Panthers Finally Lose, Injured Ravens Over Steelers, Jets Over Pats In OT, Rams Surprise Seahawks

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The NFL’s regular season is nearing an end and teams are vying for playoff spots or higher seeds in the post-season.
The DabThe Carolina Panthers headed to Atlanta to take on the Falcons, a team they obliterated a few weeks ago.  This time, however, the Falcons were ready for QB Cam Newton.  The game was neck and neck but the Falcons made the plays that counted, including some incredible theatrical catches from their star receiver Julio Jones. The Falcons accomplished what no other team this season could; they handed the Panthers their first loss.  After the game, the Falcons’ owner imitated Cam Newton’s famous “Dab”.  Atlanta 20, Carolina 13.

The injury riddled Baltimore Ravens hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The Steelers have been red hot, so everyone expected them to steamroll the Ravens.  But in the NFL anything can happen.  The Ravens kept Steelers’ QB Roethlisberger in check and pulled out a win. The Steelers now fall just outside of the playoff picture, and the Cincinnati Bengals (who take on the Denver Broncos on Monday night) clinched the division.  Baltimore 20, Pittsburgh 17.

The New York Jets were waiting to get their hands on their rivals the New England Patriots.  The Jets defense held Tom Brady in check the whole game, but, of course, the Pats came back to tie the game and send to overtime.  In OT, there was some confusion during the coin toss and the Patriots elected to kick the ball (very rare with the new overtime rules).  The Jets made some heroic plays, capped off by a Fitzpatrick to Eric Decker game winning touchdown.  With the win, the Jets are in control (for now) of a final wild card spot.  NY Jets 26, Patriots 20.

In Seattle, the scorching Seahawks played host to the Rams.  Everyone thought the Seahawks would easily win at home, but the Rams have had their number the past few seasons.  The Rams defense made solid plays and forced turnovers to beat the Seahawks in Sea-town.  The Seahawks need to be careful, as their playoff spot is not guaranteed.  St. Louis 23, Seattle 17.

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