Week 12 in the NFL kicked off with a battle between two AFC South Rivals: The Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson threw the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth, giving Houston a 20-17 win and an edge over the Colts in the AFC South division race. In Atlanta, Vita Vea of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the heaviest player ever to score a touchdown, as Tampa Bay beat Atlanta 35 to 22. In what turned out to be the game of the day, the Carolina Panthers fell to the New Orleans Saints 34-31. Carolina drove down the field, setting up a simple 28-yard field goal for kicker Joey Slye, but Slye pushed the kick wide right. With the remaining time, Future Hall of Famer Drew Brees gave Saints Kicker Will Lutz a relatively easy field goal to win the game 34-31. In Fox’s “America’s Game of the week” the Dallas Cowboys took on the New England Patriots. Many believed this was Cowboys’ Coach Jason Garrett’s chance to show that he can lead his Cowboys to beat a formidable opponent. Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys fell short, as the Patriots won a slop-fest 13-9. The Sunday nightcap featured two division-leading teams: The Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. On the first possession of the game, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers fumbled the ball, giving San Francisco the ball two yards away from the endzone. This would be the start of a dominant 37-8 victory for San Francisco. Week 13 in the NFL started with its traditional thanksgiving day slate. In the first game of the day, the Detroit Lions fell short against the Chicago Bears 24-20, keeping the Bears’ playoff hopes alive. Next, the Dallas Cowboys welcomed the Buffalo Bills, who have surprised the rest of the league with an 8-3 start to the season. Buffalo controlled this game from start to finish, winning the game 26-15 with the help of Josh Allen’s heroic performance. Finishing the holiday off, the New Orleans Saints took care of the Atlanta Falcons 26-18, in a game where the score makes the game look much more tightly contested than it was. The struggling Cincinnati Bengals, under first-year head coach Zac Taylor, won their first game of the season against the very inconsistent New York Jets, by a score of 22-6. On a snowy day in New Jersey, the Green Bay Packers, a team that has a fair amount of experience with blizzard-like conditions, beat the New York Giants 31-13. The game that was hyped up to be the game of the year, between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, did not disappoint. MVP frontrunner and Ravens Quarterback, Lamar Jackson led the Ravens down the field with the final possession of the game to set up a Justin Tucker game-winning field goal to win 20-17. Finishing off the week, the Seattle Seahawks hosted the Minnesota Vikings. With 24 seconds remaining in the game, Seattle kicked a field goal, giving the Seahawks a 37-30 lead over Minnesota. On the ensuing kickoff, the Minnesota Vikings fumbled, sealing a victory for Seattle.
By Tanay Desai