NFL Scores Week 14: Most Stunning Performances from Sunday's Action

Shawn BrubakerContributor IIDecember 9, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 09:  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers throws a pass before being dragged down by Larry Foote #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 9, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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With two 50-plus-point performances and some stunning upsets, Week 14's NFL action did not disappoint on Sunday. 

From the Seattle Seahawks' offensive outburst to a brilliant performance from Philip Rivers, here are the most stunning performances from this week's slate of games.


Seattle Seahawks 58, Arizona Cardinals 0

The Seahawks were favored to win this game, and for good reason. The Cardinals lack a viable starting quarterback, and they had dropped eight straight heading into the game.

Still, nobody could have seen this coming. 

Dominating performances like this 58-point drubbing are almost never seen in the NFL, a league known for its parity.

Eight Arizona turnovers certainly helped the Seahawks' cause. Two of those turnovers were returned for touchdowns by the Seahawks, but that still leaves 44 offensive points by Seattle.

That's where the real stunner comes in. The Seahawks, led by a rookie quarterback, going against the NFL's 12th ranked defense, racked up a ridiculous 493 offensive yards. Most impressively, the Seahawks accumulated 284 rushing yards. 

This blowout was among the most shocking results from Week 14, and the offensive dominance from Seattle was absolutely stunning.


Cleveland Browns 30, Kansas City Chiefs 7

Cleveland came to play in this game, dominating the Chiefs for three quarters.

Early, though, this game looked like it could turn into an easy Chiefs victory. Jamaal Charles ripped off an 80-yard touchdown on his first carry, and Brady Quinn hit Dwayne Bowe for 47 yards on their second drive. 

That was the last highlight for the Chiefs, though, as Ryan Succop missed a 27-yard field goal and the game went downhill from there.

Travis Benjamin scored on a punt return for the Browns and the running game picked up an impressive 154 yards in the winning effort. The Browns are starting to surprise people. Their blowout win today was shocking, but don't be surprised if they do it again before the season is over.


San Diego Chargers 34, Pittsburgh Steelers 24

After poor offensive performances against the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals, the Chargers were considered dead on arrival in Pittsburgh, where the hosting Steelers welcomed back star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

The script was flipped, though, as the Chargers moved the ball efficiently and forced enough mistakes to shock the Steelers. 

Perhaps most impressively, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers led a Chargers attack that did not turn the ball over and went 12-for-22 on third down. That ability to keep the chains moving was huge for the Chargers and helped them dominate the time-of-possession battle. 

They also capitalized on the Steelers' mistakes, recovering a fumble for a touchdown and driving for a quick touchdown after a Roethlisberger interception.

The Chargers were supposed to be the mistake-prone team in this game, and there was no way they were supposed to beat the Steelers. Yet win the Chargers did, stunning the NFL in the most shocking upset from Sunday's action.