NFL Game Capsules - Week 13

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Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - Despite only passing for 112 yards, Ryan Fitzpatrick did account for three touchdowns in leading the Buffalo Bills to a 34-18 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fitzpatrick threw touchdowns to Stevie Johnson and Scott Chandler to go along with a rushing score. He completed only 9-of-17 attempts. The Buffalo tandem of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller combined to run for 186 yards. Jackson finished with 109 yards on 25 carries, while Spiller totaled 77 yards -- 44 of which came on a fourth-quarter touchdown -- for the Bills (5-7). Chad Henne was 18-of-41 for 208 yards with one touchdown and an interception for Jacksonville (2-10).

Final Score: Seattle 23, Chicago 17 (OT)

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Sidney Rice's 13-yard touchdown catch in overtime lifted the Seattle Seahawks over the Chicago Bears, 23-17. Rice ended with six catches for 99 yards for the Seahawks (7-5), who have won three of four. Golden Tate hauled in five passes for 96 yards and a score. Russell Wilson completed 23-of-37 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns for Seattle, which improved to 2-5 on the road this season. Wilson also carried the ball nine times for 71 yards. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries for the victors. Jay Cutler connected on 17-of-26 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears (8-4), who are tied with the Packers for first place in the NFC North. Green Bay beat the Vikings on Sunday. Matt Forte carried the ball 21 times for 66 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards and a score. Brandon Marshall hauled in 10 passes for 165 yards.

Final Score: Indianapolis 35, Detroit 33

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Andrew Luck and Donnie Avery got together on a 14-yard score on the final play of the game as the Indianapolis Colts shocked the Detroit Lions, 35-33, at Ford Field on Sunday. The Colts (8-4) were down by 12 points late in the game, but went on two straight scoring drives that Luck capped with touchdown passes to help the team win for a sixth time in the past seven games. Luck finished the game 24-for-54 for 391 yards with four touchdown passes and three interceptions, while also totaling 33 rushing yards on three carries. Avery caught two of the scores, while LaVon Brazill and Coby Fleener each caught a touchdown pass in the win. Detroit's Calvin Johnson continued his fantastic run with 13 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown. Matthew Stafford passed for 313 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 27-of-46 attempts, while Brandon Pettigrew also caught a touchdown pass for the Lions (4-8), who have dropped their past four games to hurt their chances of consecutive playoff appearances.

Final Score: Green Bay 23, Minnesota 14

Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Aaron Rodgers threw for 286 yards and a touchdown and the Green Bay Packers scored 13 unanswered points in the second half to rally for a 23-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. James Starks accounted for the go-ahead score with a 22-yard run late in the third quarter and Mason Crosby kicked three field goals to help Green Bay (8-4) bounce back from last week's 38-10 loss at the New York Giants, which ended a five-game winning streak for the defending NFC North champions. Rodgers completed 27-of-35 passes with one interception for the Packers, who have now prevailed in five straight meetings with the Vikings and 10 in a row against divisional foes. Minnesota (6-6) was dealt its fourth defeat in five games despite a 210-yard, 21-carry effort from Adrian Peterson that included a career-long 82-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The star running back eclipsed the century mark for the sixth consecutive contest, breaking a team record he had shared with Robert Smith. While Peterson was outstanding, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder struggled. The second-year pro managed just 119 yards with a touchdown, while tossing two interceptions and hitting on 12-of-25 attempts.

Final Score: Kansas City 27, Carolina 21

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - An already challenging season for the Kansas City Chiefs only got tougher following Saturday's tragic events. But the show went on. And somehow the Chiefs avoided tying their longest losing streak in franchise history. Just over 24 hours after linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend before taking his own life at the team's facility, the Chiefs resiliently took the field and downed the Carolina Panthers, 27-21, snapping their eight-game slide. Brady Quinn threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-23 efficiency for the Chiefs (2-10), who avoided joining the 1987 and 2007 Chiefs as the only teams to lose nine straight games in franchise history. Jamaal Charles carried the ball 27 times for 127 yards in the win. Cam Newton completed 15-of-27 passes for 232 yards and three scores, while adding 78 yards on the ground for the Panthers (3-9), who downed the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

Final Score: New England 23, Miami 16

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - The New England Patriots clinched the AFC East on Sunday. It was far from easy, however. Tom Brady's rhythm was disrupted by a spirited Miami defense, but the Patriots capitalized on several miscues on their way to a 23-16 victory at Sun Life Stadium. Brady was 24-of-40 for 238 yards with one touchdown pass to Wes Welker and a rare interception. Stevan Ridley scored on a short touchdown run and picked up critical yards on a fourth-quarter drive to help New England (9-3) prevail and capture the division crown for the 10th time in 12 years. Welker had 103 yards on 12 grabs, tying Jerry Rice's NFL record for most games with 10-plus receptions at 17. Rookie Ryan Tannehill completed 13-of-29 passes and finished with 186 yards for the Dolphins (5-7).

Final Score: NY Jets 7, Arizona 6

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Greg McElroy came in relief of Mark Sanchez in the third quarter and passed for the lone touchdown of the game to Jeff Cumberland, as the Jets escaped with a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in an otherwise offensively challenged football game. Tim Tebow, the regular backup to Sanchez, was inactive for the game due to a rib injury. For the first time in his career, McElroy was active for a regular season game and took advantage of the opportunity in helping the Jets (5-7) get back on track after an embarrassing blowout loss to New England on Thanksgiving night. McElroy completed 5-of-7 throws for 29 yards, including his 1-yard toss to Cumberland early in the fourth quarter. Sanchez threw three first-half interceptions and threw for just 97 yards on 10-of-21 passing before being pulled. Arizona rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley may have been worse, however, as he was constantly harassed by the Jets defense. He completed just 10-of-31 throws for 72 yards with an interception and failed to help the Cardinals (4-8) convert on a single third down. They finished 0-for-15 for the game in suffering their eight straight defeat following a 4-0 start.

Final Score: St. Louis 16, San Francisco 13 (OT)

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - For the second time in three weeks, the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers battled past regulation in a hard-fought NFC West tussle. But unlike their Week 10 meeting, Sunday's eerily similar tilt ended with a winner, as Greg Zuerlein connected on a 54-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining in OT to give the Rams a 16-13 victory at Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis (5-6-1) remained unbeaten against division foes despite being held to 293 yards. Steven Jackson, one week after amassing a season-high 139 rushing yards, was limited to 48 yards on 21 carries, while Sam Bradford completed 26-of-39 passes for 221 yards. This was the first loss for division-leading San Francisco (8-3-1) since a 26-3 thumping by the New York Giants on Oct. 14. Colin Kaepernick, in his third game as starter after Alex Smith suffered a concussion against the Rams, had two costly mistakes in the setback. The inexperienced signal-caller was whistled for a safety and lost a fumble that resulted in a tying touchdown and two-point conversion with 3:04 to play in the fourth quarter.

Final Score: Houston 24, Tennessee 10

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Matt Schaub completed 21-of-35 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Houston Texans to a 24-10 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Texans' defense forced three interceptions and recovered three fumbles, while Arian Foster carried the ball 14 times for 38 yards and a touchdown and Lestar Jean had a 54-yard touchdown reception for Houston (11-1), which clinched its second consecutive playoff berth with the win. Tennessee's Jake Locker was 21-for-45 passing for 309 yards and a touchdown, but threw three interceptions. Nate Washington had three catches for 96 yards and Chris Johnson rushed for 51 yards on 13 carries for the Titans (4-8), who have dropped four of their last five games overall.

Thursday, November 29th

Final Score: Atlanta 23, New Orleans 13

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The Atlanta Falcons made a statement Thursday night, picking off New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees a career-high five times and ending his remarkable consecutive games streak with a touchdown pass in a 23-13 victory over the Saints at the Georgia Dome. Matt Ryan completed 18- of-33 passes for 165 yards with a touchdown for the Falcons (11-1), who avenged their lone defeat of the season and snapped a four-game losing streak to the Saints. Atlanta can clinch the NFC South division title with a Tampa Bay loss or tie at Denver on Sunday. New Orleans (5-7), meanwhile, saw its playoff hopes become even slimmer with its second straight loss. Brees, who had 341 passing yards, failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time since Week 4 of the 2009 campaign, snapping a his NFL-record streak at 54 games.

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