NFL Week 14 round-up: Dolphins upset Patriots; Steelers clinch AFC North title

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Jarvis Landry of the Miami Dolphins scores a touchdown
Jarvis Landry of the Miami Dolphins scores a touchdown

A review of the action in week 14 of the NFL, which saw the Pittsburgh Steelers clinch the AFC North title and the Miami Dolphins end New England's eight-game winning run.

NFL fixtures & results (Dec 7-11)

Thursday December 7

  • New Orleans 17-20 Atlanta

Sunday December 10

  • Indianapolis 7-13 Buffalo
  • Minnesota 24-31 Carolina
  • Chicago 33-7 Cincinnati
  • Green Bay 27-21 Cleveland
  • San Francisco 26-16 Houston
  • Oakland 15-26 Kansas City
  • Detroit 24-21 Tampa Bay
  • Dallas 30-10 New York Giants
  • Tennessee 7-12 Arizona
  • New York Jets 0-23 Denver
  • Washington 13-30 Los Angeles Chargers
  • Seattle 24-30 Jacksonville
  • Philadelphia 43-35 Los Angeles Rams

Monday December 11

  • Baltimore 38-39 Pittsburgh

Tuesday December 12

  • New England 20-27 Miami

Monday report

Tom Brady was intercepted twice as the Miami Dolphins snapped the New England Patriots' eight-game winning streak with a surprising 27-20 victory.

The Dolphins (6-7) were 11-point underdogs at home, but they kept the Patriots (10-3) from clinching their ninth consecutive AFC East title for at least for another week - New England also lose ground on the Pittsburgh Steelers in their pursuit of the AFC's top-seed position. The two teams meet in Week 15.

Brady went 24 for 43 for 233 yards passing, with one touchdown. Miami sacked him twice and hit him five times, and held the Patriots to only 25 yards rushing. New England were 0 for 11 on third down.

Miami quarterback Jay Cutler, meanwhile, put in one of his best games for the Dolphins since coming out of retirement to join the team in the off-season - he threw for 263 yards and three scores, including two to Jarvis Landry. Kenyan Drake had 114 yards rushing and 79 receiving.

Sunday round-up

The Pittsburgh Steelers clinched the AFC North title with a nail-biting 39-38 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

The Steelers fought back after losing a first-quarter 14-point lead, with Chris Boswell's 46-yard field goal securing the victory with just 42 seconds remaining.

Ben Roethlisberger threw for over 500 yards for the third time in his career, completing 44 passes on 66 attempts.

Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger

The NFC East crown went to the Philadelphia Eagles, who won 43-35 against the Los Angeles Rams.

The Rams overcame a 21-7 deficit to take a 35-31 lead in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to beat the Eagles, who scored a defensive touchdown as time expired.

But in a blow for Philadelphia, quarterback Carson Wentz left the game with a knee injury which could signal the end of his season.

The Carolina Panthers ensured their play-off ambitions remained on track with an entertaining 31-24 victory against the Minnesota Vikings.

Running back Jonathan Stewart ran in a hat-trick of touchdowns for 103 yards, which included a wonderful 60-yard score in the first quarter, to help the Panthers go level with the New Orleans Saints at the top of the NFC South with a record of 9-4.

Cam Newton rushed for 70 yards and threw for 137 yards as Devin Funchess also found the end-zone and Graham Gano kicked a field-goal.

Case Keenum threw two touchdowns for 280 yards in a losing cause for the visitors, who suffered defeat for the first time in nine matches.

The Kansas City Chiefs won the battle of the AFC West divisional clash with a 26-15 success over the Oakland Raiders.

Both franchises began the match with 6-6 records but the Chiefs looked on course for a shutout victory when they were 26-0 ahead with nine minutes remaining, thanks to four field-goals from Harrison Butker and scores Kareem Hunt and Charcandrick Hunt.

However, the Raiders fought back with Marshawn Lynch running home and Jared Cook finding the end-zone followed by a two-point play to reduce the gap to 11 points but Andy Reid's side held on.

The Jacksonville Jaguars took control of the AFC South by overcoming the Seattle Seahawks 30-24.

The Jaguars managed to see off a fourth-quarter rally by the Seahawks' Russell Wilson, with two Josh Lambo field goals in the final period helping the home side keep the Seahawks out of reach.

The Cleveland Browns were denied their first victory of the season after the Green Bay Packers fought back from 21-7 down to win 27-21 in overtime.

A 20-point final quarter helped the Dallas Cowboys overcome divisional rivals New York Giants in a 30-10 victory.

There was an injury blow for the New York Jets after quarterback Josh McCown broke his hand in the third quarter of his side's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos.

The Detroit Lions almost squandered a 14-point final-quarter lead as they defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-21 thanks to Matt Prater's 46-yard field-goal 20 seconds from time.

The Chicago Bears eased past the Cincinnati Bengals in a 33-7 success, while the San Francisco 49ers were 26-16 victors against the Houston Texans and the Buffalo Bills beat the Indianapolis Colts in a 13-7 overtime victory.

The Arizona Cardinals beat the Tennessee Titans 12-7, the Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Washington Redskins 30-13 and the Atlanta Falcons edged the New Orleans Saints 20-17.

Thursday's report

Atlanta Falcons overcame a stuttering display from quarterback Matt Ryan to remain in contention for the NFC South title after a 20-17 victory over divisional rivals New Orleans Saints.

Matt Ryan: Not at his best but over Atlanta over the winning line
Matt Ryan: Not at his best but over Atlanta over the winning line

Last year's MVP Ryan has yet to get going this season and in a must-win game against the Saints, threw three interceptions before keeping his cool in the fourth quarter to get Falcons over the line.

Matt Bryant's 52-yard field goal was the winning score but the Falcons defense played their part keeping an all-powerful Saints offense to season-lows in points, total yards and rushing yards after the early loss of rookie running back Alvin Kamara to concussion.

They also came up with the game-winning play when Deion Jones appeared in the end zone for a brilliant interception on Drew Brees certain-looking TD pass to Josh Hill.

Victory for the Falcons, last year's runner-up in an extraordinary Super Bowl with New England, means they are just one game behind the Saints, who stay top of the division despite a second defeat in their last three games.

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