Thursday, December 1, 2011

NFL Week 12 Recap

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Mark Sanchez and the Jets snapped a two game losing streak and are now back in the playoff
hunt after deaf-eating the Bills. Sanchez threw for a career high four touchdowns in the win.
This week's record: 14-2
Overall record: 123-53

Packers vs. Lions: 27-15 Packers
Packers Player of the Week: Aaron Rodgers- 304 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 116.6 passer rating
Lions Player of the Week: Maurice Morris- 39 rush yards, 81 receiving yards

The Packers advanced to 11-0 after easily defeating the Lions on Thanksgiving day. Aaron Rodgers had another flawless game, throwing for more than 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Dolphins vs. Cowboys: 20-19 Cowboys
Dolphins Player of the Week: Brandon Marshall- 5 receptions, 103 receiving yards, touchdown
Cowboys Player of the Week: Laurent Robinson - 7 receptions, 79 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns

The Cowboys defeated the Dolphins on a game winning field goal as time expired. The Cowboys are now the sole leaders of the NFC East. The Dolphins still played well as Matt Moore had a passer rating of 99.5, but it wasn't enough to get the win.

Niners vs. Ravens: 16-6
Niners Player of the Week: Michael Crabtree- 6 receptions, 54 receiving yards
Ravens Player of the Week: Joe Flacco- 161 pass yards, touchdown, 100.1 passer rating

Jon, the older of the two Harbaugh brothers, won the first "Harbowl" between the two coaches. It was a defensive minded game as Jim and the 49'ers battled against Jon and the Ravens. No touchdowns in the game were scored until the fourth quarter, when Joe Flacco found Dennis Pitka in the back of the endzone.

Vikings vs. Falcons: 24-14 Falcons
Vikings Player of the Week: Percy Harvin- 8 receptions, 95 receiving yards, touchdown
Falcons Player of the Week: Roddy White- 10 receptions, 120 receiving yards, touchdown

The Falcons scorched the Vikings, who were missing star running back Adrian Peterson. Matt Ryan had an incredible game for Atlanta, throwing for 262 yards and three touchdowns. The Saints may look impressive, but the Falcons are right behind them in the NFC South.

Browns vs. Bengals: 23-20 Bengals
Browns Player of the Week: Jordan Norwood- 4 receptions, 69 receiving yards, touchdown
Bengals Player of the Week: Cedric Benson- 106 rush yards, touchdown

The Bengals spoiled Peyton Hillis' return to the Browns after kicking a game winning field goal with under a minute to play. In his return, Hillis rushed 65 yards on 19 carries, and also caught two passes.

Bucs vs. Titans: 23-17 Titans
Bucs Player of the Week: Mike Williams- 6 receptions, 84 receiving yards, touchdown
Titans Player of the Week: Chris Johnson- 190 rush yards

CJ2K had another impressive game, and the Titans got another win, after defeating the Buccaneers 23-17. Johnson rushed for a season high 190 yards on 23 carries. The Bucs led 17-10 going into the fourth quarter, but gave up 14 unanswered points and got the loss.

Panthers vs. Colts: 27-19 Panthers
Panthers Player of the Week: DeAngelo Williams- 69 rush yards, 2 touchdowns
Colts Player of the Week: Reggie Wayne- 5 receptions, 122 receiving yards, touchdown

The two worst teams in football faced off Sunday as Cam Newton and the Panthers took on the Colts. Cam didn't throw any touchdowns, but did score on a 14 yard run to give the Panthers a 10-0 lead. The Colts fought back, but the Panthers would win the game, 27-19.

Cardinals vs. Rams: 23-20 Cardinals
Cardinals Player of the Week: Beanie Wells- 226 rush yards, touchdown
Rams Player of the Week: Brandon Lloyd- 5 receptions, 74 receiving yards, touchdown

The Cardinals bounced back from a bad loss to the Niners, and defeated the Rams by three. Rookie Patrick Peterson returned another punt for a touchdown, this time for 80 yards. Beanie Wells also rushed for a career high 226 yards in the win.

Bills vs. Jets: 28-24 Jets
Bills Player of the Week: Ryan Fitzpatrick- 264 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 111.5 passer rating
Jets Player of the Week: Mark Sanchez- 180 pass yards, 4 touchdowns,  90.2

The Jets avoided another slip thanks to a dropped Stevie Johnson catch, and are now 6-5. Johnson, who earlier in the game drew a flag for an excessive celebration, was also fined by the league for mocking Plaxico Burress.

Texans vs. Jaguars: 20-13 Texans
Texans Player of the Week: Arian Foster- 65 rush yards, touchdown
Jaguars Player of the Week: Maurice Jones- Drew- 99 rush yards, 69 receiving yards.

In their first game without Matt Schaub, the Texans defeated the Jaguars 20-13. With the win, also came a season ending injury to backup quarterback Matt Leinart. After losing their eight game of the season, the Jaguars fired long time head coach, Jack Del Rio, and also sold ownership of the team over to Shahid Khan.

Bears vs. Raiders: 25-20 Raiders
Bears Player of the Week: Johnny Knox- 4 receptions, 145 receiving yards, touchdown
Raiders Player of the Week: Sebastian Janikowski- 6-6 FG, 1-1 XP

Sebastian Janikowski and the Raiders kicked the Bears' butts, and are now 7-4. Both teams were missing their starting quarterbacks, but Carson Palmer out-dueled Caleb Hanie, who threw three interceptions.

Redskins vs. Seahawks: 23-20 Redskins
Redskins Player of the Week: Roy Helu- 108 rush yards, touchdown
Seahawks Player of the Week: Marshawn Lynch- 111 rush yards, 20 receiving yards, touchdown

The Redskins picked up their first win in six weeks, after defeating the Seahawks 23-20. Rookie Roy Helu led the way, rushing for over 100 yards and a touchdown.

Patriots vs. Eagles: 38-20 Patriots
Patriots Player of the Week: Tom Brady- 361 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 134.6 passer rating
Eagles Player of the Week: Jason Avant- 8 receptions, 110 receiving yards, touchdown

The Patriots smoked the Eagles, officially ruining their playoff hopes. Michael Vick was out again with a rib injury. The Patriots offense had an impressive showing, combining for almost 500 yards, and five touchdowns.

Broncos vs. Chargers: 16-13 Broncos
Broncos Player of the Week: Tim Tebow- 143 pass yards, 67 rush yards, touchdown, 95.4 passer rating
Chargers Player of the Week: Ryan Mathews- 137 rush yards

TEEEEEBBOOOWWWWWWW! The man did it again, giving the Broncos their fourth straight win, and fifth win in six games. The Broncos forced OT after kicking a field goal to tie the game up, and went on to score the game winning field goal with just under a minute to play. With the Vikings up next week, can the Tebow make it five straight?

Steelers vs. Chiefs: 13-9 Steelers
Steelers Player of the Week: Ryan Mundy- 11 tackles, interceptions, filled in for injured Troy Polamalu
Chiefs Player of the Week: Dexter McCluster- 28 rush yards, 11 receiving yards

The Steelers made it interesting on Sunday night, but ended up with the win after Tyler Palko threw his third interception of the game.  The Chiefs really need to get their offense going, and will likely get some action out of Kyle Orton next week.

Giants vs. Saints: 49-24 Saints
Giants Player of the Week: Victor Cruz- 9 receptions, 157 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
Saints Player of the Week: Drew Brees- 363 pass yards, 4 touchdowns, 129.6 passer rating

Nobody beats the Saints in the Superdome, literally. The Saints are 5-0 in New Orleans after beating the Giants on Monday Night. Drew Brees had his best game of the season (unless you count the blowout win vs. a mediocre Colts team). The Giants have blown their NFC East lead, but to their defense, have faced one of the hardest schedules in football these last few weeks. Unfortunately it doesn't get easier for the Giants who face the Packers next week.

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