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On a Sunday of blowouts, there were some close calls

September 23, 2013|By Sam Farmer
  • Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, right, is pressured by Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd during the second half of the Browns' 31-27 win Sunday.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, right, is pressured by Minnesota… (Ann Heisenfelt / Associated…)

After two weeks of close games, Week 3 was marked by blowouts. In nine of 15 games through Sunday, the victor won by at least 10 points, and Sunday included these lopsided finals: Carolina over the New York Giants, 38-0; Seattle over Jacksonville, 45-17; Indianapolis over San Francisco, 27-7; and Baltimore over Houston, 30-9.

There were a handful of close games, however, three of which involved a trailing team scoring the game-winning points in the final minute.

Cleveland clinched its win at Minnesota when Brian Hoyer threw a touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron with 51 seconds left.

Tennessee knocked off San Diego with a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jake Locker to Justin Hunter with 15 seconds left.

And Miami scored with 43 seconds remaining when Ryan Tannehill hit Dion Sims.

There have been eight games this season in which the winning team was trailing in the final minute of the fourth quarter before scoring a pivotal touchdown or field goal.


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