1. Eagles Stun Patriots– Last week, the Patriots lost their first game of the season in Denver and we all know that no team is better at bouncing back from a loss than New England themselves. That was far from the case on Sunday. The Philadelphia Eagles dominated in every phase of the game and the Eagles got to Brady without blitzing which really impressed me. The Eagles got the job done on offense, defense and special teams. Nobody saw this coming. This win can give the Eagles a lot of momentum going forward as they now sit in second place in the NFC East. The Patriots have no lost back to back games for the first time since weeks two and three of the 2012 season.
2. Panthers survive Saints, clinch division– It just continues to get better and better for the Carolina Panthers by the week. With the Falcons losing earlier in the day in Tampa Bay, the Panthers won the division for the third straight season. They still had a game to play and it wasn’t an easy one in New Orleans. The Saints came out and started fast and the Panthers looked flat for the first time all season long but as usual, they found a way to get back into the game. This was the worst I’ve seen the Panthers defense look all season long but Cam carried the team on his shoulders and bailed the Panthers out of a jam. Now, they sit at 12-0 and the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC will travel through Charlotte.
3. Packers win on Hail Mary in Motown– The Packers entered the game after a crushing loss to the Bears on Thanksgiving night. The way the game started, you would’ve thought that the Packers were still stuck in that loss. The Lions had a 20 point lead at the half and looked to be on pace to sweep the season series with the Packers for the first time since 1991. Not so fast. You NEVER count Aaron Rodgers out of a game and the Lions learned the hard way. After a face mask penalty, the Packers were given one more play and it was a Hail Mary and the Packers won the game, 27-23. The Miracle in Motown.
4. Michigan State defeats Iowa– This was the one championship game that I had my eye on. An experienced Michigan State Spartans team against an Iowa team that surprised everyone by going undefeated in the regular season. Iowa showed early on why they deserved to be here. They aren’t a flashy team, they just go about their business and it’s worked. Sparty struggled to make anything happen offensively but they scored when they had too and went on to win the game, 16-13.
5. Jets win Battle of New York– The winner of this game had a better shot at making the playoffs and the loser would have to climb out of a steep hole. The Giants looked to be in control of this one throughout the game then the fourth quarter came. The Giants have blown three fourth quarter leads this season and now we can add a fourth one to the list. The Giants struggled on both sides of the ball, they failed to double team Marshall and they let the Jets back into the game. Now, the Giants sit at 5-7.