Week 7: NFL Games Can End in Ties?

Week 7 was a chaotic week. There were eight games decided by one possession but none decided by just one point. In fact, one game was closer than one point. It was a tie!

The tie occurred Sunday night between the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks. The ending to this game was like no other game ever seen. The game was sent into overtime tied 3-3. In OT, both teams kicked and made field goals on their first drives to tie the game at 6-6. Then the chaos began.  Whoever scored the next point would win the game. The Cardinals were setting up for an easy 24 yard field goal for kicker Chandler Catanzaro. This is about as easy as they come, even closer than an extra point. And he shanked it! The kick was no good, keeping hopes alive for Seattle with 3:19 left in overtime. The Seahawks drove down the field and set up an easy game-winning field goal of only 27 yards for their kicker Steven Hauschka. With 7 seconds left and the game on the line, Hauschka missed, ending the game in a rare, and unsatisfying, tie.

Some of the other close games included the Miami Dolphins 28-25 defeat of the Buffalo Bills in an AFC East battle. Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi rushed for 200+ yards in the second straight game and scored a touchdown. The San Diego Chargers topped the Atlanta Falcons 33-30 in an offensive showdown, with Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushing for 2 TDs. The game in London this week between the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams resulted in a Giants victory of 17-10 due to Rams QB Case Keenum throwing four interceptions.

There were a couple minor upsets this week: the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Minnesota Vikings 21-10 and the New York Jets defeated the Baltimore Ravens 24-16. The Jets got help from their RB Matt Forte, who rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown.

Some other standout players this week were AJ Green, the Bengals receiver who caught for 169 yards and a TD, and Saints QB Drew Brees, who threw for 367 yards and 3 TDs.

The Dallas Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers were the two  teams with a bye.

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