NFL Today, Week 15
Monday, Dec. 16
Baltimore (7-6) at Detroit (7-6), 8:40 p.m. EST. The Ravens are looking to stay in the AFC playoff chase, while the Lions are in a tight race in the NFC North.
— Alex Smith, Chiefs, was 17 for 20 for 287 yards and five touchdown passes in Kansas City’s 56-31 win over Oakland.
— Matt Cassel Vikings, was 26 for 35 for 382 yards and two touchdown passes and an interception in Minnesota’s 48-30 win over Philadelphia.
— Ryan Tannehill Dolphins, finished 25 for 37 for 312 yards and three touchdowns in Miami’s 24-20 win over New England.
— Matt Flynn Packers, was 26 for 39 for 299 yards and four touchdowns and an interception in Green Bay’s 37-36 win over Dallas.
— Ryan Fitzpatrick Titans, was 36 for 58 for 402 yards and four touchdowns and two interceptions in Tennessee’s 37-34 overtime loss to Arizona.
— Nick Foles Eagles, was 30 for 48 for 428 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in Philadelphia’s 48-30 loss to Minnesota.
— Tom Brady Patriots, was 34 for 55 for 364 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in New England’s 24-20 loss to Miami.
— Eddie Lacy Packers, had 21 carries for 141 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in Green Bay’s 37-36 win over Dallas.
— DeMarco Murray Cowboys, had 18 carries for 134 yards and a touchdown in Dallas’ 37-36 loss to Green Bay.
— Zac Stacy Rams, had 28 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown in St. Louis’ 27-16 win over New Orleans.
— Matt Forte Bears, finished with 24 carries for 127 yards in Chicago’s 38-31 win over Cleveland.
— Jordan Todman Jaguars, had 25 carries for 109 yards in Jacksonville’s 27-20 loss Buffalo.
— Jamaal Charles Chiefs, had 11 catches for 195 yards and four touchdowns, and added another TD rushing, in Kansas City’s 56-31 win over Oakland. Charles is the first player in NFL history with at least four touchdown receptions and one touchdown run in a single game. His five total touchdowns are tied for the fourth most in a game in league history and just one shy of the record. Charles also joined Shaun Alexander, Jerry Rice and Clinton Portis as the only players since the merger to score five touchdowns and gain at least 200 yards from scrimmage in a game.
— DeSean Jackson Eagles, had 10 catches for 195 yards and a touchdown in Philadelphia’s 48-30 loss to Minnesota.
— Greg Jennings Vikings, had 11 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota’s 48-30 win over Philadelphia.
— Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola Patriots. Edelman had 13 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown, and Amendola had 10 receptions for 131 yards in New England’s 24-20 loss to Miami. Mike Wallace Dolphins, had six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.
— Dez Bryant Cowboys, had 11 catches for 153 yards and a touchdown in Dallas’ 37-36 loss to Green Bay.
— Kendall Wright Titans, had 12 catches for 150 yards in Tennessee’s 37-34 overtime loss to Arizona.
— Pierre Garcon Redskins, had seven catches for 129 yards and a touchdown in Washington’s 27-26 loss to Atlanta.
— Antonio Brown Steelers, returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 30-20 win over Cincinnati.
— Dan Bailey Cowboys, was 5 for 5 on field goals in Dallas’ 37-36 loss to Green Bay.
— Phil Dawson 49ers, was 4 for 4 on field goals in San Francisco’s 33-14 win over Tampa Bay. He has made a franchise-record 24 in a row.
— Jay Feely Cardinals, was 3 for 3 on field goals, including a 41-yarder in overtime, to give Arizona a 37-34 win over Tennessee.
— T.J. Ward and Tashaun Gipson Browns. Ward returned a fumble 51 yards for a touchdown and Gipson had two interceptions and returned one 44 yards for a touchdown in Cleveland’s 38-31 loss to Chicago. Zack Bowman Bears, had two interceptions and returned one 43 yards for a touchdown.
— Eric Berry Chiefs, had two interceptions, returning one 47 yards for a touchdown in Kansas City’s 56-31 win over Oakland.
— Antoine Cason Cardinals, had two interceptions and returned one of them 20 yards for a touchdown in Arizona’s 34-31 win over Tennessee.
— Darius Butler Colts, had two interceptions in Indianapolis’ 25-3 win over Houston.
STREAKS & STATS
In Chicago’s 38-31 win at Cleveland, Bears cornerback Zack Bowman and Browns safety Tashaun Gipson each had two interceptions, including a touchdown. It marked the first game since Dec. 12, 1965, in which opposing players each had two interceptions, including an interception return for a touchdown, in the same game. … The Vikings beat the Eagles 48-30. This was Minnesota’s highest score since a 50-10 victory over Jacksonville on Dec. 20, 1998. … The Eagles became the fifth team in NFL history to have 11 games in one season with at least 400 yards of offense. The record is 13 by New Orleans in 2011. … The Redskins tied a team record with five lost fumbles. They also lost five fumbles against the Oilers on Oct. 30, 1988. … The 49ers have won four games in a row. … The Dolphins won their third game in a row and also snapped a streak of seven consecutive losses to the Patriots. … The Cardinals have won six of seven. … Houston extended its franchise-record losing streak to 12 games and fell to 0-12 all-time in Indy. … The Browns have lost five straight, eight of nine and dropped at least 10 games in six straight seasons. … Tennessee lost its third straight and eighth in 10 games. The Titans also lost their fifth consecutive home game for the first time since moving to Tennessee in 1997. … The Raiders have lost four straight games.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a touchdown pass in the Seahawks’ 23-0 win at the New York Giants. Wilson, who has 50 career touchdown passes, joined Hall of Famer Dan Marino (68) and Peyton Manning (52) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for at least 50 touchdowns in their first two seasons. Wilson has 23 wins, the most by a starting quarterback in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era. He passed Ben Roethlisberger (22). … The Chiefs scored 35 first-half points in a 56-31 victory over Oakland. Last week, the Chiefs scored 38 first-half points in Kansas City’s win at Washington. The Chiefs are the only team in NFL history to score at least 35 points in the first half of consecutive games, and this is the second time the team has accomplished the feat (Dec. 1 and 8, 2002). … Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck had 180 yards passing and two touchdowns in the Colts’ 25-3 win over Houston. Luck has 7,673 yards passing and joined Cam Newton (7,920) and Peyton Manning (7,874) as the only quarterbacks with at least 7,500 yards passing in their first two NFL seasons. … Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez had six catches for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons’ 27-26 win over Washington. Gonzalez became the fifth player—and first tight end—in NFL history to reach 15,000 yards receiving (15,008). Gonzalez has 1,313 receptions for 15,008 yards and 110 touchdowns. He and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice are the only two players in NFL history with at least 1,100 receptions, 15,000 yards receiving and 100 touchdown catches.
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was injured in the fourth quarter of a 23-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Cruz left 2 yards short of his third straight 1,000-yard season. He caught two passes for 25 yards before getting hurt. … Cincinnati punter Kevin Huber left the game after taking a hard hit from Pittsburgh’s Terence Garvin on a 67-yard kick return for a touchdown by Antonio Brown. Huber was down on the field for several minutes. His mouth was bloody as he walked to the Bengals’ locker room with what the team called a “dental injury. Bengals linebacker James Harrison making his first appearance in Pittsburgh since signing with the Bengals in the offseason, left in the first quarter because of a concussion. … Packers starting defensive end Johnny Jolly came out with a shoulder injury in the first half. He didn’t return. Packers tight end Brandon Bostick also left with a foot injury. After Dallas starting linebacker Justin Durant exited with a hamstring, backup linebacker Ernie Sims needed X-rays when he hurt his left hip on the final play of the first half. … The Cleveland Browns lost star cornerback Joe Haden in the second half with a hip pointer.
“The longest 75 seconds of my life.”—Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said of waiting on the sideline while Patriots QB Tom Brady tried to lead the Patriots to yet another come-from-behind victory.
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