After the insane results from around the NFL and fantasy football in Week 14, maybe a cold-weather Super Bowl isn't such a crazy idea.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports seems to like the idea of a snowy finale to the 2013 campaign, and it's hard to disagree with his assessment:
If we do get snow like this for the Super Bowl, and it produces anything close to this kind of action, I dare say no one will be crying— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 8, 2013
There were some huge fantasy totals put up by quarterbacks, despite the fact that snowy conditions were in play for much of the action in the early games.
Mother Nature's blustery mood also provided the perfect platform for a few fantastic finishes, as the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots both came from behind to win their games with seconds to spare.
Here's a look at the results from Sunday's action, followed by an examination of the top fantasy players from each game.
NFL Week 14: Sunday's Results
|Cincinnati Bengals||Indianapolis Colts||42-28|
|New England Patriots||Cleveland Browns||27-26|
|New York Jets||Oakland Raiders||37-27|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Washington Redskins||45-10|
|Baltimore Ravens||Minnesota Vikings||29-26|
|Green Bay Packers||Atlanta Falcons||22-21|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Buffalo Bills||27-6|
|Miami Dolphins||Pittsburgh Steelers||34-28|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Detroit Lions||34-20|
|Denver Broncos||Tennessee Titans||51-28|
|Arizona Cardinals||St. Louis Rams||30-10|
|San Francisco 49ers||Seattle Seahawks||19-17|
|San Diego Chargers||New York Giants||37-14|
|New Orleans Saints||Carolina Panthers||31-13|
Patriots and Ravens Emerge with Huge Come-from-Behind Victories
Baltimore's playoff hopes were on the ropes in Week 14. The Ravens were down in the fourth quarter after Cordarrelle Patterson hauled in a 79-yard touchdown pass to put the Minnesota Vikings up by four points with 45 seconds to play.
New England lost Rob Gronkowski during Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. He suffered a scary-looking leg injury that is believed to be a torn ACL, as Albert Greer of NFL.com reports:
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is believed to have a torn ACL, per source. MRI to confirm tomorrow.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 8, 2013
Making matters worse, the Patriots found themselves down by 12 points with two minutes and 39 seconds to play. It appeared Cleveland would walk out of Gillette Stadium with a surprising win.
As you might expect from championship-caliber teams, though, neither team lost.
Remarkably, Joe Flacco led Baltimore on a five-play drive that covered 80 yards, hitting Marlon Brown for a nine-yard touchdown strike to win the game.
Just minutes later, Tom Brady and the Patriots engineered an even more impressive fourth-quarter comeback.
Brady hit Julian Edelman on a two-yard touchdown strike with about a minute remaining to pull New England to within five points, and then the Patriots executed a perfect onside kick to get the ball back.
Thanks to a pass-interference penalty, the Patriots got down into the red zone, and Brady connected with Danny Amendola to put his team up by one point with 31 seconds left on the clock. New England failed a two-point conversion, but the score of 27-26 stood as the final whistle blew.
With the win, Baltimore improved to 7-6 on the season and put itself in position to defend last year's championship as the AFC's No. 6 seed.
The Patriots remain one game behind Denver for the top spot in the AFC with a record of 10-3.
NFL Week 14: Sunday's Fantasy Stars
|Colts at Bengals||Andrew Luck||QB||Indianapolis||32||358 total yards, four touchdowns.|
|Browns at Patriots||Jason Campbell||QB||Cleveland||29||418 total yards, three touchdowns.|
|Raiders at Jets||Marcel Reece||RB||Oakland||21||161 total yards, one touchdown.|
|Chiefs at Redskins||Jamaal Charles||RB||Kansas City||27||159 total yards, two touchdowns.|
|Vikings at Ravens||Cordarrelle Patterson||WR||Minnesota||20||147 total yards, one touchdown.|
|Falcons at Packers||Falcons Defense||DEF||Atlanta||15||Six sacks, two turnovers, one touchdown.|
|Bills at Buccaneers||Buccaneers Defense||DEF||Tampa Bay||23||Seven sacks, five turnovers.|
|Dolphins at Steelers||Ben Roethlisberger||QB||Pittsburgh||19||235 total yards, three touchdowns.|
|Lions at Eagles||LeSean McCoy||RB||Philadelphia||33||221 total yards, two touchdowns.|
|Titans at Broncos||Peyton Manning||QB||Denver||31||396 total yards, four touchdowns.|
|Rams at Cardinals||Cardinals Defense||DEF||Arizona||21||Four sacks, two turnovers, one touchdown.|
|Seahawks at 49ers||Phil Dawson||K||San Francisco||16||Four FGs, including one 50-plus.|
|Giants at Chargers||Philip Rivers||QB||San Diego||19||249 total yards, three touchdowns.|
|Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints||Drew Brees||QB||New Orleans||28||313 yards, four touchdowns|
LeSean McCoy Set for Huge Fantasy Finish in 2013
The Philadelphia Eagles are in the mix for the NFC East crown, and LeSean McCoy carried his team to another win in Week 14 to keep the pressure on the Dallas Cowboys.
Nick Foles has been the star of Philly's offensive show lately, but he was largely ineffective on Sunday thanks to an incredible snowstorm that covered the field with about six-to-eight inches throughout the contest.
But McCoy didn't have any issues shredding Detroit's front seven to the tune of 217 yards rushing with two touchdowns. He also added four yards on one catch. Before the game, Detroit featured the league's No. 6-ranked fantasy run defense, yet McCoy was able to gash the Lions repeatedly.
Up next for "Shady" and the Eagles are the Minnesota Vikings (No. 29), Chicago Bears (No. 30) and Dallas Cowboys (No. 32). All three teams are horrible against running backs, and McCoy should put up huge fantasy totals to close out the season.
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