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NFL Close Calls – Week 10

NFL Close Calls – Week 10

11/13/2018

Glancing at the scoreboard won’t tell you the whole story in most games. Here are some of the games that went down to the wire relative to the spread and total in the fourth quarter in Week 10 of the NFL regular season.

Green Bay Packers (-12) 31, Miami Dolphins 12 (49): The Dolphins were down only 14-12 in the third quarter, settling for four field goals from Jason Sanders. The Packers would get an Aaron Jones touchdown run to lead 21-12 and then two minutes later got past the heavy favorite spread with a touchdown following a Miami interception. The 16-point edge didn’t leave much margin for error and the Dolphins reached the Green Bay 26-yard-line but on the final play of the third quarter Brock Osweiler took a 12-yard sack to take Miami out of field goal range. The Packers would add three in the fourth to lead by 19 and back-to-back sacks ended Miami’s final threat with three minutes to go.

Indianapolis Colts (-3) 29, Jacksonville Jaguars 26 (48): The Colts led 29-16 at the break but the pace slowed in the second half and Jacksonville climbed back in the game. Leonard Fournette scored his second touchdown in the third quarter as the Jaguars climbed to within six and the Jaguars would also missed a late third quarter field goal try. Andrew Luck was intercepted in Jacksonville territory to start the fourth quarter and the Jaguars had the ball back with about eight minutes to go in good field position after an exchange of punts. The Jaguars reached the 36-yard-line but lost yardage from there and faced a decision with four minutes to go on fourth down. Jacksonville went for the 55-yard field goal and got it to put the margin right on the common spread. The Colts faced a similar dilemma after stalling at the Jacksonville 34-yard-line with still nearly three minutes to go. Indianapolis would also go for the long field goal but Adam Vinatieri missed. The Jaguars were a late threat to win or force overtime but on 3rd-and-1 from the Indianapolis 35-yard-line a 10-yard gain was reviewed by the Colts and narrowly overturned to a fumble to effectively end the game.

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Chicago Bears (-7) 34, Detroit Lions 22 (44½): The Bears were in complete control with a 34-10 edge through three quarters but Detroit made a late rally with a pair of touchdowns in the middle of the fourth quarter with a successful on-side kick to trail by 12, leaving room for one more touchdown to be enough to flip the spread result. The Lions were able to get the ball back with just over a minute to go and gained 35 yards before ultimately running out of time without taking a shot at the end zone.

Los Angeles Rams (-9½) 36, Seattle Seahawks 31 (51): The Seahawks led 21-20 through three quarters but the Rams scored early in the fourth quarter and opted to go for two, falling short with a 26-21 edge. Seattle added a field goal to trail by two with 10 minutes to go and the Rams likewise added three a few minutes later to lead by five again. Russell Wilson scrambled on first down and seemed to get clocked in the head but with no call. Then two plays later disaster struck the Seahawks with newly acquired Ram Dante Fowler forcing a fumble. The Rams recovered at the 9-yard-line and scored on 1st down, suddenly moving past the heavy-favorite spread with a 12-point edge. Seattle proved resilient going 90 yards on its next drive to get back within five and then forced a Rams punt with only 35 seconds coming off the clock. The Seahawks would reach the Los Angeles 35-yard-line before coming up empty, but they held on for the underdog cover.

Dallas Cowboys (+7½) 27, Philadelphia Eagles 20 (45): The total on this game proved a close call despite only three points in the first 26 minutes of the game. Both teams added field goals and Dallas managed the game’s first touchdown with 19 seconds before halftime for a 13-3 edge. The Eagles tied the game through three quarters for a total of 26 points but both teams added touchdowns in the fourth for a 20-20 draw. Dallas would make it four touchdowns in the game on four straight possessions to secure the ‘over’ with a 27-20 edge with three minutes to go and the Eagles were not able to force overtime.

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New York Giants (+3) 27, San Francisco 49ers 23 (45): Monday’s battle at the bottom of the NFC featured the 49ers leading by three at the half to sit right on the number. Nick Mullens delivered a touchdown pass to put San Francisco up by 10 in the third quarter but the Giants quickly answered and had tied the game by the start of the fourth quarter at 20-20, leaving all outcomes in play. Mullens had an interception on the first play of the fourth quarter to give the Giants great field position but they would punt on the next two possessions as San Francisco got the ball back with about nine minutes to go. The running game carried the load in an over six-minute drive, but San Francisco couldn’t deliver in the red zone, settling for a 30-yard field goal to the delight of those on the ‘under’. In what may be his last primetime performance Eli Manning got the ball back with fewer than three minutes remaining and connected for a 31-yard pass to quickly put the Giants on the edge of field goal range. The Giants got a pair of first downs via penalty and in the final minute Manning hit Sterling Shepard for the go-ahead score while the ‘over’ collected. San Francisco had a late shot as Mullens threw to the end zone from the New York 21-yard-line on the final play, but the throw fell incomplete.