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A look back at week 12 in the NFL

Quinn Cretton, Sports Writer
December 4, 2012
Filed under Sports

Atlanta Falcons 23, New Orleans Saints 13

The Atlanta Falcons were able to take advantage of Drew Brees’ career-high five interceptions to pick up the home victory and improve to 11-1 on the season. Brees threw for 351 yards but saw his NFL-record streak of 54 consecutive games with a touchdown pass snapped in the loss.

Buffalo Bills 34, Jacksonville Jaguars 18

The Buffalo Bills piled up 232 yards rushing to hand visiting Jacksonville its 10th loss of the season. Fred Jackson carried the ball 25 times for 109 yards, and C.J. Spiller added a 44-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to seal the win for Buffalo.

Seattle Seahawks 23, Chicago Bears 17

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson connected with Sidney Rice on a 13-yard touchdown pass on the first possession of overtime to give Seattle the win. Brandon Marshall led the way for Chicago with 10 receptions for 165 yards, including a 56-yard catch that set up Robbie Gould for a 46-yard field goal as time expired in regulation to send it to overtime.

Indianapolis Colts 35, Detroit Lions 33

Andrew Luck tossed the game-winning touchdown to Donnie Avery on the final play of overtime to cap a 12-point fourth quarter rally for Indianapolis. Lions receiver Calvin Johnson caught 13 passes for 171 yards to continue his chase of Jerry Rice’s all-time single-season receiving yardage record.

Green Bay Packers 23, Minnesota Vikings 14

James Starks scored a touchdown, and Morgan Burnett intercepted Christian Ponder twice as the Packers were able to overcome a massive day from Adrian Peterson in the victory. Peterson rushed the ball 21 times for 210 yards and a touchdown while Ponder completed 12-of-25 pass attempts for 119 yards.

Kansas City Chiefs 27, Carolina Panthers 21

Brady Quinn threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns as Kansas City won only one day after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself. Playing despite tragedy, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles rushed for 127 yards on 27 carries to lead the Kansas City ground game.

New England Patriots 23, Miami Dolphins 16

Despite Tom Brady having arguably his worst game of the season, the Patriots were able to do just enough to come away with the win to clinch the AFC East Division title. Wes Welker caught 12 passes for 10 yards as the Patriots receiver went over 85 receptions for the sixth consecutive season.

New York Jets 7, Arizona Cardinals 6

The Jets replaced struggling starting quarterback Mark Sanchez with third-stringer Greg McElroy, yet New York managed to sneak away with the win against a slumping Arizona Cardinals team. McElroy, who replaced Sanchez following his third interception of the contest, led the Jets to its lone scoring drive, culminating in a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland.

St. Louis Rams 16, San Francisco 49ers 13

Rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein drilled a 54-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining in overtime to propel the Rams to the win. Colin Kaepernick, in his third career start for San Francisco, threw for 208 yards and added another 84 yards on the ground to lead the 49ers.

Houston Texans 24, Tennessee Titans 10

The Houston Texans set a franchise-record for wins in a season as it improved to 11-1 with the road win over Tennessee.  Texans quarterback Matt Schaub threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns as the Titans failed to reach the end zone until late in the third quarter.

Denver Broncos 31, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning threw three touchdowns as the Broncos extended its league-best winning streak to seven games. Manning, who now has 29 passing touchdowns on the year, surpassed John Elway and Jake Plumber for the most thrown by a Denver Broncos quarterback in a single season.

Pittsburgh Steelers 23, Baltimore Ravens 20

Despite starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s absence for the third straight week, Charlie Batch did enough to lead the Steelers to the victory. Batch managed to take Pittsburgh 51 yards on the game’s final drive, setting up Shaun Suisham for a 42-yard, game-winning field goal as time expired.

Cleveland Browns 20, Oakland Raiders 17

Brandon Weeden threw for a career-high 364 yards to lead Cleveland past Oakland and snap the Browns 12-game road losing streak. Raiders tight end Brandon Myers caught 14 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown to lead the Oakland passing game.

Cincinnati Bengals 20, San Diego Chargers 13

Andy Dalton’s 6-yard touchdown scramble with less than five minutes to play in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as Cincinnati stayed in the hunt for a Wild Card berth with the win. Dalton threw for 211 yards and a score and BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 118 yards for the Bengals, which improved to 7-5 on the year.

Dallas Cowboys 38, Philadelphia Eagles 33

Cowboys rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne returned a Bryce Brown fumble 50 yards for a touchdown to put Dallas up 38-27 late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Brown, in his second career start, rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns for Philadelphia.