NFL Week 12 Recap: A Look At Our Favourite Games & PlaysWe saw a clash of titans (not just the Tennessee Titans who played and lost), throughout Week 12. We saw the likes of Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Phillip Rivers, Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Deshaun Watson, Drew Brees, and Matt Ryan in various states and shapes. It was the NFL quarterback equivalent of an action-packed ensemble of movie stars. Of course, not everyone lived up to their roles. We take a look at Week 12 games, which were pivotal to securing playoff-spots for the teams heading off into the wild card and divisional rounds.
Week 12 Schedule/Scores
Thursday, November 22nd
Sunday, November 25th
Monday, November 26th
Week 12 Game Highlights
New Orleans Saints (31) vs Atlanta Falcons (17)Drew Brees and his Saints put a beating on Atlanta, stopping many of the Falcons drives which led to a slew of forced fumbles. As theyve been all season, the Saints were firing on all cylinders. Austin Carr and Tommylee Lewis, both who are inexperienced receivers, caught their second career touchdown passes, while rookie tight end Dan Arnold and rookie receiver Keith Kirkwood caught their first. Clearly, the new bloods rose to the occasion once called on by the leader of the pack, Brees. As for Atlanta quarterback, Matt Ryan, the matchup was no doubt crushing with numerous slip-ups such as getting stripped by safety Marcus Williams on a third-and-2. The Saints win against the Falcons was their 10th straight, and effectively eliminated the Atlanta from the NFC South.
Denver Broncos (24) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (17)Riding high from a six-game winning streak, Big Ben and the Steelers came through expecting to earn their seventh victory. But the Broncos emerged as the high horses. The nearly 300-pound behemoth Shelby Harris intercepted Roethlisbergers pass to Antonio Brown with just a minute left in the game, which secured the Broncos win. You can call it the surprise play of the week, because even Roethlisberger was floored saying: I never thought in a million years a defensive lineman would get blocked off the ball that far, right into an interception. It was a tough loss for the Steelers, considering how Roethlisberger was 41 of 56 for 462 yards, his sixth 450-yard passing game, which extends his NFL record. But the Broncos changed the pace, going 79 yards in 11 plays. Phillip Lindsay gained 110 yards on just 14 carries, taking it from the 2 to break the 17-17 tie.
New England Patriots (27) vs New York Jets (13)Despite a tie in the second half, the New York Jets simply couldnt take off. The New England Patriots didnt play with finesse - their passing was off and TB12 had some bad misses, most likely related to missing a Friday practice due to an injured knee. Nevertheless, the Pats dominated with their runs, picking up 216 rushing yards as a team. Rob Gronkowski scored a beautiful 34-yard touchdown and Sony Michel too had a great game, finishing with 21 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown. Sony had suffered a back injury in the third but returned in the fourth with some good runs. The Jets played far better than they did in past games, with Jamal Adams putting on an excellent performance. He did a solid job of covering Gronkowski, forcing him to drop fairly easy passes. There was also Jermaine Kearse who scored a touchdown to give the Jets an early lead, but all in all, their efforts simply didnt fly high enough to beat the Patriots. Now lets get back to Brady for a second: Sure, he didnt have the best game, but it marked another record-breaking milestone for him - the most passing yards of all time (79,416) beating former record-holder, Peyton Manning.
Minnesota Vikings (17) vs Green Bay Packers (24)Its been a tough road for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, and it only got more disappointing with their loss to the Minnesota Vikings. When it came to time of possession, Minnesota dominated by recording 34 minutes and 37 seconds with the football in their hands. Vikings QB Kirk Cousins threw for 342 yards, three touchdowns and had no interceptions - saying he played well would be an understatement. At one point, Rodgers had a shot at reducing the Vikings 24-14 lead, but he couldnt reach Davante Adams with his deep pass attempt in the end zone. All that the Packers could respond with was a field goal, bringing the score up to 24-17. That simply wasnt enough that to upset Minnesota, landing Green Bay another loss and setting their record at 4-6-1.
Onto the Next One
Week 12 was a big one with its mix of upsets, surprises, record-breaking and rookie uprisings. The tension is building now that the wild card, divisional rounds, and the Super Bowl is in our sights. Its going to be an exciting next few weeks, so make sure to stay tuned the games and our coverage. You wont want to miss a thing!