By GEOFF MEHL, Guest Reporter
AFC Week 14 Recap
The Dallas Cowboys (7-6) came back from a nine point deficit to defeat the (7-6) Cincinnati Bengals 20-19. Quarterback Tony Romo led the way for the emotional Cowboys passing for 268 yards and a touchdown on 25 of 43 attempts. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was the star for the Bengals passing for 206 yards and a touchdown.
The Cleveland Browns (5-8) routed the Kansas City Chiefs (2-11) at home, 30-7. Rookie running back Trent Richardson tied legend and former Cleveland running back Jim Brown for the rookie rushing touchdown record, scoring two touchdowns in the game to make it nine on the season. He finished with 42 yards on 18 carries.
The Buffalo Bills (5-8) fell to the St. Louis Rams (6-6-1), 15-12, at home on a last minute touchdown. Rams quarterback Sam Bradford drove 84 yards on 14 plays and connected with Brandon Gibson for a 13-yard touchdown with :48 seconds left. Gibson finished with six catches for 100 yards.
The San Diego Chargers (5-8) surprised the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6) at home, 34-24, in “Big Ben” Roethlisberger’s return. Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander caught two out of three touchdown passes by quarterback Phillips Rivers in the win. Roethlisberger was decent in his return, passing for 285 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.
The New York Jets (6-7) ran over the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11), 17-10, behind running backs Bilal Powell and Shonn Greene. The pair rushed for 155 yards on 39 carries and each scoring a touchdown. Jacksonville third string running back Montell Owen had a big day rushing 14 times for 91 yards and a touchdown. He averaged over six yards per carry in the game.
NFC Week 14 Recap
Adrian Peterson led the Minnesota Vikings (7-6) to a win over their division rival Chicago Bears (8-5), 21-14. Peterson had a huge day, rushing 31 times for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Peterson had 100 yards by the end of the first quarter and is on pace to eclipse the 2,000 yards mark for the first time in his career.
The Indianapolis Colts (9-4) rallied back from 13 points to defeat the Tennessee Titans (4-9), 27-23. Two clutch field goals by kicker Adam Vinatieri in the fourth quarter, including a 53-yard field goal. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck leads the NFL in comebacks with six on the season.
The Philadelphia Eagles (4-9) mustered up their fourth win of the year, 23-21, over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7). Eagles quarterback Nick Foles completed a one-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin as time expired. Foles passed for 381 yards and two touchdowns snapping their eight game losing streak.
The Washington Redskins (7-6) surprised the Baltimore Ravens (9-4) in overtime, 31-28, behind a backup quarterback, and former Michigan State Spartan, Kirk Cousins. Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III injured his knee in the second half, returned for a few plays, but couldn’t finish. Cousins went 2-2 for 26 yards including the game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion to send the game to overtime. Then in overtime he got the ‘Skins in position for rookie kicker Kai Forbath to kick the 34-yard game winning field goal.
Cam Newton pushed his Carolina Panthers past the Atlanta Falcons, 30-20. Newton passed for 287 yards completing 23 passes on of 35 attempts and two touchdowns. He also led the game in rushing, carrying nine times for 116 yards and a score. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 342 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the loss.
The San Francisco 49ers put away the Miami Dolphins, 27-13, behind quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers totaled 155 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the day. The highlight of the game was Kaepernick’s 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
The Seattle Seahawks blew out the Arizona Cardinals, 58-0, behind eight turnovers. The Cardinals had as many first downs as they did turnovers in the game. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch had an astounding 128 yards on just 11 carries and three touchdowns.
The New Orleans Saints lost big to the New York Giants, 52-27, on Sunday afternoon. Giants rookie running back David Wilson accumulated 327 all-purpose yards against the Saints, including a 97-yard kickoff return. Saints quarterback Drew Brees continued his struggles throwing two more interceptions, making it seven in two games.