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NFL: Headlines from Week 13

  • NFL: Headlines from Week 13

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This past week of NFL action brought its fair share of big wins and definitive defeats. Here are the main headlines coming out of Week 13:

The Eagles are not the best in the NFL

Philadelphia's nine-game winning streak came to an abrupt end after a Russell Wilson-led Seattle Seahawks outfit held firm with a 24-10 win.

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The loss was the Eagles' second of the season, and the first time they'd failed to score at least 20 points after an array of poor decision-making and penalties throughout the contest.

MVP candidate Carson Wentz (29/45, 348 YDS, TD, INT) faced relentless pressure from the Seahawks front seven, typified by his fumble out of the end zone despite being just one yard away from breaking the plane.

The same cannot be said for Wilson however, who repeatedly evaded the pressure to make key plays on key downs.

Wilson finished 20-of-31 with 227 passing yards and three touchdowns as Seattle, now 8-4 on the year, kept their playoff hopes alive with crucial fixtures against the Jaguars (8-4), Rams (9-3), Cowboys (6-6) and Cardinals (5-7) still to come.

Rodgers nearing return

Green Bay's 26-20 overtime win over Tampa Bay became all the more significant after news of Aaron Rodgers' potential return broke out.

Backup quarterback Brett Hundley struggled mightily (13/22, 84 YDS, INT) against the Buccaneers and had to rely on an unusually strong ground game to see out the win.

Currently at 6-6 as a result, the Packers would need a win over Cleveland next week to keep their playoff hopes alive in time for Rodgers' shock return against the Carolina Panthers in Week 15.

Rodgers suffered what was originally said to be a season-ending collarbone injury back in Week 6 after Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr hit the 34-year-old late.

Should the Super Bowl 45 MVP return to lead the Packers until the end of the season, a Wildcard berth may miraculously still be on the cards.

Los Angeles in charge of AFC West

The Los Angeles Chargers' 19-10 win over Cleveland capitalised on Kansas City's loss to the Jets and now leaves a three-team tie at the top of the AFC West.

Philip Rivers was solid throughout (31/43, 344 YDS, TD), leading scoring drives of 12, 11, 10, 10 and seven plays to seal the game courtesy of another monster performance from star receiver Keenan Allen (10 REC, 105 YDS, TD).

The Browns, boosted by the return of wide receiver Josh Gordon (4 REC, 85 YDS) for the first time since 2014, weren't without their chances but failed to find the end zone after a pair of fourth quarter turnovers from rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer.

Following four consecutive losses to start the season, the Bolts have rebounded back and now have a genuine chance of reaching the playoffs as either division leaders or Wildcard participants.

However, which avenue they end up with will depend on how they fare in upcoming fixtures against the Redskins (5-7), Chiefs (6-6), Jets (5-7) and Raiders (6-6). It's now in their hands.

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