1. Can't keep up with Jones
This time, there was no Mike Tomlin to create controversy. In the middle of an insane finish of the game, the Baltimore Ravens’ Jacoby Jones took a short kickoff return down the left sideline, just like on Thanksgiving, but there was no controversy or impediment this time as Jones blazed 77 yards for the score.
2. Brown's near-miracle play
This was as close to the Stanford-Cal (“The band is on the field!”) finish as we have seen in the NFL recently. The Pittsburgh Steelers trailed the Miami Dolphins 34-28 with 2 seconds remaining, and Ben Roethlisberger threw the ball to Emmanuel Sanders on a play that would end up touching four other player’s hands. Sanders lateraled to Jerricho Cotchery, who quickly pitched it back to Le’Veon Bell. From there, Bell tossed it to Marcus Gilbert, who threw it back to Roethlisberger. It was close, but he lateraled it to Antonio Brown, and Brown appeared to make an insane, game-winning score after avoiding four defenders and running 68 yards to the end zone. The only problem? Brown’s foot barely stepped out of bounds en route.
3. Hartline's great grab
In the same game, Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline made as good a catch as you’ll see while keeping his feet inbounds — except that it was not the way the referees saw it at first. Hartline stretched out to make the grab, but it was called incomplete on the field. Hartline campaigned Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin to throw the challenge flag, and it was a great decision: The replay crew saw it was a good grab, and the third-quarter call was overturned for an important score.
4. YAC-kety YAC
There’s little prettier and harder to defend than a well-run slant route. Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon is making a case for being the second-best receiver in the NFL, and he carved off a gorgeous slant against New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, catching the ball nine yards from the line of scrimmage and running 71 more yards after the catch for a gorgeous and stunning 80-yard touchdown.
5. Tip drill
The Atlanta Falcons haven’t had a ton of lucky bounces in this three-win season, but they got one — actually, two — Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Matt Flynn was driving the Packers at the end of the half in Atlanta territory, but a pass he threw tipped off Peria Jerry’s hand and Paul Worrilow’s foot … and into the arms of Sean Weatherspoon, who ran it back 71 yards for a stunning score. And yet the Packers got the last word with a 22-21 victory.
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