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September 27, 2012

Recap: NFL Week 3

by Leon Phanrana

The third week of the NFL season started on Thursday September 20th with the New York Giants @ the Carolina Panthers. The Giants were able to stop the high power offense of the Panthers, defeating them 36-7. Eli Manning, the Giants quarterback, threw for one touchdown and the Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton, ran for one touchdown. The Giants’ backup running back, Andre Brown, had a huge game running for 113 yards on twenty carries and scoring two touchdowns.

The third sunday started as we saw some teams looking to improve to 3-0 and others trying to avoid an 0-3 start. One notable game of the noon session was the Kansas City Chiefs @ the New Orleans Saints and both teams were looking to avoid the 0-3 start. The Chiefs won this game in overtime 27-24 with the Chiefs’ running back Jamaal Charles having a breakout game running 233 yards on thirty-three carries and scoring one touchdown. The Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Another notable game was the San Francisco 49ers @ the Minnesota Vikings, with the Vikings upset the ‘Niners 24-13. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns, while ‘Niners quarterback Alex Smith was able to throw for 204 yards but  only one touchdown. Frank Gore, their running back, was not able to get going only running for 63 yards on twelve carries and zero touchdowns. One last notable game was the St. Louis Rams @ the Chicago Bears; the Bears won this game 23-6. The Bears passing still did not look the same from week one as their quarterback Jay Cutler threw for 183 yards, but for no touchdowns. In the 3:30 PM session of games, there were four games going on; the first game was between the Philadelphia Eagles @ the Arizona Cardinals, with the Cardinals won this game 27-6 improving to three wins and zero losses for the first time since 1974. The Cardinals’, quarterback Kevin Kolb faced his former team and the backup quarterback threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns, while Eagles quarterback Michael Vick only threw for only 217 yards and zero touchdowns. The second game was the Atlanta Falcons @ the San Diego Chargers, the Falcons won this game 27-3 as the Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns. The third game we saw the Houston Texans @ the Denver Broncos, the Texans won this game 31-25 with Matt Schaub, the Texans’ quarterback, throwing for 290 yards and four touchdowns, and the defense held the Broncos’ quarterback, Peyton Manning, to zero touchdowns in the first half, although he eventually threw two touchdowns in the fourth quarter but it was a little too late for the Broncos. The final game we saw in the 3:30 PM session was between the Pittsburgh Steelers @ the Oakland Raiders; this game went down to the wire which the Raiders were able to get the win on a field goal 34-31. Raiders’ quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns.

The Sunday night game which was also the game of the week saw the New England Patriots @ the Baltimore Ravens which was a rematch from last years AFC championship game, which the Patriots won. The big question was can the Ravens get their revenge on them? The Ravens did get their revenge, winning 31-30 in a very hard-fought game. Early in the morning before the game, the Ravens’ wide receiver, Torrey Smith, was given news that his little brother had passed away.  Despite this, he still played and had a huge game with six receptions for 127 yards and two important touchdowns, showing a huge amount of courage to even play in this game after that tragedy. The Monday night game saw the Green Bay Packers @ the Seattle Seahawks; the Seahawks won this game in one of the most bizarre finishes and most controversial in NFL history 14-13. Seahawks’ quarterback, Russell Wilson, threw for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

The controversial finish that happened on monday night was about Russell Wilson throwing a Hail Mary down the field to the end zone, where it appeared to be intercepted by a Packer, but Seahawks’ wide receiver Golden Tate  apparently also had his hands on the ball. One referee signaled a touchback interception, while another signaled a touchdown. The final decision was a touchdown, which gave the Seahawks the win. This shows that the NFL needs to get the regular referees back quickly.

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