NFL Sunday Week 14 Review
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, December 9, 2019
TORONTO – This week in the NFL saw some upsets, some thrilling games, as well as some teams locking in a spot in the playoffs.
San Francisco vs. New Orleans
This was perhaps the game of the season so far, or if not a strong candidate. It was a tight game all the way to the end, with the Saints scoring a late touchdown to take a 46-45 lead. But on the last play of the game, Robbie Gould kicked a 30-yard field goal to give the 49ers the 48-46 win. The Saints locked up top spot in the NFC South.
Baltimore vs. Buffalo
The Ravens became the first team in the AFC to clinch a playoff spot with a 24-17 win over the Bills. Lamar Jackson threw three touchdown passes and the Ravens extended their win streak to a franchise-best nine games, improving to 11-2 on the season.
Cincinnati vs. Cleveland
With all this talk about playoffs, the Browns kept their faint hopes alive against the Bengals. Nick Chubb ran for 106 yards, with 99 after halftime, while Baker Mayfield and Kareem Hunt each rushed for a touchdown in a 27-19 win.
Carolina vs. Atlanta
Matt Ryan made history more than once, as well as leading the Falcons to a huge 40-20 win over the Panthers. Ryan threw his longest touchdown pass of his career (93 yards), as well as becoming the 10th quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 yards.
Denver vs. Houston
Rookie quarterback Drew Lock continued his strong play for the Broncos after his first career win last week. He threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-24 victory. Denver led 31-3 at halftime en route to the win.
Washington vs. Green Bay
The Packers jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the opening quarter and didn’t relinquish it the rest of the game. Aaron Jones rushed for a season-high 134 yards along with a touchdown on just 16 carries in a 20-15 win.
Detroit vs. Minnesota
Defence was the name of the game in this contest. The Vikings held the Lions to just 3.2 yards per play in a 20-7 win. Danielle Hunter had three of Minnesota’s five sacks on the day, and Kirk Cousins threw for 242 yards and a touchdown.
Indianapolis vs. Tampa Bay
James Winston had himself quite a game. He threw for 456 yards and four touchdowns but did throw three interceptions. He ultimately helped erase a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to propel the Bucs to a 38-35 win.
Miami vs. New York Jets
This game saw another game-winning field goal with time expiring. Sam Ficken kicked a 44-yard field goal to complete the comeback for the Jets, helping them defeat the Dolphins 22-21.
Kansas City vs. New England
The Chiefs survived multiple mistakes and questionable calls by the referees and clinched top spot in the AFC West with a 23-16 win over the Patriots. With the loss, New England’s 21-game home win streak in the regular season and playoffs was snapped. The Chiefs clinched the AFC West for the fourth consecutive year.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jacksonville
The Jaguars continued their skid, losing by a wide margin for the fifth straight game. Philip Rivers threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns in the 45-10 victory.
Tennessee vs. Oakland
The Titans continued their winning ways as Ryan Tannehill threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns, and Derrick Henry ran for two of his own for Tennessee’s fourth straight win, 42-21.
Pittsburgh vs. Arizona
The Steelers kept themselves in the AFC playoff hunt, highlighted by Diontae Johnson who ran for a touchdown on an 85-yard punt return and caught a pass for another score in a 23-17 win.
Seattle vs. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams prevented the Seahawks from clinching a playoff spot as Jared Goff threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley ran for 79 yards and a decisive fourth quarter touchdown. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 28-12.