NFL Week 14: What we learned
Jaguars 27, Texans 20
In Jacksonville, the Jaguars won their third straight and fourth of five behind another resurgent game form Maurice Jones-Drew and timely interceptions. Matt Schaub was inserted in relief and brought Houston back before throwing the game-sealing interception to Geno Hayes. Houston lost their 11th straight game.
Ravens 29, Vikings 26
In Baltimore, the Ravens won a thrilling back-and-forth contest against the Vikings when Marlon Brown caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to take the lead with four seconds left. The score was one of five scores in the final two minutes, making for an entirely thrilling an unpredictable contest.
Bengals 42, Colts 28
In Cincinnati, yet another sluggish first half plagued the Colts. The Bengals jumped out to a 21-point lead and never let it slip. Andy Dalton threw for 275 yards and had three total touchdowns as they moved one step closer to clinching the AFC North. Even with the loss, the Colts clinched the AFC South title.
Packers 22, Falcons 21
In Green Bay, the Packers rallied from a 21-10 halftime deficit to win their sixth game and keep their playoff hopes alive. The Falcons' last-ditch effort to take the lead was ended when Jarrett Bush intercepted Matt Ryan with four seconds left. The Packers are a half game out of first in the NFC North.
Patriots 27, Browns 26
In Foxboro, the Patriots came back from a 19-3 second-half deficit to squeak out the victory. Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in the final 61 seconds, made possible by an onside kick recovery. The second of the two was a one-yard pass to Danny Amendola to win the game. With one more win or a Miami loss, New England clinches the division.
Jets 37, Raiders 27
In East Rutherford, the Jets ended their three-game losing streak by completely exposing the Raiders' defense and special teams. Geno Smith scored two touchdowns and went 16-for-25 passing. Marcel Reece carried the load for the Raiders, posting 123 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Eagles 34, Lions 20
In Philadelphia, a sloppy, blizzard-plagued first half gave way to an exciting, blizzard-aided second half. LeSean McCoy set a franchise record with 217 rushing yards as the Eagles won their eighth game and took sole control of the NFC East. In the loss, Detroit slipped back into a tie for first in the NFC North.
Dolphins 34, Steelers 28
In Pittsburgh, the Dolphins unexpectedly overcame the snowy conditions to topple the Steelers. Ryan Tannehill threw three touchdowns on the icy field, keeping Miami's playoff hopes alive. Pittsburgh nearly won the game when their last-gasp lateral play appeared successful. Antonio Brown ran untouched to the endzone but barely stepped out of bounds around the 15 yard line.
Buccaneers 27, Bills 6
In Tampa, the Buccaneers continued their second half tear with a rout of the Bills. The defense forced four interceptions and Bobby Rainey rushed for 127 yards on 22 carries as the Bucs continued to work to save Greg Schiano's job.
Chiefs 45, Redskins 10
In Landover, the Chiefs ended their three-game losing streak in a big way. They picked apart the Redskins in all three phases and it was never close. The Chiefs remain a game out of first, but they all but assured themselves a playoff spot with the win. They clinch a birth with another win or losses from Miami and Baltimore.
Broncos 51, Titans 28
In Denver, the Broncos fell behind 21-10 in the second quarter before thumping the Titans the rest of the way en route to the blowout victory. Matt Prater set the NFL record with a 64-yard field goal and Peyton Manning posted a ridiculously routine four touchdowns. Denver holds the AFC poll position.
Cardinals 30, Rams 10
In Glendale, the Cardinals ended an eight-game NFC West losing streak with solid defense an an effective passing game. Larry Fitzgerald caught 12 passes and a touchdown to lead Arizona to (8-5) where they are a game out of the wild-card spot. Arizona lost promising safety Tyrann Mathieu to a season-ending ACL tear.
Chargers 37, Giants 14
In San Diego, Philip Rivers tossed three touchdowns to vault the Chargers over the Giants. Cal product Keenan Allen caught two of them, with just three total catches. At (6-7), the Chargers still have an outside shot at the playoffs, but likely will need to win out and have a daunting schedule ahead.
49ers 19, Seahawks 17
In San Francisco, the 49ers won a tightly contested tilt on Phil Dawson's 22-yard chip shot. The kick was set up by a 51-yard burst from Frank Gore, followed by a drive-extending third down carry by Colin Kaepernick. the 49ers are still two games back of Seattle, but may have saved their season as they gained valuable position in the wild-card standings.
Saints 31, Panthers 13
In New Orleans, the Saints showed they are a force to be reckoned with in the Superdome, remaining undefeated at home. Drew Brees slung four touchdowns and looked flawless as the Saints regained the lead of the NFC South. with the loss, Carolina fell back into the first wild-card spot.
Bears 45, Cowboys 28
In Chicago, the Bears thumped the Cowboys behind Josh McCown's five total touchdowns. Dallas continued to be terrible defensively, giving up 490 total yards. McCown's stellar performance this season in Marc Trestman's system has prompted many to question whether the team will bring Jay Cutler back next season.