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FavoriteSpread (O/U)Underdog
Saturday, November 10, 7:30 pm
PITTSBURGH5 (38)Atlantic City
Baltimore4½ (42)PROVIDENCE
Connecticut5½ (42)PHILADELPHIA
Delaware8½ (42)ALBANY
WASHINGTON4½ (42)New York
Sunday, November 11, 10:00 am
Syracuse1½ (45)RICHMOND
home team in CAPS

Playoff Implications

  • The #1 seed is up for grabs:
    • If Delaware beats Albany or New York beats Washington, Delaware would be the #1 seed and Washington would be #2.
    • If Albany beats Delaware and Washington beats New York, Washington would be the #1 seed and Delaware would be #2.
  • The wildcard playoff berth is up for grabs:
    • If New York beats Washington or either Providence beats Baltimore or Philadelphia beats Connecticut, New York would be the wildcard.
    • If Baltimore beats Providence and Washington beats New York, Baltimore would be the wildcard.
    • If Connecticut beats Philadelphia and Providence beats Baltimore and Washington beats New York, Connecticut would be the wildcard.
 

Injuries

These injured players will not play in week 14 games:
  • CB Charles Woodson, ALB — PR only for rest of regular season
  • FB B.J. Askew, CON — would return for playoffs
  • CB Samari Rolle, NYE — would return for championship game
  • TE Kris Mangum, PHI — out for the season
  • DE Aaron Schobel, PRO — out for the season
  • WR Keenan McCardell, RIC — out for the season
  • DT Ron Edwards, WAS — will return for playoffs

Week 14 Results

November 10, 2007
at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh 24, Atlantic City 8
Sean Taylor intercepted 2 Kyle Boller passes and Deshea Townsend returned another 39 yards for a touchdown as Pittsburgh (6‑8) trounced Atlantic City (4‑10). After Townsend’s pick opened the scoring, Eli Manning threw a 69-yard scoring pass to Donald Driver, and the hosts would go on to build a 21‑0 halftime lead. A 38-yard punt return by Chad Morton late in the third quarter set up a field goal by Ryan Longwell. For the visitors Tiki Barber ran for 121 yards and a touchdown.
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November 10, 2007
at Providence
Baltimore 27, Providence 20
Ovie Mughelli ran in from the 2 with 1:07 left to give Baltimore (9‑5) the win over Providence (5‑9) but they failed in their bid for a playoff spot. The hosts had forged a 20‑20 tie with 4:13 to go on a 2‑yard touchdown pass from Marc Bulger to Jim Kleinsasser. Bulger and J.P. Losman each completed 21 of 34 passing attempts, but Losman had more than twice as many yards — 355‑168. Steven Jackson ran for 88 yards and caught 6 passes for 97.
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November 10, 2007
at Philadelphia
Philadelphia 31, Connecticut 28
Plaxico Burress of Philadelphia (4‑10) caught a 16-yard scoring pass from Brett Favre with 9:06 remaining as they outscored Connecticut (7‑7). It was Favre’s third touchdown pass of the night. Tom Brady threw for 4 touchdowns, 2 to Jerricho Cotchery, but he also threw a pick-six to A.J. Hawk. Reno Mahe had a 61-yard kickoff return for the hosts in the first quarter to set up their first score. Burress finished with 5 receptions for 64 yards, and Jamal Lewis added 98 rushing yards.
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November 10, 2007
at Washington
New York 35, Washington 7
3 touchdowns by Willie Parker helped New York (9‑5) coast to a surprisingly easy win over Washington (11‑3) and earn the wildcard playoff berth. Parker rushed for 170 yards on 24 trips, twice reaching the end zone on the ground. Jake Delhomme was 18-for-31 for 210 yards with scoring passes to Parker and Mark Clayton. The visitors held Tarvaris Jackson to just 95 yards through the air. The hosts scoring on their opening drive, but Brad Hoover ran for the tying score minutes later.
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November 11, 2007
at Richmond
Syracuse 24, Richmond 14
Syracuse (9‑5) got touchdowns from Damon Huard and Brian Westbrook in the last two minutes of the first half and used a goal line stand in the third quarter to foil Richmond (3‑11). The Westbrook score, his second of the game, was set up by a 78-yard completion from Huard to Malcom Floyd. 5 takeaways by the visitors helped keep the hosts out of the end zone until the last 3 minutes. In the losing cause Chester Taylor ran for 162 yards on 26 carries.
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November 10, 2007
at Albany
Delaware 35, Albany 7   Box   Drive Chart
Delaware (12‑2) encountered little resistance from Albany (5‑9) in laying claim to the #1 seed in the upcoming playoffs. The Cherries piled up a 28-point halftime lead giving them an unanticipated bonus — extra rest for their leaders on offense, Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson.

Little resistance is putting it politely; the Racers actually gave Delaware a lot of assistance with turnovers, horrendous pass protection, and a spate of penalties:

  • 2 of the first 3 passes thrown by Albany quarterback Trent Green were interceptions. Bart Scott got the first at the Albany 16, one play after he had sacked Green, and Rivers followed with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Lee Evans. Brian Dawkins got the second pick at the Cherries 42, and Tomlinson followed with a 29-yard touchdown run to give Delaware a 14‑0 lead barely 6 minutes into the game.
  • The Racers didn’t get a first down until their fourth possession. As soon as they did, they went backwards fast. First there was a holding penalty, and then successive sacks by Scott, Julius Peppers, and Lito Sheppard. As a result Albany found themselves in a comically dire situation — 4th and 34 at the 3 — and Brian Moorman punted. It seemed Delaware would fail to take advantage of the resulting great starting field position at the Racers 45, but Albany roughed Delaware punter Ben Graham enabling the Cherries to maintain possession. Three plays later Tomlinson ran in from the 12 on a draw play to make it 21‑0.
  • The discipline of the Racers’ defense completely evaporated on the next Delaware possession. Albany was flagged, during what would become an 80-yard drive touchdown drive, for unnecessary roughness, defensive holding, and pass interference — a total of 45 yards in penalties. The drive ended with a 5-yard run by Michael Turner — Cherries 28, Racers 0.

By halftime Green had been sacked 6 times, 3 by Scott, and the Racers had –2 yards passing and 35 total. Green gave way to Jason Campbell during much of the second half. For the game Green, who has had an absolutely awful season, completed just 4 of 13 passes for 32 yards.

The last offensive play of the game for Albany was, fittingly enough, another interception thrown by Green, this one in the end zone by Sheppard. That pick, Green’s third, dragged his passing rating for the night down to an anemic 0.6.

Delaware eased up on the gas after their first second half possession, a 9-play, 62-yard drive engineered by backup quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The highlights of the drive were a 30-yard pass to Eric Parker and, on 4th and 1 at the Racers 21, a 5-yard sweep around left end by Ryan Moats. Parker beat Mike Logan on 3rd and 5 at the 11 and hauled in Rodgers’ pass for the last Cherries touchdown of the night.

Campbell was finally able to get Albany on the scoreboard with an 81-yard drive at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the last 60 coming on a bomb to Hank Baskett. Most of the fans missed it, though, having given up on the Racers much earlier in the evening.

After Sheppard’s interception of Green, Rodgers and the Cherries kept possession for the last 5:51, helped — fittingly (again) — by a defensive holding penalty on an incomplete pass on 3rd and 16 at the Delaware 14.