Upon Further Review - Week 13

By: Nabeela Damji

Monday, December 4, 2017

Redkskins @ Cowboys

Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes, including a franchise record-breaker to Dez Bryant, as the Cowboys beat the Redskins 38-14 on Thursday night. This was their first win in four games.

Bryant’s leaping 13-yard catch in the end zone was the 2014 All-Pro’s first score in six games and 72nd of his career, one more than Hall of Famer Bob Hayes. Bryant still hasn’t had a 100-yard game, his longest drought to start a season since his second year in 2011

Ezekiel Elliot’s replacement Alfred Morris, had 127 yards rushing and a clinching touchdown.

The Redskins had already been eliminated in the division race and are virtually out of the post-season picture after Kirk Cousins threw two interceptions and lost a fumble while throwing two touchdown passes.

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins, who was 26 of 37 for 251 yards, was replaced by Colt McCoy late in the fourth quarter.

DeMarcus Lawrence, the NFL sacks leader most of the first half of the season, had two of Dallas’ four sacks, ending a two-game drought for the entire team and extending his career high to 13 1/2.

Panthers @Saints

After the loss last week, the Saints reclaimed top spot in the NFC south with a 31-21 divisional win against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon. This snapped Carolina’s four game winning streak.

Rookie sensation Alvin Kamara scored two TD’s in the win, and QB Drew Brees passed for 269 yards, including a 10-yard TD to Michael Thomas. Kamara’s 614 yards receiving and 606 yards rushing this season make him one of only three rookies in NFL history to have at least 600 yards as both a runner and receiver.

Panthers QB Cam Newton passed for 183 yards and touchdowns to Christian McCaffrey and Devin Funchess. Newton also ran for 51 yards. Jonathan Stewart added a short TD run for Carolina. Kamara has touchdowns in six straight games, the first time a Saints rookie has done so in the team’s 51-year history. Kamara needs three touchdowns to break George Rogers’ rookie franchise record of 13.

If I had a dollar for everytime Drew Brees broke a record, I would have as much money as…well…Drew Brees.

Brees, who completed 25 of 34 passes, reached 6,127 career completions, surpassing Peyton Manning (6,125) for the second-most all-time. Only Brett Favre has more with 6,300.

Lions @ Ravens

Ravne’s QB Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns, and the Ravens forced three turnovers Sunday in a 44-20 win over the Detroit Lions.

Flacco went 23 for 36, Alex Collins ran for 75 yards and two scores, and Baltimore stretched its season-high winning streak to three games.

Matthew Stafford completed a team-record 20 straight passes in the second half, twice cutting the deficit to a touchdown. He left late in the fourth quarter with a bruised right hand after being stepped on. He went 24 for 29 for 292 yards.

Stafford’s 20 straight completions broke the record held by, well, Matthew Stafford. He threw 13 successive complete passes on Dec. 4, 2016, against New Orleans.

The Lions lost their second straight following a three-game winning streak.

Vikings @ Falcons

Vikings QB Case Keenum threw a pair of touchdown passes, but it was the Vikings defence that helped extend their winning streak to eight with a 14-9 victory over the Falcons.

Keenum went 25 of 30 for 227 yards. He threw TD passes to Jerick McKinnon and Kyle Rudolph.

The Falcons were held without a touchdown for the first time since Dec. 13, 2015, in a 38-0 to Carolina . Ryan’s streak of 30 straight games with a TD pass also ended, going down as the eighth-longest in NFL history.

The league’s reigning MVP, Ryan finished 16 of 29 for just 173 yards — his lowest output since a 33-10 loss to Seattle in 2013, where he threw for 172 yards.

Julio Jones was held to a pair of catches for 24 yards. He had 12 receptions for 253 yards last week.

With the win and Detroit’s loss to Baltimore, the Vikings took a four-game lead in the NFC North and kept pace with Philadelphia in the race for the NFC’s top seed.

The Falcons were leading the league with a 48 per cent conversion rate on third down. They finished 1 of 10 against the Vikings.

Patriots @ Bills

The New England Patriots extended thier winning streak to eight games and closed in on their ninth consecutive AFC East title with a 23-3 win over the Buffalo Bills Sunday.

Bills Qb Tyrod Taylor hurt his left knee and was carted off the sideline early in the fourth quarter.

The Pats won their 14th consecutive road game — the second-longest streak in NFL history — and reached double-digits in victories for the 15th consecutive season. New England also improved to 30-5 against Buffalo since Patriots coach Bill Belichick was hired in 2000.

Tom Brady went 21 of 30 for 258 yards and an interception, while improving to 27-3 over Buffalo and breaking Brett Favre’s NFL record for most wins by a quarterback against any one opponent. Favre had 26 wins over Detroit.

Buffalo lost for the fourth time in five games. Taylor’s status is uncertain.

Rookie Nathan Peterman took over and went 6 of 15 for 50 yards.

49ers @ Bears

For the seven people who watched this nail biter, here you go.

Robbie Gould kicked the winning field goal, Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 293 yards in his first start for San Francisco as they beat the Chicago Bears 15-14 on Sunday.

Gould made all five field goals — none longer than 35 yards — in his first appearance at Soldier Field since Chicago cut him prior to the 2016 opener. Garoppolo completed 26 of 37 passes with an interception in his first start since being acquired by the 49ers in October. Chicago dropped its fifth straight, and coach John Fox fell to 12-32 in three seasons with the Bears. The Bears are putting the final touches on their fifth straight season without a winning record and will finish below .500 for the fourth year in a row. Mitchell Trubisky was 12 of 15 for 102 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

Tarik Cohen returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown. That made him the first NFL rookie with rushing, receiving, passing and punt return TDs in a season since Gale Sayers in 1965.

Awkward moment of the day: Gould said his father-in-law taught Garoppolo in high school.

Buccaneers @ Packers

Aaron Jones’ 20-yard scoring run on his only carry, was good enough to give the Green Bay Packers a 26-20 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Green Bay still trail NFC North leader Minnesota by four games.

Jameis Winston threw two touchdown passes to Cameron Brate in the loss.

Peyton Barber had 102 yards for 23 carries. Winston finished 21 of 32 for 270 yards, including an 11-yard scoring pass to Brate for a 20-17 lead with 6:02 left.

Packers Linebacker Clay Matthews had 2 1/2 sacks of Green Bay’s seven sacks.

Brett Hundley finished 13 of 22 for 84 yards, adding seven carries for 66 yards. Jamaal Williams ran for 113 yards on 21 carries for the Packers.

Some good news for Packers fans. QB Aaron Rodgers returned to practice on Saturday for the first time since getting hurt on Oct. 15 at Minnesota.

Colts @ Jaguars

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles threw two touchdown passes, Leonard Fournette scored for the first time in six weeks as the Jacksonville Jaguars won 30-10 against the Indianapolis Colts. The Jaguars reached eight wins since 2010, and in the last six years, had lost 74 of 96 games.

The Jaguars swept the season series with the Colts (3-9) for the second time since joining the AFC South in 2002. Indianapolis lost its third straight and sixth in the past seven games, and was eliminated from the division race.

Bortles completed 26 of 35 passes for 309 yards, with TD passes to Marqise Lee and Keelan Cole. Bortles has 12 touchdown passes and just three interceptions in eight games against the Colts.

Frank Gore is in the top five on the NFL’s career rushing list. He ran 13 times for 61 yards, passing Jerome Bettis (13,662) for sixth in the second quarter and topping LaDainian Tomlinson (13,684) for fifth in the third. Gore has 13,697 yards rushing in 13 NFL seasons, the first 10 with San Francisco and the past three with the Colts.

Broncos @ Dolphins

Guys, Jay Cutler won a game. Go buy a lottery ticket.

The Miami Dolphins won for the first time since week 7, beating whoever is pretending to be the Denver Broncos 35-9. Denver lost their eighth game in a row to extend the franchise’s longest skid in 50 years.

Kenyan Drake rushed for 120 yards for Miami on 23 carries, both career highs. He scored on a 42-yard touchdown run — only the Dolphins’ second rush for a TD this year. He also had his first 100-yard rushing game and made three receptions for 21 yards.

Jay Cutler went 18 for 31 for 235 yards and two scores but threw two interceptions The Dolphins won for the first time since they traded running back Jay Ajayi on Oct. 31.

Denver fell to 0-6 on the road.

Chiefs @ Jets

Oh how the mighty have fallen.

Josh McCown scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with just over two minutes left, as the Jets bounced back from an early deficit and held on for a 38-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

McCown finished with 331 yards passing and a touchdown to Matt Forte, and ran for two scores. Jermaine Kearse had nine catches for 157 yards and Robby Anderson caught eight passes for 107 yards in the win.

The loss by the Chiefs ruined the return of cornerback Darrelle Revis, who made his debut with Kansas City after signing a two-year deal last week. Revis, who played eight years over two stints with the Jets, started for the Chiefs, but spent the second half on the sideline.

Kansas City has dropped six of its last seven after opening the season 5-0, but remains in the mix in the AFC West playoff hunt.

The Jets kept their playoff hopes alive by snapping a two-game skid and holding on to a fourth-quarter lead. The Jets had blown leads in the fourth quarter of three of their last four losses.

Chiefs QB Alex Smith finished with 366 yards passing, with four TD tosses. Two of those went to Tyreke Hill, who had six receptions for 185 yards.

Texans @ Titans

Say this matchup five times fast.

LeShaun Sims intercepted a pass intended for DeAndre Hopkins in the end zone with a minute left, to give the titans their sixth win in seven games with a 24-13 win against the Houston Texans. The win keeps them on top of the AFC South.

Marcus Mariota also ran for a touchdown and threw for another, but the Titans needed the interception for the win with. The Titans won their second straight and improved to 4-1 in the AFC South to stay ahead of Jacksonville.

Houston QB Tom Savage threw for a career-high 365 yards in the loss.

Browns @ Chargers

Philip Rivers passed for 344 yards and hit Keenan Allen for a touchdown, giving the Chargers their third straight win with a 19-10 victory over the winless Browns on Sunday. The win moves the Chargers into a tie for first in the AFC West.

Josh Gordon had four catches for 84 yards in his first NFL game since 2014 for the Browns.

DeShone Kizer passed for 215 yards and hit rookie David Njoku for a 28-yard TD late in the first half for the Browns, who took their 30th loss in 31 games since late in the 2015 season. Kizer, who went 15 for 32 and was sacked three times.

The Browns are 1-27 under coach Hue Jackson, who broke John McKay's NFL record for the slowest start to a coaching tenure with a franchise. Cleveland has four games left to avoid becoming the fifth winless team in NFL history and only the second in a 16-game season.

Keenan Allen made three catches on the Chargers' only scoring drive, and his 7-yard TD gave him four scores in three games. He became the first player in NFL history with at least 10 catches for 100 yards and one touchdown in three consecutive games. He surpassed 1,000 yards for the first time since his rookie season in 2013. Allen directed praise back to Rivers.

Giants @ Raiders

It was raining skittles in Oakland. Marshawn Lynch had a 51-yard touchdown run and recorded his first 100-yard rushing game since coming out of retirement to lead the Oakland Raiders to a 24-17 victory over the Giants.

Oakland won consecutive games for the first time since the opening two games of the season and move into a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West with Kansas City and the Chargers.

Geno Smith lost two fumbles before throwing a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Evan Engram.He finished 21 for 34 for 212 yards.

New York benched Manning earlier in the week, ending his streak of 210 straight regular-season starts, and he spent his first game on the sidelines since Nov. 14, 2004.

Raiders QB Derek Derek Carr finished 22 for 36 for 287 yards.

Rams @ Cardinals

Rams QB Jared Goff passed for two touchdowns, Los Angeles took advantage of two early interceptions thrown by Blaine Gabbert, and the Rams came out with a 32-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals. The win solidified the Rams position in first place in the NFC West, and gave them a winning season for the first time in 14 years.

The Rams won for the sixth time in seven games to clinch their first winning season since 2003, when they were in St. Louis. They took the season series with the Cardinals for only the second time in the last 14 years and first since 2012.

Goff was 21 of 31 for 220 yards with one interception. Todd Gurley carried 19 times for 74 yards and caught six passes for 84 yards.

"I thought we kind of battled through," first-year coach Sean McVay said. "It wasn’t always perfect, especially offensively."

Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert, completed 18 of 32 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown. Larry Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 98 yards and a score.

Fitzgerald moved ahead of Isaac Bruce for fourth in NFL career yards receiving with 15,267. He needs 26 yards to pass Randy Moss into third. Fitzgerald is third in career receptions (1,207). During the game, he joined Jerry Rice and Tony Gonzalez as the only players to top 1,200 career receptions.

Eagles @ Seahawks

The Seahawks snapped Philadelphia’s nine-game winning streak on Sunday night with a 24-10 win at home. Seattle QB Russell Wilson was 20 of 31 for 227 yards and threw touchdowns to Tyler Lockett, J.D. McKissic, and Wilson’s newfound soulmate Jimmy Graham. Twice this year Seattle has faced what was the top scoring offence in the NFL at the time. Both times they scored 10 points against the Seahawks.

Carson Wentz was 29 of 45 for 348 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Seattle snapped a rare two-game losing streak at home with the win.

Philadelphia failed to score at least 20 points for the first time in 15 games. The Eagles were the only team in the league to score at least 20 in every game this season. Seattle became the first team to score an offensive touchdown in the first quarter against the Eagles on Graham’s 11-yard TD.