The Playoff Race Heats Up in Week 12

FA-BeckhamWith playoff races heating up, the 12th week of the NFL season was huge for teams vying to get in to the postseason. Featuring last second wins, come from behind victories, and must-see plays, including the catch of the year from Odell Beckham Jr., Week 12 was no disappointment for football fans across the nation.

The nightmare for the Oakland Raiders finally ended with two touchdowns from Latavius Murray to take down the Kansas City Chiefs and propel Oakland to their first victory of the year. Ryan Tannehill and the red hot Miami Dolphins recently looked like a legit playoff contender, but were quickly silenced by the Denver Broncos despite leading almost the entire game. Brian Hoyer’s play was questioned by Browns fans on Sunday after his three interceptions, but a time-expiring field goal by Billy Cundiff secured a big Cleveland victory against the Falcons in Atlanta. The New England Patriots cannot be stopped. After rattling off six victories in a row, the Pats streak reached seven this weekend with a big victory over the Detroit Lions. After a slow first half, the Indianapolis Colts quickly hit the gas pedal and engineered a 23-3 victory at home against a one win Jacksonville Jaguars team. In a repeat playoff match-up from two seasons ago, the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Houston Texans 22-13. On the west coast, the San Diego Chargers avoided a scare from the streaky Rams and took home a 27-24 home win in sunny California.

Nearly seven feet of snow in upstate New York caused the Buffalo Bills to make Detroit their temporary home for a Monday Night match-up against the Jets. The change of location didn’t seem to make a difference to the “home team” Bills as Buffalo smoked New York 38-3 at Ford Field. In the second Monday Night match-up of the week, the Baltimore Ravens handled Drew Brees and the Saints 34-27, handing New Orleans their third straight loss at the Superdome. Mark Sanchez shook off a poor Week 11 performance by tossing for over 300 yards in a Philadelphia Eagles blowout win against the Tennessee Titans. In a divisional match-up in the north, the Green Bay Packers won their third straight game by squeaking out a three-point win against the Minnesota Vikings. Jay Cutler finally gave Bears fans a little something to cheer about this season as he led Chicago to a Windy City win against the 2-9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Washington Redskins have been underwhelming this season, but gave San Francisco a run for their money this Sunday. Washington took a three-point lead in to the final minutes of the game but the 49ers were able to orchestrate their third straight win with a Carlos Hyde touchdown. The Seattle Seahawks handed the Arizona Cardinals only their second loss of the season behind 211 passing yards and 73 rushing yards from quarterback Russell Wilson.

Week 13 is a make or break week for dozens of NFL teams hunting for their shot at a Lombardi Trophy. To provide some holiday excitement as teams hope to secure a place in the postseason, a slate of can’t miss Thanksgiving day match-ups is highlighted by the Eagles taking on the Cowboys and an NFC Championship Game rematch featuring the San Francisco 49ers and Seahawks.

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