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A look back at week 13 in the NFL

Dan Turczynski, Sports Writer
December 12, 2012
Filed under Sports

Denver Broncos 26, Oakland Raiders 13

The Denver Broncos were able to win its 8th straight game on the road over their AFC West rival Oakland Raiders Dec. 6. Broncos’ running back Knowshon Moreno rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 32 carries. Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning added 310 yards and a touchdown to tight end Joel Dreessen through the air en route to the victory. Broncos clinched the AFC West with the victory.

St. Louis Rams 15, Buffalo Bills 12

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford hit wide receiver Brandon Gibson for the game-winning touchdown with just 48 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Gibson finished the game with six catches for 100 yards and the winning touchdown. The Rams held the Bills rushing attack to 61 yards rushing. With the win, the Rams keep its post-season hopes alive, improving to 6-6-1 on the year.

Dallas Cowboys 20, Cincinnati Bengals 19

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo lead his team on a game-winning 13–play, 50–yard drive, which was capped by Dan Bailey’s 40-yard field goal as time expired. Romo finished the game with 268 yards and a touchdown through the air. The Cowboys defense sacked Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton five times in the game. The Cowboys improved to 7-6 on the season and are also keeping its hopes of winning the NFC East intact.

Cleveland Browns 30, Kansas City Chiefs 7

The Browns won its third straight game for the first time since the 2009 season to improve to 5-8 on the season. Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson ran for two touchdowns and 42 yards on 18 carries in the game. Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon caught eight passes for 86 yards to lead the Browns’ passing attack. Chiefs’ running back Jamaal Charles ran for 165 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game.

Indianapolis Colts 27, Tennessee Titans 23

The Colts magical season continued Sunday as they rode two late field goals from Adam Vinatieri to put away their AFC South rival Titans. In the win, Colts running back Vick Ballard rushed for 94 yards on 18 carries. The Colts’ defense picked off Titans quarterback Jake Locker twice, including an interception returned for a touchdown by Colts cornerback Cassius Vaughn. With the win, the Colts improved to 9-4 and continue to keep pace with the Texans in search of an AFC South crown.

Minnesota Vikings 21, Chicago Bears 14

Adrian Peterson continued his remarkable season by carving up the Bears defense for 154 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carriers. Vikings safety Harrison Smith intercepted Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown late in third quarter to put the Bears away. In a losing effort, Bears wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall combined for 13 catches for 217 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings improved to 7-6, while the Bears dropped to 8-5 on the season.

San Diego Chargers 34, Pittsburgh Steelers 24

The Chargers traveled across country to take on the Steelers, who were coming off a big win last week against its rival Baltimore Ravens, and upset the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to action after missing the last three weeks due to a rib injury. Roethlisberger threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort. Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns. The loss dropped the Steelers’ record to 7-6, the Chargers improved to 5-8 on the season.

Philadelphia Eagles 23, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21

The under-performing Eagles had its best game of the season when it shocked the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay last Sunday afternoon. The Eagles trailed Tampa Bay 21-10 with four minutes left in the game until Eagles rookie quarterback Nick Foles led his team on two late touchdown drives. Foles hit tight end Clay Harbor for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 3:55 left in the game. Foles then came back a few minutes later and hit wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on a one-yard touchdown pass as time expired. The loss essentially eliminated the Buccaneers from playoff contention, barring a miracle. The Eagles improved to 4-9 on what has been a disappointing season in Philadelphia.

Washington Redskins 31, Baltimore Ravens 28 (F/OT)

The Redskins won its fourth straight game and improved to 7-6 with the win in Baltimore. In the win, the Redskins lost its superstar rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III to an apparent knee injury. Redskins fellow rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins came in and led the Redskins to the tying touchdown drive in regulation when he hit wide receiver Pierre Garcon on an 11-yard touchdown pass with just 29 seconds left in the game. Then in overtime, Cousins led the Redskins into field goal range where kicker Kai Forbath made a 34-yard field goal to win the game for the Redskins. Ravens’ running back Ray Rice ran for 121 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

Carolina Panthers 30, Atlanta Falcons 20

The upset of the week went to the 4-9 Panthers as it knocked off its NFC South rival Falcons to drop the Falcons to 11-2 on the season. In the win, Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns. Newton also ran for 116 yards including a 72-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. In the loss, Falcons wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White combined for 14 catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Panthers receiver Steve Smith caught nine passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers win.

New York Jets 17, Jacksonville Jaguars 10

Injuries have cost the Jets a potential playoff berth. However, it was able to win its sixth game of the season moving to 6-7 with the victory over the Jaguars. After being benched last week against the Cardinals, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez turned in another mediocre performance Sunday afternoon. Sanchez was 12 of 19 for 111 yards in the win. Jets running backs Bilal Powell and Shonn Greene combined for 39 carries for 155 yards and two touchdowns. The Jets defense was able intercept Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne twice en route to the road victory.

San Francisco 49ers 27, Miami Dolphins 13

49ers quarterback Collin Kaepernick won his third game in four starts as the starter for the 49ers. In the win, Kaepernick threw for 185 yards and ran for 53 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter which put the Dolphins away for good.  49ers running back Frank Gore ran for 63 yards and a touchdown to win. The 49ers defense held the Dolphins offense to 227 total yards and 133 yards in the air. The 49ers improved to 9-3-1 as it hopes to steal the NFC’s No. 1 playoff spot from the 11-2 Falcons with three games to play.

Seattle Seahawks 58, Arizona Cardinals 0

The Seahawks dominated its NFC West rival from start to finish, forcing eight Cardinals turnovers en route to the 58-point victory Sunday afternoon. In the win, Seahawks’ running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 128 yards on just 11 carries and also scored three touchdowns. Seahawks running back Robert Turbin also got in on the fun rushing for 108 yards on 20 carries. Seahawks tight end Anthony McCoy caught three passes for 105 yards in the blowout victory. The Seahawks win improves its record to 8-5 and the keep their hopes of winning the NFC West title alive for another week.

New York Giants 52, New Orleans Saints 27

The Saints continue to under-achieve as the Giants blew out the Saints Dec. 9 in New York. In the win, Eli Manning threw four touchdown passes and threw for 259 yards. Giants rookie running back David Wilson scored three touchdowns, one coming on a 97-yard kickoff return and the other two coming on the ground as Wilson tallies 327 all-purpose yards in the game. The struggles continued for Saints quarterback Drew Brees, he threw two more interceptions Dec. 9, which makes seven in the last two games for Brees. The Giants maintained its slim NFC East lead, improving to 8-5 on the season, while the Saints fell to 5-8.

Green Bay Packers 27, Detroit Lions 20

The Lions jumped on top of the Packers early grabbing a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. However, the Packers would go on 27-6 run to end the game. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ streak of 35 straight games with a touchdown pass at Lambeau came to an end Dec. 9 night. Rodgers, however, added a 27-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. The Packers finished the game with 140 yards on the ground. The win improved the Packers’ record to 9-4; a win next week at Chicago would secure the NFC North division for the Packers, which would result in at least one home playoff game.