|Bryant gets major props for playing with a broken finger.|
The Dallas Cowboys (8-6) came from behind in the 4th quarter to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7) 27-24 in overtime, and create a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East. Dallas has won three in a row, five out of the last six, and controls its own playoff destiny. Wide receiver Dez Bryant did his part to keep the postseason hopes alive finishing with four receptions for 59 yards and 1 TD while playing with a broken left index finger.
For the second straight week, the Seattle Seahawks (9-5) put a 50-spot on the board (58-0 vs. Arizona Cardinals the previous week) after drumming the Buffalo Bills (5-9) 50-17. Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson rushed for 3 TDs and running back Marshawn Lynch collected his 8th 100-yard rushing game of the season (10 carries, 113 yards, 1 TD) and is averaging 11.5 yards per carry in his last two outings.
|Von Miller leads the 2012 version of the Orange Crush.|
The Denver Broncos (11-3) go on the road and earn their 9th straight win, 34-17 over the Baltimore Ravens (9-5), who have dropped three straight. The defense came up with the key play, as defensive back Chris Harris broke the game open with a 98-yard pick-6 late in the second quarter that put the Broncos up 17-0 right before halftime.
LaMichael James & Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers.
The San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1) blew a 28-point 2nd half lead to the New England Patriots (10-4) but came up with big plays late in the 4th quarter to squeeze out a 41-34 victory. After New England tied the game 31-31 on 28 unanswered points with under seven minutes to go in the 4th quarter, rookie running back LaMichael James returned the ensuing kickoff 62 yards, setting up a 38-yard TD jaunt by wide receiver Michael Crabtree who broke free after an intermediate pass from quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings.
|Not even 8-man fronts have denied A.D. from getting his.|
Peterson made his case for league Comeback Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player even stronger Sunday as he busted up the St. Louis Rams for 212 yards and 1 TD, including his second 82-yard touchdown romp of the season. A.D. has 1,812 yards rushing on the season including 1,313 in the last eight games, which is the most rushing yards in NFL history during an eight game span. With two games left in the season, Peterson is on pace to become only the seventh player in NFL history to eclipse the 2,000 yard mark and is in striking distance of Eric Dickerson's single-season NFL record 2,105 yards. All this coming after Peterson blew out his knee less than 12 months ago.