NFL Today, Week 13

NFL Today, Week 13


Monday, Dec. 3

N.Y. Giants at Washington (8:30 p.m.). Robert Griffin III leads the Redskins (5-6) against Eli Manning and the first-place Giants (7-4) in an NFC East matchup.




-Andrew Luck, Colts, was 24 for 54 for 391 yards and four touchdown passes and three interceptions in Indianapolis' 35-33 win over Detroit. Luck has 3,596 yards passing, the most by a rookie in his first 12 games. Luck's total already ranks third in NFL history for the most by a rookie in a single season, trailing Cam Newton (4,051) and Peyton Manning (3,739).

-Russell Wilson, Seahawks, was 23 for 37 for 293 yards and two touchdowns in Seattle's 23-17 overtime win over Chicago. Wilson has thrown a game-winning touchdown pass in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime three times. That is the most by a rookie since at least the 1970 merger.

-Aaron Rodgers, Packers, was 27 for 35 for 286 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Green Bay's 23-14 win over Minnesota.

-Brandon Weeden, Browns, was 25 for 36 for a career-high 364 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in Cleveland's 20-17 win over Oakland.

-Matthew Stafford, Lions, was 27 for 46 for 313 yards and two TDs and an interception in Detroit's 35-33 loss to Indianapolis.



-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, had 21 carries for 210 yards and a career-long 82-yard touchdown in Minnesota's 23-14 loss to Green Bay.

-Jamaal Charles, Chiefs, had 27 carries for 127 yards in Kansas City's 27-21 win over Carolina.

-BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals, had 25 carries for 118 yards in Cincinnati's 20-13 win over San Diego.

-Fred Jackson, Bills, had 25 carries for 109 yards in Buffalo's 34-18 win over Jacksonville.

-Shonn Greene, Jets, had 24 carries for 104 yards in New York's 7-6 win over Arizona.

-Bryce Brown, Eagles, had 24 carries for 169 yards in Philadelphia's 38-33 loss to Dallas.



-Calvin Johnson, Lions, had 13 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown in Detroit's 35-33 loss to Indianapolis. Johnson is the first player in NFL history with four consecutive games of at least 140 yards receiving in a season. He had at least 125 yards receiving for the fifth straight game, matching an NFL record set in 1966 by Pat Studstill with the Lions.

-Wes Welker, Patriots, had 12 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in New England's 23-16 win over Miami. It was the 17th game in Welker's career in which he had at least 10 catches, tied with Hall of Famer Jerry Rice for the most in NFL history.

-Brandon Myers, Raiders, had 14 receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown in Oakland's 20-17 loss to Cleveland. He tied Tim Brown's franchise record for catches in a game.

-Brandon Marshall, Bears, had 10 catches for 165 yards in Chicago's 23-17 loss to Seattle.

-Josh Gordon, Browns, had six receptions for 116 yards in Cleveland's 20-17 win over Oakland.

-Steve Smith, Panthers, finished with five receptions for 120 yards in Carolina's 27-21 loss to Kansas City.


Special Teams

-Jason Hanson, Lions, was 4 for 4 on field goals in Detroit's 35-33 loss to Indianapolis.

-Greg Zuerlein, Rams, made a 53-yard field goal at the end of the regulation and a 54-yarder in overtime in St. Louis' 16-13 win over the 49ers.

-Shaun Suisham, Steelers, made a 42-yard field goal as time expired to give Pittsburgh a 23-20 victory over Baltimore Ravens.



-Morgan Burnett, Packers, had two interceptions in Green Bay's 23-14 win over Minnesota.

-Carlos Dunlap, Bengals, had two sacks, forced two fumbles (recovering one) in Cincinnati's 20-13 win over San Diego.

-Whitney Mercilus, Texans, recovered a fumble and had two sacks in Houston's 24-10 win over Tennessee.

-Demorrio Williams, Chargers, returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown in San Diego's 20-13 loss to Cincinnati.

-Von Miller, Broncos, returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown in Denver's 31-23 win over Tampa Bay.

-Janoris Jenkins, Rams, had a 2-yard fumble return for a touchdown in St. Louis' 16-13 overtime win over San Francisco. It was his third defensive score in two weeks.



Four teams clinched playoff berths on Sunday, including three division winners. The Atlanta Falcons clinched the NFC South with Tampa Bay's loss at Denver. The New England Patriots clinched the AFC East with a 23-16 win at Miami. The Denver Broncos clinched the AFC West with a 31-23 win over Tampa Bay. The Houston Texans clinched a playoff berth with a 24-10 win at Tennessee.



Just one day after linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself, the Kansas City Chiefs banded together to play their finest game of the season, an inspired 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers that ended an eight-game losing streak suddenly rendered trivial. ``As far as playing the game, I thought that was the best for us to do, because that's what we do,'' coach Romeo Crennel said, tears forming in the corners of his eyes. ``We're football players and football coaches and that's what we do. We play on Sunday.''



Tom Brady of the Patriots is the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win 10 division titles. The Patriots have won six consecutive games and are assured of their 12th winning season in a row. ... Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning tied Hall of Famer Joe Montana for the second-most division titles in NFL history with nine. ... The Broncos won their seventh straight game. ... Green Bay's win over Minnesota was its 10th straight over an NFC North opponent. Green Bay has won 24 of its past 26 regular-season games at home. ... The Texans set a franchise record for wins in a season and clinched a second straight postseason berth with a win over Tennessee. Houston is 6-0 on the road this season, the only unbeaten team away from home. ... The Arizona Cardinals were 0 for 15 on third down in a 7-6 loss to the New York Jets. ... The Raiders have lost five straight for the first time since a six-game losing streak in Lane Kiffin's first year as coach in 2006 and have been eliminated from playoff contention for a 10th straight year. ... The Lions lost for the fourth straight time, including three in a row at home after leading in the final quarter. They're the first team to lose three straight games when leading with 2 minutes left in regulation since San Diego did it in 2000, according to STATS LLC, and the first since at least 1983 to blow leads that late in three home games in a row. ... The Browns snapped a 12-game road losing streak with a 20-17 win over Oakland. The Browns won for the fourth time in seven games since an 0-5 start to match last season's win total. ... Cleveland's Phil Dawson had made a career-high 29 straight field goals before he had a third-quarter attempt blocked. ... Baltimore had its 15-game home winning streak snapped and also lost for the first time in 13 games against division foes. Baltimore's last defeat at home was against Pittsburgh in December 2010.



Indy's Andrew Luck and Seattle's Russell Wilson became the first pair of rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to throw a game-winning touchdown pass in the final minute of regulation or overtime on the same day. ... Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is one of only seven players in NFL history to reach 8,000 yards rushing in 85 games or fewer. He joins Eric Dickerson (73), Jim Brown (80), Earl Campbell (83), Barry Sanders (83), Edgerrin James (84) and Emmitt Smith (85). ... The attendance of 43,641 was the lowest at Oakland since the Raiders drew 32,218 on Oct. 3, 2010.



Tony Romo set a Dallas Cowboys record with his 166th touchdown pass, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl champion Troy Aikman. Romo's record-breaking pass was a 23-yard touchdown to Dez Bryant in the third quarter of Sunday night's game against Philadelphia. It came in Romo's 89th career start.

Aikman started 165 games for the Cowboys from 1989-2000.

Romo is still second to Aikman for attempts, completions and yards passing.



``I can't say there are many Seattle fans in the locker room, but we appreciate the help.'' - Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers on the Seahawks' overtime win over Chicago that gave the Packers (8-4) a share of the division lead with the Bears.


``Calvin Johnson is always a bright spot. Maybe I should have had him on defense for the last play.'' - Lions coach Jim Schwartz after his star receiver had a career-high 13 receptions for 171 yards before Andrew Luck threw a game-winning TD pass on the final play in Indy's 35-33 win.


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Wizards drop to precarious position in close Eastern Conference playoff race

Wizards drop to precarious position in close Eastern Conference playoff race

As if they needed a reminder, the Wizards saw firsthand on Wednesday night just how much can change in a short period of time in the Eastern Conference playoff race where just two games separate the No. 3 and No. 6 teams.

That No. 6 team is now your Washington Wizards, who began the day in fourth place but lost their first game in four days on the same night both the Cavs and Sixers won theirs. 

The Wizards lost to the Spurs on Wednesday and managed only 90 points, their fewest since Jan. 22. It was a lackluster performance in a game the Wizards needed to treat with urgency. 


The Spurs sure did.

"We've gotta have a better mentality coming into games," guard Bradley Beal said. "The Spurs were fighting for playoff seeding just like we were."

The Wizards have now lost six of their last 10, yet all those games have come against teams currently holding playoff spots. Considering John Wall reamins out with a left knee injury, it's hard to fault them too much when they are staying afloat just fine in the big picture.

The problem is that the closer they get to the end of the season, the more these losses are magnified. They amount to missed opportunities, some bigger than others.

That was not lost on Beal, who considered the alternative. If the Wizards had beaten the Spurs, they would be sitting in fourth, two spots higher, and just a game-and-a-half out of third.

"Every time we have a chance to move up, we take two steps back," Beal lamented.


The Wizards are in a high stakes part of the standings where plenty is in the balance. They are fighting for home court advantage, something they would get in the third or fourth spots. And who they match up with will be paramount.

By falling to sixth, the Wizards are currently in line to play the Cleveland Cavaliers. Though the Pacers and Sixers are also good teams, they don't have LeBron James. Avoiding him and the Cavs would be ideal for the Wizards.

Beal has even bigger worries than that. He noted after the loss in San Antonio that they could fall even further if they aren't careful. They are now just a game-and-a-half up on the seventh-place Heat. 

"We've gotta realize what's at stake, man. The way we're going, we could keep dropping and mess around and be eighth. We've gotta do whatever it takes to win," he said.

The Wizards should be fine, if the previous two months are any indication. But Wednesday night was another example of how precarious things are for them this season in the tightly-packed Eastern Conference.


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Game 74 Capitals at Red Wings Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread


Game 74 Capitals at Red Wings Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red Wings

Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich.

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Red Wings will be broadcast on NBCSN.

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Red Wings game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


The Capitals (42-24-7) take on the Red Wings (27-35-11) Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET in Detroit.


The Capitals-Red Wings game will be broadcast on NBCSN. Coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington with Capitals FaceOff at 6:30 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 7:00 p.m. Check back with NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 10:30 p.m. for postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:30 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:30 p.m. — Capitals at Red Wings (on NBCSN)
10:00 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime


Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Red Wings game:

Alex Ovechkin -  Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Andre Burakovsky - Lars Eller - T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana - Travis Boyd - Brett Connolly
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Christian Djoos

Philipp Grubauer starts with Braden Holtby as backup

Scratches: Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper body injury), Alex Chiasson, Jakub Jerabek


You can watch the Capitals-Red Wings game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


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