The final month of the season is here and we’ve got a lot of big storylines to keep track of. Jimmy Garoppolo made his first start for the 49ers, and while it wasn’t perfect, it was enough to beat the Bears.
The Jets topped the free-falling Chiefs and the game was WEIRD AS HELL. We could hardly keep track of all the absurd things that happened — but we still tried.
In the late afternoon, Josh Gordon made his long-awaited return, but the Browns fell to 0-12 with a loss to the Chargers.
For the Giants, Geno Smith made the start against the Raiders now that Eli Manning is benched. Smith was fine, but he couldn’t fix the struggling offense. The Giants lost, 24-17.
The Saints beat the Panthers for a second time this season. Here’s what that means for a tight NFC South race.
The Eagles could have been the first team to clinch a playoff spot, but they couldn’t overcome a tough game in Seattle. Suddenly, the Seahawks are alive and well in the playoff picture.
Here’s what happened Sunday in Week 13:
Frank Gore may be overlooked these days, but now he's the NFL's fifth all-time rusher.
Rob Gronkowski apologized for his cheap shot on Tre’Davious White.
Bucs tight end Cameron Brate’s one-handed TD catch was a beauty.
The Jaguars pulled off another fake punt. Is that their best offensive play?
Tom Brady exploded at Patriots OC Josh McDaniels on the sideline.
A Jets fan lowered his child over the wall to get Bilal Powell’s TD ball.
Jerick McKinnon breaks out the “dirty bird” TD celebration in his hometown of Atlanta.
Tarik Cohen's winding 61-yard punt return TD shows why his nickname is “The Human Joystick.”
Jameis Winston’s bad fumble led to an amazing big guy touchdown for the Packers.
The Jaguars celebrated a Leonard Fournette touchdown with an elaborate free throw attempt.
Julius Thomas does a pony TD dance against the Broncos, his former team.
Robby Anderson vanished on live TV and we're freaking out.
The Lions only had nine players on the field for a Ravens third-down conversion.
Rob Gronkowski took a late, cheap shot at Bills CB Tre'Davious White.
Marcus Peters chucks penalty flag into the Jets stands in frustration and then leaves the game.
Josh Gordon was COOKING in his return game for the Browns.
Joe Flacco channeled Jameis Winston and ate a W after the Ravens beat the Lions.
The Saints are playing third-string QB Taysom Hill on special teams, and he's lighting guys up.
Alvin Kamara dodged a Kurt Coleman tackle in the exact way Kurt Coleman predicted days earlier.
Marshawn Lynch couldn’t talk to reporters because he had to give his “ding-ding sauce” for a random drug test.
Carson Wentz's fumble out of end zone bounced every which way to give the Seahawks a touchback.
Carson Wentz magically threw a perfect 51-yard strike as he was falling down.
Russell Wilson got away with a forward lateral that the Eagles chose not to challenge.
Tyrod Taylor was carted to the locker room after suffering a knee injury against the Patriots. He was ruled out for the rest of the game, but Taylor thinks he’ll be OK.
Matthew Stafford left against the Ravens with a hand injury. The X-rays were negative and it was diagnosed as a bruised hand.
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith went down with an Achilles injury and is done for the rest of the season.
The Texans lost all of these players vs. the Titans:
- tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion)
- WR Braxton Miller (concussion)
- CB Johnathan Joseph (shoulder injury)
- WR Bruce Ellington (hamstring injury)
- RB Alfred Blue (concussion)
Week 13 scores
Minnesota Vikings 14, Atlanta Falcons 9
Baltimore Ravens 44, Detroit Lions 20
New England Patriots 23, Buffalo Bills 3
New York Jets 38, Kansas City Chiefs 31
Los Angeles Chargers 19, Cleveland Browns 10
New Orleans Saints 31, Carolina Panthers 21
Seattle Seahawks 24, Philadelphia Eagles 10
The top stories from Sunday's NFL action
Before the games
With the calendar turning to December, the NFL regular season hits its stretch run. With only five weeks left, the playoff races are wide open at the moment and nearly every game take on a sense of urgency — save for those teams already out of it and playing for draft position at this point.
Week 13 has only one clinching scenario, but it’s notable for being the first of the season. The Eagles could’ve wrapped up the NFC East title with a Washington win over Dallas on Thursday, but the Cowboys blew them out. Instead, the Eagles can clinch the division themselves with a win over the Seahawks on Sunday night. Carson Wentz will try to boost his MVP resume against Seattle’s injury-depleted defense.
But first, there are plenty of important matchups in the early afternoon window. The biggest one sees the 9-2 Vikings facing the 7-4 Falcons with both teams surging at the right time. Case Keenum keeps playing well for Minnesota, while Atlanta has re-discovered Julio Jones and is getting Devonta Freeman back from a concussion. The Falcons will get a real test against the Vikings’ vicious defense this week.
In AFC East action, the Bills seem to be back on track after the Nathan Peterman fiasco, but they face the Patriots for the first time this season. Buffalo will be challenged to keep its playoff hopes alive against Tom Brady and Co.
Elsewhere at 1 p.m. ET, the Lions and Ravens square off in a battle of 6-5 teams. Baltimore’s offense is pretty bad this year, but the defense is keeping it in the Wild Card conversation. The Lions are in danger of falling further behind in a loaded NFC race.
The late afternoon is headlined by an NFC South battle between the 8-3 Panthers and Saints with first place in the division on the line. New Orleans blasted Carolina in Week 3, 34-13, and its offense has discovered a new superstar in Alvin Kamara. The Panthers, winners of four in a row, will be looking to shut down that run game with their elite defense.
Last season, the Chargers were the only team to lose to the Browns. They’ll be looking for revenge in the late afternoon, and they’re also trying to keep pace in the AFC West. LA has shrugged off an 0-4 start to win five of its last seven and put some heat on the Chiefs in the division race.