THE NFL ON CBS 2013

 

 

2012-13 NFL ON CBS REGULAR SEASON REVIEW

 

Week 1 (September 9) – It was a day for quarterbacks as two rookies in Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill lost their debuts, and two other veterans in Tom Brady and Mark Sanchez established themselves and their teams in impressive victories in Week 1 of THE NFL ON CBS.

 

Indianapolis 21 – Chicago 41 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Chicago QB Jay Cutler threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns, Michael Bush added a pair of scoring runs and the Bears spoiled Indianapolis rookie QB Andrew Luck's debut in beating the Colts 41-21…Jacksonville 23 – Minnesota 26 (OT) (Harlan/Wilcots): Vikings RB Adrian Peterson returned from a left knee injury to lift Minnesota to a 26-23 victory in overtime over the Jacksonville Jaguars…Buffalo 28 – N.Y. Jets 48 (Albert/Gannon): Jets QB Mark Sanchez threw three touchdown passes, including two to rookie Stephen Hill, and the New York Jets eased concerns about their offense with a 48-28 rout of the Buffalo Bills…Miami 10 – Houston 30 (Eagle/Fouts): Texans RB Arian Foster had two touchdown runs, QB Matt Schaub threw a TD pass to Andre Johnson, and Houston's defense overwhelmed Miami rookie QB Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins in the Texans' 30-10 win over the Dolphins…New England 34 – Tennessee 13 (Nantz/Simms): Pats QB Tom Brady threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns, and the defending AFC champion New England Patriots routed the Tennessee Titans, 34-13, for their ninth straight season-opening win Sunday.

 

 

Week 2 (September 16) – Week 2 of THE NFL ON CBS saw Philadelphia up its record to 2-0 despite nine turnovers in two weeks and San Diego also up its record to 2-0 for the first time since 2006.

 

Baltimore 23 – Philadelphia 24 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Despite Philadelphia turning the ball over four times, nine in two games, they came away with a 24-23 win over Baltimore. QB Michael Vick scored on a one-yard run with 1:55 remaining in the game that proved the difference in Philly’s win…Kansas City 17 – Buffalo 35 (Dedes/Beuerlein): Buffalo RB C.J. Spiller scored twice and had 123 yards rushing in sparking the Bills' 35-17 rout over the Kansas City Chiefs…Cleveland 27 – Cincinnati 34 (Macatee/Tasker): Cincy QB Andy Dalton matched his career-high with three touchdown passes, leading the Bengals to a 34-27 victory over the Browns…Houston 27 – Jacksonville 7 (Albert/Gannon): Houston RB Arian Foster ran for 110 yards and a touchdown, Ben Tate added 74 yards and two scores and the Texans dominated from the opening kickoff in a 27-7 win at Jacksonville…Oakland 13– Miami 35 (Harlan/Wilcots): Miami RB Reggie Bush ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns and the Dolphins won a home opener for the first time since 2005 by beating the Oakland Raiders, 35-13…N.Y. Jets 10 – Pittsburgh 27 (Nantz/Simms): Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 24-of-31 passes for 275 yards and two scores as the Steelers flattened the N.Y. Jets in the second half…Tennessee 10 – San Diego 38 (Eagle/Fouts) San Diego upped its record to 2-0 for the first time since 2006 as Chargers TE Dante Rosario caught three touchdown passes for the first time in his NFL career to lead his team past Tennessee for the ninth straight time, 38-10.


 

Week 3 (September 23) – Six of the seven NFL ON CBS games were within a touchdown and two went into overtime in exciting Week 3 action.  The Houston Texans upped their record to 3-0 for the first time in franchise history, while the New Orleans Saints lost in overtime to Kansas City to go 0-3.

 

Cincinnati 38 – Washington 31 (Harlan/Wilcots): Cincy QB Andy Dalton completed 19-of-27 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bengals to a 38-31 win over Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins…Kansas City 27 – New Orleans 24 (OT) (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Kansas City K Ryan Succop kicked six field goals, one to force overtime in the final seconds and another from 31 yards to lift the Chiefs to a 27-24 victory over the Saints, who remain winless through three games since coach Sean Payton was suspended in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation.  Succop's 43-yard field goal with three seconds left completed a methodical comeback by KC after the Saints had 24-6 lead in the third quarter…N.Y. Jets 23 – Miami 20 (OT) (Albert/Gannon): Jets K Nick Folk's 33-yard field goal with 6:04 left in overtime gave the New York Jets a 23-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins…Buffalo 24 – Cleveland 14 (Dedes/Beuerlein): Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three touchdown passes and Buffalo overcame the loss of RB C.J. Spiller to beat the Cleveland Browns, 24-14…Jacksonville 22 – Indianapolis 17 (Macatee/Tasker): Jax QB Blaine Gabbert connected with Cecil Shorts for an 80-yard touchdown with 45 seconds left to lift the Jaguars to a 22-17 win over the Colts…Houston 31 – Denver 25 (Nantz/Simms): Houston upped its record to 3-0 for the first time in franchise history as Matt Schaub threw four touchdown passes to lead his team to a 31-25 win over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos…Pittsburgh 31– Oakland 34 (Eagle/Fouts): Oakland K Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 43-yard field goal as time ran out to give the Raiders a 34-31 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in capping off a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

 

 

Week 4 (September 30) – A Week 4 of routs as five of six games on THE NFL ON CBS were won by 17 points-or-more as Denver won by 31 over Oakland, and Houston made a statement as to being the best team in the NFL so far as they beat Tennessee to up their record to 4-0, their best start in franchise history.  Arizona also remained undefeated at 4-0 with the only close game, an overtime win against Miami.

 

New England 52 – Buffalo 28 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): New England QB Tom Brady threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots' 52-28 come-from-behind win over the Bills…Tennessee 14 – Houston 38 (Eagle/Fouts): Houston’s Danieal Manning and Kareem Jackson returned interceptions for touchdowns and Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes in the Texans' 38-14 win over the Tennessee Titans…San Diego 37 – Kansas City 20 (Harlan/Wilcots): San Diego QB Philip Rivers threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and the Chargers capitalized on six turnovers by the Kansas City Chiefs in a 37-20 victory…Miami 21 – Arizona 24 (OT) (Macatee/Tasker): Cardinals K Jay Feely kicked a 46-yard field goal 6:31 into overtime to keep Arizona unbeaten with a wild 24-21 victory over the Miami Dolphins.  Arizona QB Kevin Kolb threw a game-tying, 15-yard touchdown pass to Andre Roberts with 22 seconds remaining to send the game into OT and set up Feely’s heroics. Dolphins rookie QB Ryan Tannehill threw for 432 yards in defeat…Oakland 6 – Denver 37 (Nantz/Simms): Denver QB Peyton Manning finished with 338 yards and three touchdown passes to lift the Broncos to a 37-6 victory over the Oakland Raiders.  Denver dominated the game offensively with 503 total yards, and defensively by not allowing a touchdown and no sacks…Cincinnati 27 – Jacksonville 10 (Albert/Gannon): Cincy QB Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, and WR A.J. Green made big plays all over the field in leading the Bengals over Jacksonville, 27-10.

 


Week 5 (October 7) – Week 5 of THE NFL ON CBS was highlighted by the classic match-up of two of the game’s greatest quarterbacks in New England’s Tom Brady and Denver’s Peyton Manning meeting for the 13th  time in their careers.

 

Cleveland 27 – N.Y. Giants 41 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): WR Victor Cruz and RB Ahmad Bradshaw set career bests in leading the New York Giants to a 41-27 victory over the winless Cleveland Browns.  Cruz caught three TD passes and Bradshaw rushed for 200 yards in leading the offensive output…Miami 17 – Cincinnati 13 (Albert/Gannon): The Dolphins finally closed out a close game after losing the past two weeks in OT as QB Ryan Tannehillwent 17-for-26 for 223 yards to lead his team to a 17-13 win…Baltimore 9 – Kansas City 6 (Eagle/Fouts): It was a kicking competition as Ravens K Justin Tucker kicked three of 28, 26 and 39 yards to the Chiefs K Ryan Succop’s 30 and 31 yards as Baltimore beat Kansas City, 9-6.  The Ravens’ Ray Rice ran for 101 yards for the winners…Denver 21 – New England 31 (Nantz/Simms): In a classic match-up of two of this generation’s greatest quarterbacks, Tom Brady’s New England Patriots beat Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos, 31-21.  The Pats rushed for 247 yards as they put together their second consecutive 200-yard rushing game for the first time in 34 years…Buffalo 3 – San Francisco 45 (Harlan/Wilcots): San Francisco QB Alex Smith threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns and the 49ers rushed for 311 yards in dominating the Buffalo Bills, 45-3…Tennessee 7 – Minnesota 30 (Macatee/Tasker): Minnesota WR Percy Harvin had eight catches for 108 yards in leading the Vikings to a 30-7 win over the Tennessee Titans.  The Vikings have given up a total of 33 points in winning their last three games upping their record to 4-1.

 

 

Week 6 (October 14) – Atlanta escaped with a last-second field goal to preserve their undefeated record, while two other games came down to the final seconds as Arizona was upset by Buffalo in overtime, and New England was beaten by Seattle in the closing minutes during THE NFL ON CBS’s Week 6 coverage.

 

Oakland 20 – Atlanta 23 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Atlanta K Matt Bryant kicked a 55-yard field goal with one second remaining in the game to give the Falcons a 23-20 win over Oakland to remain undefeated and up their record to 6-0…Kansas City 10 – Tampa Bay 38 (Albert/Gannon): Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns and Ronde Barber scored on a 78-yard interception return to help the Buccaneers beat the struggling Kansas City Chiefs, 38-10…Indianapolis 9 – N.Y. Jets 35 (Nantz/Simms): Jets RB Shonn Green rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns leading the Jets to a 35-9 victory over the Colts to even their record to 3-3…Cincinnati 24 – Cleveland 34 (Harlan/Wilcots): Cleveland won its first of the season as QB Brandon Weeden threw two touchdown passes and the Browns snapped an 11-game losing streak dating to last season, beating the Cincinnati Bengals, 34-24…Buffalo 19 – Arizona 16 (OT) (Macatee/Tasker): Buffalo K Rian Lindell kicked a 25-yard field goal in overtime to win it 19-16 over Arizona after Jairus Byrd’s second interception and return set up the game-winning kick.  Cards K Jay Feely kicked a 61-yard field goal with 1:09 left in the game to tie it 16-16, and then missed a 38-yarder for the win it with 0:03 left as the game went into overtime…New England 23 – Seattle 24 (Eagle/Fouts): Seattle rookie QB Russell Wilson hit Sidney Rice for a 46-yard touchdown pass with 1:27 left in the game to cap off a 14-point rally in the final 7:31 for a stunning 24-23 upset win over the New England Patriots.

 

 

Week 7 (October 21) – Four of five games were decided by four points-or-less and two ended with field goals in overtime during THE NFL ON CBS’s Week 7 coverage.

 

Baltimore 13 – Houston 43 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Houston QB Matt Schaub threw for two touchdowns and RB Arian Foster rushed for two touchdowns in the Texans' 43-13 victory over the Baltimore Ravens…Cleveland 13 – Indianapolis 17 (Harlan/Wilcots): Indy QB Andrew Luck became the first Colts quarterback to run for two touchdowns in a game since 1988, leading Indianapolis past the Cleveland Browns, 17-13…Tennessee 35 – Buffalo 34 (Albert/Gannon): Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck hit Nate Washington for a 15-yard touchdown with 1:03 left in leading the Titans to a 35-34 win over the Buffalo Bills.  RB Chris Johnson rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns for the winners…N.Y. Jets 26 – New England 29 (OT) (Nantz/Simms): Patriots’ Rob Ninkovich recovered a fumble by Mark Sanchez in overtime after Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 48-yard field goal to give New England a nail-biting, 29-26 OT victory over the New York Jets…Jacksonville 23 – Oakland 26 (OT) (Eagle/Fouts): Oakland K Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 40-yard field goal in overtime and the Raiders rallied from 14 points down in the second half to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 26-23

 

 

Week 8 (October 28) – New England said cheerio to St. Louis in London, while Miami crushed the hapless Jets, Cleveland got a messy win over San Diego and Indianapolis won in overtime to highlight THE NFL ON CBS’s Week 8 coverage.

 

Jacksonville 15 – Green Bay 24 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdowns, passing Bart Starr for second place on the Packers’ all-time list, and Dezman Moses gave Green Bay their first touchdown on a blocked punt in almost 22 years in a surprisingly tough time with the NFL's worst team, Jacksonville, which lost its fourth straight…Miami 30 – N.Y. Jets 9 (Eagle/Fouts): Miami’s Olivier Vernon recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown and blocked a field goal, and the Dolphins (4-3) smothered Mark Sanchez and the Jets' offense in the 30-9 win. They were helped by some hideous play by the Jets (3-5), who have lost two straight…San Diego 6 – Cleveland 7 (Dedes/Gannon): Browns rookie RB Trent Richardson rushed for 122 yards and scored a touchdown in leading the Browns to a soggy, wind-whipped 7-6 win over San Diego…Indianapolis 19 – Tennessee 13 (OT)  (Macatee/Tasker): Indianapolis rookie QB Andrew Luck threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Vick Ballard 4:49 into overtime and the surprising Colts beat the Titans, 19-13. Luck led the Colts on a pair 80-yard touchdown drives setting up Delone Carter's one-yard touchdown run that tied it at 13 with 3:24 left in the fourth quarter.  The Colts have beaten Tennessee in seven of eight overall and seven of the past 10 in Nashville…New England 45 – St. Louis 7 (London) (Nantz/Simms): New England QB Tom Brady led touchdown drives on the Patriots' first five drives and they ran over St. Louis, 45-7, in the NFL's annual regular-season game at Wembley Stadium in London, England…Oakland 10 – Kansas City 26 (Harlan/Wilcots): Oakland RB Darren McFadden rushed for 114 yards and QB Carson Palmer threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Raiders to a 26-10 win over Kansas City.  The Chiefs fell to 0-7 and have not held a lead through the first seven games, something that has not been done since 1940.

 

 

Week 9 (November 4) 

  

Denver 31 – Cincinnati 23 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Denver QB Peyton Manning overcame a pair of interceptions by throwing three touchdown passes in rallying the Broncos to a 31-23 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals…Baltimore 25 – Cleveland 15 (Albert/Gannon): Baltimore RB Ray Rice rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown as the Ravens scored 11 unanswered in the fourth quarter to beat the Browns, 25-15…Buffalo 9 – Houston 21 (Eagle/Fouts): Houston QB Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes, RB Arian Foster ran for 111 yards and a touchdown, and the Houston Texans beat the Buffalo Bills, 21-9…Miami 20 – Indianapolis 23 (Harlan/Wilcots): Indy QB Andrew Luck had a historic day throwing for a rookie single-game record of 433 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Colts to a 23-20 win.  The win was the fifth decided by six points-or-less for the Colts…Pittsburgh 24 – N.Y. Giants 20 (Nantz/Simms): Steelers RB Isaac Redman ran for 147 yards and the winning touchdown as Pittsburgh rallied past the New York Giants, 24-20, snapping New York's four game winning streak.

 

 

Week 10 (November 11) – The Broncos and Ravens were bruising in wining, while the Jets and Chargers were confusing in losing during Week 10 of THE NFL ON CBS.

 

Denver 36 – Carolina 14 (Nantz/Simms): QB Peyton Manning threw his 420th touchdown pass to move into a tie for second place on the NFL's all-time list, and the Denver Broncos beat the struggling Carolina Panthers, 36-14…San Diego 24 – Tampa Bay 34 (Harlan/Wilcots): Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman threw two touchdown passes and the surging Buccaneers beat the Chargers 34-24 for their third straight win…Tennessee 37 – Miami 3 (Dedes/Tasker): Tennessee’s Colin McCarthy returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown, and four takeaways helped the Titans beat the Miami Dolphins, 37-3…Buffalo 31 – New England 37 (Eagle/Fouts): The New England Patriots let a 17-3 slip away before winning 37-31 over the Buffalo Bills.  QB Tom Brady led the Pats by throwing two touchdowns in the victory…Oakland 20 – Baltimore 55 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns, and the Baltimore Ravens set a club record for points in a 55-20 rout of the Oakland Raiders…N.Y. Jets 7 – Seattle 28 (Albert/Gannon): Seattle QB Russell Wilson tossed two touchdowns before Golden Tate's shot put touchdown pass to RB Sidney Rice late in the fourth quarter capped the Seahawks' 28-7 rout of the New York Jets.

 

 

Week 11 (November 18) – Two overtime games highlighted THE NFL ON CBS’s Week 11 coverage as Dallas eked out a win over Cleveland in overtime, and Houston needed extra time to beat Jacksonville, while the Patriots rolled over Indianapolis to remain atop the AFC East.

 

Cleveland 20 – Dallas 23 (OT) (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Dallas QB Tony Romo threw for 313 yards and a touchdown and K Dan Bailey kicked a 38-yard field goal in overtime to give the Cowboys a 23-20 win…N.Y. Jet 27 – St. Louis 13 (Eagle/Fouts): New York QB Mark Sanchez threw for 178 yards and a touchdown and the Jets defense forced three fumbles in their 27-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams…Jacksonville 37 – Houston 43  (OT) (Macatee/Tasker): Houston QB Matt Schaub threw for 527 yards and WR Andre Johnson had a career day with 14 receptions for 273 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown pass in overtime, as the Texans beat the Jaguars, 43-37, in overtime…Cincinnati 28 – Kansas City 6 (Albert/Gannon): Cincy QB Andy Dalton threw for 230 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, and WR A.J. Green caught a touchdown pass in his ninth straight game as the Bengals beat the Chiefs, 28-6…San Diego 23 – Denver 30 (Harlan/Wilcots): The Broncos scored 30-or-more points for the fifth consecutive game and fifth consecutive win as QB Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns and Von Miller had three sacks in the Broncos 30-23 win over San Diego…Indianapolis 24 – New England 59 (Nantz/Simms): Patriots QB Tom Brady passed for 331 yards and three touchdowns in New England’s 59-24 win over Indianapolis.  The 331 yards for Brady was the 51st time in his career he passed for over 300 yards.  Colts QB Andrew Luck struggled as he threw three interceptions.

 

 

Week 12 (Thanksgiving Day, November 22* & November 25) – THE NFL ON CBS’s Week 12 coverage was highlighted by its Thanksgiving Day game which saw a wild overtime victory by the Houston Texans over the Detroit Lions.

 

Houston 34 – Detroit 31* (OT) (Nantz/Simms): Houston K Shayne Graham kicked a 32-yard field goal with 2:21 left overtime to lift the Houston Texans to a 34-31 win over Detroit on Thursday after the Lions' coach Jim Schwartz made a costly mistake in regulation by calling for a replay on an automatically reviewable call, which negated the review…Oakland 10 – Cincinnati 34 (Macatee/Tasker): Cincy QB Andy Dalton threw three touchdowns passes and RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 120 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bengals to a 34-10 win over Oakland…Pittsburgh 14 – Cleveland 20 (Harlan/Wilcots): Pittsburgh had eight turnovers, including five fumbles and three interceptions by Steelers third-string QB Charlie Batch.  Cleveland rookie RB Trent Richardson rushed for 85 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in leading the Browns to a 20-14 win…Buffalo 13 – Indianapolis 20 (Albert/Gannon): Indy rookies led the way as QB Andrew Luck threw for 240 yards and a touchdown, while T.Y. Hilton scored on a 75-yard punt return and caught an eight-yard TD pass to lead the Colts to a 20-13 win over Buffalo… Tennessee 19 – Jacksonville 24 (Dedes/Beuerlein): Jax QB Chad Henne threw two touchdown passes in leading the NFL’s worst offense to a 24-19 win over Tennessee…Denver 17 – Kansas City 9 (Gumble/Dierdorf): Denver QB Peyton Manning threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Broncos to a 17-9 win, while KC QB Brady Quinn couldn’t get his team into the endzone despite RB Jamaal Charles running for 107 yards in a losing effort…Baltimore 16 – San Diego 13 (OT)(Eagle/Fouts): Baltimore rookie K Justin Tucker kicked a 38-yard FG with three seconds left to tie the game at 13-13 and send it into overtime.  Tucker then kicked another 38-yard FG with 1:12 left in OT to win it for the Ravens, 16-13.       

 

 

Week 13 (December 2) – With wins by New England and Houston, each team clinched its respective division, while Indianapolis and Pittsburgh pulled off last-second wins to bolster their continued playoff chances during Week 13 of THE NFL ON CBS.

 

Indianapolis 35 – Detroit 33 (Eagle/Fouts): Indy QB Andrew Luck threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Avery with no time left to lift the Colts to a dramatic 35-33 comeback win over the Detroit Lions.  Luck engineered the final winning drive going 75 yards in 11 plays in the last 67 seconds of the game…Jacksonville 18 – Buffalo 34 (Dedes/Beuerlein): Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick directed five straight scoring drives in helping the Bills keep alive their slim playoff hopes with a 34-18 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars…New England 23 – Miami 16 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Patriots QB Tom Brady threw for 238 yards and was sacked four times, but New England took advantage of Miami's mistakes to win 23-16 and clinch their fourth consecutive AFC East title…Houston 24 – Tennessee 10 (Harlan/Wilcots): The Houston Texans' defense dominated the Tennessee Titans forcing three fumbles and picking off QB Jake Locker three times in the Texans’ 24-10 win…Pittsburgh 23 – Baltimore 20 (Nantz/Simms): Pittsburgh K Shaun Suisham kicked a game-winning 42-yard FG on the last play of the game to give the Steelers a huge AFC North win over rival Baltimore, 23-20.  The Steelers rallied behind the play of back-up QB Charlie Batch for the come-from-behind win…Cleveland 20 – Oakland 17 (Macatee/Tasker): Cleveland QB Brandon Weeden threw for a career-high 364 yards and a touchdown, and the Browns snapped a 12-game road losing streak by beating the Oakland Raiders, 20-17…Cincinnati 20 – San Diego 13 (Albert/Gannon): Cincy QB Andy Dalton scrambled up the middle for a six-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score and the Bengals won their fourth straight game, 20-13, over the staggering San Diego Chargers.

 


Week 14 (December 9) – THE NFL ON CBS’s Week 14 coverage was highlighted by a 31-28 overtime win by Washington over Baltimore, as well as San Diego handling Pittsburgh and Indianapolis upping its record to 9-4 and thoroughly in the playoff hunt.

 

Baltimore 28 – Washington 31 (OT) (Albert/Gannon): Redskins K Kai Forbath kicked a 34-yard field goal in overtime to cap a 31-28 comeback win over Baltimore.  The Redskins tied the game with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 29 seconds left in the game as back-up QB Kirk Cousins hit Pierre Garcon with an 11-yard TD pass to send the game into OT…Kansas City 7 – Cleveland 30 (Macatee/Tasker): Browns rookie Travis Benjamin's electrifying 93-yard punt return touchdown gave Cleveland momentum in highlighting a 30-7 win over the Kansas City Chiefs for their third straight win…San Diego 34 – Pittsburgh 24 (Nantz/Simms): Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns as San Diego defeated the Steelers, 34-24…Tennessee 23 – Indianapolis 27 (Eagle/Fouts): Indianapolis rookie QB Andrew Luck led his team back from a 13-point second-half deficit and K Adam Vinatieri made two fourth-quarter field goals as the Colts rallied for a 27-23 victory over the Tennessee Titans…N.Y. Jets 17 – Jacksonville 10 (Harlan/Wilcots): Jets RB Bilal Powell and Shonn Green combined for 155 yards and two touchdowns as the Jets beat the Jaguars, 17-10…Miami 13 – San Francisco 27 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): San Francisco RB Frank Gore ran for a one-yard touchdown and reached 1,000 yards rushing for the sixth time in his career, in leading the 49ers to a 27-13 win over Miami.

 

 

Week 15 (December 16) – Denver won its ninth in a row to up its record to 11-3 with a win over Baltimore, while Houston rebounded in Week 15 to up its record to 12-2, and Dallas needed overtime to beat Pittsburgh in a thriller on THE NFL ON CBS’s Week 15 coverage.

 

Jacksonville 3 – Miami 24 (Albert/Gannon): Miami kept former teammate QB Chad Henne out of the end zone, making three fourth-down stops deep in their own territory beating Jacksonville, 24-3…Denver 34 – Baltimore 17 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Denver’s Chris Harris returned an interception 98 yards for a momentum-turning touchdown at the end of the first half, while RB Knowshon Moreno rushed for 118 yards and Eric Decker caught eight passes for 133 yards in leading the Broncos past the Baltimore Ravens, 34-17, for their ninth straight victory…Indianapolis 17 – Houston 29 (Eagle/Fouts): Texans RB Arian Foster rushed for a season-high 165 yards as Houston improved to 12-2 for the season and are AFC South champions for the second straight year after beating the Indianapolis Colts, 29-17…Pittsburgh 24 – Dallas 27  OT (Nantz/Simms): Dallas K Dan Bailey kicked a 21-yard field goal in overtime to give the Cowboys a 27-24 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. CB Brandon Carr intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass and ran it back to the goal line to set up Bailey’s overtime kick…Kansas City 0 – Oakland 15 (Harlan/Wilcots): Oakland K Sebastian Janikowski accounted for all his team’s points when he kicked five field goals of 58, 57, 50, 4 and 30 yards, and RB Darren McFadden rushed for 110 yards to lead the Raiders to 15-0 win over Kansas City.

 

 

Week 16 (December 23) – The teams are set for the AFC Playoffs as Cincinnati and Indianapolis each clinched spots with wins during Week 16 of THE NFL ON CBS joining Houston, New England, Denver and Baltimore.  The only thing left are the final seedings to be set in Week 17.  

 

Tennessee 7 – Green Bay 55 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Packers routed the Tennessee Titans, 55-7…Oakland 6 – Carolina 17 (Dedes/Beuerlein): Carolina QB Cam Newton threw for 171 yards and a touchdown and ran for 60 yards and another score, as the Panthers defeated the Oakland Raiders, 17-6…Buffalo 10 – Miami 24 (Criqui/Cross): Miami RB Reggie Bush caught two touchdown passes and scored on a short run to help the Dolphins beat the hapless Bills, 24-10…Cincinnati 13 – Pittsburgh 10 (Nantz/Simms): For the second consecutive week Pittsburgh’s QB Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception that eventually helped set up a game-winning field goal.  Cincinnati K Josh Brown kicked a 43-yard FG with four seconds left in the game to clinch a playoff spot for Cincinnati.  It is the first time in 30 years the Bengals clinched a spot in the playoffs in consecutive years…New England 23 – Jacksonville 16 (Harlan/Wilcots): New England QB Tom Brady overcame a rough start by throwing two touchdown passes, and the playoff-bound Patriots held on to beat the woeful Jacksonville Jaguars, 23-16…Indianapolis 20 – Kansas City 13 (Macatee/Tasker): Indy rookie QB Andrew Luck threw for 205 yards to break the single-season rookie record, as the Colts beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 20-13…San Diego 27 – N.Y. Jets 17 (Albert/Gannon): San Diego QB Philip Rivers threw for 165 yards and two touchdowns and the Chargers defense sacked N.Y. Jets QB Greg McElroy 11 times as the Chargers defeated the Jets, 27-17...Cleveland 12 – Denver 34 (Eagle/Fouts): Denver upped its record to 12-2 with its 10th  win in a row in a rout over Cleveland, 34-12.

 


Week 17 (December 30) – The only thing left to be determined were the seedings for the AFC Playoffs.  The Houston Texans lost their hold on the top spot dropping to the No. 3 seed with a loss, while Denver won and became the No. 1 seed and New England prevailed to take the No. 2 seed with their win during THE NFL ON CBS’s Week 17 coverage.

 

N.Y. Jets 9 – Buffalo 28 (Albert/Gannon): Buffalo RB C.J. Spiller scored on a 66-yard catch-and-run in helping the Bills end their season with a 28-9 win over the woeful New York Jets…Baltimore 17 – Cincinnati 23 (Harlan/Wilcots): Cincinnati’s Carlos Dunlap returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to lead the Bengals to a 23-17 win over Baltimore as both teams headed to the AFC playoffs next week…Cleveland 10 – Pittsburgh 24 (Dedes/Beuerlein): Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger threw three short touchdown passes and the Steelers avoided their first losing season in nearly a decade with a 24-10 win over the Browns…Houston 16 – Indianapolis 28 (Gumbel/Dierdorf):Indy QB Andrew Luck threw for two touchdownsand Deji Karim swung the game with a 101-yard kickoff return in the third quarter giving the Colts a 28-16 win over Houston, which dropped the Texans from a possible No. 1 seed to a No. 3 seed in the AFC Playoffs.  The game marked the return of Indy head coach Chuck Pagano to the sidelines since Week 3 after battling leukemia…Jacksonville 20 – Tennessee 38 (Criqui/Cross): Tennessee became the first team in NFL history with two players scoring twice on returns in a game as Darius Reynaud scored on two punt returns, becoming the first player in franchise history to do that, and Zach Brown returned two interceptions for touchdowns to lead the Titans to a 38-20 win over Jacksonville…Kansas City 3 – Denver 38 (Eagle/Fouts): Denver QB Peyton Manning threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Broncos to a 38-3 win over Kansas City and extending their winning streak to 11 to run the table and gain the No. 1 seed in the AFC Playoffs…Oakland 21 – San Diego 24 (Macatee/Tasker): San Diego’s Michael Spurlock returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in highlighting the Chargers’ 24-21 win in what turned out to be head coach Norv Turner’s final game as the Chargers’ coach…Miami 0 – New England 28 (Nantz/Simms): Patriots QB Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in leading his team to a 28-0 win over Miami and the second seed in the AFC Playoffs.

 

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