Bleacher Report's Week 8 NFL Highlight Tape
As they do every week, the elite athletes of the gridiron provided us with some electrifying plays.
From long bombs to a fat guy catching a touchdown, Bleacher Report has you covered. Here are all the top plays from Week 8.
Sam Bradford Connects with Chris Givens in London
The New England Patriots took the St. Louis Rams to school in London, winning by a score of 45-7.
But before the outcome was decided, Sam Bradford hooked up with Chris Givens for this gorgeous 50-yard touchdown strike to go up 7-0.
Imagine how good the Rams might be next year with another receiver or two. Bradford has a cannon for an arm, and he's really accurate.
Things that make you go hmmmm.
Guy Whimper Sneaks into the Action
It's a play that doesn't happen often enough in the NFL for my taste: the offensive lineman touchdown catch.
The Jacksonville Jaguars faked a run to the left, allowing offensive lineman Guy Whimper to slide out to the right uncovered. Blaine Gabbert almost missed the pass, as he was under heavy pressure, but Whimper came up with the tough grab for six.
Unfortunately for the Jaguars, Whimper was the only "receiver" who could manage a touchdown grab—not enough offensive firepower to beat the Green Bay Packers, even on an off day.
Beast Mode Breaks Down Detroit's Defense
Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch broke off a monster 77-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.
Lynch can't take all the credit for this sweet run, though, as his offensive linemen and receivers did a phenomenal job of blocking on this simple sweep, allowing him to go the entire way untouched.
This score put the Seahawks up by a score of 10-7, but they couldn't hold on to the lead. Perhaps giving Lynch only 12 carries in this game had something to do with that...
Julio Jones Abuses Nnamdi Asomugha for Huge TD
Matt Ryan had his way with the vaunted secondary of the Philadelphia Eagles, throwing for 262 yards and three touchdowns (all three in the first half).
He had help, though, especially from Julio Jones, who finished the game with five catches for 123 yards.
This play, in particular, demonstrates how good these two men were on the road in Philly, as they turned a simple streak play down the sideline into a 63-yard touchdown pass over Nnamdi Asomugha. You can't teach pure speed, and Jones has it in abundance.
Dolphins' Blocked Punt for TD over the Jets
The Miami Dolphins went up by a score of 20-0 in the first half, partly due to this blocked punt by Jimmy Wilson that led to an easy touchdown for Olivier Vernon.
This single play was a microcosm of the way the entire game went in the Dolphins' favor, as they utterly destroyed and humiliated their divisional rivals in their own house at MetLife Stadium, winning by a score of 30-9.
Zach Miller's One-Handed Gem for a TD
The Detroit Lions were up by a score of 21-17 early in the fourth quarter over the Seattle Seahawks. Then Russell Wilson led the Hawks on a six-minute drive that culminated with this insane touchdown catch by Zach Miller.
The best part about this catch is that Miller didn't even know where the ball was until it was already halfway there. His ability to adjust to the ball in the air and then lay out and make the one-handed catch was nothing short of brilliant.
Unfortunately for Miller and the Seahawks, they ended up losing the game by a score of 28-24, thanks to a last-minute, game-winning touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Titus Young.
Vick Ballard's Twist and Touchdown in Overtime
The Indianapolis Colts came back to force overtime after going down by a score of 13-6 in the fourth quarter.
Then, on the first possession of overtime, the Colts started pounding away with Donald Brown in the running game.
Six runs later, Andrew Luck hit Reggie Wayne on a 20-yard strike that set up this brilliant play by Vick Ballard for the game-winning touchdown.
Jason Pierre-Paul Pick-Six
Tony Romo had already thrown two costly interceptions before this play.
Then, under pressure, Romo threw this ill-advised pass directly to Jason Pierre-Paul, who happily took it back for the easiest touchdown he's ever going to have in the NFL.
This play turned out to be a critical error, as the New York Giants went on to beat the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 29-24 and scored only two field goals in the second half.
Rob Gronkowski Goes Off in London
Rob Gronkowski had such a big game against the St. Louis Rams that his highlight reel has a spot on our highlight reel.
He finished the game with eight catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns, but he came within a couple of inches of tallying three touchdowns.
Finally, just to cap it off, he provided us with a truly original touchdown celebration when he paid homage to London's Royal Guard.
Gronk is awesome.
Pat Lee Kills the Chiefs' Chances for a Comeback
With just over five minutes to play, the Kansas City Chiefs were knocking at the door for a crucial score that would pull them to within 10 points of the lead.
Then Pat Lee took advantage of Matt Cassel's putrid offering and came away with this brilliant interception.
It turned out to be absolutely critical too, as Cassel and the Chiefs ended up scoring a touchdown only three minutes later. Alas, it was too little, too late, and the Oakland Raiders won the game 26-16.
Danny McCray Intercepts the Ball off Victor Cruz's Back
With the score 24-23 in favor of the Dallas Cowboys late in the third quarter, the New York Giants were driving down the field and had just gone past the 50-yard line.
Then Danny McCray found a gift-wrapped interception coming toward him off Victor Cruz's back. He made the play, and Dallas lived to fight another day.
Unfortunately for McCray and the Cowboys, Eli Manning and the Giants rained on their parade, going on to score two field goals and win the game by a score of 29-24.
Drew Brees Throws Touchdown Pass No. 300
Drew Brees. He's kind of good.
Although the New Orleans Saints got blown out by the Denver Broncos 34-14, Brees reached another personal milestone in his prolific career when he connected with Darren Sproles for this sweet 29-yard touchdown play.
It was the 300th career touchdown pass by Brees. He ended the game with one more, moving his career total to 301 for No. 6 on the all-time list—passing John Elway, who has 300.
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