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November 16, 2011

NFL Week 11 Recap

Photo courtesy of Bleacher Report

In Week 10, there were several exciting matchups to watch.  NFL fans witnessed Drew Brees lead the Saints to an overtime victory, John Skelton lead a huge upset for the Cardinals over the Eagles, and the red hot San Francisco 49ers pull out yet another victory.

Saints 26, Falcons 23 F/OT

In a back and forth game, Drew Brees shined and led the Saints to theirseventh win of the season. Brees threw for 322 yards, 2 touchdown passes, and a stellar 106.9 QBR (Quarterback Rating) for the game.

The only scoring in the opening quarter were two field goals; one by John Kasay of the Saints and one by Matt Bryant of the Falcons.

Bryant added another 29-yard field goal to take a 6-3 lead for the Falcons early in the second quarter. However, the Saints answered back near the end of the half with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Brees to Jimmy Graham. The Saints took a 10-6 lead into halftime.

After halftime, the Falcons made the first strike on the scoreboard. Midway through the third quarter, Matt Ryan threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jason Snelling to give the Falcons a 13-10 lead.

However, yet again, Drew Brees led the Saints down the field again and threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Robert Meachem to regain the lead for the Saints; 17-13.

The Saints appeared to begin to pull away. Early on in the fourth quarter, John Kasay kicked a 48-yard and a 44-yard field goal to give the Saints a 23-13 lead.

However, the Falcons were not done. With 4:13 left in the game, Matt Ryan had led the Falcons down the field and then threw a 20-yard touchdown score to tight end Tony Gonzalez.

With 1:55 seconds left, the Falcons had the chance to march the field. Matt Ryan and company took advantage and did just that. The Falcons made it all the way down to the New Orleans 9-yard line, but settled for a field goal as time expired to force overtime.

Despite their efforts to force overtime, the Falcons failed to convert on afourth down in overtime on their own 29-yard line. This turned out to be the play of the week and topic of conversation Sunday and Monday. The Saints then got the ball down to the Falcons 8-yard line and John Kasay kicked pooched in a game winning field goal.

The Saints have their bye in Week 11, but will look to continue their winning ways when the face the New York Giants in Week 12. The Falcons will attempt to bounce back in Week 11 when they take on the Tennessee Titans.

San Francisco 27, N.Y. Giants 20

This game was yet again a back and forth affair. However, despite Eli Manning’s general fourth quarter success, the 49ers stepped up to hold onto the victory.

The first half was defense oriented. The only scoring was a combination of 5 field goals; two by the Giants and three by the 49ers. Neither team could find the end zone.

David Akers addeda fourth field goal early to give the 49ers a 12-6 lead. However, with 2:25 left in the third quarter, the Giants finally found the end zone via a 13-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Mario Manningham, giving the Giants a 13-12 lead going into the fourth quarter.

However, just like Eli Manning the N.Y. Giants normally do, the 49ers had an impressive fourth quarter performance of their own. Just as the quarter began, Alex Smith threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis and completed the two-point conversion with a pass to Michael Crabtree. This gave the 49ers a 20-13 advantage.

Shortly after, Kendall Hunter added a 17-yard touchdown run for the 49ers to take a 27-13 lead. However, the Giants, led by Eli Manning, were not finished. Midway through the quarter, Manning connected with Hakeem Nicks on a 32-yard touchdown pass – a beautiful strike – to pull within seven points.

With 6:35 seconds, the Giants had a chance to pull off yet another late fourth quarter comeback. The G-Men marched all the way down to the 49ers 10-yard line, but Manning failed to convert on a fourth-and-two play to Jake Ballard.  The 49ers then knelt the ball to end the game.

The New York Giants will look to come back from their loss and pick up their sixth win next week when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles in a Week 11 rivalry game.  San Francisco hopes to stay on a hot streak next week when they battle the Arizona Cardinals.

Arizona 21, Philadelphia 17

The Eagles were attempting to bounce back from their recent woes when they took on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10. It seemed as though the Eagles had the advantage as the Cardinals were without their starting quarterback and former Eagle, Kevin Kolb due to injury.

However, the Eagles would again blow the lead and John Skelton took over to pull out the win.

It took a while for either team to get on the scoreboard despite the Eagles high scoring offense.  However, Asante Samuel finally got the Eagles on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown.

The Cardinals were quick to respond with a 10-yard touchdown pass from John Skelton to Larry Fitzgerald to tie the game at seven apiece midway through the second quarter.

However, just before halftime, LeSean McCoy ran in a 1-yard score to give the Eagles a 14-7 lead.  That would be the last of the scoring until the fourth quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals began their comeback with yet another touchdown pass from Skelton to Fitzgerald for a 7-yard score. This tied the game at 14 all.

With five minutes to go Michael Vick and company marched down the field, but settled for a 36-yard field goal to take a 17-14 lead with just over five minutes to go in the game.

John Skelton then lead the Cardinals down the field and threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Early Doucet to take a 21-17 lead.

Michael Vick and the Eagles had a chance to win the game with 1:53 seconds left in the game.  However, on a third-and-20, Michael Vick threw an interception and the Cardinals knelt the ball to end the game.

The Eagles fell to 3-6, but will try to turn their season around when they face the New York Giants in Week 11. The Cardinals will take on the San Francisco 49ers next week in an attempt to keep up their winning ways.

A Look at Week 11

NFL fans witnessed a great week of football and there are several good games slated for Week 11. Games to keep an eye on include Cincinnati at Baltimore, San Diego at Chicago, and finally Philadelphia visits the N.Y. Giants.

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Cody Harner
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