NFL Round-Up: Week 9
Colts win in a close game against the Dolphins
Final Score: 23-20 Colts
It was a very close game in Indianapolis this week and an important one as well. Both teams entered the week with 4-3 records. The teams went back and forth, with the Dolphins recording a field goal before the Colts scored a touchdown in the first quarter.
It was a very eventful second quarter in this game. With 13:26 left in the second, Miami worked their way down the field for a touchdown that made the game 10-7. In the next possession, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw 47 yards to get the team field goal range. The Colts tied up the game with a 23-yarder from Adam Vinatieri. Miami then went back up when Reggie Bush ran for 18 yards, giving Miami a 17-10 lead. Luck moved the football down into field goal range. The Colts recorded another field goal and the teams headed into half time 17-13 with the Dolphins in the lead.
The Colts scored the only touchdown in the third, going into the fourth leading 20-17. Miami kicked a field goal to tie it up, but the Colts had the last say. Their field goal at the beginning of the fourth quarter gave Indianapolis the 23-20 win.
Bills fall to the Texans
Finals Score: 21-9 Texans
The Buffalo Bills were looking for a win on Sunday now that defensive end “Super Mario” Mario Williams was back on the field after having surgery on his wrist. The Houston Texans were the first to score a touchdown, as Matt Schaub tossed a 39-yarder to Owen Daniels for the score. In the second quarter, the Bills struggled to reach the end zone but kicked two field goals to make it a 7-6 game going into half time.
The Texans continued to best the Bills’ offense in the second half, as their ability to reach the end zone led them to the win over Buffalo.
Pressure gets the most of Manning, secures Steelers win
Final Score: 24-20 Steelers
Even after Hurricane Sandy, the New York Giants took on the Pittsburgh Steelers at home Sunday. After a scoreless first quarter, the Steelers stepped it up to score the first touchdown of the game with 12:09 left in the second. After a blow to the head call at the goal line against the Steelers, the Giants took advantage to sneak in for the one-yard touchdown run. Not long after that, a turnover lead to another Giants touchdown with 5:11 left in the quarter.
The Giants were able to muster up two field goals in the third. Going into the fourth, Steelers were down 20-10, but 55 seconds into the quarter, they scored a touchdown and slowly closed the gap in the score. With 10:36 left in the quarter, the Steelers had set up for a field goal, but instead faked it to go for the touchdown, which didn’t work. One possession later, however, the Steelers converted, making it a 24-20 game with 4:02 left. Unfortunately for the Giants, the pressure got to Eli Manning and he couldn’t deliver the Giants to a last minute victory.