The (Monday) Morning After: #ManningFace

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The (Monday) Morning After: #ManningFace

Every week, the women at HerGameLife.com bring you the highlights, lowlights, and good fights from the weekend in pro football. HerGameLife is the premiere online destination for ladies who love sports, featuring football news from a female perspective, game day fashion and recipe ideas.

(Pictured above: Eli Manning sorts it out after being taken down by Steelers' LaMarr Woodley. See more ManningFace here. )

Colts 23, Dolphins 20.  The Indianapolis Colts didn't need the Luck of the Irish in Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins, because they had the Luck of Andrew! This historic matchup of two top 10 rookie QBs with winning records was a close game. It was questionable if Ryan Tannehill would play due to injury, but he showed up for his team completing 290 yards and one touchdown. Reggie Bush gave it the old "college try" as he impressively weaved through the Colts defense, scoring a touchdown for the Dolphins in the second quarter. As for Luck, just call him Superman! He threw for 433 yards and two touchdowns, passing Cam Newton's rookie record. The Colts are still "ChuckStrong" and could possibly be gearing up for the playoffs. -- Ashley Kirklen @AKirklen

Seahawks 30, Vikings 20. The battle between the two best backs in the league did not disappoint. Adrian Peterson struck early and often, rushing for an astonishing 144 yards and two touchdowns before halftime. Marshawn Lynch was a workhorse, slowly compiling yardage and fighting for conversions. However, though Peterson won the battle, Lynch won the war. In the end, it came down to the Seahawks having a more balanced offense. Seattle was able to rely on a great performance from Lynch, as well as QB Russell Wilson. QB Christian Ponder capped off a poor performance with an interception in the final 5 minutes. This left the Vikings offense watching from the sidelines as the Seahawks ran out the clock for the win. -- Maura Dooley @Gridirongirl84

Panthers 21, Redskins 13. In the much-anticipated showdown between QB Robert Griffin III and last year’s rookie QB sensation, Cam Newton. Newton overcame his sophomore slump and gave the Carolina Panthers an early lead in an upset over the Washington Redskins. The game snapped a five-game losing streak for Carolina while the Redskins suffered their third straight heartbreaker. Despite the loss, RGIII and RB Alfred Morris became the first rookie quarter-running back duo in NFL history to each rush for 500 yards in a season. However, with a combined total of five wins between the two teams, it seems neither team has anything to brag about. -- Kara Zimmerman @Kara_Zimm44

Steelers 24, Giants 20. Two things plagued the Steelers and the Giants in Sunday afternoon’s game at Met Life Stadium -- injuries and interceptions. As the teams played on a seesaw of a football game in the first half, coming back from their locker rooms with the Giants up 14-10, it looked like a bleak time to be wearing black and gold. But the Steelers were able to come from behind and move swiftly in front of the Giants, thanks to the fancy feet of Shaun Suisham, the quick wit of Ben Roethlisberger and determination of Isaac Redman. Pittsburgh defeated New York with just seconds to spare, 24-20. -- Chelsea Oliver @chels337

Ravens 25, Browns 15. It was a familiar tale of two cities (one formerly, one currently) in Cleveland when the clock hit zero. The Ravens soared in the first quarter, taking an early 14-point lead, but the Browns barked back with their smothering defense, scoring 15 unanswered points (all field goals!) to take the lead. The Ravens' experience then showed as they took advantage of Cleveland's mistakes and scored on a Torrey Smith touchdown. The Browns opted to go for it on fourth and two from their own 28-yard-line with almost 4 minutes left, but an overthrown pass led to them turning it over on downs. The Ravens went on to kick a field goal to seal the win and beat the Browns for the 10th straight time. -- Heather Stevens @believeland79

Broncos 31, Bengals 23.  The Bengals defense came out strong and ready to hogtie Peyton Manning and the Broncos. After lassoing two interceptions, the Bengals were poised to overcome the Halloween horror of a winless October and snap their three-game losing streak. However, Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller refused to be tamed. He stayed in beast mode with three sacks and four hits on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. The Broncos just kept bucking and ultimately rode out of Cincinnati with the win. Peyton also continued his streak of being ringmaster over the bungling Bengals, improving to 8-0 all-time against them. -- Valencia Walker @ChocLadyBengal

Lions 31, Jaguars 14. It’s a Leshoure thing. The second quarter belonged to Detroit running back Mikel Leshoure, scoring three out of four touchdowns against Jacksonville, a team still without a win on their home field. Matt Stafford passed the 10,000-yard mark in his career with 285 yards Sunday, working in passes to Calvin Johnson and Joique Bell with his own TD in the fourth. The Jaguar defense channeled their frustration into hardcore penalties, two of which were for roughing the passer, resulting in drive-changing yardage for Detroit. The Jags offense struggled without a first down for much of the first half. By the time QB Blaine Gabbert connected with Michael Spurlock and Justin Blackmon for touchdowns in the fourth quarter, it was too late. -- April Scarlett @ajscarlett

Bears 51, Titans 20. Brian Urlacher demanded four quarters of consistent, strong play from his defensive teammates. And consistent, dominating play is what the Bears defense and special teams delivered amidst a rout of the Titans, lifting the Bears to 6-1. Charles Tillman forced four fumbles, Urlacher returned an interception for a touchdown, and the special teams scored a touchdown on a blocked punt. The highlight of the Titans' losing effort was Chris Johnson’s fifth-career 80-yard touchdown run. It felt like a time warp back to the 2009 season when Johnson would regularly turn on that burst of speed to strike fear into many a defensive player. While the Bears offense overall remains a question mark, Brandon Marshall did turn in a career-best three touchdown afternoon. -- Laurie Pechie

Packers 31, Cardinals 17. Trees have a way of slowing down momentum. Green Bay Packer WR Tom Crabtree is no different, especially after connecting with quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a 72-yard touchdown in the final seconds of the third quarter. The Packers victory over the Cardinals was not very pretty. While the run game had a season-high 176 yards, Packer players were dropping like flies. Already without key players, the Packers hoped to get through the game without any injuries. Unfortunately, Clay Matthews, Jordy Nelson and Bryan Bulaga left the game early. The Packers look forward to a much-needed bye week for some classic NFL R&R. -- Kelsey Whaley @kpwhaley25

Buccaneers 42, Raiders 32. More than 400 yards and four touchdowns sure sounds like winning game stats, but when you throw almost as many interceptions as you do touchdowns, you may not end up with an extra tally in your "W" column. This was the nightmare that happened to Carson Palmer and the Raiders against Tampa Bay. The Raiders fought back hard in the fourth quarter after being down 35-17, in what could have been an impressive comeback, but Tampa Bay's offense took advantage of Oakland’s late in the game. To add insult to injury (or injury to insult?), Darren McFadden was taken out early in the game after hurting his ankle. -- Cherita Gaskin @rita_janea

Texans 21, Bills 9. It was a snoozer in Houston as the Texans beat the Bills to improve to 7-1 for the season. Houston RB Arian Foster ran for 111 yards despite suffering from flu-like symptoms before the game and WR Andre Johnson had eight catches for 118 yards. Despite these big numbers by the Texans stars, the game felt lackluster at best as both teams struggled to convert on third downs. Bills LB and former Texan Mario Williams capped his homecoming off with a huge energy-boosting sack in the first quarter. However, that energy was short-lived as the Texans inched their way to a win. -- Morgan Gaskin @LetsGeauxMeaux

Falcons 19, Cowboys 13. The Cowboys not only had a chance to beat the undefeated Falcons, but also could have closed within one game of the Giants. On the opening drive, the Falcons had a quick three and out. The Cowboys' opening drive yielded three points. The Falcons got on the scoreboard by halftime and tied the Cowboys 6-6. Penalties and poor tackling in the second half got the best of the Cowboys. Atlanta went up 13-6 at the start of the fourth quarter. The Cowboys pulled within three but ran out of time. Dallas drops to 3-5, but thanks to poor play in the rest of the division, the team is still in the NFC East hunt. -- Fonda Bryant

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Eagle vs Saints. When the 2012 NFL schedule was released, this matchup was anticipated to be “Must See TV.” However, due to Bountygate and the sideshow that has become the Philadelphia Eagles, viewers may opt for a night of "Dancing With the Stars." The Saints enter tonight’s game at 2-5, showing the effects of missing head coach Sean Payton. The Eagles are grasping at straws in attempts to save not only their season, but also the jobs of Andy Reid and Michael Vick. This game could get out of hand very quickly if Drew Brees can take advantage of Philadelphia’s exceptionally porous defense. But if Vick can protect the football and find a running game, the Eagles just might fly out of New Orleans with a win. -- HerGameLife Staff @HerGameLife

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