We'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, so stay tuned.
Dallas 23, Cleveland 20: It seemed, for a stretch, like this game would be the perfect incarnation of the 2012 Cowboys, who have tortured their fans to a remarkable extent on their way to 5-5. The 2-8 Browns came in, went up early, and then, even after the Cowboys came back to regain the lead, got one last excruciating touchdown. In the end Tony Romo (who threw 50 times today) and some defensive pass interference got the Cowboys close enough to tie it, and a good punt return gave them the field position to win in OT. The LOL-Boys equinox was narrowly averted. Still, the game gave us some wonderful GIFS, like the Cowboys, down 10, onside kicking to the Browns in the third quarter:
Or Trent Richardson hurdling a couple of Cowboys:
And for Browns fans, one of the best moments of the season: After a big punt return from Josh Cribbs (aided by a penalty for a horse collar tackle), the first play from the line of scrimmage, Weeden to Watson to put the Browns up 3. It didn't help in the win column, but, seeing as Brandon Weeden is on his last legs, this was a moral victory:
Green Bay 24 , Detroit 20: Down six with four minutes left, Aaron Rodgers led the Packers 82 yards down field (including one 40-yard pass) and put his team up one with about two minutes remaining. Three plays and one false start later, Matt Stafford gave it one last heave on fourth and 15 on the Lions 20 yard line—but it was not to be. Then the Packers kicked a field goal, just to be sure, gave it back to the Lions, and Calvin Johnson fumbled on the final play of the game. The Packers escaped Detroit (and escaped dropping to 6-4) just beneath the wire, which is how good teams escape things sometimes. Here's Matt Stafford drawing a roughing the passer call on 3rd and 8, which was good for the Lions. He went on to throw an interception the next play, which was bad for the Lions.
Cincinnati 28, Kansas City 6: The second straight game in which the Chiefs have held a lead! We won't dwell on this one, but to say damn: that's how you run in a touchdown, Jermaine Gresham. Not in a literal sense, as the replay official somehow determined that Gresham's knee was down at the one. He didn't get the TD that Andy Dalton ran in on the next play, but he gets his shine here. At least five Chiefs try to make a play on him, and about all five were necessary by the end:
New York Jets 27, St. Louis 13: The Jets! The Jets? The Jets. Sometimes you just have to find the right opponent, play them at the right time, and perform better than you have at nearly any other point during the season. If you can do that, you're golden. Mark Sanchez played a controlled game, the team carried the ball 41 times, and a takeaway off of a Muhammad Wilkerson sack/Bart Scott fumble recovery helped turn the tide early. Of course, it wouldn't be a Jets game if it didn't produce a hilarious GIF of Tim Tebow, here seen gaining negative yardage on a bizarrely designed fake punt:
Atlanta 23, Arizona 19: A game of runs, and mostly a game of borng runs. The Cardinals started with 13 straight, the Falcons answered with 13 straight, then field goal for field goal (yawn) until, finally, one team kicked a field goal and the other team responded with a touchdown. The teams' two elderly stalwart kickers, Matt Bryant and Jay Feely, had a big impact on the game, so, naturally, we aren't doing a GIF of them making field goals. Matt Ryan threw five (5!) interceptions, but Atlanta's 9-1 anyway.
Washington 31, Philadelphia 6: Nick Foles may not be the savior Eagles fans had hoped for. Granted, it was the first start of his career, but he looked...shaky? Foles threw two picks and fumbled thrice—but he didn't lose any of the fumbles, so, pretty good ball retention percentage there, in a sense. Foles's performance is extra bad news for a team whose starting quarterback can't drive, sleep, or keep his lunch down, and whose coach treats running plays like vegetables.