Here are some quick thoughts on the action from week three of the NFL season.
We had three great endings occurring simultaneously during the early games.
The Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions engaged in an epic shootout in what may have been the game of the year so far in 2012. Trailing 41-34, the Lions connected on a 46 yard Hail Mary from backup quarterback Shaun Hill to wide out Titus Young to force overtime. After a Titans field goal, the Lions received the ball under this season’s new overtime rules which give a team one opportunity on offense if their opponent scored on a field goal. The Lions drove deep into Titans territory. Faced with a fourth and one at the Titans seven, the Lions passed on a game tying field goal and went for it. Hill was stuffed on a quarterback sneak and the Titans won. After the game, head coach Jim Schwartz said it was a miscommunication, but his track record suggests a bad gamble.
The Titans broke an NFL record in this game. They became the first team to score five touchdowns of 60 or more yards in one game. They had a 71 yard passing touchdown, 61 yard passing touchdown, 105 yard kick return for a touchdown, 65 yard punt return for a touchdown, and a 72 yard fumble return for a touchdown. Crazy!
While the Titans and Lions ducked it out, the Jacksonville Jaguars scored a late come from behind 80 yard touchdown to defeat the Indianapolis Colts 22-17. Blaine Gabbert threw a strike to Cecil Shorts who did the rest.
Not to be out done, the Kansas City Chiefs were in the midst of a huge comeback against the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome. With a 24-6 lead with 5:41 to go in the third, the Saints appeared to be on their way to victory. The next thing you know, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles breaks off a 91 yard run for a touchdown. It was the longest run in Chiefs history and perhaps an omen of things to come. Three field goals and a safety later and this game was headed to overtime. There, a Chiefs field goal capped off the improbable comeback. For the game, Charles ran for 233 yards on 33 carries. He also added 6 receptions for 55 yards. As for the Saints, things look bad. In the Super bowl era only two teams have given up mire yards through the first three games of the season than this year’s New Orleans Saints. Wow.