NFL 2012 Season — Week Seven Recap
Overtime games and thrilling finishes highlighted the games of Week 7 of the 2012 NFL season. Here's a recap of all of Sunday's action:
N.Y. Giants 27 — Washington 23
Eli Manning threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz with 1:13 left, and the New York Giants beat the Washington Redskins, 27-23, in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday. Cruz's score came just 19 seconds after rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III had given Washington (3-4) the lead via a 30-yard TD pass to Santana Moss. Griffin had a final chance for another rally, but Moss fumbled the ball away with 39 seconds to play as the Redskins were driving on New York (5-2).
Manning completed 26 of 40 passes for 337 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, while teammate Cruz had seven catches for 131 yards and the game-winning score. Griffin finished with 89 rushing yards, 258 passing yards, two touchdown passes to Moss, an interception and a fumble. Redskins' rookie running back Alfred Morris carried 22 times for 120 yards.
Pittsburgh 24 — Cincinnati 17
Ben Roethlisberger passed for 278 yards and a touchdown, and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 24-17, in Cincinnati on Sunday night. Reserve running back Chris Rainey scored the go-ahead touchdown on an 11-yard run early in the fourth quarter for Pittsburgh (3-3). Jonathan Dwyer ran 17 times for 122 yards for the Steelers. Cincinnati (3-4) was held to just 185 total yards of offense. Quarterback Andy Dalton threw for just 105 yards, a touchdown and an interception that set up Roethlisberger's 9-yard touchdown pass to Heath Miller that helped even the score at 14 at halftime.
New England 29 — N.Y. Jets 26 (OT)
Mark Sanchez fumbled in overtime to kill a potential game-tying drive, and the New England Patriots beat the New York Jets, 29-26, in Foxborough on Sunday. Stephen Gostkowski, who tied the game with a 43-yard field goal at the end of regulation, kicked a 48-yard field goal prior to Sanchez's fumble to lead New England (4-3) to the victory. Tom Brady threw for 259 yards and two touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski to lead the Patriots. Sanchez finished with 328 yards passing and a touchdown for New York (3-4), but his two turnovers cost the Jets. Jeremy Kerley caught seven passes for 120 yards for New York.
Oakland 26 — Jacksonville 23 (OT)
Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 40-yard field goal after Cecil Shorts III fumbled on the opening drive of overtime, and the Oakland Raiders rallied to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 26-23, in Oakland on Sunday. Trailing 23-13 in the fourth quarter, Oakland (2-4) scored 10 points in the final 7 minutes of regulation, tying the game on Carson Palmer's 1-yard keeper with 3:34 to play. The Raiders had a chance to win in regulation, but Janikowski missed what would have been an NFL-record setting 64-yard field goal as time expired.
Palmer finished with 298 yards passing, a touchdown and an interception. Shorts caught four passes for 79 yards for Jacksonville (1-5), which lost running back Maurice Jones-Drew to a left foot injury and starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert to an injured left shoulder.
Houston 43 — Baltimore 13
Matt Schaub threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns, and the Houston Texans routed the Baltimore Ravens, 43-13, in Houston on Sunday. Arian Foster ran for 98 yards and two scores for Houston (6-1), who claimed the best record in the AFC with the victory. Baltimore (5-2) had just 176 total yards of offense. Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked four times while throwing for just 147 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, including one Johnathan Joseph returned 52 yards for a score. Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs had a sack and three tackles in his return from a right Achilles tendon injury.
Tennessee 35 — Buffalo 34
Matt Hasselbeck threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Nate Washington with 1:03 remaining, and the Tennessee Titans beat the Buffalo Bills, 35-34, in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Sunday. Trailing for nearly the entire fourth quarter, Tennessee (3-4) rallied behind Hasselbeck for the second consecutive week. Titans' running back Chris Johnson carried 18 times for 195 yards and two scores. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 35 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns for Buffalo (3-4), however his interception helped set up the Titans' game-winning drive.
New Orleans 35 — Tampa Bay 28
Drew Brees passed for 377 yards and four touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints held off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 35-28, in Tampa on Sunday. New Orleans (2-4) scored 28 straight points after falling behind 21-7 early in the second half. Tampa Bay (2-4) attempted to rally, but the Saints' defense, which welcomed back linebacker Jonathan Vilma from a bounty-scandal suspension, stopped a late drive in the red zone to preserve the win. Lance Moore caught nine passes for 121 yards for New Orleans. Josh Freeman threw for 420 yards and three touchdowns for the Buccaneers, while Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson had seven catches for 216 yards and a score.
Dallas 19 — Carolina 14
Dan Bailey kicked a 28-yard field goal with 3:25 left and added another with 53 seconds remaining, as the Dallas Cowboys beat the Carolina Panthers, 19-14, in Charlotte on Sunday. Trailing by a point late in the fourth quarter, Dallas (3-3) drove down the field for Bailey's third field goal and added to their lead with his fourth. Tony Romo threw for 227 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys. Cam Newton completed 21 of 37 passes for 232 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Carolina (1-5). Newton also led the Panthers with 64 yards rushing.
Indianapolis 17 — Cleveland 13
Andrew Luck ran for two touchdowns, and the Indianapolis Colts beat the Cleveland Browns, 17-13, in Indianapolis on Sunday. Indianapolis (3-3) held the Browns scoreless after Brandon Weeden threw a 33-yard scoring pass to Josh Gordon early in the third quarter. Weeden passed for 256 yards and two touchdowns for Cleveland (1-6). Vick Ballard carried 20 times for 84 yards for the Colts.
Green Bay 30 — St. Louis 20
Aaron Rodgers passed for 342 yards and three touchdowns, and the Green Bay Packers beat the St. Louis Rams, 30-20, in St. Louis on Sunday. Green Bay (4-3) led 17-6 at the end of the third quarter and cruised to the victory over St. Louis (3-4). Jordy Nelson caught eight passes for 122 yards and a touchdown for the Packers, while teammate Randall Cobb had eight catches for 89 yards and two scores. Sam Bradford threw for 255 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Rams.
Minnesota 21 — Arizona 14
Adrian Peterson rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown, and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Arizona Cardinals, 21-14, in Minnesota on Sunday. Rookie Harrison Smith returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown early in the second half to provide the margin of victory for Minnesota (5-2). The Vikings held off Arizona (4-3), which had three turnovers in the game. Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder was a dreadful 8 for 17 for just 58 passing yards, a touchdown pass and two interceptions.
Quarterback John Skelton was sacked seven times, while throwing for 262 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Cardinals. LaRod Stephens-Howling carried 20 times for 104 yards and a score for Arizona, while Andre Roberts caught seven passes for 103 yards.
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