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By Gary Shelton, Times Sports Columnist Sunday, November 18, 2012 CHARLOTTE, N.C.He was falling. Then Josh Freeman was flying.He was ordinary. Then he was extraordinary.He was backsliding. Then he was coming back.In the end, Freeman was more good than h…Upvote Share Tweet
Bucs' Ted Larsen has his quarterback's backCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Josh Freeman had just thrown a game-changing interception, and Panthers safety Captain Munnerlyn was well on his way to the end zone. But far away from the action, there was a sideshow going on. Defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, who had …Upvote Share TweetTimes staff, wires Sunday, November 18, 2012 Bucs coach Greg Schiano, on the comeback: "They trusted their training. They trusted each other."Bucs safety Ronde Barber, on the victory: "Coach Schiano puts a lot of emphasis on the things th…Upvote Share TweetThe Raiders were blown out at home against the Saints on Sunday, their third straight blowout loss, dropping their record to 3-7 on the season. Raiders owner Mark Davis is not satisfied with that. According to Paul Gutierrez of CSNCalifornia.com, Davis …Upvote Share TweetIf you quit paying attention to the Saints after September, nobody would blame you. New Orleans was 0-4, with a home loss to the Chiefs (!!!). The Saints didn't have their head coach and didn't seem to have much of a chance. But since the Saints fell of…Upvote Share TweetIf you like overtime, you sure loved Sunday. Three early games were decided in OT. Chris Burke reviews the madness and examines the wild wins by the Texans, Bucs and Cowboys.Upvote Share Tweet
Cam Newton Gives A Small Child A Football And An Epileptic Fit: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundupdeadspin.com Updated Nov 18, 2012We'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from the happiest person you'll ever see on the receiving end of a ball from Cam Newton, to the Cowboys onside kicking in the third quarter, and failing. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, …Upvote Share TweetATLANTA -- His on-field performance was not sharp, but Matt Ryan's memory sure was. As he walked out of his news conference after the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Arizona Cardinals 23-19 at the Georgia Dome on Sunday, I asked the quarterback if he had e…Upvote Share TweetRedskins safety Brandon Meriweather probably shouldn’t walk under any ladders. Meriweather’s left knee injury kept him out for weeks of the regular season before he was finally ready to return on Sept. 30 against the Buccaneers. He collided with wideUpvote Share Tweet
Cam Newton hands young fan football, and young fan becomes happiest kid on the planetThe Carolina Panthers did not finish well, as they dropped an overtime game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-21. But early in the game, quarterback Cam Newton made a kid's year by handing him a football. Jonathan Stewart had a one-yard touchdown in the s…Upvote Share Tweet
Late touchdown pass gives Saints 21-7 lead at halfThe Raiders kept the Saints offense in check for much of the first half, but they couldn’t get off the field in time to stop them from taking a two touchdown lead. Drew Brees hit Lance Moore with a 38-yard touchdown pass with 50 seconds to play in the sUpvote Share TweetTampa Bay was down 21-13, 80 yards away from the end zone with about a minute remaining against Carolina. The Buccaneers couldn't have felt too confident, but then again, Josh Freeman is becoming the kind of quarterback that always gives his team a chan…Upvote Share TweetJosh Freeman threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Clark in overtime to cap the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 27-21 comeback win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.Upvote Share TweetThe Carolina Panthers again won most of a game, but lost it when it counted the most. After punting the ball away to allow a game-tying touchdown drive (and two-point conversion) with 50 seconds left, the Panthers didn’t even touch the ball in overtime,Upvote Share TweetThe Falcons finally have taken the lead. Down 13-0 then 16-13 and more recently 19-16, Atlanta has driven 70 yards in seven plays to take a four-point lead over the Cardinals. Arizona hopes to overcome a five-game losing streak; if the Falcons win, they…Upvote Share Tweet
Panthers turn disputed call into 14-point swingThe Buccaneers had driven for what would have been a crushing touchdown drive. But after Doug Martin fumbled into the end zone for a touchback, the Panthers drove 80 yards in seven plays, with Cam Newton hitting Brandon LaFell on a 29-yard touchdown pas…Upvote Share TweetFalcons receiver Julio Jones has left Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals with an ankle injury.Upvote Share TweetThree games kick off in the late afternoon slots in Week 11 and we’ve got all the inactives from all of them right here. Saints at Raiders Saints: WR Greg Camarillo, CB Corey White, RB Darren Sproles, LB Scott Shanle, T Zach Strief, DT Tyrunn Walker, DUpvote Share TweetAs reported by Jay Glazer during FOX's pregame show, New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles is inactive for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. Sproles has missed the last two games after undergoing surgery on his left hand. The versatile…Upvote Share Tweet
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers: Live scoring summaryTimes Staff Writer Sunday, November 18, 2012 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers extended their winning streak to four games Sunday, scoring 11 points in the final six minutes to force overtime, then marching 80 yards for the winning touchdown on their first posse…Upvote Share Tweet
Panthers lost two DEs on one play, but get back in gameThe Panthers don’t have much going for them at the moment, but the one thing they could do is rush the passer. Or, could. Defensive ends Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy both left on the same play, taking a combined 15.0 sacks with them. Johnson appearedUpvote Share TweetATLANTA -- For most of the first half, the Atlanta Falcons played about as poorly as possible. Amazingly, they’re tied, 16-16, with the Arizona Cardinals at halftime. The Falcons basically handed the Cardinals a 13-0 lead as Matt Ryan, who had been inteUpvote Share Tweet
Pierre GarÃ§on returns for the RedskinsFor the first time since Week Five against the Falcons, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will be able to throw the ball to Pierre GarÃ§on. GarÃ§on has been sidelined since then with a foot problem that first cropped up in the season opener and ne…Upvote Share TweetWide receiver Julio Jones is active and will play for the Atlanta Falcons, despite missing all of last week's practices due to a sprained ankle. Jones is third on the Falcons with 44 receptions, but is second on the club with 703 yards and five touchdow…Upvote Share TweetHow effective he’s going to be remains to be seen, but Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will try to play. Per multiple reports, Jones will be active. He injured his ankle in last weekend’s loss to the Saints, but returned to the game. He didn’t praUpvote Share Tweet
Seattle a potential landing spot if Monte Kiffin returns to the NFLIt wasn’t that long ago that Monte Kiffin was the defensive coordinator of the Buccaneers, the mastermind of the Tampa 2 scheme, and the most respected defensive strategist in football. But it feels like it was long ago. Kiffin left the Buccaneers to foUpvote Share Tweet
Live from the Georgia DomeATLANTA -- I just got settled into the Georgia Dome, where I’m watching the playing field closely. The Falcons have a couple questions on injuries. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) and receiver Julio Jones (ankle) both are questionable. I wouldn’tUpvote Share TweetA year ago, as the Buccaneers were sliding from 4-2 to 4-12, the presumption every week was that they’d lose. Now, the presumption by one of their defensive leaders is that they’ll win. Cornerback Ronde Barber explained this week that the team has himUpvote Share Tweet
FOX broadcast team previews Bucs at PanthersCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Broadcast teammates Chris Myers and Tim Ryan are here for today's game, and after meeting with coaches and players from both teams, they offer their sentiments on what to expect and what to look for in this video. Ryan, an analyst, is…Upvote Share Tweet
Sunday Blitz: Saints-Raiders RecapNov 18Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Saints' 38-17 win over the Raiders.
Saints Get Back To .500Nov 18Drew Brees threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Saints over the Raiders 38-17.
Saints vs. Raiders highlightsNov 18New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees had 219 yards and threw three touchdowns in his Week 11 38-17 win over the Oakland Raiders.
Criner 3-yard TD catchNov 18Oakland Raiders QB Carson Palmer finds WR Juron Criner for a 3-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Don Banks: Luck, Colts get an up-close lesson about what it takes to be el…Nov 18FOXBORO, Mass. -- By late Sunday night there was still no word yet on whether Andrew Luck's mother (or perhaps his father in this case) told him there'd be days like this. But no matter. By the time this one was over, it was well understood that a messa…
Don Banks: NFC East again a mess you can't take your eyes off of; more Sna…Nov 18FOXBORO, Mass. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a wild, overtime-drenched Week 11 in the NFL...
John Clayton's Last CallNov 18NFL fans were treated to a pre-Thanksgiving feast of close games, wild finishes and crazy offensive efforts, writes John Clayton.