NFL Week 12 Scores And Results: Falcons Outlast Packers, Giants Come Back, Texans Romp

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NFL Week 12 Scores And Results: Matt Cassel Throws Four Touchdown Passes As Chiefs Dominate Seahawks, 42-24

When teams possess the football for 40 minutes or longer in a game, they tend to win. The Chiefs did that today on the road in Qwest Field, and used it to dominate all aspects of their game en route to a 42-24 victory against the Seahawks.

QB Matt Cassel managed the game extremely well, completing 22 of 32 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns (no interceptions). The lack of turnovers was the difference; as Cassel’s counterpart, QB Matt Hasselbeck, completed 22 of 37 passes for 282 yards, but threw two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Kansas City controlled the clock and played their game. Seattle fell behind 7-0 early, and was playing “catch-up” from the beginning of the game. The Chiefs dominated time of possession,  41 minutes to Seattle’s 19.

The Chiefs rushed 48 times for 270 yards. RB Jamaal Charles had 22 carries for 173 yards and one touchdown.

In the losing effort, Seahawks mustered just 28 yards on the ground today. RB Marshawn Lynch lead the way with seven carries for only 20 yards.

Kansas City clicked on all cylinders, and the score reflected as such.

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NFL Week 12 Scores And Results: Ravens Stay Unbeaten At Home, Down Bucs 17-10

The Baltimore Ravens remain really hard to beat at home. And the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain winless against team with winning records.

The Ravens beat the Bucs 17-10, using a steady diet of Ray Rice and a couple of big plays from Joe Flacco in the passing game to build a 17-3 lead, then relying on a defense kept Josh Freeman and the Bucs offense out of the end zone until it was too little, too late.

Rice ran 20 times for 85 yards, and caught seven passes for 47 more. Flacco threw for 289 yards, and connected with Todd Heap on a 65-yard catch-and-run just before halftime that proved to be the game-winner.

Freeman was inaccurate all day, completing just 17 of his 37 throws for just 162 yards, and the Bucs could manage just 263 total yards.

With the win, Baltimore runs its record to 8-3 on the season, and keeps its home record blemish-free at 5-0. The Ravens lead the AFC North, and will play to take a commanding lead over the Steelers when they host Pittsburgh next Sunday night.

The Bucs fall to 7-4, and are 0-4 against teams with winning records, having been outscored 103-50 in those games. Atlanta, next week's opponent, has a winning record, and could relegate the Bucs to the middle of the NFC Wild Card pack with a win.

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NFL Week 12 Scores And Results: Bears Hang On To Stop Eagles, 31-26

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick produced another ridiculous stats platter for you today, with 377 total yards and two touchdowns, but turned the ball over for the first time all season. The Chicago Bears sacked him four times and rarely let him stand still otherwise.

Leading 31-13 early in the fourth quarter, the Bears held the Eagles to two straight field goals before giving up a 30-yard flick into triple coverage from Vick to TE Brent Celek to close the lead to five. An onside kick pulled down by WR Johnny Knox later, and the Bears earned an in-the-clear one-game lead in the NFC North.

Jay Cutler threw four touchdowns, two of them to Earl Bennett, and Matt Forte ran for 117 yards on only 14 carries.

The 8-3 Bears travel to Detroit to play the Lions next week. The 7-4 Eagles get the Houston Texans at home.

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NFL Week 12 Scores And Results: Steelers Beat Bills 19-16 In OT After Steve Johnson Drops Game-Winner

Buffalo Bills WR Steve Johnsons’ third dropped pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers was the costliest — he was wide open in the end zone in overtime. We’ve got video of Johnson’s final drop, which is pretty much the opposite of video of Johnson’s “Why So Serious?” game last week. This makes him, I don’t know, Mr. Freeze? The Riddler?

Bills kicker Rian Lindell hit three fourth-quarter field goals to tie the game, including a 49-yarder with two seconds left. The Bills gave up almost 100 more yards than they gained, but two takeaways and ten Steelers penalties kept Buffalo in the game. Had Johnson caught that touchdown, Ryan Fitzpatrick would’ve gone over 300 yards for the third time this season. But he didn’t.

The 2-9 Bills, who do not deserve to be 2-9, get the Minnesota Vikings next week. The 8-3 Steelers have a huge game against the Baltimore Ravens.

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NFL Week 12 Scores And Results: Vikings 1-0 Without Brad Childress, Topping Skins 17-13

In the first game since coach Brad Childress was fired, the Minnesota Vikings withstood the Washington Redskins furious rally pair of late Graham Gano field goals, despite a brief Adrian Peterson injury. Peterson came back after hurting his ankle and finished with 70 total yards.

With Peterson missing time, rookie RB Toby Gerhart had a little bit of a breakout game, running for 76 yards and his first NFL touchdown. The Skins only ran for 29 yards on 13 carries and averaged just 5.3 yards per pass attempt, with four Vikings sacking QB Donovan McNabb and LB E.J. Henderson picking off a pass.

I can’t remember whether there were any new Brett Favre controversies this week or not, but he threw for 172 yards in one of his least eventful box score appearances ever.

The 4-7 Vikings can get interim coach Leslie Frazier another win next week against the Buffalo Bills. The 5-6 Redskins play the Giants in New York.

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NFL Week 12 Scores And Results: Giants Come Back To Beat Jaguars, 24-20

Down by 11 to the Jacksonville Jaguars at halftime, the New York Giants chipped away and retook the lead late in the fourth on a 32-yard pass from Eli Manning to TE Kevin Boss. Both teams scored two touchdowns, with Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes three-for-three day making a significant difference.

The Giants defensive line held Jags QB David Garrard to 162 yards, forced a pick, and collected four sacks. Rookie DE Jason Pierre-Paul gained the first two sacks of his career. RB Maurice Jones-Drew was the bright spot for the Jacksonville offense, piling up 122 yards on 25 touches. Both teams ran well, in fact — RB Brandon Jacobs led New York with 87 on the ground.

The 7-4 Giants get the Washington Redskins at home next. The 6-5 Jags are off to see the Tennessee Titans.

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NFL Week 12 Scores And Results: Texans Shut Out Titans, Andre Johnson Fights

It's not often that a football game gets overshadowed by a fight. It's not often that Chris Johnson gets bottled up. And it's not often that the Texans can stop a quarterback from doing whatever he wants.

All three of those things happened today in Houston, where the Texans blanked the Titans, 20-0.

First and foremost, Andre Johnson's fight with Cortland Finnegan is likely to be one for the ages. But it might have been partly a result of one of the best days from the Houston defense all year.

The Texans held Chris Johnson, the NFL's leading rusher in 2009, to just five yards on seven carries, by far his worst day in the NFL. And the much-maligned Texans pass defense was able to stymie Rusty Smith and the Tennessee passing attack as a result.

That made the Texans offense's job easy: get the ball to Arian Foster (which it did 30 times for 143 yards on the ground and nine times through the air for 75 yards), and don't commit turnovers. Those two things happened, and the Texans kept their faint playoff hopes alive, while giving Tennessee just another loss in what is looking like a lost season.

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NFL Week 12 Scores And Results: Panthers Lose 24-23 To Browns In Grueling Fashion

The Cleveland Browns finally caught a break — but of course it came at the expense of the Carolina Panthers, the league’s most under-the-weather team. Browns kicker Phil Dawson hit a 41-yarder to put Cleveland up by one with about two minutes to go. Carolina drove to the Browns’ 24 with time for one more play. Kicker John Kasay, who had hit three field goals earlier in the day, bounced his 42-yard try off the left upright, and we all feel very bad for the Panthers.

Browns RB Peyton Hillis did his usual box-score scorching thing, putting together 194 yards and three touchdowns. Panthers RBs Jonathan Stewart and Mike Goodson are today’s co-stars, with Goodson scoring Carolina’s only offensive touchdown. Browns QB Jake Delhomme threw two very comforting interceptions.

The 1-9 Panthers continue on to face the Seattle Seahawks, and the 4-7 Browns get the Dolphins in Miami.

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NFL Week 12 Scores And Results: Falcons Stay Undefeated At Home, Outlast Packers

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was all but unstoppable today against the Atlanta Falcons, good for 395 yards and two touchdowns, but he didn't get a whole lot of help. The Falcons D held the rest of Green Bay's offense to 26 yards, forced a goal line fumble by Rodgers, and stuffed a fourth-down conversion attempt as the Birds won 20-17. Falcons kicker Matt Bryant hit the winning field goal with nine seconds left after a facemask penalty gave Atlanta great field position on its final drive.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan's numbers were more earthly, though he only threw four incompletions in 28 attempts. RB Michael Turner led the way, banging out 114 total yards and a score on 24 touches. WR Greg Jennings had the highest numbers of any ballcarrier, catching five balls for 119 yards.

The 9-2 Falcons begin a three-game road trip with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 7-4 Packers also hit the road, beginning with the San Francisco 49ers.

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