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Buffalo Bills 10
San Diego Chargers 37
Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers won for a second time in the last two weeks, again in a route, and this time against the still-falling Buffalo Bills.
The Bills, who were once 5-2 have now lost six consecutive games and did not do anything well on either side of the ball this weekend. The Bills had just 281 yards of offense all game and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had probably his worst game of the season going just 13 of 34 with two interceptions. Fitzpatrick himself, admittedly, took responsibility for his team’s failures….saying “We didn’t do anything well.”
Stevie Johnson was the lone bright spot, as usual, for the Bills hauling in four catches for 116 yards.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns, including two to his superb tight end Antonio Gates.
New England Patriots 34
Washington Redskins 27
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady knows that his defense isn’t playing very well and he’s doing everything he possibly can to make up for that.
Brady threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw his first interception since November 6… over a month ago. The Patriots defense, which ranks dead last in the league in yards allowed, needed all 357 of those yards and a tipped pass that went into linebacker Jerod Mayo’s hands for an interception to pull out the victory.
Meanwhile, the Washington Redskins did everything they possibly could to try and avoid their ninth loss of the season. Rookie running back Roy Helu rushed for 126 yards and quarterback Rex Grossman threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns. Grossman and the other half of his former Gator-to-former Gator combination, wide receiver Jabar Gaffney hooked up six times for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski set an NFL single-season record for touchdown receptions at his position with 14 and then added a 15th later in the game. His 160 yards receiving were a career-high and played a pivotal role in guiding the Patriots to their fifth consecutive win.
Kansas City Chiefs 10
New York Jets 37
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez wasn’t asked to do much on Sunday and that’s just fine with him. Sanchez, who has been struggling mightily recently, played the role of game manager at home against the Chiefs and let running back Shonn Greene do his thing.
Greene ran for 129 yards and a touchdown and also caught three passes for 58 yards. This was by far Greene’s best performance of the year and the Jets are at their best when their running game is working this effectively.
Long lost running back LaDanian Tomlinson even got in on the act on Sunday for the Jets as he hauled in two receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown.
The Jets were able to sack Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko five times and the Chiefs offense once again looked miserable. They managed just 221 yards of offense (just 4 total yards in the first half), had just one 1st down at halftime and were just 2 of 12 on 3rd downs for the game.
Philadelphia Eagles 26
Miami Dolphins 10
The Eagles defensive line continued their utter domination on Sunday, tallying nine sacks against the Miami Dolphins. Defensive ends Jason Babin and Trent Cole each had three sacks and now have 24 combined sacks on the season.
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy managed just 1.4 yards-per-carry on the day, but did account for two rushing touchdowns, giving him 17 total touchdowns for the season.
Despite the solid defensive play of the Miami Dolphins, their offensive ineptitude was a glaring weakness and just too much to overcome for a team that is now 4-9 and sitting in the basement of the AFC East. The Dolphins managed just 204 yards on the day, 11 1st downs and turned the ball over three separate times.
Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor did record two sacks on Michael Vick in the first eight minutes of the game to bring his career total to 138 ½, ranking him sixth in NFL history.
The underachieving Eagles won for just the second time in their last six games while the Dolphins had a three-game home winning streak snapped.
New York Giants 37
Dallas Cowboys 34
Jason Pierre-Paul – not ever having played football until about six years ago – blocked the game-tying field goal attempt and had a monstrous game in what could be a season-saving victory for the New York Giants against the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday.
Pierre-Paul had two sacks to go along with his game-saving block and was utterly dominant making some amazing open-field tackles on Felix Jones and the rest of the Cowboys team.
The Cowboys and Giants both sit at 7-6 with the Giants now taking the lead in the wild NFC East after their wild and crazy win on Sunday night. The Giants were able to snap a four-game losing streak as Eli Manning was clutch in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 400 yards passing.
Both offenses were explosive and efficient, combining for 954 total yards and eight touchdowns. Cowboys receiver Laurent Robinson had 137 yards receiving and a touchdown while Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks finished with 154 yards. Both Felix Jones and Brandon Jacobs also finished with over 100 yards on the ground, as well.
Despite errant snaps and a dropped pass by Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham on the final drive, quarterback Eli Manning showed the same grit and greatness that he has shown all year by connecting with tight end Jake Ballard to take the ball down to the one-yard line before Brandon Jacobs was able to pound his way across the goal line for the game-winning touchdown with just under a minute to play.
Meanwhile, for yet a second straight week, Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey will be having nightmares about a last-second timeout….this one called by Giants head coach Tom Coughlin just before Bailey’s first attempt at the game-tying field goal. The second attempt was then blocked by Pierre-Paul to seal the win for the G
Offensive Player of the Week:
Eli Manning (QB, Giants) – 27 of 47, 400 yards, 2 TD (1 INT)
Defensive Player of the Week:
Trent Cole (DE, Eagles) – 7 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 TFL
New England Patriots (10-3)
New York Jets (8-5)
Buffalo Bills (5-8)
Miami Dolphins (4-9)
New York Giants (7-6)
Dallas Cowboys (7-6)
Philadelphia Eagles (5-8)
Washington Redskins (4-9)
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