Monday, Dec. 9
Dallas (7-5) at Chicago (6-6), 8:40 p.m. EST. Cowboys LB Sean Lee could be back after missing two games with strained hamstring. They will need some staunch defense to deal with WRs Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall of the Bears.
-Peyton Manning, Broncos, was 39 for 59 for 397 yards and four touchdowns in Denver's 51-28 win over Tennessee. It was his seventh game this season with at least four touchdown passes. That's the most such games in a single season in NFL history. Manning's 39 completions set a team record. His 59 attempts matched a franchise high.
-Tom Brady, Patriots, was 32 for 52 for 418 yards and two touchdown passes, both in the final 61 seconds, with an interception in New England's 27-26 win over Cleveland.
-Andy Dalton, Bengals, finished 24 for 35 for 275 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing score in Cincinnati's 42-28 win over Indianapolis.
-Drew Brees, Saints, was 30 for 42 for 313 yards and four touchdowns in New Orleans' 31-13 win over Carolina.
-Jason Campbell, Browns, was 29 for 44 for 391 yards and three touchdowns in Cleveland's 27-26 loss to New England.
-Andrew Luck, Colts, finished 29 for 46 for 326 yards and four TDs in Indianapolis' 42-28 loss to Cincinnati.
-Philip Rivers, Chargers, was 21 for 28 for 249 yards with three touchdown passes in San Diego's 37-14 win over the New York Giants.
-Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, was 23 of 39 for 349 yards and three touchdowns in Pittsburgh's 34-28 loss to Miami.
-LeSean McCoy, Eagles, had 29 carries for a team-record 217 yards, including touchdown runs of 57 and 40 yards, during Philadelphia's 34-20 win over Detroit. He broke the mark of 205 yards by Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren on Nov. 27, 1949. McCoy leads the NFL with 1,305 yards rushing and can become the first Eagle to lead the league in rushing since Van Buren in 1949.
-Jamaal Charles, Chiefs, had 19 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City's 45-10 win over Washington.
-Bobby Rainey, Buccaneers, 22 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown in Tampa Bay's 27-6 victory over Buffalo.
-Marcel Reece, Raiders, had 19 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown in Oakland's 37-27 loss to the New York Jets.
-Shane Vereen, Patriots, had 12 receptions for 153 yards in New England's 27-26 win over Cleveland.
-Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, Browns. Gordon had seven catches for 151 yards and a touchdown and Cameron had nine catches for 121 yards and a score in Cleveland's 27-26 loss to New England. Gordon has 774 yards receiving in his past four games, the most in any four-game span in a single season in NFL history. The previous mark was 746 yards by Detroit's Calvin Johnson set earlier this season.
-Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings, had five catches for 141 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's 29-26 loss to Baltimore.
-Hakeem Nicks, Giants, had five catches for 135 yards in New York's 37-14 loss to San Diego.
-Rod Streater, Raiders, had seven catches for 130 yards and a touchdown in Oakland's 37-27 loss to the New York Jets.
-Marques Colston, Saints, finished with nine catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns in New Orleans' 31-13 win over Carolina.
-Matt Prater, Broncos, set an NFL record with a 64-yard field goal in Denver's 51-28 win over Tennessee.
-Jeremy Ross, Lions, returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and a punt 58 yards for a score in Detroit's 34-20 loss to Philadelphia.
-Jacoby Jones, Ravens, returned a kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown in Baltimore's 29-26 victory over Minnesota.
-Antonio Allen, Jets, blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown in the New York Jets' 37-27 win over the Oakland Raiders.
-Sean Weatherspoon, Falcons, returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown in Atlanta's 22-21 loss to Green Bay.
-Karlos Dansby and John Abraham, Cardinals. Dansby returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown and Abraham had three sacks, including one for a safety, in Arizona's 30-10 win over St. Louis.
-Troy Polamalu, Steelers, returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 34-28 loss to Miami.
-Lavonte David, Buccaneers, had two interceptions and a sack in Tampa Bay's 27-6 win over Buffalo.
The Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts each clinched a playoff berth. The Broncos, who defeated Tennessee 51-28, secured a playoff spot. With the Titans' loss, the Colts clinched the AFC South title.
The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Minnesota Vikings 29-26 in a game that featured six different lead changes in the fourth quarter. That is the most fourth-quarter lead changes in a single game in NFL history.
ENDING UP IN THE END ZONE
The NFL set a single-day record for touchdowns when the New Orleans Saints scored three times in the first half of Sunday night's game against the Carolina Panthers. Drew Brees found tight end Jimmy Graham for a 5-yard score right before halftime for his third TD pass, making it 88 touchdowns on a wild day across the league. The previous record was 87 in Week 17 of the 2012 season on Dec. 30, according to STATS LLC. A slew of high-scoring afternoon games set the stage for Brees' record breaker. Peyton Manning threw for four touchdowns in Denver's 51-28 victory over Tennessee, and Cincinnati and Indianapolis combined for 10 touchdowns in the Bengals' 42-28 victory. Philadelphia had four TDs in the fourth quarter of a 34-20 victory against Detroit.
The Philadelphia Eagles tied an NFL mark for 2-point conversion tries with five in their 34-20 victory over Detroit. Playing in blizzard-like conditions, the kicking game was useless at the Linc. So the Eagles went for 2 points after all five touchdowns. They were successful twice. The five attempts tied the mark of the St. Louis Rams in 2000 against the Atlanta Falcons. The NFL instituted the 2-point conversion in 1994. In all 13 2-pointers were tried Sunday afternoon, one short of the NFL mark for one day on Nov. 1, 1998. Detroit went for two, New England for two, Cleveland, Minnesota, Baltimore and Green Bay for one apiece.
MANY HAPPY RETURNS
Detroit's Jeremy Ross had a punt and kickoff return for touchdowns and Kansas City also had one of each, the first time two teams did it on the same day in the NFL since at least 1940, according to STATS LLC. Ross ran a punt back 58 yards and a kickoff 98 yards in the Lions' 34-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. In Washington, Quintin Demps had a 95-yard kickoff return and Dexter McCluster had a 74-yard punt return in the Chiefs' 45-10 win over the Redskins.
STREAKS & STATS
The Bengals have scored 49, 41 and 42 points in their past three home games, the first time they've scored at least 40 in three straight at home. ... Bobby Rainey's 80-yard TD came 18 seconds into the game, the fastest score in Bucs history. ... The Eagles have five in a row. ... Arizona won for the fifth time in six games. ... Baltimore has its first three-game winning streak of the season and the inside track for the second AFC wild card after rallying for a wild 29-26 win over Minnesota. ... Miami has won three of four. ... The Bills have lost five of six, are assured of finishing without a winning record for the ninth straight year, and also are in danger of extending the NFL's longest current playoff drought to 14 consecutive seasons. ... The Redskins have dropped five straight. ... The Bucs have won four of five games following an 0-8 start. ... Oakland has lost three straight overall, and 13 in a row in games played in the Eastern time zone. ... Cleveland has dropped four in a row, the past two by a combined five points, and seven of eight overall.
The Broncos became the first team in NFL history to have four players score at least 10 touchdowns in the same season. The four Broncos with at least 10 touchdowns this season are Knowshon Moreno (12), Demaryius Thomas (11), Julius Thomas (11) and Wes Welker (10). All four scored in Sunday's win over the Titans. ... The Patriots overcame a 16-point deficit in a 27-26 win over Cleveland. The Patriots, who have erased deficits of 10 and 24 points in their previous two games, are the first team since the 2000 Kansas City Chiefs to win three in a row by overcoming at least a 10-point deficit in each game. ... Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 12 catches for 96 yards and one touchdown in a 30-10 win over St. Louis. Fitzgerald, who has 10 touchdowns this season, is the ninth player in NFL history to have at least five seasons with 10 or more touchdown receptions. He joins Jerry Rice (nine), Randy Moss (nine), Marvin Harrison (eight), Terrell Owens (eight), Cris Carter (six), Lance Alworth (five), Bob Hayes (five) and Art Powell (five). ... Detroit star Calvin Johnson passed Herman Moore for most yards receiving in franchise history on a 33-yard catch to the Eagles 13 late in the first quarter. ... Arizona QB Carson Palmer was 27 of 32, the second-highest completion rate (84.4) in franchise history. Only Kurt Warner's NFL record of 92.3 percent (24 of 26) against Jacksonville in 2009 was better.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was hurt when he was tackled near the sideline on an icy field. It was a low hit that shelved New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. The result was a pair of right leg injuries for two of the NFL's best players. Peterson injured his right foot when he caught a short pass from Matt Cassel, headed to the right sideline and was tackled by Arthur Brown in the second quarter of Minnesota's 29-26 loss at Baltimore. It was a much different situation in New England, which lost Gronkowski to a suspected torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the third quarter of a 27-26 victory over Cleveland. Gronkowski was hurt on a hit by Browns safety T.J. Ward after a 21-yard reception. Coach Bill Belichick said he was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
''Today is as bad as we played this whole season. It was really embarrassing to be part of it. We looked like the Bad News Bears out there.'' - Raiders safety Charles Woodson after Oakland's 37-27 loss to the New York Jets.
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