Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta had a fairly productive season debut Week 14 vs. Minnesota. Pitta, who was sidelined all season recovering from a hip injury, finished with six catches for 48 yards and one touchdown during a 29-26 win.
Amid heavy snowfall, Pitta got off to a slow start, totaling one catch for 9 yards on four targets in the first half. Pitta had two drops before finally recording his first catch with 26 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Pitta had a more productive second half, which included a 1-yard touchdown catch on a 4th-and-goal play with 2:05 remaining. Pitta's touchdown started a crazy turn of events, as the lead changed hands five times in the last 2:05.
Pitta surprisingly tied Marlon Brown for a team-high 11 targets in his season debut. His longest catch went 18 yards. The Ravens are back in action Week 15 at Detroit.
Joique Bell overcomes weather for big game in Philadelphia
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
For a guy running in a blizzard who didn't expect to be running all that much, Lions back Joique Bell certainly exceeded expectations Sunday at Philadelphia. He was easily the most productive offensive player wearing a Lions uniform - and that includes a receiver they call Megatron.
Bell was thrown into heavy action when teammate Reggie Bush was ruled out after aggravating a calf injury in pregame warmups. He seemed to gain traction while others were slipping and sliding early in the game. He rushed for 33 yards in his first seven attempts while scoring a first-quarter touchdown and two-point conversion. He finished the first half with 51 yards on 17 carries.
He slowed down considerably after intermission, but still finished with 69 yards on 23 carries while contributing team-highs in catches with four and receiving yards with 58. He will try to take his momentum and run with it against visiting Baltimore next Monday night.
Marlon Brown helps lift Ravens to win with late TD Week 14
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown capped a crazy ending to a 29-26 win Week 14 vs. Minnesota. Amid the snowfall, Brown hauled in a 9-yard touchdown catch with 4 seconds remaining, sending Baltimore to the win in what was the fifth lead change in the last 2:05.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco found Brown in the back of the end zone, and the rookie receiver was able to get both feet down. The touchdown was confirmed after a review. It gave Brown his sixth touchdown, tying Jamal Lewis (2000) for the second-most by a Ravens' rookie. Wide receiver Torrey Smith holds the record, recording seven in 2011.
Brown tied Dennis Pitta with a team-high 11 targets Sunday, but Brown led the team in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (92). Brown came alive in the second half after recording just two catches for 24 yards in the first half, when the snowfall was at its worst.
Zach Strief, Brodrick Bunkley to play through ankle injuries
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
Two key Saints, right tackle Zach Strief and nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley, are active for the game vs. Carolina after being listed as questionable with ankle injuries. Both practiced on a limited basis Friday.
Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson was held without a touchdown for the sixth straight game Week 14 against the Falcons, but he at least had decent numbers with Matt Flynn under center, leading the team with 85 yards on four catches.
His four targets were tied for fourth-most on the team, but he made the most of what he got, his biggest contribution coming on a 46-yard bomb early in the fourth quarter. The 85 yards were the second-most he's had in six games, beginning with the one where starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in Week 9. Nelson had just two catches for 14 yards working with Flynn last week.
With Rodgers returning to practice Thursday, Nelson may have a chance to take another step forward Week 15 at Dallas.
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown nearly scored a huge touchdown at the end of Sunday's game against Dolphins, but he stepped out of bounds short of the goal line in a 34-28 loss.
Brown nearly put the Steelers up for good on the final play in the game, after a series of laterals allowed him to break free down the left sideline. He picked up 55 yards and appeared to have the Dolphins beat for what would have been the game-winning score, but he was ruled out of bounds at the 12-yard line.
Even without the touchdown at the end of the game, Brown still finished with a huge game. He racked up 137 yards on five receptions, while scoring on a 43-yard pass earlier in the game.
Brown surpassed his career-high in receiving yards for a season early in the game, and now sits at 1,240 on 90 receptions, with seven touchdowns. The Steelers face the Bengals in Week 15.
Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders extended his scoring streak to three games Sunday, in a 34-28 loss to the Dolphins in Week 14.
Sanders had a solid performance against one of the better passing defenses in the league, hauling in four of the six passes thrown his way for 57 yards. He scored the game's first points, on a 5-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger in the first quarter.
Sanders has not topped 60 yards in any of his last three games, but has scored every time out during that stretch. He now has five touchdowns on the season, heading into Week 15 against the Bengals.
LeSean McCoy shatters personal mark with 217 rushing yards
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
It seemed early in the game Sunday against Detroit that Eagles featured back LeSean McCoy had as much chance of breaking personal rushing records as did the weather becoming warm and sunny.
A blizzard and a strong Lions run defense held McCoy to just 19 yards on seven carries in the first 25 minutes of action. But he gained traction with 32 yards on the last possession of the half, slowed down a bit in the third quarter, then ran wild in the fourth quarter.
McCoy bolted up the middle for a 40-yard touchdown in the first minute of the quarter, added a 57-yard score a minute later for his sixth career touchdown in three games against Detroit, and by the final tick of the clock had a career-high 217 yards on the ground. He had also exceeded 5,000 yards rushing for his career. Not bad considering the Lions entered with the third-stingiest run defense in the NFL.
The Eagles are slated to play next Sunday at Minnesota.
The Saints listed seven players as inactive for the game vs. Carolina: safety Rafael Bush (ankle), linebacker Keyunta Dawson (calf), defensive end Glenn Foster (knee), quarterback Ryan Griffin, defensive back Trevin Wade, offensive tackle Terron Armstead and wideout Nick Toon.