week 14 of NFL The season continued on Sunday with a series of highly anticipated league encounters, and AFC playoff hopes are on the line when the Miami Dolphins take on the Los Angeles Chargers in the final game of the night.
Previously, the surging Detroit Lions defeated the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC North showdown, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants in a playoff hopefuls matchup, and the Buffalo Bills beat the New York Jets.
In the afternoon window, the Tom Brady and Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell by double digits to the Brock Purdy-led San Francisco 49ers, and the Carolina Panthers thwarted the Seattle Seahawks’ playoff hopes.
Here are the top games from the Sunday table!
Miami Dolphins at the Los Angeles Chargers
find a rhythm
After the Dolphins went three and out on their opening run, the Chargers went straight to work, moving down the field.
However, the Chargers were unable to capitalize on the momentum and turned it around after a big layover in Miami. So it remained goalless in the middle of the first quarter.
More of the same
The Dolphins continued to press Herbert & Co. as the first frame drew to a close.
Stay tuned for updates!
San Francisco 49ers 35, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7
A Purdy piece
The third-string QB made it with his legs on his first start and ran into the end zone to give the Niners a 14-0 lead.
The rookie QB completed a close throw at Christian McCaffrey for a 23-yard touchdown pass that gave San Francisco a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.
Disaster struck the Niners when superstar Deebo Samuel suffered an apparent ankle injury late in the first half and had to be carried off the field. He didn’t come back.
eyes on the price
Brandon Aiyuk adapted to grab a submissive pass that gave the Niners a 28-0 lead before halftime.
Then, McCaffrey scored againmaking it look easy on a 38-yard touchdown run that sealed San Francisco’s win.
Kansas City Chiefs 34, Denver Broncos 28
A big milestone!
Travis Kelce hit a major milestone on Sunday by becoming the fourth tight end to reach 10,000 career receiving yards.
Improvising under pressure, Patrick Mahomes threw a no-look pass to Jerick McKinnon, who ran all the way for a 56-yard score.
Then the Chiefs added running back its second reception result some acrobatics in the second quarter to get into the end zone.
Chiefs linebacker Willy Gay Jr. punched Russell Wilson and ran him back to the house to give Kansas City a 27-0 lead.
We are Surtain, this is an interception
Pat Surtain II made a jump play and kept the ball off the ground to pick Mahomes up, giving the Broncos a chance for a second touchdown before the break.
Jerry Jeudy caught two touchdown passes in the closing minutes of the first half to cut the Chiefs’ lead to 27-14 at halftime.
After going 0:27, the Broncos went on to 21 straight points in the second half, including a 67-yard score from Marlon Mack.
let it happen
Mahomes ran around the pocket before finding JuJu Smith-Schuster to help Kansas City go up 34-21 late in the third quarter and eventually seal the win for the Chiefs.
Carolina Panthers 30, Seattle Seahawks 24
Set the tone
Panthers wide receiver Shi Smith caught his first career touchdown that put the Panthers up 10 points early.
The Seahawks finally got on the board when Tyler Lockett kept his feet at 17-7.
Terrace Marshall Jr. made one of the wildest catches of the season, securing a deep grab with his legs! The grab resulted in a big win and a much-needed boost for the Panthers as Carolina secured the away win.
Detroit Lions 34, Minnesota Vikings 23
Jameson Williams’ first reception was one for the books. The rookie receiver, who made his debut last week, opened wide to make a 41-yard touchdown grab.
make you miss!
Dalvin Cook made a nice juke move to get into the end zone and tie the game for the Vikings.
One Score Game
Jared Goff unloaded and found veteran receiver DJ Chark deep for a touchdown that gave the Lions a 14-7 lead.
The Lions were brave and not only ran a fake punt on fourth and seven, they did so deep in their own territory. The decision paid off as the game went for 42 yards and the drive ended in a touchdown, good for a 21-7 lead.
Lions running back Justin Jackson dived to the end zone to put Detroit in fourth place, 28-13.
Then the Lions used offensive tackle Penei Sewell as a receiver to grab a key first in third and seventh, which helped seal the win.
Philadelphia Eagles 48, New York Giants 22
Eagles running back Miles Sanders capped his team’s dominant opening drive with a 14-yard touchdown run.
Jalen Hurts said a prayer on the fourth and seven, and DeVonta Smith answered. The young receiver came down with the ball between two Giants defenders for the stunning result.
A clumsy punt by the Giants gave the Eagles great field position before the break, and AJ Brown made a 33-yard touchdown reception to put Philly 21-0 up.
Sanders demands game
The Eagles star, running back, capped the dominant win with a 41-yard touchdown run to put Philly 27 points ahead.
Dallas Cowboys 27, Houston Texans 23
The Cowboys quickly got on the board when Tony Pollard charged into the end zone with one 11-yard run.
The Texans responded immediately as Dameon Pierce found the end zone to level the game. Once inside, he turned on Laremy Tunsil and allowed the offensive lineman to throw a hard spike.
Texas receiver Chris Moore made an incredible extended catch when he went down, which helped Houston take a three-point lead in the first half.
Make great plays
Cowboys star corner Trevon Diggs left the game in the second quarter and not too long later, Amari Rodgers scored his first touchdown of his career on a 28-yard reception to put Houston 17-14 ahead.
Dak Prescott was picked off as he threw from his own end zone to give the Texans a gold field position to potentially move up two points. However, the Texans couldn’t capitalize since the Cowboys got that big fourth stop.
Cowboys take the lead!
Dallas ended his 98-yard drive with a run from Ezekiel Elliott in the closing minutes to avoid the upset.
Cincinnati Bengals 23, Cleveland Browns 10
Joe Burrow connected with his most reliable receiver, Ja’Marr Chase, for the first score of the game.
Samaje Perine drove into the end zone a short runabout to give the Bengals a 13-3 lead before halftime.
The Bengals worked a trick play to perfection when Burrow connected with a wide open Trenton Irwin to give Cincy a 20-3 lead early in the second half.
The Browns avoided a shutout after David Njoku scored just enough to earn the Browns’ first – and only – result.
Baltimore Ravens 16, Pittsburgh Steelers 14
On his return to the lineup, Ravens running back JK Dobbins notched a 44-yard gain followed by a 5-yard score to give the Ravens a 10-0 lead.
Steelers QB Kenny Pickett entered concussion protocol early in Sunday’s game. Backup Mitch Trubisky checked in and connected with George Pickens on a 44-yard pass before Najee Harris smashed in a 1-yard score to keep things close.
Shortly after, Ravens backup QB Tyler Huntley – who was there because of an injured Lamar Jackson – left the game after suffering a blow to the head that put him in a concussion protocol. In the end, however, Baltimore held out for the win.
Buffalo Bills 20, New York Jets 12
Bill’s tight end Dawson Knox scored the opening goal of the game after jumping into the end zone to give Buffalo a 7-0 lead.
In the second half, Jets running back Zonovan Knight found the end zone with a powerful rush to level the equalizer.
What can’t he do?
Josh Allen used his legs to push into the end zone and put the Bills ahead again.
Then Bills LB Matt knocked Milano Jets QB Mike White out briefly with a Punch in the chest area. White was able to get back into the game, but his return wasn’t enough to spark a comeback and the Jets came up short.
Jacksonville Jaguars 36, Tennessee Titans 22
Derrick Henry continued his dominance against the Jaguars early on and hammered in 3 yard score to bring the Titans to the top.
Henry then ran for a 50-yard gain that set Tennessee up for their second touchdown, good for an early 14-7 lead.
Jags wideout Zay Jones somehow got his second foot in to complete the touchdown grab and give Jacksonville a 20-14 lead just before halftime.
Lord does everything
Trevor Lawrence armed a Titans defender in the backfield before racing into the end zone to extend the Jaguars’ 27-14 lead en route to a double-digit win on Sunday.
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