Buccaneers, Cowboys, Texans all claim OT wins during hectic Week 11
Take away the three overtime games during Sunday's early NFL timeslot, and you still would have had enough entertainment to keep you busy.
The 8-1 Falcons spotted the reeling Cardinals a 13-0 lead before rallying, despite five (five!) Matt Ryan interceptions to claim a late victory. Green Bay struggled to find its offense all day -- until, trailing by six in the final minutes, Aaron Rodgers led a TD drive to beat Detroit.
In case none of that was enough, let's take a look back at the OT drama that Week 11 provided ...
Tampa Bay caps off an incredible comeback
When Doug Martin [si_launchNFLPopup video='34a9d36a31734492a2e5f599079ec8da']fumbled at the goal line[/si_launchNFLPopup] early in the fourth quarter -- killing a terrific Tampa Bay drive -- and Carolina then marched for a touchdown, the Buccaneers appeared headed toward a damaging loss in Carolina. But the suddenly red-hot Bucs had other ideas.
Connor Barth's field goal with 4:03 left made it 21-13, and a defensive stop set the stage for Josh Freeman and Vincent Jackson to steal the show. With just 12 seconds left on the clock, Freeman found Jackson for a sensational 24-yard touchdown; the two then hooked up again for a two-point conversion, sending the game to overtime.
And in OT, the Buccaneers won the toss and put the game away. Tampa Bay never let Carolina see the football, marching 80 yards in eight plays, with Freeman finding Dallas Clark for a 15-yard game-winner.
The come-from-behind effort was the Buccaneers' fourth consecutive victory and moved them to 6-4 on the season, right in the thick of the playoff race.
The Cowboys tried their darndest to cough away their game against Cleveland on Sunday. Despite a hard-fought performance, however, the Browns could not capitalize.
Dallas trailed 13-0 at halftime and still faced a 13-3 deficit heading into the fourth quarter, before a Felix Jones TD run and Tony Romo-to-Dez Bryant touchdown pass flipped the scoreboard in the Cowboys' favor, 17-13. There remained plenty of work to be done after that.
Brandon Weeden and Romo traded fumbles, before the Cowboys turned in a goal-line stand, stopping two Cleveland plays from the 1-yard-line. The Browns still retook the lead anyway, thanks to a Benjamin Watson TD grab, set up by a 21-yard Josh Cribbs punt return aided by a 15-yard Cowboys penalty. Dallas answered with a field goal to force overtime, where Dan Bailey won it for the home team on the extra period's third possession.
Anyone have the Jaguars scoring 37 points in Houston ... with their backup quarterback in the game ... and losing?
With Blaine Gabbert sidelined early by an elbow injury, Chad Henne stepped in for Jacksonville. All Henne did from then on was throw for 354 yards and four touchdowns, while also sparking Justin Blackmon's long-awaited breakout performance (seven catches, 236 yards, one touchdown).
That performance was enough to get the Jaguars a 37-23 fourth-quarter lead on the road, but Houston managed to claw back into it. Matt Schaub twice found Garrett Graham for touchdowns in the final 5:39, and the Texans even had a shot to win in regulation until Shayne Graham's field goal slid wide.
Graham's redeemed himself in overtime with a 25-yard make. But under the new NFL OT rules, the two teams played on, with Jacksonville getting a shot to tie or win. The Jaguars drove deep into Houston territory, too, then settled for a field goal of their own, continuing the proceedings.