Breaking Down the Most Pivotal Moments of NFL Week 3

Old AccountSenior Writer ISeptember 24, 2012

Breaking Down the Most Pivotal Moments of NFL Week 3

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    The NFL had its thrilling moments on Sunday of Week 3. Three overtime games occurred, three undefeated teams suffered their first loss, and the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots put on an electrifying finish to a game that resembled the intensity from the 2012 AFC Championship Game.

    There were certainly plenty of game-changing plays and memorable moments this weekend, but what stuck out the most in Week 3?

    Here is a breakdown of the most pivotal moments from yesterday's action.

The Hail Mary Pass to Titus Young

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    The Detroit Lions and the Tennessee Titans put on quite a show on Sunday, and it took overtime to decide the winner.

    How did this game get to overtime? The Lions scored two touchdowns within the final 20 seconds to tie the game, with this Hail Mary pass being the biggest highlight in regulation.

    Matthew Stafford was pulled from the game after suffering an injury, and Shaun Hill was given the task of leading the Lions on a comeback drive.

    Fortunately, he found Titus Young in the end zone with the help of a tipped ball by a Titans defender.

    This is a clear example of why you don't give up hope officially until there is no more time left on the clock.

Joe Philbin Ices Nick Folk in the Worst Possible Situation

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    The Miami Dolphins were in prime position to win a monumental divisional game against the New York Jets. Granted, Dan Carpenter didn't make a field goal that would have given the Dolphins their second win, but they were set to take advantage of a blocked Nick Folk field goal.

    Unfortunately, Joe Philbin's attempt to ice the kicker brought that to a halt. As the Dolphins clearly blocked Folk's field goal, viewers found that Philbin had called a timeout mere moments earlier.

    As a result, the Dolphins gave Folk another opportunity to seal the victory. He didn't squander that again, leading to the Jets victory.

The New Orleans Saints Fall to 0-3 in Overtime After Ryan Succop Field Goal

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    Two 0-2 teams battled it out on Sunday for the right to earn their first win on the season. Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints dominated the majority of the football game, but the Kansas City Chiefs offense finally exploited the weaknesses of the Saints both in the fourth quarter and overtime.

    Romeo Crennel faced a tough decision and ultimately earned a victory in the end. He decided to keep his team out on the field on a 4th-and-1, which the Chiefs eventually converted moments later.

    Ryan Succop clinched the first victory for the Chiefs on the game-winning 31-yard field goal, marking his sixth successful field goal on the day.

    It's safe to say that the Saints have seen better days over the past few years.

Sebastian Janikowski FG Sends the Pittsburgh Steelers Home Shocked

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    Sebastian Janikowski has been the brunt of many Oakland Raiders jokes over the past few years. However, the former first-round pick proved to the Raiders once again that he is capable of performing in clutch situations.

    The Raiders were in an offense-driven game with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who were unable to stop the explosive attack led by Carson Palmer and Darren McFadden

    Rookie head coach Dennis Allen put the game in the hands of his veteran kicker and ultimately sent the Steelers home stunned in light of the loss.

Blaine Gabbert Game-Winning 80-Yard TD Leads to Jaguars' First Win

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    Blaine Gabbert continues to prove he is capable of making a big throw with the game on the line while on the road. This time, the game-winning pass resulted in the Jacksonville Jaguars' first win of the season.

    After an Adam Vinatieri field goal gave the Colts a one-point lead with 56 seconds remaining, Gabbert bombed an 80-yard strike to Cecil Shorts to prompt the first game-winning drive of his young career.

    In the end, he outshined Andrew Luck in the process.

Lions Lose in Overtime on Questionable 4th-Down Call

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    After a miraculous comeback, the Detroit Lions left Tennessee with a disappointing ending after the questionable calls that were made.

    Facing a three-point deficit in overtime, the Lions could have simply called on Jason Hanson to make an easy field goal that would have tied the game once again.

    Instead, Jim Schwartz took a huge gamble by calling a quarterback sneak with Shaun Hill behind center. It didn't pay off, giving the Titans their first win on the season.

Kerry Rhodes Forced Fumble Leads to Dominating Arizona Cardinals Victory

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    The Arizona Cardinals are among the league's more pleasant surprises after their hot 3-0 start. They certainly carried the momentum into Sunday by dominating the Philadelphia Eagles in all phases. 

    Before halftime, the Eagles offense had an opportunity to score a touchdown and keep the game within striking distance.

    However, costly turnovers hurt the Eagles for good this time around. Kerry Rhodes forced a Mike Vick fumble on the 5-yard line, and James Anderson returned it 93 yards for a touchdown that gave the Cardinals a 24-0 lead which they never relinquished.

Dramatic Justin Tucker Field Goal Propels the Ravens to Comeback Victory

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    Welcome to the NFL, Justin Tucker.

    The rookie kicker out of Texas faced the team that benefited from the infamous 32-yard missed field goal by Billy Cundiff in the AFC Championship Game last year.

    After a successful final drive by Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense, Tucker connected on a 27-yard field goal.

    Although, he made sure there was plenty of drama left after the kick.

    Matt Miselis is a veteran NFL FC for B/R who has been featured on ESPN.com, CBS Sports and the L.A. Times. Follow him on twitter: @MattMiselisNFL