Fun Fact of the Day: Most NFL kickers are having a rough year, but not the Baltimore Ravens’ Justin Tucker. Yesterday, he tied an NFL record with 3 field goals of 50+ yards in a half, bringing him to a perfect 27-of-27 on field goals and 15-of-15 on extra points this season.
What a delicious weekend for football! Here’s what you missed while chowing down this Thanksgiving…
Week 12 highlights.
- The winning streak continues. On Thanksgiving, the Dallas Cowboys edged out the Washington Redskins 31-26 for their 10th straight win of the season. The team’s blazing hot rookies QB Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott kept up the good work; each one had a pair of touchdowns.
- You never forget your 200th. With last night’s victory over the N.Y. Jets 22-17, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady collected his 200th career win, tying him for the most wins in NFL history with Peyton Manning, who retired last season. The game was super close, because the Pats lost their top offensive weapon, tight end Rob Gronkowsi to a back injury mid-game. The team says the injury isn’t serious, but who knows? After all, Gronk missed the beginning of this season with a hamstring injury and last week’s game to a punctured lung.
- A kick and a miss. Last night, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos in a crazy overtime thriller 30-27. With just a minute left on the clock and the score still tied, the Broncos sent out their kicker for a super risky and extra-long 62-yard field goal attempt. He missed, which set up the Chiefs with good field positioning for their own field goal attempt. The Chiefs’ last second kick banged off the left upright, through the goal posts, and won them the game.
Week 13 highlights.
- Oh hi, Ohio State. This weekend’s Rivalry Week games did not disappoint. Everyone was especially excited for this Saturday’s marquis matchup between archenemies #3 Michigan @ #2 Ohio State. Michigan was in control for most of the game, but Ohio State managed to tie things up in the final quarter. In the end, Ohio State squeezed out a 30-27 victory in double overtime. But it wouldn’t be a true rivalry game without a good old-fashioned controversy. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh went ballistic on the sidelines during the game and afterwards complained about the refs’ questionable officiating, including a missed pass interference penalty and a favorable 1st down call for Ohio State that led to their game-winning touchdown. What does this mean? Ohio State keeps their #2 ranking and they are probably headed to the College Football Playoffs, even though they won’t be playing in the Big Ten conference championship game this weekend. Meanwhile, Michigan has moved down to #5 in the rankings and their playoff hopes are all but dashed.
- Offensive offensive linemen. Rivalry week took a nasty turn down South. In Clemson’s 56-7 win over South Carolina, several South Carolina players accused Clemson’s offensive linemen of using the N-word and other racial slurs during the game. Afterwards, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney insisted that the accusations were “absolutely false.”
- Time for a Texas turnaround. After another embarrassing loss to end the season, Texas fired their head coach Charlie Strong on Saturday. It didn’t come as a big shock, since he led the team to 3 consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1936-38. Later that day, Tom Herman was announced as Strong’s replacement. Who is that? Herman was the hottest coaching commodity this season. He led Houston from relative obscurity to a 22-4 record over the past 2 seasons. Hopefully, he has what it takes to return the Longhorns back to their former glory.
Green Bay Packers (4-6) @ Philadelphia Eagles (5-5). This is a must-win game for both teams. The Packers have lost 4 games in a row, and are in danger of missing the postseason for the first time in 7 seasons. The Eagles are also watching their playoff hopes dwindle. After getting off to a hot start this season, they’ve lost 5 of their past 7 games. 8:30pm ET on ESPN