THE NFL ON CBS / THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 2017

 

2016-17 NFL ON CBS AND THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL REGULAR-SEASON REVIEW

 

Week 1 (September 11) – THE NFL ON CBS kicked off its 57th season and third season of THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL.

Cleveland 10 – Philadelphia 29 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Philly rookie QB Carson Wentz had 278 yards passing and two touchdowns in a stellar NFL debut and the Eagles beat Robert Griffin III and the Cleveland Browns 29-10…Cincinnati 23 – N.Y. Jets 22 (Nantz/P. Simms//Wolfson): Cincy K Mike Nugent kicked a 47-yard FG with 54 seconds remaining in the game to give the Bengals a 23-22 win over the N.Y. Jets. The Jets kicking game let them down as they missed an extra point and had a FG attempt blocked in the game…Buffalo 7 – Baltimore 13 (Dedes/Wilcots//Jacobson): The Baltimore Ravens used a touchdown pass by QB Joe Flacco, two field goals and a throwback defensive performance to beat the Buffalo Bills 13-7… San Diego - Kansas City (Harlan/Gannon): Kansas City trailed at one point 24-3 and 27-10, then scored 17 unanswered points in the last eight-plus minutes tying the game with 1:03 remaining on a Spencer Ware 5-yard run. In overtime, Chiefs QB Alex Smith topped off an opening drive with a three-yard run to give his team the 33-27 comeback win in OT…Miami 10 – Seattle 12 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Seattle QB Russell Wilson pulled off another fourth-quarter comeback, throwing a 2-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 31 seconds left, giving the Seahawks a 12-10 win over the Miami Dolphins.

 

Week 2 (September 15 & 18)

New York Jets 37 – Buffalo 31 (Nantz/Simms/Wolfson): Jets RB Matt Forte scored three touchdown runs and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick finally solved Bill Coach Rex Ryan's defense, leading the New York Jets to a 37-31 victory over the Buffalo on Thursday night.

 

Tennessee 16 – Detroit 15 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota converted a fourth down with a perfectly lofted 9-yard pass to Andre Johnson with 1:13 left, lifting the Titans to a 16-15 win over the Detroit Lions…Miami 24 – New England 31 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): New England QB Jimmy Garoppolo had three touchdown passes before leaving in the second quarter with a right shoulder injury as the Patriots outlasted the Miami Dolphins, 31-24. It was the Patriots' eighth straight home victory over Miami ...Baltimore 25 – Cleveland 20 (Blackburn/C. Simms//Dell): Baltimore QB Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes to WR Mike Wallace and the Ravens rallied from a 20-point deficit by scoring 25 unanswered points to beat the Cleveland Browns, 25-20…Cincinnati 16 – Pittsburgh 24 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns to offset a pair of interceptions and the Steelers beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 24-16…Kansas City 12 – Houston 19 (Dedes/Wilcots): Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins had 113 yards receiving and a touchdown and K Nick Novak kicked four field goals, helping the Texans to a 19-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs…Indianapolis 20 – Denver 34 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Von Miller gave the Denver fans a reminder of his Super Bowl 50 MVP performance, sweeping in for the sack-strip of Andrew Luck that sealed the Broncos' 34-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Broncos QB Trevor Siemian outshone Luck, just as he did Cam Newton in the opener. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 266 yards...Atlanta 35 – Oakland 28 (Harlan/Gannon): Atlanta’s Justin Hardy caught a deflected 8-yard touchdown pass to break a tie midway through the fourth quarter and the Falcons held on to beat the Oakland Raiders 35-28…Jacksonville 14 – San Diego 38 (McCarthy/Archuleta//Kaplan): San Diego QB Philip Rivers matched his career-high with four touchdown passes, including two to Travis Benjamin. Melvin Gordon ran for one score and had his first 100-yard game in the Chargers' 38-14 victory against the mistake-prone Jacksonville Jaguars 

 

Week 3 (September 22 & 25)

Houston 0 – New England 27 (Nantz/Simms/Wolfson): Another week, another new quarterback, another win for the New England Patriots. Pats third string QB Jacoby Brissett had a 27-yard touchdown run in his first NFL start, RB LeGarrette Blount added scoring runs of one and 41 yards , and the Patriots beat the Houston Texans 27-0 on Thursday night.  It was the Patriots' first shutout win since 2012 and the first time the Texans have been shutout since 2003.

 

Denver 29 – Cincinnati 17 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Denver QB Trevor Siemian threw a career-high four touchdown passes in his first road start and was nearly perfect under fourth-quarter pressure, rallying the Denver Broncos to a 29-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals…Cleveland 24 – Miami 30 (OT) (Dedes/Wilcots): Miami’s Jay Ajayi scored on an 11-yard run with 8:26 left in overtime, and the Dolphins escaped with a 30-24 win over the Cleveland Browns…Baltimore 19 – Jacksonville 17 (McCarthy/Archuleta//Fischer): Justin Tucker kicked a 54-yard field goal with 1:02 remaining, lifting the Baltimore Ravens to a 19-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars…Oakland 17 – Tennessee 10 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Oakland QB Derek Carr threw for 249 yards and a touchdown, and the Raiders beat the Tennessee Titans 17-10 with their defense finally coming up with some big plays…Pittsburgh 3 – Philadelphia 34 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Philly rookie QB Carson Wentz threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns, a fierce defense shut down Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown and the Eagles beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-3 to remain unbeaten…N.Y. Jets 3 – Kansas City 24 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): The Kansas City Chiefs returned two turnovers for touchdowns, intercepted three passes in the end zone and forced eight turnovers total, including six interceptions by Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, in a 24-3 victory over the hapless New York Jets…San Diego – Indianapolis (Harlan/Gannon): Colts QB Andrew Luck shook off a sore throwing shoulder, then watched T.Y. Hilton break a tackle on a 63-yard touchdown pass with 1:17 to play, giving Indianapolis a 26-22 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

 

Week 4 (October 2)

Indianapolis 27 – Jacksonville 30 (London) (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Jax QB Blake Bortles threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Jaguars held off a furious Indianapolis Colts rally to win 30-27 in London for their first win of the season…Cleveland 20 – Washington 31 (Harlan/Gannon): Kirk Cousins threw three touchdown passes, including two to TE Jordan Reed, and the Washington Redskins cashed in on several trips to the red zone to beat the Cleveland Browns, 31-20…Buffalo 16 – New England 0 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Bills QB Tyrod Taylor connected with LeSean McCoy for a 7-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, and K Dan Carpenter added three field goals to lead Buffalo in a 16-0 win over New England...Oakland 28 – Baltimore 27 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein//Fischer): Oakland QB Derek Carr threw four touchdown passes, the last to Michael Crabtree with 2:12 left, and the Raiders beat the previously undefeated Baltimore Ravens, 28-27…Tennessee 20 – Houston 27 (McCarthy/Archuleta): Will Fuller had a tie-breaking 67-yard punt return for a touchdown and the Houston Texans earned a 27-20 win over the Tennessee Titans in their first game without J.J. WattDenver 27 – Tampa Bay 7 (Dedes/Wilcots):Paxton Lynch made his NFL debut sooner than expected stepping in for the injured Trevor Siemian to help the Denver Broncos remain unbeaten with a 27-7 win over Tampa Bay. Lynch finished 14 of 24 for 170 yards, one TD and no interceptions

 

Week 5 (October 6 & 9)

Arizona 33 – San Francisco 21 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): With Carson Palmer sidelined by a concussion, the one-win Arizona Cardinals turned to Larry FitzgeraldDavid Johnson and an opportunistic defense for a much-needed victory. Cards back-up QB Drew Stanton threw two touchdown passes to Fitzgerald in the quarterback's first start in two years, Johnson ran for two scores and the Cardinals capitalized on San Francisco mistakes to beat the 49ers 33-21 on Thursday night.

 

Houston 13 – Minnesota 31 (Dedes/Wilcots): Adam Thielen caught a touchdown pass to cap Minnesota's opening drive finishing with a career-high 127 yards. The Vikings defense flustered Denver QB Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans on their way to a 31-13 victory. Marcus Sherels returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown and Cordarelle Patterson scored on another sharp throw by Vikings QB Sam Bradford...Tennessee 30 – Miami 17 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein//Fischer): Marcus Mariota threw for three touchdowns and ran for another score leading the Tennessee Titans past the Miami Dolphins, 30-17. He went 20 for 29 for 163 yards with no interceptions, and ran seven times for 60 yards. DeMarco Murray added 121 yards rushing for the Titans, who totaled 235 on the ground…New England 33 – Cleveland 13 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl//Feely): Patriots QB Tom Brady returned from his 4-game suspension by throwing for 406 yards and three touchdowns, and Martellus Bennett had three touchdowns in leading New England to a 31-13 win over Cleveland…N.Y. Jets 13 – Pittsburgh 31 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger passed for 380 yards and four touchdowns and the surging Steelers pulled away in the second half for a 31-13 win over the New York Jets. Sammie Coates caught six passes for a career-high 139 yards and two scores, including a 72-yard catch-and-run for a score in a winning effort… Cincinnati 14 – Dallas 28 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Dallas rookie combination of QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott led their team to a 28-14 win over Cincinnati. Elliott had 15 carries for 134 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way…Buffalo 30 – Los Angeles 19 (Harlan/Gannon//Kaplan): Nickell Robey-Coleman was right at home, intercepting two passes and returning one 41 yards for the go-ahead touchdown to the give the Bills their third consecutive win by defeating the Los Angeles Rams 30-19…San Diego 31 – Oakland 34 (McCarthy/Archuleta//Balionis): Oakland QB Derek Carr threw a go-ahead 21-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on a fourth-and-2 gamble and the Raiders survived when the Chargers botched a potential tying kick late in a 34-31 win.

 

Week 6 (October 13 & 16)

Denver 13 – San Diego 21 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw for 178 yards and one touchdown, passing Hall of Famer Dan Fouts to become San Diego's career passing leader, and the Chargers held off the Broncos 21-13. The victory may have saved embattled coach Mike McCoy's job.

 

Baltimore 23 – N.Y. Giants 27 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Odell Beckham turned a short fourth-and-1 pass into a winning 66-yard catch and run with 1:24 to play as the New York Giants snapped a three-game losing streak with a stunning 27-23 victory over the hurting Baltimore Ravens. Beckham caught eight passes for a career-best 222 yards and two touchdownsJacksonville 17 – Chicago 16 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Jax QB Blake Bortles threw for 271 yards, and a slipping Arrelious Benn caught a 51-yard touchdown in the closing minutes, lifting the Jaguars to a 17-16 victory over the Chicago Bears…Pittsburgh 15 – Miami 30 (Dedes/Wilcots//Fischer): Miami RB Jay Ajayi rushed for 204 yards and two scores on 25 carries for the Dolphins in leading them past the Pittsburgh Steelers, 30-15…Cincinnati 17 – New England 35 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Playing his first game in Foxborough since the end of his ''Deflategate'' suspension, Tom Brady had three touchdown passes and went over 5,000 completions for his career , and the Patriots beat the Cincinnati Bengals 35-17. Brady finished 29 for 35 for 376 yards. Tight end Rob Gronkowski had seven receptions for a career-high 162 yards and a touchdown…Cleveland 26 – Tennessee 28 (McCarthy/Archuleta): Titans QB Marcus Mariota threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns, and Tennessee held on to beat the Cleveland Browns 28-26 for their second straight victory - the first time they've won consecutive games since the end of the 2013 season…Kansas City 26 – Oakland 10 (Harlan/Gannon//Kaplan): Spencer Ware ran for a career-high 131 yards and a touchdown, while Alex Smith picked apart Oakland's struggling defense and the Kansas City Chiefs shut out Derek Carr and the Raiders in the second half of a 26-10 victory. 

 

Week 7 (October 20 & 23)

Chicago 10 – Green Bay 26 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Packers QB Aaron Rodgers set a record. The Chicago Bears lost another quarterback. After a slow start in the red zone, Green Bay picked up the pace in the second half to overpower their offensively-challenged NFC North rivals. Rodgers threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns, Davante Adamsand and Ty Montgomery emerged as playmakers in the second half and Packers beat the Bears 26-10 on Thursday night.

 

Buffalo 25 – Miami 28 (McCarthy/Archuleta//Fischer): Jay Ajayi tied an NFL record by surpassing 200 yards rushing for the second game in a row, helping the Miami Dolphins rally past the Buffalo Bills, 28-25. Ajayi rushed for 214 yards in 29 carries after totaling 204 yards a week earlier in a win over Pittsburgh…Baltimore 16 – N.Y. Jets 24 (Eagle/Gannon//Washburn): Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced an injured Geno Smith and led the New York Jets on three scoring drives, and a rejuvenated defense came up with two rare interceptions in a 24-16 comeback victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Fitzpatrick came in for Smith in the second quarter and led the Jets on a go-ahead drive capped by a 13-yard touchdown catch by Matt Forte. Fitzpatrick finished 9 of 14 for 120 yards and a touchdown as the Jets (2-5) snapped a four-game losing streak…Cleveland 17 – Cincinnati 31 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Cincy WR A.J. Green's one-handed catch in the middle of an end zone scrum highlighted the Bengals day full of big plays, and they pulled away to another lopsided victory over their intrastate rival, beating the winless Cleveland Browns 31-17… Oakland 33 – Jacksonville 16 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Latavius Murray scored twice in his return from turf toe, and the Oakland Raiders handled listless Jacksonville 33-16 giving coach Jack Del Rio a victory against his former team. Murray, who missed the past two games, finished with 59 yards on 18 carries. Michael Crabtree caught eight passes for 96 yards and a touchdown from Derek CarrSebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals to lead the Raiders to victory…Indianapolis 34 – Tennessee 26 (Dedes/Wilcots): Andrew Luck threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jack Doyle with 1:55 left to put Indianapolis ahead to stay, and the Colts rallied to beat the Tennessee Titans 34-26 for their 10th straight win against their AFC South rival…New England 27 – Pittsburgh 16 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Tom Brady completed 19-of-26 for 222 yards and two touchdowns to improve to 9-2 against Pittsburgh. Rob Gronkowski caught four passes for 93 yards and his 68th touchdown catch, tying Stanley Morgan for the most in club history. And LeGarrette Blount finished with 127 yards rushing and two scores to lead New England to a 27-16 win over Pittsburgh.

 

Week 8 (October 30)

New England 41 – Buffalo 25 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Patriots QB Tom Brady matched an NFL record in beating the Bills for the 26th time, while he went 22-of-33 for 315 yards and threw four touchdowns in leading New England to a 41-25 win. Brady improved to 26-3 against Buffalo, and matched a record set by Brett Favre, who went 26-9 against Detroit…N.Y. Jets 31 – Cleveland 28 (Harlan/Gannon): N.Y. Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick led three long touchdown drives as the Jets - who trailed 20-7 at halftime - put together the biggest second-half road comeback in team history, rallying for a 31-28 victory over Cleveland…Kansas City 30 – Indianapolis 14 (Dedes/Wilcots): Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes in relief of the injured Alex Smith to help the Kansas City Chiefs hold off Indianapolis 30-14…Oakland 30 – Tampa Bay 24 (OT) (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein//Fischer): Oakland QB Derek Carr hit Seth Roberts on a 41-yard touchdown pass in overtime to give the Raiders a 30-24 win over Tampa Bay. Despite the Raiders incurring an NFL-record 24 penalties, the Raiders offense amassed 626 yards of offense including 513 in passing led by Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree both getting over 100 yards receiving…San Diego 19 – Denver 27 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): The Broncos hit Chargers QB Philip Rivers 17 times, sacked him four times and intercepted three of his passes, including Bradley Roby's 49-yard pick-6 that started it all to lead Denver to a 27-19 win over San Diego.

 

Week 9 (November 6)

N.Y. Jets 23 – Miami 27 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Miami’s Kenyan Drake  scored untouched on a 96-yard kickoff return with 5:15 left, the final swing in a seesaw game, that helped the Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets, 27-23. Miami RB Jay Ajayi came up short in his bid to become the first NFL rusher to have three consecutive 200-yard games, but he managed 111 yards and helped to run out the clock after the Dolphins came from behind for the third time…Pittsburgh 14 – Baltimore 21 (Eagle/Gannon//Washburn): Baltimore QB Joe Flacco threw a 95-yard touchdown pass to former Steeler Mike Wallace, and the Ravens beat Pittsburgh 21-14 to snap a four-game losing streak. The Ravens (4-4) moved into a tie atop the AFC North with the Steelers (4-4), who have dropped three in a row…Jacksonville 14 – Kansas City 19 (Dedes/Wilcots): Kansas City back-up QB Nick Foles threw for 187 yards and a first-half touchdown toss to Albert Wilson, and helped to set up four field goals by Cairo Santos, as Kansas City (6-2) won its 10th consecutive home game…Indianapolis 31 – Green Bay 26 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Jordan Todman had a 99-yard return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff, Frank Gore rushed for two touchdowns and Andrew Luck shook off two interceptions in the first quarter to finish with 281 yards passing and a touchdown in leading the Colts past the Packers, 31-26…Tennessee 35 – San Diego 43 (Harlan/Fouts//Kaplan): Melvin Gordon ran and ran and ran some more for the San Diego Chargers, not stopping until he'd gotten a career-high 196 yards. His one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the go-ahead score in the Charges' 43-35 victory against Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans, who still haven't won in San Diego since 1990.

 

Week 10 (November 13)

Denver 25 – New Orleans 23 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Denver’s Justin Simmons' perfectly timed leap over Saints long snapper Justin Drescher brought the celebration inside the Superdome to a stunning halt, and sent the Broncos galloping the other way for a first-of-its kind victory. Will Parks scooped up Simmons' smothering block of Wil Lutz's point-after kick and ran 84 yards for a defensive two-point conversion that lifted Denver to a wild 25-23 victory over the Saints…Kansas City 20 – Carolina 17 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Kanas City did not score an offensive touchdown and the big play came via the defense as Marcus Peters stripped Kelvin Benjamin with 20 seconds left, Cairo Santos kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired, and the Chiefs overcame a 17-point deficit to top the Carolina Panthers20-17…Houston 24 – Jacksonville 21 (Harlan/Gannon): Houston QB Brock Osweiler threw two touchdown passes, Kareem Jackson returned an interception 42 yards for a score and the Texans beat the Jaguars 24-21 for their first road win in 2016…Miami 31 – San Diego 24 (Gumbel/Harlan//Erdahl): Miami’s Kiko Alonso ran back an interception 60 yards to score the game-winning touchdown for the Dolphins with 1:01 left in the game as the Dolphins beat the Chargers, 31-24.

 

Week 11 (November 20)

Baltimore 17 – Dallas 27 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Dak Prescott threw three touchdown passes, two to Dez Bryant, in the first game with Tony Romo as his backup, and the Cowboys set a franchise regular-season record with their ninth straight win, beating the Baltimore Ravens, 27-17…Jacksonville 19 – Detroit 26 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): The Detroit Lions leaned on their defense and special teams to score while the potentially potent offense sputtered for three quarters. Detroit's offense finally got going in the fourth, pulling ahead on Eric Ebron's one-yard touchdown run early in the quarter and padding the lead with Matt Prater's 43-yard field goal with 22 seconds left in a 26-19 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars…Pittsburgh 24 – Cleveland 9 (Harlan/Gannon): Le'Veon Bell scored on a one-yard touchdown run - long after time expired in the first half - and Pittsburgh's defense recorded eight sacks as the Steelers snapped a four-game losing streak, 24-9 over the winless Cleveland BrownsTennessee 17 – Indianapolis 24 (Dedes/Wilcots): Indy QB Andrew Luck was 15-of-28 for 262 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, while T.Y. Hilton finished with five catches for 97 yards in leading the Colts to a 24-17 win over Tennessee. Titans QB Marcus Mariota was 25-of-38 for 290 yards with two TD passes - his seventh straight game with more than one, breaking Warren Moon's franchise record…Philadelphia 15 – Seattle 26 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Russell Wilson threw for 272 yards and a touchdown, and caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Doug Baldwin as the Seahawks rolled past the Philadelphia Eagles 26-15…New England 30 – San Francisco 17 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Tom Brady threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns, and the New England Patriots beat San Francisco 30-17. Brady tied Hall of Famer Brett Favre for the second-most wins by a quarterback in NFL history. With his next win, Brady will match Peyton Manning for the top spot.

 

Week 12 (November 24 & 27)

Minnesota 13 – Detroit 16 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson/Feely): Detroit’s Darius Slay intercepted Sam Bradford's pass and returned the interception 13 yards with 30 seconds left to set up K Matt Prater's third FG of the day, a 40-yarder, as time expired, lifting the Lions to a 16-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving Day Thursday to put them into sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

 

Cincinnati 14 – Baltimore 19 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): One touchdown and Justin Tucker's flawless right leg were enough to thrust the Baltimore Ravens into a first-place tie in the AFC North. Tucker kicked four field goals and Baltimore shut down the Cincinnati Bengals' depleted offense for a 19-14 victory…San Diego 21 – Houston 13 (Harlan/Gannon): Philip Rivers threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns to give the San Diego Chargers a 21-13 win over the mistake-prone Houston Texans. Dontrelle Inman had 119 yards receiving and a touchdown to help San Diego to the victory…Tennessee 27 – Chicago 21 (Dedes/Wilcots): Marcus Mariota threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns, and the Tennessee Titans hung on to beat the depleted Chicago Bears, 27-21…Jacksonville 21 – Buffalo 28 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): LeSean McCoy scored twice, including a career-best 75-yard run, and the Buffalo Bills won their second in a row by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars, 28-21…New England 22 – N.Y. Jets 17 (Gumber/Green//Erdahl): Playing with an ailing knee, Tom Brady tied Peyton Manning for most wins by a quarterback in NFL history, getting his 200th by throwing a go-ahead 8-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Mitchell with 1:56 left, leading the New England Patriots to a 22-17 victory over the New York Jets. It was the 50th win for Brady after facing a fourth-quarter deficit or tie…Carolina – Oakland (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Carolina trailed by 17 points at the half, scored three touchdowns in 8:47 in the third quarter to erase the deficit and then went up by eight after scoring 25 unanswered points to take a 32-24 lead. But the Raiders tied it back up and then took the lead with 1:45 on a 23-yard FG by Sebastian Janikowski to give the Raiders a 35-32 win over the Panthers.

 

Week 13 (December 4)

Houston 13 – Green Bay 21 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): At a snowy Lambeau Field, Aaron Rodgers threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, including one to Jordy Nelson, who had eight catches for 118 yards, as the Green Bay Packers pulled away from the Houston Texans with two fourth-quarter touchdowns for a 21-13 win..Kansas City 29 – Atlanta 28 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Eric Berry returned an interception for a touchdown, and then brought back another pick for a 2-point conversion that gave the Kansas City Chiefs an improbable 29-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons…Miami 6 – Baltimore 38 (Harlan/Gannon//Fischer): Baltimore QB Joe Flacco threw for 381 yards (36x47) with four touchdowns, including two to WR Dennis Pitta, who had nine catches for 90 yards in leading the Ravens to a 38-6 over Miami…Denver 20 – Jacksonville 10 (Dedes/Wilcots): Bradley Roby returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown, helping the Denver Broncos beat the mistake-prone Jacksonville Jaguars 20-10 to gain ground in the AFC playoff picture…Buffalo 38 – Oakland 24 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Oakland QB Derek Carr led yet another comeback with two touchdown passes in the second half and Khalil Mack helped force two turnovers that rallied the Raiders to their biggest comeback in 16 years with a 38-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

 

Week 14 (December 11)

Pittsburgh 27 – Buffalo 20 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell ran for a franchise record 236 yards, 298 total yards and three touchdowns in leading Pittsburgh past the Buffalo Bills, 27-20, in snowy Buffalo…Cincinnati 23 – Cleveland 10 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Robert Griffin III returned from injury but couldn't keep Cleveland from falling closer to infamy as the Cincinnati Bengals built a big early lead and held off the winless Browns 23-10 in the snow. Cincy QB Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes to Tyler Eifert as the Bengals (5-7-1) kept their playoff chances pulsating for another week…Houston 22 – Indianapolis 17 (Harlan/Gannon): Lamar Miller scored Houston's only touchdown and the Texans defense stopped Andrew Luck on Indy's final drive of the game to preserve a 22-17 victory…Denver 10 – Tennessee 13 (Eagle/Fouts//Erdahl): DeMarco Murray ran for 92 yards and a touchdown, and the Tennessee Titans held on to beat the Denver Broncos 13-10 and keep a piece of first place in the AFC South…Chicago 17 – Detroit 20 (Dedes/Wilcots): Matthew Stafford ran for a go-ahead, seven-yard touchdown with 3:17 left after throwing two interceptions in the fourth quarter, one that was returned for a score, and the Detroit Lions held on for a 20-17 win over the Chicago Bears…N.Y. Jets 23 – San Francisco 17 (OT) (Gumbel/Green//Washburn): Bilal Powell ran for 145 yards, including the game-ending 19-yard touchdown in overtime, to help Bryce Petty and the New York Jets rally from 14 points down to beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in overtime.

 

Week 15 (December 18)

Indianapolis 34 – Minnesota 6 (Harlan/Gannon): Indy QB Andrew Luck threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns and the Colts rolled to a 34-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Robert Turbin rushed for two touchdowns, Mike Adams forced a fumble and added an interception for the Colts (7-7). Frank Gore rushed for 101 yards and Indianapolis won on the road for the fourth time this season, dominating a Vikings defense that is among the best in the league…Cleveland 13 – Buffalo 30 (McCarthy/Archuleta): Buffalo RB LeSean McCoy had a season-best 153 yards rushing and scored twice, and the Bills kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 33-13 win. The Browns dropped to 0-14, matching the second-worst start to a season set by the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 1980 New Orleans Saints. The 2008 Detroit Lions, meanwhile, are the NFL's only team to go without a win in a 16-game season…Jacksonville 20 – Houston 21 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Houston back-up QB Tom Savage threw for 260 yards after Brock Osweiler was benched in the second quarter, and Lamar Miller scored the Texans’ only touchdown with less than three minutes remaining as the Texans rallied for a 21-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars fired head coach Gus Bradley after the loss, Jacksonville's ninth straight. He went 14-48 since taking over in 2013…Tennessee 19 – Kansas City 17 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Titans K Ryan Succop kicked a 53-yard field goal into the wind as time expired to give Tennessee a 19-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on a frigid afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium…Pittsburgh 24 – Cincinnati 20 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Pittsburgh K Chris Boswell tied the club record with six field goals, and Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter , rallying the Steelers to a 24-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that kept the Steelers in control of the AFC North...New England 16 – Denver 3 (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): New England QB Tom Brady missed his first six passes for just the second time his career - the first was way back on Oct. 12, 2003, against the Giants - but he came back to lead the Patriots (12-2) to a record eighth consecutive division title and a first-round bye…Oakland 19 – San Diego 16 (Dedes/Wilcots//Kaplan): Oakland K Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 44-yard field goal with 2:40 left, his fourth of the game, and the Raiders beat the San Diego Chargers 19-16 in the Relocation Bowl to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2002.

 

Week 16 (December 24)

Miami 34 – Buffalo 31 (OT) (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi ran for 206 yards and broke loose for a 53-yarder in overtime to set up K Andrew Franks' 27-yard field goal with 47 seconds left to lead Miami to a 34-31 win over the Buffalo Bills. In winning for the ninth time in 10 games, the Dolphins (10-5) inched closer to their first playoff berth since 2008…N.Y. Jets 3 – New England 41 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): New England QB Tom Brady passed for 214 yards and three touchdowns , and the Patriots moved a step closer to securing home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a 41-3 win over the New York Jets. Malcolm Butler added two interceptions and a fumble recovery, and LeGarrette Blount had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs for the Pats...San Diego 17 – Cleveland 20 (Dedes/Wilcots): Cleveland avoided the fate of a possible winless season by beating the San Diego Chargers 20-17 for their first victory in more than a year. San Diego K Josh Lambo missed a 45-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Browns (1-14) their first win in 377 days…Tennessee 17 – Jacksonville 38 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein): Jags QB Blake Bortles' best game of the season helped Jacksonville beat the Tennessee Titans 38-17 and end a nine-game losing streak. Bortles threw for 325 yards and a touchdown, and was on the receiving end of a 20-yard trick play that sealed the win with 5:25 remaining. Rookie Jalen Ramsey returned an interception 30 yards on the ensuring play to set off a raucous - and long-awaited - celebration in Jacksonville…Indianapolis – Oakland (Nantz/Simms//Wolfson): As Oakland QB Derek Carr fell to the turf with a broken leg, a celebratory day in Oakland immediately turned somber. The Raiders had suffered their most significant loss of the season. Carr broke a bone in his right leg in the fourth quarter of the Raiders' 33-25 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, immediately throwing a dark cloud over a resurgent season in Oakland.

 

Week 17 (January 1, 2017)

New England 35 – Miami 14 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Tom Brady threw for 276 yards and three scores, and the Patriots clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs by beating the Dolphins 35-14…Buffalo 10 -N.Y. Jets 30 (Catalon/Tasker/Beuerlein//Livingston): After ending a dismal season on a winning note with a 30-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills, the Jets are making no changes in leadership heading into what appears will be a busy offseason. Todd Bowles is 15-17 in his two-year tenure with New York, which hired him in January 2015 after firing Rex Ryan. He had been the subject of increased criticism by some fans and media in recent weeks because of a few ugly losses and questions about his in-game management and handling of the locker room…Baltimore 10 – Cincinnati 27 (Blackburn/C. Simms//Dell): Cincy QB Andy Dalton completed his first 10 passes, one of them for a touchdown, and Rex Burkhead ran for a pair of touchdowns and the Cincinnati Bengals beat Baltimore 27-10 for their fifth straight win at home over the Ravens…Cleveland 24 – Pittsburgh 27 (Harlan/Gannon): The Pittsburgh Steelers backups assured the Cleveland Browns of the top pick in the 2017 draft. Landry Jones hit Cobi Hamilton with a 26-yard touchdown with 2:57 left in overtime and the Steelers edged the Browns 27-24… Jacksonville 20 – Indianapolis 24 (Dedes/Wilcots): Indy QB Andrew Luck threw a 1-yard TD pass to Jack Doyle with nine seconds left, giving the Colts a 24-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars that set off a frenzied postgame farewell celebration two days after Robert Mathis announced he was retiring…Houston 17 – Tennessee 24 (McCarthy/Archuleta): The Titans ended a five-game skid to the two-time AFC South champs, who had beaten Tennessee eight of the previous nine games in this series. Matt Cassel also threw for a touchdown in his first start this season in place of an injured Marcus Mariota, and Derrick Henry ran for a TD. Rishard Matthews caught nine passes for 114 yards, and Pro Bowl lineman Jurrell Casey had two of Tennessee's four sacks…Oakland 6 – Denver 24 (Nantz/P. Simms//Wolfson): In a game that couldn't have gone much worse, Oakland lost its latest starting quarterback, Matt McGloin, to a shoulder injury, then fell 24-6 to Denver, a team with nothing to play for and facing the possible exit of coach Gary Kubiak for health reasons. Combined with Kansas City's win over San Diego, the Raiders (12-4) squandered the AFC West title and the first-round bye that went with it - and instead fell to the No. 5 seed…Kansas City 37 - San Diego 27 (Gumbel/Green//Erdahl): Alex Smith threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and the Kansas City Chiefs clinched the AFC West title and a first-round playoff bye with a 37-27 victory against the Chargers in perhaps the final NFL game in San Diego. The Chiefs (12-4) clinched the division with the win and Oakland's loss at Denver.