2014-15 NFL ON CBS REGULAR SEASON REVIEW
Week 1 (September 7) – In a upset filled Week 1, THE NFL ON CBS kicked off its 55th season.
New England 20 - Miami 33 (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): Miami RB Knowshon Moreno rushed for 134 yards and a big fourth-quarter touchdown, while QB Ryan Tannehill threw for two scores as the Dolphins dominated New England after halftime in a 33-20 win. The Dolphins outscored New England 23-0 and outgained the Patriots 222-67 in the second half…Cincinnati 23- Baltimore 16 (Dedes/Solomon Wilcots): Cincy WR A.J. Green caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from QB Andy Dalton with 4:58 left, as the Bengals blew a 15-point lead before bouncing back to beat the Ravens 23-16…Oakland 14 - N.Y. Jets 19 (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms//Wolfson): Chris Ivory had a 71-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, and the Jets' swarming defense mostly clamped down on Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr as the Jets held the Raiders to 158 total yards and overcame a sloppy, penalty-filled performance to win, 19-14...Cleveland 27 – Pittsburgh 30 (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger the Steelers provided another example of how to finish when he hit Markus Wheaton twice during a last-gasp drive to set up Shaun Suisham’s 41-yard, game-winning, field goal as the Steelers survived, 30-27…Jacksonville 17 – Philadelphia 34 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Down 17-0 to the Jaguars at home, the Eagles dominated the second half, taking the lead in the fourth quarter when Nick Foles threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin on their way to a 34-17 victory…Tennessee 26 - Kansas City 10 (Harlan/Gannon): Tennessee QB Jake Locker threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns, while Alex Smith was intercepted three times as Titans rolled to a 26-10 victory over the Chiefs.
Week 2 (September 11 & 14
September 11 – THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Pittsburgh 6 – Baltimore 26 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Playing a pivotal divisional game three days after the controversial release of star running back, Ray Rice, Baltimore got a pair of touchdown passes from Joe Flacco and rolled past the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, 26-6, on CBS/NFL Network’s first broadcast of THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL.
New England 30 – Minnesota 7 (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): New England’s Chandler Jones returned a field goal he blocked for a touchdown right before halftime, and QB Tom Brady and the Patriots cruised from there for a 30-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings to give coach Bill Belichick his 200th career win. Brady went 15 for 22 for 149 yards, one touchdown and no turnovers, while Minnesota QB Matt Cassel's first start against his close friend and former mentor was a dud. Devin McCourty, Darrelle Revis, Logan Ryan and Dominique Easley all picked him off, setting up 17 points for the Patriots…Atlanta 10 – Cincinnati 24 (Harlan/Gannon): Cincy RB Giovani Bernard picked up a Bengals offense missing receiver A.J. Green and Cincinnati's defense held down yet another top quarterback for a 24-10 victory over Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons…Jacksonville 10 – Washington 41 (Dedes/Wilcots): Washington lost QB Robert Griffin III, but back-up QB Kirk Cousins and his teammates were able to shrug it off against the woeful Jacksonville Jaguars in a 41-10 win…Miami 10 – Buffalo 29 (McCarthy/Archuleta): Buffalo’s C.J. Spiller scored on a 102-yard kickoff return on the team's first touch of the ball in the third quarter. And Bills WR Sammy Watkins capped the next drive with a 12-yard touchdown catch to lead Buffalo to a 29-10 win over Miami...Kansas City 17 – Denver 24 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Denver QB Peyton Manning was 21 of 26 for 242 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos held on to beat the Chiefs, 24-17…N.Y. Jets 24 - Green Bay 31 (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers threw for three scores, including an 80-yard strike to Jordy Nelson in the third quarter, as the Packers roared back from an 18-point deficit to win their home opener, 31-24, over the New York Jets. Nelson had a career-high 209 yards receiving…Houston 30 – Oakland 14 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): The Texans won their second straight game to open the season, beating the Oakland Raiders 30-14.
Week 3 (September 18 & 21)
Sept. 18 – THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Tampa Bay 14 – Atlanta 56 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): It was total domination from the first drive as Atlanta jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead, a 35-0 halftime lead, and a 56-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter as QB Matt Ryan had as many touchdown passes as incompletions going 21-of-24 for 286 yards. Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 20th kick return for a touchdown and WR Julio Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 yards and a couple of scores in leading the Falcons to a 56-14 win.
Houston 17 - N.Y. Giants 30 (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): A desperate Giants team won its first game of the season as RB Rashad Jennings ran for a career-high 176 yards and a touchdown, while QB Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes, including one to Victor Cruz, in leading the Giants to a 30-17 win over Houston. Cruz’s TD catch was his first since Week 4 of last year. The Giants defense had three interceptions and a blocked punt…Oakland 9- New England 16 (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): Patriots QB Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to TE Rob Gronkowski and K Stephen Gostkowski kicked three field goals to lead a sluggish New England team to a 16-7 win over Oakland…Baltimore 23 - Cleveland 21 (Dedes/Wilcots): Ravens K Justin Tucker kicked a 32-yard field goal as time ran out to complete a 23-21 comeback win for Baltimore over Cleveland. QB Joe Flacco finished 19-of-31 for 217 yards and one touchdown…Indianapolis 44 – Jacksonville 17 (McCarthy/Archuleta): Indy QB Andrew Luck led the rout completing 31-of-39 passes for 370 yards and four touchdown passes, including three in the first half, as the Colts dominated Jacksonville, 44-17, for their first win of the season…Tennessee 7 – Cincinnati 33 (Johansen/Simms): Bengals QB Andy Dalton caught a touchdown pass, his first career recepton, and the defense was nearly perfect as Cincinnati routed Tennessee, 33-7, to go 3-0 and remain undefeated…San Diego 22 - Buffalo 10 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Chargers QB Philip Rivers finished 18-of-25 for 256 yards and extended his touchdown streak to 23 games to match a team record he set in 2009-10. Rivers hit Eddie Royal for two scores to lead San Diego to a 22-10 win over Buffalo…Denver 20 – Seattle 26 (OT) (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Seattle marched down the field 80 yards in 13 plays as Marshon Lynch ran in the game winner from the six-yard line to give the Seahawks a 26-20 overtime win in the Super Bowl XLVIII rematch. Denver QB Peyton Manning took his team 81 yards in 41 seconds with just seconds remaining in the game to tie it up and capping off a 17-point comeback in the fourth quarter to send into OT…Kansas City 34 – Miami 15 (Harlan/Gannon):KC QB Alex Smith led the Chiefs throwing three touchdown passes and back-up RB Knile Davis ran for a career-high 132 yards in their team’s 34-15 win over Miami.
Week 4 (September 25 & 28)
Sept. 25 – THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
N.Y. Giants 45 – Washington 14 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Giants WR Larry Donnell had three touchdown catches of 5, 6 and 6 yards from Eli Manning in leading New York to a 45-14 rout of Washington.
Carolina 10 – Baltimore 38 (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): The Ravens improved to a record of 3-1 with a dominating 38-10 win over the Panthers as WR Steve Smith had seven receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns, while QB Joe Flacco passed for 327 yards and three TDs to lead Baltimore to victory…Buffalo 17 – Houston 23 (Dedes/Wilcots): Houston’s J.J. Watt ran back an interception 80 yards for his second TD this season, and K Randy Bullock kicked field goals of 41, 50 and 55 yards to lead Texans to a 23-17 win over Buffalo…Tennessee 17 – Indianapolis 41 (Harlan/Gannon): Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck passed for 393 yards and four touchdowns, while WR Reggie Wayne had seven catches for a season-best 119 yards and his first TD of the season in leading the Colts to a 41-17 drubbing of Tennessee…Miami 38 – Oakland 14 (London) (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): Miami QB Ryan Tannehill took advantage of a depleted Oakland defense, throwing plenty of short passes for big gains. The third-year quarterback completed 23 of 31 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Dolphins to a 38-14 from Wembley Stadium in London, England…Jacksonville 14 – San Diego 33 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Chargers QB Philip Rivers passed for 377 yards and three touchdowns on 29-for-39 to lead San Diego to a 33-14 win over the Jaguars
Week 5 (October 2 & 5)
Oct. 2 – THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Minnesota 10 – Green Bay 42 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers threw for three scores, and RB Eddie Lacy ran for a season-high 105 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Packers to a 42-10 rout of the Minnesota Vikings.
Houston 17 – Dallas 20 (OT) (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): Dallas K Dan Bailey kicked a 49-yard field goal in overtime after a miss at the end of regulation ended his franchise-record streak of made kicks, and the Cowboys beat the Houston Texans 20-17 in the “Battle of Texas” The Texans’ RB Arian Foster ran for 157 yards and one touchdown, while Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray rushed for 136 yards and his fifth straight 100-yard game to start the season…Baltimore 13 – Indianapolis 20 (Harlan/Gannon): Indy QB Andrew Luck was 32-of-49 for 312 yards, threw for one touchdown and ran for another in leading the Colts to a 20-13 win over Baltimore…Cleveland 29 – Tennessee 28 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Cleveland came back from a 28-3 deficit to beat Tennessee 29-28…
Pittsburgh 17 – Jacksonville 9 (Dedes/Wilcots): Steelers Brice McCain returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown, helping Pittsburgh overcome a mediocre offensive performance and beat the winless Jacksonville Jaguars, 17-9…Kansas City 17 – San Francisco 22 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): The 49ers converted a gutsy fake punt from deep in their territory and leaned on five field goals from K Phil Dawson to beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 22-1…N.Y. Jets 0 – San Diego 31 (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): San Diego QB Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Antonio Gates and rookie RB Branden Oliver’s big day included his first two NFL touchdowns as the Chargers earned the league's first shutout this season in beating the hapless Jets, 31-0, for their fourth straight win.
Week 6 (October 9 & 12)
Oct. 9 – THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Indianapolis 33 – Houston 28 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Indianapolis jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter and ended up winning 33-28 over the Texans. Colts QB Andrew Luck finished with 370 yards and three touchdowns in his fourth 300-yard passing game and T.Y. Hilton had a career-high 223 yards receiving with a TD to give Indy first place in the AFC South.
Denver 31 – N.Y. Jets 17 (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): Denver QB Peyton Manning threw three TD passes leaving him two shy of Brett Favre’s career mark, while Julius Thomas caught two TD passes and Ronnie Hillman ran for 100 yards in leading the Broncos to a 31-17 win over the Jets…Pittsburgh 10 – Cleveland 31 (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): Cleveland QB Brian Hoyer passed for 217 yards including a 51-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron, while Brian Tate had two rushing TDS in leading the Browns to a 31-10 win over Pittsburgh…Baltimore 48 – Tampa Bay 17 (Spero Dedes/Wilots//Fischer): Baltimore QB Joe Flacco threw for five touchdowns becoming the first NFL quarterback to do so in the opening half of a game since Tom Brady did it in 2009. The Ravens scored on six straight possessions to begin the game in their 48-17 rout of the Buccaneers… Jacksonville 14 – Tennessee 16 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Jacksonville’s bid to win the game with a last-second field goal was blocked by Tennessee’s Sammie Hill to clinch the game for the Titans. Jacksonville scored with 37 seconds left in the game, then recovered an onsides kick to give them a chance at the last-second victory…San Diego 31 – Oakland 28 (Harlan/Gannon//Kaplan): San Diego’s Branden Oliver scored on a one-yard run with 1:56 to play and QB Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes engineering the winning drive to give the Chargers its fifth straight win and Oakland its 11th straight loss, matching the team’s longest losing streak since 1962. Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr threw four touchdown passes in a losing effort.
Week 7 (October 16 & 19)
Oct. 16 – THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
N.Y. Jets 25 – New England 27 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): New England’s Chris Jones blocked Jets K Nick Folk's 58-yard attempt on the final play and the Patriots had just enough offense with Tom Brady's three touchdown passes to edge surprisingly competitive New York Jets, 27-25.
Cincinnati 0 – Indianapolis 27 (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): Colts QB Andrew Luck finished 27-of-42 for 344 yards and two touchdowns to lead Indy to a 506-yard day and their fifth consecutive victory. WR T.Y. Hilton finished with seven catches for 107 yards, his second straight 100-yard game, and Reggie Wayne caught four passes for 15 yards to give him 14,000 yards for his career…Miami 27 – Chicago 14 (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): Miami QB Ryan Tannehill threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns in an efficient performance, leading the Dolphins to a 27-14 victory over the Chicago Bears…Tennessee 17 – Washington 19 (Harlan/Gannon): Washington K Kai Forbath kicked a 22-yard field goal on the last play of the game, and Colt McCoy stepped in after Kirk Cousins was benched at halftime to lead his team to a 19-17 win over Tennessee…Cleveland 6 – Jacksonville 24 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Jax RB Denard Robinson ran for a career-high 127 yards and a touchdown, and the Jaguars defense came up big in the red zone in snapping a nine-game losing streak with a 24-6 victory against Cleveland for their first win of the season…Kansas City 23 – San Diego 20 (Dedes/Wilcots): Kansas City rookie K Cairo Santos kicked a career-long 48-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in the game to give the Chiefs a 23-20 win over AFC West rival San Diego, breaking the Chargers’ five-game winning streak.
Week 8 (October 23 & 26)
Oct. 23 – THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Denver 35 – San Diego 21 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Denver QB Peyton Manning and WR Emmanuel Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos’ 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers.
Baltimore 24 – Cincinnati 27 (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): Cincy QB Andy Dalton scored on a three-yard run with 57 seconds left to take a 27-24 lead that proved to be the difference in the Bengals win over Baltimore. Dalton had two rushing touchdowns in leading his team to victory…Buffalo 43 – N.Y. Jets 23 (Harlan/Gannon//Livingston): Bills QB Kyle Orton tied a career-high by throwing four touchdown passes and Buffalo for six Jets turnovers in sending Jets QB Geno Smith to the bench in the 43-23 Buffalo win...Miami 27 – Jacksonville 13 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Jax rookie QB Blake Bortles had two interceptions returned for touchdowns by one by Luis Delmas for 81 yards and the other by Brent Grimes for 22 yards as the Dolphins won 27-13 over the Jaguars… Seattle 13 – Carolina 9 (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): Seattle QB Russell Wilson hit Luke Wilson with a 23-yard touchdown pass with 47 seconds left to give his team a 13-9 win over Carolina and helping the Seahawks snap a two-game losing streak…Indianapolis 34– Pittsburgh 51 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 522 yards and six touchdowns becoming the first quarterback in NFL history with two career 500-yard passing games in leading the Steelers to a 51-34 victory over Indianapolis. Overall, Roethlisberger threw for the fourth-most passing yards in NFL history. Colts QB Andrew Luck threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort. All totaled, Pittsburgh’s offense had over 600 yards, and both teams had over 1,000 yards of offense…Oakland 13 – Cleveland 23 (Dedes/Wilcots): Cleveland QB Brian Hoyer threw for 275 yards and a touchdown in leading the Browns past the Raiders, 23-13
Week 9 (October 30 & November 2)
Oct. 30 – THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
New Orleans 28 – Carolina 10 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): New Orleans QB Drew Brees threw for 297 yards and a touchdown and also ran for another score, and RB Mark Ingram turned in another strong performance carrying 30 times for 100 yards and two TDs as New Orleans defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-10 Thursday night to take over first place in the NFC South.
San Diego 0 – Miami 37 (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): Miami QB Ryan Tannehill threw for 288 yards and three TDs and the Fins forced four turnovers to rout San Diego, 37-0. The Chargers remained winless in South Florida since January 1982, a stretch that includes eight consecutive losses to the Dolphins. It was San Diego’s most lopsided defeat since 1996…N.Y. Jets 10 – Kansas City 24 (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): Kansas City QB Alex Smith threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns, and RB Jamaal Charles ran for another score to lead Chiefs to a 24-10 victory over the N.Y. Jets…Jacksonville 23 – Cincinnati 33 (Dedes/Wilcots): Cincy RB Jeremy Hill ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Bengals past the Jaguars, 33-23…Denver 21 – New England 43 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): New England QB Tom Brady and the Patriots out-dueled Denver QB Peyton Manning and the Broncos in “Manning-Brady XVI.” Brady threw for four touchdowns and 333 yards as he upped his record against Manning to 11-5. Manning threw for 438 yards and two touchdowns in the 43-21 defeat to New England…
Oakland 24 – Seattle 30 (Harlan/Gannon): Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch scored a pair of first-half touchdowns and Bruce Irvin returned an interception 35 yards for another score as the Seahawks jumped to a 24-3 lead then held on through a sloppy second half for a 30-24 win over the winless Oakland Raiders.
Week 10 (November 6 & 9)
Nov. 6 – THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Cleveland 24 – Cincinnati 3 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Cleveland, which has been the AFC North’s bottom dwellers for years, climbed back into the top spot as the Browns dominated Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals, 24-3. Cleveland improved on its best start in 20 years and moved into a first place tie, and snapping a streak of 17 straight losses to division opponents on the road.
Pittsburgh 13 – N.Y. Jets 20 (Harlan/Gannon//Livingston): N.Y. Jets QB Michael Vick threw two touchdown passes and the Jets forced four turnovers while shutting down red hot Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers in a stunning 20-13 victory…Miami 16 – Detroit 20 (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): Detroit QB Matthew Stafford hit Theo Riddick with an 11-yard pass with 29 seconds remaining in the game to lift the Lions to a 20-16 comeback victory over Miami…Tennessee 7 – Baltimore 21 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Baltimore ended a two-game losing streak by shutting down the Tennessee Titans in the second half as RB Justin Forsett ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Ravens to a 21-7 victory…Kansas City 17 – Buffalo 13 (Dedes/Wilcots): Kansas City QB Alex Smith scored on an eight-yard touchdown run with nine minutes left to lift the Chiefs to a 17-13 come-from-behind victory. RB Jamaal Charles also scored on a 39-yard touchdown run as the Chiefs scored twice in a span of 4:31 to overcome a 13-3 deficit…Denver 41 – Oakland 17 (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): Denver’s C.J. Anderson's 51-yard catch-and-run started a run of five touchdown passes in five drives for Peyton Manning and the Broncos overcame a shaky start to hand the Oakland Raider their 15th straight loss, 41-17
Week 11 (November 13 & 16)
Nov. 13 – THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Buffalo 9 – Miami 22 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson)
Denver 7 – St. Louis 22 (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): Denver QB Peyton Manning threw two interceptions and the Broncos are held to under 20 points for the first time in two years as the Rams pull off a 22-7 upset victory…Cincinnati 27 – New Orleans 10 (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): Cincy QB Andy Dalton rebounded from one of the worst outings of his career by passing for three touchdowns, and the Cincinnati Bengals dropped the New Orleans Saints to a second straight loss, 27-10…Houston 23 – Cleveland 7 (Catalonj/Tasker/Beuerlein): Houston’s J.J. Watt caught a two2-yard touchdown pass from QB Ryan Mallett, and dominated on defense in leading the Texans to a 23-7 win over the Cleveland Browns…Minnesota 13 – Chicago 21 (Harlan/Gannon//Dales): Chicaco QB Jay Cutler threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns, and the Bears won for just the second time in seven games by beating the Minnesota Vikings, 21-13…Oakland 6 – San Diego 13 (Dedes/Wilcots): San Diego QB Philip Rivers threw for 193 yards and a touchdown as the Chargers held on to beat the Raiders, 13-6.
Week 12 (November 20 & 23)
Nov. 20 – THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Kansas City 20 - Oakland 24 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson)
Tennessee 24 – Philadelphia 43 (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): Philly’s Josh Huff returned the opening kickoff 107 yards, and LeSean McCoy ran for 130 yards as the Eagles beat the Tennessee Titans, 43-24…Cincinnati 22 – Houston 13 (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): Cincy QB Andy Dalton threw for 233 yards and a touchdown and A.J. Green had 121 yards receiving to give the Bengals a 22-13 win over the Houston Texans…Jacksonville 3 – Indianapolis 23 (McCarthy/C. Simms): Indy WR T.Y. Hilton delivered on one promise to his newborn daughter and another to his teammates and his two families couldn't be happier. The third-year receiver raced from the hospital to Lucas Oil Stadium, then hauled in a 73-yard touchdown catch midway through the third quarter to give Colts the play they needed to get past Jacksonville 23-3…Cleveland 26 – Atlanta 24 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Cleveland WR Josh Gordon turned in a huge performance in his first game of the season after a 10-game suspension, catching eight passes for 120 yards, and QB Brian Hoyer shook off three interceptions to lead a drive in the final minute that set up K Billy Cundiff’s 37-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, as time expired giving the Browns a 26-24 win over Atlanta…Washington 13 – San Francisco 17 (Harlan/Gannon//Kaplan): San Francisco has three straight victories and some much-needed momentum as it enters the season's stretch run, with two remaining games against the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks…Miami 36 – Denver 39 (Nantz/P. Simms//Wolfson): Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes, including three to Demaryius Thomas, and C.J. Anderson ran for 167 yards and the go-ahead score in Denver's 39-36 win over Miami…N.Y. Jets 3 – Buffalo 38 (Monday, Nov. 24 in Detroit) (Dedes/Wilcots): In a game that was postponed and moved to Detroit due to a winter storm that dumped seven feet of snow in a day, the Bills dominated the Jets in playing one of its best games of the season in a 38-3 victory over the New York Jets on Monday night. QB Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes, and the Bills also had a key play on specials teams in the runaway win.
Week 13 (November 27 & 30)
Nov. 27 – Thanksgiving Day
Chicago 17 – Detroit 34 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Detroit WR Calvin Johnson caught 11 passes for 146 yards with a pair of first-half touchdowns, and the Lions boosted their postseason hopes with a 34-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day.
San Diego 34 – Baltimore 33 (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): San Diego QB Philip Rivers capped a frantic drive with a one-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Royal with 38 seconds to go, giving the Chargers a 34-33 victory over the Baltimore Ravens…Oakland 0 – St. Louis 52 (Catalon/Beuerlein): Rams RB Tre Mason scored two long touchdowns and QB Shaun Hill accounted for three touchdowns in an out-of-nowhere 38-point first half that tied for second-most in franchise history in St. Louis’s 52-0 rout...Cincinnati 14 – Tampa Bay 13 (Dedes/Wilcots): Cincy QB Andy Dalton and the sloppy Bengals somehow found a way to extend their slender lead in the AFC North as he ran for one touchdown and threw to WR A.J. Green for another, helping his team overcome numerous mistakes to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 14-13…Cleveland 10 – Buffalo 26 (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): Buffalo QB Kyle Orton and defensive end Jerry Hughes helped the Buffalo Bills build a lead so big that not even Cleveland QB Johnny Manziel, who came on in relief and scored his first touchdown, could overcome. Orton threw a three-yard touchdown pass and Hughes returned Terrance West’s fumble 18 yards for a score 10 seconds apart midway through the third quarter in leading the Bills to a 26-10 win over the Browns…Tennessee 21 – Houston 45 (Harlan/Gannon): Houston QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for a franchise-record six touchdowns and DeAndre Hopkins had a career-best 238 yards receiving and two scores as the Texans rolled to a 45-21 win over the Tennessee Titans…New England 21 – Green Bay 26 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 368 yards and two touchdowns, and the Packers fended off New England, 26-21, in a high-profile matchup between Super Bowl contenders.
Week 14 (December 4 & 7)
Dec. 4 – THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Dallas 41 - Chicago 28 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson)
Pittsburgh 42 – Cincinnati 21 (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes, including a 94-yarder to rookie Martavis Bryant in the fourth quarter, and the Steelers drubbed the Cincinnati Bengals 42-21 in a key AFC North match-up…Baltimore 28 – Miami 13 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): With playoff hopes fading, the Ravens mounted a comeback with consecutive touchdown drives of 97 and 75 yards, then added the clinching score after a favorable replay reversal to beat Miami, 28-13…N.Y. Jets 24 – Minnesota 30 (OT) (Dedes/Wilcots): Minnesota’s Jarius Wright's 87-yard touchdown reception from Teddy Bridgewater in overtime gave the Vikings a 30-24 victory over former teammate Percy Harvin and the New York Jets… Houston 27 – Jacksonville 13 (Anderson/Archuleta): The Texans have back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly three months and kept them in the muddled AFC playoff race. RB Arian Foster ran for 127 yards and a touchdown in leading his team to a 27-13 win over Jacksonville…Kansas City 14 – Arizona 17 (Gumbel/Green): Arizona RB Kerwynn Williams went from pretending to be KC RB Jamaal Charles on the Cardinals scout team this week to outgaining Charles in the Cardinals' 17-14 victory over the Chiefs…Buffalo 17 – Denver 24 (Harlan/Gannon): Denver RB C.J. Anderson had three touchdown runs in leading the Broncos to a 24-17 win over Buffalo. Peyton Manning’s streak of 51 games with a touchdown pass, three shy of Drew Brees’ NFL record, ended.
Week 15 (December 11 & 14)
Dec. 11 – THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Arizona 12 – St. Louis 6 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson)
Miami 13 – New England 41 (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): Rebounding from a mediocre first half, the New England Patriots clinched the AFC East division for the sixth straight season as QB Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and made an uncharacteristic long run in a big third quarter that carried his team to a 41-13 win over the Miami Dolphins…Pittsburgh 27 – Atlanta 20 (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 360 yards, pushing his season total to a career high, and capped his performance with a third-down pass to Heath Miller that clinched Pittsburgh's 27-20 victory over the Falcons…Oakland 13 – Kansas City 31 (Dedes/Wilcots): KC QB Alex Smith threw for 297 yards and two scores as the Chiefs shut down Oakland QB Derek Carr and the Raiders offense beating the Raiders 31-13…Jacksonville 12 – Baltimore 20 (McCarthy/Archuleta//LaForce): The Baltimore Ravens sacked Jax rookie quarterback Blake Bortles eight times and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown to squeeze out a lackluster 20-12 victory over the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars…Houston 10 – Indianapolis 17 (Harlan/Gannon//Gardner): Indy QB Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes, while K Adam Vinatieri made a late field goal and the Colts’ defense shut down Houston's offense in a 17-10 victory that clinched the AFC South…Denver 22 – San Diego 10 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Peyton Manning threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in the third quarter and Connor Barth kicked five field goals to lead Denver to a 22-10 victory against San Diego…N.Y. Jets 16 – Tennessee 11 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein):Jets RB Chris Ivory scored on a one-yard touchdown run with 3:09 left, and the Jets beat the Tennessee Titans, 16-11 in a game marked by a brawl between teams playing only for pride with the loser hoping for better draft position.
Week 16 (December 18, 20 & 21)
Dec. 18 – THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Tennessee 13 – Jacksonville 21 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson)
San Diego 38 – San Francisco 35 (OT) (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): With San Diego's slim playoff chances alive, QB Philip Rivers rallied his team from a 21-point deficit to tie it in the final minute and set up K Nick Novak’s 40-yard field goal nearly five minutes into overtime in a 38-35 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
New England 17 – N.Y. Jets 16 (Dedes/Wilcots//Livingston): New England RB Jonas Gray scored the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard run early in the fourth quarer after the Patriots intercepted Geno Smith, and the Patriots clinched a bye and the No. 1-seed with a 17-16 victory over the New York Jets…Kansas City – Pittsburgh (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger passed for 220 yards and a touchdown and RB Le'Veon Bell added a score as the Steelers locked up a postseason berth with a methodical 20-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs…Baltimore13 – Houston 25 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein//Johnson): Houston RB Arian Foster threw for a touchdown, K Randy Bullock made a franchise-record six field goals and Houston's defense dominated to give them a 25-13 win over Baltimore...Cleveland 13 – Carolina 17 (McCarthy/Archuleta): Carolina QB Cam Newton threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and the Panthers defeated the Cleveland Browns 17-13 to take over sole possession of first place in the NFC South…Indianapolis 7 – Dallas 42 (Nantz/P. Simms//Wolfson): Dallas QB Tony Romo threw for 218 yards and four touchdowns and the Cowboys dominated the Colts 42-7…Buffalo 24 – Oakland 26 (Anderson/C. Simms): Oakland QB Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes and K Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals to help the Raiders knock the Bills from playoff contention with a 26-24 victory.
Week 17 (December 28)
N.Y. Jets 37 – Miami 24 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): With a breakout performance by QB Geno Smith, the Jets rallied to beat the Miami Dol;phins 37-24, and head coach Rex Ryan ordered a fake punt with four minutes left that sealed the victory. It left the coach in a jovial mood, even though the comeback probably won't be enough to save his job…Buffalo 17 – New England 9 (Dedes/Wilcots): Buffalo QB Kyle Orton threw for a touchdown, Anthony Dixon ran for another and the Bills beat the going-through-the motions New England Patriots, who already had clinched the AFC's No. 1 seed and a first-round bye and wanted to avoid injuries…Cleveland 10 – Baltimore 20 (Haran/Gannon//Erdahl): Baltimore earned a spot in the postseason by rallying to defeat the Cleveland Browns 20-10 while getting an assist halfway across the country from Kansas City. Down 10-3 in the fourth quarter, the Ravens kicked a field goal and then took the lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith with 7:33 left…Indianapolis 27 – Tennessee 10 (McCarthy/Archuleta): Indy QB Andrew Luck threw for 160 yards and two touchdowns before sitting out the second half, and the Colts finished off the regular season by beating the Tennessee Titans, 27-10…San Diego 7 – Kansas City 19 (Eagle/Fouts//Dell): Kansas City’s Justin Houston had four sacks for the Chiefs to break Derrick Thomas' franchise record with 22 in the season. K Cairo Santos kicked four field goals, and QB Chase Daniel played serviceably in just his second NFL start, throwing for 157 yards without an interception to lead the Chiefs to a 19-7 win over San Diego to know them out of the playoffs…Oakland 14 – Denver 47 (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): Denver QB Peyton Manning didn't need to throw any touchdown passes, C.J. Anderson ran for three TDs, K Connor Barth kicked four field goals and cornerback Tony Carter led a dominant Denver defense with a score off a fumble as the Broncos earned the AFC's No. 2 seed…Carolina 34 – Atlanta 3 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): In a winner-take-all NFC South showdown, the Carolina Panthers destroyed the Atlanta Falcons, 34-3 to clinch the division title. The Panthers’ defense scored two touchdowns on interception returns by Roman Harper and Tre Boston and the defense recorded six sacks to lead Carolina to victory and clinch the woeful NFC South.