Bleacher Report's Week 12 NFL Highlight Tape
Week 12 in the NFL means turkey, pumpkin pie and tons of Thanksgiving football.
There were some amazing highlights throughout the extended weekend, and Bleacher Report has all of them right here for your enjoyment.
Let's take a look at which plays defined Week 12.
Patriots Destroy the Jets in Less Than 60 Seconds
The New England Patriots went up by a score of 35-0 before the second quarter was even finished, thanks in large part to this 52-second binge of scoring.
First, Shane Vereen scored on an 83-yard touchdown pass. Then, Steve Gregory recovered a Mark Sanchez fumble and ran it back for a touchdown on the Jets' next offensive possession, just seconds after the touchdown.
Finally, on the next play, Julian Edelman recovered a fumble on the kickoff and ran it back 22 yards for the score.
All of this happened in under one minute.
Matt Ryan and Julio Jones Make the Bucs Pay
Down by three in the third quarter, Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons offense needed a big play to go up on the pesky Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Boy, did they get it.
Julio Jones beat Leonard Johnson off the line and streaked down the right sideline. Ryan hit him in stride for the monster 80-yard touchdown bomb—easily the biggest play of the game.
The Falcons ended up needing every point they got, too, as they ended up winning the game by a score of 24-23.
Leon Washington Busts Out in Miami
The Seattle Seahawks couldn't find a way to beat the Miami Dolphins, but don't blame it on Seattle.
The diminutive running back put the Seahawks on top in the fourth quarter when he returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.
Unfortunately, the Dolphins came back and scored 10 unanswered points to win at home, but that doesn't diminish this electric return for the touchdown.
Colts Cheerleaders Shave Heads for Chuck Pagano
Deviating from the script a bit, we wanted to highlight something that is sure to warm your heart.
Pagano is in the midst of fighting cancer, and many of his players shaved their heads recently in support of their head coach.
A couple of Colts cheerleaders decided to honor Pagano, who was attending the game, by shaving their heads as well.
If that doesn't get you right in the gut, I don't know what will.
Mohamed Sanu Does His Best A.J. Green Impersonation
The Cincinnati Bengals didn't have any trouble taking down the hapless Oakland Raiders, winning at home by a score of 34-10.
One of the biggest reasons for their easy victory was the play of rookie wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, who caught two touchdown passes on the day.
This one, in particular, deserved special consideration for our highlight reel. Sanu's one-handed catch reminds us that Andy Dalton now has two big-play wide receivers—a scary thought for the rest of the teams in the AFC North.
Cecil Shorts Jr. Scorches the Tennessee Titans
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Titans were locked in a close battle heading into halftime, with the Jags sporting a one-point lead, 7-6.
Chad Henne and Shorts Jr. put the Jaguars up by seven with a 59-yard touchdown pass that reminded me of what the San Francisco 49ers used to do in the West Coast offense.
Shorts Jr. took a short pass right in stride and was able to run right through the Titans defense all the way to pay dirt, and the Jaguars won just their second game of the season.
Peyton Manning Hits Demaryius Thomas for the Go-Ahead Score
The Kansas City Chiefs punched the Denver Broncos in the mouth for two-and-a-half quarters, going up by a score of 9-7 midway through the third quarter.
Then, Manning did what Manning's been doing for the better part of a decade and a half.
He hit Thomas in stride down the left sideline for one of the prettiest plays of Week 12, putting the Broncos up for good.
The Broncos ended up putting another three on the board, winning the game by a score of 17-9.
T.Y. Hilton Electrifies the Home Crowd
The Indianapolis Colts needed a victory to assuage their bitter loss a week ago to the New England Patriots.
Hilton surely did his part to make it happen, scoring two touchdowns on the day—the first being this 75-yard electric punt return for a touchdown.
He also caught Andrew Luck's lone touchdown pass of the game—an eight-yard strike in the third quarter.
This play turned out to be the difference in the game, too, as the Colts won the game by a score of 20-13.
Colin Kaepernick Electrifies the 49ers Offense in New Orleans
Kaepernick wasn't perfect in his second career start, but he made plays Alex Smith would never had made.
Specifically, he stayed composed under some serious pressure from the Saints and didn't take a single sack, all the while threading the needle into some tight spaces for big gains.
His first-quarter run set the tone for the 49ers' impressive 31-21 victory, and though the 49ers did score on two interceptions returned for touchdowns, Kaepernick's steady demeanor and smooth play kept the 49ers offense on the field for more than 30 minutes and Drew Brees off of it.
Janoris Jenkins Takes Ryan Lindley to School...Twice
It's not often that you see interceptions returned for touchdowns, but it's almost unheard of to see one player return two interceptions for touchdowns in one game.
That's exactly what Jenkins did in Week 13 for the St. Louis Rams, and his two touchdowns turned out to be the big difference in the game, as the Rams won by a score of 31-17.
Judging by what we've seen from the talented young man, this won't be the last time Jenkins is featured on one of Bleacher Report's highlight reels.
Ray Rice Converts a Fourth-and-29 Against the Chargers
In one of the most impressive and unimpressive plays you're going to see this week, Rice gave the Baltimore Ravens the boost they needed to get a tough victory on the road in San Diego.
The Ravens were down by three points with under two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. They had one chance left on fourth-and-29 when Joe Flacco dumped it off to Rice, who made what seemed to be all 11 defenders miss for the improbable first down.
Impressive: Rice's immortal effort.
Unimpressive: The Chargers' pathetic defense.
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