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Top 3 Games From NFL Week 11

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, left, eludes Steelers linebacker Delontae Scott in the first half Sunday.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Another Sunday wrapped up and NFL Week 11 has come and gone. As the season heads towards the back end, the dominant teams start to separate from the pack. At this point, there is still no clear picture of who will win on any given Sunday. NFL Week 11 had blow outs, upsets, and, of course, games that come down to the very end. Let’s take a look at the top 3 games from NFL Week 11.

1. Packers vs. Vikings

Final Score — (8-3) Green Bay Packer 31-34 Minnesota Vikings (5-5)

Reason to watch — This game was entertaining from start to finish. After trading field goals to start the game, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers found themselves in a 16-3 hole early in the second quarter. The Minnesota Vikings passing game was a bombs away attack. Kirk Cousins hit big play after big play to Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. Towards the end of the first half, Rodgers led the Packers down the field on an 11 play touchdown drive. Rodgers threw 5-7 for 77 yards and the 25 yard touchdown to Josiah Deguara.

To start the second half, the Vikings looked absolutely dominant. In their first drive of the half, Cousins and company went on a 16 play drive that ended with a strike to Jefferson for a TD. Aaron Rodgers would answer immediately with his own 10 play scoring drive. Rodgers would hit Davante Adams in the back of the endzone to end that drive with a TD.

Fireworks Ensue

As the fourth quarter started, fireworks ensued between these two offenses. Rodgers and Cousins went back and forth throughout the whole quarter. Rodgers started off with a 13 play, 94 yard drive. He threw an 18 yard TD to Adams, who was wide open in the endzone. Cousins followed with a 14 play drive for 79 yards. On a crucial 3rd and 3 play for the Vikings, Cousins found Jefferson again for a 23 yard TD. The Vikings would score on a 2 point conversion to take the lead and make the score 31-24.

As the quarter was about to reach the two minute warning, Rodgers would get the ball back. This felt like a story that everyone knew too well; Rodgers with the ball at the end of the game. Instead, he would throw a strike to Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 75 yard TD. Unfortunately for the Packers, they left 2:08 on the clock for Cousins to drive down the field. He would throw a 26 yard pass to Thielen to get into FG range. Dalvin Cook running and Cousins kneeling would run the clock down to two seconds left to play. Greg Joseph would go on to kick the game winner from 29 yards. The Minnesota Vikings prevailed in another nail biter.

2. Steelers vs. Chargers

Final Score — (5-4-1) Pittsburgh Steelers 37-41 Los Angeles Chargers (6-4)

Reason to watch — The fourth quarter of Sunday Night Football was wild ride. The Chargers controlled the first three quarters of the game. Justin Herbert was unstoppable throwing and running the ball. The Chargers entered the fourth with a 27-13 lead.

On Los Angeles’ first drive in the fourth, the would have their only punt of the game get blocked. The Steelers would take the ball at the 3 yard line as the ball rolled out of bounds on the block. Najee Harris would run the ball in for a TD to make it a one score game. Herbert and Austin Ekeler would run the ball down the field on the following possession. Ekeler, who scored 4 TDs today, would run it in for a 5 yard TD.

Steelers Surge But Fall Short

The game felt over as Pittsburgh got the ball back down two scores with a little over eight minutes to play. Pittsburgh was going on long drives prior to this point but showed very little explosiveness. Future HOFer Ben Roethlisberger would hit multiple receivers for big plays to keep his team alive. He threw a 16 yard pass to Chase Claypool, a 32 yard pass to Diontae Johnson, and a TD to Eric Ebron. On the next drive, Cameron Heyward would hit the ball at the line of scrimmage, causing a Herbert interception on the second play. The Steelers would get the ball at the Chargers 11 yard line. Big Ben would throw a TD to emerging star TE Pat Freiermuth to tie the game at 34-34.

After another failed drive by the Chargers, ending in a turnover on downs at their own 34 yard line, the Steelers would hit a chip shot field goal to take the lead 37-34 with about three and a half minutes left to play. Herbert and the Chargers took back the lead as quickly as the lost it. Herbert hit Mike Williams for a 53 yard TD on a busted coverage by the Steelers. Joey Bosa and the Chargers pass rush sacked Big Ben twice on the ensuing possession, causing a turnover on downs and effectively ending the game.

3. WFT vs Panthers

Final Score — (2-7) Washington Football Team 27-21 Carolina Panthers (5-5)

Reason to watch — This was another fun game that went down to the wire, but the QB play on both sides stood out the most. Taylor Heinicke and Cam Newton would go blow for blow against two stout defenses.

Newton, making his return to BOA Stadium, showed that he is back and he’s still got some juice. He threw for 2 TDs and ran for another on a 24 yard sprint past the defense. Heinicke on the other side had one of the best games of his life. He was hitting all of the the throws into tight windows, throwing 3 TDs on the day. He scrambled around, looking like a young Brett Favre throwing on the run.

The game would end on a turnover on downs as Newton was sacked by the WFT pass rush. Either way, this was an unexpected QB dual that made for a fun game in Charlotte.

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