NFL Thanksgiving Roundup: Ravens outlast SteelersSportsDirect Inc.
November 29. 2013 12:52AM
BALTIMORE -- Joe Flacco threw for 251 yards and one touchdown as host Baltimore held off Pittsburgh's late comeback attempt for a 22-20 win on Thursday night.
Justin Tucker kicked five field goals and the Ravens (6-6) stopped a late two-point conversion try to move into the second wild-card spot in the AFC - one-half game ahead of four other teams.
Torrey Smith made six catches for 93 yards and a touchdown as Baltimore avenged a three-point loss in Pittsburgh last month.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 257 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 1-yard scoring pass to Jerricho Cotchery that cut the deficit to 22-20 with 63 seconds to play.
Rookie Le'Veon Bell rushed for 73 yards and a TD and had seven receptions for 63 yards for the Steelers (5-7) in the fifth straight matchup between the teams decided by three points or fewer.
Flacco's 8-yard scoring pass to Smith helped Baltimore take a 10-0 lead at the half before Tucker's second field goal with 9:21 left in the third extended the advantage.
Roethlisberger finally got the Steelers on the board with an 8-yard TD toss to Emmanuel Sanders, but Jacoby Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 73 yards to set up a 38-yard field goal by Tucker for a 16-7 lead with 3:49 left in the third.
Jones may have gone the distance on the kick return but appeared to change direction when Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin was on the field and in his path.
Tucker sandwiched two more field goals around Bell's 1-yard scoring run for a 22-14 edge with 5:37 to play.
Roethlisberger drove the Steelers 79 yards in 13 plays, capping it with the 1-yard touchdown pass to Cotchery, but Sanders couldn't haul in the tying conversion pass attempt and the Ravens recovered the onside kick.
Cowboys 31, Raiders 24
DeMarco Murray rushed for three touchdowns - the first multi-touchdown game of his career - and Tony Romo passed for 225 yards and a score as host Dallas rallied past Oakland.
Lance Dunbar rushed for 82 yards and Murray added 63 yards on the ground for the Cowboys (7-5), who took a half-game lead over Philadelphia in the NFC East. Romo was 23-of-32 and connected with Dez Bryant seven times for 61 yards and a score.
Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin made his third straight start at quarterback for Oakland (4-8), going 18-of-30 for 255 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
Rashad Jennings rushed for two touchdowns and Andre Holmes caught seven passes for 136 yards for the Raiders.
Oakland was in command early, as Greg Jenkins returned Terrance Williams' fumble on the opening kickoff 23 yards for a touchdown and Jennings scored on a pair of 1-yard runs to give the Raiders a 21-7 lead.
The Cowboys changed the momentum with an eight-play, 73-yard drive capped by Murray's 4-yard run just before halftime to pull within a touchdown.
The Cowboys dominated the second half, tying it on Romo's 4-yard touchdown pass to Bryant and taking the lead when Murray's 7-yard run capped a 65-yard drive on the second play of the fourth quarter.
The Raiders were driving toward a potential tying touchdown, but Dallas' Brandon Carr made a leaping interception in the end zone to pick off a pass intended for Jacoby Ford and preserve the 28-21 lead - to which both teams added field goals.
Lions 40, Packers 10
Matthew Stafford passed for 330 yards and three touchdowns and Calvin Johnson hauled in six passes for 101 yards and a score as Detroit pounded visiting Green Bay to win its traditional Thanksgiving Day game for the first time since 2003.
Reggie Bush atoned for an early fumble with 182 total yards - 117 rushing and 65 receiving - and ran for a touchdown and Joique Bell added 94 yards and a TD on the ground for the Lions (7-5), who took a half-game lead over Chicago in the NFC North.
Stafford completed 22-of-35 passes and threw touchdown passes to Johnson, Jeremy Ross and Kevin Ogletree to overcome two interceptions and a fumble.
Packers quarterback Matt Flynn struggled, going 10-for-20 for 139 yards with no touchdowns, an interception and two lost fumbles as Green Bay (5-6-1) remained winless since Aaron Rodgers was injured in Week 8. Detroit sacked Flynn seven times and held Green Bay to 126 total yards, 56 of which came on Flynn's completion to James Jones just after the two-minute warning.
It looked early on as if Detroit's Thanksgiving woes would continue, as Bush lost a fumble inside the Green Bay 10-yard line to thwart a scoring chance and Stafford was sacked and stripped for a defensive touchdown to give the Packers a 10-3 lead.
It was all Lions from there, however, with Green Bay's offense stalling without Rodgers.
The Packers punted on four straight possessions then saw their next three series end with two turnovers and a safety.
It was still a two-possession game when Ndamukong Suh sacked Flynn in the end zone with less than a minute left in the third quarter, and the Lions took the ensuing free kick and marched 58 yards in five plays with Bell scoring from the 1 to make it 33-10.