Northeast NFL Week 13 Recap

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Yesterday’s NFC East tilt between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles was the only game Northeast teams were pitted against one another.

Carson Wentz passed for 306 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eagles (6-6) to a 28-13 victory over the Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. It’s Philadelphia’s first back-to-back win of the season and keeps their division title hopes alive.

Zach Ertz broke Brian Westbrook’s franchise single-season receptions record as his nine receptions moved him to 91 on the season. Golden Tate finally came alive in midnight green with 85 yards and a touchdown grab.

Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox and Malcolm Jenkins each had a sack for the Eagles defense.

Mark Sanchez filled in for an injured Colt McCoy, who broke his right fibula, but couldn’t lead the Redskins (6-6) to victory. The loss is Washington’s third straight and puts them behind the Cowboys and Eagles in the division.

Top Eagle: Wentz.

Top Redskin: Ageless wonder Adrian Peterson ran for 98 yards on nine carries, 90 of which came on a touchdown run in the second quarter.

Pats churning along

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Patriots 24, Vikings 10: At Foxborough, Mass., Tom Brady passed for 311 yards and a score and New England racked up 417 yards as the Patriots defeated Minnesota.

The win marks the 18th consecutive season New England will have a winning record.

Fullback James Develin made his impact on the game by scoring the first and last touchdowns of the game on the ground for the Patriots (9-3). Josh Gordon caught a touchdown, Sony Michel had 63 rushing yards and James White had 118 all-purpose yards for the New England offense.

Devin McCourty led the team with eight tackles and Jonathan Jones and Duron Harmon each had an interception for the defense, which held Vikings receiver Adam Thielen to 28 yards.

New England has won eight of nine since starting 1-2 and have a three-game lead in the AFC East.

Top Patriot: Brady.

Giants upset Bears

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Giants 30, Bears 27 (OT): At East Rutherford, N.J., Aldrick Rosas nailed a 44-yard field goal to give the Giants an upset OT victory over the Bears and snap Chicago’s five-game winning streak.

After Rosas kicked a 37-yarder to give the Giants a 10-point lead with 1:49 left in the fourth quarter, things got a little hectic. A quick 36 second, 7-play, 72-yard Chicago drive ended in a 21-yard field goal by Cody Parkey to cut the lead to a touchdown. The Bears recovered the onside kick, drove down the field and scored on an Anthony Miller touchdown catch from Tarik Cohen as time expired in regulation.

Chicago had another chance after Rosas’ field goal in OT, but they were stopped on downs after an incomplete pass by Chase Daniel.

Rookie B.J. Hill had three sacks and Olivier Vernon two sacks to lead the defense. Saquon Barkley rushed for 125 yards to pace the offense for New York (4-8).

Top Giant: Odell Beckham Jr. threw a 49-yard touchdown pass and also caught a touchdown.

Jackson, Ravens top struggling Falcons

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Ravens 26, Falcons 16: At Atlanta, Lamar Jackson ran for 75 yards and a score and passed for another 125 as he led Baltimore to its third straight victory.

Jackson scored the only offensive touchdown for Baltimore on a 13-yard run with 4:17 left in the first quarter. Four Justin Tucker field goals and a Tavon Young 12-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown gave the Ravens (7-5) a 26-10 lead with 7:16 remaining.

Jackson was checked for a concussion in the third quarter, leaving the way for a Robert Griffin III appearance, before returning to the field.

Terrell Suggs tallied a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss for the defense and Gus Edwards continued his success rushing with 82 yards for the Raven offense.

Top Raven: Jackson.

Three tough losses

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Chargers 33, Steelers 30: At Pittsburgh, Phillip Rivers, Keenan Allen and the Chargers outscored the Steelers by 19 in the second half to complete the comeback and give Pittsburgh its second straight loss.

Rivers passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns and Allen caught 14 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown to lead the Charger offense. Joey Bosa had six tackles and a sack for the defense.

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards and two scores, James Conner rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns and Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown to lead the Steelers (7-4-1).

Pittsburgh now barely holds the lead in the AFC North over the aforementioned Ravens.

Top Steeler: Brown.

Dolphins 21, Bills 17: At Miami Gardens, Fla., Ryan Tannehill threw a 13-yard touchdown to Kenny Stills with 8:42 remaining to give the Dolphins the lead for good over the Bills.

Buffalo’s Zay Jones caught his second touchdown of the day from rookie Josh Allen to give the Bills (4-8) a 17-14 advantage with 12:00 left. A costly penalty by defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, who was released by the Dolphins earlier this season, gave Miami another chance on their lead-taking drive.

The Bills are guaranteed to finish the season .500 or below for the 15th time in the past 20 seasons.

Top Bill: Allen passed for 231 yards and rushed for 135.

Titans 26, Jets 22: At Nashville, Tenn., Marcus Mariota and the Titans battled back from a 16-0 second-quarter deficit to beat the Jets.

Mariota found Corey Davis for an 11-yard score with 36 seconds left to complete his 12th game-winning drive of his career.

Isaiah Crowell rushed for 98 yards and Josh McCown passed for 128 for the Jets (3-9). Jason Myers kicked five field goals including a 54-yarder.

Top Jet: Jamal Adams had 11 tackles and a sack for the New York defense.


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