A couple of overtime thrillers highlight the action from an exciting Week 14 in the NFL. The playoff race in the AFC is getting a lot tighter as now there are only five teams in the conference that have less than six losses on their record. With three weeks to go in the regular season, only the Texans, Jaguars and Jets have been eliminated from playoff contention.
Bucs Win Thriller vs. Bills
This matchup lived up to all the pre-game hype as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held on in overtime to beat the Buffalo Bills 33-27. The Bucs led by as many as 21 points in the second quarter, but Bills QB Josh Allen wasn’t ready to throw in the towel after being dominated in the first half. On a nine-play drive in the 3rd quarter, he ran it in from 18 yards out to close the gap to 24-10.
The fourth quarter was all Buffalo. First, Allen threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dawson Knox, and later a 4-yard TD hookup to Gabriel Davis to get them to within three at 27-24. Then after a 14-play, 70-yard drive, Ryan Succop tied the game with 22 seconds left in regulation.
In overtime, QB Tom Brady and the Bucs offense put together a drive that ended with a 58-yard game-winning touchdown to Breshad Perriman, giving the GOAT his 700th career touchdown pass and his 10th straight win against Buffalo.
Niners and Bengals Need Overtime
The San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals needed overtime to decide a winner in this exciting game. After being in front for most of the first half, the Bengals went into the halftime break leading 17-6. A 24-yard field goal by Robbie Gould increased the lead to 20-6 after three quarters. However, QB Joe Burrow and the Bengals took over the fourth quarter and led them on two scoring drives.
Evan McPherson added a 52-yard field goal for Cincinnati in the extra period. In the next possession for the Niners, QB Jimmy Garoppolo led them on a 7-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a 12-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Aiyuk to end the game. George Kittle was the offensive leader for San Francisco with 13 receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown.
The Bengals fall into a second-place tie with Cleveland in the AFC North division standings with the loss. They’re now just one game behind the division-leading Ravens after their loss to the Browns.
Browns Hang On to Beat Ravens
The Cleveland Browns were able to outlast the Baltimore Ravens in their 24-22 win over their division rivals. Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson injured his ankle in the first half and would not return to the game. The Browns took advantage as they led by as many as 21 points in the second quarter after Myles Garrett’s fumble return for a 15-yard touchdown. Unfortunately, Cleveland would not score for the remainder of this game.
Justin Tucker opened the scoring in the second half for the Ravens with a 55-yard field goal that would bring his team to within 15 points on the scoreboard. After a 69-yard drive, Latavius Murray would run the football in from 1 yard out in the fourth quarter. However, Baltimore failed on the 2-point conversion to trail by 9 points. Then with 1:17 left, Mark Andrews scored from 8 yards out on a TD pass from backup quarterback Tyler Huntley to end the scoring.
Cleveland moves to within one game of the conference lead with the win. The Ravens have now lost two-in-a-row and hope that their quarterback will be healthy for next week’s game when they host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.