The Pittsburgh Steelers-Baltimore Ravens rivalry never fails to entertain, and Sunday night's game had a little more meaning for the Steelers. After blowing a 14-point lead, the Steelers came back and got a 46-yard field goal from Chris Broswell with 42 seconds left for a 39-38 win over the Ravens, clinching the AFC North Division. Sunday was even more meaningful knowing that their teammate, Ryan Shazier, was watching from a hospital bed nearby fighting a spinal injury suffered last Monday night. Pittsburgh wore cleats to honor Shazier, while also leaving his helmet on the field after the game, and celebrating with him via Facetime in the locker room. In the game, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 506 yards and two touchdowns, and connected with Antonio Brown on a deep reception to set up the game-winner. That was Brown's 11th reception of the game, as he finished with 213 yards in the win. Sunday night was the third time that Roethlisberger surpassed 500 passing yards in a game, which is the most in NFL history. That helped his team rally from an 11-point deficit entering the fourth, as did Le'Veon Bell, who had 125 total yards and three touchdowns on the night. Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns for the 7-6 Ravens, who can still earn a Wild Card spot by winning out. They will look to begin that process on Sunday against the Browns in Cleveland. The 11-2 Steelers head in to a showdown of the top two teams in the AFC on Sunday when they host the New England Patriots.
Eagles Lose Wentz, Clinch NFC East
It was a wild, up-and-down Sunday in L.A. for the Philadelphia Eagles, who clinched the NFC East Division with a 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams. They were led by quarterback Carson Wentz, who threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns before leaving in the second half with a knee injury. The Eagles fear that their QB suffered a torn ACL, but nothing is confirmed until he undergoes an MRI on Monday. Despite that big loss, the Eagles hung on in the fourth quarter, as Jake Elliott kicked the game-winning 33-yard field goal with 3:45 left for Philadelphia's 11th win of the year. The win was sealed when Brandon Graham returned a fumble 16 yards for a touchdown as time expired. Nick Foles took over after Wentz's injury, and he did his job, completing six-of-10 passes for 42 yards, and put his team in position to hold off the Rams. Los Angeles fell to 4-3 on their home field, and 9-4 overall, despite Todd Gurley's second touchdown run giving them a lead late in the fourth. Jared Goff threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns, as this was the eighth time in the Super Bowl Era that the top two picks of the same draft squared off, with Goff and Wentz both being drafted in 2016. The Rams still hang on to the top spot in the NFC West as they move on to a showdown in Seattle with the Seahawks on Sunday. The Eagles are still fighting for the top seed in the NFC and a first-round bye as they get ready to visit the Giants in New York.
Jaguars Take First Place in AFC South With Chippy Win
It was possibly the biggest win of the Jacksonville Jaguars' season on Sunday, but it was unfortunately overshadowed by some late-game incidents. First things first, the Jaguars hung on for a 30-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks, taking over first place in the AFC South following the Tennessee Titans' loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Blake Bortles threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter, while Josh Lambo connected on field goals from 38, 28, 51, and 32 yards in the Jaguars' ninth win of the year. Leonard Fournette also had success on the ground with 101 yards and a score, as Jacksonville improved to 5-2 on their home field. Russell Wilson struggled for the Seahawks, despite his three touchdown passes, as he added three interceptions in Seattle's fifth loss. With the Rams falling to the Eagles, Seattle remains a game behind L.A. for first place in the NFC West. Wilson did lead an attempted comeback by Seattle after they trialed by 17, connecting with Paul Richardson and Tyler Lockett in the end zone to make things interesting. He had one last shot to complete the comeback, but fell short on fourth-and-9 from his own 43-yard line. The incidents that everyone is talking about come from the final two plays, while the Jaguars were attempting to kneel the ball, scuffles took place on back-to-back snaps. This stemmed from Michael Bennett intentionally rolling on to a Jaguars player's leg, which infuriated the likes of Fournette, who was a big part in the fight. Both Quinton Jefferson and Sheldon Richardson were ejected from the game for these fights, although, it did not stop there. On his way back to the locker room, Jefferson took exception to fans throwing cups his way, as he attempted to jump into the crowd, but thankfully was held back. No official punishments have been handed out, but there is no doubt that plenty is on the way for both sides.