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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 2:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos passes the ball during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on December 2, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 3, 2012

Almost no favorite was safe in Week 13 of the NFL schedule. This is why they play the games. Six teams favored per Oddsshark.com lost on Sunday afternoon.

It was a wild and entertaining Sunday in the NFL.

Here are the best stories of the afternoon games, but first....

 

My GIFs to You

 

Earl Bennett is Upended, But He Gets the Touchdown

 

Pettigrew's Great Grab

 

Megatron's One-Hand Ridiculousness

 

Top Stories

 

Luck Leads Never-Say-Die Colts Passed Lions

The Colts were trailing 33-21 with under three minutes remaining in the game, but Andrew Luck continued to shine in his rookie season. He threw two touchdown passes in the final 2:39 to give the Colts a 35-33 win on the road.

The Colts moved to 8-4 on the season and 3-3 on the road. 

The Lions' hopes of making the playoffs are all but dead as they fall to 4-8. The loss wastes an awesome day from Calvin Johnson.

Megatron had 13 receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown.

What Madden curse?

Critics need to find out what Ndamukong Suh and the defense were the cover boys for. That's where the problem is.

The defense has allowed 31.7 points per game in the team's last four games—all losses.

If I could bottle that moment.. I'd chug it everyday.. All day.. AMAZING.. I love this team.. It's bigger than us #CHUCKSTRONG #Colts

— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) December 2, 2012

There is one positive here: The #Lions have a boatload of good karma coming their way next season ...

— Jay Clemons (@ATL_JayClemons) December 2, 2012

 

 

AP Can't Beat the Packers Alone, But He Surely Tried

Adrian Peterson is having one of the best seasons of his career, and that is remarkable considering the knee injury he's recovered from.

He averaged an amazing 10 yards per carry on 21 attempts. His 210 yards weren't enough to beat the Green Bay Packers, though.

The Vikings' pass rush continues to struggle. They didn't sack Aaron Rodgers at all in this game, and the offense was shut out in the second half. The Packers scored the final 13 points of the game to erase a four-point halftime deficit.

The Vikings' playoff hopes are starting to seem like a pipe dream.

#Patriots now 9-3, clinch 12th straight winning season dating back to 2001, tied for 7th longest streak in @nflhistory (1921-32 #Packers)

— Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) December 2, 2012

#Vikings only team w/ MVP candidate (Adrian Peterson)and LVP (Christian Ponder) candidate on same team.

— Exavier Pope (@exavierpope) December 2, 2012

 

 

Jeff Fisher Has the Niners' Number

First Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams earned a tie with the San Francisco 49ers in one of the season's least satisfying games of the season. That Week 10 matchup was nearly repeated in Week 13, but Greg Zuerlein's 54-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Rams the win.

No one would argue that the Rams are a more talented bunch than the Niners, but they have given them fits this season.

If you're looking for a reason why the Rams have had the Niners' number, look no further than the man in charge. Fisher's defense understands how to match up against the Niners' run game, and that impacts the field position game.

Eight of the Niners' 13 drives began on their own 25-yard line or deeper. When the Niners did get good starting field position, the Rams only allowed one score.

Luck and RG3 get all the rookie accolades, but how about some love for the leg? #Zuerlein #rams

— Sara Walsh (@Sara_Walsh) December 2, 2012

#49ers: You can't switch QBs every time someone has a bad game. Kaepernick is the answer. Period.

— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) December 2, 2012

 

 

Peyton Manning and the Broncos Are Becoming the Year's Best Story

Manning and the Denver Broncos clinched the AFC West title for the second straight season, but this team is markedly different than last year's club. The 2012 Broncos have run away from the rest of the division and Manning is the biggest reason why.

Last year the Broncos barely got into the postseason at 8-8. This year they look like legitimate Super Bowl contenders at 9-3.

Manning threw three more touchdown passes as the Broncos have won seven straight.

Can you say MVP?

Trinidon Holliday can no longer be called Mr August, he's been great for the #broncos on special teams #NFL

— Steve Kim (@stevemaxboxing) December 2, 2012

Buccaneers loss big for Chicago Bears. Puts them 2 games up on closest teams outside wild card playff hunt (#Vikings, #Bucs)

— Exavier Pope (@exavierpope) December 3, 2012

 

 

 

Charlie Batch Picks Up the Steelers In Big Win Over Ravens

Many may have doubted the Pittsburgh Steelers' chances to win this game once Ben Roethlisberger was ruled out, but Batch stepped up big time.

The Steelers came into hostile territory and handed the division rival Baltimore Ravens the loss.

Batch threw for 276 yards and a touchdown in the 23-20 win. Shaun Suisham nailed the game-winning field goal with no time remaining, and the Steelers moved to 7-5 on the season. They also gained a game on the Ravens in the AFC North.

They are now two games back in the race for the division, but in the mix of things for a wild card.

I have no idea why we ever count out the #Steelers. Be interested to know what Tomlin said to Harbaugh at the end.

— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) December 3, 2012

Tremendous moment on #Steelers sideline just now, the two QBs … Thanks to @colin_dunlap for screen grab: yfrog.com/h4ifetyj

— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) December 3, 2012

 

Chiefs' Finish A Tumultuous and Tragic Weekend With Win

No jokes here.

The Chiefs gain a win on a terribly tough weekend for the organization. After the tragedy that hit the franchise on Saturday, concentrating on football was a challenge.

The Chiefs did pull out the 27-21 victory over Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. It was only the second win of the season for the team.

Congrats to the #Chiefs. Big win on an emotional day. Well deserved.

— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) December 2, 2012

Can't imagine what the #Chiefs and those around the situation are going through.How do you answer media questions?Has to be tough :(

— Shane P. Hallam (@ShanePHallam) December 2, 2012

 

The Rest of the Scores

 

Bills 34, Jaguars 18

up by 7.... still feels like they're losing. #Bills

— BNQ (@BNQ_) December 2, 2012

 

Seahawks 23, Bears 17 OT

 

Rare to see #Bears undone by their defense not being fast enough, but that's what happened.Column:cbsloc.al/QAjl8m

— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein) December 2, 2012

Patriots 23, Dolphins 16

 

The #Patriots have clinched the AFC East Division title for the 4th straight season & the 10th time in 12 years.

— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 2, 2012

Jets 7, Cardinals 6

Greg #McElroy throws a TD pass...for the #Jets! Took him all of 1 possession to outdo Sanchez & Tebow's whole season.

— NOT SportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) December 2, 2012

 

Texans 24, Titans 10

Markedly different atmosphere in #Texans locker room today vs when they clinched at CIN in 2011. That was euphoria. This was expected

— Nick Scurfield (@NickScurfield) December 2, 2012

 

Browns 20, Raiders 17

#Chargers & #Raiders should have a playoff game where the winner gets to move to L.A. #NFL

— NFL History Examiner (@NFLhistoryX) December 3, 2012

 

Bengals 20, Chargers 13

#Bengals win their 4th in a row, 20-13 over the #Chargers. Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis rushes for 118 yards, his 3rd straight with 100+ yds.

— FOX SPORTS: NFL (@NFLONFOX) December 3, 2012

 

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