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A day like today is why we love football

12/9/13 in NFL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   122 respect

Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) leaps over Detroit Lions defensive back Glover Quin during the fourth quarter action in the snow and blizzard at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY SportsWhen one thinks of football, one usually thinks of all the hard hits, the big names that played the game, John Madden's terrific analysis and passion for the game and much, much, more.

It is the much, much, more parts of the game that keep fans wanting more. We are talking about the big-time performances, great endings and even inclement weather.

If you're a football fanatic like millions out there, than today's games are exactly why you love the sport as they included all of the above-mentioned things. Let's start with the inclement weather.

While it is not a surprise to see snow on the ground this time of year, it was certainly a surprise to see that much of it in a game in Philadelphia between the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions. The
snow came down in bunches as both teams battled the elements in what ended up being a big 34-20 victory for the Eagles.

Snow was featured throughout the league on this football Sunday. It was seen in games between the Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons.

Today's games also featured some big-time performances, most notably that of Philadelphia Eagles' running back LeSean McCoy. McCoy had a
record-setting day in which he set a single-game franchise record with 217 rushing yards on 26 carries to go along with two touchdowns.

Cincinnati Bengals' quarterback Andy Dalton also had himself quite a game. In his team's 42-28 win over the Indianapolis Colts, Dalton threw three touchdown passes and also rushed one in himself and had a QBR rating of 120.5.

There were also some unbelievable finishes in today's games. We'll start with the tilt between the Cleveland Brown and New England Patriots.

With less than three minutes to go, the Browns found themselves up 26-14 and seemed primed to beat the 9-3 Patriots. The Browns still found a way to lose as Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady helped his team score two touchdowns within a span of 30 seconds and afterwards, Browns' kicker Billy Cundiff came up short on his 58-yard field goal attempt, which seems to be on target. 

Another great finish came in the game between the Ravens and Vikings. The game had six lead changes in the fourth quarter, which included five touchdowns in the final two minutes in the game and with 45 seconds to go, Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco drove his team down the field and threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Marlon Brown to win the game.

Of course, you cannot talk about today's game without talking about the finish in the game between the Steelers and Dolphins. It appeared that Steelers' wide receiver Antonio Brown scored a touchdown to tie the game at the buzzer as part of a
crazy series of laterals, only to be turned back because Brown's left foot stepped out of bounds before scoring.

It was a great day for to be a football fan and with both winter and the playoffs close to beginning, let's hope we see some more of it.    
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