Around The League: Week 12

There is no panic in Pittsburgh, but are the Steelers done in the playoff hunt? News and notes from Week 12 in the NFL.

Monday, Nov. 26
Carolina at Philadelphia (8:30 p.m.). Cam Newton and the Panthers (2-8) face the struggling and depleted Eagles (3-7), who have lost six straight games and won't have quarterback Michael Vick or running back LeSean McCoy because of concussions.


STARS

Passing
-Joe Flacco, Ravens, was 30 of 51 for 355 yards and a touchdown as Baltimore outlasted San Diego 16-13 in overtime.

-Matt Ryan, Falcons, threw for 353 yards and a touchdown on 26-of-32 passing in Atlanta's 24-23 victory at Tampa Bay.

-Colin Kaepernick, 49ers, threw for 231 yards and a score and ran for a TD in his second career start, leading San Francisco to a 31-21 win at New Orleans.

-Andy Dalton, Bengals, threw three touchdown passes to lead Cincinnati to a 34-10 victory over Oakland.

-Chad Henne, Jaguars, threw two touchdown passes and sparked the NFL's worst offense for the second consecutive week, leading Jacksonville past the Tennessee Titans 24-19.

Rushing
-Steven Jackson, Rams, ran for 139 yards on 24 carries as St. Louis topped Arizona 31-17.

-BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals, rushed for 129 yards and a score on 19 carries in Cincinnati's 34-10 over the Oakland Raiders.

-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, had 108 yards rushing on 18 attempts in Minnesota's 28-10 loss at Chicago.

-Ray Rice, Ravens, ran for 97 yards and had eight catches for 67 yards in Baltimore's 16-13 overtime win at San Diego.

-C.J. Spiller, Bills, had 107 yards rushing on just 14 carries - a 7.6 yard average - in Buffalo's 20-13 loss at Indianapolis.

Receiving

-Julio Jones, Falcons, caught six passes for 147 yards and a touchdown as Atlanta edged Tampa Bay 24-23.

-Davone Bess, Dolphins, had seven receptions for a career-high 129 yards in Miami's 24-21 victory over Seattle.

-Torrey Smith, Ravens, had seven catches for 144 yards in Baltimore's 16-13 overtime win at San Diego.

-Brandon Marshall, Bears, caught 12 passes for 92 yards in Chicago's 28-10 victory over Minnesota.

-Mohamed Sanu, Bengals, had two touchdown catches in Cincinnati's 34-10 win over Oakland.

Special Teams
-Leon Washington, Seahawks, returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, the eighth of his career to tie the NFL record by Cleveland's Josh Cribbs, in Seattle's 24-21 loss to Miami.

-T.Y. Hilton, Colts, returned a punt 75 yards for a score in Indianapolis' 20-13 win over Buffalo.

-Mike Nugent, Bengals, kicked a 55-yard field goal that tied the club record in Cincinnati's 34-10 win over Oakland.

-Phil Dawson, Browns, kicked field goals of 28 and 32 yards in Cleveland's 20-14 win over Pittsburgh, and has made 27 in a row since last season, tying his team record.

-Dan Carpenter, Dolphins, kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired, helping Miami rally past the Seattle Seahawks 24-21.

Defense

-Janoris Jenkins, Rams, returned interceptions 36 and 39 yards for TDs in St. Louis' 31-17 win at Arizona, becoming the first rookie since 1960 - and first player in team history - to have two INT returns for scores in a game.

-Ahmad Brooks and Donte Whitner, 49ers, brought back interceptions of Drew Brees for scores as San Francisco rolled to a 31-21 victory at New Orleans.

-Mario Williams, Bills, had three sacks in Buffalo's 20-13 loss at Indianapolis.

-T.J. Ward, Browns, forced two fumbles in Cleveland's 20-14 win over the Steelers.

-Lawrence Timmons, Steelers, returned an interception 53 yards for a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 20-14 loss at Cleveland.


MILESTONES


Peyton Manning led Denver to a 17-9 victory at Kansas City on Sunday, breaking a tie with his boss and Broncos vice president John Elway with his 149th win as a starting quarterback, trailing only Brett Favre (186) for most in NFL history. ... Indianapolis' Reggie Wayne broke Cris Carter's NFL record for most consecutive games with multiple catches. Carter had done it 58 times in a row. Wayne's streak is now at 59. He also passed Art Monk and Derrick Mason on the NFL's career receptions chart and with 946 is now within five of moving into the top 10.


CLASS ACT

Three rookie QBs - Andrew Luck of the Colts, Ryan Tannehill of the Dolphins and Brandon Weeden of the Browns - won today, bringing the total for the 2012 rookie class to 26. That's the most in the league since the 1970 merger. It was Luck's seventh win, Tannehill's fifth and Weeden's third. Also contributing to that total are the Seahawks' Russell Wilson, who has won six starts, the Redskins' Robert Griffin III (5). Luck's seven wins are tied with Sam Bradford (2010) for the post-merger record.


CLUB MARKS

Indianapolis' T.Y. Hilton returned a punt 75 yards for one touchdown and caught an 8-yard TD pass in the Colts' 20-13 win over Buffalo, becoming the first player in franchise history to do both in the same game. ... ... Minnesota's Adrian Peterson tied Robert Smith's club record with a 100-yard performance for the fifth straight game, rushing for 108 in the Vikings' 28-10 loss at Chicago. ... Jacksonville's Cecil Shorts set a franchise record with his fourth reception of at least 50 yards this season, surpassing the previous mark set by Keenan McCardell in 1998 and tied by Jimmy Smith the following year. ... Miami's Ryan Tannehill was 18 of 26 for 253 yards and a score in the Dolphins' 24-21 loss to Seattle, breaking the team's rookie record of 2,210 yards passing set by Dan Marino in 1983. ... New Orleans' Marques Colston has scored the 56th touchdown of his career in a 31-21 loss to San Francisco, surpassing Saints' all-time rusher Deuce McAllister for the club record.


MORE MANNING

Peyton Manning threw for 285 yards in the Broncos' win Sunday, putting him past 3,000 for the 14th season. He passed the 13 seasons by Dan Marino to take second place on the career list. Only Brett Favre's 18 seasons of at least 3,000 yards passing are more.


STATS

Chicago's Brandon Marshall caught 12 passes for 92 yards in a 28-10 win over Minnesota on Sunday, becoming the first Bears receiver since Marty Booker in 2002 to go over 1,000 yards. He now has 1,017 yards this season, his sixth straight with 1,000 or more. ... Oakland allowed 289 yards in the first half - the most this season - in its 34-10 loss to Cincinnati and had only 83 yards, its fewest on offense since it managed 52 yards in the first half at Pittsburgh on Nov. 21, 2010.


CLUTCH PLAY

On a fourth-and-29 play and the game on the line, Baltimore's Joe Flacco took a shotgun snap and threw a short pass to Ray Rice, who weaved through San Diego's defense, found a big hole in the middle of the field and made it to San Diego's 33 before he was tackled with 1:37 to play. After a lengthy review, the ball was moved back to the 34 and the refs measured. The new spot still gave the Ravens a first down by the length of the ball. The Ravens forced overtime on Justin Tucker's 38-yard field goal, and then won it 16-13 on another 38-yarder with 1:07 left.


SLOPPY STEELERS

Pittsburgh committed eight turnovers, including three interceptions by third-string QB Charlie Batch, in a 20-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The last time an NFL team forced eight turnovers was New Orleans against St. Louis on Oct. 28, 2001.


SHOWING SUPPORT

Two Colts cheerleaders shaved their heads in support of coach Chuck Pagano, who has lost his hair as he continues to undergo chemotherapy treatments, between the third and fourth quarters of Indianapolis' 20-13 win over Buffalo as part of a promise for a fundraising effort for leukemia research. During a fourth-quarter break, team owner Jim Irsay and Pagano walked out of the owner's box together and waved to crowd, which gave them a standing ovation.


COMEBACK KID

Atlanta's Matt Ryan led the Falcons to a 24-23 victory at Tampa Bay, his fifth fourth-quarter rally this year. He has 21 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since entering the league in 2008 - four against the division-rival Buccaneers.


STAGNANT OFFENSE

Kansas City fell to Denver 17-9 as the Chiefs failed to score a touchdown since the first quarter against Pittsburgh on Nov. 12, a span of more than 11 quarters and 173 minutes. They could only manage field goals by Ryan Succop for the second straight game.


STEPPING IN

Colin Kaepernick was solid in his second career start while Alex Smith, deemed healthy enough to suit up after recovering from a concussion, watched from the sideline in San Francisco's 31-21 win at New Orleans on Sunday. Kaepernick passed for 231 yards, including a short touchdown to Frank Gore, and also ran for a 7-yard score. ... Chad Henne made his first start in more than 13 months, filling in for the injured Blaine Gabbert in Jacksonville's 24-19 win over Tennessee. It was Henne's first win as a starter since December 2010, and completed 17 of 26 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns.


STREAKS

Jacksonville snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 24-19 win over Tennessee on Sunday. ... Cincinnati's A.J. Green failed to catch a TD pass in a 34-10 win over Oakland, ending his streak of nine games with one. It's the second-longest streak in club history.


SHAKY DEBUT

Arizona rookie Ryan Lindley was intercepted four times - including two returned for touchdowns by Janoris Jenkins - in his first NFL start, a 31-17 loss to St. Louis on Sunday. He completed 31 of 52 passes for 312 yards and no touchdowns.


SPRINKLED IN

A computer glitch caused stadium lawn sprinklers to douse the Seahawks and Dolphins during the third quarter of Miami's 24-21 win Sunday. The computer was erroneously working on its Saturday schedule, a Dolphins spokesman said. The sprinklers came on between plays and covered most of the field, drawing a cheer from an amused crowd and prompting a brief delay. The sprinklers were quickly turned off, and players toweled off before the action resumed.


BRAWL

Cincinnati left tackle Andrew Whitworth saw his quarterback get tackled after the whistle and went after the guy who brought him down, touching off a scrum that ended with three ejections in the Bengals' 34-10 win over Oakland on Sunday. Whitworth and Oakland linemen Lamarr Houston and Tommy Kelly face significant fines for their ejection during the fourth quarter.


BROWN OUT

Following Cleveland's 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, a Browns spokesman said the game was team president Mike Holmgren's last. The 64-year-old former coach had hoped to stay until the end of the season in an advisory role, but left open the possibility of an earlier departure. He has been replaced by new owner Jimmy Haslam with CEO Joe Banner, who spent 19 years with Philadelphia. Holmgren spoke to several players and Haslam in the locker room.


SIDELINED

Chicago lost Devin Hester, a receiver and record-setting return specialist, to a concussion, and running back Matt Forte and cornerback Charles Tillman to ankle injuries in the Bears' 28-10 win over Minnesota on Sunday. The Bears also lost both guards in the third quarter to knee sprains, with Lance Louis and Chris Spencer going down. ... Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden sustained a concussion in the closing minutes of Sunday's 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh lost linebacker LaMarr Woodley in the first half with a left ankle injury.


SPEAKING

''Check down, Hey Diddle Diddle, Ray Rice up the middle.'' - Baltimore's Ray Rice describing the playcall on his fourth-and-29 run for a first down in the fourth quarter that helped lead the Ravens to a 16-13 overtime win at San Diego.


''We aren't going to have any team meetings, not going to sit in a circle and sing `Kumbaya' or anything like that. We are going to do what we do after we win a game - go back to work and figure out a way to play better.'' - Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark after the Steelers' 20-14 loss at Cleveland on Sunday.

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