Dec 2, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; NFL referee Ed Hochuli signals during the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Vikings 23-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
On Thursday Night Football, the original referees returned from their lockout to a standing ovation.
Trialing against the Carolina Panthers, quarterback Matt Ryan led the Falcons offense on a 99 yard drive to preserve an undefeated record coming out of Week 4.
Tom Brady vs. Peyton manning once more, with Brady coming away with the win. The Broncos rally fell short, as the Patriots won 31-21.
Saints signal-caller Drew Brees broke the 52 year-old record for consecutive touchdown passes in a game. The famous mark was held by Johnny Unitas. Suspended Sean Payton watched from the stands.
Any hopes of a Minnesota comeback were quickly dashed by Robert Griffin III, more popularly known as RGIII. The famous play featured the star quarterback on a magical 76-yard run down the sideline to seal the win.
Then, Russell Wilson led the Seahawks on a fourth quarter comeback win over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Seattle had a downright scary record at home this season.
Down 24 points at half time, Peyton Manning led the Broncos to a 35-point comeback, while the Broncos defense shut out San Diego in the second half. It marked the beginning of Denver’s insane win streak to finish the season.
Cam Newton famously put out the idea of a “Suggestion Box” following a narrow loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Colts rookie running back Vick Ballard led Indianapolis to an overtime win against Tennessee by running through, around, and even over Titans defenders.
Then, Tony Romo almost led the Cowboys to a stunning comeback against the New York Giants. Almost. The game-winning touchdown was taken away when receiver Dez Bryant’s fingertips were out of the back of the end zone when he fell to the turf with the catch.
Coach Chuck Pagano returned to the Colts to give a moving post-game speech as he recovered from Leukemia.
Adrian Peterson ran for 171 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. It was the start to a brilliant finish to his season down the stretch.
Following that, the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams recorded the first tie in the NFL since 2008.