Patriots-Saints Q3: Hoyer, Vereen step up

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Patriots-Saints Q3: Hoyer, Vereen step up

FOXBORO -- It was all Brian Hoyer and Shane Vereen in the third quarter.

The Patriots received the ball to begin the second half, and went on a 14-play, 97-yard drive that resulted in a three-yard Hoyer touchdown pass to Britt Davis at the goal line.

Hoyer -- who returned to the game after being replaced by Ryan Mallett in the first half -- finished the drive 3-for-7 for 20 yards, making Vereen the story of the drive. Of the 97 yards the Patriots gained, Vereen accounted for 73 of those yards -- 63 on the ground, and 10 receiving.

It looked as if Julian Edelman was going to be the early goat of the second half, as he decided to run the opening kickoff out of the end zone after hesitating with several dekes. As a result, Edelman was tackled at his own 3-yard line. it wouldn't matter though, because the Patriots ended up scoring a touchdown and taking a 7-3 lead, which lasted into the fourth quarter.

Vereen finished the third quarter with 64 rushing yards on 11 carries, and 17 receiving yards on two receptions.

AFC EAST: Dolphins blown out by Ravens, 38-6

AFC EAST: Dolphins blown out by Ravens, 38-6

BALTIMORE -- John Harbaugh had been waiting the entire season for the Baltimore Ravens to put it all together in one memorable, outstanding performance.

His patience was rewarded Sunday.

The Ravens combined a record-setting passing day by Joe Flacco with a rugged defensive effort in a 38-6 rout of the Miami Dolphins.

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AFC PLAYOFF RACE: Berry's PAT pick lifts Chiefs over Falcons, 29-28

AFC PLAYOFF RACE: Berry's PAT pick lifts Chiefs over Falcons, 29-28

ATLANTA -- Eric Berry returned an interception for a touchdown, and then brought back another pick for a 2-point conversion that gave the Kansas City Chiefs an improbable 29-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

The Falcons, rallying from a 27-16 deficit, went ahead 28-27 on Matt Ryan's 5-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson with 4:32 remaining.

Atlanta decided to go for 2, looking to stretch the margin to a field goal. But Berry stepped in front of Ryan's pass and ran 99 yards the other way to give the Chiefs (9-3) their winning margin. It came after Denver stole a game in similar fashion last month, returning a blocked PAT for the winning points at New Orleans.

With the win, the Chiefs improved to 8-3, keeping them in the driver’s seat for the first Wild Card spot in the AFC. 

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