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FavoriteSpread (O/U)Underdog
Saturday, November 11, 7:30 pm
SYRACUSE4½ (43)Albany
Atlantic City2½ (43)PHILADELPHIA
WASHINGTON6 (43)Baltimore
PROVIDENCE5½ (51)Connecticut
RICHMOND5½ (49)Pittsburgh
Sunday, November 12, 10:00 am
Delaware
NEW YORK
2
1½ (50)
NEW YORK
Delaware
home team in CAPS

Playoff Implications

  • If Providence beats Connecticut or Albany beats Syracuse, Providence would be the #1 seed and Syracuse would be #4.
  • If Connecticut beats Providence and Syracuse beats Albany, Syracuse would be the #1 seed and Providence would be #4.
  • If Delaware beats New York or Baltimore beats Washington, Delaware would be the #2 seed and Washington would be #3.
  • If New York beats Delaware and Washington beats Baltimore, Washington would be the #2 seed and Delaware would be #3.
 

Injuries

These injured players will not play in week 14 games:
  • C Chukky Okobi, ALB — expected back next season
  • LB Nick Barnett, BAL — expected back next season
  • DT Corey Williams, BAL — expected back next season
  • LB James Harrison, CON — expected back next season
  • OT Bryant McKinnie, DEL — will return for playoffs
  • LB Nick Greisen, PHI — expected back next season
  • DT Pat Williams, PIT — expected back next season

Week 14 Results

November 11, 2006
at Syracuse
Syracuse 34, Albany 21
Clinton Portis rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown as Syracuse (10‑4) built a 22-point lead and then held off Albany (6‑8). Santana Moss and Corey Dillon scored touchdowns in the fourth quarter to reduce the hosts’ lead to seven but Jay Feely countered with two field goals. Laveranues Coles had eight receptions for 87 yards; he caught a 7‑yard touchdown pass on the opening drive of the game.
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November 11, 2006
at Philadelphia
Atlantic City 22, Philadelphia 20
A 33‑yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri, his fifth field goal of the game, with 0:08 remaining boosted Atlantic City (7‑7) to victory, ending a miserable season for Philadelphia (4‑10). The losers had the ball and a one-point lead with 3:36 to go, but Brett Favre threw his 28th interception of the season, this one to Shawn Springs, to give the visitors new life with 1:15 left. Favre threw for only 97 yards.
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November 11, 2006
at Washington
Baltimore 31, Washington 24
Shaud Williams scored on a 1‑yard run with 2:34 to go to cap the rally by Baltimore (6‑8) that upset Washington (8‑6). The losers then gave up possession on downs, but they got a final shot with 0:52 on the clock when Nick Goings fumbled and Joey Porter recovered. Washington drove as far as the Baltimore 18 before running out of time and downs. Curtis Martin ran for 102 yards for the winners.
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November 11, 2006
at Providence
Providence 40, Connecticut 21
Jamie Martin passed for five touchdowns as Providence (11‑3) romped over Connecticut (7‑7) to clinch the Northern Division title and the top seed in the playoffs. The winners scored on every possession except their first in the second half and the last, during which they were merely running out the clock. Torry Holt had 10 catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. Larry Johnson ran for 163 yards to finish the season with 2,192.
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November 11, 2006
at Richmond
Richmond 27, Pittsburgh 10
Todd Heap caught 13 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown to lead Richmond (7‑7) convincingly over Pittsburgh (4‑10) for their fourth straight win. Madison Hedgecock’s 1‑yard touchdown run early in the third quarter put the losers in a 21‑0 hole. Brooks Bollinger completed 28 of 37 passes for 261 yards. The winners’ defense surrendered only 10 first downs and allowed Eli Manning to complete only 15 of 36 aerials.
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November 12, 2006
at New York
New York 34, Delaware 20   Box   Drive Chart
New York (6‑8) took advantage of six turnovers by young Delaware (8‑6) quarterback Philip Rivers and cruised to the win. Willie Parker ran for 132 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries to provide the spark on offense for the Empires.

Rivers started in place of first stringer Drew Brees because Baltimore’s defeat of Washington the night before meant that the Cherries would be the #2 seed in the upcoming playoffs and would therefore host Washington in the semi-finals. Several other key Delaware starters sat out or played sparingly against New York including leading rusher LaDainian Tomlinson.

The first pass Rivers threw, on the second play from scrimmage, was interceped by Chris McAlister and returned 12 yards to the Delaware 39. Parker busted off tackle 18 yards for a touchdown five plays later to give the Empires a 7‑0 lead. They would never trail.

The remaining five Rivers turnovers — three more interceptions and two fumbles — all gave field position to New York in Cherries territory. The Empires would cash in on three of those turnovers for another 17 points. The 24 points off takeaways would by themselves have been sufficient to win.

There were some positives to Rivers’ performance. He threw for 261 yards, averaging more than 17 yards per completion with 15 completions in 32 attempts. His three longest completions were either Delaware touchdowns or directly led to touchdowns:

  • Late in the first quarter, Rivers hit Daniel Graham on a quick out route. The tight end eluded two would-be tacklers and dashed to the New York 8 for a gain of 55 yards. Michael Turner ran in from the 3 three plays later to tie the score at 7.
  • With less than two minutes to go in the first half and the Empires up 17‑7, Rivers and the Cherries offense took over on their own 20 after a Josh Miller punt into the end zone. After an incompletion, Rivers connected three straight times. The third was to Dante Hall on the right sideline, and Hall turned the play into a 61‑yard touchdown.
  • In the last minute of the game, Rivers completed hit Lee Evans with a bomb for 33 yards to the New York 2. A personal foul on the tackle against the Empires moved the ball half the distance. Turner then scored on a plunge.

Jake Delhomme was 15-of-31 for 170 yards for the Empires and was not intercepted. Late in the second quarter he threw a 6‑yard touchdown pass to Nate Burleson. Delhomme’s favorite receiver, as usual, was Tony Gonzalez. The Delaware defense was not able to neutralize the all-star tight end, as they had in the teams’ first meeting August 26, a 27‑23 Cherries win. This time Gonzalez had seven catches for 73 yards.