Tim Tebow’s magic returned just in time to get Denver a win, as higher-seeded teams won all of the NFL’s ‘Wild-Card Weekend’ games. Here’s a recap of this weekend’s NFL action:
Denver 29 – Pittsburgh 23 (OT)
Tim Tebow threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime, and the Denver Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-23 on Sunday
The NFL playoffs start Saturday. Four division champions host first-round games this weekend, while Green Bay, San Francisco, New England and Baltimore enjoy a bye week and wait to begin their Super Bowl quest.
The Giants beat the Cowboys to win the NFC East, while the Bengals and Broncos lost, but received help from other teams to slip into the last remaining AFC playoff spots. The playoffs are scheduled to begin next Saturday, when Cincinnati travels to Houston and New Orleans hosts Detroit. On Sunday, Atlanta travels to New York, while Denver hosts Pittsburgh. Here’s a recap of all of the action from the NFL schedule in Week 17:
It’s the final week of the NFL’s 2011 regular season and only three playoff spots remain: the AFC West and NFC East titles and an AFC wild card berth. The AFC North is Baltimore’s to lose, but both the Ravens and the rival Pittsburgh Steelers have already qualified for the playoffs. Each game this week is a divisional rematch.
Here’s a preview of the week 17 action, with all games slated for Sunday:
Bowl season is in full swing. Here’s a look back at what went down in the first week of games.
Thursday, Dec. 22
Maaco Bowl; Las Vegas, NV
NO. 8 BOISE STATE 56 – ARIZONA STATE 24
Doug Martin returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and he also ran for 151 yards and another score, as the eighth-ranked Boise State Broncos routed the Arizona State Sun Devils 56-24 on Thursday night in the Maaco Bowl in Las Vegas. Thanks to Martin’s return, Boi
The Christmas holiday necessitates a schedule tweak for the NFL. Most games will be held on Saturday, with the exception of the Texans-Colts contest on Thursday, the Bears-Packers game on Sunday night and the Falcons and Saints, who will meet on ‘Monday Night Football
Reggie Wayne caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Dan Orlovsky with 19 seconds to play, and the Indianapolis Colts beat the Houston Texans 19-16 on Thursday night. Indianapolis (2-13) won its second straight game. T
Thursday, Dec. 22
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts – 8:20 PM
Houston (10-4) had its seven-game win streak snapped by lowly Carolina last Sunday. Having already clinched the AFC South and a playoff spot, the Texans look to stay in the race for a first-round playoff bye and home-field advantage by turning the NFL’s second best rushing attack loose on the Colts, who give up an average of 138.7 rushing yards
San Francisco 20 – Pittsburgh 3
A gimpy Ben Roethlisberger committed four turnovers, and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-3 on Monday night. The game was delayed twice due to power outages at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park
It was a great weekend for road teams in the NFL, as many came out victorious. Green Bay lost its perfect season, and Indianapolis finally recorded a victory in 2011, while three more AFC teams gained playoff spots
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