Posted by: Tom Duch | December 22, 2009

Playoff Plot Thickens in Exciting Week 15

Week 15 began with a Thursday night thriller between the Colts and Jags, continued with an unimaginable Cowboys win over the undefeated Saints on Saturday, and came to an exciting end (for Giants fans anyway) in a dominating Giants win over the Redskins on Monday night. Here are a few of the highlights from the more exciting games over a long football weekend:

Colts 35 – Jaguars 31

In what was a back-and-forth game throughout, the undefeated Colts came out on top just like they have been doing all year long. Peyton Manning was the hero with help from the usual suspects, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark, to help get Indy one step closer to an undefeated season. Peyton passed for 4 TDs, including the game winner with just over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter on a 65 yard strike to Wayne.

Cowboys 24 – Saints 17

Going into this Saturday showdown the Saints couldn’t lose and Dallas couldn’t win in December. Those roles were reversed with an improbable 7 point Cowboys victory in The Big Easy. The Boys had a chance to go up 10 late in the 4th and ice the game, but Nick Folk botched a chip shot 24 yarder. At that point I thought that was it and Drew Brees would lead his team down the field much like Manning did a few days earlier. Unfortunately, Demarcus Ware got free and sacked Brees, forcing a fumble and putting away the game.

Titans 27 – Dolphins 24

Rob Bironas kicked the game winner in OT to down the Dolphins and help the Titans get to .500 for the first time this year. Vince Young passed for a career high three TDs and Chris Johnson rushed for over 100 yards for the 9th straight game. The Tennessee win further complicates the AFC Wildcard picture as the Titans, Dolphins, Jets, Jaguars, Steelers, and Texans are all at 7-7.

Chargers 27 – Bengals 24

An emotional game for the Bengals and an exciting game for the fans. Cincy players wore #15 decals on the back of their helmets for fallen teammate Chris Henry, and Chad Ochocinco honored him with a prayer for his TD celebration. They needed a few more big plays from 85 however, as the Bengals only scored one touchdown in four trips to the redzone. Pip Rivers had himself a game with 308 yards and 3 TDs and Nate Kaeding kicked the game winning 52 yard FG with just three seconds left to play.

Steelers 37 – Packers 36

The Steelers stay in the playoff hunt in what I considering the game of the day. Mike Wallace scored on the first play from scrimmage and the last play when Ben Roethlisberger found him on the left side of the endzone in a deja vu situation that made many recall Santonio Holmes Superbowl winning catch a year ago. Both defenses could not stop the opposing QB as Aaron Rodgers passed for 383 and and 3 TDs and ran for another, only to be outshined by Big Ben and his 503 yards and 3 TDs, including that game winner. HE IS MIKE WALLACE!! But this Wallace doesn’t shoot fire balls or lightning bolts, all he does….catch touchdowns.

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