This Week in the NFL: Week 13

Patriots running back Damien Harris runs with the ball during the first half.

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Patriots running back Damien Harris runs with the ball during the first half.

New England Patriots Get Close Win Versus Buffalo Bills in the Wind and Snow

The New England Patriots traveled out to Buffalo, New York to face the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. There were hurricane-like winds, rain, and snow. Throwing was difficult if not practically impossible. Actually, Patriots quarterback Mac Jones only threw three passes the entire game. Kicking field goals and even holding onto the ball were struggles, too. In fact, when Patriots running back Damien Harris had a major breakaway touchdown, the Patriots went for the two-point conversion instead of kicking an extra point. The Bills clapped back shortly after, with wide receiver Gabriel Davis scoring a touchdown right after a fumbled punt by Patriots kick returner and wide receiver N’Keal Harry. Both teams struggled, and it showed in the final score of the game, which was just 14-10 in favor of the Patriots. 

After the game, during press conferences, Bills defenders Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde were asked whether or not they were embarrassed about how the team defended the Patriots run game. The two of them were visibly angered by the suggestive question and ultimately stormed out of the press conference room. 

Game-Changer: The Baltimore Ravens Make a Poor Choice That Ultimately Costs Them the Game

The Baltimore Ravens had an away game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The entire game was back and forth. However, for the Steelers, one missed extra point by kicker Chris Bowell kept them down by one point for a lot of the game. 

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is quite the runner, was sacked by Steelers’ defenders eight times during the game, once by Cameron Heyward, three times by Chris Wormley, and four times by T.J. Watt. Meanwhile, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn’t get sacked a single time. Although the sack-count was very one-sided, the score stayed close. 

Despite how close the game was, one small mistake changed its outcome. In the final few minutes, Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson scored a touchdown, and the team got a two point conversion, making the score 20-13. All that the Ravens had to do was get a touchdown and score the extra point kick to bring the game to overtime. They did score a touchdown. On a confidence high from the prior score, the Ravens attempted a two point conversion, which would’ve guaranteed a win. Spoiler… they didn’t complete it, and ultimately lost the game because of it. 

Other Storylines from This Week in Football

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown was discovered to have a fake COVID-19 vaccine card, and will be suspended for the next three games

The Detroit Lions finally won a game! In the final seconds, quarterback Jared Goff threw a touchdown pass to receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown to secure their victory over the Vikings.

Inspired by Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones wore a wetsuit under his uniform in order to retain warmth during the team’s game in the awful, Buffalo-in-December weather. 

Week 13 Final Scores

Teams on bye week: Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers

  • New England Patriots versus the Buffalo Bills (played in Buffalo) — Patriots win 14-10
  • Dallas Cowboys versus the New Orleans Saints (played in New Orleans) — Dallas wins 27-17
  • Los Angeles Chargers versus the Cincinnati Bengals (played in Cincinnati) — Chargers win 41-22
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus the Atlanta Falcons (played in Atlanta) — Buccaneers win 30-17
  • New York Giants versus the Miami Dolphins (played in Miami) — Dolphins win 20-9
  • Indianapolis Colts versus the Houston Texans (played in Houston) — Colts win 31-0
  • Minnesota Vikings versus the Detroit Lions (played in Detroit) — Lions win 29-27
  • Philadelphia Eagles versus the New York Jets (played in New York… well, actually, New Jersey, where the Jets’ stadium is) — Eagles win 33-18
  • Arizona Cardinals versus the Chicago Bears (played in Chicago) — Cardinals win 33-22
  • Jacksonville Jaguars versus the Los Angeles Rams (played in Los Angeles) — Rams win 37-7
  • Washington Football Team versus the Las Vegas Raiders (played in Las Vegas) — Washington wins 17-15
  • Baltimore Ravens versus the Pittsburgh Steelers (played in Pittsburgh) — Steelers win 19-20
  • San Francisco 49ers versus the Seattle Seahawks (played in Seattle) — Seahawks win 30-23
  • Denver Broncos versus the Kansas City Chiefs (played in Kansas City) — Chiefs win 22-9


Kristina Klauzinski ‘24, Staff Writer