Eli Manning and the New York Giants broke out of their slump with a 38-10 win over the Green Bay Packers, with Manning throwing three touchdown passes to eclipse Phil Simms for the most in franchise history.
Manning, who hadn’t thrown a touchdown pass in the Giants’ previous three games, tossed a 16-yard scoring pass to Rueben Randle in the first quarter to give New York the lead for good last night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Manning also threw scoring passes to Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks as the Giants improved to 7-4 and halted the Packers’ five-game winning streak, which had been tied for the longest in the National Football League entering Week 12. Manning said the Giants benefitted from having off last week.
“We played as a full team, that’s something we’ve been missing for a while,” Manning, who has 200 career touchdown passes, said in a televised interview. “Our bodies, our minds needed a little rest and obviously it helped out a little.”
The Atlanta Falcons held off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-23 to tie Houston for the NFL’s best record at 10-1, while the San Francisco 49ers halted the New Orleans Saints’ three-game winning streak with a 31-21 victory in quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s second career start.
With the Packers’ loss last night, the Denver Broncos now have the NFL’s longest winning streak, extending their run to six with yesterday’s 17-9 road win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes for Denver (8-3) in recording his 149th career NFL win as a starting quarterback, moving him past Broncos Vice President John Elway for the second-most all-time behind Brett Favre (186).
The Baltimore Ravens rallied past the San Diego Chargers 16-13 as Justin Tucker kicked a 38-yard field goal with 1:07 left in overtime. The Ravens (9-2) erased a 13-3 fourth-quarter deficit by scoring 10 points in the final five minutes, including another 38-yard kick by Tucker to force overtime.
The Cleveland Browns beat Pittsburgh for the second time in their past 18 meetings, winning 20-14 at home as the Steelers had eight turnovers. The Browns improved to 3-8, while the Steelers lost their second straight game without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to drop to 6-5.
Charlie Batch threw three interceptions for the Steelers, while four different running backs each had a fumble for Pittsburgh. It was the team’s most turnovers in a game since a Sept. 10, 1989, loss to the Browns.
The Indianapolis Colts won 20-13 at home against the Buffalo Bills (4-7) to improve to 7-4 as T.Y. Hilton had a touchdown reception and a 75-yard punt return for a score. The Chicago Bears ended a two-game losing skid with a 28-10 home win over the Minnesota Vikings as quarterback Jay Cutler returned from a concussion.
The Miami Dolphins scored 17 fourth-quarter points, including a 43-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter as time expired, to beat the Seattle Seahawks 24-21 in Miami. The Dolphins improved to 5-6 with their first win in four games and the Seahawks dropped to 6-5.
The Bengals (6-5) rolled to a 34-10 win over Oakland (3-8) -- their third straight victory -- to spoil the return of Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer to Cincinnati.
The St. Louis Rams beat the Arizona Cardinals 31-17 as Janoris Jenkins returned two interceptions for touchdowns, and the Jacksonville Jaguars held on for a 24-19 victory over the Tennessee Titans (4-7), their first win in six home games.
Houston had improved to 10-1 with a 34-31 overtime win over the Detroit Lions on the Nov. 22 Thanksgiving holiday, the same day the Washington Redskins won 38-31 at the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots cruised to a 49-19 rout of the host New York Jets.
The Week 12 schedule concludes tonight with the Philadelphia Eagles (3-7) hosting the Carolina Panthers (2-8).
Last night in New Jersey, the Giants opened a 31-10 halftime lead and rolled to the victory.
Andre Brown and Ahmad Bradshaw added rushing touchdowns for New York, while the Giants’ defense had five sacks of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who threw an interception and also lost a fumble. The Packers fell to 7-4 with the loss.
“Hopefully we can remember this feeling and not have this kind of embarrassment happen again,” Rodgers said at a news conference. “It was not the way we wanted to play. We’re better than this and we’re going to regroup.”
Kaepernick, who made the start for the 49ers in New Orleans even though Alex Smith was cleared for contact after missing last week’s game with a concussion, threw for one touchdown and ran for another score. Ahmad Brooks and Donte Whitner also had 49ers’ touchdowns off interceptions by Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
San Francisco improved to 8-2-1, the second-best record in the National Football Conference. New Orleans (5-6) had won five of its previous six games following a 0-4 start.
The Falcons increased their lead over the Buccaneers (6-5) and Saints in the NFC West by ending Tampa Bay’s four-game winning streak. Matt Ryan passed for 353 yards, threw an 80-yard touchdown to Julio Jones in the third quarter and directed the Falcons’ fifth fourth-quarter rally this season.
In a game that featured six lead changes, Michael Turner put Atlanta ahead for good with a 3-yard touchdown run with 7 minutes, 55 seconds remaining.
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