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IFL WEEK 12 RECAP
Buffalo 7 New York (A) 27 38 5-15
Buffalo flew to New York to play the Jets, looking for their 2nd win of the season. Their hopes were quickly dashed when the Jets scored on each of their first three possessions.
New York took possession at their 25 after the opening kickoff, and then went 75 yards in 7 plays to take a 7-0 lead on a Watson to Thomas 9 yard pass.
Then after holding Buffalo to 19 yards the Jets Montae Nicholson blocked the punt. This lead to a quick 3 points making it 10-0.
Next the Bills were held to a 3 and out giving the Jets the ball at the NY 43 yard line. This time the Jets went 57 yards in 4 plays ending with a Watson to Woods TD pass, Jets 17-0. The Jets would tack on a FG to make it 20-0 at halftime.
In the second half both teams took their time with the ball, with each team scoring a TD ...the Jets on a Watson pass to Higbee, and the Bills on a Smith pass to Humphries...making the Final 27-7.
For the Jets:
Watson 26-33 308 yards 3 TDs
Thomas 7 catches for 101 yards 1 TD
For the Bills:
Smith 13-21 105 yards 1 TD
Humphries 9 catches for 91 yards 1 TD
Next week Buffalo travels to Cincinnati while New York visits Baltimore.
Houston 19 Denver 35 40 0-10
Denver gets back on the winning track with a 35-19 victory over Houston at Mile High Stadium. The Texans jumped out to a 10-0 lead after a quarter but the Broncos responded with two 2nd quarter TD's and after a Houston FG the score was 14-13 at the half.
The Broncos got two more 3rd quarter TD's and then after Houston cut the lead back to 9 (a missed PAT) the Bronocs put the game away with a pick 6 late in the 4th quarter.
Cincinnati 37 Pittsburgh 10 47 Calm
Bengals break open a close game in the second quarter with a 17-3 advantage. Gordon scores three touchdowns for Cincinnati.
Tampa Bay 42 Detroit 16 70
Derek Carr throws 5 touchdown passes as the Bucs tame the Lions.
Washington 3 Dallas 26 70
The very injured and extremely usage-impaired Washington Redskins put up little fight against the Dallas Cowboys under the lights Friday night falling to its division rival 26-3. Washington could only manage 132 yards total offense (68 on the ground and 83 through the air - don't ask me why it doesn't add up) in the contest and converted a woeful one of 13 third down attempts. Dallas, not exactly a good team either, overcame two (more) Cam Newton interceptions but managed to win.
Alex Erickson returned three punts for 115 yards, including a 53-yard TD, to help the Cowboys' cause.
New England 34 Miami 49 80 0-5
The Patriots came to Miami in hopes of improving their playoff chances, while Miami was looking to bounce back from their 1st loss in 2 years.
Both Offenses played well and had a lot of yards and scored a combined 83 points, both Defenses gave up a lot of yards and some big plays. The Patriots had 4 passes of over 25+ yards and 4 runs of 10+ yards and the Dolphins had 5 passes of 25+ yards and 3 runs of 10+. Big plays for both Teams in this one. New England amassed 387 yards while Miami racked up 507 yards as Goff threw for 5 TD's and AP ran for 2 scores as well.
After closing a early Dolphin 14-0 lead to 14-13 score with 4:37 left in the 1st half, the Dolphins opened it up and for the most part and kept a 2 score lead for the duration of the game, the final score was Miami 49 New England 34.
Next week New England is at Jacksonville and Miami travels to Tennessee
Los Angeles (N) 28 San Francisco 30 64 0-10
For the second week in a row, the 49ers faced a team that had only 1 loss going into the game. SF fans, having seen their team win a total of 9 games in 3 years, expected the worse. However, this is a new 49er team and for the second week in a row, upset the division leader by squeaking by 30-28.
1 8:26 SF TD Trubisky 4 pass to Diggs (Crosby) (14-75-6:34)
1 2:36 LA TD Luck 25 pass to Burton (Succop) (8-92-3:39)
2 14:51 SF TD Trubisky 12 pass to Howard (Crosby) (7-60-2:45)
2 6:45 SF TD Barber 1 run (Crosby) (11-74-5:46)
2 0:26 LA TD Luck 10 pass to White (Succop) (13-91-6:06)
3 1:40 SF TD Trubisky 17 pass to Diggs (no good) (16-79-9:32)
4 13:58 LA TD Luck 43 pass to Davis (Succop) (5- 82-2:33)
4 5:25 LA TD Luck 4 pass to Davis (Succop) (10-58-5:49)
4 1:07 SF FG Crosby 52 (9-45-4:06)
The game featured long drives and no turnovers and when the Rams took the lead 28-27 with 5:49 left, the onus fell on Trubiskey to get the go ahead score. Trubiskey and the 49ers responded with a 9 play 4 minute drive that yielded a 52 yard FG. The Rams, led by Andrew Luck, took over with less than a minute left and move the ball to their own 48 yard line when the time ran out.
Stars of the game:
SF Trubiskey 27-35, 3 TDs, 277 yards
LA Luck 22-35, 4 TDs, 297 yards
SF Diggs 9 receptions, 112 yrds, 2 TDS.
Green Bay 28 Tennessee 17 55 Calm
Two 7-4 teams met in a game with many playoff implications. The Packers were favored by 1 but for the first half it looked like a slaughter as Green Bay overcame two turnovers to score on 3 lengthy drives and take a two touchdown lead at the half. A key defensive play for Green Bay was Reshad Jones picking off Matt Ryan in the Packer end zone. The Pack had 301 yards of total offense at the break as Phillip Lindsay shredded the Titan defense. Green Bay 21 - Tennessee 7.
The Titans made a game of it in the 3rd as on their first possession OBJ beat Patrick Patterson deep and scored on a 44 yard pass from Matt Ryan. Neither team could do much for the rest of the quarter. Green Bay 21 - Tennessee 14.
At the start of the 4th Tennessee managed to force Green Bay to punt from their own 17. Andree Roberts returned it to the Titan 44 and Tennessee worked it down to the Pack 23 where the drive stalled. Dan Bailey FINALLY made a field goal to make the score Green Bay 21 - Tennessee 17. After an exchange of possessions the craziness started. From his own 28 Roethlisberger completed an 11 yard pass to AJ Green but Josh Norman ripped it out and Matt Milano recovered for Tennessee at the 24. With 5 minutes left Coach Conners was sweating bullets. However DKS returned the favor on the very next play as TE Jason Croom caught a Ryan pass but Brian Orakpo caused the fumble and senior citizen Mike Adams recovered for the Pack and took it to the Titan 33. Three plays later Big Ben hit AJ Green for a 17 yard TD with 3 and a half to go. Green Bay 28 - Tennessee 17. Needing two scores the Titans managed to move down to the Packer 33 but of course Dan Bailey missed the field goal which would have made it a one score game.
Final Score Green Bay 28 - Tennessee 17.
For Green Bay Phillip Lindsay had 143 yards rushing, Roethlisberger had 3 TD passes and AJ Green caught 8 for 113 yards and 2 TDs.
Matt Ryan threw for 347 yards for the Titans and Beckham caught his 14th TD pass of the year.
Next week Green Bay (8-4) hosts Washington while the Titans (7-5) host the Miami powerhouse.
Atlanta 21 Carolina 37 67 0-10
Carolina plays their best half of football all year and takes a surprising 13-0 lead in to the half.
Carolina extends the lead to start the 3rd with Drake running it in from 3 setup by his 50 yard catch prior. Atlanta makes dents in the lead throughout with a powerful running game that saw both Miller and Coleman rush for over 100 yards on the day. Carolina's offense remains consistent and and won the turnover battle to pull out the unexpected win.
Minnesota 38 Chicago 24 18 5-15
The 4-7 Bears, losers of 5 straight hosted the 6-5 Vikings, who were hoping to stay in the playoff hunt. Minnesota took the opening drive 80 yards (Elliott 4 yard run) to take the early lead, but Chicago answered with a long drive to tie (Garappolo 8 yards to Brate). Minnesota 7 Chicago 7 at the end of the 1st quarter.
The second quarter saw the Vikings move the ball while the Bears offense stalled. Two long Brees TD passes (29 to Smith-Schuster and 62 to Brown) gave the visitors a 21-7 lead. Chicago managed a FG as the half came to and end: Minnesota 21 Chicago 10
Minnesota continued its onslaught in the 3rd quarter, Brees to Smith-Schuster from one yard out and a 51 yard pick six by Taylor put them up big after 3: Minnesota 35 Chicago 10.
The Bears showed some life in the final quarter – James running back a fumble 68 yards and Garappolo hitting Thomas from 8 yards out, but this one was over early.
Minnesota: Brees 22/25, 329, 3 TD; Smith-Schuster 11/170, 2 TD; Elliott 26/95 TD.
Chicago: Garappolo 27/40, 226, 2 TD, 3 INT;
Next week Minnesota hosts Dallas and Chicago has its last home game vs. Arizona.
Philadelphia 26 Indianapolis 16 69
Indianapolis, IND (IFL.com) – The Philadelphia Eagles (7-5) snapped their 4 game losing streak with a 26-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts (4-8). Eagles QB Nick Foles (35-28, 231 YD, 3 TD 0 INT) was named game MVP, and wideout Cooper Kupp caught 13 of those 28 completion on 16 targets for 113 yards. After throwing for 300 yards in consecutive games the Colts Case Keenum (34-23, 1 TD 0 INT) was held to 187 passing yards against a stingy Eagles secondary.
Philly would open the scoring with a Harrison Butker 45 yard FG, 3-0. The Colts would respond with an 8 play 75 yard drive that ended with a Sony Michel (RB) 6-yard TD run, 3-7 Colts. The Eagles regained the lead with a 5-yard TD pass from Foles to Mohamed Sanu, 9-7 (XP no good). Following a 29-yard FG by Colts Steven Hauschka, Foles ended the first half with a 17-yard TD pass to John Brown 16-10 Eagles.
The Eagles outscored the Colts 10-6 in the second half with another Foles to Brown 4-yard TD pass and a Butker 23 yard FG. The Colts added a late TD pass (2 point failed) Keenum to Michael Crabtree 12-yard to finish out the scoring and send the hometown faithful home wondering if the Colts can turn it around next week in Pittsburgh (4-7). Philly travels to NFC Central Division leader Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-3).
Baltimore 13 Jacksonville 3 71 0-10 Rain
Ugly, ugly, ugly but it was a fun game that saw an 81 yard punt into the wind, a 38 yard TD by a stat pack RB , (OK it was Le'veon Bell), multiple long turnover returns. resulting in a total of 16 points. With this being the case, Bell was the star of the game with 22 carries for 111 yards and the games only TD. Zach Brown had a nice game for the Jags with 9 tackles and a 60 yard fumble recovery.
Otherwise, both "D's" played well with the difference being the daring play calling of coach Masters when it mattered late in he game.
The Jags plummet to 4-8 while Baltimore soar to 3-9.
Baltimore goes to New York while Jacksonville hosts the Pats.
Kansas City 7 Los Angeles (A) 31 68 Calm
The Chargers out gain the visiting Chiefs by 443-232 and coast to an easy win.
New Orleans 13 Oakland 34 59 0-5
Raiders beat owner Keith Jackson's hometown Saints' 34-13 in a game where the Raiders caught every break. Josh Rosen broke out with over 90 yards rushing as he kept exploiting the Raiders' inability to stop a rushing quarterback.
New York (N) 21 Arizona 34 75 Calm
What happens when and irresistible force meets an immovable object, according to the laws of physics the object moves! That is exactly what happened when the Arizona met with New York today.
The IFL was kept in suspense as the New York Giants were snow bound and could not get out of the city to fly into Arizona for the game which was originally scheduled for Tuesday evening. Fans in both cities have been a media feeding frenzy prior to the fight for sole possession of first place in the conference. Giants fans claimed no one can move the ball on the Giants period. The under in Vegas set betting records. The Red Bird fans on the other hand said it would take more than 11 seven foot Giants to stop Magic Man Mahomes. The answer would take only 4 plays and a little over two minutes. A run stuff, a first down conversion pass to Barkley, a first down with another conversion to Kirk and then a 36 yard picture perfect pass to Williams would draw first blood. Mahomes and company would never look back and would never lose the lead.
Mahomes made one mistake in the first quarter on his second possession. Trying for another deep ball, Smith would intercept the pass on the first play of the second possession. However, the Cardinal defense rose to the occasion as they abused Wentz early with multiple sacks. The next time Arizona got the ball it would be another 7 points with Mahomes passing it to Barkley.
Arizona would score once more in the first half with a 55 yard strike to Kirk. The Giants offense was held in check by Arizona for the most part but they did find life later with Breida running the ball. The Giants lone TD in the first half came nearing the end of the first quarter as Wentz played one of his better series. However, Mahomes would answer closing out the half with a 55 yard TD pass to his TE.
The Giants received the second half kick off and committed to run with Breida running for big gains play after play. For a while, Arizona fans were regretting their trading Breida to their rival in New York. The Giants would close the gap to 31-14 mostly on the heels of Breida. The Cardinals resorted to a bend but dont break type defense allowing New York to run while also eating clock. On offense, Arizona used their own clock control to take valuable time away from New York.
When the dust settled, Arizona would collect 407 yards from the Giants. Both teams would rush for over 100 yards. The star of the game would be Mahomes with 323 yards of offense and 4 touch down passes to 4 different receivers.
It will be a cat fight between New York, Arizona and Philadelphia for the conference championship as each of these teams beat up on one another. Coach Heaton only quote was "This beats the Hell out of Last Year"!
Miller,L(Atl) 22-138 1 TD
Breida(NYG) 15-120 1 TD
Bell(Bal) 22-111 1 TD
Peterson,A(Mia) 19-104 2 TD
Gordon III(Cin) 13-37 3 TD
Smith-Schu(Min) 11-170 2 TD
Edelman(Mia) 8-125 3 TD
Kelce,T(Oak) 8-124 3 TD
Goff(Mia) 32-22-379 5 TD 1 Int
Ryan,M(Ten) 43-32-347 1 TD 1 Int
Wilson,R(Car) 21-16-337 3 TD
Mullens(Den) 34-25-330 4 TD
Brees(Min) 25-22-329 3 TD
Mahomes(Ari) 27-14-323 4 TD 1 Int
Watson,D(NYJ) 33-26-308 3 TD
Carr,D(TB) 31-20-305 5 TD – IFL Offensive Player of the Week
Luck(LAR) 35-22-297 4 TD
Poyer(Min) 2 Int 7 Tk – IFL Defensive Player of the Week
Erickson(Dal) 2-49 Kick Ret 5-115 Punt Ret 1 TD – IFL Special Teams Player of the Week
James Jr.(NE) 7-167 Kick Ret
IFL WEEK 12 STANDINGS