NFL Scores Week 13: Outcomes We Didn't Expect

Ethan GrantAnalyst IDecember 2, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 02: Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jets scrambles with the ball against the Arizona Cardinals on December 2, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Jets defeated the Arizona Cardinals 7-6.(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Week 13 of the NFL season started with a Drew Brees five-interception game against the Atlanta Falcons. We should have known then that this was going to be a doozy of an NFL week that no one could have predicted.

From overtime games to upsets we didn't expect, Week 13 helped clear up the playoff picture at the top while making it even more clouded in the middle.

Houston managed to clinch a playoff spot—no surprise there—but Chicago and San Francisco managed to keep each other down by both losing when the game was on the line in overtime. Green Bay now takes control of the NFC North, and Atlanta gets another jump on having complete control of home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Here's a look at all the scores from Week 13, and the upsets we never saw coming.


Week 13 Scores

Atlanta 23, New Orleans 13

Buffalo 34, Jacksonville 18

Seattle 23, Chicago 17 (OT)

St. Louis 16, San Francisco 13 (OT)

New England 23, Miami 16

New York Jets 7, Arizona 6

Indianapolis 35, Detroit 33

Green Bay 23, Minnesota 14

Houston 24, Tennessee 10

Kansas City 27, Carolina 21

Cincinnati 20, San Diego 13

Buccaneers 23, Denver 31

Cleveland 20, Oakland 17

Baltimore 20, Pittsburgh 23

Philadelphia at Dallas — 8:20 p.m. ET

New York Giants at Washington — 8:00 p.m. ET Monday


Notable Games

Seattle and St. Louis in OT

Both the Seahawks and the Rams took care of business in their games, and it helped make things very difficult on San Francisco over the final few weeks of the season.

For St. Louis, almost tying against San Francisco again must have been enough to move into position to win with a game-winning field goal by Greg "The Leg" Zuerlein. Seattle managed to go down and score a touchdown on its first possession of the overtime, and Russell Wilson yet again proves he was the more pro-ready prospect as he gets Seattle to seven wins.


Thriller in Indy

Is there anything Andrew Luck can't do?

The Colts inch closer to a playoff spot with their eighth win of the season, and Luck led the team on a game-winning drive with his pass to Donnie Avery as time expired.

I expected the Colts to win, but not in this thrilling fashion. It appears we might get the Denver-Indianapolis tilt we're all waiting for in the playoffs if the Colts can find a way to get to 10 wins.


McElroy Time?

Tim Tebow is inactive, and Rex Ryan votes to change QBs in the middle of a game. Wouldn't you know it?

With Mark Sanchez struggling mightily, Greg McElroy entered the game and proceeded to throw a touchdown pass that ended up being the game winner. No one could have expected a 7-6 final between these two teams, no matter how bad they've both been.

Still, it's odd that Ryan made the move on this weekend. Does he have it out for Tebow? Clearly there's more dysfunction in New York than even we could have recognized.


Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.