CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA, October 21, 2013 — Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as the Dolphins, Jaguars and Buccaneers all fell behind 14-0. The recovery could take years.
Meanwhile, Peyton Manning’s attempt to torch Lucas Oil Stadium with all the compassion of William Tecumseh Sherman came up short.
Several quarterbacks threw interceptions for touchdowns but the third string quarterback for Houston did not.
Pete Rozelle rolled over in his grave as the worst matchup in the 44-year history of Monday Night Football could not be flexed out in favor of…anything.
The Patriots lost in overtime after a controversial call by the refs. Irate Boston fans should remember that the “Tuck Rule” gave them their dynasty and pipe down.
Bum Phillips and Bud Adams are now reunited in heaven as Houston and Nashville flags fly at half staff. They will be missed.
Welcome to the NFL 2013 Week 7 Wrapup.
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals was the Thursday night game. Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes while Carson Palmer completed a pair of passes to the Seattle defense, one of which was returned to the one yard line to set up another Seattle touchdown. While Seattle’s largest lead of 31-13 was not as impressive as their 58-0 win over Arizona last year, they remain at 6-1 as good as Arizona is awful. 34-22 Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons — Mike Glennon fumbled, and the Falcons returned it for a 30-yard touchdown. There is no truth to the rumors of a trade deal between Tampa and Minnesota to bring back Josh Freeman in exchange for Coach Greg Schiano and a bag of jellybeans. Down 31-17 in the fourth quarter, naturally the Buccaneers would kick a field goal. Then they kicked another one. Then they lost to remain winless and witless in the Schiano reign of error. Tampa Bay is only 15 losses away from supplanting the orange creamsicle winking pirates of failures past. 31-23 Falcons
St. Louis Rams at Carolina Panthers — Just 21 seconds into the game and the Panthers led the Rams 7-0 as Sam Bradford was intercepted for the pick six. A one-yard touchdown by Mike Tolbert and a 19-yard Cam Newton touchdown pass were more than enough for Carolina to obliterate the punchless Rams. 30-15 Panthers
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions — Red Rifle Andy Dalton and Matthew Stafford gave the fans a great quarterback duel. Dalton hooked up with AJ Green on an 82-yard touchdown and Stafford hit Megatron Calvin Johnson for a 27-yard touchdown. Trailing 24-17 in the fourth quarter, Stafford threw up a prayer into triple coverage, and of course Megatron came down with it for the 50-yard touchdown bomb. Yet on the last play of regulation, from 54 yards out, Mike Nugent was perfect and the Bengals got the win. 27-24 Bengals
San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars — Jaguars Owner Shad Kahn is from Pakistan, which has nuclear weapons. Kahn would settle for conventional weapons, such as a quarterback, offensive line, and some defensive linemen. Danny Woodhead ran it in from two yards out and Philip Rivers hit Eddie Royal for a 27-yard touchdown. Up 14-0, the Chargers slept through the rest of the game because they could. Winless Jacksonville has zero touchdowns at home this whole year. 24-6 Chargers
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins — Miami overcame a 14-0 deficit to lead 21-17. Dan Carpenter hit a field goal late in the third quarter and then a 31-yard kick with only 30 seconds left in regulation to put Buffalo up by two. A strong kickoff return by Thigpen had the Dolphins at their own 46 with 23 seconds left needing only a field goal. Ryan Tannehill threw four incompletions and the Bills held on. 23-21 Bills
New England Patriots at New York Jets — The Patriots stormed out to a 21-10 lead in a game that has not been a rivalry since the Tuna Bowl days of Bill Parcells. Yet this time the Jets stormed back to lead 27-21. A Tom Brady pass appeared to have New England at the Jets one yard line prepared to take the lead, but an offensive penalty had the Patriots settling for a field goal. With 2:10 to play, Brady moved the Patriots from their own 8 to a first and ten at the Jets’ 26 with less than one minute left. Yet Brady then threw three incompletions and Stephen Gostkowski came in and hit the 44-yarder to tie it.
Rex Ryan took a major gamble in overtime and lost as Nick Folk missed a 56-yard field goal. The Patriots would have had excellent field position except unsportsmanlike conduct for leverage on the Patriots was a killer. Folk now tried from 41. This time the kick was good as the Jets stunned their hated rivals. The post-game handshake between Ryan and Bellichick was as quick as expected. 30-27 Jets, OT
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles — The least exciting game of the day was the battle for first place in the NFC Least. Leading 10-3 in the fourth quarter, Tony Romo hit Terrence Williams for a 9-yard touchdown to salt it away. 17-3 Cowboys
Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins — Jay Cutler left this game with an injury, but backup Josh McCown and RGIII had a quarterback duel for the ages. Devon Hester added to his NFL record total with an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown. Down 38-34, McCown brought the Bears back as passes to Brandon Marshall of 28 yards and Jeffery for 35 yards set up a seven yard touchdown pass to Bennett and a 41-38 Bears lead with four minutes to play. Yet RGIII rapidly moved the Redskins 80 yards as a three-yard run by Roy Helu with 45 seconds left put the Redskins back on top. Yet this game was not over. Trickery on the ensuing kickoff gave the Bears one final shot. From the Washington 44, McCown was sacked as the Redskins hung on in this instant classic. 45-41 Redskins
San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans — A 20-yard run by Colin Kaepernick and a pair of one yard Frank Gore runs had the 49ers throttling the Titans 24-0. Late in the game Tennessee fumbled a punt and the 49ers recover for a gift touchdown to put the game away. 31-17 49ers
Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers — No Brian Hoyer, no chance. Aaron Rodgers tossed a ten-yard touchdown to Finley and a one yard touchdown run by Eddie Lacy had the Packers up 14-0 as the Hoyer-less Browns are back to being losers again. Despite hibernating most of the rest of the game, Aaron Rodgers went to Jordy Nelson for a one-yard touchdown late to put Green Bay up 24-6 and Cleveland out of its misery. 31-13 Packers
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs — Houston had lost four straight and was down to third string quarterback Casey Keenum making his first NFL start on the road against unbeaten Kansas City. That is why they play the games, as the Chiefs clung to a 17-16 lead after three quarters. The Texans took over at their own ten with 1:46 to play. Keenum was hit and fumbled and the Chiefs recover at the Houston one yard line. The Chiefs smartly took a knee rather than score and give the ball back. The Chiefs got to 7-0 with the win. 17-16 Chiefs
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers — Ben Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller for a three-yard touchdown and then the war of attrition began as each team kicked three field goals. If the Ravens and Steelers were as good as years past, this would be called a typical defensive bonelock and praised. Yet these teams are not good, so it was not. Joe Flacco hit Dallas Clark on third and goal from the two with 1:58 to tie things. A strong kickoff return allowed Shaun Suisham to come in with three seconds left for a 43-yard field goal to win it. Suisham was dead center as Pittsburgh won two straight road games after the 0-5 start. 19-16 Steelers
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts was the Sunday night game. After all the hype, they finally played football. Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes and Andrew Luck threw three. Peyton also fumbled in the end zone for a safety. This was just in the first half, as 16 unanswered points had the Colts up 26-14 at the break. Luck then scrambled for a 12-yard touchdown as the Colts led 33-14 lead with five minutes left in the third quarter.
Manning led a furious rally as expected, getting Denver within 36-30. Manning was then hit while throwing and intercepted. That led to a 42-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal as an earlier missed two point conversion try by Denver loomed large. Manning again rallied Denver to the Colts two yard line, when a fumble with three minutes left finally did Denver in. Denver got a field goal with 12 seconds left but not the onside kick as the Broncos suffered their first loss of the year. 39-33 Colts
Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants was the Monday night game. The Vikings returned a punt for a touchdown but fumbled away two punts to give the Giants ten points. Eli Manning hit Ruben Randle for a 24-yard touchdown and the Giants kicked three field goals. Despite bringing back the three yards and a cloud of dust New York Giants football from the 1950s, the fans were willing to accept boredom for finally getting a win. 23-7 Giants
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