December has finally arrived and the NFL season is in its stretch run. Let’s check out everything that happened in Week 13 of the season as we get ready for the final month of the season.
The highlight of the Week 13 schedule was undoubtedly the showdown between the 49ers and Ravens, and the game did not disappoint. In the end, the Ravens got a last-second field goal from Justin Tucker to win their eighth game in a row. The win draws them level with the Patriots for the best record in the AFC. Since they beat New England head-to-head, they just have to match the Patriots the rest of the way to secure home-field advantage in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the 49ers are just half a game ahead of the Seahawks, who host the Vikings tonight. Afterward, San Francisco players were already talking about a potential rematch with the Ravens in the Super Bowl.
It Has Happened
The Cincinnati Bengals can finally breathe easy because they won’t be going winless in 2019. Andy Dalton moving back into the starting lineup turned out to be the spark they needed, as they knocked off the Jets 22-6 on Sunday to give rookie head coach Zac Taylor his first career win. The Bengals are the only team with one win with the Giants being the only other team with less than three wins, but avoiding a winless campaign is a reason to celebrate in Cincinnati.
Anybody Want It?
After the Cowboys self-destructed on Thanksgiving with a home loss to the Bills, the Eagles said: “hold my beer.” Philadelphia suffered a surprising loss to the Dolphins on Sunday, losing 37-31 despite holding a 28-14 lead early in the third quarter. The loss is their third in a row and drops the Eagles to 5-7, keeping them a game behind the Cowboys in the NFC East. The Eagles have a favorable schedule down the stretch, but they blew a golden opportunity to get level with Dallas, who they will host in Week 16 in a game that could end up deciding the division.
There were plenty of plot lines in Sunday’s showdown between the Browns and Steelers, but the show was stolen by Steelers backup quarterback Devlin “Duck” Hodges, who replaced Mason Rudolph in last week’s win over the Bengals. Hodges threw for over 200 yards against Cleveland, helping the Steelers to overcome a 10-0 deficit and win 20-13. The win puts Pittsburgh in a tie with the Titans for the final Wild Card spot and will likely hand Hodges the starting job for the rest of the season.
Pick the Lock
Speaking of young quarterbacks, the Broncos got their first look at rookie Drew Lock in Sunday’s 23-20 win over the Chargers. The overall numbers aren’t overly impressive, but Lock threw a pair of touchdown passes to Courtland Sutton in the first quarter, giving his team a chance to win on a late field goal. It’s too late to get Denver to the playoffs, but Lock certainly warrants close watching the rest of the season as the Broncos continue their search for a franchise quarterback.