Week 11 of the NFL was the week of the upset bid. The underdogs produced their best efforts to upend some of the best teams in the league, but none of them were successful.
The early game schedule was as exciting as any group of games we've seen all season. There were three overtime games, and tons of drama.
Here's how it all went down, but first...
My GIF to You
For as much excitement as this week delivered, you'd think that the GIF section would be more plentiful. However, the fact is, there weren't a ton of spectacular plays to set in continuous motion for you.
A.J. Green's one-hand grab was the single GIF-worthy moment from Week 11 in the NFL:
Here are the top stories from Week 11:
Upset Bid No. 1: Jacksonville Falls Short In Houston
Of all the teams that had an opportunity to pull a major upset, the Jacksonville Jaguars' task was the biggest. Playing most of the game without Blaine Gabbert and without injured star RB Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jags outplayed the 8-1 Houston Texans for much of this game.
Justin Blackmon had a breakout performance.
He had seven catches for 236 yards and a TD in by far his best game of his rookie season. Chad Henne came on for Gabbert to throw for 354 yards and four touchdowns (talk about a waste of fantasy points).
Even with that offensive explosion from two unlikely players, they couldn't make enough plays on offense or defense to win this game. The Texans got their own big-time performances from a QB-WR tandem.
Matt Schaub threw for 527 yards and five touchdowns.
Andre Johnson was on the other end of a good percentage of Schaub's throws. He caught 14 passes for a ridiculous 273 yards. The final 48 came on a wide receiver bubble screen that Johnson took to the house in overtime to win a spectacular game.
The Jags were in the game, but the Texans survived 43-37 in overtime.
The #Jaguars 458 yards most since Nov. 2010 vs. Houston. ... Henne tied franchise record with 4 TD passes, fourth QB to do it with Jags.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) November 18, 2012
Upset Bid No. 2: Brandon Weeden Can't Finish The Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys tried to give the Browns the game, but Brandon Weeden and Sheldon Brown turned away like a defiant baby in a high chair. The Cowboys held on to win 23-20 in overtime, despite once leading 13-0, tallying seven sacks and recovering a crucial Tony Romo fumble.
The Browns had the lead 20-17 with 1:07 left in the fourth quarter, but a costly 35-yard pass interference penalty against Brown set up the game-tying field goal.
In overtime, the Browns couldn't muster anything on offense, and they allowed the Cowboys to escape an embarrassing home loss.
Upset Bid No. 3: Anemic Cardinals Offense Can't Take Advantage of Five Matt Ryan Picks
If the Cardinals had a quarterback capable of making one play, they would have handed the Atlanta Falcons their second straight loss.
The defense forced six turnovers, but despite starting "drives" in Atlanta's territory six times, they couldn't win this game. The Falcons prevailed 23-19.
How lucky is Matt Ryan?
This is the second time this season he's thrown three or more interceptions—yet the Falcons have won both games.
No team has looked worse beating bad teams than #Falcons...But 9-1 is 9-1...— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) November 18, 2012
The best part about #Cardinals fans arguing w/ each other is we are arguing over a gaggle of mediocre or worse QBs. In the end, who cares...— Seth Cox (@sethcoxTSHQ) November 18, 2012
Upset Bid No. 4: Green Bay Turns the Lions Away
Detroit played the best game I've seen them play all season, but it wasn't enough. I know they have come up with four wins this year, but they really played well against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Still, it wasn't enough, as Aaron Rodgers made plays and Randall Cobb is beginning to look a lot like Percy Harvin.
Cobb made a nice 22-yard touchdown reception that turned out to be the game-winner. It was one of nine catches for Cobb, who has really stepped up for the injured Greg Jennings and hobbled Jordy Nelson.
Calvin Johnson had a nice game with five receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown, but the Packers left the Motor City with a 24-20 win.
Unfortunately for the Lions, this loss will likely kill any chance they had at making the playoffs. They are 4-6, and probably need to run the table to have a shot.
More Cobb: "You have to make the play. You don’t know how many opportunities you’re going to get." #packers— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) November 18, 2012
The Veteran Schools the Rookie
So much for Andrew Luck helping to renew the QB rivalry between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots. For now, the rookie paled in comparison to Tom Brady, as did his team in matching up with the home-standing Pats.
Luck threw three interceptions and two of them went for pick-sixes. Newly acquired Aqib Talib took the first Luck miscue to the house, and rookie Alfonzo Dennard did then honors the second time.
Dennard's return went 87 yards the other way as Luck made a good effort to stop him, but he fell flat on his face.
It was rather symbolic of the rookie's overall day.
Tom Brady was good as you would been to expect him to be. He threw for 331 yards and three touchdown passes as the Patriots demolished the Colts 59-24.
This is 2nd time in #Patriots history they've had an Int return TD and punt return TD in same game (Week 17 2002 vs Panthers)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 19, 2012
Peyton Making the AFC West His Place
The Broncos improved to 3-0 in the AFC West and 7-3 overall with a 30-16 win over the San Diego Chargers. Manning threw for three more touchdown passes as he added to his MVP resume.
Philip Rivers threw two more interceptions as the Chargers may have just handed the reigns of the division to the Broncos.
#Chargers Philip Rivers has committed 42 turnovers since start of 2011 season. Yes, it leads the NFL.— Bill Williamson (@espn_afcwest) November 18, 2012
Here are the results from the rest of Week 11's action:
Cincinnati Bengals 28, Kansas City Chiefs 6
New York Jets 27, St. Louis Rams 13
This is not only a big win for morale, but it also keeps us mathematically alive in the Playoff hunt! Nice goin' #Jets!!!— Joe Namath (@RealJoeNamath) November 18, 2012
Washington Redskins 31, Philadelphia Eagles 6
Might be time for #Eagles fans to start rooting for the Browns, Jaguars, Chiefs & Panthers - the teams blocking the Birds path to #1 pick.— Ryan Messick 973ESPN (@Ryan_Messick) November 18, 2012
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27, Carolina Panthers 21
New Orleans Sains 38, Oakland Raiders 17
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