What a week in the NFL!!
There were so many late rallies, last-second heroics and stunning finishes, that it’s hard to name the biggest thriller.
That said, let’s take a look at the various endings of the early games today. In a nine minute stretch, there were all sorts of wild plays taking place in four different games.
• Kyle Orton's 17-yd TD pass to Rashied Davis gives the Bears a 20-19 lead over the Falcons with 11 seconds left at 4:00:12 ET.
• Ryan Longwell's 26-yd FG gives the Vikings a 12-10 lead over the Lions with 12 seconds left at 4:03:01 ET.
• Matt Schaub's 3-yd TD run gives the Texans a 29-28 lead over the Dolphins with three seconds left at 4:04:08 ET.
• Josh Brown's 49-yd FG gives the Rams a 19-17 win with no time left at 4:08:24 ET.
• Jason Elam's 48-yd FG gives the Falcons a 22-20 win over the Bears with no time left at 4:09:01 ET.
(courtesy ESPN research)
In the later games:
• The Arizona Cardinals defeated the Dallas Cowboys 30-24 in overtime. The winning touchdown was scored by Monty Beisel on a three yard return of a blocked punt. This marks the first time in NFL history when a game ended on a touchdown as a result of a blocked punt. It almost happened on November 5, 1989 when the Rams and Vikings went to OT tied at 21. In that contest, the Vikings’ Mike Merriweather blocked a punt and pounced on it in the end zone. Unfortunately the ball squirted loose and ended up going out the back of the end zone, resulting in a safety and a 23-21 Vikes win.
• Sore shoulder, my arse. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a 45-yard laser to Greg Jennings in the third quarter to snap a 10-10 tie with the Seattle Seahawks. The Packers went on to win 27-17 and are now tied with the Bears and Vikings atop the NFC North division with a 3-3 record.
I don’t gamble and I don’t play fantasy football. Yet, I couldn’t have been more glued to the TV and internet with this week’s NFL action!