LOS ANGELES, October 7, 2013—The Raiders and Jets shocked the Chargers and Falcons while the Broncos and Cowboys made NFL 2013 Week 5 one for the ages. With that, here is the NFL 2013 Week 5 Wrapup.
Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns was the Thursday night game. This was a topsy-turvy game that saw Cleveland trail 10-0, lead 17-10, trail 24-17, and lead 30-24 late. Yet while this was a fine football game, injuries to both quarterbacks in this game led backups Tuel and Brandon Weeden to finish things. With less than two minutes left, Tuel was intercepted by Ward, who took it 44 yards for the clinching touchdown. 20 unanswered points gave Cleveland their third straight win, but both of these teams are concerned about losing their quarterbacks. 37-24 Browns
Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans—The Chiefs led 13-0 at halftime, trailed 17-13 after three quarters, and led 23-17 late. With 2 1/2 minutes to go from their own 39, Fitzpatrick was intercepted. A fourth field goal by Ryan Succop put the game out of reach with 90 seconds left. Andy Reid and the Chiefs are 5-0 only one year after going 2-14. Reid is already on his way to being coach Walrus Lite of the year. 26-17 Chiefs
Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins—This game was tied 3-3, 6-6, 13-13 and 23-23. With 1:47 left, Justin Tucker hit his fourth field goal from 44 yards out to give the Ravens the lead. On 4th and 10 at their own 20. Ryan Tannehill scrambled and threw a Hail Mary that was caught for a 46 yard gain with one minute left. Tannehill was then sacked to set up 4th and 15. A 57 yard field goal try by Sturgis was no good as the Ravens hung on for the tough win. 26-23 Ravens
Jacksonville Jaguars at St. Louis Rams —Blaine Gabbert was awful, throwing one touchdown pass to each team as the Jaguars trailed 24-10 at halftime. Chad Henne came in and got the Jacksonville within 27-20 in the fourth quarter, but Sam Bradford had three touchdown passes and 0 interceptions. Bradford found Pettis for a 31 yard touchdown to send the winless Jaguars to only 11 games short of 0-16 and Jadavean Clowney. 34-20 Rams
New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals — A steady rain became a monsoon by the fourth quarter. On 4th and goal at the 1, Marvin lewis went for it. Former Patriots running back Benjarvus “Law Firm” Green-Ellis crashed in as the Bengals had a 13-3 fourth quarter lead. New England kicked a field goal and got it back with 1:48 to play. From the Cincy 25 with 20 seconds left, Tom Brady went for it all and Adam “Pacman” Jones tipped bobbled, and while on the ground intercepted it. The Patriots suffered their first loss. After 52 straight games with a touchdown pass, Brady does not and the record of 54 by Drew Brees remains intact. 13-6 Bengals
Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts —A thrilling shootout saw the Seahawks block a punt for a safety and the Colts block a field goal for a touchdown. Seattle trailed by six with 1:55 left but had the ball at their own 42. On 4th and 15 Russell Wilson was intercepted and the Seahawks were knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten as the Colts at 4-1 led their division as well. This was expected to be a fine football game, and it was. 34-28 Colts.
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers—Aaron Rodgers went bombs away to James Jones for an 83 yard touchdown and Mason Crosby kicked five field goals as order was restored to the NFC North. 22-9 Packers
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears—The Saints led 20-7 at halftime and Garrett Hartley’s fourth field goal made it 26-10 Saints. Jay Cutler hit Brandon Marshall for a two yard touchdown with just over two minutes left but the onside kick failed. Sean Payton, Drew Brees and the Saints remained unbeaten at 5-0 for the first time since the 2009 Super Bowl champions. 26-18 Saints
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants—The Eagles only led 22-21 after three quarters in a game where Michael Vick pulled a hamstring and came out. Yet turnovers have killed the Giants all season. Nick Foles threw touchdown passes of 25 yards to Captain Morgan Brent Celek and five yards to Desean Jackson as the Eagles pulled away in the fourth quarter. Eli Manning threw three more interceptions as the Giants fell to 0-5 with another bad loss. 36-21 Eagles.
Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals —Carolina led 6-3 at halftime, but Cam Newton had a miserable game. He was sacked for a safety, saw a red zone interception returned to midfield, and then had an interception returned half the field to the Carolina 9. Carson Palmer hit Dray for a 7 yard touchdown and Rashaard Mendenhall had a one yard touchdown run. 22-6 Cardinals
Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys —This instant classic will be played 100 years from now. Peyton Manning finished 33 of 42 for 414 yards. Tony Romo was 25 of 36 for 506 yards. Both quarterbacks had five touchdowns and one interception although one Manning score came on the ground. Manning’s interception came after 20 touchdown passes. With the score tied at a ridiculous 48-48, Romo was intercepted with 1:57 to play as Denver had it at the Dallas 24. On 3rd and 1 from the 2, Knowshon Moreno got the first down. Manning did not even try and score. He took a knee and bled the clock for the field goal. Matt Prater was good from 28 and Denver got to 5-0 with the thrilling win. 51-48 Broncos
Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers —Matt Schaub threw an interception for a touchdown for the fourth straight week to start the game, and a couple other interceptions set up 49ers scores. The 49ers blasted the Texans and Schaub was benched and Colin Kaepernick hit Vernon Davis for a 64 yard touchdown in a blowout. 34-3 49ers
San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders — Philip Rivers was quickly intercepted and Terrelle Pryor’s first pass was a 44 yard touchdown bomb to Rod Streater. Pryor completed his first 10 passes and an 88 yard drive resulted in a two yard touchdown to Denarius Moore as the Raiders built a 17-0 halftime lead that included a 4th and goal from the one goal line stand. In the second half the Raiders blocked a field goal and Charles Woodson returned a fumble 25 yards for a 24-3 lead. San Diego mounted a furious fourth quarter rally but Sebastian Janikowski drilled a 50 yard field goal off the dirt. Philip Rivers passed for 414 yards but late game interceptions by DJ Hayden and Woodson were the final daggers. 27-17 Raiders
New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons was the Monday Night game. The Jets blocked a punt early, ended the half with a goal line stand, and saw Geno Smith throw touchdown passes to Cumberland, Kerley, and Winslow as the Jets led 27-14 after three quarters. A long punt return led to a 3rd and goal at the one touchdown pass to Kellen Winslow Jr. Jacquez Rodgers had touchdowns of 4 and 19 yards as Atlanta closed to 27-21. With 2:16 to play Matt Ryan threw incomplete on 4th and 3 from the Jets 7. Yet defensive holding gave Atlanta life, and Matty Ice hit Levine Toilolo for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:54 left. Smith worked the 2 minute drill perfectly, and Nik Folk came in for the 42 yard kick to win it with three seconds left. Folk was good and the Jets had the shocking win. The Jets are 3-2 and the Falcons have gone from top seed last year to 1-4 this year. 30-28 Jets
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