An East Coast blizzard was the story of multiple NFL games during Week 14. The Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers hosted snowy games yesterday, all with different yet spectacular outcomes.
Six inches of snow on the ground didn’t stop LeSean McCoy from 217 yards and two touchdowns. McCoy ran as if his shoes were snow tires, running for 57 and 40-yard touchdown runs. The Eagles survived two Jeremy Ross kick returns to beat the Detroit Lions 34-20 in the blizzard. The outcome could have been different for the Lions had Reggie Bush not reinjured his calf during pregame warmups.
Bush wasn’t the only star running back to get hurt in the cold. Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings injured his right foot in the second quarter against the Ravens. The Vikings lost Peterson for the game and lost against the Ravens in one of the wildest 2:05 in NFL history. Five touchdowns in the final 125 seconds, including a nine-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Marlon Brown, helped the Ravens beat Minnesota at home 29-26. Peterson went to Twitter after the game berating Ravens fans and the game’s officials.
The Miami Dolphins pulled off a road win in Pittsburgh as if they’re used to playing in snowy conditions. A high-scoring second half propelled both teams and the Steelers almost stole the game at the end. As time expired and down by six points, the Steelers lateraled the football between six players and finally found Antonio Brown near the sidelines with lots of daylight. Brown raced towards the endzone and celebrated as if he had just won the game and capped off the play of the 2013 season, but an official called Brown’s left foot barely out of bounds, ending the game in agony in front of Steeler fans.
No strangers to cold weather, the Kansas City Chiefs went into Landover, Md. to completely embarrass the Washington Redskins. Losing 45-10, Redskins fans didn’t stick around in the snowy second half. Robert Griffin III and the rest of the ‘Skins offense was abysmal and lacked the intensity to play in the cold weather. To end on a high note for the Redskins, Alfred Morris’ 31 rushing yards put him over 1,000 on the season.
It’s almost playoff time in the NFL and many more cold, snowy games are likely on their way, including the Super Bowl in New York. Have a look at 25 photos from yesterday's action in the snow.