[caption id="attachment_21859" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Kirby Lee / US Presswire[/caption] In an entertaining Monday, the defending champion Giants flexed their muscles, a Ray Rice miracle saved the Ravens and Matty Ice pulled out more last quater heroics to keep the Falcons flying high at 10-1. The Houston Texans survived another close shootout beating the Detroit Lions 34-31 in OT. The Lions' Head Coach Jim Schwartz made a terrible mistake throwing a flag -- attempting to challenge a play that was going to be reviewed anyway, giving the Texans a touchdown in the process. Robert Griffin III looked in Rookie of the Year form as he and the Washington Redskins tore apart a hapless Dallas Cowboys secondary for the win on Thanksgiving day 38-31. QB Tony Romo and WR Dez Bryant launched an impressive second half comeback but were unable to close the gap in time. This was the first time in six starts that Romo has lost on Thanksgiving. The New England Patriots embarrassed the New York Jets in primetime blowing them out 49-19. The Jets' offence was absolutely hapless in the first half of the game, giving up the ball on some absurd mistakes. Most shocking came the news after the game: Rex Ryan will continue to stick with Mark Sanchez and -- perhaps more shockingly -- Fireman Ed has retired. Jay Cutler returned and the Chicago Bears looked much better upon his return as they bested the Minnesota Vikings 28-10 to snap a two game losing streak. The win came at a cost however as five of their starting players suffered injuries, including the likes of Matt Forte, Charles Tillman and Devin Hester. In an emphatic statement to the rest of the league the enigmatic New York Giants trounced the Green Bay Packers 38-10 in Sunday Night Football. The Giants had it all working for them as Eli Manning bounced back to form, throwing three touchdowns, Ahmad Bradshaw had 119 combined yards and their much vaunted pass rush finally returned to exploit Green Bay’s crippling offensive line troubles. The Cincinnati Bengals continued their playoff push as they made it three consecutive wins to improve to 6-5 after thumping the lowly Oakland Raiders 34-10 in a torrid return to Paul Brown Stadium for Carson Palmer. BenJarvus Green Ellis was the star for the Bengals rushing for 129 yards and a touchdown on just 19 carries. The Pittsburgh Steelers crashed to an embarrassing 20-13 loss to the Cleveland Browns as they turned the ball over a remarkable 8 times! Forced to start third string quarterback Charlie Batch, Steelers fans will be desperately hoping for Ben Roethlisberger’s return after an inept offensive display dealt a major blow to their playoff aspirations. With Head Coach Chuck Pagano in the building for the first time since his diagnosis with cancer the Indianapolis Colts improved to 7-4 as they hung on for a 20-13 win over the Buffalo Bills in a largely forgettable game. The highlight of the game was TY Hiltons 75 yard TD kick return to open the scoring. The Kansas City Chiefs held Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to a season low 17 points but it was not enough to win as they managed just three field goals to lose 17-9 in another toothless offensive showing. Whilst not a pretty win, it extends the Bronco’s streak to 6 and leaves them firmly in the fight for a top 2 AFC seed. Dan Carpenter kicked a field goal as time expired to help the Miami Dolphins win 24-21 and ensure the Seattle Seahawks woes on the road continued. The Seahawks have now won just 1 of 6 games on their travels this season and it looks like being the aspect that costs them a playoff berth. The 5-6 Dolphins have two games with the Patriots and a trip to San Francisco coming up in their final five games making a playoff berth for the Fins unlikely. Matt Ryan made it five last quarter comebacks for the season as he rallied the Atlanta Falcons to a 24-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to strengthen their grip as the number one seed in the NFC. The key to the victory was the Falcons run defence finally showing up to hold Doug Martin to just 50 yards on 21 carries. The Jacksonville Jaguars backed up their improved performance from last week to finally register a second win for the year as they accounted for divisional rivals the Tennessee Titans 24-19. Number 5 draft pick Justin Blackmon is clearly relishing the change at quarterback and has come alive with Chad Henne again starting under centre, surely spelling the end of Blaine Gabbert. Ray Rice caught a dump off from Joe Flacco then somehow willed himself to the first down marker to convert on 4th and 29 and help force overtime as the Baltimore Ravens somehow escaped from San Diego with a 16-13 overtime victory. Rice’s phenomenal effort was the longest fourth down conversion in the NFL since Buffallo converted on 4th and 34 all the way back in 2001. San Francisco scored 21 points in just 3.52 minutes either side of half time to win an entertaining game 31-21 with the improving New Orleans Saints. 14 of those points came from two picks 6’s thrown by Drew Brees, critically throwing one with just 22 seconds remaining in the first half to level the score and completely changed the momentum of the game. As the game wore on the 49ers feared defence continued to get to Brees, pressuring him and sacking him five times. The Arizona Cardinals started rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley and he was picked off 4 times, with Janoris Jenkins returning two of them for touchdowns as the St Loius Rams overturned a 17-14 half deficit to win 31-14. The rout was lead by both Jenkins and running back Steven Jackson, who rushed for 139 yards on 24 carries. What was your game of the week?