The Patriots and Jets remained hot on Thanksgiving, while the Falcons, Bears, Chiefs and Ravens all made a statement on Sunday in Week 12. New England 45, Detroit 24 Trench Counter: Patriots +16.3, Lions -16.3 The New England Patriots (9-2) dominated the second half to pull away from the Detroit Lions (2-9) on Thanksgiving. Tom Brady went 21-for-27 with 341 yards and four touchdowns, all of which came in the second half. BenJarvus Green-Ellis led the Patriots with 12 rushes for 59 yards and two scores. Deion Branch (113 yards and two touchdowns) and Wes Welker (90 yards and two touchdowns) were Brady?s top targets. Shaun Hill had 285 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for Detroit. Maurice Morris was the team?s offensive star, rushing nine times for 55 yards and two touchdowns. Calvin Johnson led in receiving with four catches for 81 yards and a score. The Lions led 17-10 at halftime, but were outscored 35-7 in the second half. New Orleans 30, Dallas 27 Trench Counter: Saints +0.7, Cowboys -0.7 The New Orleans Saints (8-3) jumped out to an early 17-0 lead and held on to top the Dallas Cowboys (3-8) at Cowboys Stadium. Drew Brees went 23-for-39 with 352 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Julius Jones had 45 rushing yards on 10 attempts, while Chris Ivory excelled with 38 yards and two scores on seven touches. Marques Colston had six receptions for 105 yards and Lance Moore had five grabs for 35 yards and a score. Jon Kitna had 313 yards and an interception as the Cowboys charged back to nearly steal a win in the final seconds. Miles Austin scored on a 60-yard rush in the third quarter and Felix Jones added 44 yards on 13 carries. Jason Witten was Kitna?s top target, catching 10 passes for 99 yards, while Roy E. Williams (83 yards) and Jones (69 yards) also displayed chemistry with Kitna. N.Y. Jets 26, Cincinnati 10 Trench Counter: Jets +12.8, Bengals -12.8 The New York Jets (9-2) scored 23 points in the second half to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals (2-9) on Thursday night. Mark Sanchez had 166 yards, a touchdown and an interception as New York excelled on the ground. Shonn Greene (18 carries for 70 yards), Brad Smith (55 yards and a touchdown) and LaDainian Tomlinson compiled 49 yards on 13 attempts. Dustin Keller had a team-high 49 yards on four receptions, while Santonio Holmes caught five balls for 44 yards and a touchdown. Carson Palmer struggled, going 17-for-38 with 135 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Cedric Benson rushed 18 times but gained just 41 yards against New York?s tough defense. Chad Ochocinco caught four passes for 41 yards, while Jordan Shipley had five catches for 38 yards and a touchdown. Atlanta 20, Green Bay 17 Trench Counter: Falcons -2, Packers +2 Matt Bryant hit a 47-yard field goal to give the Atlanta Falcons (9-2) a big win over the Green Bay Packers (7-4). Matt Ryan went 24-for-28 with 198 yards and a touchdown, which came on a four-yard pass to Tony Gonzalez in the second quarter. Michael Turner led Atlanta in rushing with 23 rushes for 110 yards and a score. Gonzalez led the Falcons with six receptions for 51 yards and the aforementioned score. Aaron Rodgers had 344 yards and a single touchdown, but lost a key fumble near the goal line that put the Packers behind the eight-ball. Rodgers led Green Bay is rushing as with 12 rushes for 51 yards and a score. Greg Jennings had five catches for 119 yards, including a scamper as time expired that put him over the 100-yard mark. Pittsburgh 19, Buffalo 16 (OT) Trench Counter: Steelers +0.7, Bills -0.7 Shaun Suisham kicked a 41-yard field goal to give the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) a dramatic win over the Buffalo Bills (2-9). Ben Roethlisberger went 20-for-33 with 246 yards as Rashard Mendenhall starred with 36 rushes for 151 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Pittsburgh was led in receiving by Hines Ward, who had seven catches for 107 yards. The Steelers were nearly upset in overtime, but Buffalo receiver Steve Johnson dropped a touchdown catch as he entered the end zone. Ryan Fitzpatrick had 265 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Fred Jackson rushed 12 times for 59 yards and Buffalo struggled to gain yardage on the ground. Jackson also led the Bills in receiving with five catches for 104 yards and a touchdown. Johnson grabbed seven balls for 68 yards and David Nelson helped with six catches for 58 yards in defeat. Cleveland 24, Carolina 23 Trench Counter: Browns +0.6, Panthers -0.6 The Cleveland Browns (4-7) outlasted the Carolina Panthers (1-10) in a hard-fought game on Sunday. Jake Delhomme had 245 yards and two interceptions as Peyton Hillis starred for Cleveland by rushing 26 times for 131 yards and three touchdowns. Hillis also grabbed six balls for 63 yards and Mohamed Massaquoi had four receptions for 52 yards. Jimmy Clausen had 195 yards and an interception as Carolina leaned on the ground game. Jonathan Stewart had 12 carries for 98 yards and Mike Goodson rushed 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown. Carolina?s defense also mustered three field goals and their defense added seven points on a 37-yard interception return by Captain Munnerlyn. Houston 20, Tennessee 0 Trench Counter: Texans +21.7, Titans -21.7 The Houston Texans (5-6) shutout the Tennessee Titans (5-6) in a game that was marred by a fight between Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan (both were ejected). Matt Schaub went 25-for-35 with 178 yards and two touchdowns, while Arian Foster gained 143 yards on 30 rushing attempts. Derrick Ward also helped with 47 rushing yards. Andre Johnson (56 yards) and Joel Dreessen (15 yards) caught touchdown passes from Schaub. Rookie Rusty Smith went 17-for-31 with 138 yards and three interceptions as Tennessee?s offense was shutdown. Javon Ringer was the team?s leading rusher, gaining 27 yards on four carries. Chris Johnson managed a career-low five yards on seven attempts. Justin Gage had four catches for a team-high 50 receiving yards. N.Y. Giants 24, Jacksonville 20 Trench Counter: Giants +10, Jacksonville -10 The New York Giants (7-4) scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to comeback and knock off the red-hot Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5). Eli Manning had 226 yards and two touchdowns as New York leaned on the ground game. Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw combined to rush for 136 yards on 25 carries, while Kevin Boss (74 yards and a touchdown) and Mario Manningham (61 yards and a score) were Manning?s top targets. David Garrard had 162 yards and an interception and also rushed six times for 41 yards and a touchdown. Maurice Jones-Drew (21 touches for 113 yards) and Rashad Jennings (seven carries for 53 yards and a score) also excelled on the ground. Mike Sims-Walker (four catches for 48 yards) and Mike Thomas (six receptions for 46 yards) were Garrard?s top targets. Minnesota 17, Washington 13 Trench Counter: Vikings +14.2, Redskins -14.2 The Washington Redskins (5-6) challenged at the end, but the Minnesota Vikings (4-7) were still victorious in the debut of interim head coach Leslie Frazier. Brett Favre went 15-for-23 with 172 yards as Minnesota didn?t commit a turnover. Adrian Peterson rushed six times for 36 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an ankle injury. Toby Gerhart stepped up with 76 yards and a score on 22 carries. Favre?s top target was tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who had three receptions for 54 yards. Donovan McNabb went 21-for-35 with 211 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Washington struggled mightily on the ground, tallying just 29 net yards on 13 rushes. The Redskins scored just one touchdown in the game and it came early in the first quarter when McNabb hooked up with Fred Davis on a 10-yard scoring reception. Anthony Armstrong led Washington in receiving with two receptions for 53 yards. Miami 33, Oakland 17 Trench Counter: Dolphins +18.6, Raiders -18.6 The Miami Dolphins (6-5) overcame an opening kickoff return for a touchdown by Jacoby Ford to beat the Oakland Raiders (5-6). Chad Henne went 17-for-30 with 307 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown combined to rush for 180 yards and a touchdown on 44 carries. Davone Bess was Miami?s leading receiver (six catches for 111 yards) as Brandon Marshall sat with a hamstring injury. Bruce Gradkowski starred with the Raiders and had 252 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Oakland totaled just 18 rushing yards on 12 carries. Ford, who ran 101 yards on the opening kickoff score, grabbed four passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. Kansas City 42, Seattle 24 Trench Counter: Chiefs +18.1, Seahawks -18.1 The Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to put away the Seattle Seahawks (5-6). Matt Cassel went 22-for-32 with 233 yards and four touchdowns and Kansas City was nearly unstoppable on the ground. Jamaal Charles had 179 yards and a score and Thomas Jones rushed 20 times for 68 yards. Dwayne Bowe benefited from Cassel?s big day, catching 13 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns. Matt Hasselbeck went 20-for-37 with 282 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Marshawn Lynch struggled, gaining just 20 yards on seven carries. Ben Obomanu connected with Hasselbeck five times for 159 yards and a touchdown. Baltimore 17, Tampa Bay 10 Trench Counter: Ravens +8.3, Buccaneers -8.3 The Baltimore Ravens (8-3) scored all 17 of their points in the second quarter to top the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4) in Maryland. Joe Flacco had 289 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and Ray Rice rushed 20 times for 85 yards. Flacco?s top receivers were Derrick Mason (87 yards and a touchdown) and Todd Heap (a 65-yard TD reception). Josh Freeman went 17-for-37 with 162 yards and a touchdown, which came on a five-yard pass to tight end Kellen Winslow near the end of the fourth quarter. LeGarrette Blount, Freeman and Cadillac Williams combined to rush for 101 yards on 23 touches. Winslow was Tampa Bay?s top receiver with four catches for 44 yards and Williams added five receptions for another 41 yards. Chicago 31, Philadelphia 26 Trench Counter: Bears +3, Eagles -3 Jay Cutler starred as the Chicago Bears (8-3) contained Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles (7-4) at Solider Field. Cutler went 14-for-21 with 247 yards and four touchdowns as Chicago was consistently in good field position thanks to returns. Matt Forte gashed the Eagles on ground for 117 yards on just 14 carries, while also grabbing two catches for 22 yards. Devin Hester led Chicago in receiving with three catches for 86 yards and Earl Bennett had four catches for 56 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Vick had 333 yards, two touchdowns and an interception as Philadelphia?s defense struggle to stop Chicago when needed. LeSean McCoy rushed for 53 yards and Vick added another 44 yards on scampers. Jason Avant (eight receptions for 83 yards), McCoy (eight catches for 67 yards) and Brent Celek (50 yards and a touchdown) was Vick?s top targets. St. Louis 36, Denver 33 Trench Counter: Rams +2.4, Broncos -2.4 The St. Louis Rams (5-6) held off a furious rally by the Denver Broncos (3-8) on Sunday afternoon. Sam Bradford went 22-for-37 with 308 yards and three touchdowns. Steven Jackson rushed 29 times for 72 yards and receiver Danny Amendola added 48 yards on three rushing attempts. Danario Alexander was the team?s leading receiver with four receptions for 95 yards, while tight end Billy Bajema had three catches for 32 yards and two scores. Kyle Orton finished with 347 yards and three touchdowns as Denver outscored St. Louis 20-3 in the fourth quarter. All three of Orton?s scoring strikes came in the final period. Knowshon Moreno had 56 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and also lost a fumble. Brandon Lloyd continued to excel, catching four passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
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