LOS ANGELES, October 13, 2013 — Tom Brady bested Drew Brees in a game that is already an instant classic for the ages. If the Patriots meet the Saints again in the Super Bowl, it would be a ratings bonanza even by NFL standards.
With that, here is the NFL 2013 Week 6 wrap-up.
New York Giants at Chicago Bears was the Thursday night game. Despite being 0-5 and on the road, the Giants fought hard the entire game. Jay Cutler threw touchdown passes of ten and three yards to Brandon Marshall for the Bears and Robbie Gould hit field goals of 40 and 52 yards. Giants running back Brandon Jacobs scored twice from four yards and one yard out. Eli Manning also threw two touchdown passes, but one of them was to the Chicago defense. Down by six with five and a half minutes to play, Manning led the Giants from their own 11. At the two minute warning from the Chicago 32, Manning threw a ball that was high but catchable. It bounced off the receiver’s hands and became Manning’s third interception as the Bears survived against the now 0-6 Giants. 27-21 Bears
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs — Alex Smith was sacked three times in the first quarter and Terrelle Pryor threw a 39 yard touchdown to Denarius Moore to make it 7-0 Raiders. Then the Chiefs clamped down as Pryor was sacked ten times and forced into three delay of game penalties. The Raiders even faced a third and 48 in the second half. Trailing 14-7 with less than five minutes remaining, turnovers killed the Raiders as an interception set up a Ryan Succop field goal with four minutes left to play. Pryor threw another interception that was returned 44 yards for a touchdown to put the final dagger in the Raiders. The Chiefs are now 6-0 for Walrus Lite Andy Reid with their first home win over Oakland since 2006. 24-7 Chiefs
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers —Josh Freeman is gone and Michael Vick was out with a hamstring injury. Mike Glennon and Nick Foles had a see-saw game going as the Eagles led 21-20 in the fourth quarter. Foles hit Desean Jackson for a 36-yard touchdown to put the Eagles up 28-20 with nine and a half minutes left in regulation. Foles had three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown on the day. Foles finished by calmly leading a five and a half minute drive that culminated in a 24 yard Alex Henery field goal to lock up the game and keep the Buccaneers winless and pathetic. 31-20 Eagles
Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens — Aaron Rodgers went deep to Jordy Nelson for a 64 yard touchdown bomb and a 16-3 Packers lead in the third quarter. Mason Crosby’s fourth field goal just before the two minute warning was just enough to put the game out of reach as the Ravens scored late but failed to recover the onside kick. 19-17 Packers
Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns — Trailing 17-7 at halftime and 17-14 after three quarters, Detroit exploded in the fourth to end Cleveland’s three game winning streak. A 51-yard David Akers field goal put the Lions up 24-17, and Matthew Stafford hit Fauria for touchdowns of one, 23, and finally ten yards to put the game on ice. 31-17 Lions
Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings—This game was played with heavy hearts due to the senseless death of Adrian Peterson’s two year old child. Peterson decided to play, and the football world was praying for his family. Yet it was all Panthers as Cam Newton had touchdown passes to Steve Smith and Mike Tolbert in the first half. In the second half Newton went to LaFell for a 79-yard touchdown and ran for a seven-yard score as the Panthers led 28-3 and won in a blowout. 35-10 Panthers
St. Louis Rams at Houston Texans — Sam Bradford had first half touchdown passes to Harkey and Kendricks as the Rams jumped to a 17-6 halftime lead and turned out the lights in the second half. For for straight weeks Matt Schaub had a pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Schaub left the game with an injury and TJ Yates came in. Yates was then intercepted by Ogletree and the result was a 98-yard Rams touchdown the other way. For five straight weeks the Texans have had interceptions returned for scores, but now critics of Schaub can take a seat. Houston has plenty of other problems in losing four straight. 38-13 Rams
Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets — One week after playing inspiring football on Monday night, the Jets came out flat. In the third quarter the end zone was finally reached as Ben Roethlisberger went deep to Emanuel Sanders for a 55-yard touchdown to make it 16-6 Steelers. Shawn Suisham tacked on his fourth field goal from 32 yards out as they got their first win of the year. 19-6 Steelers
Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills — EJ Manuel was out, but backup Lewis led the Bills down the field in an exciting duel with Red Rifle Andy Dalton. Dalton led a 98 yard drive as a 20 yard touchdown pass to Bernard put the Bengals up 17-7 in the second quarter. In the third quarter Dalton hit Jones from 10 yards out to make it 24-10 Bengals. Lewis hit Chandler for a 22-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter and threw a 40-yard touchdown to tie things 24-24 with one minute left. In overtime, Tate returned a punt 29 yards to give the Bengals golden field position at the Buffalo 33. Mike Nugent hit the 43-yard field goal to give the Bengals the win and sole possession of first place in the AFC North. 27-24 Bengals, OT
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks — The Seahawks led 7-3 and had third and goal at the four yardline with only two seconds left in the half. They attempted a field goal one week after having a kick blocked and returned for a touchdown. This week the snap was fumbled, and McCourty picked it up and raced 88 yards for a Titans touchdown as Tennessee led 10-7 at halftime over a disbelieving home crowd. The second half was a good old-fashioned bare-fisted defensive slobberknocker. Stephen Hauschka field goals of 31 and 29 yards put the Seahawks up 13-10 with ten minutes left in regulation. Marshawn Lynch then ran it in for a three yard touchdown as the Seahawks survived a tough one to get to 5-1. 20-13 Seahawks
Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos — Denver was favored by 26.5, the largest spread in NFL history. Peyton Manning threw a pair of early touchdown passes as Denver led 14-0 on their way to winning 74-0 and the biggest blowout in NFL history. Yet as the half ended, Manning had an interception returned 59 yards for a touchdown as the Jaguars trailed 14-12 on their way to the biggest upset in NFL history. In the third quarter Manning threw his third touchdown pass but Jackosnville again made it a two point game. Knowshon Moreno ran it in from eight and three yards out as Denver finally pulled away to get to 6-0. 35-19 Broncos
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots —Tom Brady was knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten last week while Drew Brees entered this game still unbeaten. On third down and 20 from the Patriots’ 34, Brees went deep and threw into double coverage. Kenny Stills came down with it for the Saints, who led 24-23 with less than 3 1/2 minutes to play. On fourth and six from their own 24 Bill Bellichick decided to go for it with 2:50 to play rather than trust his defense. Brady threw over the middle and a perfect pass was dropped as the Saints took over on downs. The Saints only got a field goal as the Patriots were down by four with 2:24 to play. Brady went for all the marbles and was intercepted. Yet the Saints could not run out the clock and the Patriots got it back with 1:13 left and 0 timeouts. With less than 30 seconds left the Patriots faced fourth and four at the Saints 26. The Patriots got the first down and Brady spiked the ball with ten seconds left at the Saints 17. Brady hit Thomkins with five seconds left as the Patriots won a stunner when it looked like the Saints had it. The Saints have been knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten as both teams are 5-1. A potential Super Bowl rematch of this game would be epic. 30-27 Patriots
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers — Carson Palmer went to Larry Fitzgerald for a 75-yard touchdown as Arizona led 7-6. Yet Palmer was then sacked in the end zone for a safety to make it 8-7, 49ers. Colin Kaepernick and Vernon Davis then began playing pitch and catch as touchdown connections of 61 and 35 yards had the 49ers up 22-14 at halftime. A ten-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to Malcolm Floyd had the Cardinals within 22-20 as the two point conversion to tie it failed. Kaepernick then led a monster drive, as a staggering 18 plays moved the 49ers 89 yards and consumed over 9 1/2 minutes of clock. Kendall Hunter ran it in from six yards out to put the game out of reach. 32-20 49ers
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys was the Sunday night game. The fourth quarter began with Dallas leading 21-16 and Kai Forbath, having made three field goals, trying a fourth. This time he was no good. Dan Bailey hit a 30 yard field goal as the Cowboys led 24-16 with 10 1/2 minutes left in regulation. The Cowboys then got the backbreaker as RGII was sacked and fumbled and Dallas recovered at the Washington three yard line. Dallas punched it in to lead by 15 with nine minutes left. RGIII was then intercepted in the end zone, killing a chance for Washington to get back in the game. 31-16 Cowboys
Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers was the Monday night game. Philip Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Allen and both teams kicked three field goals as the Chargers led 16-9 at the two minute warning. San Diego faced 4th and inches at the Colts 34 and decided to have Nick Novak try a 51-yard field goal rather than go for it. This high risk strategy gave San Diego a high reward as Novak drilled his fourth idled goal to put the game on ice. 19-9 Chargers
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