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Week 15 in the NFL was Upset Sunday as the Packers lost for the first time in nearly a year, the Colts finally won a game and the Giants blew a badly-needed game against the Redskins. Also: Tim Tebow.
LeSean McCoy and Brent Celek tore the New York Jets to pieces in the Philadelphia Eagles' 45-19 win.
Through the season's first 14 games, the New England Patriots were giving up 308.7 passing yards a game, which would be the worst mark in the history of the NFL.
To make matters worse, it appears New England may be without their best pass-rusher, DE Andre Carter, for the indefinite future:
JosinaAnderson Josina AndersonBreaking: Agent Carl Poston just told me "looks like Andre (Carter) has a quad-related injury that will require surgery."
Carter went down grabbing his leg at the tail end of the first quarter in the Patriots 41-23 over the Denver Broncos Sunday. After a lengthy injury delay as Carter laid on the ground, he was driven off the field in a cart.
A timetable for his return has yet to be determined, but any missed time will be disastrous for New England's porous secondary, as Carter leads the team with 10 sacks this season.
The Detroit Lions used a last-minute comeback to beat the Oakland Raiders in Oakland. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson proved to be too much for the Raiders defense. Megatron scored his second touchdown with less than a minute left in the game to give Detroit a 28-27 win.
After blowing a 27-14 lead to the Detroit Lions with only 7:47 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Oakland Raiders were able to get themselves in position for a game-winning 65-yard field goal from their kicker Sebastian Janikowski, which would have been an NFL record.
But Lions DT Ndamukong Suh, in his first game back after a two-week suspension, came through for his team, powering through the line of scrimmage and blocking Janikowski's kick:
Suh, after a rough two weeks under the national media microscope, threw his helmet off in celebration.
With yet another dramatic double-digit comeback, the Lions moved to 9-5 and kept pace with the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC's wild-card race. They now have a two-game lead on the 7-7 Chicago Bears and New York Giants, as each team lost Sunday.
The blown fourth-quarter lead may haunt the Oakland Raiders, who have now dropped three straight games. At 7-7, they are one game behind the Denver Broncos in the AFC West playoff race.
The Arizona Cardinals kept themselves alive in the race for a playoff berth with a 20-17 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Calvin Johnson has been a one man wrecking crew for the Detroit Lions. Megatron and Matt Stafford just wrapped up a scoring drive to give the Lions a one-point lead over the Oakland Raiders with less than a minute to play. The highlight of the scoring drive was a 48-yard pass from Stafford to Johnson that set up another touchdown for the pair.
Check out Johnson’s touchdown catch in the highlight video below.
Johnson’s touchdown sealed the win for the Lions. Megatron, as the kids call him, has been nothing short of spectacular in this game. He finished with 214 receiving yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions. That gives him 14 touchdowns on the season.
This was only the second time this season a receiver has had 200 or more receiving yards. Wes Welker was the only other receiver to pull that off this season, with a 217-yard game against Buffalo in September.
Oakland Raiders linebacker Aaron Curry extended his team’s lead over the Detroit Lions with a fourth quarter fumble return. Tommy Kelly sacked Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, forcing a fumble. Curry picked up the ball and returned it six yards for the score.
Check out the video of Curry’s touchdown right here.
Curry was also flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, something that may have resulted from this:
The Oakland Raiders got seven points from their defense to add to their lead over the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon. Oakland defensive lineman Tommy Kelly sacked Detroit quarterback Matt Stafford and forced a fumble. Linebacker Aaron Curry recovered the fumble six yards for a touchdown. That gave Oakland a 27-14 lead with just over seven minutes left to play in the game.
Curry’s fumble return followed two field goals from Sebastian Janikowski, aka Seabass, including a 51-yarder, a distance which has become de rigueur for the Raiders’ kicker.
Raiders’ quarterback Carson Palmer has been sharp in the game, completing 29 of 35 passes for 327 yards and a touchdown. His top receiver has been Darius Heyward-Bey, who has eight catches for 155 yards and a touchdown.
Oakland is chasing the Denver Broncos in a wide open AFC West race. At the moment, Denver is losing to the visiting Patriots in the fourth quarter.
Through the first 25 minutes of this Week 15 NFL encounter, the Philadelphia Eagles led the New York Jets by a score of 28-0. Things still aren't going great for the Jets, but they were able to chip away at that lead before the end of the first half. They still have a chance to keep their playoff hopes intact, as they entered the locker room trailing by just 28-13.
This game has been, quite simply, one of the sloppiest and worst played games in the NFL so far this season. There have already been an astonishing seven turnovers, with both quarterbacks throwing an interception. The Eagles have lost three fumbles, while the Jets have lost two.
The Jets will start the second half with the ball...if they don't fumble the kickoff.
Not content to let Tim Tebow be the only quarterback with a touchdown run in the game, Tom Brady scrambled one-yard into the end zone with less than two minutes to go in the first half. Brady’s touchdown gave the Patriots a 24-16 lead over the Broncos.
For good measure, Brady added the hard spike after pushing through to the end zone. Witness the other quarterback scoring and spiking in the video below.
New England and Denver appear as though they are headed for a shoot out, probably one that comes down to the wire with a fourth quarter possession. It’s the kind of thing fans have grown accustomed to with the kind of all comebacks.
Brady and the Patriots offense have been efficient and effective. Check out this pass from Brady to Wes Welker earlier in the game.
New England has 17 unanswered points in the second quarter, with the clock winding down on the first half.
John Skelton has been very solid - better than Kevin Kolb has been all year - but the Arizona Cardinals still trail the Cleveland Browns by a score of 10-7 at halftime. Peyton Hillis is finally back to looking like the player he was last season, and he's the main reason they're on top through 30 minutes. He's carried the ball 15 times, getting the ball on nearly half of their plays, and he's gotten 69 yards and a touchdown out of those touches.
With Colt McCoy out due to a concussion, the Browns are a little more run-heavy than usual. Seneca Wallace is 9-15 passing, but has only passed for 85 yards as the Browns have played it very conservative.
The Browns had a 10-0 lead until the final minute of the half, but Skelton led an excellent two-minute drill from his own 35-yard line that featured an incredible improvised jump pass to Chester Taylor and a nine-yard touchdown pass to Andre Roberts with 19 seconds left in the second quarter.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey gave his team a 14-7 lead over the Detroit Lions with a 43-yard touchdown from Carson Palmer in the second quarter. DHB, as the kids call him, capped off a six-play, 94-yard scoring drive for the Raiders. Check out the video of his touchdown catch right here.
That was Heyward-Bey’s third catch of the day. He leads his team with 83 receiving yards so far. Palmer is 10 for 12 with 155 yards and his lone touchdown pass, seen above.
Heyward-Bey had two touchdowns prior to this game. He had 43 catches for 620 yards heading into this week’s game. It was already his best season since being drafted in the first-round of the 2009 NFL Draft, a move that drew the usual criticism of the late Al Davis who prized speed above all else in his draft picks.
Oakland is battling for the AFC West title, entering this week’s game one game behind the Denver Broncos in the standings.
The New England Patriots are trailing the surprising Denver Broncos in the second quarter of their Week 15 matchup. New England is already down a player following an apparent leg injury to defensive end Andre Carter at the tail end of the first quarter.
Carter hit the turf at the end of a play in the first quarter and immediately grabbed his left knee. He lay on the field as an injury delay was called and a cart came out to retrieve him. He was able to stand and be assisted to the cart and was then driven off the field.
Given the nature of the injury, it is unlikely that Carter will return to the game, which has to be seen as a huge defensive loss for the Patriots. In the first half so far, the New England defense has has difficulty containing Tim Tebow and the rest of the Broncos offense.
After a big fumble return for a touchdown that put the Philadelphia Eagles up 7-0, the New York Jets turned their luck around by recovering a fumble on the punt return by Philadelphia returner Curtis Marsh. Unfortunately for the Jets, that possession turned right into a Mark Sanchez interception. Sanchez threw to Santonio Holmes (allegedly), but Asante Samuel picked it off in the red zone, forcing another turnover.
That second turnover would lead to more points for the Eagles, as Michael Vick took over at the 23-yard line. He completed a 16-yard pass to Jeremy Maclin to start the drive, and after a couple runs, was set up with a 2nd and 9 at the Jets 26, just outside the red zone. Vick dropped back, with pressure right in his face, and delivered the ball to tight end Brent Celek, who fought through tacklers to take it into the endzone for a touchdown, and a Philadelphia 14-0 lead.
Here's video of the touchdown:
The Carolina Panthers got a rare win in Week 15, rising up to surprise the AFC South champion Houston Texans.
The Denver Broncos wasted no time establishing the run against the New England Patriots. With time still left in the first quarter, Denver had 133 rushing yards. Lance Ball added a 32-yards on a breakaway touchdown run that gave Denver the lead.
Check out the video of Ball’s touchdown run here.
As you can see, Ball had a massive gap to run through, not meeting any resistance until he hit the second level. That was just Ball’s second carry of the game. The touchdown put the Broncos on top by a score of 13-7.
Given New England’s ability to score points, the game is far from over. Besides, what would a Broncos game be without a fourth quarter comeback.
Tebow is two-for-two passing the ball with 29 yards in the air. On the ground, Tebow has carried the ball three times for 18 yards and a touchdown that opened the scoring in the game.
After a slow start, the Philadelphia Eagles pulled ahead of the New York Jets on their first time out on defense. The Jets started to drive down the field, with Shone Green rushing for six yards, 12 yards and 13 yards. At that point, quarterback Mark Sanchez completed a pass to Santonio Holmes for seven yards, but he fumbled the ball.
Juqua Parker rushed in, scooped up the ball and took it back 47 yards for a touchdown. The replay assistant challenge the play, and it was upheld - the fumble came out shortly after he caught the ball, before hitting the ground. So the touchdown was good, giving Philadelphia the 7-0 lead following the extra point. Here's video of the return, below.
The Jets did manage to get things swinging back in their favor on the next drive, when they were forced to punt, and Curtis Marsh muffed the return for the Eagles, setting up a Jets fumble recovery.
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In the final kickoff of the second quarter, Thomas was injured and stayed down as time expired. He lay on the field, surrounded by Giants personnel, as the halftime band set up for their halftime show. He was eventually carted off the field on a stretcher and the halftime show was canceled.
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News is reporting that Thomas will undergo tests to determine the extent of the injury, which is currently believed to be some manner of spinal injury. The tests will hopefully determine whether he injured a disc or merely suffered what is known as a "stinger," which generally carries minimal long-term effects.
The Miami Dolphins were one of two teams on Sunday to pull off a win under their recently appointed interim head coaches. They handed the Bills their seventh consecutive loss.
After starting slow, the Seattle Seahawks are suddenly playoff contenders after ripping off five wins in six games and downing the Bears in Week 15.
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow decided not to wait until the fourth quarter to get on the scoreboard this week. That is probably a smart move considering Denver is playing host to the high-scoring New England Patriots. Tebow ran the ball nine yards for a touchdown, capping off a nine-play, 80-yard drive that opened the game.
Check out the video of Tebow’s touchdown right here.
Denver botched the extra point attempt after that, giving them just six points for their efforts. That is the kind of thing that could come back to haunt them, or at least make for yet another interesting fourth quarter for you know who.
New England Answered quickly. First, there was a non-touchdown. You can see the video of that play right here.
Then, after a 46-yard run by Aaron Hernandez, Tom Brady connected on a 33-yard touchdown pass to Chad Ochocinco, the antithesis of Tim Tebow.
Less than a week after firing head coach Todd Haley, the Kansas City Chiefs pulled off the impossible, beating the Green Bay Packers by a final score of 19-14. Thus ends the Packers' undefeated stretch.
Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush added another touchdown to his team’s lead over the Buffalo Bills. Bush broke away for a 76-yard run from his own 24-yard line. Bush was then flagged for excessive celebration after sliding into home plate in the wet end zone.
Check out the video of Bush’s touchdown right here.
That run gave Bush 203 rushing yards in the game, the third most of any player in Dolphins history. Bush carried the ball just 25 times to get to that point, and there is still time left on the clock with the Dolphins hanging onto a sizable lead over the Bills, who have not won since Week 8.
The Tennessee Titans were hoping to hand the Indianapolis Colts yet another victory in Wee15, but things have not at all gone according to plan. Late in the fourth quarter, the Colts lead by a score of 27-13.
The lastest score comes on a huge 80-yard run by Donald Brown on the very first play of a fresh set of downs for the Colts. The 14-point lead is something new for the Colts, who are searching for their first win of the season. That win is nearly in reach.
Quarterback Dan Orlovsky is 11-for-17 with 82 passing yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. Over on the Titans side, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is 27-for-40 with 223 passing yards, no touchdowns and an interception. The Titans were hoping to pick up the win and continue their momentum to stay in the playoff hunt. Although their postseason hopes are still alive, this would be a big loss for them.
The Kansas City Chiefs are getting closer to the inevitable. Running back Jackie Battle scored a fourth quarter touchdown to give his team a 19-7 lead over the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter. Yes, those Packers, the ones that were previously undefeated and 11-point favorites heading into this week’s game in Kansas City.
Check out Battle’s one-yard touchdown right here.
Green Bay added another touchdown with a little over two minutes to go, taking it down to the wire.
The Green Bay Packers lost right tackle Derek Sherrod to what looks like a serious leg injury. Sherrod was injured as Kansas City Chiefs outside lineback Tamba Hali came around the edge. Hali was spun into Sherrod’s leg, sending the Packers’ right tackle to the ground.
The training staff brought out an air cast and put it on Sherrod’s leg before carting him off of the field.
The loss leaves the Packers perilously thin at offensive tackle. Sherrod was in the game to replace starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who left the game with a knee injury in the first half.
Sherrod was the Packers’ first-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Green Bay memorably won the Super Bowl last season after dealing with offensive line injuries all year, including among the offensive tackles who were hit especially hard.
Kansas City is holding onto an 19-7 lead with just under five minutes to play.
The Houston Texans were hoping to pick up a victory over the visiting Carolina Panthers today, but things haven't gone exactly according to plan. In the fourth quarter of their Week 15 matchup, the Panthers lead by a score of 28-13.
Cam Newton has tossed two touchdown passes for the Panthers and led a nifty trick play for another touchdown run by Richie Brockel that put Carolina up 21-0 at halftime.
DeAngelo Williams of the Panthers was able to break off a 26 yard touchdown run to cap off an 80-yard Carolina drive in the fourth quarter, however, to stretch the lead once again.
The New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees are really lighting things up in Minnesota. With ten minutes to go in the third quarter, Brees has already thrown five touchdowns and 332 yards, and the Saints hold a big lead over the Vikings, after struggling early. It took them just under two minutes after getting the ball in the second half (after forcing a Minnesota punt), and only four plays for Brees to score and put the Saints up 28-13.
Minnesota came out, looking to get something done and then ... were forced to punt after a three and out. This time, it only took Brees three plays to shred the Vikings defense for a touchdown, hitting receiver Lance Moore with a short pass over the middle that was taken 47 yards to the end zone. He's not perfect though - he threw an incompletion on first down!
Here's video of the touchdown, Brees' fifth of the day:
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant is no stranger to the fat guy interception. He had a pick versus the Rams in Week 11, and picked up his second of the season today against the Chicago Bears. Making this one a candidate for best fat guy interception of the year was Bryant returning it 20 yards for a touchdown, giving Seattle a 21-14 lead over the Bears in the third quarter.
Check out the video of Bryant’s interception and touchdown here.
Fat guy interception and touchdown of the year? We’ll let you decide. The Seahawks will take, award worthy or not.
For the Bears, that was Caleb Hanie’s second interception of the game. They led by a score of 14-7 at the half, but Seattle has two third quarter touchdowns to take the lead away from them.
Hanie now has eight interceptions on the season, since he took over for an injured Jay Cutler.
The Indianapolis Colts are still in search of their first win of the 2011 NFL season. So far in their Week 15 matchup against the Tennessee Titans, this is the game that has looked the most winnable for them. They hold a 17-6 lead midway through the third quarter of play.
The big story so far in this game is the work that has been done by the Indianapolis defense to contain the Titans both on the ground and in the air.
Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky is beginning to settle down after looking overwhelmed early on. On one snap in the first quarter, Orlovsky even fell down after being stepped on by his center. In the third quarter, Orlovsky hooked up with Reggie Wayne on an 18 yard touchdown pass.
Just three minutes after the Colts took the lead on the Wayne touchdown, Jacob Lacey snagged a Matt Hasselbeck pass and returned it 32 yards for the second Colts touchdown of the quarter, putting Indianapolis on top, 17-6.
The Green Bay Packers grabbed a one-point lead over the Kansas City Chiefs in the third quarter. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit wide receiver Donald Driver on an end zone fade route on third down. Driver’s touchdown represents the first points Green Bay has put on the board in the game so far, but it was enough to give them a 7-6 lead over the Chiefs.
Check out the Rodgers touchdown pass to Driver in the video below.
That touchdown had some historical significance as well. It was Rodgers’ 40th touchdown pass of the season, surpassing Brett Favre for the franchise record.
Unlike so many other touchdowns, the 40th did not come easy for Rodgers. On the two plays before that he was nearly sacked as the Chiefs defense pinned down all of his targets in tight coverage. They nearly got to Rodgers to, but he scrambled his way out of a sack.
Earlier in the game, Kansas City opted to go for it on a fourth down at their own goal line rather than kick a field goal. Romeo Crennel and his team will hope that decision does not come back to haunt them.
The Week 15 game between the Indianapolis Colts and the visiting Tennessee Titans has been mostly quiet through one half of play. As the third quarter gets underway, the Titans are holding on to a 6-3 lead.
Still in search of their first win of 2011, the struggling Colts took a rare lead with 0:03 left in the first quarter, as Adam Vinatieri nailed a 47 yard field goal following an 11-play, 56-yard drive by the Colts to get on the board first and go up 3-0.
The Titans would take the lead on two late second quarter field goals by Rob Bironas, from 53 and 21 yards, respectively
Titans running back Chris Johnson has been fairly well contained thus far by the Colts defense, being held to 26 rushing yards on 11 carries and 22 receiving yards on two catches. Colts back Donald Brown leads all rushers with 32 yards on seven carries.
Good news for the Cincinnati Bengals, as rookie wide receiver A.J. Green has returned after halftime from a shoulder injury. Green was listed as questionable to return after tripping and falling hard on his right shoulder going for a deep pass from fellow rookie, quarterback Andy Dalton. On the play, the St. Louis Rams were called for pass interference - though the only contact was instigated by Green himself, and he just got tripped up by his own feet.
Though he's back in the game, he didn't do much at all on Cincinnati's opening possession of the half. Though the Bengals eventually got into St. Louis territory and kicked a field goal to tie the game at 6-6 with a 41-yarder, Green wasn't targeted on the drive. On fourth down, Green was in to block, and let his right arm hang at his side, trying to protect with his left one, though he could just be being safe with it.
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News is reporting that New York Giants wide receiver has been injured on the final kickoff of the first half in the Week 15 matchup with the Washington Redskins. The Giants currently trail in that game, 17-3.
Vacchiano has been tweeting updates on Thomas. The Giants receiver apparently stayed on the ground well into halftime. Vacchiano's updates were as follows:
On the final kickoff of the first half, Giants WR Devin Thomas got hurt. He's still on the ground as the band sets up for the halftime show.
Thomas still down with about 15 people around him. Band has been instructed to leave the field. No halftime show.
Vacchiano also tweeted a picture of Thomas being carted off the field while the halftime band set up for their show.
There is currently no further information on the injury but we will keep you posted.
After quite a few miscues, the Saints got to work near the start of the second quarter. Drew Brees orchestrated a five-play, 46-yard drive that ended in a Saints touchdown, putting them up 14-6. Then, they tried for a surprise onside kick, but it was recovered by Everson Griffen of the Minnesota Vikings. That set the Vikings up at their own 39-yard line and it was all Adrian Peterson from there. He rushed for eight yards, one yard, and then broke out a 39-yard rush on the right side. Quarterback Joe Webb checked in at this point and picked up a couple of yards, but it was Christian Ponder who capped it all off with a pass over the middle to Toby Gerhart for ten yards and a touchdown.
New Orleans came right back though, with another impressive drive. Drew Brees took them 74 yards in 13 plays, capping it off with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles. Lance Moore has a 22-yard reception on the drive, as well. At the half, New Orleans holds a 21-13 lead.
The visiting Carolina Panthers have been dominating the hometown Houston Texans through the first half of their Week 15 matchup. The Houston offense has been largely stymied by the Panthers surprisingly touch defense, while quarterback Cam Newton has already thrown two touchdown passes.
Not content to settle for merely dominating the Texans, the Panthers turned to the confusion gambit late in the second quarter. Newton and Richie Brockel conspired with the rest of the Carolina offense to put together what can only be described as a variation of the "fumblerooskie" trick play. Have a look for yourself:
Newton took the snap and simultaneously faked a fumble, spin move and run while surreptitiously passing the ball to Brockel on the sly. Brockel was able to easily run around to the left and end up with a 7-yard rushing touchdown to put the Panthers up by a score of 21-0, which is where the teams stand at halftime.
Another angle on the play:
Arrowhead Stadium has been a little less boisterous than usual this season as the Kansas City Chiefs have struggled. As the home team headed into the locker room at half time, the home crowd was in a frenzy. The reason? The Chiefs lead the undefeated Green Bay Packers by a score of 6-0 at the half.
Kansas City is playing its first game under interim head coach Romeo Crennel. Former head coach Todd Haley was fired on Monday, after an ugly loss to the New York Jets. Even the worst teams have been known to pull off a big upset after an embattled head coach lost his job, and the Chiefs want to continue that trend today.
Kyle Orton is making his first start sine being acquired by the Chiefs. Kansas City’s offense has 210 total yards, versus just 89 for the Packers. With a 20:32 versus 9:27 advantage in time of possession, the Chiefs have been able to limit the damage Aaron Rodgers is capable of doing in a game.
The Chiefs have struggled to find the end zone, and that could present a problem if the Packers offense gets back on track in the second half. Either way, it looks like fans in Kansas City are getting their money’s worth today.
The Cincinnati Bengals have something to be afraid of, and it probably isn't the St. Louis Rams. Following a field goal by St. Louis, the Bengals set up at their own 26-yard line. After a short gain and then a big loss on the sack, Andy Dalton threw a deep pass to A.J. Green, who fell down and drew the pass interference penalty. It went for 25 yards, but on the replay, it was clear that Green did a small push-off and then simply tripped.
Other than the fact that it led to absolutely nothing for Cincinnati, getting no points out of the drive, Green immediately took to the sidelines with an apparent shoulder injury. On the sidelines, he looked like he was in pain with a grimace or two, and eventually left for the locker room. He landed directly on the shoulder.
According to ESPN's John Clayton, it's a right shoulder injury and his return to the game is questionable. Here's a .gif of the play he was injured on:
Through nearly two quarters of play in the Week 15 matchup between the Washington Redskins and the hometown New York Giants, the game has been decidedly lopsided in favor of the underdog visitors the Redskins. They are currently holding onto a 17-0 lead despite some early interceptions from Washington quarterback Rex Grossman.
At the beginning of the second quarter, the Giants lined up for a shotgun play. Quarterback Eli Manning launched a pass deep right intended for D.J. Ware that was deflected and intercepted by Oshiomogho Atogwe.
As a result of the interception, the Redskins had great field position and began a nine-play, 41-yard scoring drive that ended with a Darrel Young nine-yard touchdown run to put the Redskins up by a score of 17-0. Young has 12 yards on three carries.
The St. Louis Rams caught their first break of the game, in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals. Actually, they didn't catch a break, considering it was all something that they created on their own. Defensive lineman Robert Quinn was a man possessed off the line of scrimmage on a Cincinnati punt and got a piece of the ball and the punter, getting a partial block and setting them up with great field position.
Unfortunately, they were eventually set up with a third down and Brandon Lloyd took a toss in the backfield, before being tossed on his back ... on the field. That's when the Rams actually caught a break, because Adam Jones was called for a facemask penalty that didn't seem to actually happen anywhere on the field. The tackle on Lloyd seemed clean, and there was never a replay to speak of.
The Carolina Panthers are visiting the Houston Texans in Week 15 NFL action. In the second quarter, the Texans have been looking largely ineffective against the Carolina defense, while rookie quarterback Cam Newton has led two scoring drives for the Panthers. The Panthers currently lead, 14-0.
A first-quarter touchdown pass from Newton to Steve Smith put the Panthers on top early. In the second quarter, Newton led another scoring drive for the visitors. Carolina traveled 61 yards on nine plays, ending with Newton completing his second touchdown pass of the game on a nine-yard throw to Jeremy Shockey. It was Shockey's first catch of the game. Netwon is 5-for-9 with 77 passing yards and no interceptions.
The Texans have yet to get on the board and are 1-for-4 on third down conversion attempts.
The New Orleans Saints just continue to shoot themselves in the foot. On their previous drive, they almost were denied points after a holding penalty denied a big touchdown, but they ended up coming back to score. The drive before that, tight end Jimmy Graham fumbled after catching a pass from Drew Brees, which led to a Minnesota Vikings field goal and a 3-0 lead.
Now they've handed the Vikings some more points. Drew Brees fumbled the ball near mid-field and it was recovered by Everson Griffen, who picked it up at the 30 yard-line and took it to the 21. Minnesota looked to take advantage of the miscues with a touchdown, but after an incompletion and losses of six and four yards - an Adrian Peterson stuff and Christian Ponder sack - they settled for another field goal, a 49-yarder from Ryan Longwell.
Then it was Minnesota miscues that helped out the Saints. Minnesota was called for unnecessary roughness when Darren Sproles was hit out of bounds after a big gain. Then Marques Colston went deep to the end zone, and drew a pass interference penalty. This set them up at the one yard line, where Brees hit Graham for the short touchdown over the middle, putting them up 14-6.
The Miami Dolphins responded quickly to Buffalo’s first quarter touchdown with one of their own in the second quarter. Quarterback Matt More connected on a 22-yard passing play with tight end Anthony Fasano for a quick strike touchdown. Check out the video of the touchdown here.
That was Fasano’s fifth touchdown this season. It was the 11th touchdown for Moore.
Miami is playing its first game since head coach Tony Sparano was fired on Monday. Todd Bowles is the team’s interim head coach.
The Week 15 game between the New York Giants and the visiting Washington Redskins is not going the way the home team expected in the early going. The Redskins hold a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Washington quarterback Rex Grossman has already thrown a pair of first-down interceptions through one quarter of play, but the Giants have been continually halted by an uncharacteristically stingy Redskins defense. The Redskins jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter despite the Grossman picks.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Grossman finally found a man in the end zone, as he completed a 20 yard pass to Santana Moss for the first touchdown of the game by either team and a 10-0 Redskins lead.
Grossman is now 7-for-11 on pass attemptys with 77 yards, two interceptions and a touchdown. The catch was the first in the game for Moss.
The Chicago Bears defense evened the score against the Seattle Seahawks. Defensive end Israel Idonije recovered a Tarvaris Jackson fumble in the end zone to notch the score at 7-7. Jackson was sacked by Julius Peppers to force the fumble. After a quick review the ruling was upheld.
That’s the first career touchdown for Idonije, an eight-year veteran.
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller gave his team a 7-0 lead over the Miami Dolphins with a 24-yard first quarter touchdown run through a Great Lakes snow storm. Spiller’s run capped off a three-play, 42-yard drive that resulted from a Dolphins fumble. Check out the highlight video of Spiller’s touchdown.
This was the second rushing touchdown for Spiller since he took over for the injured Fred Jackson as the Bills’ starting running back. Spiller’s last touchdown came on a 35-yard breakaway run in which he recovered his own fumble in the end zone.
Buffalo could certainly use the win today. The last time the team won was a Week 8 shutout of the Washington Redskins.
So far today, Spiller has six carries for 57 rushing yards and a touchdown. Heading into today’s game, Spiller had 66 carries for 299 yards and two touchdowns.
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The New York Giants are hosting the Washington Redskins in Week 15 NFL action. The game has gotten off to a rough start for both teams, with the Giants being contained by the Washington defense and the Redskins having some early turnovers.
The Redskins got things started on the wrong foot immediately as Rex Grossman threw an attempted pass on the first offensive play of the game that was intercepted by Corey Webster. Luckily for Washington, the Giants went three-and-out on their subsequent possession. The Redskins then started a 10-play, 52-yard drive that ended in a 36-yard field goal by Graham Gano to put Washington on the board first with a 3-0 lead.
The Giants were held to a three-and-out following the field goal, but Grossman once again heaved a deep pass on the first play of the set of downs that was grabbed by Kenny Phillips.
After Jimmy Graham gave up a fumble that led to a Minnesota Vikings field goal, the New Orleans Saints set out to even the score. That is to say, they set out to take the lead - which they did, from the Minnesota 40 yard-line, when quarterback Drew Brees went deep over the middle to Robert Meachem for 40 yards and a touchdown. But it was called back, as the Saints were called for offensive holding. So instead, they backed up to midfield.
Naturally, the Saints weren't having any of that, so Brees began to hit his receivers all over the field for gains of 10 yards, 25 yards, and then 10 yards again to set up with a first and goal at the five yard line. Then he hit receiver Lance Moore over the middle for a five-yard gain and a touchdown. The 25-yard reception on the drive went to Pierre Thomas following the holding penalty.
And then Moore was possessed by the groove:
Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox suffered a head and neck injury in the first quarter of a game against the Seattle Seahawks. Knox had a head-on collision with a Seattle defender that bent him backwards. After lying on the field in front of a stunned, silent crowd at Soldier Field, he was carted off on a stretcher. He was able to move his hands as he was carted off, but it's too early to determine the extent of his injury.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Knox has a mid back injury and is being taken to a hospital for further evaluation. He will not return to the game.
Quarterback Caleb Hanie completed a 17- yard pass to Knox who fumbled when he was hit by Seahawks rookie safety Kam Chancellor. As he dove for the ball, Seattle defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove collided with Knox, bending his head and neck backwards, in one of the more horrific looking injuries seen on the field this season.
Seattle scored a touchdown on the possession that resulted from the fumble.
The Cincinnati Bengals got an early break from the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. On third and seven, Andy Dalton threw a deep incompletion to receiver A.J. Green, who stopped running his route as though there was some definite miscommunication, but the Rams were called for roughing the passer, so instead of being forced to punt, the Bengals picked up fifteen yards.
Naturally, Cincinnati took advantage of this following a short five-yard rush by Cedric Benson. Dalton went deep to A.J. Green down the right sideline for 55 yards, bringing them to the two yard-line. After a rush for no yardage, Dalton threw two high incompletions to Green in the end zone, so they were forced to kick a field goal. Mike Nugent came out and kicked the 21-yarder without issue and they took the early 3-0 lead.
Here's a .gif of the Green reception:
Following a touchback on the opening kickoff, the Texans fumbled the ball away to the Panthers on their first possession of the game. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton wasted no time in putting together a short four-play, 26-yard scoring drive for the visitors. After getting stuffed on a few running plays, Newton hooked up with Steve Smith on a 26-yard pass into the end zone. Smith made a nifty grab, getting both feet in bounds. One quick PAT later and the Panthers were on top of the Texans with the first score of the game and a 7-0 lead.
It didn't take long for the game's first turnover for Sunday's game between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings. Drew Brees went to Jimmy Graham, but he fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Minnesota at the 48 yard line and taken to the New Orleans 26. Minnesota took over just a couple minutes into the game. It hadn't been a good offensive drive before that point, either.
Though they set up just outside the red zone, the Vikings couldn't really get anything done. Adrian Peterson gained a yard, which receiver Percy Harvin promptly lost on a run of his own, and then Christian Ponder threw a deep pass incomplete to Harvin. So with a gain of nothing, Ryan Longwell came out and booted the 44 yard field goal without issue.
Minnesota has the 3-0 lead just under four minutes into the game.
The Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions are both fighting for playoff places and in need of a win on Sunday
The New York Giants control their own destiny and will look to take another step towards an NFC East title with a win over the Washington Redskins
The New England Patriots take on the Denver Broncos, and will be heavily favored to avoid being the seventh victim of Tebow Time.
The Green Bay Packers can clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
The Titans are fighting for a playoff berth while the Colts fight to win one game this season.
The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to stay in the playoff picture as they travel to the Edward Jones Dome to take on the St. Louis Rams.
The New Orleans Saints can put some distance in the NFC South race with a win over the Minnesota Vikings.
The Texans look to avoid a letdown after clinching their first division crown.
The Bears and Seahawks fight for their playoff lives when they square off in Chicago.
The Dolphins and Bills are two teams moving in opposite directions as their seasons wind down. But with their playoff hopes dashed, all that's on the line is AFC East pride in this Week 15 matchup.
The Jets and Eagles will be bringing their A-games on Sunday, in a game that has major playoff implications for both teams. The Jets are looking to register their first ever win at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Arizona Cardinals have been on a tear lately, having won five of their last six games after beating the San Francisco 49ers last week. They will host a reeling Cleveland Browns club, losers of six of their last seven.
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