NFL 2012 Season Week Nine Recap
Record-setting individual performances highlighted the Week 9 action of the 2012 NFL season. Here's a recap of this week's games:
Pittsburgh 24 — N.Y. Giants 20
Isaac Redman rushed for 147 yards and the eventual game-winning touchdown, and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New York Giants, 24-20, in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday. Trailing 20-10 entering the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh (5-3) found the end zone twice to complete the rally past New York (6-3).
Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for 216 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yarder to Mike Wallace in the final period that cut the Giants' lead to 20-17. Pittsburgh's pass defense limited Eli Manning to 10 completions on 24 attempts for 125 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.
Atlanta 19 — Dallas 13
Michael Turner ran for 102 yards and the tie-breaking touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the Atlanta Falcons beat the Dallas Cowboys, 19-13, in Atlanta on Sunday night. Atlanta (8-0) remained unbeaten on the season thanks to four field goals from Matt Bryant and Matt Ryan's 342 yards passing. Julio Jones caught five passes for 129 yards for the Falcons, while teammate Roddy White had seven receptions for 118 yards. Dallas (3-5) was led by quarterback Tony Romo, who threw for 321 yards and a 21-yard touchdown to Kevin Ogletree with 5:21 to play.
Tampa Bay 42 — Oakland 32
Rookie running back Doug Martin ran for 251 yards and four touchdowns, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders, 42-32, in Oakland on Sunday. After Martin scored on runs of 45, 67 and 70 yards in the second half, Oakland (3-5) rallied to within three points before Ahmad Black intercepted a Carson Palmer pass to kill the rally. The turnover set up Martin's final score from a yard away with 1:49 to play. Josh Freeman threw for 247 yards and two scores for Tampa Bay (4-4). Palmer finished with 414 yards passing, four touchdowns and three interceptions for the Raiders.
Indianapolis 23 — Miami 20
Andrew Luck set the NFL's single-game rookie record by throwing for 433 yards, and the Indianapolis Colts beat the Miami Dolphins, 23-20, in Indianapolis on Sunday. Indianapolis (5-3) head coach Chuck Pagano returned to the Colts' home stadium for the first time since being diagnosed with leukemia earlier this season. Luck finished with two touchdown passes, while teammates Donnie Avery and T.Y. Hilton had 108 and 102 yards receiving respectively. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 290 yards and a score for Miami (4-4). Dolphins' receiver Brian Hartline caught eight passes for 107 yards.
Green Bay 31 — Arizona 17
Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Arizona Cardinals, 31-17, in Green Bay on Sunday. Green Bay (6-3) set up most of its scores with a running game that rolled up 176 yards on 39 carries. Arizona (4-5) lost its fifth straight game despite getting 306 yards passing from quarterback John Skelton. The Packers lost Clay Matthews, Jordy Nelson and Bryan Bulaga to injuries during the game.
Carolina 21 — Washington 13
Cam Newton threw for 201 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score, as the Carolina Panthers beat the Washington Redskins, 21-13, in Landover, Md. on Sunday. Carolina (2-6) sacked Redskins' rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III four times, while holding him to 215 passing yards and 53 rushing yards. Trailing 21-6 in the fourth quarter, Washington (3-6) attempted to rally, but fell short.
Denver 31 — Cincinnati 23
Peyton Manning threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns, and the Denver Broncos beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 31-23, in Cincinnati on Sunday. Cincinnati (3-5) led 20-17 early in the fourth quarter, but Denver (5-3) rallied behind two late scoring drives that culminated with Manning touchdown passes. Eric Decker had eight receptions for 99 yards and two scores for the Broncos. Andy Dalton passed for 299 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Bengals. He was sacked five times. Jermaine Gresham caught six passes for 108 yards for Cincinnati.
Baltimore 25 — Cleveland 15
Joe Flacco threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith with 4:26 remaining, and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns, 25-15, in Cleveland on Sunday. Baltimore (6-2) rallied after falling behind 15-14 in the fourth quarter when Phil Dawson kicked his fifth field goal of the game for the Browns. Despite getting 105 yards rushing from rookie running back Trent Richardson, Cleveland (2-7) could not hold on and lost to the Ravens for the 10th consecutive time.
Chicago 51 — Tennessee 20
Brian Urlacher scored a touchdown off an interception — one of five Tennessee turnovers in the game — and the Chicago Bears trounced the Titans, 51-20, in Nashville on Sunday. Jay Cutler threw for 229 yards and three touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall for Chicago (7-1), which led 31-5 at halftime. Marshall finished with nine catches for 122 yards and the three scores. Bears' running back Matt Forte carried 12 times for 103 yards. Tennessee (3-6) was led by Chris Johnson, who ran for 141 yards, including a 80-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Detroit 31 — Jacksonville 14
Mikel Leshoure ran for three touchdowns in the second quarter, and the Detroit Lions beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 31-14, in Jacksonville on Sunday. Detroit (4-4) led 24-0 in the fourth quarter before Jacksonville (1-7) finally scored. Leshoure finished with 70 yards rushing on 16 carries, while teammate Joique Bell carried 13 times for 73 yards. Matthew Stafford threw for 285 yards for the Lions, while receiver Calvin Johnson caught seven passes for 129 yards. Jaguars' quarterback Blaine Gabbert passed for 220 yards, two scores and two interceptions.
Houston 21 — Buffalo 9
Matt Schaub threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns, and the Houston Texans beat the Buffalo Bills, 21-9, in Houston on Sunday. Arian Foster ran for 111 yards and a score, and
Andre Johnson caught eight passes for 118 yards for Houston (7-1). Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 239 yards for Buffalo (3-5). Former Texans' No. 1 draft pick Mario Williams had a sack and five tackles for the Bills in his return to Houston.
Seattle 30 — Minnesota 20
Marshawn Lynch ran for 124 yards and a touchdown, and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Minnesota Vikings, 30-20, in Seattle on Sunday. Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdowns and finished with 173 passing yards for Seattle (5-4). Adrian Peterson had 182 yards rushing for Minnesota (5-4) Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder was 11 of 22 for 63 yards.
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