2015-16 NFL ON CBS REGULAR SEASON REVIEW
Week 1 (September 13) – THE NFL ON CBS kicked off its 56th season.
Miami 17 – Washington 10 (/Fouts//Washburn): Miami’s Jarvis Landry returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown with 10:22 left to give the Dolphins their first lead, and Miami held on for a 17-10 victory…Indianapolis 14 – Buffalo 27 (Dedes/Wilcots): Karlos Williams and Boobie Dixon each rushed for touchdowns as part of a Buffalo ground-and-pound attack that combined for 147 yards, and the Bills' dominating defense put the clamps on Andrew Luck in a 27-14 season-opening victory for the Bills….Cleveland 10 – N.Y. Jets 31 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and RB Chris Ivory ran for two scores, giving the Jets a 31-10 win over the Cleveland Browns…Kansas City 27 – Houston 20 (Harlan/Gannon): KC QB Alex Smith threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as the Chiefs built a big lead and held on for a 27-20 victory over the mistake-prone Texans…Baltimore 13 – Denver 19 (Nantz/P. Simms//Wolfson): In a game that featured no offensive touchdowns, the Broncos won a defensive struggle as Aqib Talib ran back an interception 51 yards for the winning score that gave the Broncos a 19-13 win…Cincinnati 33 – Oakland 13 (McCarthy/C.Simms): Cincy QB Andy Dalton threw two TD passes to Tyler Eifert welcoming him back to the lineup and RB Jeremy Hill ran for two scores to help the Bengals to a 33-13 victory… Tennessee 42 – Tampa Bay 14 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein//Fischer): Marcus Mariota passed for 13x16, 209 yards and four touchdowns as the rookie quarterback made it look as easy as he did in college in outplaying No. 1 overall draft pick and fellow rookie Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston in their NFL debuts to lead the Titans to a 42-14 victory.
Week 2 (September 17 & 20)
Denver 31 – Kansas City 24 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson) – The Broncos scored two TDs in nine seconds, the winning TD by cornerback Bradley Roby who scooped up a Jamaal Charles fumble and ran it back 21 yards with 27 seconds left in the game for the 31-24 win.
Houston 17 – Carolina 24 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Carolina QB Cam Newton threw for 195 yards with two TDs and ran for 77 on nine carries somersaulting into the end zone for another score to lead the Panthers to a 24-17 win over Houston…New England 40 – Buffalo 32 (Harlan/Gannon): Despite a great effort by the Bills, New England QB Tom Brady passed for 466 yards and three TD passes, while his TE Rob Gronkowski had seven receptions for 113 yards and a TD to lead the Patriots past Buffalo, 40-32…San Diego 19 – Cincinnati 24 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Cincy QB Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes to three different receivers and RB Giovani Bernard ran for 123 yards to lead the Bengals to a 24-19 win over San Diego. San Diego QB Philip Rivers established a new franchise record for most career TD passes with 254 eclipsing Dan Fouts’ mark…Tennessee 14 – Cleveland 28 (McCarthy/Archuleta): Browns QB Johnny Manziel passed for 172 yards and two TDs in leading Cleveland to a 28-14 win over Tennessee and rookie QB Marcus Mariota in the battle of the Heisman Trophy winning QBs and their teams…Baltimore 33 – Oakland 37 (Dedes/Wilcots//Kaplan): Oakland QB Derek Carr hit Seth Roberts with 26 seconds left to cap off a 65-yard drive for the winning TD giving the Raiders a 37-33. Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw for 384 yards and WR Steve Smith Sr. had 10 receptions or 150 yards in a losing effort…Miami 20 – Jacksonville 23 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Jax rookie K Jason Myers nailed a clutch 28-yard FG with 40 seconds remaining in the game to give the Jags a 23-20 win over Miami. Jax WR Allen Robinson had six receptions for 155 yards.
Week 3 (September 24 & 27)
Washington 21 – N.Y. Giants 32 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): The Giants scored in nearly every way possible, beginning with Rashad Jennings blocking a Tess Way punt for a safety on Washington's opening series.
RB Andre Williams scored on a 1-yard run, K Josh Brown kicked three field goals, and Odell Beckham, Jr. caught a 30-yardTD pass, while Reuben Randle had a 41-yard TD catch in the closing minutes in leading the Giants to a much needed win over Washington. Washington's Rashad Ross returned a kickoff 101 yards for the final score.
San Diego 14 – Minnesota 31 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Vikings RB Adrian Peterson plowed through San Diego's defense for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 20 rushes in three quarters and the Vikings trampled the injury-depleted Chargers, 31-14…Pittsburgh 12 – St. Louis 6 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger hasn't missed a game since late in 2012 but will miss a few after hurting his MCL in the third quarter. But, he won his franchise-record 108th game, passing Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, while going 20 of 24 for 192 yards and an interception in leading his team to a 12-6 win over St. Louis...Jacksonville 17 – New England 51 (Harlan/Gannon): Pats QB Tom Brady threw for two touchdowns, including the 400th of his career, to help the defending Super Bowl champions run away from Jacksonville for a 51-17 victory. RB LeGarrette Blount had three one-yard touchdown runs, and K Stephen Gostkowski delivered the extra point on all six New England TDs to run his streak to an NFL record 425 in a row…Cincinnati 28 – Baltimore 24 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Cincy QB Andy Dalton threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green with 2:10 left, and the Bengals' 28-24 victory left the Ravens winless after three games for the first time in franchise history. The Bengals (3-0) blew a 14-0 lead and twice trailed in the fourth quarter before Dalton brought them back by repeatedly picking apart the porous Baltimore pass defense. Dalton went 20 for 32 for 383 yards and three touchdowns. Green finished with 10 catches for a career-high 227 yards and two scores…Oakland 27 – Cleveland 20 (Blackburn/Simms): Raiders QB Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes and safety Charles Woodson made a game-clinching interception with 38 seconds left as Oakland snapped an 11-game road losing streak, beating the Browns, 27-20. Raiders RB Latavius Murray rushed for 139 yards and Oakland (2-1) held off a late Cleveland comeback to win their first road game since Nov. 17, 2013…Indianapolis 35 – Tennessee 33 (McCarthy/Archuleta): Indy QB Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes 56 seconds apart in the fourth quarter as he rallied the Colts to their first win this season, beating Tennesse, 35-33, avoiding his team’s first 0-3 start since 2011… Chicago – Seattle (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson):Seattle led only 6-0 at halftime before Tyler Lockett returned the second-half kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown, while QB Russell Wilson and TE Jimmy Graham connected on a 30-yard TD in the third quarter, and the Seahawks routed the undermanned Chicago Bears, 26-0. Seattle S Kam Chancellor returned from a contract hold-out...Buffalo 41 – Miami 14 (Dedes/Wilcots): Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 277 yards and three scores in his first NFL road start, and the Bills embarrassed the Miami Dolphins, 41-14. The Bills totaled 429 yards, intercepted Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill three times in the first half, and led 27-0 before Miami scored late in the third quarter.
Week 4 (October 1 & 4)
Baltimore 23 – Pittsburgh 20 (OT) (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): The swirling wind at the open end of Heinz Field made for a rough night for Pittsburgh K Josh Scobee as he missed two FGs that would’ve sealed victory for his team, and some curious decision-making by Steelers coach Mike Tomlin provided the Ravens plenty as Ravens K Justin Tucker came through making a 42-yard FG goal in the final seconds of regulation to tie it, and knocked through a 52-yarder with 5:08 left in overtime to lift Baltimore to a weird 23-20 victory Thursday night.
N.Y. Jets 27 – Miami 14 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn) (London): N.Y. Jets RB Chris Ivory ran for a career-high 166 yards and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 218, one touchdown and one interception to lead the Jets over the Dolphins, 27-14, at Wembley Stadium in the first division game played in London…Houston 21 – Atlanta 48 (Harlan/Gannon): Falcons RB Devonta Freeman scored three TDs and rushed for 68 yards to lead his team to a 48-21 over the Houston Texans…Oakland 20 – Chicago 22 (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): In a game that saw six lead changes, Bears K Robbie Gould booted a 49-yard FG with two seconds left in the game to give his team the winning margin in a 22-20 win over Oakland…Kansas City 21 – Cincinnati 36 (Dedes/Wilcots): The Bengals (4-0) matched the third-best start in franchise history, two wins shy of the club record. QB Andy Dalton had another spot-on day, completing 17 of 24 for 321 yards with the long touchdown pass to Brandon Tate to lead the way to a 36-21 win over Kansas City…Jacksonville 13 – Indianapolis 16 (OT) (McCarthy/Archuleta): Colts K Adam Vinatieri kicked a 27-yard FG with 4:38 left in overtime to give his team a 16-13 win over Jacksonville. Jags K Jason Myers missed two FGs, a 57-yarder with six seconds left in the game, and a 49-yarder in OT that would’ve given his team the win…Cleveland 27 – San Diego 30 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): San Diego rookie K Josh Lambo pushed a 39-yard field-goal attempt wide right with two seconds left and the Cleveland Browns jumped up and down, thinking they'd forced overtime. But, Cleveland's Tramon Williams was whistled for offside, giving Lambo another chance. He sent a 34-yarder through the uprights, his third of the game, to lift Philip Rivers and the Chargers to a 30-27 victory that snapped a two-game losing streak.
Week 5 (October 8 & 11)
Indianapolis 27 – Houston 20 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): The 34-year-old WR Andre Johnson caught two touchdown passes from the 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck, the second for two yards in the fourth quarter, to help the Indianapolis Colts beat the Houston Texans, 27-20.
Jacksonville 31 – Tampa Bay 38 (Dedes/Wilcots): Jags RB Doug Martin ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns, helping his 21-year-old rookie quarterback Jameis Winston rebound from his worst performance. And it helped the team snap an 11-game home losing streak that dated to December 2013, the same month the Jaguars (1-4) began an equally agonizing road skid that now stands at 12…Cleveland 33 – Baltimore 30 (OT) (Harlan/Gannon): Browns K Travis Coons kicked his fourth FG of the game, a 32-yarder in overtime, to give his team a 33-30 win over Baltimore. Browns QB Josh McCown threw for 457 yards and two touchdowns to lead his team to a fourth-quarter rally for the win…Buffalo 14 – Tennessee 13 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Buffalo came back from a 10-point deficit led by QB Tyrod Taylor as he threw a touchdown pass and ran for another in rallying the Bills to a 14-13 win over the Tennessee Titans…St. Louis 10 – Green Bay 24 (Eagle/Fout//Washburn): Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns and 241 yards, and the defense had three sacks and four interceptions to hold off the St. Louis Rams for a 24-10 victory…New England 30 – Dallas 6 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Pats QB Tom Brady threw a pair of touchdowns in the second half after enduring five sacks in the first half, including two for Greg Hardy and one from Rolando McClain in their season debuts after four-game suspensions, and New England pulled away from a powerless Dallas offense missing Tony Romo and Dez Bryant…Denver 16 – Oakland 10 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Chris Harris, Jr. returned a fourth-quarter interception 74 yards for a touchdown and the Broncos overcame a shaky day from QB Peyton Manning to beat the Oakland Raiders, 16-10 to up their record to 4-0.
Week 6 (October 15 & 18)
Atlanta 21 - New Orleans 31 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Saints QB Drew Brees passed for 312 yards, WR Ben Watson racked up a career-high 127 yards receiving to go with a fourth-down touchdown catch, and recently reeling New Orleans handed the Atlanta Falcons their first loss this season, 31-21 on Thursday night.
Kansas City 10 – Minnesota 16 (Gumbel/Green//Dales): Vikings RB Stefon Diggs had 129 yards on seven catches on a day when QB Teddy Bridgewater threw two interceptions. Adrian Peterson, who was on the sideline late in the game with the Vikings trying to put it away, finished with 60 yards on 26 carries in the 16-10 win over Kansas City...Cincinnati 34 – Buffalo 21 (Dedes/Wilcots): Cincy QB Andy Dalton completed touchdown passes to Marvin Jones, Tyler Eifert and Jeremy Hill. Dalton finished 22 of 33 for 243 yards in leading the Bengals to a 34-21 win and a 6-0 start since the 1975 and `88 seasons…Denver 26 – Cleveland 23 (OT) (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Denver K Brandon McManus kicked his fourth FG of the day, a 34-yarder in overtime, to give the Broncos a 26-23 victory and remain undefeated at 6-0…Miami 38 – Tennessee 10 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Cameron Wake got his first four sacks this season and also forced two fumbles - all in the first half - and the Miami Dolphin routed the Tennessee Titans 38-10 in Dan Campbell’s debut as interim coach…Houston 31 – Jacksonville 20 (McCarthy/Archuleta): Texans QB Brian Hoyer threw three touchdown passes on third down, two to DeAndre Hopkins, as Houston beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 31-20…San Diego 20 – Green Bay 27 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): The Green Bay Packers stopped San Diego on fourth-and-goal from the three yard line with 15 seconds left and overcame a career day by Chargers QB Philip Rivers to hold off the Chargers, 27-20. Rivers set career highs with 43 completions, 65 attempts and 503 yards passing. He threw for two touchdowns but needed one more completion…Baltimore 20 – San Francisco 25 (Harlan/Gannon//Erdahl): SF QB Colin Kaepernick completed a 76-yard touchdown pass to ex-Ravens star Torrey Smith, Joe Flacco threw two interceptions and the 49ers beat Baltimore 25-20.
Week 7 (October 22 & 25)
Seattle 20 – San Francisco 3 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett late in the first half, Marshawn Lynch jumped the pile for a 1-yard score, and the Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers, 20-3, on Thursday for their fourth straight win in this rivalry.
Cleveland 6 – St. Louis 24 (Anderson/Archuleta): Rams rookie RB Todd Gurley rushed for 128 yards and his first two touchdowns, helping St. Louis put away the punchless Cleveland Browns, 24-6…Houston 26 – Miami 44 (Dedes/Wilcots): The Miami Dolphins became the first team since at least 1940 to score four offensive touchdowns of at least 50 yards in a half, and they beat the Houston Texans, 44-26. Miami led 41-0 at halftime, making the drubbing even more emphatic than a 38-10 win at Tennessee a week earlier in Dan Campell’s debut as head coach…N.Y. Jets 23 – New England 30 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 13-of-16 passes for 135 yards in the final quarter to overcome a 20-16 Jets lead that gave New England a two-game lead over the Jets in the AFC East. He was 34-of-54 for 355 yards overall…Pittsburgh 13 – Kansas City 23 (Gumbel/Green): KC QB Alex Smith threw for 251 yards and a touchdown, Cairo Santos kicked three field goals and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the injury-filled Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-13 to snap a five-game losing streak Charcandrick West added 110 yards rushing and his first career touchdown for the Chiefs…Oakland 37 – San Diego 29 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein):Raiders QB Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes, including a 52-yarder to Amari Cooper, and Oakland turned two interceptions of Philip Rivers into 10 points on their way to an easy 37-29 victory over the Chargers in what could be the last game of the AFC West rivalry played in San Diego.
Week 8 (October 29 & Nov. 1)
Miami 7 – New England 36 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Pats QB Tom Brady threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns - two to Julian Edelman - and the Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins, 36-7, to become the first of the NFL's five unbeaten teams to reach seven wins. K Stephen Gostkowski broke Adam Vinatieri's franchise record for consecutive field goals by connecting from 52 and 36 yards to make it 26 in a row. Rob Gronkowski had 113 yards receiving and a touchdown, and Dion Lewis had 93 yards receiving and one score.
Tennessee 6 – Houston 20 (Dedes/Wilcots): Texans QB Brian Hoyer threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns and Houston tied a franchise record with seven sacks to help them to a 20-6 win over the mistake-prone Tennessee Titans. A 21-yard touchdown reception by DeAndre Hopkins put Houston on top in the second quarter and the Texans didn't trail after that…Cincinnati 16 – Pittsburgh 10 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): In a typical Cincinnati-Pittsburgh game, the Bengals remained undefeated with a 16-10 win over their AFC North rivals. The Bengals grinded out the win right to the end as QB Andy Dalton passed for 231 yards and one TD in leading the way…San Diego 26 – Baltimore 29 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Baltimore K Justin Tucker kicked his fifth field goal of the day, a 39-yarder, on the last play of the game to give the Ravens a 29-26 win over San Diego. Tucker made kicks of 48, 29, 48, 45 and 39 yards to lead hiser team to victory…N.Y. Jets 20 – Oakland 34 (Harlan/Gannon//Flanagan): Raiders QB Derek Carr threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns to help Oakland pick apart the N.Y. Jets' vaunted defense in a 34-20 victory that put the Raiders in the thick of the playoff race.
Week 9 (Nov. 8)
Tennessee 34 – New Orleans 28 (OT) (Harlan/Gannon): Titans rookie QB Marcus Mariota threw for 371 yards and four touchdowns passes including a 5-yarder to Anthony Fasano in overtime for the 34-28 win over New Orleans…Miami 17 – Buffalo 33 (Dedes/Wilcots): Bills WR Sammy Watkins had a career-best performance in leading Buffalo to a 33-17 win over the Miami Dolphins. He made eight catches for 168 yards and a 44-yard touchdown that broke open the game late in the third quarter. Rookie RB Karlos Williams scored twice and LeSean McCoy ran for 112 yards including a 48-yard run in leading the way for the Bills…Jacksonville 23 – N.Y. Jets 28 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes while playing with a torn ligament in his left thumb, RB Chris Ivory ran for two scores and the New York Jets took advantage of late mistakes by the Jaguars to squeeze out a 28-23 win…Oakland 35 – Pittsburgh 38 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Oakland QB Derek Carr found Michael Crabtree for a 38-yard TD pass to tie up the game, 35-35, with 1:15 left in the game, then Steelers QB Landry Jones, replacing an injured Ben Roethlisberger marched his team down the field to set up K Chris Boswell’s 18-yard FG with two seconds left to give the Steelers the 38-35 win. Steelers WR Antonio Brown had 17 catches for 284 yards, both franchise records and RB DeAngelo Williams ran for 170 yards and two scores as the Steelers rolled up 597 yards of total offense in the win…Denver 24 – Indianapolis 27 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Colts QB Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and set up K Adam Vinatieri for a tie-breaking 55-yard field goal with 6:13 left, giving the Colts a 27-24 victory over Denver that ruined Peyton Manning’s homecoming and was his team’s first loss of the season.
Week 10 (Nov. 15)
Miami 20 – Philadelphia 19 (Harlan/Gannon): With defense leading the way, the Miami Dolphins rallied to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 20-19. Miami QB Ryan Tannehill’s deflected pass ended up in the hands of Jarvis Landry for the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter, and the defense made it hold up to snap Miami's two-game losing streak…Jacksonville 22 – Baltimore 20 (Dedes/Wilcots//Fischer): Down 20-19 with no timeouts, the Jags got the ball at their 20 yard line with 1:06 left. After moving the ball to the 49, Baltimore linebacker Elvis Dumervil snagged the facemask of QB Jake Bortles on the game’s final play. That gave Jacksonville 15 yards and one more play, and K Jason Myers kicked a 53-yard field goal for a 22-20 victory with 0:00 on the clock…Cleveland 9 – Pittsburgh 30 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Stepping in after Landry Jones went down with a left leg injury of his own, Ben Roethlisberger passed for 379 yards and three touchdowns as the Steelers swarmed Johnny Manziel and the struggling Cleveland Browns in a 30-9 romp…Chicago 37 – St. Louis 13 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): The Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller with the 11.6-yard career average per reception got a rare chance to show off his speed and elusive qualities on an 87-yard score that was one of two plays St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher called ''backbreakers'' in a 37-13 victory…New England 27– N.Y. Giants 26 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Three fourth-quarter lead changes ended with one second left in the game as Pats K Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 54-yard FG to give them a 27-26 win over the Giants. The Giants, who seemed to have New England's number, were poised to knock off the Patriots (9-0) on Josh Brown’s fourth field goal with 1:47 remaining. After Brown made his franchise-record 27th straight, from 29 yards, Tom Brady drove the Patriots 44 yards and set up the winning kick…Kansas City 29 – Denver 13 (Gumbel/Green//Erhdahl): The Chiefs won their third straight game thanks to a stifling defense and K Cairo Santos' field goals of 48, 49, 34, 33 and 50 yards leading the offense to a 29-13 thrashing of the Broncos. Denver QB Peyton Manning finished the day with just 35 yards on 5-of-20 passing, zero touchdowns, four interceptions, two sacks and an almost unheard-of zero passer rating before being benched late in the third quarter in favor of longtime backup Brock Osweiler.
Week 11 (Nov. 22)
Denver 17 – Chicago 15 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Denver QB Brock Osweiler threw for two touchdowns filling in for the injured Peyton Manning, and the Broncos defense stopped Jeremy Langford on a 2-point conversion run in the final minute to beat Chicago, 17-15. Langford scored on a 2-yard run with 24 seconds left to cap a 65-yard drive. But the Broncos were ready for the run on the conversion attempt and stopped Langford to secure a narrow victory. Osweiler completed 20-of-27 passes for 250 yards in the first start of his four-year career, while the five-time MVP stayed back in Denver because of injuries to his foot, ribs and shoulder…Oakland 13 – Detroit 18 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Detroit QB Matthew Stafford ran for a go-ahead five-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a drive that included him making a couple other key plays with his feet, helping the Lions beat Oakland, 18-13…Indianapolis 24 – Atlanta 21 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Indianapolis’s D'Qwell Jackson tied it with just over 10 minutes remaining on a six-yard interception return for a touchdown. Then K Adam Vinatieri won it, as he's done so many times before, on a 43-yard field goal with 52 seconds remaining to give the Colts a 24-21 win...N.Y. Jets 17 – Houston 24 (Harlan/Gannon): Houston QB T.J. Yates got some help in the passing game from WR Cecil Shorts, who threw a touchdown pass to help the Texans to the 24-17 victory over the Jets. Yates tossed two touchdowns to DeAndre Hopkins, who had 118 yards receiving, and Alfred Blue caught the pass from Shorts, who also took some direct snaps, in the win…Kansas City – San Diego (Dedes/Wilcots//Kaplan): Kansas City’s 346-pound defensive tackle Dante Poe scored a one-yard touchdown on fourth down and LB Justin Houston intercepted Philip Rivers and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown as the Kansas City Chiefs embarrassed the free-falling San Diego Chargers, 33-3.
Week 12 (Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Day, & Nov. 29)
Carolina 33 – Dallas 14 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): The Panthers are 11-0 after a 33-14 victory in their Thanksgiving debut, and the Cowboys could be facing another long stretch without Tony Romo in what has become a lost season for the defending NFC East champions. Carolina’s Luke Kuechly and Kurt Coleman returned two of Romo's three interceptions for touchdowns, and Cam Newton ran for the Panthers' only offensive score as they pushed their NFL-best winning streak to 15 regular-season games.
Miami 20 – N.Y. Jets 38 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had his best performance since joining the Jets this year, and was punctuated by Brandon Marshall's most impressive outing in green. The receiver had nine receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns in leading his team to a 38-20 win…San Diego 31 – Jacksonville 25 (Dedes/Wilcots): San Diego QB Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes, two to TE Antonio Gates, and the Chargers beat the Jaguars, 31-25, for their first victory in nearly two months. Rivers passed Joe Montana (273) and tied Vinny Testaverde (275) for 11th on the NFL's all-time touchdown passes list, and completed 29-of-43 passes for 300 yards…Oakland 24 – Tennessee 21 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Raiders QB Derek Carr threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts with 1:21 left after Oakland appeared to turn it over on downs, and the Raiders stopped a three-game skid by edging Tennessee, 24-21. The Raiders (5-6) blew a 17-6 lead in the third quarter but recovered in time to snap a three-game skid to the Titans, winning for just the second time in seven trips to Tennessee…Buffalo 22 – Kansas City 30 (Harlan/Gannon): KC QB Alex Smith threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, Spencer Ware ran for 114 yards and another score, and the Chiefs beat the Bills, 30-22, for their fifth straight victory - one that solidifies their spot in the playoff chase with five games left in the regular-season…Pittsburgh 30 – Seattle 39 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Seattle QB Russell Wilson threw for five touchdowns for 345 yards, and WR Doug Baldwin had three TD passes in leading the Seahawks to a 39-30 win over Pittsburgh. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 456 yards and WR Markus Wheaton had nine catches for 201 yards in the losing effort.
Week 13 (Dec. 3 and Dec. 6)
Green Bay 27 – Detroit 23 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Green Bay erased a 20-0 deficit with a most miraculous ending when Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw a 61-yard Hail Mary pass to Richard Rodgers with 0:00 on the clock to give the Packers a stunning 27-23 win over Detroit.
N.Y. Jets 23 – N.Y. Giants 20 (OT) (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Jets QB Ryan Fitzgerald rallied his team from a 10-point deficit in the final 4:24 of regulation. Fitzpatrick hit WR Brandon Marshall for a nine-yard touchdown with 27 seconds remaining to tie it and went 36-for-50 for 390 yards. Jets K Randy Bullock kicked a 31-yard FG on the first possession of overtime to give the Jets a stunning 23-20 wins, while Giants K Josh Brown missed a 48-yard FG attempt, his first miss in 26 attempts this season, in the extra session that sent the reeling Giants to their third straight loss…Houston 21 – Buffalo 30 (Dedes/Wilcots): Bills QB Tyrod Taylor threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Charles Clay with 1:53 left to lead Buffalo to a 30-21 win over Houston. Taylor finished 11-of- 21 for 211 yards and three TDs and also scored on an eight-yard run. Bill WR Sammy Watkins had three catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. The Texans had a four-game winning streak snapped as QB Brian Hoyer finished 26-of-44 for 293 yards with three touchdowns in a losing effort …Baltimore 13 – Miami 15 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein//Schiffren): Miami intercepted a pair of deflected Matt Schaub passes to score two touchdowns 20 seconds apart late in the first half , and held on to win 15-13. The Dolphins managed only eight first downs in the win. The score was 0-0 when Reshad Jones intercepted a pass batted by DT Jordan Phillips to set up the game's first score. On the next play, Miami QB Ryan Tannehill hit a leaping DeVante Parker at the goal line for a 38-yard touchdown. Three plays later, the 280-pound Derrick Shelby batted a pass in the air, caught it and ran 22 yards to the end zone for his first NFL touchdown…Jacksonville 39 – Tennessee 42 (Anderson/C. Simms): Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota scored the go-ahead touchdown on an 87-yard run midway through a wild fourth quarter, and the Titans edged Jacksonville, 42-39. Mariota finished with 112 yards rushing, becoming the first Tennessee player to run for at least 100 yards since Chris Johnson on Dec. 29, 2013. The Heisman Trophy winner also threw for three touchdowns and 268 yards…Kansas City 34 – Oakland 20 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Kansas City’s Marcus Peters set up the Chiefs’ go-ahead score with an interception and former Oakland safety Tyvon Branch put the game away with an interception return for a touchdown that gave the Chiefs their sixth straight win, 34-20…Denver 17 – San Diego 3 (Harlan/Gannon//Kaplan): Broncos QB Brock Osweiler threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to WR Demaryious Thomas on the game's opening drive and Danny Trevathan intercepted Philip Rivers and returned it 25 yards for a score to lead the Broncos to a 17-3 victory.
Week 14 (December 13)
Buffalo 20 – Philadelphia 23 (Dedes/Wilcots):Philadelphia K Caleb Sturgis kicked a 30-yard field goal with 3:26 left, and Ed Reynolds intercepted Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor’s pass in the final minutes to secure the Eagles’ 23-20 win over the Bills. Buffalo RB LeSean McCoy had 74 yards rushing and 35 receiving in a losing effort in his return to Philadelphia...Tennessee 8 – N.Y. Jets 30 (Harlan/Gannon//Livingston): Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three touchdown passes and New York's stingy defense stifled QB Marcus Mariota and Tennessee’s offense for most of the game as the Jets cruised to a 30-8 victory. The Jets’ Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Bilal Powell each caught TD passes for the Jets, who stayed on track in the AFC playoff race with their first three-game winning streak since 2011. Fitzpatrick, who has set a single-season career high with 25 touchdown throws, finished 21-of-36 for 263 yards. RB Chris Ivory ran for 101 yards on 22 carries, and K Randy Bullock kicked three field goals. Muhammad Wilkerson had three sacks for New York…Pittsburgh 33 – Cincinnati 20 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Cincinnati lost their QB Andy Dalton with a broken thumb and his team got roughed up for the first time all season by Pittsburgh, 33-20. The Steelers (8-5) rumbled with the Bengals during pregame warmups and then led the whole way, sending Cincinnati (10-3) to its first lopsided loss of the season. Steelers CB William Gay returned one of back-up QB A.J. McCarron's passes 23 yards for a touchdown, and Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger kept his resurgent offense kept rolling as they’ve scored 30 points in five straight games, a franchise record…Indianapolis 16 – Jacksonville 51 (McCarthy/Archuleta):Jax QB Blake Bortles threw for three touchdowns and ran for a score - all in the second half - and the Jaguars beat Indianapolis, 51-16, ending the Colts' 16-game winning streak in the AFC South. The Jaguars scored on offense, defense and special teams in the same game for the first time since 2011…San Diego 3 – Kansas City 10 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): After shutting down San Diego most of the game, the Chiefs forced QB Philip Rivers into a pair of incomplete passes near the goal line in the final seconds to preserve a 10-3 victory over the Chargers at soggy Arrowhead Stadium that could prove to be critical in the race for an AFC wild card…Oakland 15 – Denver 12 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Oakland’s Khalil Mack had five sacks, tying a franchise-record, and leading the way as the Raiders snapped an eight-game losing streak to Denver in beating the Broncos, 15-12.
Week 15 (December 20)
Houston 16 – Indianapolis 10 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl):With Houston's top two quarterbacks out, Brandon Weeden was pressed into service late in the first half, and the 32-year-old responded by giving the Texans their first win ever on the Colts' home turf. Weeden led Houston to two field goals before throwing an eight-yard go-ahead touchdown pass to Jaelen Strong with 10:36 left to help Houston rally for a 16-10 victory…Tennessee 16 – New England 33 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 23-of-35 passing for 267 yards for New England (12-2) in leading his team to a 33-16 win. WR James White caught seven passes for 71 yards, including a 30-yard catch-and-run touchdown, and Keshawn Martin had a 75-yard kickoff return to set up another score for the Pats in the win...Kansas City 34 – Baltimore 14 (Harlan/Gannon//Fischer): The Chiefs capitalized on an abundance of miscues by the Ravens in a 34-14 victory that earned Kansas City a place in the NFL record book. Tyvon Branch returned a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown and Marcus Peters scored on a 90-yard interception return for the Chiefs, who also scored touchdowns following a drive-extending penalty by Baltimore and a failed fake punt. With the victory, the Chiefs became the first team in NFL history to follow a five-game skid with eight successive wins in the same season. The win also keeps itself in the thick of the AFC playoff picture…Denver 27 – Pittsburgh 34 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 40-of-55 for 380 yards and three touchdowns and WR Antonio Brown had 16 receptions for 189 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Steelers to a 34-27 win. The Steelers scored 24 unanswered points after trailing 27-10 in the first half…Miami 14 – San Diego 30 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): San Diego’s Danny Woodhead scored four touchdowns and Philip Rivers passed for 311 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Chargers to a 30-14 win over Miami…Cincinnati 24 – San Francisco 14 (Dedes/Wilcots//Feely): Cincinnati’s Jeremy Hill ran for a pair of one-yard touchdowns to back AJ McCarron's first start at quarterback, and the patchwork Bengals clinched a fifth straight postseason berth by beating the San Francisco 49ers, 24-14.
Week 16 (December 27)
New England 20 – N.Y. Jets 26 (OT) (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Eric Decker on a six-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of overtime - after New England stunningly chose to kick off – to lift the Jets to a 26-20 victory. The win put New York in position to make the playoffs with a win next week at Buffalo…
Pittsburgh 17 – Baltimore 20 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): QB Ryan Mallett threw for a career-high 274 yards in his first start with Baltimore, and the Ravens pulled off a 20-17 victory - one of the biggest upsets of this contentious rivalry. Making his seventh career start, Mallett went 28-for-41 with a touchdown and no interceptions. Signed by the Ravens on Dec. 15, he was the fourth quarterback to start for Baltimore in a span of six weeks…Cleveland 13 – Kansas 17 City (Harlan/Gannon): The Chiefs won their ninth game in a row and when Pittsburgh lost to Baltimore moments after the game, Kansas City (10-5) clinched a wild-card berth. The Chiefs can still win the AFC West with a victory in their finale against Oakland and a loss by Denver on Monday night or in the Broncos' regular-season finale…Houston 34 – Tennessee 6 (Dedes/Wilcots): Brandon Weeden scored his first career rushing touchdown and threw for two more as the Texans took a big step toward clinching the AFC South title by routing the hapless Tennessee Titans, 34-6. Houston (8-7), which wraps up the regular season by hosting Jacksonville, couldn't clinch outright with Indianapolis beating Miami 18-12. The Texans could clinch Monday night under one tiebreaker scenario if Cincinnati wins at Denver after both Kansas City and Baltimore won Sunday…Jacksonville – New Orleans (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Saints QB Drew Brees passed for 412 yards and three touchdowns, and Brandin Cooks caught a 71-yard touchdown pass to highlight his 123 yards receiving, which gave him more than 1,000 yards this season as New Orleans beat Jacksonville, 38-27.
Week 17 (January 3, 2016)
N.Y. Jets 17 – Buffalo 22 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): A year after being fired by the Jets and taking over in Buffalo, Bills head coach Rex Ryan got his revenge by thwarting the Jets' hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Ryan's high-priced and much-criticized defense closed the game by intercepting Ryan Fitzpatrick on each of New York's final three possessions in a season-ending 22-17 win…New England 10 – Miami 20 (Harlan/Gannon): Miami’s DeVante Parker won a jump-ball battle for a long pass to make a 46-yard catch, setting up the touchdown that put the Dolphins ahead to stay with seven minutes left. The rookie first-round pick had five catches for 106 yards, both season highs. Pats QB Tom Brady finished 12-for-21 for a season-low 134 yards, and was held without a touchdown pass for the first time this season…Pittsburgh 28 – Cleveland 12 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes, Pittsburgh's defense dominated and the Steelers slipped into the AFC playoffs with a 28-12 win over the Cleveland Browns, who are expected to fire coach Mike Pettine. Needing a win and Buffalo to knock off the New York Jets to make the postseason, the Steelers (10-6) got both…Jacksonville 6 – Houston 30 (Dedes/Wilcots): Houston’s J.J. Watt was back to his old self in leading a dominant defense that helped the Texans to their first AFC South title since 2012. Watt and Whitney Marcilus combined for 6 1/2 sacks and Jonathan Grimes scored twice to help the Texans to a 30-6 win over Jacksonville…Tennessee 24 – Indianapolis 30 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Recently signed quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley each threw one touchdown pass in the first half, and Jerrell Freeman opened the second half with a 23-yard interception return to give the Colts a season-closing 30-24 victory over Tennessee…San Diego 20 – Denver 27 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Peyton Manning’s stint as a backup didn't last very long. He replaced Brock Osweiler in the third quarter Sunday and led the Broncos to a 27-20 win over San Diego. Osweiler threw for 232 yards, including a 72-yard TD pass to Demaryius Thomas on the game's second play. But he was victimized by five turnovers, including two interceptions that weren't his fault, and a fumble by Emmanuel Sanders at the 10-yard line after a 46-yard reception…St. Louis 16 – San Francisco 19 (McCarthy/Archuleta): San Francisco’s head coach Jim Tomsula praised his players for delivering a win at season's end, then lost his job shortly after. K Phil Dawson kicked a 23-yard field goal 11:33 into overtime for his fourth of the game, and the 49ers held off the St. Louis Rams, 19-16, in Tomsula's finale. His firing was announced about two hours after the game ended at 6:58 p.m. PST.