Week 14 of the 2023 NFL season was full of thrilling games, dramatic finishes, and surprising results. Here are some of the highlights and analysis of the week’s action.
Packers lose to Giants in a nail-biter
The Green Bay Packers suffered a heartbreaking loss to the New York Giants, 24-22, on Tuesday night at MetLife Stadium1. The Packers led by 10 points in the fourth quarter, but the Giants rallied behind rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder, who threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns2. The Giants took the lead with a 36-yard field goal by Graham Gano with 1:12 left in the game1. The Packers had a chance to win, but Aaron Rodgers was intercepted by James Bradberry in the final seconds1. The loss dropped the Packers to 9-4, while the Giants improved to 7-6 and kept their playoff hopes alive.
Titans edge out Dolphins in a shootout
The Tennessee Titans and the Miami Dolphins put on an offensive show, combining for 55 points and 832 yards of total offense2. The Titans prevailed, 28-27, thanks to a clutch touchdown pass by Ryan Tannehill to A.J. Brown with 14 seconds left in the game2. The Dolphins had taken the lead with a 52-yard field goal by Jason Sanders with 1:34 remaining2. The Titans improved to 10-3 and clinched a playoff spot, while the Dolphins fell to 8-5 and missed a chance to secure a wild card berth.
Cowboys dominate Eagles in a divisional showdown
The Dallas Cowboys asserted their dominance over the Philadelphia Eagles, 33-13, on Monday night at AT&T Stadium2. The Cowboys controlled the game from start to finish, as Dak Prescott threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns, Tony Pollard ran for 59 yards and a touchdown, and A.J. Brown caught seven passes for 94 yards and a touchdown2. The Cowboys defense also stifled the Eagles offense, holding Joe Flacco to 311 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, and Jalen Hurts to 13 yards on four carries2. The Cowboys improved to 11-2 and clinched the NFC East title, while the Eagles dropped to 6-7 and fell behind in the wild card race.
Bills upset Chiefs in a defensive battle
The Buffalo Bills pulled off a stunning upset over the Kansas City Chiefs, 20-17, on Sunday night at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium2. The Bills defense held the Chiefs offense to 17 points and 314 yards, and forced two turnovers2. The Bills offense was led by Patrick Mahomes, who threw for 271 yards and a touchdown, and James Cook, who ran for 58 yards and a touchdown, and caught six passes for 83 yards and a touchdown2. The Bills sealed the win with a 43-yard field goal by Tyler Bass with 1:06 left in the game2. The Bills improved to 9-4 and maintained their lead in the AFC East, while the Chiefs fell to 10-3 and lost their grip on the top seed in the AFC.
Broncos crush Chargers in a lopsided affair
The Denver Broncos routed the Los Angeles Chargers, 24-7, on Sunday night at SoFi Stadium2. The Broncos defense dominated the Chargers offense, holding Justin Herbert to 182 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions, and Austin Ekeler to 28 yards on 10 carries2. The Broncos offense was efficient, as Russell Wilson threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns, Javonte Williams ran for 66 yards and a touchdown, and Quentin Johnston caught four passes for 91 yards and a touchdown2. The Broncos improved to 8-5 and stayed in the hunt for a wild card spot, while the Chargers fell to 6-7 and lost ground in the playoff race.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Atlanta Falcons, 29-25, thanks to a late touchdown pass by Desmond Ridder to Drake London12.
- The Chicago Bears defeated the Detroit Lions, 28-13, as Justin Fields threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, and Jahmyr Gibbs ran for 66 yards and a touchdown23.
- The Cincinnati Bengals crushed the Indianapolis Colts, 34-14, behind Jake Browning’s 275 passing yards and three touchdowns, and Joe Mixon’s 79 rushing yards and a touchdown23.
- The Cleveland Browns edged out the Jacksonville Jaguars, 31-27, with Joe Flacco throwing for 311 yards and a touchdown, and Jerome Ford running for 51 yards and a touchdown23.
- The New Orleans Saints dominated the Carolina Panthers, 28-6, as Bryce Young threw for 137 yards and a touchdown, and Chuba Hubbard ran for 87 yards and a touchdown23.
- The New York Jets routed the Houston Texans, 30-6, with Zach Wilson passing for 301 yards and two touchdowns, and Devin Singletary rushing for 65 yards and a touchdown23.
- The Baltimore Ravens beat the Los Angeles Rams, 37-31, in overtime, as Lamar Jackson threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns, and Kyren Williams ran for 114 yards and a touchdown23.
- The Minnesota Vikings shut out the Las Vegas Raiders, 3-0, in a defensive struggle, with Aidan O’Connell passing for 171 yards, and Alexander Mattison rushing for 66 yards23.
- The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 28-16, with Brock Purdy throwing for 368 yards and two touchdowns, and Christian McCaffrey running for 145 yards and a touchdown