THE NFL ON CBS 2018 / SUPER BOWL LIII

2017-18 NFL ON CBS REGULAR SEASON REVIEW

 

Week 1 (September 10) – THE NFL ON CBS kicked off its 58th season.

 

N.Y. Jets 12 – Buffalo 21 (Harlan/Gannon): Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdown passes and the new-look Bills beat the New York Jets 21-12 in Sean McDermott's debut as Buffalo's head coach…Baltimore 20 – Cincinnati 0 (Dedes/Archuleta//Collins): Baltimore's rebuilt defense picked off Cincy QB Andy Dalton four times and forced him to fumble, making it easy for Joe Flacco in his return from a back injury as the Ravens pulled away to a 20-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals…Pittsburgh 21 - Cleveland 18 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to tight end Jesse James as the Steelers, with minimal help from RB Le'Veon Bell, opened the season by holding off the Cleveland Browns 21-18…Jacksonville 29 – Houston 7 (Catalon/Lofton/Tasker): Jags rookie RB Leonard Fournette ran for 100 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut, and Jacksonville had 10 sacks and forced four turnovers to help the Jaguars to a 29-7 win over the Houston Texans. QB Blake Bortles threw for 125 yards and a touchdown, Calais Campbell had four sacks and Dante Fowler returned a fumble 53 yards for a score as the Jaguars snapped a six-game skid against Houston…Oakland 26 – Tennessee 16 (Nantz/P. Simms//Wolfson): Raiders QB Derek Carr threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns, and Oakland beat the Tennessee Titans 26-16 in a season opener pitting two of the NFL's rising, young quarterbacks. Carr won his third straight against Marcus Mariota and Tennessee in as many years…Indianapolis 9 – L.A. Rams 46 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Rams QB Jared Goff passed for a career-high 306 yards and a touchdown in his first victory as an NFL starter, and Los Angeles routed the Indianapolis Colts 46-9 in an impressive beginning for the 31-year-old head coach Sean McVay.

 

 

Week 2 (September 17)

 

Buffalo 3 – Carolina 9 (Harlan/Gannon): Carolina's defense allowed only three points for the second straight week, and K Graham Gano converted three field goals as the Panthers held on to defeat the Buffalo Bills, 9-3…New England 36 – New Orleans 20 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Bouncing back with a vengeance from a season-opening loss, Pats QB Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter for the first time in his career, eclipsed 300 yards passing in the first half for only the second time, and New England scored 30 first-half points en route to a 36-20 victory over the winless Saints. Brady finished the day passing 30-for-39 and 446 yards in leading his team…Cleveland 10 – Baltimore 24 (Catalon/Lofton/Tasker): Baltimore relentlessly harassed two Cleveland quarterbacks, Joe Flacco ramped up his production with a pair of touchdown passes and the Ravens breezed past the Browns, 24-10…Tennessee 37 – Jacksonville 16 (Dedes/Archuleta): Derrick Henry, Delanie Walker and Jalston Fowler each ran for touchdowns, and the Tennessee Titans dominated the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second half for a 37-16 victory…N.Y. Jets 20 – Oakland 45 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Raiders QB Marshawn Lynch ran for 45 yards on 12 carries, scoring on a two-yard run late in the first half in leading his team to a 45-20 win over the Jets. He kept the ball and said after the game he plans to give it to his mother. He then generated perhaps even bigger cheers during a sideline dance that was shown on the videoboard during a stoppage in the fourth quarter…Miami 19 – L.A. Chargers 17 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Chargers K Younghoe Koo had a chance to win it with a 44-yard FG with 10 seconds left in the game but pushed it wide right, giving the Dolphins a 19-17 win.

 

 

Week 3 (September 24)

 

Pittsburgh 17 – Chicago 23 (OT) (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Chicago’s Jordan Howard scored on a 19-yard run in overtime to lead the Bears to a 23-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Howard had 138 of Chicago's 220 yards rushing, making up for a lackluster performance by quarterback Mike GlennonDenver 16 – Buffalo 26 (Dedes/Archuleta): Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdowns and the Bills intercepted Denver QB Trevor Siemian twice in the final 19 minutes of Buffalo's 26-16 victory over the Broncos. Taylor went 20 of 26 for 213 yards with a two-yard touchdown to Andre Holmes and a six-yarder to Charles ClayHouston 33 – New England 36 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Pats QB Tom Brady engineered his 50th career come-from-behind victory with his fifth touchdown pass for the winning score to Brandon Cooks with 23 seconds left in the game for a 36-33 win…Miami 6 – N.Y. Jets 20 (McCarthy/Beuerlein/Tasker): Jets QB Josh McCown threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson, Bilal Powell ran for a score, and the Jets' defense frustrated Bears QB Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins in a 20-6 victory in New York's home opener…Cleveland 28 – Indianapolis 31 (Mowins/Feely): Indy QB Jacoby Brissett ran for two touchdowns and threw for another then watched the defense hold off Cleveland's late charge for a 31-28 victory for the Colts’ first of the season…Cincinnati 24 – Green Bay 27 (OT (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): After trailing the whole game, Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers led his team back to send the game into overtime at 24-24. Packers K Mason Crosby kicked a 27-yard field goal with 6:26 in overtime to give his team a 27-24 win…Kansas City 24 – L.A. Chargers 10 (Harlan/Gannon): KC QB Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes in the first 9 1/2 minutes against what used to be his hometown team, Terrance Mitchell had two interceptions and rookie Kareem Hunt scored on a 69-yard run to seal the Chiefs' 24-10 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chiefs (3-0) beat the Chargers for the seventh straight time and have won 12 straight AFC West games.

 

 

Week 4 (September 28 & October 1)

 

Thursday Night Football – Chicago 14 – Green Bay 35 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson/Feely): Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes, and the injury-riddled Packers converted three turnovers into scores in an eventful 35-14 victory over the mistake-prone Chicago Bears on Thursday night. Rodgers connected with Davante Adams and Randall Cobb on short touchdown passes to help build a 21-0 lead in the second quarter of a game delayed 45 minutes by lightning between the first two periods. The Packers overpowered the Bears down the stretch to slog out a win as intermittent rain fell at Lambeau Field.

 

Buffalo 23 – Atlanta 17 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Buffalo’s K Stephen Hauschka kicked a tiebreaking, 56-yard field goal with less than five minutes remaining and the Buffalo Bills made a last-minute defensive stand to beat Atlanta 23-17 after the Falcons lost wide receiver Julio Jones to a hip injury. Hauschka padded the lead with a 55-yarder with about 3 minutes remaining…Jacksonville 20 – N.Y. Jets 23 (Catalon/Lofton//Livingston): Jets K Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 41-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in overtime, lifting the New York Jets to a wacky 23-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars…Pittsburgh 26 – Baltimore 9 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): The Pittsburgh Steelers finally got their offense running. The wait continues for the Baltimore Ravens. Le'Veon Bell rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns, and the Steelers beat the Ravens 26-9 in a duel for first place in the AFC North…Cincinnati 31 – Cleveland 7 (Dedes/Archuleta): Cincy QB Andy Dalton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first half and Cincinnati's offense found the perfect opponent to work out some early season struggles as the Bengals rolled to a 31-7 win over the overmatched Cleveland Browns. Dalton only missed on one throw in the first half, going 17 of 18 for 215 yards as the Bengals (1-3) built a 21-0 lead…Tennessee 14 – Houston 57 (Harlan/Gannon): Houston rookie QB Deshaun Watson shined, throwing for four touchdowns and running for another as the Texans scored the most points in franchise history in 57-14 walloping of the Tennessee Titans. Watson, the 12th pick in this year's draft, became the first rookie to throw four touchdowns and run for another one since Fran Tarkenton in 1961 and tied an NFL record for most TDs by a rookie quarterback…Oakland – Denver (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): The Denver Broncos throttled Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch and put the hurt on QB Derek Carr. They limited Lynch to 12 yards on nine carries and sent Carr to the locker room with a back injury in their grind-it-out 16-10 win over the Oakland Raiders. Denver safety Justin Simmons' interception of EJ Manuel at the Denver eight-yard line in the closing minutes sealed Denver's hard-fought win that sent them into their bye week at 3-1.

 

 

Week 5 (October 5 & October 8)

 

Thursday Night Football – New England 19 – Tampa Bay 14 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson/Feely): Patriots QB Tom Brady tied the NFL record for regular season wins with some timely help from a porous New England defense showing signs of improvement.  Brady threw for 303 yards and one touchdown, and the Patriots held off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-14 to rebound from a last-second loss last week that left them searching for answers to defensive woes.

 

L.A. Chargers 27 – N.Y. Giants 22 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Melvin Gordon with 2:58 to play and the Los Angeles Chargers rallied for a 27-22 victory over the New York Giants, who lost star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to a broken left ankle in the waning minutes. The touchdown pass was Rivers' third of the game and came three plays after Kyle Emanuel had a sack, forced fumble and recovery against Eli Manning at the Giants 11-yard line. It also came four plays after Beckham become the fourth Giants receiver knocked out of the game with an injury…Tennessee 10 – Miami 16 (Catalon/Lofton//Fischer): Dolphins QB Jay Cutler drew jeers while struggling through much of Miami’s home opener, but his fourth-quarter touchdown pass helped them overcome another dismal offensive showing to beat the Tennessee Titans 16-10…Buffalo 16 – Cincinnati 20 (McCarthy/Beuerlein/Tasker): Cincy WR AJ Green contributed to three turnovers that kept it close, but he also had a 77-yard touchdown and another long catch that set up the go-ahead score, rallying Cincinnati to a 20-16 victory over the Buffalo Bills in a steady rain…Jacksonville 30 – Pittsburgh 9 (Harlan/Gannon): Jacksonville’s Telvin Smith and Barry Church returned a pair of Ben Roethlisberger's interceptions for touchdowns and the Jaguars stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-9. Jacksonville (3-2) beat the Steelers for the first time in a decade by relying heavily on the NFL's top-ranked pass defense. The Jaguars picked Roethlisberger off five times in all and sacked him twice. Jax rookie RB Leonard Fournette ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns for the Jaguars, who are over .500 after five games for the first time since 2010 and have already matched their victory total from 2016…Seattle 16 – L.A. Rams 10 (Dedes/Archuleta): Seattle QB Russell Wilson passed for 198 yards and a touchdown, and Earl Thomas forced two of the Rams' five turnovers in the Seahawks' 16-10 victoryBaltimore 30 – Oakland 17 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Baltimore’s Mike Wallace caught a tone-setting 52-yard pass from Joe Flacco on the first play from scrimmage to set up an early touchdown for the Ravens, and Jimmy Smith added a fumble return for a score on the next drive that helped fuel Baltimore's 30-17 victory over the short-handed Oakland Raiders.

 

 

Week 6 (October 12 & October 15)

 

Thursday Night Football – Philadelphia 28 – Carolina 23 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson/Feely): Philly QB Carson Wentz came up big in a huge game, throwing for 222 yards and three touchdowns against one of the NFL's top defenses, and the Eagles beat the Panthers 28-23 on Thursday night to improve to an NFC-best 5-1.

 

New England 24 – N.Y. Jets 17 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): New England QB Tom Brady set the NFL record for regular-season victories by a quarterback, getting his 187th as the Patriots held on for a 24-17 win over the New York Jets to claim first place in the AFC East…Miami 20 – Atlanta 17 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Miami QB Jay Cutler threw a pair of touchdown passes, K Cody Parkey kicked a pair of field goals and RB Jay Ajayi ran for 130 yards as the Dolphins rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit to stun the Atlanta Falcons 20-17…Cleveland 17 – Houston 33 (Catalon/Lofton): Houston QB Deshaun Watson threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns, becoming the first rookie in NFL history with at least three TD passes in three straight games, helping give the Texans a 33-17 win over the Cleveland BrownsPittsburgh 19 – Kansas City 13 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): The Steelers have the Chiefs’ number as they ended Kansas City’s undefeated run this season. The Steelers' star running back Le’Veon Bell churned out 179 yards and a touchdown in a performance reminiscent of January's playoff victory over Kansas City. And Antonio Brown made an acrobatic touchdown catch in the fourth quarter to help Pittsburgh hand the Chiefs a 19-13 loss - their first of the season...L.A. Chargers 17 – Oakland 16 (Harlan/Gannon): Chargers K Nick Novak kicked a 32-yard field goal on the final play of the game and the Chargers took advantage of a key missed extra point by Raiders K Giorgio Tavecchio after a bad snap to beat the Oakland Raiders, 17-16.

 

 

Week 7 (October 19 & October 22)

 

Thursday Night Football – Kansas City 30 – Oakland 31 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson/Feely): It took three tries at the final play for Oakland to finally to pull this one out and possibly save their season. QB Derek Carr threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on the final play after the game was extended by two straight defensive holding calls and the Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak with a 31-30 victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

 

Baltimore 16 – Minnesota 24 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Minnesota RB Latavius Murray rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown and K Kai Forbath kicked six field goals to lift the Vikings to a 24-16 victory over the Ravens…Tennessee 12 – Cleveland 9 OT (Dedes/Archuleta): Cleveland K Zane Gonzalez kicked a 54-yard FG with 48 seconds left in the game to send it into overtime, then Tennessee’s K Ryan Succop nailed a 47-yard FG in OT to give the Titans a 12-9 win over Cleveland…Jacksonville 27 – Indianapolis 0 (McCarthy/Beuerlein/Tasker): With Jax feature back Leonard Fournette inactive, QB Blake Bortles threw for a season-high 330 yards and one touchdown and the defense tied a franchise record with 10 sacks in a 27-0 drubbing at Indy…Carolina 3 – Chicago 17 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Bears rookie safety Eddie Jackson became the first player to score multiple defensive touchdowns of 75 yards or more in a game, leading Chicago a 17-3 victory over the Carolina PanthersCincinnati 14 – Pittsburgh 29 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 224 yards and two scores, RB Le’Veon Bell added 192 total yards and Pittsburgh's defense dominated the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half of a 29-14 victory. K Chris Boswell added a Heinz Field-record five field goals for Pittsburgh…Denver 0 – L.A. Chargers 21 (Harlan/Gannon//Balionis): Travis Benjamin returned a first-quarter punt 65 yards for a touchdown and caught a 42-yard TD pass in the fourth, and the Chargers played a dominant defensive game in the first home victory of their relocation season, 21-0 over the Denver. Joey Bosa and Chris McCain each had two of the Chargers' five sacks . Los Angeles' defense forced three turnovers and flattened Trevor Siemian and the Broncos, who hadn't been blanked in 394 games since a 24-0 loss to the Los Angeles Raiders on Nov. 22, 1992…Seattle 24 – N.Y. Giants 7 (Catalon/Lofton): Seattle QB Russell Wilson threw three second-half touchdown passes and the Seahawks limited the Giants' receiver-depleted offense to season-low 177 yards in a 24-7 win.

 

 

Week 8 (October 26 & October 29)

 

Thursday Night Football – Miami 0 – Baltimore 40 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson/Feely): Ravens QB Joe Flacco was dazed and bleeding as he was helped off the field. Diagnosed with a concussion after absorbing a late hit by Miami LB Kiko Alonso late in the second quarter, Flacco was taken to the locker room and did not return. Fortunately for the Ravens, they didn't need him in a 40-0 rout of Miami on Thursday night. Alex Collins ran for a career-high 113 yards, and Baltimore (4-4) returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the most lopsided shutout in franchise history.

 

Oakland 14 – Buffalo 34 (Catalon/Lofton): Rookie linebacker Matt Milano scored on a 40-yard fumble return on a rain-slick field, and the Buffalo Bills forced four turnovers in beating the Oakland Raiders, 34-14. Bills QB Tyrod Taylor threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Andre Holmes and also scored on a one-yard run for Buffalo. LeSean McCoy had a season-best 151 yards rushing and also scored on a 48-yard run. The Bills improved to 4-0 at home for the first time since winning their first five home games of the 1995 season…L.A. Chargers 13 – New England 21 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Tom Brady passed for 333 yards and a touchdown, Stephen Gostkowski added four field goals and the New England Patriots held on to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 21-13. It was the fourth straight victory for the Patriots (6-2). The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Chargers…Indianapolis 23 – Cincinnati 24 (Dedes/Archuleta): Cincy lineman Carlos Dunlap batted Jacoby Brissett's pass into the air, grabbed the ball and ran 16 yards to the end zone for a game-turning touchdown, rallying the Bengals to a 24-23 victory over the Indianapolis ColtsLineman Carlos Dunlap batted Jacoby Brissett's pass into the air, grabbed the ball and ran 16 yards to the end zone for a game-turning touchdown Sunday, rallying the Cincinnati Bengals to a 24-23 victory over the Indianapolis Colts…Houston 38 – Seattle 41 (Harlan/Gannon): Seattle QB Russell Wilson hit Jimmy Graham for an 18-yard touchdown with 21 seconds left, his second TD catch of the fourth quarter, and the Seahawks rallied for a wild 41-38 win over the Houston Texans. Down 38-34 with 1:39 left and out of timeouts, Wilson took Seattle 80 yards in barely a minute to lead his team to victory. Wilson finished 26 of 41 for a career-high 452 yards and four TDs. Houston QB Deshaun Watson passed for 402 yards including four TD passes, as well as rushed for 67 yards becoming the first QB ever to pass for 400+ yards and rush for 50+ yards and have four TD passes.

 

 

Week 9 (November 5)

 

Denver 23 – Philadelphia 51 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Philly QB Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, Corey Clement had three scores, and the Eagles routed the Denver Broncos, 51-23. The second-year quarterback leads the NFL with 23 TD passes, including 17 in the last five games…Indianapolis 20 – Houston 14 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Indy WR T.Y. Hilton had 175 yards receiving with two touchdowns to help the Colts halt a three-game skid with a 20-14 win over a Houston team that struggled without Deshaun WatsonCincinnati 7 – Jacksonville 23 (Catalon/Lofton): The Bengals finished with a season-low 148 yards in a 23-7 loss that showed - again - just how dominant the Jaguars can be. The game will be remembered more for a fight between receiver A.J. Green and cornerback Jalen Ramsey. But Cincinnati's offense was the one that really got whipped…Baltimore 20 – Tennessee 23 (Harlan/Gannon//Collins): Marcus Mariota threw for 218 yards and two touchdowns, and the Titans beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 for their third straight victory…Kansas City – Dallas (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Dallas overcame KC’s Tyreek Hill's weaving 56-yard score with the clock expired going into halftime, with Ezekiel Elliott scoring the go-ahead touchdown after another reprieve from his six-game suspension in the Cowboys' 28-17 victory over the Chiefs.

 

 

Week 10 (November 12)

 

Cleveland 24 – Detroit 328 (Dedes/Archuleta): Lions QB Matthew Stafford lofted a 29-yard, tiebreaking touchdown to Eric Ebron early in the fourth quarter and Detroit went on to beat the winless Cleveland Browns, 38-24. The Lions (5-4) rallied from first- and second-half deficits to earn consecutive victories for the first time since winning the first two games this season. The Browns fell to 0-9 on the season…N.Y. Jets 10 –Tampa Bay 15 (Harlan/Gannon//Livingston): Tampa QB Ryan Fitzpatrick led two long scoring drives and Tampa Bay limited the New York Jets to less than 200 yards of offense until late in the fourth quarter to snap a five-game losing streak with a 15-10 victoryPittsburgh 20 – Indianapolis 17 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger's 32-yard completion to Antonio Brown with 35 seconds set up a 33-yard field goal from Chris Boswell as time expired, giving Pittsburgh a 20-17 come-from-behind win at Indianapolis. The Steelers (7-2) have won four straight overall and five in a row in the series…L.A. Chargers 17 – Jacksonville 20 (OT) (Catalon/Lofton): Jax K Josh Lambo kicked a 30-yard field goal with 3:12 remaining in overtime, lifting the Jaguars to a 20-17 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers. Lambo's kick got tipped at the line of scrimmage and still cleared the crossbar…Houston 7 – L.A. Rams 33 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Robert Woods caught two of Jared Goff's three touchdown passes during a dominant third quarter, and the Rams returned after a month away from home with a 33-7 victory over Houston. 

 

 

Week 11 (November 19)

 

Kansas City 9 – N.Y. Giants 12 (OT) (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Roger Lewis Jr. made a spectacular catch to set up the winning 23-yard yard goal by Aldrick Rosas in overtime, and the Giants beat the anemic Chiefs 12-9 on a blustery, cold day for only their second win in 10 games…Baltimore 23 – Green Bay 0 (Harlan/Gannon): The Ravens forced five turnovers in their third shutout of the season, blanking the Packers, 23-0. Baltimore last accomplished the feat when the Ray Lewis-led defense had four shutouts for the Super Bowl-winning team in 2000; the last NFL team to have three was New England in 2003. Jimmy Smith, Eric Weddle and Marlon Humphrey each picked off passes for Baltimore, which led the NFL in interceptions entering the weekend…Jacksonville 19 – Cleveland 7 (Catalon/Lofton): Blake Bortles threw a touchdown pass and Jacksonville LB Telvin Smith recovered a fumble for a TD with 1:14 remaining as the Jaguars won their fourth straight, 19-7 over the winless Browns and moved into sole possession of first place in the AFC South. Jacksonville's top-ranked defense forced five turnovers - two in the final two minutes…New England 33 – Oakland 8 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson) (Mexico City): Tom Brady threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns to the delight of an adoring crowd and the Patriots beat the Oakland Raiders, 33-8…Cincinnati 20 – Denver 17 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Cincy QB Andy Dalton's three touchdown throws and a defense that contributed two takeaways helped the Bengals beat the Broncos 20-17 for their first win in Denver since 1975, when franchise founder Paul Brown was their head coach.

 

 

Week 12 (November 23 & 26)

 

L.A. Chargers 28 – Dallas 6 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): The Chargers played its first Thanksgiving Day game in 48 years and won big as QB Philip Rivers threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns, and WR Keenan Allen had a career-high 172 yards in his second straight huge game as Los Angeles beat the fading Dallas Cowboys, 28-6.

 

Miami 17 – New England 35 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Tom Brady tossed four TD passes - including two to Rob Gronkowski - and the New England Patriots pushed through injuries and a mistake-filled game for a 35-17 victory over the sliding Miami Dolphins…Cleveland 16 – Cincinnati 30 (Catalon/Lofton): Bengals rookie RB Joe Mixon ran for a career-high 114 yards in Cincinnati's best offensive showing since the last time it faced Cleveland, a 30-16 victory that left the Browns winless heading into December for the second year in a row…Buffalo 16 – Kansas City 10 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 183 yards and a touchdown, and the game was capped off by Tre'Davious White's interception with about a minute remaining that clinched a much-needed 16-10 victory over Alex Smith and the Chiefs….Denver 14 – Oakland 21 (Harlan/Gannon): Oakland QB Derek Carr led his team to a 21-14 victory over the Denver Broncos on a day that will be remembered most for a brawl between Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib that led to three ejections…Jacksonville 24 – Arizona 27 (Dedes/Archuleta): Cardinals K Phil Dawson nailed a 57-yard FG with one second left in the game to give his team a 27-24 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The kick was Dawson’s career long…New Orleans 20 – L.A. Rams 26 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): LA QB Jared Goff passed for 354 yards and hit rookie Josh Reynolds for another touchdown, and the Rams snapped the Saints' eight-game winning streak with a 26-20 victory in a meeting of NFC division leaders. The Rams (8-3) also ended a streak of their own: This franchise's 10-year run of losing regular seasons is finally over.

 

 

Week 13 (Dec. 3)

 

San Francisco 15 – Chicago 14 (Catalon/Lofton): San Francisco K Robbie Gould returned to Chicago and kicked five FGs against his former team, including a 24-yarder with four seconds remaining in the game to give the Niners a 15-14 win. QB Jimmy Garoppolo won in his 49ers debut going 26-of-37 for a career-high, 293 yards…New England 23 – Buffalo 3 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Pats TE Rob Gronkowski had nine receptions for 147 yards and QB Tom Brady threw for 258 yards in leading New England to a 23-3 win over Buffalo…Kansas City 31 – N.Y. Jets 38 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Jets QB Josh McCown scored two TDs on quarterback sneaks, including the game-winning score with 2:15 left in the game to lead the Jets to a 38-31 win over Kansas City. The Chiefs have now lost four straight, despite QB Alex Smith throwing four TDs and WR Tyreek Hill with six catches for 185 yards and two TDs…Indianapolis 10 – Jacksonville 30 (Harlan/Gannon): Jax QB Blake Bortles threw two touchdown passes, RB Leonard Fournette scored for the first time in six weeks and the Jaguars beat the Indianapolis Colts 30-10, sweeping the series for the second time since they joined the AFC South in 2002…Houston 13 – Tennessee 24 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota ran for a touchdown and threw for another to lead the Titans over Houston, 24-13. Houston QB Tom Savage threw for a career-high 365 yards despite the Texans losing four offensive players to injuries during the game…Cleveland 10 – L.A. Chargers 19 (Dedes/Archuleta): Philip Rivers passed for 344 yards and hit Keenan Allen for a touchdown, and the surging Chargers moved into a tie for first in the AFC West with a 19-10 victory over the winless Browns. Allen had 10 catches for 105 yards in his third straight big game for the Chargers (6-6), who have won six of eight to pull even with Oakland and slumping Kansas City atop the division with four games to go.

 

 

Week 14

 

Minnesota 24 – Carolina 31 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Carolina’s Jonathan Stewart ran for 103 yards and three touchdowns, and the Panthers snapped the Minnesota Vikings’ eight-game winning streak with a 31-24 victory. Cam Newton threw for 137 yards and a touchdown and ran for 75 yards as the Panthers (9-4) racked up 216 yards on the ground against the league's No. 2 ranked defense to pull even with the Saints atop the NFC South standings. Carolina sacked Minny QB Case Keenum six times and forced three turnovers to keep the Vikings (10-3) from clinching the NFC North division title…Indianapolis 7 – Buffalo 13 (OT) (Dedes/Archuleta/Tasker): In a wild game played in a blustery lake effect blizzard throughout the game, Bills RB LeSean McCoy rushed for 156 yards and the winning score in overtime to lead Buffalo to a 13-7 win in overtime over Indianapolis…Oakland 15 – Kansas City 26 (Harlan/Gannon): KC’s Kareem Hunt churned for 116 yards and a touchdown in a performance reminiscent of earlier this season, the Kansas City defense fared just fine without star cornerback Marcus Peters, and the Chiefs beat Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders 26-15 in a crucial AFC West showdown…Tennessee 7 – Arizona 12 (Catalon/Lofton//Feely): Arizona K Phil Dawson kicked four FGs (47, 23, 32 and 35 yards) in leading his team to a 12-17 victory that knocked Tennessee out of first place in the AFC South…N.Y. Jets 0 – Denver 23 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Denver snapped an eight-game losing streak, its longest since joining the NFL in 1970, with a 23-0 shutout of the Jets. The Broncos' first shutout since Nov. 20, 2005, a 27-0 win over the Jets, was fueled by a defense that held the Jets in check all afternoon limiting them to just 100 yards – 51 on the ground and 41 through the air…Washington 13 – L.A. Chargers 30 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Chargers QB Philip Rivers passed for 319 yards and two touchdowns, and the Chargers continued their ferocious playoff push with their seventh win in nine games. Tyrell Williams caught a 75-yard touchdown pass and Hunter Henry had another scoring grab for the Chargers (7-6), who have been largely outstanding ever since that rocky 0-4 start to their relocation season. 

 

 

Week 15

 

Cincinnnati 7 – Minnesota 34 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Minnesota’s Eric Kendricks had an interception return for a touchdown , Case Keenum passed for 236 yards and two scores, and the Vikings clinched the division title with a 34-7 victory over the depleted and disinterested Bengals…N.Y. Jets 19 – New Orleans 31 (Harlan/Gannon//Livingston): Saints RB Mark Ingram ran for two touchdowns and gained 151 yards from scrimmage, capped by his late 50-yard TD run, and New Orleans overcame three turnovers to defeat the reeling Jets 31-19…Miami 16 – Buffalo 24 (Mowins/Feely): Buffalo RB LeSean McCoy scored twice and became the 30th player to rush for 10,000 career yards, while keeping the Bills firmly in the AFC playoff picture following a 24-16 win over Miami…Baltimore 27 – Cleveland 10 (McCarthy/Beuerlein/Tasker//Collins): Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw a touchdown pass, ran for a score and beat Cleveland again as Baltimore stayed on track for a spot in the AFC playoffs with a 27-10 win over the Browns, now two losses from becoming the NFL's second 0-16 team…Tennessee 23 – San Francisco 25 (Catalon/Lofton): San Francisco QB Jimmy Garoppolo led one final scoring drive in the closing seconds to cap a fantastic first full game at Levi's Stadium, K Robbie Gould kicked a 45-yard field goal as time expired, and the 49ers topped the Tennessee Titans, 25-23…New England 27 – Pittsburgh 24 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Pats QB Tom Brady finished with 298 yards passing with two touchdowns and an interception. Rob Gronkowski, fresh off a one-game suspension, finished with nine receptions for 168 yards, including three on the game-winning drive. That drive, by the way, started with Pittsburgh safety Sean Davis letting a tipped pass slip off his fingertips. Instead of a game-sealing interception, the Steelers gave New England another shot. Brady responded by finding Gronkowski for gains of 26, 26 and 17 yards.

 

 

Week 16

 

Denver 11 – Washington 27 (Dedes/Archuleta): Kirk Cousins and the Redskins rebounded from losing two yards on their first two drives to put up 386 yards and three touchdowns against the Broncos in a 27-11 rout. Cousins was 19 of 37 with TD passes to Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Vernon Davis…Cleveland 3 – Chicago 20 (McCarthy/Beuerlein/Tasker): Browns QB DeShone Kizer threw two more interceptions and the Browns committed two turnovers in the red zone on the way to a 20-3 loss to the struggling Chicago Bears on a snowy day in Chicago. One more loss and the Browns will join the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to go 0-16…Buffalo 16 – New England 37 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Pats QB Tom Brady passed for a pair of touchdowns, including Rob Gronkowski's one-handed grab, and New England stayed on track for home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a 37-16 win over Buffalo. For Buffalo native Gronkowski, it was his 12th touchdown catch in 13 career games against the Bills - more than he's had against any other opponent…L.A. Chargers 14 – N.Y. Jets 7 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): L.A. QB Philip Rivers threw a touchdown pass to Antonio Gates, and Melvin Gordon ran for a score for the Chargers (8-7), who entered the weekend needing to win both of their remaining games. Rivers & Co. held up their end of things, but just barely as they make their run for the playoffs...Miami 13 – Kansas City 29 (Harlan/Gannon//Dell): KC QB Alex Smith threw for 304 yards and a touchdown in another steady performance, Kareem Hunt ran for 91 yards and a score, and the Chiefs beat the Dolphins 29-13 to clinch back-to-back AFC West titles for the first time in franchise history…Jacksonville 33 – San Francisco 44 (Catalon/Lofton): SF QB Jimmy Garoppolo threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third score against the defense that allowed the fewest points in the league, and the 49ers won their fourth straight behind their new quarterback, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars, 44-33.

 

 

Week 17

 

N.Y. Jets 6 – New England 26 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Dion Lewis ran for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass, helping the Patriots wrap up the top seed with a 26-6 win over the N.Y. Jets. The win clinched the seventh 13-win season for the Patriots (13-3), which is second in NFL history to San Francisco's nine seasons. It also was Bill Belichick's 250th career regular-season win, moving him into a tie with Tom Landry for third all-time among head coaches…Cleveland 24 – Pittsburgh 28 (Dedes/Archuleta): The Browns joined the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to go winless during a 16-game season when they couldn't overcome Pittsburgh's backups or the kind of mistakes that have become their trademark during a turnaround that's been stuck in neutral for 10 years in a 28-24 loss to the Steelers…Houston 13 – Indianapolis 22 (McCarthy/Beuerlein/Tasker): With a dismal season drawing to a close and Indy head coach Chuck Pagano's fate seemingly decided, QB Jacoby Brissett threw for one touchdown, Marlon Mack ran for another and Adam Vinatieri made two field goals to send their coach out with one last victory celebration, 22-13 over Houston…Kansas City 27 – Denver 24 (Mowins/Feely): KC QB Patrick Mahomes II made both his first NFL start and his first NFL relief appearance a success. After handing off a two-touchdown lead midway through the fourth quarter in his spectacular NFL debut, the rookie first-round QB returned to rescue the Chiefs, driving them 67 yards in 11 plays to beat Denver 27-24 on Harrison Butker's 30-yard field goal as time expired…Oakland 10 – L.A. Chargers 30 (Harlan/Gannon//Balionis): Chargers QB Philip Rivers passed for 387 yards and three touchdowns, but his team missed out on a playoff berth despite their 30-10 victory over the Raiders. Oakland head coach Jack Del Rio was let go following the game…Buffalo 22 – Miami 16 (Catalon/Lofton): The Bills snapped the longest current non-playoff drought in North American pro sports, making the postseason for the first time since 1999. They avoided elimination by beating Miami 22-16, and clinched an AFC wild-card berth minutes later when Cincinnati rallied past Baltimore. The Bills watched the dramatic finish of the Bengals game on locker room TVs, and then erupted...Cincinnati 31 – Baltimore 27 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): The Ravens were ousted from the playoff hunt in stunning fashion when Cincy QB Andy Dalton threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd with 44 seconds left to give the Bengals a 31-27 victory. Needing a win to advance to the postseason, Baltimore (9-7) rallied from a 14-point deficit to take its first lead with 8:48 left. But Dalton put together a magnificent 90-yard drive in the closing minutes before hitting Boyd over the middle on a fourth-and-12 play…Jacksonville 10 – Tennessee 15 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Titans QB Marcus Mariota had his best game running since a broken right leg ended his season a year ago, and he helped Tennessee end an eight-season playoff drought by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars, 15-10, to clinch the AFC's first wild-card berth.