NFL Week 14 Highlights: Manning magic, Kittle shines

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Well, week 14 in the NFL was stunning. Multiple upsets took place on Sunday, such as the Dolphins preventing the Patriots securing the divisional title. The Bears left the Rams completely dumbfounded. Let’s delve into this week’s highlights. 

Overtime victory in Kansas

In an unbelievably close encounter, the Chiefs were taken to overtime by the Ravens, but won 27-24. 

Patrick Mahomes put up big numbers again, with 377 yards and two touchdowns on 35 passes. He linked up very well with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Hill compiled 138 yards on eight receptions, whilst Kelce gained 77 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions. 

Despite Harrison Butker’s two missed field goals, he still nailed the game winner in OT. 

The Ravens did incredibly well maintaining the pace of the Chiefs. Defensively they forced seven stoppages of their offence and Chuck Clark intercepted a pass. At the helm, Lamar Jackson contributed 212 all purpose yards and two touchdowns.

Bears defence runs riot

The Chicago Bears welcomed the Rams to Soldier Field as underdogs. They relished the role of underdog, and grabbed the victory by a 15-6 scoreline.

Mitchell Trubisky had a turbulent time as he threw for just 110 yards. He was also intercepted thrice. 

The defence were the most important piece for the Bears. Prince Amukamara, Roquan Smith, Kyle Fuller and Eddie Jackson all added an interception. Eddie Goldman forced a safety which completely flipped the game. 

Kittle stars in shock Niners win

George Kittle delivered a standout performance this week. The former Iowa Hawkeye dominated in the 49ers 20-14 win over the Broncos. 

On just seven receptions he collected 210 yards and a touchdown. His performance added to his season total of 987 yards, which is now a franchise record by any tight end. 

Although the result doesn’t do much for either franchise, the 49ers have built momentum to finish the season. 

Giants cruise past Redskins

The New York Giants forced floods of fans to exit FedEx Field at halftime thanks to a dominating performance against the Washington Redskins. The score ended a lot closer than it should’ve been at 16-40. 

Eli Manning played so well he was rested during the third quarter. He completed 14 of 22 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns. Saquon Barkley produced another excellent performance with 170 yards and a touchdown. 

Mark Sanchez had a nightmare for Washington as he completed just six passes for 38 yards and two interceptions. His replacement, Josh Johnson, threw for 195 yards, a touchdown and an interception. 

Unfortunately for the Redskins, their season is totally over. Their first and second string quarterbacks are both out for the season, and they look hopeless. At 6-7, playoff contention is over. 

Packers bounce back

With Joe Philbin as head coach, the Packers finally bounced back from a string of defeats as they beat the Falcons. 

Aaron Rodgers completed 66% of his passes for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Aaron Jones came from the bench and blew the game wide open with 78 yards. 

Matt Ryan was a competitor until the end as he posted 262 yards and touchdowns. He was also forced into two turnovers. Bashaud Breeland converted one of the turnovers into a pick-six. 

In most likelihood, both teams would probably file this season under forgettable.

Miracle in Miami

The Patriots entered Miami with the AFC East divisional crown on their radar. The Dolphins held strong, though, and eventually stole victory from the depths of defeat. 

An injured Ryan Tannehill was phenomenally accurate, completing 14 of 19 for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns. Also, Brandon Bolden performed amazingly in a revenge game as he scored two touchdowns on two receptions with 60 yards.  

As always Tom Brady dominated. His 358 yards and three touchdowns were not enough, however. 

With just seven seconds remaining, Tannehill threw a lateral to Kenny Stills. From there, he handed the ball to DeVante Parker who shovelled it to Kenyan Drake, who converted the drive for a touchdown. And madness ensued…the Dolphins had stopped the Patriots. 

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