dolphins will have their best chance to win next week home vs the Ravens. However, it wasn’t pretty this week.

John Beck threw just two passes before being replaced by

Cleo

Lemon, who didn’t do much better throwing for 241 yards and 2 picks.

Samkon Gado rushed for 52 yards and 2 TD’s in place of the injured

Jesse Chatman.

 

Chargers 23 — Titans 17

San Diego

scored the last 20 points in this one, including a game-winning TD by

Tomlinson in overtime. The Chargers trailed all game and

Rivers, who was banged up early in the game, led them in their comeback. He hit

Antonio Gates with about ten seconds to go in regulation on a 2-yard fade to send it to overtime. It was a tremendous comeback by the Chargers and a loss that will haunt

Tennessee all off-season if they do not make the playoffs.

Rivers threw for 228 yards, 2 TD’s, and 2 INT’s while

Tomlinson ran for 146 yards and 1 TD. He also caught 5 balls for 27 yards and a TD.

 

Vince Young

had a rough game throwing for 121 yards and 2 INT’s. The ground game kept the Titans fighting as

LenDale White carried 30 times for 113 yards and a TD. The Titans are now 7-6 and travel to

Kansas City next week. They’ll likely need to win out and get some help in the AFC wildcard picture.

 

Giants 16 — Eagles 13

DOINK. The loud, clanking noise that the defense loves to hear and the kicker dreads. David Akers heard that sound from 57-yards away on Sunday as he hit the right upright at the buzzer, which would have sent the game to overtime. The Giants beat the Eagles thanks to a big game by the

Manning

Burress connection.

Plaxico stepped up with 7 grabs for 136 yards and the go-ahead TD in the 3rd quarter. Eli threw for 219 yards and that TD in the win.

Brandon Jacobs returned and was a bit rusty fumbling twice and running for only 70 yards on 22 carries. The NY Giants are now 9-4 and have a chokehold on the 5th spot in the NFC playoff picture.

 

The Eagles pretty much cashed in their playoff hopes for the 2007 season with that loss. They are now 5-8 and it will be an interesting off-season in the City of

Brotherly Love. The center of that controversy,

Donovan McNabb, threw 179 yards and a TD to

Brian

Westbrook, who had 116 yards on the ground and 38 receiving. However, it was a

Westbrook fumble that turned this game around in the 2nd half.

 

Jaguars 37 — Panthers 6

There wasn’t much to see here as the Jaguars dominated the Panthers in a 37-6 rout.

David Garrard threw for 230 yards with 2 TD’s in the win and

Fred Taylor ran for 132 yards and a score.

Reggie Williams caught 5 balls for 90 yards and a TD in the win.

Jacksonville took their anger out on the Panthers after losing to the Colts the week before.

 

Carolina

didn’t look good at all as

Vinny Testaverde threw for only 84 yards and a pick.

Foster had 46 yards on the ground and

Steve Smith caught 6 balls for 44 yards. The Panthers will host the Seahawks next week.

 

Seahawks 42 — Cardinals 21

Matt Hasselbeck

continues to lead the way for the Seahawks as he threw for 272 yards and 4 TD’s in the

Seattle blowout of the Cardinals. The Seahawks are playing very good football right now and their defense also came to play on Sunday intercepting

Kurt Warner 5 times.

Seattle has a good chance to secure the 3 seed in the NFC with the Bucs losing to the Texans.

 

Kurt Warner

threw for 337 yards, 3 TD’s, but 5 INT’s in the Cards 7th loss of the year. At 6-7, they now stand on the outside looking in.

Fitzgerald caught 6 balls for 79 yards and a TD while

Jerheme Urban led all ARZ WR’s with 123 yards and a score.

Arizona will travel to

New Orleans next week in a potential knockout game.

 

Vikings 27 — 49ers 7

The first plays from scrimmage set the tone in this one. The 49ers began the game with a false start and then

Kevin Williams picked off

Trent Dilfer and ran it for a TD just 14 seconds into the game.

Chester Taylor ran for 101 yards and a TD, but

Adrian Peterson ran for just 3 yards on 14 carries. It was a bit surprising considering his performance the week before and the 49ers being his opponent.

Minnesota is now the frontrunner for the final wildcard spot in the NFC.

 

Dilfer

was replaced by

Shaun Hill in this game and he threw for 181 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT in the loss.

Frank Gore ran for 68 yards against a stingy

Minnesota run defense. He also caught 8 balls for 49 yards, but fumbled twice. San Fran will host a Saturday night game against the Bengals on NFL Network.

 

Patriots 34 — Steelers 13

The “

OWNAGE OF THE WEEK AWARD” goes to the New England Patriots offense owning Anthony Smith. Tom Brady continued to make it a point to pick on Smith, who guaranteed a Steeler win earlier in the week. Brady threw for 399 yards and 4 TD’s while Randy Moss had 2 of them and 135 yards. Jabaar Gaffney and Wes Welker also each had a TD reception. The Patriots are now 13-0 as the undefeated season rolls on.

 

During the first drive, it looked like the Steelers would be in this until the end. However, their 3-0 lead didn’t last long. Big Ben threw for 187 yards and a TD while

Willie Parker ran for 124 yards on 21 carries.

Hines Ward caught 5 balls for 39 yards in the loss. The Pats stepped up in a big way after their Monday Night scare in

Baltimore.

 

Broncos 41 — Chiefs 7

Jay Cutler

had a career day at Invesco Field on Sunday throwing for 244 yards and 4 TD’s in

Denver’s blowout of the Chiefs. That

Mike Shanahan and his

Denver RBs…

Selvin Young ran for 156 yards on 17 carries, but

Travis Henry (24 yards) got the lone Bronco rushing TD.

Brandon Marshall caught 10 balls for 115 yards and 2 TD’s in one of his best outings of his young career.

Denver is now 6-7 and they’ll spend the offseason looking at the Bear loss two weeks ago.

 

Kolby Smith

ran for just 12 yards on 13 carries for the Chiefs. That about summed up their day in

Denver.

Croyle threw for 132 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT as

Tony

Gonzalez caught 7 balls for 76 of those yards and the lone KC score.

Kansas City, who once stood at , dropped to 4-9 with the loss.

 

Browns 24 — Jets 18

The Browns held on to a big road win in

New York as they still lead the pack for the 6th playoff spot in the AFC.

Derek Anderson threw for 185 yards, 2 TD’s, and 1 INT in the

Cleveland win.

Braylon Edwards caught 3 balls for 63 yards and a TD, but

Jamal Lewis was the main man for the Browns. He caught a TD and also ran for 118 yards and a late score to seal the deal.

Cleveland will have their biggest game of the season next week in the dog-pound against the 7-6 Buffalo Bills.

 

The Jets fell to 3-10 on the year with their loss, which had some questionable decisions made by Eric Mangini.

Thomas Jones ran for 106 yards and

Jerricho

Cotchery caught 6 balls for 119 yards. The Jets will face the Patriots in Foxsboro next weekend in what should be an intriguing game, to say the least.

 

Colts 44 — Ravens 20

The Colts came back to

Baltimore and then left in the middle of the night with a win.

Baltimore clearly had a hangover from the loss to the Pats on MNF.

Peyton Manning had his way throwing for 249 yards and 4 TD’s.

Reggie Wayne caught a TD and finished with 42 receiving yards.

Anthony Gonzalez led the way with 134 yards and 2 scores for the Colts.

Joseph Addai also racked up 32 yards on the ground, 49 yards in the receiving category, and totaled 3 TD’s. The Colts are now 11-2 and appear to be in cruise control with the 2-seed in clear view.

 

Baltimore

dropped to 4-9 on the year and

Kyle Boller was pulled late for

Troy

Smith, who was about the only bright spot for Raven fans on the night. He ran in a TD late for his first of his career.

Willis McGahee ran for just 45 yards and snapped his TD streak.

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