Week 12 of the 2023 NFL season was full of exciting games, dramatic finishes, and impressive performances. Here are some of the highlights and takeaways from the action:
- The Philadelphia Eagles remained the best team in the league with a thrilling 37-34 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills. The Eagles trailed by 14 points in the fourth quarter, but rallied behind quarterback Jalen Hurts, who threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winner to DeVonta Smith in overtime. The Eagles improved to 10-1 and clinched a playoff spot, while the Bills fell to 6-6 and lost ground in the AFC wild card race1.
- The Baltimore Ravens continued their dominance in the AFC with a 20-10 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football. The Ravens defense stifled the Chargers offense, holding them to 210 total yards and forcing two turnovers. The Ravens offense was led by running back J.K. Dobbins, who rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown. The Ravens improved to 9-3 and maintained their lead in the AFC North, while the Chargers dropped to 4-7 and saw their playoff hopes fade1.
- The Kansas City Chiefs bounced back from their Week 11 loss to the Dallas Cowboys with a 31-17 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. The Chiefs offense was explosive, as quarterback Patrick Mahomesthrew for 337 yards and three touchdowns, and wide receiver Tyreek Hill caught seven passes for 142 yards and two scores. The Chiefs defense also came up big, intercepting Raiders quarterback Derek Carr twice and sacking him four times. The Chiefs improved to 8-3 and stayed atop the AFC West, while the Raiders fell to 5-7 and lost their third straight game1.
- The Denver Broncos surprised the Cleveland Browns with a 29-12 win at home. The Broncos defense dominated the Browns offense, holding them to 216 total yards and forcing three turnovers. The Broncos offense was balanced, as quarterback Drew Lock threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns, and running back Melvin Gordon rushed for 88 yards and a score. The Broncos improved to 6-5 and kept their playoff hopes alive, while the Browns dropped to 7-4 and missed a chance to gain ground in the AFC North1.
- The New York Giants upset the New England Patriots 10-7 in a defensive battle. The Giants defense held the Patriots offense to 189 total yards and forced two turnovers, including a fumble by quarterback Mac Jones that was returned for a touchdown by linebacker Blake Martinez. The Giants offense was not much better, but managed to score a field goal in the fourth quarter to seal the win. The Giants improved to 4-8 and snapped a four-game losing streak, while the Patriots fell to 2-9 and extended their losing streak to six games2.