THE NFL ON CBS / THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 2014

 

 

2013-14 NFL ON CBS REGULAR SEASON REVIEW

 

Week 1 (September 8) – Big quarterback performances in Week 1 led the way as New England’s Tom Brady, Chicago’s Jay Cutler, Miami’s Ryan Tannehill, and Indy’s Andrew Luck led their teams to victories on THE NFL ON CBS.  

 

New England 23 – Buffalo 21 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Pats QB Tom Brady marched his team 49 yards in 12 plays in the final two minutes to set up K Stephen Gostkowski’s 35-yard, game-winning FG with five seconds left for a 23-21 win over the Buffalo Bills…Cincinnati 21 – Chicago 24 (Nantz/Simms): Chicago QB Jay Cutler passed to Brandon Marshall for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter to help the Bears rally for a 24-21 victory over Cincinnati…Miami 23 – Cleveland 10 (Harlan/Wilcots): Miami QB Ryan Tannehill passed for 272 yards and a touchdown to lead the Dolphins to a season-opening, 23-10, win over Cleveland…Oakland 17 – Indianapolis 21 (Albert/Gannon): Indy QB Andrew Luck threw for 178 yards and two TDs to again rally his Colts to a fourth quarter victory, 21-17 over Oakland…Kansas City 28 – Jacksonville 2 (Dedes/Tasker): Kansas City had its most lopsided season-opening win in 50 years as KC QB Alex Smith threw two early touchdown passes and the Chiefs’ defense dominated the rest of the day in their 28-2 win over Jacksonville…Tennessee 16 – Pittsburgh 9 (Eagle/Fouts): Titans RB Chris Johnson ran for 70 clock-chewing yards and Tennessee overcame an embarrassing early flub to shut down the Steelers, 16-9.

 

 

Week 2 (September 15) – Week 2 on THE NFL ON CBS was highlighted by the “Manning Bowl III” and big brother Peyton upped his record over Eli’s teams to 3-0 with a 41-23 win over the New York Giants.  But close games were the norm as four of the six games were won by a touchdown-or-less.

 

Cleveland 6 – Baltimore 14 (Albert/Gannon): The Ravens sacked Browns QB Brandon Weeden five times, finally driving him out of the game with a thumb injury in the fourth quarter, in leading Baltimore to a 14-6 victory…Tennessee 24 – Houston 30 (OT) (Harlan/Wilcots): Rookie WR DeAndre Hopkins grabbed a three-yard touchdown pass in overtime and the Houston Texans rallied for a 30-24 win over the Tennessee Titans…Miami 24 – Indianapolis 20 (Eagle/Fouts): Miami QB Ryan Tannehill threw for 319 yards and one touchdown and the Dolphins defense held off yet another Colts comeback bid for a 24-20 victory…San Diego 33 – Philadelphia 30 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): San Diego QB Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes to Eddie Royal, and Nick Novak kicked a 46-yard field goal with seven seconds left to lead the Chargers past the Philadelphia Eagles, 33-30…Denver 41 – N.Y. Giants 23 (Nantz/Simms): Denver QB Peyton Manning didn't need another record-tying seven touchdown passes settling for two in the Broncos' 41-23 romp over his younger brother, Eli, and the Giants…Jacksonville 9 – Oakland 19 (Dedes/Tasker/Beuerlein): Oakland RB Darren McFadden ran for 129 yards as the Raiders won their home opener, 19-9, over the Jaguars.

 

 

Week 3 (September 22) – Week 3 of THE NFL ON CBS featured young quarterbacks playing as Indianapolis’s Andrew Luck beat San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick and N.Y. Jets’ Geno Smith bested Buffalo’s EJ Manuel, while Russell Wilson and his Seahawks destroyed Jacksonville.

 

Houston  9 – Baltimore 30 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Baltimore’s Daryl Smith had a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown  and Tandon Doss took a punt 82 yards for another score in leading the Ravens’ smothering, 30-9 win over  Houston…Cleveland 31 – Minnesota 27 (Harlan/Wilcots): Cleveland’s Jordan Cameron caught three touchdown passes, including the go-ahead grab in the back of the end zone with 51 seconds left, and the Browns kept the Vikings winless with a 31-27 victory…San Diego 17 – Tennessee 20 (Eagle/Fouts): Tennessee WR Justin Hunter made his first NFL reception count big by catching a 34-yard Jake Locker pass for a touchdown with 15 seconds remaining in the game to give the Titans a come-from-behind, 20-17 win over San Diego.  The win snapped a nine-game SD win streak over Tennessee…Indianapolis 27 – San Francisco 7 (Nantz/Simms): Indy QB Andrew Luck threw for 164 yards and ran for a six-yard touchdown in leading the Colts to a 27-7 win over the 49ers…Jacksonville 17 – Seattle 45 (Macatee/Tasker): Seattle QB Russell Wilson matched his career-high with four touchdown passes and the Seahawks dominated as expected in a 45-17 win over the Jaguars…Buffalo 20 – N.Y. Jets 27 (Albert/Gannon): Jets rookie QB Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes and the New York Jets overcame a team-record 20 penalties to hang on and beat the Buffalo Bills, 27-20, in an ugly game.

 

 

Week 4 (September 29) – Week 4 saw Pittsburgh fall to 0-4 for the first time in 35 years, while Buffalo overturned Baltimore and Cleveland upset Cincinnati in the “Battle of Ohio.”  The two other games saw routs as Indianapolis and Tennessee both won big.

 

Baltimore 20 – Buffalo 23 (Eagle/Fouts): Buffalo Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso's second interception of the game with 57 seconds remaining sealed a 23-20 win over the Ravens, while Baltimore QB Joe Flacco was intercepted five times…Cincinnati 6 – Cleveland 17 (Albert/Gannon): Cleveland QB Brian Hoyer threw two touchdown passes in his first start at home to lead the Browns to a 17-6 win over the Cincinnati Bengals…Indianapolis 37 – Jacksonville 3 (Harlan/Wilcots): Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and the Colts became the latest to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars by double digits with a 37-3 win…Pittsburgh 27 – Minnesota 34 (London) (Nantz/Simms): Minnesota’s Greg Jennings made two touchdown catches and Adrian Peterson ran for two scores in the Vikings' 34-27 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game played in London, England…N.Y. Jets 13 – Tennessee 38 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Tennessee QB Jake Locker threw a career-high three touchdowns before injuring his hip and going to the hospital in leading his team to a 38-13 win over the N.Y. Jets.

 

 

Week 5 (October 6) – Week 5 coverage of THE NFL ON CBS was highlighted by a Texas shoot-out between the Cowboys and Denver as the Broncos beat Dallas, 51-48 in wild one.

 

New England 6 – Cincinnati 13 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Cincy RB  BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran one yard in the fourth quarter for the game's only touchdown, and the Bengals ended New England QB Tom Brady's consecutive streak of touchdown passes at 52 games in a 13-6 victory over the Patriots…Baltimore 26 – Miami 23 (Albert/Gannon): Baltimore K Justin Tucker kicked a 44-yard field goal to put the Ravens ahead with 1:42 left, and they withstood a frantic comeback bid by the Miami Dolphins to win, 26-23…Jacksonville 20 – St. Louis 34 (Macatee/Tasker): St. Louis QB Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes and Matt Giordano's 82-yard interception return was one of several big plays from the Rams’ defense in a 34-20 victory over Jacksonville…Kansas City 26 – Tennessee 17 (Harlan/Wilcots): KC RB Jamaal Charles scored a one-yard touchdown with 6:23 left, and the Chiefs kept up their perfect start after rallying to beat the Tennessee Titans, 26-17…Denver 51 – Dallas 48 (Nantz/Simms): Broncos QB Peyton Manning and Denver overcame the first 500-yard passing game in Dallas history to keep the Broncos unbeaten with a 51-48 victory over the Cowboys.  Dallas QB Tony Romo passed for a career-high 506 yards and five touchdowns in a losing effort.

 

 

Week 6 (October 13) – THE NFL ON CBS’s “Road Trip” saw THE NFL TODAY’s Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe out of the studio and into the booth to call games of their former teams.  Cowher saw Pittsburgh beat the N.Y. Jets, while Esiason watched Cincinnati beat Buffalo in overtime and Sharpe called Denver’s win over Jacksonville.  Kansas City remained undefeated at 6-0 with a win over bitter rival, Oakland, in Week 6.

 

Cincinnati 27 – Buffalo 24 (Harlan/Wilcots/Esiason): Cincinnati K Mike Nugent kicked a 43-yard goal in overtime to give the Bengals a 27-24, win over Buffalo.  Cincy QB Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes in his team’s first road win of the season…Oakland 7 – Kansas City 24 (Dedes/Gannon): Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles ran for two touchdowns and its defense piled up 10 sacks and forced Oakland QB Terrelle Pryor to three interceptions in the Chiefs 24-7 win over bitter rival Oakland…Pittsburgh 19 – N.Y. Jets 6 (Nantz/Simms/Cowher): Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders and K Shaun Suisham kicked four field goals to lead the Steelers past the N.Y. Jets, 19-6, for their first win of the season…Tennessee 13 – Seattle 20 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch ran for two touchdowns and had 155 all-purpose yards, while Richard Sherman got his third interception of the season in the fourth quarter to shake the Tennessee Titans and win their 11th straight at home and remain undefeated with a 20-13 win over the Titans…Jacksonville 19 – Denver 35 (Eagle/Fouts/Sharpe): Denver RB Knowshon Moreno ran for three touchdowns and QB Peyton Manning went 28-for-42 for 295 yards and two TD passes to lead the Broncos to a 35-19 win over Jacksonville.

 

 

Week 7 (October 20) – Close games marked THE NFL ON CBS’s Week 7 coverage as four games came down to last-second or overtime game-winning field goals for Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Buffalo and N.Y. Jets, while Kansas City remained the only undefeated team in the NFL with a one-point win.

 

Cincinnati 27 – Detroit 24 (Albert/Gannon): Cincinnati K Mike Nugent kicked a 54-yard field goal as time expired to lift Bengals to a 27-24 win over the Detroit Lions…San Diego 24 – Jacksonville 6 (Dedes/Beuerlein): San Diego QB Philip Rivers threw for 285 yards and a touchdown, and RB Ryan Mathews ran for 110 yards and a score to lead the Chargers past Jacksonville, 24-6.  Jacksonville (0-7) has lost every game this season by double digits, becoming the first team since the 1984 Houston Oilers to have that dubious distinction…Buffalo 23 – Miami 21 (Macatee/Tasker): Buffalo K Ryan Carpenter a 31-yard FG with :33 seconds remaining after Buffalo’s DB Mario Williams forced a fumble by sacking Miami QB Ryan Tannehill with less than three minutes left, setting up the winning field goal to help the Buffalo Bills beat the  Dolphins 23-21…New England 27 – N.Y. Jets 30 (OT) (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Jets K Nick Fold kicked a 42-yard FG in overtime to beat the Patriots, 30-27…Baltimore 16 – Pittsburgh 19 (Eagle/Fouts): Pittsburgh K Shaun Suisham kicked a 42-yard FG on the game’s final play as time ran out to give the Steelers a 19-16 win over rival Baltimore.  The game was close not only in the score, but also in total yards as Baltimore gained 287 yards to Pittsburgh’s 286… Cleveland 13 – Green Bay 31 (Harlan/Wilcots): Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers guided an undermanned offense with 260 yards and three touchdowns, while RB Eddie Lacy ran for another score as the Packers grinded out a 31-13 win over the Cleveland Browns…Houston 16 – Kansas City 17 (Nantz/Simms): Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles ran for 86 yards and a touchdown, and QB Alex Smith also ran for a score in leading the Chiefs to a 17-16 victory over the banged-up Houston Texans.  Houston QB Casey Keenum made an impressive NFL debut in a losing effort with 271 yards and one TD.  The Texans lost their fifth straight.

 

 

Week 8 (October 27) – Kansas City remained the only team in the NFL to be undefeated by beating the pesky Browns; while Cincinnati established itself as the frontrunner in the AFC North with a dominating win over the Jets in Week 8 of THE NFL ON CBS.

 

Cleveland 17 – Kansas City 23 (Eagle/Fouts): Kansas City QB Alex Smith threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, and the Chiefs held off the scrappy Browns late in the fourth quarter to preserve a 23-17 victory and remain the NFL's lone undefeated team at 8-0…Miami 17 – New England 27 (Nantz/Simms): The New England Patriots shook off a dismal first half and another mediocre performance by Tom Brady to beat the Miami Dolphins, 27-17. The win was the Pats’ seventh straight over Miami…Buffalo 17 – New Orleans 35 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): New Orleans QB Drew Brees passed for five touchdowns and 332 yards, and the Saints pulled away for a 35-17 victory over the Bills…N.Y. Jets 9 – Cincinnati 49 (Harlan/Wilcots): Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton threw a career-high five touchdown passes - four of them to Marvin Jones (8 catches for 122 yards) - as the Bengals drubbed the New York Jets, 49-9.  On the other side of the ball, Bengals’ Chris Crocker and Adam Jones each ran back interceptions for touchdowns in the rout…Pittsburgh 18 – Oakland 21 (Dedes/Gannon): Oakland QB Terrelle Pryor ran 93 yards on the first play from scrimmage for the longest touchdown run by a quarterback, which set the stage and highlighted the Raiders’ 21-18 win over the Steelers.

 

 

Week 9 (November 3) – Kansas City remained unbeaten, while New England made a big statement in the AFC against the struggling Steelers in Week 9 of THE NFL ON CBS.

 

Kansas City 23 – Buffalo 13 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): The Chiefs remained unbeaten at 9-0 by scoring 20 straight points after falling behind 13-3 to Buffalo. Linebacker Tamba Hali returned a fumble for a touchdown and cornerback Sean Smith returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in extending Kansas City's perfect start with a 23-13 win…Tennessee 28 – St. Louis 21 (Albert/Gannon): Tennessee RB Chris Johnson ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns and the Titans beat former coach Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams, 28-21…San Diego 24 – Washington 30 (OT) (Eagle/Fouts): Washington RB Darrel Young scored his third touchdown of the day on a four-yard run in overtime to give the Redskins a 30-24 win over San Diego…Pittsburgh 31 – New England 55 (Nantz/Simms): Both quarterbacks, New England’s Tom Brady and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger each passed for four TDs, but it was Brady’s Patriots that were the victors in the 55-31 win over the Steelers. The Pats’ and Steelers’ offenses gained over 1000 yards total…Baltimore 18 – Cleveland 24 (Harlan/Wilcots): Cleveland QB Jason Campbell threw three touchdown passes, two to Davone Bess and the Browns beat the Baltimore Ravens, 24-18.



Week 10 (November 10) – Jacksonville won its first game, Baltimore and the Giants both won to keep their seasons from shattering, and the Denver Broncos upped their record to 8-1 and head for a Week 11 showdown with division leader and undefeated Kansas City in Week 10 of THE NFL ON CBS.

 

Cincinnati 17 – Baltimore 20 (OT) (Gumbel/Dierdorf): After being down 17-0 at halftime, Cincinnati tied the game up on the last play of the game with an Andy Dalton “Hail Mary” pass into the endzone that was batted around and finally caught by AJ Green to send the game into overtime at 17-17.  Baltimore then won the game when K Justin Tucker kicked a 46-yard field goal to give his team the win…Oakland 20 – N.Y. Giants 24 (Eagle/Fouts): Giants Terrell Thomas returned an interception 65 yards to set up a go-ahead one-yard touchdown run by RB Andre Brown, who ran for 115 yards, and the New York Giants won their third straight game, 24-20, over Oakland…Buffalo 10 – Pittsburgh 23 (Albert/Gannon): Pittsburgh shut down rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel in his return, pounding the Bills, 23-10…Jacksonville 29 – Tennessee 27 (Macatee/Tasker): RB Maurice Jones-Drew and Jordan Todman each ran for a touchdown, and the Jacksonville Jaguars got their first win this season by beating the Tennessee Titans, 29-27…Denver 28 – San Diego 20 (Nantz/Simms): Denver QB Peyton Manning threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns as the Broncos held off a late rally from the Chargers to defeat San Diego, 28-20…Houston 24 – Arizona 27 (Harlan/Wilcots): Arizona QB Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes and the Cardinals held on to send the Houston Texans to their franchise-record seventh consecutive loss, 27-24.

 

 

Week 11 (November 17) – Week 11 of THE NFL ON CBS saw Cincinnati won the Battle of Ohio and put a firm hold on the AFC North, while the Houston Texans lost its eighth in a row to highlight and lowlight the week’s coverage.

 

N.Y. Jets 14 – Buffalo 37 (Eagle/Fouts): Buffalo’s Jairus Byrd had two interceptions in leading a Bills defense that forced four turnovers in a 37-14 win over the New York Jets…Baltimore 20 – Chicago 23 (OT) (Nantz/Simms): Chicago K Robbie Gould kicked a 38-yard field in overtime to give the Bears a 23-20 win over Baltimore.  The game was suspended in the first quarter for a 1:55 delay due to a tornado that ripped through the Chicago area…Cleveland 20 – Cincinnati 41 (Albert/Gannon): Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes and the Bengals returned a blocked punt and a fumble for touchdowns during a 31-point second quarter that set a Bengals record and led to a 40-21 victory over the Browns…Oakland 28 – Houston 23 (Harlan/Wilcots): Oakland’s rookie Matt McGloin threw three touchdown passes in his first NFL start and the Raiders extended the Houston Texans' franchise-record skid to eight games with a 28-23 victory…San Diego 16 – Miami 20 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Miami QB Ryan Tannehill threw for 268 yards, including a 39-yard score to Charles Clay, who broke two tackles on the play. Miami managed 104 yards rushing behind a makeshift line.

 

 

Week 12 (November 24) – THE NFL ON CBS’s Week 12 coverage showcased game with playoff implications including Baltimore and Pittsburgh winning to keep their hopes alive.

 

N.Y. Jets 3 – Baltimore 19 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Baltimore QB Joe Flacco threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones, Justin Tucker kicked four field goals and the Ravens shut down the sputtering offense of the Jets in a 19-3 victory…Pittsburgh 27 – Cleveland 11 (Harlan/Wilcots): Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes and beat Cleveland again as the Steelers moved back into the playoff picture with a 27-11 win over the Browns…Jacksonville 13 – Houston 6 (Macatee/Tasker): Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew ran for a season-high 84 yards and a touchdown and the Jaguars extended the Houston Texans' losing streak to a franchise-record nine games with a 13-6 victory…San Diego 41 – Kansas City 38 (Nantz/Simms): In a game that saw seven lead changes, San Diego QB Philip Rivers threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns, the final one a 26-yarder to Seyi Ajirotutu with 24 seconds remaining, to give San Diego a 41-38 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs…Indianapolis 11 – Arizona 40 (Eagle/Fouts): Arizona QB Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald, Karlos Dansby returned an interception for a score and the Cardinals ran away with a 40-11 victory over the Indianapolis Colts…Tennessee 23 – Oakland 19 (Albert/Gannon): Tennessee QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright with 10 seconds remaining to cap a mistake-free performance that put the Titans back in playoff contention with a 23-19 victory over the Oakland Raiders.


 

Week 13 (Thanksgiving Day*, November 28 & December 1) – Thanksgiving Day week on THE NFL ON CBS saw Dallas win a big one to seize control of the NFC East, while Denver beat Kansas City the second time in three weeks to take control of the AFC West.

 

Oakland 24 – Dallas 31* (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Dallas RB DeMarco Murray ran for three touchdowns, and back-up RB Lance Dunbar had a career-high 82 yards rushing as the Cowboys overcame Oakland's fumble return for a score on the opening kickoff to beat the Raiders 31-24 on Thanksgiving Day…Jacksonville 32 – Cleveland 28 (Harlan/Wilcots): Jacksonville WR Cecil Shorts caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne with 40 seconds left, rallying the Jaguars to a 32-28 win over the Cleveland Browns. Browns WR Josh Gordon had 10 receptions for 261 yards in a losing effort to become the only receiver in NFL history to have back-to-back games with over 200 yards receiving…Tennessee 14 – Indianapolis 22 (Macatee/Tasker): Indianapolis K Adam Vinatieri tied a career-high with five field goals and RB Donald Brown scored on a four-yard touchdown run with 1:56 left to give the Colts a 22-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans…Miami 23 – N.Y. Jets 3 (Albert/Gannon): Miami QB Ryan Tannehill threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Dolphins to a 23-3 victory over the listless New York Jets keeping the Dolphins' playoff hopes alive…New England 34 – Houston 31 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): New England QB Tom Brady threw for 371 yards and two scores as the Patriots rallied for a 34-31 win over Houston…Cincinnati 17 – San Diego 10 (Eagle/Fouts): Cincy  QB Andy Dalton threw for 190 yards and a touchdown as the Bengals beat the Chargers, 17-10…Denver 35 – Kansas City 28 (Nantz/Simms): Denver QB Peyton Manning threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns, four of them to Eric Decker, and the Broncos held off a rally to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-28 and seize control of the AFC West.

 

 

Week 14 (December 8) – Even though Indianapolis lost, they clinched the division after Denver beat Tennessee, while New England won in the last seconds to tighten its grasp in the AFC East and Kansas City re-established itself with a big win during Week 14 of THE NFL ON CBS.

 

Indianapolis 28 – Cincinnati 42 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Cincy QB Andy Dalton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, and the Bengals remained perfect at home and in control of the AFC North with a 42-28 victory over the Indianapolis Colts…Cleveland 26 – New England 37 (Criqui/Tasker; Bill Macatee was snowed-in in Dallas and unable to get out): New England came back from a 19-3 deficit as QB Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in the final 61 seconds, helping the Patriots rally for a 27-26 victory over the Cleveland Browns.  The Browns had a chance to win on the last play as K Billy Cundiff attempted a 59-yard FG attempt that fell a yard short…Oakland 27 – N.Y. Jets 37 (Albert/Gannon): New York Jets QB Geno Smith threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the Jets set a season high for points and stopped a three-game skid with a 37-27 victory over the Oakland Raiders…Miami 34 – Pittsburgh 28 (Eagle/Fouts): Miami RB Daniel Thomas ran for 105 yards and a score for the Dolphins, including a zig-zag 55-yard burst to set up Clay's winner. Charles Clay had seven receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns. QB Ryan Tannehill, playing in wintry conditions for the first time in his life, completed 20 of 33 passes for 201 yards and three scores in the 34-28 win…Buffalo 6 – Tampa Bay 27 (Dedes/Beuerlein): Bucs RB Bobby Rainey scored on an 80-yard run on the second play of the game, while QB Mike Glennon threw two touchdowns and the DT Gerald McCoy-led defense forced five turnovers and sacked Buffalo QB EJ Manuel seven times in the 27-6 win…Kansas City 45 – Washington 10 (Harlan/Wilcots): After three straight losses, the Chiefs found an opponent that offered little resistance. They scored on their first four possessions, sacked Robert Griffin III five times and returned both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown in a45-10 rout…Tennessee 28 – Denver 51 (Nantz/Simms): Tennessee led in the second quarter 21-10 before the Broncos out-scored the Titans 41-7 from that point as Peyton Manning threw four touchdowns and 397 yards to lead his team to a 51-28 victory.  The last play of the first half saw NFL history as Denver K Matt Prater kicked a 64-yard field goal eclipsing the record of 63 yards held by four others (Tom Dempsey, Jason Elam, Sebastian Janikowski, David Akers).


 

Week 15 (December 15) – With a chance to put a squeeze on the No. 1 seed in the AFC and clinch its fifth consecutive division title, the New England Patriots lost to Miami, who helped their wild card playoff hopes with a big win in Week 15 coverage of THE NFL ON CBS.  

 

Houston 3 – Indianapolis 25 (Harlan/Wilcots): Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes to lead the Colts past the reeling Houston Texans, 25-3…Buffalo 27 – Jacksonville 20 (Catalon/Gannon): Buffalo QB EJ Manuel threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, leading the Bills to a 27-20 victory against the banged-up Jacksonville Jaguars…New England 20 – Miami 24 (Nantz/Simms): New England QB Tom Brady's latest comeback bid came up short, and the Miami Dolphins helped their playoff chances with a 24-20 breakthrough victory.  Ryan Tannehill shook off four sacks and threw for 312 yards and three TDs to snap a streak of seven consecutive losses to the Patriots who missed a chance to clinch its fifth consecutive AFC East title…N.Y. Jets 20 – Carolina 30 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Panthers QB Cam Newton threw for 273 yards and a touchdown, and Captain Munnerlyn had two sacks and returned an interception for a score in leading Carolina to a 30-20 win over the Jets…Kansas City 56 – Oakland 31 (Eagle/Fouts): Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles tied a franchise record with five touchdowns in a game, and Alex Smith threw five touchdown passes as the Chiefs beat the Raiders, 56-31.

 

 

Week 16 (December 22) – Week 16’s coverage of THE NFL ON CBS saw wins by Pittsburgh and San Diego keep their playoff hopes alive going into the final weekend, while big wins by Denver and New England keep the No. 1 seed in the AFC Playoffs in doubt until Week 17.

 

Miami 0 – Buffalo 19 (Dedes/Beuerlein): Buffalo’s Kyle Williams had two sacks as the Buffalo Bills set a single-season record and put a dent into the Miami Dolphins' playoff chances with a 19-0 win…Denver 37 – Houston 13 (Eagle/Fouts): Denver QB Peyton Manning threw four TD passes, including one to Julius Thomas, which was his 51st of the season setting the all-time single season record for most TD passes.  With the win, the Broncos clinched a home playoff game and bye…Tennessee 20 – Jacksonville 16 (Catalon/Archuleta): Nate Washington scored on a 30-yard reception in the fourth quarter and Tennessee stuffed Maurice Jones-Drew on a key fourth down late -- both equally huge in helping the Titans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-16, and end a three-game losing streak…Indianapolis 23 – Kansas City 7 (Gumbel/Dierdorf): Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck threw for 241 yards and a touchdown and the Colts beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 23-7…Cleveland 13 – N.Y. Jets 24 (Albert/Gannon): Jets QB Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes to David Nelson and ran for another score as the Jets topped the Browns, 24-13…Pittsburgh 38 – Green Bay 31 (Harlan/Wilcots): Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu's forced fumble set up Le'Veon Bell's one-yard touchdown run with 1:28 left, then the Steelers withstood Green Bay's last throw into the end zone and dealt the Packers' playoff hopes a blow with a 38-31 victory…Oakland 13 – San Diego 26 (Macatee/Tasker): San Diego QB Philip Rivers threw a go-ahead, four-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen in the third quarter and the Chargers remained alive in the playoff race by overcoming three turnovers to beat Oakland 26-13…New England 41 – Baltimore 7 (Nantz/Simms): New England’s Logan Ryan had two interceptions, LeGarrette Blount scored twice and the playoff-bound Patriots breezed past Baltimore, 41-7.

 


Week 17 (December 29) – A wild weekend of playoff possibilities highlighted THE NFL ON CBS’s Week 17 coverage as a wild overtime ending in San Diego gave the Chargers the final AFC playoff spot, while Denver romped to a No. 1 seed and home field throughout the playffs, and New England did the same to a No. 2 seed and a bye.

 

Baltimore 17 – Cincinnati 34 (Nantz/Simms): Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and set a pair of Bengals passing records in leading Cincinnati to a 34-17 victory that eliminated the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens…Cleveland 7 – Pittsburgh 20 (Dedes/ Beuerlein): Pittsburgh RB Le'Veon Bell ran for 90 yards and a touchdown and the Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns, 20-7.  QB Ben Roethlisberger passed for 179 yards and a touchdown against two interceptions as the Steelers (8-8) won their third straight and kept their playoff hopes alive…Jacksonville 10 – Indianapolis 20 (Macatee/Tasker): Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck threw for 282 yards and one touchdown, while Robert Mathis reclaimed the NFL sacks lead and K Adam Vinatieri joined the 2,000-point club as the Colts routed Jacksonville, 30-10…N.Y. Jets 20 – Miami 7 (Gumbel/Simms): Jets QB Geno Smith led three long scoring drives, ran for a touchdown and threw for 190 yards, while two interceptions by rookie Dee Milliner and one by 35-year-old Ed Reed prevented a Miami comeback, as the Jets played spoiler in eliminating the Dolphins from the playoffs with a 20-7 win…Houston 10 – Tennessee 16 (Catalon/Archuleta): Tennessee RB Chris Johnson ran for 127 yards and a touchdown in what might be his last game with the Titans, who beat the Houston Texans, 16-10…Denver – Oakland (Harlan/Wilcots): Denver QB Peyton Manning led his Broncos to a convincing 34-14 win and the No. 1 seed heading into the AFC Playoffs.  Manning only played in the first half passing for four touchdowns on 25-of-28 passes for 266 yards in setting the record for passing yards in a season ending with 5,477 yards and 55 TD passes…Kansas City 24 – San Diego 27 (OT) (Albert/Gannon): San Diego K Nick Novak kicked a 36-yard field goal with 5:30 left in overtime and the Chargers, who trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter, beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-24, to claim the AFC's final playoff spot…Buffalo 20 – New England 34 (Eagle/Fouts); New England RB LeGarrette Blount ran for a career-high 189 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots clinched a first-round AFC bye with a rainy, 34-20, win over the Buffalo Bills