Top NFL Games of the Year (Week Five)
Games of the Year (Week 5)
Week five featured a few stand out games among blowouts and low scoring affairs. Rookies Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III had very different weekends with Luck taking down the Packers and RGIII going down with a concussion. In the Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady match-up, the game was decided by the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots defenses. The San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears were able to run away with their games, while the Baltimore Ravens could barely score in an easy match-up against the Kansas City Chiefs. Could any of these games crack the Top Ten Games of the Year?
Indianapolis Colts 30 Green Bay Packers 27: Trailing 21-3 coming out of halftime, Andrew Luck took apart the Packers throwing for 362 yards, two passing touchdowns and running one into the end zone as well. Luck's Colts scored their come from behind touchdown with 35 seconds left. Aaron Rodgers had three touchdowns on the day, led the Packers with 54 rushing yards, and set Mason Crosby up for a game tying 51 yard field goal, which he missed badly.
Atlanta Falcons 24 Washington Redskins 17: Washington was hanging with the only undefeated NFC team until Atlanta literally knocked Robert Griffin III out of the game with a concussion in the third quarter. Kirk Cousins replaced RGIII and threw two interceptions in the final two minutes, which was not counteracted by his one touchdown throw. Michael Turner ran for the go ahead touchdown for the Falcons with 2:43 to play. Matt Ryan threw for 345 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Miami Dolphins 17 Cinncinatti Bengals 13: An Andy Dalton interception late in the game gave the Dolphins a two game wining steak after they started 0-3. The Ryan Tannehill offense had 17 points in three quarters as the rookie quarterback threw for 233, but relied on running touchdowns. Dalton had one touchdown and two interceptions in the loss.
New England Patriots 31 Denver Broncos 21: The Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning quarterback battle did not disappoint, but the Broncos fundamentals and defense led to a Patriots victory. Brady was 23/31 for 223 yards and one touchdown throw in the fastest no-huddle attack ever seen on an NFL field. Manning, who seems to have lost all his rust, was 31/44 for 345 yards and three touchdowns. However Manning had one of the Broncos three fumbles and the Broncos defense could do nothing against Brady's offense until late in the game.
New Orleans Saints 31 San Diego Chargers 24: Phillip Rivers’ fumble and interception in the fourth quarter allowed the Saints to get their first win of the season on a night where the Chargers quarterback threw for 354 yards with a touchdown. Drew Brees was just better. Brees threw four touchdown passes and broke Johnny Unitas' record by throwing for at least one TD in 47 consecutive games. He had 370 yards on Sunday Night Football against the team that gave up on the Super Bowl winning quarterback in favor of Rivers.
10. (Week 2) New York Giants 41 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34
New York Giants 41 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seemed to have the game in hand, but the Giants scored 25 fourth quarter points. Eli Manning had 510 yards, 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
9. (Week 4) Arizona Cardinals 24 Miami Dolphins 21 OT
Rookie Ryan Tannehill’s fumble in overtime that led to the Cardinal’s winning field goal overshadowed his 431 yards of offense. Kevin Kolb continued his dominance with over 300 yards of offense and three touchdowns including the game-tying pass to Andre Roberts with 21 seconds remaining.
8. (Week 3) Baltimore Ravens 31 New England Patriots 30
The Ravens’ game winning field goal could not have been closer as it went over the upright, capping a game filled with questionable calls. Joe Flacco had 382 yards and three touchdowns in a legitimate comeback win. Also notable, Ravens’ Torrey Smith had two touchdowns on the day after he lost his brother in a car accident.
7. (Week 2) St. Louis Rams 31 Washington Redskins 28
Sam Bradford took the show from Robert Griffin III, throwing 310 yards with three touchdowns. Griffin ran for two touchdowns and passed for another, but his team missed a 62-yard field goal at the end of the game.
6. (Week 5) Indianapolis Colts 30 Green Bay Packers 27
Trailing 21-3 coming out of halftime, Andrew Luck took apart the Packers throwing for 362 yards, two passing touchdowns and running one into the end zone as well. Luck's Colts scored their come from behind touchdown with 35 seconds left. Aaron Rodgers had three touchdowns on the day, led the Packers with 54 rushing yards, and set Mason Crosby up for a game tying 51 yard field goal, which he missed badly.
4. (Week 3) Tennessee Titans 44 Detroit Lions 41
In this shootout Jake Locker lead the Titans to their first win with 378 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions lost quarterback Matt Stafford and did not elect to kick a field goal that would have ultimately won the game in regulation.
3. (Week 4) Atlanta Falcons 30 Carolina Panthers 28
Matt Bryant kicked the game winning field goal for the Falcons with 5 seconds remaining. Despite Cam Newton’s two touchdown passes and one touchdown run, a fumble on what could have been the last play of the game gave the Falcons life. The 4-0 Falcons got three touchdown passes from Matt Ryan.
1. (Week 1) Washington Redskins 40 New Orlean Saints 32
Robert Griffin III shocked the Saints as the only rookie QB out of five to win his first game. Griffin’s first six passes were not for forward progress, but his seventh was an 88-yard touchdown throw.