NFL Game Capsules - Week 13

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Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Robert Griffin III posted the biggest win of his rookie season as his touchdown pass in the fourth quarter helped Washington edge New York, 17-16, in an NFC East battle at FedEx Field. With the win, the struggle for the top spot in the division got a little closer as the Giants (7-5) now hold just a one-game lead over the Redskins (6-6) and Cowboys, who defeated the Eagles on Sunday night. Griffin passed for 163 yards on 13-of-21 attempts and added 72 yards on five carries as Washington won its third straight, all against division opponents. Alfred Morris carried the ball 22 times for 124 yards while Pierre Garcon caught eight passes for 106 yards and a touchdown in the win. Eli Manning was 20- for-33 with 280 yards and a touchdown and Martellus Bennett had five catches for 82 yards and a score for the Giants, who have dropped three of their last four. Ahmad Bradshaw totaled 103 yards on 24 carries along with two catches for 13 yards and Victor Cruz grabbed five passes for 104 yards in the loss.

Sunday, December 2nd

Final Score: Buffalo 34, Jacksonville 18

Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - Despite only passing for 112 yards, Ryan Fitzpatrick did account for three touchdowns in leading the Buffalo Bills to a 34-18 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fitzpatrick threw touchdowns to Stevie Johnson and Scott Chandler to go along with a rushing score. He completed only 9-of-17 attempts. The Buffalo tandem of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller combined to run for 186 yards. Jackson finished with 109 yards on 25 carries, while Spiller totaled 77 yards -- 44 of which came on a fourth-quarter touchdown -- for the Bills (5-7). Chad Henne was 18-of-41 for 208 yards with one touchdown and an interception for Jacksonville (2-10).

Final Score: Seattle 23, Chicago 17 (OT)

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Sidney Rice's 13-yard touchdown catch in overtime lifted the Seattle Seahawks over the Chicago Bears, 23-17. Rice ended with six catches for 99 yards for the Seahawks (7-5), who have won three of four. Golden Tate hauled in five passes for 96 yards and a score. Russell Wilson completed 23-of-37 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns for Seattle, which improved to 2-5 on the road this season. Wilson also carried the ball nine times for 71 yards. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries for the victors. Jay Cutler connected on 17-of-26 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears (8-4), who are tied with the Packers for first place in the NFC North. Green Bay beat the Vikings on Sunday. Matt Forte carried the ball 21 times for 66 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards and a score. Brandon Marshall hauled in 10 passes for 165 yards.

Final Score: Indianapolis 35, Detroit 33

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Andrew Luck and Donnie Avery got together on a 14-yard score on the final play of the game as the Indianapolis Colts shocked the Detroit Lions, 35-33, at Ford Field on Sunday. The Colts (8-4) were down by 12 points late in the game, but went on two straight scoring drives that Luck capped with touchdown passes to help the team win for a sixth time in the past seven games. Luck finished the game 24-for-54 for 391 yards with four touchdown passes and three interceptions, while also totaling 33 rushing yards on three carries. Avery caught two of the scores, while LaVon Brazill and Coby Fleener each caught a touchdown pass in the win. Detroit's Calvin Johnson continued his fantastic run with 13 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown. Matthew Stafford passed for 313 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 27-of-46 attempts, while Brandon Pettigrew also caught a touchdown pass for the Lions (4-8), who have dropped their past four games to hurt their chances of consecutive playoff appearances.

Final Score: Green Bay 23, Minnesota 14

Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Aaron Rodgers threw for 286 yards and a touchdown and the Green Bay Packers scored 13 unanswered points in the second half to rally for a 23-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. James Starks accounted for the go-ahead score with a 22-yard run late in the third quarter and Mason Crosby kicked three field goals to help Green Bay (8-4) bounce back from last week's 38-10 loss at the New York Giants, which ended a five-game winning streak for the defending NFC North champions. Rodgers completed 27-of-35 passes with one interception for the Packers, who have now prevailed in five straight meetings with the Vikings and 10 in a row against divisional foes. Minnesota (6-6) was dealt its fourth defeat in five games despite a 210-yard, 21-carry effort from Adrian Peterson that included a career-long 82-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The star running back eclipsed the century mark for the sixth consecutive contest, breaking a team record he had shared with Robert Smith. While Peterson was outstanding, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder struggled. The second-year pro managed just 119 yards with a touchdown, while tossing two interceptions and hitting on 12-of-25 attempts.

Final Score: Kansas City 27, Carolina 21

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - An already challenging season for the Kansas City Chiefs only got tougher following Saturday's tragic events. But the show went on. And somehow the Chiefs avoided tying their longest losing streak in franchise history. Just over 24 hours after linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend before taking his own life at the team's facility, the Chiefs resiliently took the field and downed the Carolina Panthers, 27-21, snapping their eight-game slide. Brady Quinn threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-23 efficiency for the Chiefs (2-10), who avoided joining the 1987 and 2007 Chiefs as the only teams to lose nine straight games in franchise history. Jamaal Charles carried the ball 27 times for 127 yards in the win. Cam Newton completed 15-of-27 passes for 232 yards and three scores, while adding 78 yards on the ground for the Panthers (3-9), who downed the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

Final Score: New England 23, Miami 16

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - The New England Patriots clinched the AFC East on Sunday. It was far from easy, however. Tom Brady's rhythm was disrupted by a spirited Miami defense, but the Patriots capitalized on several miscues on their way to a 23-16 victory at Sun Life Stadium. Brady was 24-of-40 for 238 yards with one touchdown pass to Wes Welker and a rare interception. Stevan Ridley scored on a short touchdown run and picked up critical yards on a fourth-quarter drive to help New England (9-3) prevail and capture the division crown for the 10th time in 12 years. Welker had 103 yards on 12 grabs, tying Jerry Rice's NFL record for most games with 10-plus receptions at 17. Rookie Ryan Tannehill completed 13-of-29 passes and finished with 186 yards for the Dolphins (5-7).

Final Score: NY Jets 7, Arizona 6

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Greg McElroy came in relief of Mark Sanchez in the third quarter and passed for the lone touchdown of the game to Jeff Cumberland, as the Jets escaped with a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in an otherwise offensively challenged football game. Tim Tebow, the regular backup to Sanchez, was inactive for the game due to a rib injury. For the first time in his career, McElroy was active for a regular season game and took advantage of the opportunity in helping the Jets (5-7) get back on track after an embarrassing blowout loss to New England on Thanksgiving night. McElroy completed 5-of-7 throws for 29 yards, including his 1-yard toss to Cumberland early in the fourth quarter. Sanchez threw three first-half interceptions and threw for just 97 yards on 10-of-21 passing before being pulled. Arizona rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley may have been worse, however, as he was constantly harassed by the Jets defense. He completed just 10-of-31 throws for 72 yards with an interception and failed to help the Cardinals (4-8) convert on a single third down. They finished 0-for-15 for the game in suffering their eight straight defeat following a 4-0 start.

Final Score: St. Louis 16, San Francisco 13 (OT)

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - For the second time in three weeks, the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers battled past regulation in a hard-fought NFC West tussle. But unlike their Week 10 meeting, Sunday's eerily similar tilt ended with a winner, as Greg Zuerlein connected on a 54-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining in OT to give the Rams a 16-13 victory at Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis (5-6-1) remained unbeaten against division foes despite being held to 293 yards. Steven Jackson, one week after amassing a season-high 139 rushing yards, was limited to 48 yards on 21 carries, while Sam Bradford completed 26-of-39 passes for 221 yards. This was the first loss for division-leading San Francisco (8-3-1) since a 26-3 thumping by the New York Giants on Oct. 14. Colin Kaepernick, in his third game as starter after Alex Smith suffered a concussion against the Rams, had two costly mistakes in the setback. The inexperienced signal-caller was whistled for a safety and lost a fumble that resulted in a tying touchdown and two-point conversion with 3:04 to play in the fourth quarter.

Final Score: Houston 24, Tennessee 10

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Matt Schaub completed 21-of-35 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Houston Texans to a 24-10 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Texans' defense forced three interceptions and recovered three fumbles, while Arian Foster carried the ball 14 times for 38 yards and a touchdown and Lestar Jean had a 54-yard touchdown reception for Houston (11-1), which clinched its second consecutive playoff berth with the win. Tennessee's Jake Locker was 21-for-45 passing for 309 yards and a touchdown, but threw three interceptions. Nate Washington had three catches for 96 yards and Chris Johnson rushed for 51 yards on 13 carries for the Titans (4-8), who have dropped four of their last five games overall.

Final Score: Denver 31, Tampa Bay 23

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning had three touchdown passes and the Denver Broncos clinched the AFC West with a 31-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Manning went 27-for-38 with 242 yards and an interception as the Broncos (9-3) won their seventh straight game and clinched their division for the second straight year and 12th time in franchise history. Also, Manning moved past Dan Marino for second place all-time for completions and now has 4,986 for his career. Demaryius Thomas totaled eight catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns, while Knowshon Moreno had 69 yards on 20 carries and added four catches for 14 yards in the win. Josh Freeman went 18-for-39 with 242 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, with Mike Williams and Dallas Clark each catching a scoring pass in the loss for the Buccaneers (6-6), who have dropped their past two games. The loss by Tampa Bay allowed Atlanta to clinch the NFC South. The Falcons had defeated the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 23, Baltimore 20

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Shaun Suisham buried a 42-yard field goal as time expired on Sunday and the Pittsburgh Steelers exacted a bit of revenge against the Baltimore Ravens with a 23-20 triumph at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens defeated the Steelers, 13-10, in Pittsburgh just two weeks ago, but third-string quarterback Charlie Batch, making his second straight start in place of Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich, was able to chew up the final 6:14 of game clock with a 12-play, 61-yard march that culminated in Suisham's game-winning kick. Batch finished 25-of-36 passing for 276 yards and a touchdown with one interception. Jonathan Dwyer carried the ball 16 times for 49 yards and a score for Pittsburgh (6-6), which bounced back from an eight-turnover performance in a 20-14 loss to Cleveland last weekend. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco completed 16-of-34 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown with one interception, while Ray Rice rushed for 78 yards and a score on 12 carries for the Ravens (9-3), who had won 16 consecutive home games since a 13-10 setback to Pittsburgh on Dec. 5, 2010.

Final Score: Cleveland 20, Oakland 17

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Brandon Weeden threw for 364 yards and a touchdown to help the Cleveland Browns take a 20-17 decision over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Weeden overcame two first half interceptions to complete 25-of-36 throws. He led an important touchdown march late in the fourth quarter to help secure the victory, the Browns' (4-8) first on the road this season. Trent Richardson capped Cleveland's final score with a touchdown run. He ran for 72 yards on 20 carries to give the Browns their second straight victory. Josh Gordon finished with a career-high in both receptions and yards, hauling in six passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in the win. Carson Palmer passed for 351 yards and two touchdowns on 34-of-54 attempts for Oakland (3-9), but his interception in the fourth led to the Browns' touchdown. Brandon Myers hauled in a career-high 14 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' fifth straight loss.

Final Score: Cincinnati 20, San Diego 13

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Andy Dalton shook off two interceptions by capping a late scoring drive with a go-ahead touchdown run in the fourth quarter, as the Cincinnati Bengals escaped Qualcomm Stadium with a 20-13 win over the struggling San Diego Chargers. For the fourth time this season, the Chargers blew a fourth-quarter lead, as Dalton culminated a 14-play, 55-yard drive that ended with his 6-yard plunge over the goal line for a 17-13 lead. Philip Rivers fumbled deep in his own territory on the ensuing possession and threw an interception in the end zone in the final minute to seal the Chargers' (4-8) fourth consecutive loss. Cincinnati (7-5) stayed in the AFC playoff hunt by running its winning streak to four games. Dalton finished with 211 yards and a touchdown on 25-of-39 attempts, while BenJarvus Green-Ellis reached the century mark on the ground for the third straight week, gaining 118 yards on 25 carries. Rivers started strong but completed just 26-of-48 passes for 280 yards. Demorrio Williams scored San Diego's lone touchdown on an interception return.

Final Score: Dallas 38, Philadelphia 33

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns, including the go-ahead, 6-yard score to Dez Bryant late in the fourth quarter, to lead the Dallas Cowboys past the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-33, on Sunday night. Romo completed 22-of-27 passes for 303 yards and three scores to give him 168 passing touchdowns in his career and make him the Cowboys' all-time leader in passing TDs. Troy Aikman previously held the record with 165. Bryant finished with 98 yards and two scores on six receptions, while DeMarco Murray returned from a six-game absence and racked up 83 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries for Dallas (6-6). Jason Witten had a game-high 108 yards on six catches in the Cowboys' third win in four games. Nick Foles went 22-for-34 through the air for 251 yards and a touchdown in his third consecutive start for Philadelphia (3-9) in place of an injured Michael Vick. Bryce Brown followed his impressive debut with another big game, recording 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 24 carries, but lost a costly fumble late in the fourth quarter as the Eagles dropped their eighth straight game for the first time since opening the 1968 campaign at 0-11.

Thursday, November 29th

Final Score: Atlanta 23, New Orleans 13

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The Atlanta Falcons made a statement Thursday night, picking off New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees a career-high five times and ending his remarkable consecutive games streak with a touchdown pass in a 23-13 victory over the Saints at the Georgia Dome. Matt Ryan completed 18- of-33 passes for 165 yards with a touchdown for the Falcons (11-1), who avenged their lone defeat of the season and snapped a four-game losing streak to the Saints. Atlanta also clinched the NFC South division title when the Buccaneers lost to the Broncos on Sunday. New Orleans (5-7), meanwhile, saw its playoff hopes become even slimmer with its second straight loss. Brees, who had 341 passing yards, failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time since Week 4 of the 2009 campaign, snapping a his NFL-record streak at 54 games.

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