Week 14 of the NFL season fell on the second Sunday of December. Unlike the first one, Dec. 8 certainly felt like December, as countless teams and the entire NFL playoff picture were affected by snow in the early slate of games. Although this suggested a day of ugly football, the slush in Baltimore and Philadelphia gave way to Week 14’s most unbelievable finishes, especially for the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles.
After the Ravens and Minnesota Vikings could barely score for the first 58 minutes, the points kept coming for the last two. 36 combined points and five lead changes were yielded in the last 125 seconds alone, which finally ended on a Ravens touchdown catch by Marlon Brown with four seconds to go.
The 29-26 victory will be seen as a landmark if the Ravens reach the playoffs. At the moment, the 7-6 defending Super Bowl champions maintained a lead for the final wild card spot -- over a 7-6 Miami Dolphins club that nearly lost on the final play to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Needless to say, the bottom of the AFC playoff picture almost changed dramatically twice over, although the Ravens and Dolphins ultimately stayed right where they were.
The ending wasn’t so dramatic between the Eagles and Detroit Lions, although the snow was. Several inches suddenly fell on Lincoln Financial Field, to the point where only one extra point and no field goals were attempted throughout the day. With the Lions holding an 8-0 lead at halftime, it seemed to completely negate the Eagles’ speedy attack.
Yet the fourth quarter was a different story, as the Eagles scored 28 points and got LeSean McCoy a franchise record 217 yards in the snow. As such, the 34-20 win kept the Eagles in first place in the NFC East, and put pressure on the Dallas Cowboys to keep up and beat the Chicago Bears on Dec. 9 -- which would keep the Lions in sole possession of first in the NFC North.
This doesn’t even include the New England Patriots’ latest unlikely comeback, or the San Francisco 49ers’ statement win over the Seattle Seahawks, or a record setting kick in Denver. Week 14 was the busiest, wildest and wettest of the season -- and the accompanying slideshow lists the best and worst of the chaotic day.