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Results

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FavoriteSpread (O/U)Underdog
Saturday, November 3, 7:30 pm
DELAWARE12 (42)Atlantic City
NEW YORK7½ (41)Philadelphia
WASHINGTON8 (40)Pittsburgh
BALTIMORE7½ (41)Richmond
CONNECTICUT3 (47)Syracuse
Sunday, November 4, 10:00 am
PROVIDENCEE (42)Albany
home team in CAPS
 

Injuries

These injured players will not play in Week 13 games:
  • CB Charles Woodson, ALB — PR only for rest of regular season
  • FB B.J. Askew, CON — would return for playoffs
  • NT Kelly Gregg, DEL — will return week 14
  • CB Samari Rolle, NYE — would return for championship game
  • S Nick Collins, RIC — will return week 14
  • WR Keenan McCardell, RIC — out for the season

Week 13 Results

November 3, 2007
at New York
New York 30, Philadelphia 10
Kindal Moorehead returned a fumbled snap by A.J. Feeley 6 yards for a touchdown to get New York (8‑5) on the scoreboard as they cruised past Philadelphia (3‑10). Feeley’s fumble was the second of 4 turnovers by the visitors. The hosts built a 23‑0 lead early in the third quarter behind the running of Willie Parker who finished with 151 yards on 26 rushes. Parker also caught a 7-yard insurance touchdown pass from Jake Delhomme with 5:31 to go.
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November 3, 2007
at Washington
Washington 17, Pittsburgh 10
Washington (11‑2) overcame 2 fumbles to beat Pittsburgh (5‑8) behind the passing of Tarvaris Jackson (16-for-21, 198 yards), the receiving of Hines Ward (8 catches, 122 yards), and the running of Ladell Betts (118 yards on 20 carries). After the visitors took a 7‑3 lead late in the second quarter, the hosts got third quarter touchdowns by Brandon Miree and Brandon Jacobs. They controlled the ball for the last 7 minutes of the game, grinding out 6 first downs in the process.
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November 3, 2007
at Baltimore
Baltimore 41, Richmond 20
Scoring 17 points in the game’s last 17 minutes, Baltimore (8‑5) ran away from Richmond (3‑10). In the second quarter they stuck for 24 points to take a 24‑10 halftime lead. J.P. Losman led the way with 28 completions in 38 attempts for 255 yards and two scores to Ben Watson. The visitors were outgained 429‑144 but remained competitive for 3 quarters due to a pair of 91-yard kickoff returns by Antonio Cromartie that set up easy touchdowns.
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November 3, 2007
at Connecticut
Syracuse 22, Connecticut 17
Mark Brunell and Syracuse (8‑5) outdueled Connecticut (7‑6) for the Northern Division crown by driving 93 yards for the winning touchdown, a 12-yard pass to Reggie Brown, with 1:00 remaining, sending a sellout crowd home tremendously disappointed. Ike Taylor clinched the victory for the visitors by picking off a Tom Brady pass on the last play, the 4th interception of the game thrown by Brady. Brady was sacked 4 times, twice by Shawne Merriman, who had 11 tackles.
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November 4, 2007
at Providence
Providence 20, Albany 13
Torry Holt caught the go-ahead touchdown from Marc Bulger for Providence (5‑8) with 1:15 to go, and they barely hung on as Albany (5‑8) drove to within 3 yards of a tying score in the last seconds. The hosts managed just 46 yards in the first half but trailed by only 7‑0 at the break. Bulger had an oddball touchdown, picking up a fumble by his receiver Jeremy Shockey on the 5 and running it in. Larry Johnson ran 24 times for 134 yards, a touchdown, and two-point conversion.
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November 3, 2007
at Delaware
Delaware 31, Atlantic City 17   Box   Drive Chart
Delaware (11‑2) frittered away most of a 17-point lead but was never in serious jeopardy in their win over Atlantic City (4‑9).

Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 38-yard field goal with 9:52 left to narrow what had been a 24‑7 Cherries lead to 24‑17, but the Seagulls were not able to move the ball out of their own territory thereafter.

Delaware used a 15-yard yard return of a short Mike Scifres punt by Eric Parker with 4:29 to go to set up a short field. Philip Rivers then drove the Cherries 57 yards in 6 plays for an insurance touchdown, which came on a 12-yard pass to Daniel Graham on 3rd and 2, with 1:52 remaining.

Atlantic City drew first blood, taking the opening kickoff and driving 80 yards in 9 plays. On 3rd and goal at the Cherries 1, the Seagulls packed the backfield and fooled the Delaware defense with a pass from Kyle Boller to Antonio Gates running a slant route.

40 seconds later the game was tied. Immediately after the kickoff, Rivers found Lee Evans a few yards beyond the line of scrimmage, and then Evans used some nifty moves to break free for a 58-yard touchdown. The Cherries would run off 17 additional unanswered points, behind the running of LaDainian Tomlinson who finished with 157 yards on 25 carries.

The only speed bump Delaware encountered during that run was late in the second quarter when Dwight Smith picked off Rivers in the end zone. Atlantic City then drove to the Cherries 26, getting a 22-yard run along the way by Tiki Barber on a 3rd and 19 draw play, but Gostkowski missed a 43-yard field goal, and the Seagulls remained behind 17‑7.

The Cherries got some help from Atlantic City on their opening second half drive.

  • Tomlinson was stopped for no gain on 2nd and 5 at the Delaware 30, but the Seagulls were offside giving the Cherries a fresh set of downs.
  • Then on 3rd and 4, Rivers found Parker for 9 yards, and an unnecessary roughness penalty on the play against Atlantic City moved the ball to the Seagulls 35.

Tomlinson got the last 30 yards with a 12-yard sweep on 3rd and 5 and an 18-yard draw.

3 plays were all Atlantic City would need, though, to restore their deficit to 10 points, with Boller and Santonio Holmes connecting for a 52-yard touchdown.

The Gostkowski fourth quarter field goal, although cutting the Cherries’ lead to 7, represented a disappointment for the Seagulls in that they had started on the Delaware 39 as a result of having blocked a punt by Ben Graham. On 3rd and 9 at the Cherries 25, Boller escaped the clutches of Julius Peppers and Terrell Suggs in the backfield, but Carlos Polk corralled him 5 yards short of the first down marker.

The blocked punt was the fourth of the season suffered by Graham and the third in the last 2 games.

Delaware still needs to either beat Albany in their regular season finale — or have Washington lose to New York — in order to obtain home field advantage throughout the playoffs.