Everything you missed from an exciting NFL Sunday in Week 12

NFL scores 2017: Live results, highlights, and more from Week 12

The bye weeks are over and the playoff races have officially begun.


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Thanksgiving is over, but we still had a busy Sunday in the NFL. Although there was only one matchup between teams with winning records — the Saints vs. Rams — that just meant we got to enjoy a lot of silliness from today’s games.

Such as:

Catch up with the best highlights and biggest news from Sunday.

News

Dolphins CB Bobby McCain was ejected vs. Patriots for punching Danny Amendola.

A fight between Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib started a full-on Raiders vs. Broncos brawl. And after both were ejected, Marshawn Lynch personally escorted Talib out of the stadium.

Here’s a brief history of the Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib beef.

The Bears got stuck in Philadelphia because their plane broke down.

Highlights

The Bears and Eagles turned the ball over to each other on the same play.

The Patriots ran a fake punt for the 1st time in 13 years and it worked perfectly.

Two Chiefs players tried to catch the same screen pass. It failed miserably.

Julio Jones caught a 51-yard TD pass … from WR Mohamed Sanu. Jones’ second touchdown came after he took a Bucs defender’s ankles.

Cam Newton slapped away Jamal Adams when he tried to interrupt the Superman celebration.

The Browns had to turn to emergency punter Zane Gonzalez, who shanked his first try.

Alshon Jeffery made $250,000 with a touchdown against the Bears, his old team.

The Eagles executed a perfect group bowling celebration after Alshon Jeffery’s TD.

Delanie Walker performed CPR on a football and Fox announcer Chris Myers thought he was burping a baby.

The Eagles didn’t just beat the Bears — they did the “Electric Slide” on them.

A creative Bears fan holds up Firefox logo while calling for John Fox’s job.

It took 11 games, but the Raiders finally got their first INT of the season.

The Rams celebrated a TD by recreating Simba’s birth from The Lion King.

Alvin Kamara shows why he’s so special with this flawless hurdle over a Rams defender.

Steelers LB Vince Williams and Packers WR Geronimo Allison butted heads, then got their facemasks stuck together.

Mike McCarthy helped the Steelers tie the game with an unrealistic 57-yard FG attempt.

Antonio Brown’s incredible toe-tapping catch was the only reason the Steelers beat the Packers.

Why T.J. Watt wasn’t flagged for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Brett Hundley before the Steelers beat the Packers.

Injuries

Patriots special teams ace Nate Ebner picked up a first down with a fake punt against the Dolphins. Unfortunately for Ebner, he injured his knee and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

DeShone Kizer left to be evaluated for a possible concussion. Cody Kessler took over against the Bengals briefly, until Kizer was cleared and returned.

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen left in the third quarter against the Jets with a foot injury. It was his first game back since he broke his foot in Week 2.

Amari Cooper was taken to locker room after a hit to the head vs. the Broncos. He was later ruled out with a concussion.

Paxton Lynch, in his first start of the season for the Broncos, left with an ankle injury and did not return. Trevor Siemian replaced Lynch and played pretty well.

C.J. Beathard injured his knee late against the Seahawks, and some 49ers players weren’t happy fans cheered for Jimmy Garoppolo while Beathard was done.

Week 12 scores and schedule (all times Eastern)

Atlanta Falcons 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20

Cincinnati Bengals 30, Cleveland Browns 16

Tennessee Titans 20, Indianapolis Colts 16

Buffalo Bills 16, Kansas City Chiefs 10

New England Patriots 35, Miami Dolphins 17

Carolina Panthers 35, New York Jets 27

Philadelphia Eagles 31, Chicago Bears 3

Seattle Seahawks 24, San Francisco 49ers 13

Arizona Cardinals 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 24

Los Angeles Rams 26, New Orleans Saints 20

Oakland Raiders 21, Denver Broncos 14

Pittsburgh Steelers 31, Green Bay Packers 28

The top stories from Sunday’s NFL action

Before the games

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, the rest of Week 12 gets underway Sunday. We got some important matchups and potential playoff previews as the postseason race reaches critical mass.

The biggest game of the early window features a suddenly cold Chiefs team against the Bills. Buffalo got headlines for all the wrong reasons last week, when Sean McDermott’s quarterback gambit backfired spectacularly. Tyrod Taylor is back in after Nathan Peterman’s five-interception disaster, but has the damage already been done? The Bills are clinging to playoff hopes at this point.

The late afternoon has by far the biggest game of the week, with the 7-3 Rams hosting the 8-2 Saints. It would not be surprising if they met again in January. New Orleans has a winning combination of a strong running game and surprisingly good defense (oh, and Drew Brees is still really good). Jared Goff has cooled off after a strong start to he year, and he’s now without Robert Woods for a few weeks. Sean McVay might be looking at his first real test with injuries starting to pile up.

Sunday Night Football features a Steelers vs. Packers matchup that could’ve been a Super Bowl preview in an alternate timeline. Unfortunately, Aaron Rodgers is out with a broken collarbone and the Packers have struggled badly without him. Brett Hundley could have his hands full against a resurgent Steelers defense.