Wins for both the Carolina Panthers and the Washington Redskin highlighted Sunday’s games in the NFL’s Fourteenth Week. The Panthers built up a 23-0 lead, on their way to a 30-20 victory over the AFC South Leading Atlanta Falcons. Cam Newton passed for 287 yards and scored on a 72 yard run, as he piled up a career high 116 yards on the ground. The Panthers racked up 475 yards overall, and the defense was also outstanding through two quarters. Matt Ryan passed for 342 yards and two scores with one interception, but most of his damage occurred in the second half, when the Panthers had things fairly well secured. The Falcons dropped to 11-2, while the Panthers improved to 4-9.
Meanwhile, the Redskins rallied to take a 31-28 win over the AFC North leading Baltimore Ravens in overtime, despite the loss of Robert Griffin III late in the fourth quarter due to a knee injury. Behind 28-20 in the final two minutes, Griffin started the Redskins on a drive into Ravens territory, but had his knee injured during the drive. Griffin hobbled his way back into the game briefly after being taken out, but then realizing he couldn’t move well enough to play effectively, he took himself out and in came Backup and rookie quarterback, Kirk Cousins. Cousins promptly led the Skins to a touchdown on a pass to Pierre Garcon, then a two point conversion draw play to send the game into overtime at 28-28, and after the Ravens failed to move the ball in their first OT posession, Redskin punt returner, Richard Crawford broke loose on a 64 yard punt return that set up the winning 34 yard field goal from Kai Forbath, who was three for three on the day. The Skins, wtih the win, kept the pressure on the first place New York Giants in the NFC East, hiking their record to 7-6 in their fourth win in a row. The Ravens dropped to 10-3.
In other games, Dallas edged the Cincinnati Bengals 20-19 on a field goal on the last snap to stay tied with the Redskins in the NFC East. New York Giants 52 New Orleans 27, Seattle 58 Arizona 0, Minnesota 21 Chicago 14, Cleveland 30 Kansas City 7, Indianapolis 27 Tennessee 23, New York Jets 17 Jacksonville 10, Philadelphia 23 Tampa Bay 21, St. Louis 15 Buffalo 12, San Francisco 27 Miami 13, San Diego 34 Pittsburgh 24, and Green Bay 27 Detroit 20…Monday night, a top notch game in store with Houston (11-1) at New England (9-3). Kickoff is 8:30PM