Jefferson Contributes to Cardinals’ Win
Rookie safety Tony Jefferson contributed with three tackles on special teams in Arizona’s 37-34, overtime win at Tennessee. The three tackles were his most since recording four stops versus Carolina in Week 5, and were as many as he had accumulated in his previous eight games combined.
But the biggest play of Jefferson’s day came in overtime.
Tennessee had a 1st-and-10 at the Arizona 43-yard line just three plays into the extra session. When Ryan Fitzpatrick dropped back to pass, however, Jefferson blitzed from the right side and forced Fitzpatrick to underthrow his receiver. Antoine Cason broke in on the wounded duck and intercepted the pass.
On the ensuing drive, Arizona needed just six plays to set up Jay Feely’s game-winning 41-yard field goal.
Murray’s Big Day Not Enough
Green Bay’s epic comeback in Week 15 came at the expense of DeMarco Murray, James Hanna and the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys held a 26-3 lead at the half but the Packers rallied and escaped Dallas with a 37-36 victory.
Murray did his share to help the Cowboys, though. He went over 100 yards in back-to-back games for the second time in his career, finishing with 134 yards on 18 carries.
He got it going early with a 41-yard run on the Cowboys’ second possession, a drive that would end in a field goal to give his team a 6-3 lead. On the next drive, Murray used a 16-yard run to help set up a Cowboys touchdown on the very next play, giving Dallas a 13-3 advantage.
Right before the half, Murray scored on a one-yard touchdown run to give Dallas the 26-3 lead. It was his eighth rushing touchdown of the season, the most by a Cowboy since Marion Barber had 10 in 2007.
Murray entered the half with 11 rushes for 93 yards, an average of 8.5 yards per carry.
Hanna was targeted once in the loss.
Gerald McCoy recorded three tackles, including his eighth sack of the season, and Davin Joseph started at right guard, but Tampa Bay lost at San Francisco, 33-14 … Chris Chester (right guard) and Trent Williams (left tackle) started on the offensive line, helping open this hole on a 37-yard run, for Washington in its 27-26 loss at Atlanta … rookie defensive tackle Stacy McGee tied a career high with four tackles and recovered a fumble, but Oakland was blitzed by Kansas City, 56-31 … Donald Stephenson started at left tackle in the Chiefs’ win, leading the way on this one-yard touchdown run … Curtis Lofton made seven tackles and Kenny Stills caught four passes for 47 yards, but New Orleans was surprised by St. Louis, 27-16 … tight end Jermaine Gresham caught three passes for 23 yards as Cincinnati fell to Pittsburgh on Sunday night, 30-20 … defensive end Frank Alexander made a pair of tackles in Carolina’s 30-20 win over the New York Jets … in a matchup of former OU offensive linemen, Phil Loadholt (right tackle) and the Minnesota Vikings defeated Lane Johnson (right tackle) and the Philadelphia Eagles, 48-30, in Minneapolis …
This and That
The following saw playing time but did not record any stats: defensive back Jamell Fleming (Jacksonville), defensive back Dominique Franks (Atlanta) … quarterback Landry Jones (Pittsburgh) and running back Adrian Peterson (Minnesota) were made inactive … linebacker Travis Lewis (Detroit) did not play