WEEK 16 REVIEW
The Dallas Cowboys faced off against the Washington Redskins in Week 16 and DeMarco Murray put the Cowboys on the board with a touchdown in the First Quarter. The Redskins countered with a Field Goal with 4:15 left in the quarter. In the Second Quarter Kai Forbath kicked a Field Goal from 22 yards and brought the Redskins to within 1 point. Dez Bryant caught a 14 yard pass from Tony Romo with 4:37 left in the half and the Cowboys led 14-6 at the half. In the Third Quarter, the Redskins scored 2 touchdowns with the first being an 8 yard pass to Pierre Garcon and the second was a 4 yard run from Alfred Morris and the Redskins led 20-14 at the end of three quarters. Just 4 seconds into the Fourth Quarter, Forbath kicked a 47 yard Field Goal to increase the lead to 9. Dallas then kicked a 25 yard Field Goal to cut the Redskins lead to 6 points. With 1:08 left in the game, DeMarco Murray caught a 10 yard pass from Tony Romo from 10 yards out and gave the Cowboys the lead and eventually the win at 24-23.
The Carolina Panthers handed the New Orleans Saints their fifth loss of the season. After a shut out in the First Quarter Shane Graham put the first points on the board with a 40 yard Field Goal and on their next possession, kicked another from 24 yards. With 1:45 left in the half, DeAngelo Williams ripped off a 43 yard run for a touchdown putting the Panthers in the lead at the half 7-6. Carolina increased their lead to 4 points in the Third Quarter with a 40 yard Field Goal. Mid way through the Fourth Quarter, Drew Brees connected with Jimmy Graham from 5 yards for a touchdown and the Saints led 13-10. With just 23 seconds left in the game, Cam Newton connected with Domenik Hixon from 14 yards for a touchdown putting the Panthers up 17-13 and winning the game.
SCORES FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE
- Denver Broncos defeated the Houston Texans 37-13
- Buffalo Bills shut out the Miami Dolphins 19-0
- Cincinnati Bengals killed the Minnesota Vikings 42-14
- Indianapolis Colts defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 23-7
- St. Louis Rams handily beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-13
- New York Jets won over the Cleveland Browns 24-13
- Dallas Cowboys narrowly defeated the Washington Redskins 24-23
- Carolina Panthers beat the New Orleans Saints 17-13
- Tennessee Titans won over the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-16
- New York Giants defeated the Detroit Lions 23-20
- Arizona Cardinals won over the Seattle Seahawks 17-10
- Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Green Bay Packers 38-31
- San Diego Chargers beat the Oakland Raiders 26-13
- New England Patriots easily won over the Baltimore Ravens 41-7
- Philadelphia Eagles whooped up on the Chicago Bears 54-11
- San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-24
WEEK 16 HIGHLIGHTS
- Peyton Manning had a huge game in Week 16 against the Houston Texans and established some new milestones for his career. In the game, he completed 34 of 51 passes for 400 yards, 4 touchdowns with no interceptions. In the game, Manning exceeded the 5,000 yard mark for the season which is a first in his career and had his 12th game this season with more than 300 passing yards. In addition, he tied the record for touchdowns in a season with Tom Brady at 50 which was established in 2007 when Brady eclipsed Manning’s record of 49. Manning went on to throw another touchdown in the game and is now the record holder with 51 touchdowns in a single season and he still has one more game to play in the regular season. Manning is now just 266 yards away from beating Drew Brees’ record for yards in a season. Manning was also voted Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated and is number one on the ballot for league MVP. The Broncos also clinched the AFC West Division with the win and still have a shot at #1 in the AFC if the Patriots lose next week and are 17 points away from tying the all time highest points scored in a season.
- Roddy White caught 12 passes for 141 yards and 1 touchdown averaging 11.8 yards per reception.
- LeSean McCoy ran for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns and caught 6 passes for 29 yards.
- Jimmy Graham caught 5 passes for 73 yards and 1 touchdown averaging 14.6 yards per reception.
- DeMarco Murray ran the ball 22 times for 96 yards and 1 touchdown along with catching 3 passes for 15 yards and 1 touchdown.
- Pierre Garcon caught 11 passes for 144 yards and 1 touchdown averaging 13.1 yards per reception.
- Chris Ivory ran the ball 20 times for 109 yards.
- A.J. Green caught 7 passes for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns averaging 13.9 yards per reception.
- Ryan Matthews carried the ball 25 times for 99 yards and 1 touchdown.
- Eric Decker caught 10 passes for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns averaging 13.1 yards per reception.
- Tony Gonzalez caught 8 passes for 63 yards and 1 touchdown.
- Fred Jackson ran 19 times for 111 yards and 1 touchdown averaging 5.8 yards per carry.
- Andy Dalton completed 71.1% of his passes for 266 yards and 4 touchdowns with zero interceptions.
- Jamaal Charles ran 13 times for 106 yards and 1 touchdown and caught 5 passes for 38 yards.
- Demaryous Thomas caught 8 passes for 123 yards and 1 touchdown averaging 15.1 yards per reception.
- Andrew Luck threw for 241 yards and 1 touchdown.
- Zac Stacy ran the ball 33 times for 104 yards and 1 touchdown.
- Matt Ryan completed 77.1% of his passes for 348 yards, 2 touchdowns with 2 interceptions.
- LaGarrette Blount rushed 16 times for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns.
- Nate Washington caught 6 passes for 117 yards and 1 touchdown.
- Joique Bell rushed the ball 20 times for 91 yards and 1 touchdown.f
- Frank Gore carried the ball 16 times for 97 yards and 1 touchdown.
- Nick Foles threw for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interception.
- LeVeon Bell ran the ball 26 times for 124 yards and 1 touchdown.
- Antonio Brown caught 6 passes for 105 yards.
- Eddie Lacy carried the ball 15 times for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns averaging 5.6 yards per carry.
QUARTERBACK LEADERS – WEEK 16 PLAYERS ON THE MOVE
- Philip Rivers moved up 1 slot to #34 passing Mark Brunell and is behind Hall of Fame Quarterback Sonny Jurgensen with 32,140 Career Passing Yards.
- Ben Roethlisberger joins Philip Rivers at #25 with 218 Career Passing Touchdowns.
- Tony Romo entered the Top 30 for Career Passing Touchdowns moving past Randall Cunningham to join Kurt Warner and Kerry Collins at #30 with 208 Touchdowns.
RUNNING BACK LEADERS – WEEK 16 PLAYERS ON THE MOVE
- Frank Gore moved up 1 slot to #29 passing Clinton Portis and is behind Ricky Williams with 9,967 Career Rushing Yards. Gore also scored 1 touchdown in Week 16 and moved into a tie at #29 with Ahman Green, Terrell Davis and Brandon Jacobs with 60 Career Rushing Touchdowns.
- Steven Jackson moved past Hall of Fame Running Back O.J. Simpson and Herschel Walker to #28 behind Lenny Moore with 62 Career Rushing Touchdowns. Jackson also moved up 3 slots into the Top 20 at #20 passing Ricky Waters, Jamal Lewis and Thomas Jones with 10,678 Career Rushing Yards.
WIDE RECEIVER LEADERS – WEEK 16 PLAYERS ON THE MOVE
- Brandon Marshall moved past Ed McCaffrey, Anthony Carter and Chris Burford to join Wes Chandler, Tony Davis and Haven Moses at #38 with 56 Career Receiving Touchdowns.
- Anquan Boldin moved into the Top 30 at #30 passing Terance Mathis, Keenan McCardell, Anthony Miller, Carl Pickens, John Stallworth and Marquis Colston into a tie at #30 with Keyshawn Johnson and Plaxico Burress with 64 Career Receiving Touchdowns.
DEFENSIVE LEADERS – WEEK 16 PLAYERS ON THE MOVE
- Jared Allen’s 1/2 Sack in Week 16 moved him into a tie with Hall of Fame Linebacker Derrick Thomas at #11 with 126.5 Career Sacks.
- Robert Mathis posted 1 Sack and moved past Pat Swilling to join Dwight Freeney at #18 with 108.0 Career Sacks.
- Terrell Suggs moved up 1 slot to #18 passing Henry Thomas and is behind Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, Robert Porcher and Steve McMichael with 94.5 Career Sacks.
- Andre Carter entered the Top 40 Sack list at #40 with 80.5 Career Sacks.
- Ed Reed’s interception moved him up 1 slot passing Dave Brown and Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau to join Darren Shaper and Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott at the #6 all time with 63 Career Interceptions.
- DeAngelo Hall moved up 1 slot passing Ashley Ambrose, Gill Byrd, Bobby Hunt, Sammy Knight and Albert Lewis to join Cris Dishman, Dre’ Bly and Kermit Alexander at #23 with 43 Career Interceptions.