NFL Week 12 round-up as Baltimore Ravens keep alive their play-off hopes

Baltimore's Max Williams runs with the ball
Baltimore's Max Williams runs with the ball

A review of the action in week 12 as Baltimore Ravens did enough to defeat the Houston Texans 23-16 and keep alive their wild card hopes.

NFL fixtures & results (November 23-28)

Thursday November 23

  • Minnesota 30-23 Detroit
  • New York Giants 10-20 Washington
  • LA Chargers 28-6 Dallas

Sunday November 26

  • Tampa Bay 20-34 Atlanta
  • Cleveland 16-30 Cincinnati
  • Tennessee 20-16 Indianapolis
  • Buffalo 16-10 Kansas City
  • Miami 17-35 New England
  • Carolina 35-27 New York Jets
  • Chicago 3-31 Philadelphia
  • Seattle 24-13 San Francisco
  • Denver 14-21 Oakland
  • New Orleans 20-26 LA Rams
  • Jacksonville 24-27 Arizona
  • Green Bay 28-31 Pittsburgh

Monday November 27

  • Houston 16-23 Baltimore

Monday report

A below-par Baltimore Ravens offence did enough to defeat the Houston Texans 23-16 and keep alive their wild card hopes.

The victory moved the Ravens to (6-5) while the Texans are (4-7) after their fourth loss in five games.

Baltimore scored 17 of their points in the second quarter as they claimed a lead they would never surrender with their touchdowns coming from Alex Collins and Javorius Allen. Houston's touchdown came from Lamar Miller.

The victory leaves Baltimore second in AFC North behind the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-2) and in contention for a wild card but the Texans look out of it in third in AFC South behind the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars who are tied at 7-4 apiece.

Sunday review

The indomitable Philadelphia Eagles celebrated their ninth straight win in a devastating 31-3 rout of the Chicago Bears that saw three touchdown passes for Carson Wentz.

Carson Wentz: threw three touchdown passes
Carson Wentz: threw three touchdown passes

Philadelphia now need to win just one game - and the Dallas Cowboys to lose to the Washington Redskins Thursday - to take the National Football Conference East division title and guarantee a spot in the play-offs.

Wentz passed for 227 yards, LeGarrette Blount rushed for 97, while Zach Ertz caught 10 over 103 yards.

Meanwhile the Eagles' defence made light work of Bears newcomer Mitchell Trubisky and kicker Cairo Santos missed a 54 yard field goal.

The Denver Broncos suffered a bruising 14-21 defeat to the Oakland Raiders in a game marred by a mass brawl.

Seemingly triggered by an altercation between Oakland receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver cornerback Aqib Talib, the fracas led to the pair being sent off, along with Raiders guard Gabe Jackson who pushed an official.

Michael Crabtree (right) is ejected for fighting with Aqib Talib
Michael Crabtree (right) is ejected for fighting with Aqib Talib

A last-gasp, personal record breaking 57-yard field goal by Phil Dawson lifted the Arizona Cardinals over the Jaguars 27-24 with one second to spare, ending Jacksonville's four-game streak.

Meanwhile a final-minute field goal by Chris Boswell - a career best of 53 yards - saw the Pittsburgh Steelers edge the Green Bay Packers 31-28, their sixth straight win.

Jimmy Garoppolo made his debut for the 49ers with less than two minutes before the final whistle, finding Louis Murphy for a 10-yard touchdown, although it was far short of what San Francisco needed in the 24-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Buffalo Bills closed out a slow-starting Kansas City Chiefs 16-10, their fifth loss in six games and the Indianapolis Colts lost 16-20 to the Tennessee Titans, the victors recovering from a seven-point deficit after half time.

The Cincinnati Bengals extended the Cleveland Browns' abysmal winless start to the season with a 30-16 drubbing, while the new England Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins 35-17.

Elsewhere the Carolina Panthers made it four wins in a row with a 35-27 victory over the New York Jets, while the Los Angeles Rams ended the New Orleans Saints' eight-game streak with a 26-20 win.

Thursday review

Dak Prescott threw a pair of interceptions - after getting picked off three times last week - as the Dallas Cowboys lost 28-6 to the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Cowboys have now lost the last three games by at least 20 points, with Philip Rivers throwing for three touchdowns and 434 yards in Arlington.

One of Prescott's interceptions was returned by Charger Desmond King 90 yards for a touchdown to seal the win for LA midway through the fourth quarter.

Celebrations for the Minnesota Vikings
Celebrations for the Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings strengthened their grip on the NFC North with a 30-23 win over the Detroit Lions.

The Vikings (9-2) raced into a 13-0 lead after the first quarter and held off a late fightback from their opponents (6-5).

Case Keenum threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score in the first half as the Vikings made the most of mistakes by the Lions.

Meanwhile, Kirk Cousins connected with Josh Doctson for a 14-yard touchdown with 3:31 remaining to put the Washington Redskins ahead of the New York Giants.

New York matched Washington point for point in the opening three quarters, but that touchdown and a 33-yard Nick Rose field goal sealed the 20-10 win.

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