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Breaking records, crazy weather in the best and worst of Week 14 in the NFL (7 items)

Dec. 10, 2013

The NFL season has been quite an exciting one this year, and as the playoffs draw closer, each and every game is becoming more and more important. The competition was at an ultimate high this past week, which made for some fantastic finishes.

As in nearly every week this season, there were the normal injuries, comebacks, and broken records, but in this week, Mother Nature decided to play a key role with several game being played in snow storms. Despite the many games played in the snow, offense was on full display. Week 14 set an NFL record for most touchdowns scored with 104.

By the end of the week, there was much for fans to cheer and mourn about. With that being said, here is the best and worst from NFL Week 14.

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1 of 7. Shady breaks the Eagles' rushing record in the "Snow Bowl"


The Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Detroit Lions Sunday afternoon in a game which the Philadelphia franchise is now referring to as the "Snow Bowl." The name suits the game quite well because the entire game was played in about six inches of snow. The officials even had to stop the game at one point to dig to find the goal line.

While the snow made it difficult for the Eagles to get going in the first half, running back LeSean "Shady" McCoy made sure that he used the snow to his advantage. He juked and spun his way down the field and Lions defenders miss with regularity. By the time the game had ended, McCoy racked up a franchise-record 217 rushing yards. He also scored two touchdowns.

The 34-win coupled with the Dallas Cowboys' loss Monday night moves Philadelphia (8-5) into first place in the NFC East.

2 of 7. Gronkowski tears ACL, MCL

According to NFL.com, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL in Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. For a player who is already known as injury-prone, this comes as a big blow to both Gronkowski and the Patriots.

The Patriots have been decimated by injuries all season, but this injury to the Pro Bowl tight end may end up being the straw that broke the camel's back. As the list of quarterback Tom Brady's targets grows shorter and shorter, so do the Patriots' Super Bowl hopes.

3 of 7. Manning silences critics

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has taken a lot of criticism over the years for performing poorly in games played in a cold temperature. Manning suited up on Sunday in 10-degree weather against the Tennessee Titans, and many of the critics predicted another sub-par performance.

Manning made a statement. He threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns in Denver's win over Tennessee.

If Manning can continue to light up the scoreboard in cold weather, then the Broncos have a great shot at going to the Super Bowl.

4 of 7. Mathieu tears ACL, LCL

Arizona Cardinals rookie cornerback Tyrann Mathieu tore his ACL and LCL on Sunday, and it will prove to be a devastating loss to the Arizona secondary. Arizona has had an up-and-down season, but one consistent bright spot all season has been the play of Mathieu, who was second on the team in tackles.

For a rookie corner who looked to have such a bright career ahead of him, this injury raises questions about the type of player Mathieu will be when he returns. As for the Cardinals, they can only hope that they have a replacement that can fill such big shoes.

5 of 7. Five touchdowns scored in the final 2:05 as Ravens top Vikings

Sunday's game in the snow between the Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings had one of the most explosive finishes in NFL history. While the whole game was quite electrifying, it was the final 2:05 that took the breath away from football fans everywhere.

With 2:05 remaining in the game, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw a quick touchdown strike to Dennis Pitta to put Baltimore up 15-12. On the next possession, Vikings running back Toby Gerhart ran 41 yards for a touchdown which gave Minnesota the lead, 19-15. On the ensuing kickoff, Ravens returner Jacoby Jones returned the ball 77 yards for yet another Ravens touchdown, moving Baltimore ahead 22-19 with 1:16 left.

Continuing, Vikings quarterback Matt Cassell answered on the next drive with a 79 yards pass to Cordarrelle Patterson for yet another Minnesota touchdown. Finally, with four seconds left in the game, Flacco found Marion Brown for the game-winning touchdown to give the Ravens the 29-26 win.

Whether it was a Vikings fan, Ravens fan, or an NFL fan in general, everyone was awe-struck at such a wild finish. It will be a game to remember for years to come.
1. dan76
san antonio, TX,
Dec. 12, 2013

Why no mention of the bogus pass interference call setting up a winning touchdown?