Week 14 had it all. From thrillers, comebacks and rookies getting their first career wins, there were plenty of storylines. There are now just three weeks left in the NFL season. Playoff positions are now being secured and teams are battling for the final few spots in the postseason.
AFC North Thriller With Big Implications
The Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns faced off against each other last night in what was one of the games of the season.
The Ravens led 28-14 and 34-20 in the third quarter. The Browns fought back in the fourth quarter and took a 35-34 lead.
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson went off the field through apparent cramps. Trace McSorley filled in and it looked as though the Ravens would fall short.
Just after the two-minute warning, the Ravens were on fourth down. Jackson came back out and threw a touchdown pass to Marquise Brown on the fourth down to give Baltimore the win.
Kareem Hunt scored a rushing touchdown with just over a minute left. The Ravens would go on to kick a winning field goal before the Browns took a safety in their attempt to win the game in the final play. This ended the day with a 47-42 win for the Ravens.
Jackson was back at his best in the win and Baker Mayfield showed he can compete in big games.
Mayfield threw for 343 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Jackson recorded 163 passing yards and 124 rushing yards. He threw for one passing touchdown and ran for two rushing touchdowns.
This result has changed the whole dynamic of the AFC.
The Ravens (8-5) are now level with the Miami Dolphins (8-5) and have a considerably easier schedule. The Pittsburgh Steelers have to face both the Indianapolis Colts (9-4) and Browns (9-4) and will have a big say in who makes the playoffs. The Ravens will hope for a favour from the Steelers or any team facing the Miami Dolphins.
Offensive Player Of The Week: Jonathan Taylor (Running Back- Indianapolis Colts)
Indianapolis earned a huge win in their hunt for the playoffs and the AFC South. They beat the Las Vegas Raiders 44-27.
Rookie Jonathan Taylor was a big part of the win, running for 150 rushing yards and two rushing yards.
This is a big win for the Colts over fellow playoff rivals. Defense has always been seen as the biggest strength of this team. The win on Sunday shows that the Colts have more to rely on than their defense.
Defensive Player Of The Week: Haason Reddick (Linebacker- Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals snapped a three-game winning streak, with a 26-7 win over the New York Giants. They announced themselves back in the playoff hunt with this dominant win.
Reddick was a huge part of the win with 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and five tackles. He doubled his sack tally for the year in this win and had not recorded a forced fumble all season until Sunday.
It is at this time of the season, where teams need to gain momentum going into the playoffs. If the Cardinals can carry on winning games and Reddick continues to perform as he did against the Giants, then the Cardinals should once again be considered a dark horse.
Elsewhere In The League
The Green Bay Packers clinched their second consecutive NFC North, after a 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 290 passing yards, three touchdowns, a 78.8% completion percentage (26 from 33) as well as one rushing touchdown.
The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Miami Dolphins 33-27 to clinch their fifth straight AFC West and the Pittsburgh Steelers clinched their playoff spot, despite their 26-15 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Finally, Jalen Hurts won a game on his first career start, in the Philadelphia Eagles’ surprise 24-21 win over the New Orleans Saints.
NFL Week 14 Scores
New England Patriots 3-24 Los Angeles Rams
Denver Broncos 33-27 Carolina Panthers
Houston Texans 7-36 Chicago Bears
Dallas Cowboys 30-7 Cincinnati Bengals
Tennessee Titans 31-10 Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City Chiefs 33-27 Miami Dolphins
Arizona Cardinals 26-7 New York Giants
Minnesota Vikings 14-26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Indianapolis Colts 44-27 Las Vegas Raiders
New York Jets 3-40 Seattle Seahawks
Green Bay Packers 31-24 Detroit Lions
New Orleans Saints 21-24 Philadelphia Eagles
Atlanta Falcons 17-20 Los Angeles Chargers
Washington Football Team 23-15 San Francisco 49ers
Pittsburgh Steelers 15-26 Buffalo Bills
Baltimore Ravens 47-42 Cleveland Browns