Bears, Rams Drop Losses, NFL Scores


Published on November 23 2015 7:04 am
Last Updated on November 23 2015 7:04 am

Brock Osweiler refused to let a day go to waste while he waited for his chance -- and watched one of the game's greatest quarterbacks.

He had a chance to learn from Peyton Manning and made the most of his opportunity when he finally got called on.

Osweiler threw for two touchdowns filling in for the injured Manning, and the Denver Broncos stopped Jeremy Langford on a 2-point conversion run in the final minute to beat the Chicago Bears 17-15.

Langford scored on a 2-yard run with 24 seconds left to cap a 65-yard drive. But the Broncos were ready for the run on the conversion attempt and stopped Langford to secure a narrow victory.

Osweiler completed 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards in the first start of his four-year career, while the five-time MVP stayed back in Denver because of injuries to his foot, ribs and shoulder. Osweiler got sacked five times, but he kept his poise against an aggressive defense. It all added up to a neat birthday for a backup who turned 25 on Sunday.

"I don't know if anybody believed me, but I really was telling the truth -- I have not wasted a single day sitting behind Peyton," Osweiler said. "I fully recognize that he might be the greatest quarterback to ever play, if not one of the greatest. I wasn't going to let one of those days go by where I didn't learn something. I've been very appreciative for my situation."

Ronnie Hillman ran for 102 yards. The AFC West-leading Broncos (8-2) played turnover-free ball and got back to winning against former coach John Fox after dropping two in a row.

Osweiler threw a 48-yard touchdown to Demaryius Thomas on Denver's first possession of the game and a 10-yarder to Cody Latimer early in the fourth quarter to make it 17-9 after Chicago cut the lead to one.

Ravens 16, Rams 13

It's been this kind of season for the Baltimore Ravens: Even when they win, they lose. A dramatic 16-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday was marred by season-ending injuries to quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Justin Forsett.

Flacco tore ligaments in his left knee in the closing seconds, but stayed with the offense until the finish despite the pain.

"I wanted to win a game," said Flacco, who's never missed a game over his eight-year career.

It was a rare but costly victory for the Ravens (3-7). After losing seven games by a total of 32 points, this would have been a victory to savor if it didn't cost them their quarterback.

"I think it's the ACL and MCL," Flacco said. "We haven't had anything pictured."

Forsett, meanwhile, broke both bones in his right forearm in the first quarter. He is Baltimore's leading rusher.

Justin Tucker kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired to end a mistake-filled game in which the Ravens rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

One final miscue decided the issue: Rams quarterback Case Keenum fumbled when hit by Courtney Upshaw, and teammate Lawrence Guy recovered at the St. Louis 41 with 54 seconds to go.

Flacco moved the Ravens to the 29 -- injuring his knee along the way -- before Tucker delivered the game-winning kick.

Colts 24, Falcons 21

The old guys came through for the Indianapolis Colts. D'Qwell Jackson tied it with just over 10 minutes remaining on a 6-yard interception return for a touchdown. Then Vinatieri won it, as he's done so many times before, on a 43-yard field goal with 52 seconds remaining.

"The guy is wearing Depends and he's just knocking down game-winners every week," said Colts punter Pat McAfee, who is also Vinatieri's holder. "It's incredible to watch. I'm lucky to be teammates with that guy."

After losing star running back Devonta Freeman to a concussion early in the game, the Falcons (6-4) still managed to build leads of 14-0 and 21-7. But the offense totally bogged down in the second half, turned it over four times, and failed to take advantage of three Indianapolis turnovers.

Now, a season that began with such promise under new coach Dan Quinn is in danger of falling apart. Atlanta started 5-0, but has lost four of five.

Matt Ryan was intercepted three times. Atlanta lost even though Julio Jones had another huge game, hauling in nine passes for 160 yards.

Sunday, November 22 Scoreboard
Detroit 18, Oakland 13

Indianapolis 24, Atlanta 21
Houston 24, New York Jets 17

Tampa Bay 5, Philadelphia 17

Denver 17, Chicago 15

Baltimore 16, St. Louis 13

Dallas 24, Miami 14
Carolina 44, Washington 16

Kansas City 33, San Diego 3

Green Bay 30, Minnesota 13
Seattle 29, San Francisco 13

Arizona 34, Cincinnati 31

Monday, November 23 Schedule (Time Central)

Buffalo at New England, 7:30


Thursday, November 26 Schedule (All Times Central)

Philadelphia at Detroit, 11:30 a.m.

Carolina at Dallas, 3:30 p.m.

Chicago at Green Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 29 Schedule (All Times Central)

Oakland at Tennessee, noon

Buffalo at Kansas City, noon

Tampa Bay at Indianapolis, noon

New York at Washington, noon

New Orleans at Houston, noon

Minnesota at Atlanta, noon

St. Louis at Cincinnati, noon

San Diego at Jacksonville, noon

Miami at New York, noon

Arizona at San Francisco, 3:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Seattle, 3:25 p.m.

New England at Denver, 7:30 p.m.