Week 14 of the NFL season was a lackluster affair for much of the afternoon and early evening, but fans were eventually rewarded handsomely for their patience. The Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals both staged sizable comebacks to push late games into overtime, adding much-needed dollops of drama before both teams succumbed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Francisco 49ers.
Earlier contests that ended with fairly close scores included the Cleveland Browns’ win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Atlanta Falcons’ win over the Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys’ win over the Washington Football Team. There were more blowouts than viewers would have liked, however, including the Kansas City Chiefs over the Las Vegas Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers over the New York Giants.
Adding to the yawns were the usual dregs of the league. The Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans and New York Jets all failed to put up much of a fight against the Denver Broncos — who honored recently deceased former wide receiver Demaryius Thomas — Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints.
Read below for details and analysis of the Week 14 action.