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Here is a recap of Week 5 of the 2014 NFL Season with Tuesday Afternoon QB. Thanks again to AP Sports/Pro 32 for photos & articles.
Week 5 Byes: Dolphins, Raiders
Vikings 10, Packers 42
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The running lanes looked decidedly wider. Eddie Lacy broke tackles and barreled over defenders.
The Green Bay Packers re-discovered their rushing attack in a 42-10 rout of the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night.
Lacy ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and the Packers cruised after leading by four touchdowns at the half.
Lacy was just getting started then.
He rushed for his scores on back-to-back drives in the third quarter. On the second touchdown, Lacy barreled over a defender into the end zone from 10 yards out.
Rodgers finished 12 of 17 for 156 yards passing, including a 66-yard scoring strike to Jordy Nelson, the league’s leading receiver.
Still, the Packers weren’t at their best. Three-and-outs were sprinkled in between their touchdown drives.
Christian Ponder finished 22 of 44 for 222 yards passing, but much of the damage came late with the game well in hand. He was sacked six times.
Ponder’s 6-yard touchdown run on the first play of fourth quarter ended the shutout.
Otherwise, this wasn’t what Ponder envisioned when he was called on to start with Bridgewater sidelined by a sprained left ankle.
The Vikings had the better running game coming into the night. But Green Bay’s league-worst run defense had its best outing of the season, holding Matt Asiata to 72 yards on 15 carries.
Nothing else went right for Minnesota. The passing game struggled when it counted with Christian Ponder starting at quarterback for injured rookie Teddy Bridgewater.
Ravens 13, Colts 20
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Flacco and Daryl Smith spent Sunday afternoon in the Baltimore locker room looking for answers.
All they really found was more frustration.
Andrew Luck threw one touchdown pass and ran for another before Indy’s suddenly stout defense snuffed out the Ravens’ final chance with a daring deflection to preserve a 20-13 victory.
“When it came down to it, the Colts made the plays when they had to, we did not,” said Smith, a linebacker. “We got lots of hits on him. Contain, contain, contain, and then he (Luck) makes a play.”
The Ravens (3-2) hadn’t been through anything this discouraging in a month — since an opening-day loss at home to the Bengals.
It was just plain ugly.
Flacco, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback, finished 22 of 38 for 235 yards and one interception. The Ravens ran 15 times for 90 yards, their first sub-125-yard day in four weeks, committed three turnovers and Flacco was sacked four times — one more than he had been in the previous four games combined.
And Baltimore’s usually staunch defense allowed Luck and the Colts to maintain a disparity of almost 17½ minutes in possession time. Not surprisingly, the Ravens’ three-game winning streak ended as they fell to 0-5 all-time in Indy.
“We made too many mistakes. We didn’t convert first downs, and we didn’t put ourselves in very good position,” Flacco said. “Any time you turn the ball over and you’re not keeping yourselves on the field, it’s going to be tough to win.”
Things didn’t go much smoother for the Colts (3-2).
Luck threw two interceptions, had one touchdown called back because of a rare penalty on Reggie Wayne and couldn’t convert on fourth-and-1 on the Colts’ opening possession. He still finished 32 of 49 with 312 yards and the TD, and his nimble 13-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter wound up providing the decisive points.
Indy also lost two fumbles and two of those four turnovers — Luck’s third-quarter interception at the Baltimore 18 and Ahmad Bradshaw’s fumble at the Ravens 10 with 1:49 left — made the finish infinitely more difficult. It wasn’t over until cornerback Greg Toler’s diving deflection prevented Torrey Smith, who had gotten behind him on fourth-and-3 with 32 seconds left.
Indianapolis (3-2) has won three straight and now owns a share of the AFC South lead thanks to Houston’s overtime loss to Dallas.
Browns 29, Titans 28
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans thought it couldn’t get much worse having been blown out by a combined 100-34 in their previous three losses.
Well, they sure found a new low.
The Titans couldn’t protect a 28-3 lead Sunday, losing 29-28 to the Cleveland Browns in the biggest collapse in regular season history for this franchise. They also allowed the Browns to post the biggest comeback in NFL history by a road team.
Justin Hunter, who caught a 75-yard TD pass that gave the Titans their biggest lead late in the first half, said he was just speechless.
The Titans (1-4) also lost quarterback Jake Locker to an injured right thumb, just one of several injuries. Tennessee coach Ken Whisenhunt said safety Bernard Pollard, who left on crutches, may have hurt his right Achilles tendon. Cornerback Coty Sensabaugh hurt his right knee and tight end Craig Stevens missed almost the whole game with an injured thigh.
Locker didn’t return after hurting his right thumb in the second quarter. X-rays were negative, but he’ll have more tests Monday. Backup Charlie Whitehurst helped add to the lead, but then couldn’t protect it.
This is the worst blown lead by this franchise since the then-Houston Oilers blew a 35-3 lead in Buffalo in the playoffs on Jan. 3, 1993.
Brian Hoyer threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin with 1:09 left as the Browns finished off their rally with 26 unanswered points, including 16 in the fourth quarter for the biggest comeback in team history.
Only two other clubs have come back from bigger deficits in the regular season. San Francisco rallied from 28 down in beating New Orleans on Dec. 7, 1980, and Buffalo trailed 26-0 before beating Indianapolis 37-35 on Sept. 21, 1997.
On Sunday, the Browns (2-2) won a road game for the first time since beating Minnesota on Sept. 22, 2013.
Texans 17, Cowboys 20 OT
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Houston defensive end J.J. Watt was in heavy pursuit of Tony Romo when the Dallas Cowboys quarterback suddenly twisted away from what seemed like a sure sack and threw a 43-yard touchdown pass.
The Texans overcame a 10-point deficit in the final 2:27 of regulation to force overtime. But after they punted to start the extra period, Romo avoided another sack on third-and-8 by throwing off his back foot. Dez Bryant made a tremendous catch for 37 yards to give Dan Bailey a second chance at a game-winning kick.
Bailey’s 49-yard field goal 7:15 into overtime gave Dallas a 20-17 victory.
Also, Jason Witten helped set up a Terrance Williams’ third quarter touchdown with a 34-yard catch that put him over 10,000 yards receiving in his career.
Witten joins Tony Gonzalez and Shannon Sharpe as the only tight ends in NFL history with that many yards. He finished 59 yards to put him at 10,014.
Dallas (4-1) won its fourth in a row for the first time since 2011 heading into a trip to Super Bowl champion Seattle, their only road game in a stretch of six games.
The Texans (3-2) rallied behind Arian Foster, who had 157 yards rushing and a tying 1-yard score with 41 seconds left in regulation.
Houston now has a quick turnaround, with its first AFC South game Thursday night at home against Indianapolis.
Steelers 17, Jaguars 9
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Allen Hurns’ blunders are starting to overshadow his big plays.
The undrafted rookie from Miami dropped three passes during Jacksonville’s first four drives and was flagged for offensive holding in a 17-9 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday that kept the Jaguars winless.
It was the latest step back for Hurns, who raised eyebrows by catching two touchdown passes in his NFL debut in the season opener at Philadelphia.
But he’s let six passes slip through his fingers since, including one for a sure touchdown in Week 2 at Washington.
Hurns wasn’t Jacksonville’s only issue against the Steelers (3-2).
Rookie Blake Bortles, making his first start at home, threw two interceptions. His second was returned 22 yards for a touchdown that gave Pittsburgh some breathing room in a one-point game.
“Bad read, bad throw,” Bortles said.
Brice McCain stepped in front of Hurns early in the fourth quarter, picked off Bortles’ wobbly sideline pass and went untouched the other way.
Trailing by eight, the Jaguars (0-5) forced a punt and got the ball back. But Bortles failed to muster a first down.
Ben Roethlisberger closed it out from there, directing a four-minute drive that ran out the clock.
Pittsburgh’s defense looked somewhat suspect in the first four games, giving up 350 yards and 25 points a game.
It seemed to return to form against Jacksonville — no surprise given defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s history against rookie quarterbacks.
The Jaguars finished with 243 yards and were 3 of 12 on third-down conversions. The Steelers improved to 18-2 against rookie QBs since LeBeau returned in 2004. McCain’s pick was the highlight.
The Jaguars didn’t want a moral victory, but surely they will try to build on a close loss after dropping their past five games by double digits.
Jacksonville was in this one from start to finish.
Bortles completed 22 of 36 passes for 191 yards. He was hampered by the dropped passes and a handful of untimely penalties, including a couple of questionable holding calls early.
Jacksonville had plenty of chances to make amends, but Pittsburgh held on three trips inside the 25-yard line and forced the Jags to settle for field goals.
Falcons 20, Giants 30
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — First-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. made his NFL debut a memorable one, catching a go-ahead 15-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning with 10:02 left.
Fellow rookie Andre Williams scored on a 3-yard run to ignite the second-half rally that saw the Giants (3-2) come from 10 points down to win their third straight game.
Manning threw for two touchdowns and Josh Brown added two late field goals.
Matt Ryan and his makeshift offensive line had a 10-point third-quarter lead after Antone Smith scored, the defense was holding Eli Manning and the Giants in check and the special teams even contributed a few points.
Ryan threw for 316 yards and a touchdown playing behind a banged-up offensive line that held up until the very end. Atlanta (2-3) dropped its second straight since dominating Tampa Bay 56-14 on Sept. 18.
Bills 17, Lions 14
DETROIT (AP) — Dan Carpenter hit a 58-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining to lift Buffalo.
Kyle Orton, making his debut as Bills starter, set up the decisive kick by completing a 20-yard pass over the middle to Sammy Watkins as Buffalo (3-2) overcame a 14-0 deficit. It was the eighth game Orton has won in overtime or when trailing in the fourth quarter.
Orton went 30 of 43 for 308 yards with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Chris Gragg.
The Lions (3-2) were undone by kicker Alex Henery missing all three field-goal attempts, including a 50-yarder wide left with 21 seconds left. Receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Reggie Bush both injured ankles in the loss.
Minus Megatron, Golden Tate picked up the slack with seven catches for 134 yards and a 9-yard touchdown catch. The Lions defense assisted the offense with cornerback Rashean Mathis returning a Kyle Orton interception 41 yards for a score.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford went 18 of 31 for 221 yards with a touchdown and interception.
His 55-yard pass to Tate with under a minute left put the Lions in a position to win the game before Henery missed from 50 yards.
Bears 24, Panthers 31
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes to Greg Olsen and the Panthers’ defense forced four turnovers to overcome a 14-point deficit.
With the game tied at 24, Carolina’s Antoine Cason stripped Matt Forte of the ball and the Kawaan Short recovered at Chicago’s 23. Six plays later, Newton found Olsen on a slant route for a 6-yard touchdown with 2:18 left.
The Panthers sealed the win when Short sacked Jay Cutler and Charles Johnson recovered a fumble as the Panthers (3-2) snapped a two-game losing streak and reclaimed first place in the NFC South.
Newton was 19 of 35 for 255 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception. Olsen had six catches for 72 yards.
The Bears turned the ball over four times, including three in their final three possessions, and surrendered a 14-point lead for their second straight defeat.
Jay Cutler was 28 of 36 for 289 yards with two TDs, but Cutler had three of those turnovers — two on interceptions and another on a sack-fumble with 1:06 left that sealed Carolina’s win.
Rams 28, Eagles 34
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes, while the defense and special teams each scored.
The Eagles (4-1) rebounded from a tough loss at San Francisco with a strong all-around performance until the end. Chris Maragos returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, Cedric Thornton recovered a fumble for a score and nearly took another one the distance.
But Austin Davis rallied the Rams (1-3) from a 34-7 deficit with three straight scores, including a 5-yard pass to Brian Quick that cut it to 34-28 with 4:41 left.
Davis threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns, nearly rallying the St. Louis Rams to a remarkable comeback before they fell short in a 34-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
The Rams trailed 34-7 late in the third quarter, but Davis brought them back with three straight scores. His 5-yard pass to Brian Quick cut it to 34-28 with 4:41 left. The Rams (1-3) then had a chance for the win when they got the ball at their 7 with 1:47 left.
Davis threw a 43-yard pass to Quick on first down, but Philadelphia’s defense finally made a stop. Davis was under pressure when he threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-13.
Bucs 31, Saints 37 OT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Khiry Robinson’s tackle-breaking, 18-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted the Saints.
Pierre Thomas caught eight passes out of the backfield for 77 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 35 yards and a score to help New Orleans (2-3) overcome Drew Brees’ three interceptions — and an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Brees completed 35 of 57 passes for 371 yards and two touchdowns, but two of his interceptions led directly to Buccaneers touchdowns. His third ended a potential winning drive in the final minute of regulation.
Making his second straight start for Tampa Bay (1-4), Mike Glennon was 19 for 32 for 249 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted once and sacked by Junior Galette for a safety in the fourth quarter.
The Saints’ defense already ranked 29th when three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd went with a season-ending knee injury. The unit responded with one of its best performances this season. The 314 yards the Saints allowed was their second-lowest total in five games. Meanwhile, previously embattled defensive back Patrick Robinson, who lost his starting job in Week 2, made the Saints’ first interception this season.
Broncos 41, Cardinals 20
DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning joined Brett Favre in the NFL’s most exclusive of clubs with his 500th touchdown pass.
Manning finished with four TD throws, moving him within five of Favre’s record 508. Manning found tight end Julius Thomas twice in the end zone, including the touchstone touchdown, a 7-yard dart in the first quarter.
Also Wes Welker’s seven receptions moved him past Rod Smith for the most catches in NFL history by an undrafted player. He has 854, five more than Smith caught for Denver between 1995-2006.
Welker’s record-breaker came on the last play on the first half, something Manning called “kind of a ha-ha moment for scouting, for not drafting him. So, whoever was a general manager in 2004, those guys ought to send him an apology letter.”
Yet, it was wide receiver Demaryius Thomas who had the biggest day for the Broncos (3-1) with eight catches for a team-record 226 yards and two TDs. That beat Shannon Sharpe’s mark of 214 yards set against Kansas City in 2002.
Arizona (3-1) saw quarterback Drew Stanton leave with a possible concussion.
Chiefs 17, 49ers 22
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Colin Kaepernick threw for 201 yards and a touchdown, Frank Gore ran for 107 yards and the 49ers converted a fake punt.
The 49ers (3-2) turned to a trick play on fourth-and-1 from their 29 early in the fourth quarter, giving a direct snap to Craig Dahl for a 3-yard run up the middle. Kaepernick directed the offense downfield, and Phil Dawson kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8:42 to play for the go-ahead score.
Dawson also connected from 55, 52, 35 and 30 yards.
Alex Smith was drafted No. 1 overall by San Francisco in 2005 and endured constant changes for most of his tenure. He helped coach Jim Harbaugh turn the 49ers into Super Bowl contenders again and won back many of the same fans that once booed him out of Candlestick Park before Colin Kaepernick took his job for good.
The 49ers smothered Smith and the Chiefs (2-3) after a slow start, including twice in the closing moments. Perrish Cox intercepted Smith’s overthrown pass to send Kansas City into the bye with a loss.
Jets 0, Chargers 31
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Antonio Gates and rookie running back Branden Oliver’s big day included his first two NFL touchdowns.
The Chargers (4-1) heaped more pain on the Jets (1-4), who lost their fourth straight game and turned to Michael Vick. Vick replaced Geno Smith on New York’s first possession of the second half, but wasn’t any more effective.
Smith completed only four of 12 passes for 27 yards with one interception for a rating of 7.6. Vick was 9 of 20 for 47 yards.
Other than being sacked three times, Rivers had his way with the Jets. He was 20 of 28 for 288 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception.
It was the first shutout in the NFL this season.
The Chargers’ last shutout victory was 31-0 against Kansas City on Dec. 12, 2010. The Jets were blanked for the first time since losing 34-0 against San Francisco on Sept. 30, 2012.
New York didn’t make it across the 50-yard line until 7:35 left in the fourth quarter, thanks to a 33-yard gain on a pass interference call against Richard Marshall. The Jets had only four first downs through three quarters.
Bengals 17, Patriots 43
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady rebounded from the second-worst loss of his career by throwing for two touchdowns and becoming the sixth quarterback to pass for 50,000 yards.
Six days after a 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Patriots’ offense broke out of its season-long slump. Brady threw for 292 yards and Stevan Ridley gained 117 of the team’s 221 yards rushing against a team that had allowed an NFL-low 11 points per game.
The Patriots (3-2) surpassed that by scoring on their first two possessions on Ridley’s 1-yard run and Brady’s 17-yard pass to Tim Wright. They led 20-3 at halftime before the Bengals (3-1) cut the lead to 10 points on Andy Dalton’s 37-yard pass to Mohamed Sanu.
But it never really was close.
Andy Dalton was sacked for the first time this season. By the time that happened early in the fourth quarter, the Bengals already were behind 37-17. Dalton completed 15 of 24 passes for 204 yards with no interceptions and scoring passes to Mohamed Sanu and A.J. Green. But Cincinnati lost three fumbles, including one that resulted in a 9-yard touchdown return by Kyle Arrington that put the Patriots ahead 34-10.
Seahawks 27, Redskins 17
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — For nearly a half, Seattle’s penalty yards outnumbered Washington’s total yards. Those self-inflicted wounds, more than anything, kept the Monday night game as close as it was.
Russell Wilson rushed for a career-high 122 yards on 11 carries, and the Seahawks survived their “neutral zone infractions,” holds, false starts and other miscues in a 27-17 win over the Redskins, extending Seattle’s tradition of dominance in prime time while handing Washington another deflating moment under the lights.
Wilson also completed 18 of 24 passes for 201 yards with two touchdowns for the Seahawks (3-1), who displayed an uncharacteristic lack of crispness coming off their bye. Seattle committed 13 penalties for 90 yards, including a holding, false start and unsportsmanlike conduct calls that wiped out three potential touchdowns by Percy Harvin.
How bad was the Seahawks’ penalty bug? It wasn’t until a 4-yard run by Alfred Morris with three minutes left in the first half that the Redskins’ total yards (47) passed Seattle’s penalty yards (45) for good.
Marshawn Lynch ran for 72 yards on 17 carries and didn’t enter the game until the Seahawks’ second series. He stood on the sideline, helmet on, during the first drive, and the team did not make an in-game announcement regarding any sort of injury to its leading rusher.
Seattle improved to an NFL-best 21-8 on Monday nights, including nine wins in a row. The team is also 11-1 in prime time under coach Pete Carroll. Washington (1-4), meanwhile, has dropped seven straight in prime time and is 4-15 on Monday nights since 2000.
The Redskins punted eight times, and two deep passes to DeSean Jackson accounted for 137 of the offense’s 307 total yards. Jackson beat Kam Chancellor for a 60-yard touchdown catch that cut Seattle’s lead to 17-7 late in the first half, and his 57-yard reception set up a field goal that made it 17-10 early in the third quarter. Jackson finished with five catches for 157 yards.
Kirk Cousins completed 21 of 36 passes for 283 yards and dropped to 1-6 in his career as a Redskins starter. Robert Griffin III missed a third consecutive game with a dislocated left ankle, but he made a cameo appearance before the game, wearing a skin-tight white shirt and pink sleeve on his left arm as he threw passes to Jordan Reed — who is also injured — on the sideline.