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
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.
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.
#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.
#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?
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
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
Seahawks 23, Bears 17 OT
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
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
Bengals 20, Chargers 13
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