NFL Week 4 Awards: Who Were This Week's Biggest Winners and Losers?

John HickeyContributor IIOctober 3, 2011

NFL Week 4 Awards: Who Were This Week's Biggest Winners and Losers?

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    Week 4 saw nine of the 14 afternoon games end with a one touchdown or less difference between the winners and losers.

    As always, there were some important wins and gut-wrenching losses.

    San Francisco scored late for a one-point win oer the Eagles on the road. Detroit rallied from 24 points down to beat Dallas on the road.

    The Seahawks had a chance to pull of a major win over the Falcons at home, but the game came down to an unmakeable 61-yard field goal. The Bills had a chance to run their record to a perfect 4-0, but lost to a Cincinnati team Buffalo figured it should beat.

Big Winner: Lions Claw Back from 24 Down to Beat Cowboys

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    The Lions are 4-0 and have two of the biggest wins of the NFL season to date, including Sunday's amazing performance in Arlington, Texas, a game in which the Lions won after being down 24 points to the Cowboys in the third quarter.

    Two interception returns against Dallas QB Tony Roma turned the momentum in this one before quarterback Matthew Stafford hit Calvin Johnson for a pair of fourth quarter scores, the second of those coming with just 1:39 left.

    Just last week the Lions rallied from 20 points down and pulled out a win in overtime and Detroit has now won an NFL-best eight consecutive games.

Big Loser: Seahawks Fall Short to Falcons, 30-28

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    After being down by 20 points at home in the third quarter, the Seahawks had a chance to pull out a win that would have gotten Seattle back to .500.

    But after Ben Obomanu scored with 8:13 to go on a pass from resurgent QB Tarvaris Jackson to get within two points, the Seahawks could get no closer.

    Seattle had one shot to win it, but a desperation 61-yard field goal attempt didn't come close.

Big Winner: Texans Survive Injury to Johnson, 17-10

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    There was a time when the loss of wide receiver Andre Johnson would have been catastrophic for the Houston Texans.

    Welcome back, Arian Foster. He took the pressure off quarterback Matt Schaub by rushing for 155 yards, including scoring the go-ahead touchdown after Johnson had been forced out of the game.

Big Loser: Rams See Potential First Win Slip Away vs. Redskins

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    The winless Rams had a chance to pull this one out when they got the ball at the Washington 19-yard line with five minutes to play.

    But a Rams' penalty followed by a sack on second down and another sack on third down put them in a fourth-and-30 spot that put St. Louis too far away to do any damage in the final minutes of a 17-10 loss.

Big Winner: 49ers' Late Rally Guns Down Eagles, 24-23

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    Down 20 points in the second half, the 49ers rode the kegs if the less-injured-than-advertised Frank Gore to a 24-23 win to improve to 3-1 and a two-game lead in the NFC West.

    Gore, who didn't start because of ankle problems, rushed for 127 yards on 15 carries, including a 12-yard burst with about three minutes to go that tied the score, the PAT putting San Francisco ahead to stay.

    Quarterback Alex Smith, often maligned as the leader of the San Francisco offense, threw for 291 yards and a pair of touchdowns in San Francisco's most important win yet.


Biggest Loser: Bills See Chance for 4-0 Start Slide Away vs. Bengals, 23-20

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    Buffalo had done masterful work getting to 3-0 by rallying from big deficits. On Sunday, when they only needed to protect a second-half lead, the Bills couldn't do it.

    Up 20-13 with 11:22 to play, the Bills didn't score again and the Bengals, losers of 10 straight against the Bills, rallied for 10 points behind quarterback Andy Dalton, who ran 3 yards for one score and set up a game-winning field goal with his deft scrambling.