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Week 12 Late Game Lasso

by Ryan Hudson

Broncos 34, Bears 37 (OT) – Chicago, surprisingly, is still alive. This was easily the most exciting game today. It featured a combined 71 points, not one but TWO Devin Hester touchdowns and 17 unanswered points from the Bears in the final 8:58 for the win. Oh, and it also had three touchdowns scored…in the span of 27 seconds. Hester returned both a punt and a kickoff for TD’s to keep the Bears in the game, giving him 11 returns for scores in just 27 regular-season games (seriously, WHY do people still kick to him?!). Rex Grossman, despite his unimpressive numbers (17-33, 193 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT), DID lead his team back from what seemed like a season-killing loss, tossing the game-tying TD with just 28 seconds showing on the clock. Somewhere, Big Daddy Drew smiles.

Ravens 14, Chargers 32 – San Diego dealt Baltimore their fifth straight loss, thanks in large part to a 22-point second quarter and three touchdowns from Philip Rivers. It used to be that Baltimore could always rely on its defense to keep them in games. But now they’ve allowed 30 or more point in back-to-back games for the first time since 1999, and it seems inevitable that Brian Billick is gone at the end of the season.

49ers 37, Cardinals 31 (OT) – Two overtime games?? Its like the NFL Gods heard my complaints of boredom. Kurt Warner threw for 484 yards (!) and two touchdowns…and lost. Frank Gore took the 49ers on his back and finished with two scores and 214 total yards, resulting in excitement from many a frustrated fantasy owner. After Neil Rackers missed a 32-yard FG in OT, San Francisco locked up the win by sacking Warner and forcing him to fumble in the end zone, where they fell on the ball for the game-winning TD. Yep, sounds about right.

Looking ahead:

Eagles at Patriots – One of the most dominant teams ever going up against AJ Feely. There’s a reason New England is favored by as many as 25 ½ points in some places.