1. Prayers answered … temporarily
It was the play of Week 10, but all it did was stave off victory for the Cincinnati Bengals. Trailing nearly the entire game to the Baltimore Ravens, Andy Dalton and the Bengals had one shot to tie the game with 2 seconds left in regulation. Dalton reared back and threw the Hail Mary attempt, which fell into a crowd, was tipped up by Ravens safety James Ihedigbo and — somehow — landed softly into the hands of A.J. Green for the miracle score. The Bengals lost in overtime, but Green’s play gave them a shot.
2. This is what they wanted
St. Louis Rams rookie Tavon Austin looked lost early this season, and the coaches didn’t seem to know what to do with him. Consider that mystery solved. Austin fielded a punt at his own 2-yard line after it looked like he’d let it bounce into the end zone and instead ripped off an electric 98-yard return, finding an alley down the right sideline, en route to the first of his three touchdowns on the day in a huge upset over the Indianapolis Colts.
3. DeSean’s Lambeau Luck
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles just can do no wrong these days — even on a somewhat questionable decision. Foles threw deep to DeSean Jackson, and it looked to be a dangerous play with double coverage. But neither the Green Bay Packers’ Tramon Williams nor Morgan Burnett could come down with the interception, as Jackson hauled in the tipped pass for a score.
4. Give and go
The Seattle Seahawks have lost Sidney Rice and don’t yet have Percy Harvin ready to go, so they turned to some trickery in Sunday’s victory over the Atlanta Falcons to generate a little offense. Russell Wilson tossed the ball on a sweep to Marshawn Lynch, who attracted the defense and threw is back to Wilson, who then flicked it downfield to Frank Kearse for the must-see TD.
5. Golden catch
The Seahawks were not done on offense. The kept pouring it on in Atlanta and were helped out by a great individual effort by Golden Tate. Wilson threw a fade to Tate, who was covered well by Falcons rookie corner Robert Alford. But not only did Tate haul in the beautifully lofted pass but also managed to keep his feet inbounds somehow.
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