NFL Game Capsules
(Sunday, December 13th)
Final Score: New Orleans 26, Atlanta 23
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Drew Brees tossed three touchdown passes, and the New Orleans Saints remained undefeated with a 26-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Brees completed 31-for-40 passes for 296 yards, while Reggie Bush had two scoring receptions. Marques Colston caught the other for the Saints (13-0), who clinched a first-round bye and a franchise record for wins in a season. New Orleans also set a franchise record for points in a season (466). Chris Redman, playing his third straight game in place of an injured Matt Ryan, went 23-for-34 with 303 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Falcons (6-7), who have dropped their past two games to take a serious hit to their playoff chances.
Final Score: Baltimore 48, Detroit 3
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Ray Rice carried 13 times for a career-high 166 yards, including a 59-yard second-quarter touchdown run, as the Baltimore Ravens ran away for a 48-3 win over the Detroit Lions at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens (7-6) took a 20-3 halftime lead on the way to an important victory in regard to their playoff hopes. Baltimore totaled 308 rushing yards and five TDs on the ground and finished with a franchise-record 548 total yards. Daunte Culpepper, making his third start of the year in place of injured rookie Matthew Stafford (shoulder), completed just 16-of-34 passes for 135 yards with two interceptions for the Lions (2-11). With the loss, Detroit fell to 0-19 on the road since winning at Chicago on Oct. 28, 2007.
Final Score: Green Bay 21, Chicago 14
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Ryan Grant ran for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns, leading the Green Bay Packers to their fifth straight win and a season sweep of the Chicago Bears with a 21-14 victory at Soldier Field. In the 179th meeting of this storied rivalry, it was the Packers (9-4) who solidified their playoff hopes with their first road win in this series since 2006. Aaron Rodgers completed 16-of-24 passes for 180 yards, and Jermichael Finley caught five passes for 70 yards in the win. Charles Woodson added his eighth interception of the season to tie his career-high. Jay Cutler threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 23-of-36 efficiency but was also picked off twice for the Bears (5-8), who have lost five of six. Cutler now has 22 interceptions, which is the most by a Bears quarterback since 1949. Johnny Knox caught five passes for 83 yards and a score.
Final Score: Houston 34, Seattle 7
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Matt Schaub threw for 365 yards and two touchdowns as Houston used a big first half to beat Seattle, 34-7, at Reliant Stadium. Andre Johnson led all receivers with 193 yards on 11 receptions for the Texans (6-7), who snapped a four-game losing streak. Ryan Moats added 43 yards and a score on 10 carries. Matt Hasselbeck finished 24-of-35 for 247 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Seahawks (5-8), who had won two in a row. John Carlson had a TD reception while Julius Jones was limited to 39 yards rushing on 10 touches in defeat.
Final Score: Indianapolis 28, Denver 16
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes to lead the Colts to a NFL record 22nd consecutive regular-season victory, 28-16, over Denver. The Colts (13-0) are also just the seventh team to start a season by winning their first 13 games -- joined this year by New Orleans, which edged Atlanta on Sunday to stay undefeated. Indianapolis eclipsed the old mark of 21 straight wins by New England, set from 2006-08. Manning directed an epic 14-play, 80-yard drive late in the game that ended with a one-yard TD pass to Dallas Clark, who caught a career-high three scores. Manning ended 20-of-42 for 220 yards and also tossed a touchdown to Austin Collie, and was also picked off three times. Broncos wideout Brandon Marshall set an NFL record with 21 receptions in a single game, gaining 200 yards and scoring twice on throws from Kyle Orton, who finished 29-of-41 for 277 yards with two TDs and an interception. The Broncos (8-5) had won two in a row.
Final Score: Miami 14, Jacksonville 10
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Ricky Williams rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, and Miami upended Jacksonville, 14-10, to further muddle the AFC playoff picture. The Jaguars (7-6) had a chance to extend their wild card lead with a win, but the Dolphins (7-6) controlled the time of possession and outgained their Sunshine State foe, 354-217, to thrust themselves into the postseason race. Chad Henne completed 21-of-29 attempts for 220 yards, 110 of which went to Greg Camarillo, who ended with seven catches. Henne also rushed for a score and threw an interception, one of three turnovers Miami overcame to secure its fourth win in five games. Maurice Jones-Drew had Jacksonville's lone touchdown but was bottled up for 59 yards on 18 carries, while almost half of David Garrard's 139 yards came on a 63-yard hookup with Torry Holt that set up a Josh Scobee 25-yard field goal.
Final Score: Buffalo 16, Kansas City 10
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Rian Lindell kicked three field goals and Terrell Owens caught the Bills' lone touchdown, as Buffalo used four Matt Cassel interceptions to edge Kansas City, 16-10. Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch carried the load for the Bills (5-8), rushing for 99 and 84 yards, respectively. Despite Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing for just 86 yards with a touchdown and an interception on 12-of-20 attempts, Buffalo improved to 2-2 under interim head coach Perry Fewell. Cassel, who was benched in last week's 44-13 loss to Denver, completed 26-of-43 passes for 224 yards, but his turnovers -- the last occurring on a heave into the end zone -- sent the Chiefs (3-10) to a third straight loss. Jamaal Charles logged 143 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in the setback.
Final Score: Minnesota 30, Cincinnati 10
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Adrian Peterson racked up 137 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns as Minnesota clinched a playoff spot with a 30-10 win over Cincinnati at the Metrodome. Peterson rushed for 97 yards and the two scores while posting three receptions for 40 yards in Minnesota's victory, the first time since 2000 it has won at least 11 games. Brett Favre threw for 192 yards and a touchdown on 17-of-30 passes for the Vikings (11-2), who bounced back from a 13-point loss at Arizona last week. Carson Palmer completed 15-of-25 passes for just 94 yards for the Bengals (9-4), who lost for just the second time in seven contests. Chad Ochocinco had three catches for 27 yards and Cincy's lone touchdown, and Cedric Benson rushed for 96 yards on 16 carries in the setback.
Final Score: New England 20, Carolina 10
Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass and Kevin Faulk added another score on the ground, as the New England Patriots snapped a two-game losing streak with a 20-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. Brady started despite missing two practices this week and being limited Friday with shoulder, finger and rib injuries. On Sunday, he completed 19-of-32 passes for a season-low 192 yards and one interception. Wes Welker had 105 yards on 10 receptions for the Patriots (8-5), who remain unbeaten in seven home games and maintained a one-game lead in the AFC East standings. Miami and the New York Jets both won Sunday to improve to 7-6. Matt Moore made his second consecutive start in place of injured Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme, who is sidelined with a broken finger on his throwing hand. Moore was 15-of-30 for 197 yards with one touchdown for the Panthers (5-8), who have dropped three of four. DeAngelo Williams, who did not play last week because of an ankle injury, had 82 yards on 13 carries in the loss.
Final Score: NY Jets 26, Tampa Bay 3
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Thomas Jones had 24 carries for 99 yards and two touchdowns, as the New York Jets routed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 26-3, at Raymond James Stadium. Kellen Clemens, who started under center in place of an injured Mark Sanchez, went 12-for-23 for 111 yards. Jay Feely was 4- for-5 on field goals for the Jets (7-6), who have won three straight to get back into the playoff picture after a three-game losing streak. Josh Freeman was 14-for-33 with just 93 yards and three interceptions for the Buccaneers (1-12), who have dropped their past five games. Kellen Winslow had four catches for 26 yards in the loss.
Final Score: Washington 34, Oakland 13
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Quinton Ganther scored the first two touchdowns of his career during a fourth-quarter surge as Washington topped Oakland, 34-13. Ganther ended with 50 yards rushing on 14 carries while Jason Campbell threw for 222 yards and two scores on 16-of-28 passing for the Redskins (4-9), who had dropped seven of their previous eight games. Fred Davis had three receptions for 50 yards and two TDs in a winning effort. Bruce Gradkowski finished 10-of-18 for 153 yards before leaving the game with a knee injury early in the third quarter for the Raiders (4-9), who couldn't keep momentum going from a 27-24 win over defending-champion Pittsburgh last Sunday. JaMarcus Russell went 10-of-16 for 74 yards and one interception for the remainder of the contest, and Justin Fargas rushed for a score in defeat.
Final Score: Tennessee 47, St. Louis 7
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Chris Johnson ran for 117 yards and two scores in setting a franchise record, as the Tennessee Titans, without an injured Vince Young for much of the game, routed St. Louis, 47-7. Johnson, the NFL's leading rusher, had his eighth consecutive 100-yard game to break the previous mark held by Hall-of-Fame back Earl Campbell. Johnson also had a 66-yard touchdown reception. Young left in the second quarter after suffering an apparent right hamstring injury at the end of a run. Prior to that, he completed 6-of-8 passes for 132 yards and a score. Kerry Collins, who Young replaced as the Titans' starting quarterback in Week 8, finished the contest 11-of-19 for 154 yards and a score, as Tennessee (6-7) rebounded from a loss last week at Indianapolis. Rookie Keith Null got his first career start for the Rams and completed 27-of-43 passes for 157 yards, with one touchdown and five interceptions. A 2009 sixth-round draft pick, Null started in place of Kyle Boller, who was a late scratch because of a thigh injury. Steven Jackson was limited to 47 yards on 19 carries for St. Louis (1-12).
Final Score: San Diego 20, Dallas 17
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Philip Rivers improved to a perfect 16-0 in December games with 272 passing yards and a touchdown, and the San Diego Chargers continued Dallas' December woes with a 20-17 win at Cowboys Stadium. Rivers completed 21-of-32 passes and was intercepted once for the Chargers (10-3), who have won eight straight games to take a commanding two-game lead over the Broncos in the AFC West with three games to play. LaDainian Tomlinson added 50 yards and a score on 21 carries, giving him 10 touchdowns in all nine of his NFL seasons, a league record. Vincent Jackson contributed with seven catches for 120 yards, while Antonio Gates had a receiving touchdown. The 16-game December win streak by the Chargers is the longest in league history. Tony Romo fell to 5-10 in December for his career after throwing for 249 yards and two scores on 19-of-30 efficiency for the Cowboys (8-5), who lost for the fifth time in their last six December games. Miles Austin and Patrick Crayton had a touchdown reception each for the Cowboys, who are now a game behind the Eagles for first place in the NFC East.
Final Score: Philadelphia 45, NY Giants 38
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - DeSean Jackson caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt 72 yards for a score, as the Philadelphia Eagles gained sole possession of first place in the NFC East with a wild 45-38 victory over the New York Giants. Jackson sat out last Sunday's 34-7 win over Atlanta due to a concussion, but came back with a sparkling performance of six catches for 178 yards, as the Eagles (9-4) won their fourth straight contest and moved a game past Dallas for the top spot in the division. Donovan McNabb finished 17-of-26 passing for 275 yards with two TDs and was picked off once. Sheldon Brown returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown. The Giants (7-6) compiled 512 yards of offense, but lost for the sixth time in eight games and are on the outside looking in at the playoff race. Green Bay (9-4) and Dallas (8-5) are currently in the lead for the two wild card spots. Eli Manning connected on 27-of-38 throws for a career-high 391 yards with three scores for New York, while Hakeem Nicks caught four passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw each rushed for a TD.