NFL Week 14 Blitz Read: Saints clinch second straight NFC South title with win over Buccaneers

first_imgBrowns 26, Panthers 20Chiefs 27, Ravens 24, OTColts 24, Texans 21Dolphins 34, Patriots 33Giants 40, Redskins 16Saints 28, Buccaneers 14Packers 34, Falcons 20Jets 27, Bills 23Chargers 26, Bengals 2149ers 20, Broncos 14Cowboys 29, Eagles 23, OTRaiders 24, Steelers 21Lions 17, Cardinals 3Bears 15, Rams 6Monday’s gameSeahawks 21, Vikings 7 Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald makes NFL history, tabs most receptions on one team The Buccaneers had an early advantage at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay entered halftime with a 14-3 lead after holding New Orleans scoreless in the first quarter and putting together two quick touchdown drives. Then came Brees, who led the Saints on four straight scoring drives while New Orleans’ defense shut out Jameis Winston in the second half. Related News Packers QB Aaron Rodgers sets NFL record for most passes without an interceptioncenter_img Brees passed and ran his way into the end zone to help stop a Buccaneers team that won their last two games. He finished 24-of-31 passing for 201 yards and two total touchdowns.Drew Brees stretches out for his signature QB sneak on 4th and goal for the #Saints touchdown!#NOvsTB pic.twitter.com/Yo4pcUVRoJ— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 9, 2018The Saints defense also showed why it’s one of the best in the league. New Orleans held Winston to a 47-percent completion rate (18 of 38) with 213 yards and the two scores, as well as one interception. While Winston moved the team down the field, more times than not the offense was forced to punt. The Buccaneers only converted six of 14 third-down attempts. Injury reportBills running back LeSean McCoy was ruled out against the Jets after suffering a hamstring injury in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Jets rusher Isaiah Crowell went down with a foot injury and did not return.Redskins tight end Jordan Reed exited the game against the Giants after suffering a foot injury in the first quarter.Chiefs offensive guard Cameron Erving never returned to the field after he suffered a knee injury against the Ravens.Texans wide receiver DeAndre Carter exited with a concussion against the Colts.Eagles cornerback Sidney Jones and running back Corey Clement both sustained injuries and were listed as questionable to return against the Cowboys. Jones hurt his hamstring, and Clement left with a knee injury. Defensive end Josh Sweat was also questionable after suffering an ankle injury.Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sustained a rib injury and had to leave the game versus the Raiders. He was quickly evaluated in the locker room and was later able to return.Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah was ruled out against the Cardinals with a shoulder injury. Also, defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand suffered a knee injury and was not able to return and both wide receiver Bruce Ellington and safety Charles Washington left the game with hamstring injuries.By the numbersTom Brady set the NFL record for the most career touchdown passes in league history Sunday with his 2-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman in the second quarter against the Dolphins. He now stands at 580 career touchdown passes, including regular season and postseason, after tying Peyton Manning’s mark of 579 last week.Making (more) history.Touchdown pass no. 580 for the 🐐#NEvsMIA | #GoPats pic.twitter.com/A24cqI2IYU— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 9, 2018But, Brady’s efforts were halted by an impressive walk-off lateral. The Dolphins 69-yard touchdown on the final play is the longest play from scrimmage to win a game with no time remaining in the fourth quarter since the 1970 merger.The @MiamiDolphins game-winning 69-yard touchdown on the final play against New England is the longest play from scrimmage to win a game with no time remaining in the fourth quarter since the 1970 merger. pic.twitter.com/EGsZPzqz6P— NFL345 (@NFL345) December 9, 2018Julio Jones had a record day. The Falcons receiver became the first player in league history with 1,400 receiving yards in 5 straight seasons.🚨 Record Alert 🚨Julio Jones just became the first player in NFL history with 1,400 receiving yards in 5 straight seasons.Jones was tied with Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison who had 1,400 receiving yards from 1999-2002 (4 straight).#Falcons @AtlantaFalcons— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) December 9, 2018The Chiefs kicker didn’t have the performance he’s known for. Harrison Butker missed two field goals in the same game for the first time in his two-year career. Harrison Butker has missed two field goals in the same game for the first time in his career.He entered the game 19-20 on FG this season.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 9, 2018Amari Cooper helped the Cowboys overcome the Eagles in overtime, and his efforts set an NFL record. Cooper became the first player in league history with three, yes three, go-ahead receiving touchdowns in the fourth quarter or overtime of the same game.Amari Cooper is the 1st player in NFL history with 3 go-ahead receiving TD in the 4th-quarter/OT of the same game.Cooper is also the 3rd Cowboys player with 200 Rec yds and 3 Rec TD in a single game. He joins Michael Irvin (1992) and Frank Clarke (1962). pic.twitter.com/rc8ECY4279— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 10, 2018HighlightsBaker Mayfield got the Browns going right off the bat.WHAT. 😱Mayfield finds Perriman for 66 yards!#CARvsCLE pic.twitter.com/wQquZGgedo— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 9, 2018Saquon Barkley cannot be stopped — literally. [email protected] JUST WENT 78 YARDS 😱📺: FOX #GiantsPride pic.twitter.com/mLdeFwTr3T— NFL (@NFL) December 9, 2018Patrick Mahomes doesn’t even have to make eye contact with his targets anymore.Patrick Mahomes’ no-look pass. He’s just different pic.twitter.com/oZxehCHXbg— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 9, 2018Remember that walk-off lateral? Here it is. The Dolphins used this play to inch ahead of the visiting Patriots.IT’S A MIAMI MIRACLE! 😱😱😱 #FinsUp#NEvsMIA pic.twitter.com/qvzsiI9a5g— NFL (@NFL) December 9, 2018JuJu Smith-Schuster somehow made this catch to help put the Steelers over the [email protected]… ARE YOU KIDDING!?That’s six.📺: FOX #HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/XwS3AsygwQ— NFL (@NFL) December 9, 2018The Steelers just can’t seem to get it done in Oakland. The last time Pittsburgh won in Raiders territory was 1995 and that skid continued when the Steelers’ last chance quite literally slipped away.The @Raiders get the WIN. Wow. #PITvsOAK pic.twitter.com/ayIbTJC4dC— NFL (@NFL) December 10, 2018The Cowboys are enjoying the addition of Cooper. The team is 5-1 since the two-time Pro Bowl receiver joined the roster. The most recent win was with this impressive catch in overtime.AMARI COOPER FOR THE WIN. pic.twitter.com/oo6CC5I58T— NFL (@NFL) December 10, 2018QuotablesQuarterback Mark Sanchez was benched in favor of Josh Johnson in the fourth quarter with the Redskins down 40-0 to the Giants. They went on to lose 40-16 with Sanchez throwing two interceptions on 6-of-14 passing. After the game, Sanchez said it wasn’t a lack of effort that lost the NFC East showdown: “I was proud of the way guys fought and hung in there even when things started to turn. You get a tipped interception on really what could have been potentially a breakout play. … Things kind of snowballed from there.”The “Miami Miracle” wasn’t supposed to happen according to quarterback Ryan Tannehill: “The play kind of got messed up. I saw Kenyan (Drake) there, I said (to Parker), ‘pitch it! pitch it!’ He pitches it, Kenyan came back inside. … Then I saw him and (Rob Gronkowski) about 10 yards away. I said ‘Gronk’s on the field? We got this!’ So, yeah, it was pretty amazing. I was following behind and I actually just turned around and collapsed just with the emotion of the whole thing.”Week 14 NFL scoresThursday’s gameTitans 30, Jaguars 9Sunday’s games Quarterback Drew Brees engineered a come-from-behind victory Sunday to help the Saints clinch their second consecutive NFC South title.But, it didn’t come easy. last_img read more

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