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Here is a recap of Week 6 of the 2014 NFL Season with Tuesday Afternoon QB. Thanks again to AP Sports/Pro 32 for photos & articles.
Week 6 Byes: Chiefs, Saints
Colts 33, Texans 28
HOUSTON (AP) — Andrew Luck tried not to make too much of the Indianapolis Colts’ victory over the Houston Texans.
Yet the quarterback couldn’t help but be a little excited after the 33-28 win Thursday night gave Indianapolis first place in the AFC South.
“I realize it’s only Week 6 so it’s not a Super Bowl, and it’s not anything too, too special,” he said. “But to beat a real darn-good football team like that is huge for us.”
The Colts (4-2) led 24-0 after one quarter, but allowed Houston (3-3) to cut it to five points early in the fourth on J.J. Watt’s fumble return for a touchdown.
Luck finished with 370 yards passing and three touchdowns for his fourth straight 300-yard passing game. T.Y. Hilton had a career-high 223 yards receiving with a touchdown.
The Texans were driving with less than 5 minutes remaining when Johnson — called for pass interference two plays earlier — caught a 13-yard pass and fumbled.
Watt knocked down Luck’s pass on third down on Indy’s next drive to give Houston one last chance. But Bjoern Werner sacked Fitzpatrick and stripped the ball, and D’Qwell Jackson recovered.
Panthers 37, Bengals 37 Tie OT
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cam Newton re-emerged as dual-threat danger. Andy Dalton missed on only one pass in overtime — a sack-saving throwaway, no less. Back and forth they went, rallying their teams through a pulsating finish.
Mike Nugent’s miss left it tied, unsatisfying and confusing. And perfectly appropriate.
Nugent missed a 36-yard field goal attempt on the final play of overtime Sunday, leaving the Bengals and Panthers in a 37-37 tie — the NFL’s first this season. A game full of big plays and big comebacks was basically a wash.
Nugent made a 42-yard field goal that put Cincinnati (3-1-1) up after the opening drive of overtime. Carolina (3-2-1) tied it on Graham Gano’s 36-yarder with 2:19 left.
Andy Dalton was nearly perfect in overtime, going 8 for 9 for 87 yards with one throwaway. He led the Bengals into range to win it, but Nugent sliced the kick wide right.
t doesn’t happen very often — at least, not outside of Cincinnati.
The Bengals and Eagles played to a 13-13 tie at Paul Brown Stadium in 2008, when Cincinnati’s Shayne Graham missed a 47-yard try with 7 seconds left in overtime. Four years later, San Francisco and St. Louis played to a 24-all tie.
The NFL changed the overtime rules to avoid having games end on a field goal by the receiving team. Minnesota and Green Bay finished 26-all last season under the new format.
The crowd of 57,053 at Paul Brown Stadium was standing and ready to celebrate when Nugent set up for the final kick with only 2 seconds left on the clock. It was a good snap and hold. Nugent rushed his approach and sliced it wide right.
The game also marked Newton’s return as a running threat. He had been mostly limited to throwing the ball because of offseason ankle surgery and cracked ribs from the preseason.
With their backfield depleted by injuries, the Panthers turned Newton loose on Sunday. He ran a team-high 17 times for 107 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown in the second half. He also completed 29 of 46 for 284 yards and two touchdowns, including a 13-yarder that put Carolina up 31-24 with 4:50 left.
The drama was just starting.
Adam “Pacman” Jones ran the kickoff back 97 yards to set up a tying touchdown, and the kickers traded field goals in the closing minutes. Gano’s 44-yarder sent it to overtime.
There were other big plays, too. Giovani Bernard had an 89-yard touchdown run — the second-longest in Bengals history — to help Cincinnati to a 17-10 halftime lead. Bernard carried 18 times for a career-high 137 yards, missing part of the second half with an injured right shoulder.
All of that aside, it came down to a kicker missing one that’s usually routine.
“You want to come away with a victory there,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. “That’s a shame.”
NOTES: The 74 combined points were the third-most in an NFL tie, according to STATS. The Patriots and Raiders tied 43-all in 1964. The Broncos and Bills tied 38-all in 1960. … The Panthers have given up the two longest runs in the NFL this season — Bernard’s TD and Le’Veon Bell’s 81-yarder. … Bengals WR A.J. Green was inactive because of an injured big right toe that has bothered him all season, only the second time in his career he was inactive. … Corey Dillon had the longest TD run in Bengals history, 96 yards in Detroit in 2001.
Patriots 37, Bills 22
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — After all these years, Tom Brady still has difficulty pinpointing a reason he and the Patriots consistently beat the Buffalo Bills.
Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes and had his 60th 300-yard game to lead New England past Buffalo.
Brandon LaFell had two touchdown catches, including a 56-yarder, and the Patriots forced three turnovers that resulted in 13 points in the second quarter.
Brady finished 27 of 37 for 361 yards to spoil the Bills’ first game under new owners Terry and Kim Pegula. Brady is 23-2 against AFC East rival Buffalo with the Patriots (4-2).
The Patriots (4-2) gained sole possession of first place in the division in moving ahead of the Bills (3-3). And they did so by beating Buffalo for the sixth straight time.
And so much for questions about Brady being over the hill and the Patriots being vulnerable. Coming off a 43-17 win over Cincinnati, New England has won two straight since being blown out 41-14 at Kansas City on Sept. 29.
Kyle Orton went 24 of 38 for 299 yards with two touchdowns, an interception and a lost fumble in his second start for Buffalo (3-3) since replacing EJ Manuel.
Note: Brady is two 300-yard passing games shy of matching Brett Favre’s total. It was also Brady’s 16th career game with four or more touchdowns and no interceptions.
Lions 17, Vikings 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tahir Whitehead intercepted two of Teddy Bridgewater’s passes, and Joique Bell put the game away with a fourth-quarter touchdown run in Detroit’s victory over Minnesota.
With Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush missing, the Lions played a low-risk game. But their defense made another case for top billing in the league. Ziggy Ansah had 2 1/2 of Detroit’s eight sacks, Joique Bell put the game away with a fourth-quarter touchdown run to finish with 74 yards on 18 carries, and the Lions (4-2) won at Minnesota for only the second time in their last 17 trips. They entered the week with the fewest yards per game and the second-fewest points per game allowed in the NFL and still managed to top themselves, playing some stingy defense in a division that lacked it last season.
Matthew Stafford wasn’t at his best, missing his three-time All-Pro wide receiver and finishing 19 for 33 for 185 yards. Theo Riddick caught five passes for 75 yards and a touchdown, the latest running back to work his way into the game plan this season. Riddick later hurt his hamstring.
Bridgewater threw three interceptions in his second career start for the Vikings (2-4).
The biggest problem for Detroit (4-2) was two more missed field goal attempts, through Matt Prater did make one from 52 yards in his Lions debut. Detroit won at Minnesota for only the second time in its last 17 trips.
Packers 27, Dolphins 24
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless with 3 seconds left to lift Green Bay past Miami.
Green Bay twice gave up leads and trailed 24-17 before Rodgers directed a 68-yard drive for a field goal with 4:09 to go. The Packers (4-2) quickly forced a punt to start at their 40 with 2:04 left, and Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson on fourth-and-10 for 18 yards to keep the winning drive alive.
Rodgers finished with three touchdown passes and 264 yards while committing no turnovers.
The Packers earned their third consecutive victory and won in Miami for only the second time ever. The Dolphins (2-3) lost despite the return of six starters who had missed playing time. They overcame deficits of 10-3 and 17-10 to take a 24-17 lead with nine minutes left when Ryan Tannehill hit Mike Wallace for a 5-yard score.
The Packers enjoyed a 14½-minute advantage in time of possession, a big change from other games this season. Their run defense was ranked as the NFL’s worst, but Miami’s running backs totaled only 63 yards on 20 carries.
Jaguars 14, Titans 16
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sammie Hill blocked a field goal attempt in the final seconds, and Tennessee held off winless Jacksonville to snap a four-game losing streak.
Jackie Battle ran for a touchdown, and Ryan Succop kicked three field goals to help the Titans (2-4) bounce back after blowing the biggest lead ever by a home team in the regular season in a loss to Cleveland.
Jurrell Casey had two of Tennessee’s six sacks. The Titans forced two turnovers as they won their first game at home this season — only their second here in nine games.
The Jaguars (0-6) scored with 37 seconds left when Blake Bortles found Clay Harbor for a 20-yard TD strike. They recovered the onside kick, but Hill got his right fingers on Josh Scobee’s 55-yard field goal attempt.
Broncos 31, Jets 17
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Peyton Manning connected with Julius Thomas twice and Demaryius Thomas once, leaving the Denver quarterback two shy of Brett Favre’s record for career touchdown passes, and the Broncos held on to beat New York.
Manning has 506 touchdown passes, and could tie or break Favre’s record next Sunday at home against San Francisco. Manning finished 22 of 33 for 237 yards — a far cry from last week’s performance against Arizona, when he passed for a career-high 479 yards with four TDs.
But Manning displayed his methodical best at times in his return to MetLife Stadium, where he and the Broncos (4-1) were blown out by Seattle in the Super Bowl last February.
Demaryius Thomas had 10 catches for 124 yards, and Ronnie Hillman ran for 100 yards on 24 carries.
The Jets (1-5) had a chance to tie when they got the ball deep in their own territory with less than a minute left. But after a sack put the ball at the 1, Geno Smith’s pass was intercepted by Aqib Talib, who returned it 22 yards for a sealing touchdown that sent New York to its fifth straight loss.
The struggling Smith, looking to keep his starting job, was 23 of 43 for 190 yards and touchdown passes to Jace Amaro and Eric Decker, with the one interception.
Ravens 48, Bucs 17
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Joe Flacco threw for 306 yards and five touchdowns to help Baltimore beat Tampa Bay.
Baltimore (4-2) scored on six straight possessions to begin the game, with Flacco throwing touchdown passes on the first five. Torrey Smith caught the first two, and Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro and Steve Smith had the others as the Ravens rebounded from a road loss to Indianapolis. Flacco becoming the first NFL quarterback to throw five TD passes in the opening half since Tom Brady did it in 2009 on the way to New England beating Tennessee 59-0.
Tampa Bay (1-5) was embarrassed for the second time in six games under first-year coach Lovie Smith. The Bucs fell 56-14 at Atlanta on Sept. 18, but rebounded from that debacle with a win over Pittsburgh and an overtime loss at New Orleans, outings that left Smith feeling his team was headed in the right direction.
The Ravens said it also was the fastest — 16:03 — that any NFL player has thrown for five TDs in a game. When the Bucs finally stopped Flacco for the first time, forcing Baltimore to settle for Justin Tucker’s 46-yard field goal midway through the second quarter, Tampa Bay safety Bradley McDougald raised his right fist in triumph.
Flacco finished 21 of 29 for 306 yards with no interceptions. He was barely pressured by the Tampa Bay pass rush and was not sacked.
The Ravens outgained the Bucs 347 yards to 101 in rolling to their big halftime lead. The Bucs broke through with a 47-yard field goal early in the third quarter and Mike Glennon threw touchdown passes of 17 yards to Mike Evans and 3 yards to Louis Murphy.
Glennon went 24 of 44 for 314 yards, two TDs and one interception in his third start of the season for the Bucs, who lost Josh McCown to a thumb injury during its lopsided loss to Atlanta.
In addition to Jimmy Smith’s first-quarter interception which set up Baltimore’s second touchdown, the Ravens sacked Glennon five times for 37 yards.
Steve Smith finished with five catches for 110 yards, his eighth 100-yard day against Tampa Bay, a team he tormented for 13 seasons as a member of the Carolina Panthers. Forsett rushed for 111 yards on 14 carries.
Steelers 10, Browns 31
CLEVELAND (AP) — Brian Hoyer passed for 217 yards and pulled off a rarity for a Cleveland quarterback, leading the Browns to rout over Ben Roethlisberger and rival Pittsburgh.
Hoyer threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron and improved to 6-2 as Cleveland’s starter as the surprising Browns (3-2) beat the Steelers for the third time in 23 games. Cleveland hadn’t beaten Pittsburgh so badly since a 51-0 victory in 1989.
Ben Tate had two rushing TDs and rookie Isaiah Crowell added another one as the Browns opened a 21-3 lead in the first half and rolled to the easy win a week after staging the largest comeback in NFL history by a road team against Tennessee.
Roethlisberger suffered just his second loss in 20 games against Cleveland. The Steelers (3-3) never found a rhythm on offense and their defense, missing two starters, gave up too many big plays.
Roethlisberger wasn’t as efficient as he usually is against Cleveland. He went 21 of 42 for 228 yards and one late TD, was sacked twice and threw one pick against Cleveland’s maligned defense. It was his first loss to the Browns since Dec. 10, 2009.
Chargers 31, Raiders 28
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — What looked like a mismatch coming into the game with first-place San Diego taking on winless Oakland came down to the final minutes.
Predictably, it was the Chargers who delivered the winning plays late to remain atop the AFC standings.
Branden Oliver scored on a 1-yard run with 1:56 to play and Jason Verrett sealed San Diego’s 31-28 win Sunday with an acrobatic interception that spoiled interim coach Tony Sparano’s debut with Oakland, Sparano took over for the fired Dennis Allen.
Rivers threw three touchdown passes and engineered the winning drive to give San Diego (5-1) its fifth straight win and send Oakland (0-5) to its 11th straight loss, matching the team’s longest losing streak since 1962.
Rookie Derek Carr threw four touchdown passes for the Raiders. His last scoring play, a 6-yarder to Andre Holmes with 10:01 left, gave Oakland a 28-21 lead.
But Rivers answered with a pair of scoring drives and Carr was intercepted by Verrett with 1:13 to play.
Bears 27, Falcons 13
ATLANTA (AP) — Jay Cutler threw for 381 yards and a touchdown, Matt Forte ran for a couple of second-half scores, and Chicago picked up another road victory by beating Atlanta.
Chicago (3-3) has won three of four away from Soldier Field this season, though there were so many Bears fans at the Georgia Dome that it seemed almost like a neutral site. They got to see the Bears become the first NFL franchise to reach 750 wins.
After the Falcons (2-4) rallied from a 13-3 halftime deficit to tie it late in the third quarter, the Bears bounced back to hand Atlanta its third straight loss. Cutler unleashed a towering pass to Alshon Jeffery that went for 74 yards. On the next play, Forte scored on a 6-yard run.
The Falcons went three-and-out, and Chicago finished them off with a 15-play, 87-yard drive. Forte capped it with a 9-yard scoring burst up the middle.
No problem there. Cutler turned in the second-highest passing total of his career, surpassed only by a 447-yard effort at Cleveland in 2008. He was 26 for 38, an especially impressive performance since six of his completions went for at least 19 yards.
Atlanta’s Matt Ryan was 19 of 37 for 271 yards, including a late interception, though he seemed like a one-man team at times. His receivers sure didn’t help the cause, dropping at least seven passes. The depleted offensive line surrendered four sacks. The Falcons rushed for just 42 yards on 13 carries.
The loss was a huge blow for the Falcons, who won’t have another true home game until Nov. 23. Three of the next four are on the road, with the only designated home game actually the longest road trip of all — a game against Detroit at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Not a good omen for a team that has lost 10 of its last 11 on the road.
Cowboys 30, Seahawks 23
SEATTLE (AP) — DeMarco Murray scored on a 15-yard run with 3:16 left and the Dallas Cowboys stunned the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks 30-23 on Sunday.
Dallas, 5-1 for the first time since 2007, overcame a pair of special teams turnovers to become the first team outside the NFC West to win in Seattle since 2011.
Murray’s touchdown run capped a 75-yard drive that saw Tony Romo convert a third-and-20 with a pass to Terrance Williams along the sideline.
Murray had 115 yards on 29 carries to join Jim Brown as the only running backs in NFL history to open a season with six straight 100-yard games. Murray also had six receptions for 31 yards.
Romo was 21 of 32 for 250 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.
Russell Wilson had a 9-yard touchdown run, and Mike Morgan returned a blocked punt 25 yards for a score for Seattle (3-2). Wilson was 14 of 28 for 126 yards and an interception, and was limited to 12 yards on two carries.
Redskins 20, Cardinals 30
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Carson Palmer returned from a five-week absence to throw two touchdown passes, and Arizona beat Washington to take the sole NFC West lead.
Larry Fitzgerald caught six passes for a season-high 98 yards and his first touchdown of the season to help the Cardinals (4-1) bounce back from a 41-20 drubbing at Denver.
Kirk Cousins was 24 for 38 for 354 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson for the Redskins (1-5), but threw three fourth-quarter interceptions. Washington has lost four straight and 13 of 14.
Palmer had not played since damaging a nerve in his throwing shoulder in the season-opening win over San Diego and was not announced as the starter until just before kickoff. Palmer completed 28 of 44 for 250 yards with no interceptions. The Cardinals have not thrown an interception this season.
Arizona’s Chandler Catanzaro kicked field goals of 33, 49 and 37 yards.
Giants 0, Eagles 27
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes, LeSean McCoy had a season-high 149 yards rushing and Philadelphia Eagles beat New York for its first shutout in 18 years.
he New York Giants trash-talked during the week and stomped on the Eagles’ logo at midfield before the game.
It was all downhill once the game started.
A rough night for the Giants (3-3) became worse when wide receiver Victor Cruz tore the patellar tendon his right knee while leaping for a pass on fourth down from the Eagles 3 in the third quarter. Cruz was crying and holding his hands to his face as he was carted off the field with an injury that’s expected to end his season. The Giants were without Rashad Jennings, who entered the week as the NFL’s fifth-leading rusher. Rookie Andre Williams started for Jennings, out with a sprained left knee.
Wearing all-black uniforms for the first time in franchise history, the Eagles (5-1) stayed tied with Dallas (5-1) for the lead in the NFC East. They hadn’t shut out an opponent since a 24-0 win over the Giants on Dec. 1, 1996, at old Veterans Stadium.
The defense harassed and pressured Eli Manning often, sacking him six times and preventing New York’s upstart offense from getting on track. Manning finished 13 of 23 for 151 yards.
49ers 31, Rams 17
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The 49ers had Austin Davis on the run. San Francisco counterpart Colin Kaepernick had all day.
San Francisco’s defense took charge after spotting the St. Louis Rams 14 points, sacking Davis five times in the 49ers’ 31-17 victory on Monday night.
Kaepernick wasn’t sacked, and he threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns, topped only by a 412-yard effort in the opener last year against Green Bay.
Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree also had touchdown catches for the 49ers. Boldin led the way with seven receptions for 94 yards, including an 11-yard score in the third quarter, also putting the 49ers’ comeback into high gear on an 80-yard strike to Brandon Lloyd before halftime.
On 3rd-and-six with 27 seconds left in the half, the 49ers (4-2) thought the time was right to take a shot. Lloyd put a double move on Janoris Jenkins and had clear sailing down the sideline for a touchdown with 14 seconds left that cut the Rams’ lead to 14-10.
Ahmad Brooks and Dan Skuta had two sacks apiece for the 49ers, who have beaten the Rams (1-4) three straight times by double figures. They made the adjustment after being beaten early by unfamiliar plays and a quarterback some of them didn’t know by name.
The 49ers have won three straight, hitting their stride after a 1-2 start. The Rams believed they were good enough to overcome another season-ending injury to quarterback Sam Bradford but have been a big disappointment in coach Jeff Fisher’s third season.
The 49ers permitted one first down on St. Louis’ first six possessions of the second half, taking a 24-14 lead. The Rams’ lone decent possession led to Greg Zuerlein’s 38-yard field goal that narrowed the gap to a touchdown with 2:24 to go, but San Francisco foiled an onside kick and then sealed the victory on Dontae Johnson’s 20-yard interception return for a touchdown with less than a minute to go.