Classic finishes in NFL Week 14
The 49ers were no lock to get to the playoffs coming into their pivotal matchup with the Super Bowl favorites from Seattle. After the Seahawks destroyed them earlier in the season in Seattle, the 49ers finally got their revenge Sunday. Phil Dawson made four field goals, including a game-winner with 26 seconds to play to top Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, 19-17. The 49ers are 9-4 and hold onto the sixth seed in the NFC with their third straight win. The Seahawks fall to 11-2, but still hold onto the top spot in the conference. Frank Gore put the 49ers on his back Sunday with 110 yards on the ground, including a 51-yard run on their final drive to set up the game-winning field goal. The Seahawks are still in good shape to get the number one seed with the Giants, Cardinals, and Rams left on their schedule. The 49ers put themselves in a good position to make the playoffs with winnable games against the Bucs, Falcons, and Cardinals to end the season.
2. Ravens pull off miraculous win in wild fourth quarter
Six fourth quarter touchdowns and six lead changes later, the Ravens pulled off one of the more miraculous wins of the 2013 season. In freezing temperatures in Baltimore and snow on the field, the Ravens needed plenty of magic late to escape with the sixth seed in the AFC still in their grasp. They squeaked by the Vikings, 29-26, in what was one of the most exciting games of the NFL season. Joe Flacco found Marlon Brown in the endzone with seven seconds remaining to give Baltimore a much needed win, especially with the Dolphins winning to also improve to 7-6. You have to give credit to the Vikings, who have been playing spoiler the last couple of weeks. It took a miracle, but the Ravens improved to 6-1 at home and got a much-needed win with the schedule they have left. They have to go to Detroit to take on the Lions then return home to face the 10-3 Patriots, and end the season on the road against the 9-4 Bengals. They are going to have to play much better defensively if they want to hold on to the last seed in the conference.
3. Patriots rally late to beat Browns after onside kick
The Patriots were on the cusp of losing to the Browns, but then a Cleveland sports team did exactly what we would expect from them. They collapsed. The Browns had a 26-14 lead with 2:39 to go, but a Patriots touchdown, an onside kick recovery, some help from the referees, and another touchdown would cap it off, 27-26. The Browns seem to find new ways to lose every week, while the Patriots find new ways to comeback every week. New England trailed 19-3 late in the third quarter, but for the third straight game, they stormed back to win the game improve to 10-3 and 7-0 at home. A win against the Dolphins in South Beach next week will clinch the AFC East for them. It was an unbelievable comeback, but Bill Belichick has a lot to work on this week to get him team off to better starts in these games.