Weekend recap

Staff Writer

Thursday Night Football 11/20/14
Oakland (1-10) 24 vs
Kansas City (7-4) 20
Oakland surprisingly snapped a 16 game losing streak dating back to last season as they beat a hot Kansas City team on Thursday night. Oakland got a strong effort out of RB Latavius Murray who ran the ball 4 times for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns. Murray would be removed from the game in the first half after getting a concussion. Kansas City stormed back from a 17-3 deficit to take the lead 20-17 on a 25 yard field goal by Cairo Santos with 9:03 remaining in the game. Oakland responded with a 17 play 80 yard drive capped by a Derek Carr TD pass to James Jones with less than 2 minutes to go. They held Kansas City on a 4th and 13 from mid field to seal the win.
Philadelphia (8-3) 43 vs
Tennessee (2-9) 24
Philadelphia jumped ahead early when Josh Huff returned the opening kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown.  They scored 17 first quarter points including a 4 yard touchdown run by Darren Sproles. Tennessee didn’t get a first down till the second quarter on a drive that was capped by a 40 TD pass to Justin Hunter to make it 17-7. Philadelphia controlled the game the rest of the way behind LeSean McCoy’s 130 rushing yards and kicker Cody Parkey’s 5 field goals.
Cleveland (7-4) 26 @
Atlanta (4-7) 24
Cleveland won their 7th game of the season and stayed alive in the AFC playoff race. Cleveland benefitted from the return of WR Josh Gordon. Gordon played in his first game of the season after serving a 10 game suspension for a positive drug test. He had 8 catches for 120 yards. Cleveland RB Isaiah Crowell also played a key role as he ran for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns. Cleveland held a 23-14 lead going into the 4th quarter. Interceptions by Cleveland QB Brian Hoyer allowed Atlanta to get the ball back quickly twice and finally took the lead 24-23 on a 53 yard Matt Bryant field goal with 44 seconds left. Cleveland had all their timeouts left and was able to pass their way down the field and put K Billy Cundiff in position to hit a 37 yard field goal as time expired.
Green Bay (8-3) 24 @
Minnesota (4-7) 21
Green Bay got a strong performance out of RB Eddie Lacy to get a hard fought divisional road win. Lacy ran for 125 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a touchdown pass from QB Aaron Rodgers. Minnesota put up a fight keeping the game close against a Green Bay team that has been blowing out opponents left and right as of late. The lead was cut to 24-21 with a Greg Jennings 5 yard touchdown reception with 3:23 left in the game. Minnesota was unable to get the ball back as Green Bay ran out the clock for the victory.
Indianapolis (7-4) 23 vs
Jacksonville (1-10) 3
Indianapolis was able to overcome a sluggish start to defeat Jacksonville. Indy QB Andrew Luck had 2 first half turnovers as they took a 6-3 lead into half time. They responded strongly in the second half with 2 3rd quarter touchdowns to take a commanding 20-3 lead. WR T.Y. Hilton had himself quite the day. He had his first daughter early Sunday morning then raced from the hospital to Lucas Oil stadium. He responded by having 122 receiving yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was 73 yards and he celebrated by rocking the football as if it were his newborn baby girl.
Cincinnati (7-3-1) 22 @
Houston (5-6) 13
Cincinnati built a 16-3 lead behind a strong defensive effort and solid effort from rookie RB Jeremy Hill. Hill ran for 87 yards and a touchdown.  Houston was able to cut the lead to 16-13 behind a Johnathan Joseph interception return for a touchdown and a Randy Bullock field goal in the 3rd quarter. Cincinnati controlled the ball for most of the 4th quarter and got 2 Mike Nugent field goals to make it a 2 possession game to put it out of reach for Houston.
Chicago (5-6) 21 vs
Tampa Bay (2-9) 13
An uneventful 1st quarter left things tied at 0-0. Tampa Bay responded in the 2nd quarter with a touchdown catch from rookie WR Mike Evans. They added a 32 yard Patrick Murray field goal with 4 seconds left to take a 10-0 half time lead. Chicago responded in the 3rd quarter by forcing 3 Tampa Bay turnovers. They concerted those turnovers into an Alshon Jeffery touchdown reception and 2 Matt Forte touchdown runs to go up 21-10. Tampa Bay got a field goal with 4:56 left to cut the lead to 21-13. However, they could
San Diego (7-4) 27 vs
St. Louis (4-7) 24
The tough St. Louis defense troubled the San Diego offense and QB Philip Rivers for most of the first half as they took a 10-6 lead going into half time. They took the lead at 10-3 behind a 99 yard interception return touchdown by Janoris Jenkins. San Diego came out in the second half and scored a touchdown on a 32 yard Ryan Matthews run. They scored another touchdown 21 seconds later on a fumble recovery and 13 yard return by LB Andrew Gachkar to make it 20-10. Rivers connected on Keenan Allen for a 29 yard touchdown to make it 27-17. St. Louis had one late surge in them. After a Stedman Baily touchdown reception with 2:04 left in the game, St. Louis got the ball back with a chance to win. They were able to drive the ball down the field to the San Diego 4 yard line. They ended up falling short when San Diego’s Marcus Gilchrist intercepted a Shaun Hill pass in the end zone with 56 seconds left to seal the victory.
San Francisco (7-4) 17 vs
Washington (3-8) 13
The game was a defensive struggle neither team could put much together offensively. The score at half was 10-7 San Francisco behind a 30 yard touchdown reception by Anquan Boldin and 41 yard field goal as time expired on the half by Phil Dawson. Washington got 2 field goals from Kai Forbath in the second half to take a 13-10 lead. San Francisco won the game on a 4 yard touchdown run by Carlos Hyde with under 3 minutes to play.
Denver (8-3) 39 vs
Miami (6-5) 36
In perhaps the most exciting game of the day, Denver stormed back in the 4th quarter to beat Miami. Miami built a 28-17 lead behind a strong day from QB Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill had 3 touchdown passes to go with a touchdown run. Denver kept pace early with 3 touchdown receptions from Demaryius Thomas. They scored 22 fourth quarter points to take the lead at 39-28 after a 2 yard Wes Welker touchdown catch from Peyton Manning with 3:13 left. Miami quickly responded with a Jarvis Landry 1 yard touchdown catch and a 2 point conversion to make it 39-36. Miami failed on an onside kick attempt to gain possession after the touchdown. Denver was able to run the clock out after recovering the attempt.
Dallas (8-3) 31 @
NYG (3-8) 28
NYG came out strong while building a 21-10 half time lead. They took the lead in the 1st quarter behind a 13 play 80 yard drive that was capped by a 3 yard TD pass from Eli Manning to Odell Beckham Jr. The pair connected again on what some are calling the greatest catch EVER. On the first play of the second quarter Manning threw a deep pass down the sideline to Beckham. Beckham was being held by the Dallas defender and then dove backwards and reached out with one hand to snag the ball for a 43 yard touchdown. The second half belonged to Tony Romo and the Dallas Offense. Romo threw a touchdown pass to Dez Bryant to take the lead at 24-21 late in the 3rd quarter. NYG took the lead back on a Manning touchdown pass with 3 minutes to go to make it 28-24. Romo lead Dallas on an 80 yard drive capped by another Dez Bryant TD reception with 1:01 left in the game. Dallas was able to stop the NYG offense to seal the game.
Seattle (7-4) 19 vs
Arizona (9-2) 3
The defending champs needed a strong defensive effort to hand Arizona their second loss of the season. Arizona came into the game winners of 6 straight games and holding the best record in the league. The Seattle defense held Arizona to 204 total yards for the game and 3 points. Seattle converted on 4 Steven Hauschka field goal tries. The lone touchdown in the game came on a Russell Wilson 20 yard touchdown pass with 52 seconds left in the game.
Game of the Week
New England (9-2) 34 vs
Detroit (7-4) 9
New England continued to roll as they won their 7th straight game. It is their 3rd straight game that they have played a fellow division leader. It is also the 3rd straight game that they have defeated a division leader by 22+ points. New England has shown they can beat teams a variety of different ways. In this game, they rode a strong defense and a great effort by QB Tom Brady. Brady threw for 349 yards and 2 touchdowns. New England picked up LeGarrette Blount after Pittsburgh cut him last week after he was unhappy with his role in their offense. Blount responded by running for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns. New England RB Jonas Gray ran for 199 yards and 4 touchdowns last week was held out of the game because he was late to practice on Friday.
Monday Night Football 11/24/14
Buffalo (6-5) 38 vs
NYJ (2-9) 3
This game had to be relocated to Detroit’s Ford Field and pushed back a day thanks to some extremely inclement weather in Buffalo. The relocation didn’t seem to bother the home team as they scored on their opening drive and built a 14-3 lead going into half time. The Buffalo defense suffocated the NYJ offense as they sacked QB Mike Vick 5 times and picked him off once. Vick was extremely ineffective as he went 7/19 passing for 76 yards. They eventually pulled him for Geno Smith. NYJ didn’t get much help from their special teams either. Buffalo blocked a punt and return it for a touchdown.
Baltimore (7-4) 34
New Orleans (4-7) 27
Baltimore got on the board early with a Steve Smith 15 yard touchdown reception.  New Orleans struck right back with a Jimmy Graham touchdown catch in what began a seesaw first half. Baltimore took the lead on a Justin Forsett 13 yard run. New Orleans rallied to take a half time lead at 17-14 after a Shayne Graham field goal and Marques Colston touchdown catch.  Baltimore assumed control in the second half scoring 10 straight third quarter points after a Justin Tucker field goal and a 44 yard Will Hill interception return for touchdown. Tucker added another field goal in the 4th to make it 27-17. Forsett added another touchdown for Baltimore on what would be a career night for him. Forsett ran for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Baltimore kept pace in the tough AFC North. New Orleans, who has in inverse record to Baltimore, remains tied for first with Atlanta in the pathetic NFC South.