Week 14 in the National Football League provided drama, and lots of it. The NFL set a record with 90 touchdowns on a single day which tops the record previously set last season.
The day was full of snow, scores, records tumbling and injury mayhem. Star players Rob Gronkowski, tight end for the New England Patriots and the "Honey Badger" Free safety for the Arizona Cardinals were lost for the season with torn MCL'.
Detroit Lions Running Back Reggie Bush slipped in the blizzard during pre game warmups and did not play a single minute of his side's hectic 34-20 loss at the Philadelphia Eagles, whereas another pro bowl running back, the reigning MVP Adrian Peterson was carted off the field during the Vikings dramatic defeat to the Baltimore Ravens 29-26 in which there was five touchdowns in the last two minutes of play during the game.
And an NFL record was set for six lead changes in the fourth quarter, however dodgy ref calls perhaps spoiled such a great game of NFL football.
The 9-3 Kansas City Chiefs travelled to the 3-9 Washington Redskins and showed their dominance and bounced back into form immediately to end their three game slide.
Special teams and well playing football proved to be the Redskins Achilles heel yesterday who couldn't get anything going in what was probably Sunday's worst game with the Chiefs crushing the now 3-10 Redskins 45-10 and recording 321 return yards in the process.
Reports out of Washington suggest that the future looks bleak for Shannahan in the nations capital. Whilst the Redskins are completley out of the playoff hunt and sit last in the NFC East, the Kansas City Chiefs appear to of locked up the fifth seed - despite having the joint second highest record in the AFC and will have to settle for a wildcard game on the road thanks to a certain Mr Peyton Manning.
The Bengals (8-4) vs the Indianapolis Colts (8-4) was a matchup between two division leaders, the Colts could clinch the division with a win or a Titans loss and fortunately for the Colts the latter occurred and the Colts secured the AFC South and a playoff berth despite allowing Andy Dalton to throw for three touchdowns without an interception or a sack in the process of the Bengals 42-28 win.
The best action of the day besides the Minnesota game in Baltimore came arguably in Foxborough, Massachusetts which played host to the Patriots incredible come from behind 27-26 win at home to the Cleveland Browns, in which the Patriots successfully recover an onside kick for the first time in 19 years, season ending injuries, record breaking touchdown from who else but Josh Gordon who has over 700 yards in the last four weeks of the season, a feat which has been done by no-one else.
Speaking of records, to top it all off Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater casually hit a field goal from 64 yards on the stroke of half time to grant him the all time NFL record for the longest field goal
The top three offensive players of the day:
1: LeSean Mccoy - "Shady" Mccoy racked up franchise record rushing yards 217 and he recorded all of that in a blizzard of approximately eight inches of snow, a game that featured eight fumbles, seven by the Lions.
2: Andy Dalton - Amidst all the critics Dalton responded in a huge way not allowing the Colts a single sack despite them having the NFL's sack leader Robert Mathis, Dalton also threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, pure class.
3: Peyton Manning - I feel a little harsh having two quarterbacks in my top three and snubbing breakout wide receiver Josh Gordon and Chargers quarterback Phillip RiversRobert Mathis but well, Peyton is Peyton. The Tennessee Titans came in with one of the league's best pass defence with cornerback Alturran Verner leading the NFL in interceptions but Peyton threw for 397 yards, for four TD's on 39 completions which gave him the Broncos franchise record en route to the Broncos 51-28 stomping of the Tennessee Titans.
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