Jets Win, Cowboys, Redskins Pressure Giants for NFC East Lead
The New York Jets beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-10 while the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys both won to leave the New York Giants needing to beat the New Orleans Saints today to retain their division lead.
The Redskins beat the Baltimore Ravens 31-28 in overtime and the Cowboys won 20-19 with a last-second field goal at the Cincinnati Bengals. Washington and Dallas improved to 7-6, while the Giants are 7-5 ahead of the Saints’ visit today.
Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell ran for second-half touchdowns at EverBank Field in Jacksonville for the Jets, who improve to 6-7 with their third win in four games. The Jaguars drop to 2-11 with their sixth home defeat.
New York sealed the National Football League win when a pass by Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne was intercepted by Ellis Lankster on the Jets’ 4-yard line with 15 seconds remaining.
Dan Bailey kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati to seal the win for the Cowboys, who trailed 19-10 midway through the third quarter.
Dallas players bowed their heads and some covered their heart with a hand during a moment of silence before the game in memory of teammate Jerry Brown.
Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is in custody on a $500,000 bond after being charged yesterday with intoxication manslaughter following a car crash that killed Brown. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in an interview on Fox that the best way his players could honor their deceased colleague was to win.
Kai Forbath kicked a 34-yard field goal in overtime at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, to give the Redskins the victory over local rival Baltimore.
Joshua Morgan, Alfred Morris and Pierre Garcon scored touchdowns for Washington, whose fourth straight win came after rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury.
Anquan Boldin of the Ravens caught first-half touchdown passes of 19 yards and 31 yards from quarterback Joe Flacco.
Baltimore leads the American Football Conference East division with a 9-4 mark from Pittsburgh, which dropped to 7-6 with a 34-24 home defeat to the San Diego Chargers (5-8) in Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s return from a three- game absence with rib and shoulder injuries.
The Atlanta Falcons (11-2) suffered their second defeat of the season, falling 30-20 at the Carolina Panthers (4-9). Carolina quarterback Cam Newton ran for a 72-yard touchdown and threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns.
Elsewhere in Week 14 of the NFL regular season it was St. Louis 15, Buffalo 12; Cleveland 30, Kansas City 7; Indianapolis 27, Tennessee 23; Minnesota 21, Chicago 14; and Philadelphia 23, Tampa Bay 21.
The Giants have to beat the Saints to retain their one-game lead in the National Football Conference East division. The Giants have lost three of their past four games, while the Saints have lost their last two to drop to 5-7 and into third place in the NFC South.
In other matchups, the San Francisco 49ers (8-3) host the Miami Dolphins (5-7) and the Arizona Cardinals (4-8) visit the Seattle Seahawks (7-5). Tonight, the Detroit Lions (4-8) will try to log their first win in 22 visits to the Green Bay Packers (8-4) since 1991.
Week 14 play, which began with the Denver Broncos (10-3) beating the Oakland Raiders 26-13 on Dec. 6, concludes tomorrow with the Houston Texans (11-1) visiting the New England Patriots (9-3).
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