NFL Week 12: Atlanta Falcons kick Green Bay to reach 9-2
Falcons 20, Packers 17
QB Matt Ryan, 28-48, 198 yds., TD
Aaron Rodgers threw for 344 yards and rushed for another 51, accounting for two Packers touchdowns, but couldn’t keep Atlanta (9-2) from securing a final-minute victory. Green Bay (7-4) tied the game with 1:06 remaining, but a 15-yard facemask penalty on the ensuing kickoff helped Ryan drive 20 more yards to set up Matt Bryant’s game-winning, 47-yard field goal.
Steelers 19, Bills 16, OT
RB Rashard Mendenhall, 36 att., 151 yds., TD, lost fumble
Shaun Suisham booted four field goals, including the 41-yard game winner in overtime to rescue Pittsburgh (8-3), which squanderred a 13-point halftime lead. Buffalo (2-9) relied on Fred Jackson’s 164 yards from scrimmage to fuel its comeback bid, but lost steam after Steve Johnson dropped a potential game-winning touchdown pass in the end zone.
Browns 24, Panthers 23
RB Peyton Hillis, 26 att., 131 yds., 3 TD
Carolina (1-10) recovered from a 21-13 halftime deficit, but lost when kicker Jon Kasay missed a 41-yard field goal with no time remaining — his second miss of the day. Cleveland (4-7) was powered by Hillis’ three first-half scores, but Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme tossed two interceptions to his former team, including a 37-yard pick-six in the third quarter.
Vikings 17, Redskins 13
RB Toby Gerhart, 22 att., 76 yds., TD
Minnesota interim coach Leslie Frazier committed to the run, calling 38 rushing plays while relying on Gerhart in place of the injured Adrian Peterson (ankle). Gerhart’s five-yard touchdown run gave the Vikings (4-7) the go-ahead score in the third quarter. Washington (5-6) rushed for only 29 yards, staggering on offense after an opening-drive touchdown.
Texans 20, Titans 0
QB Matt Schaub, 25-35, 178 yds., 2 TD
Texans running back Arian Foster accounted for 218 yards from scrimmage, and Houston (5-6) snapped a four-game slide while dominating the reeling Titans. Tennessee (5-6) rushed for only 24 yards (Chris Johnson stumbled to five yards on seven carries) and rookie quarterback Rusty Smith threw three interceptions.
Other Week 12 Scores
Patriots 45, Lions 24, Thurs.
Saints 30, Cowboys 27, Thurs.
JETS 26, Bengals 10, Thurs.
Miami at Oakland
Kansas City at Seattle
Tampa Bay at Baltimore
Philadelphia at Chicago
St. Louis at Denver
San Diego at Indianapolis, late