Bleacher Report's Week 14 NFL Highlight Tape

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IDecember 10, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 09:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs for a touchdown during their game against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Just when you thought you had a handle on the NFL hierarchy, Week 14 happened. 

Contenders turned into pretenders, and teams you didn't think still had a pulse came out swinging. 

Bleacher Report has all the biggest plays on one page for your viewing pleasure, so please enjoy our Week 14 highlight reel. 

Jamaal Charles Turns on the Afterburners

The Kansas City Chiefs struck first in their clash against the Cleveland Browns. 

Charles took the first play from scrimmage 80 yards to pay dirt, going the entire way without being touched a single time by a Browns defender. 

Excellent blocking up front gave him a full head of steam as he hit the second level, and then Charles did the rest all on his own. 

It was a thing of beauty, but unfortunately, it was the last time the Chiefs would score in this game. 

Travis Benjamin Puts the Browns Up For Good

After the Browns responded to Charles' huge touchdown run with a field goal, their defense forced a punt on the next Chiefs drive. 

Benjamin then took the punt 93 yards for a touchdown—the longest punt return for touchdown in franchise history. 

The Browns never looked back, and Benjamin's phenomenal return seemed to suck the life out of the Chiefs.

Cam Newton Breaks the Atlanta Falcons Defense

The Carolina Panthers shocked the Falcons in Week 4, winning by a score of 30-20, and the game wasn't even that close.

The Panthers went up by a score of 23-0 before the Falcons ever sniffed the end zone, and Newton's phenomenal 72-yard touchdown run in the third quarter essentially sealed the outcome.

Newton didn't do it all on his own, though. Wide receiver Steve Smith blocked two or three guys at the end of the play down by the goal line to ensure his quarterback got in. 

Kirk Cousins Keeps the Redskins Rolling

The Washington Redskins beat the Baltimore Ravens in overtime this weekend, and they had to finish the game without Robert Griffin III, who suffered a painful knee injury late in the fourth quarter. 

No matter.

Fellow rookie Cousins stepped in and led the 'Skins to an impressive overtime victory, throwing a touchdown to pull to within two points and then running in the two-point conversion to tie the game.

Jason Avant Reaches Up to the Heavens 

This play needs no explanation. 

Just watch and be amazed. 

Nick Foles Hits Jeremy Maclin for the Game-Winner

The Philadelphia Eagles were dominated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for most of the game on Sunday. Then, Foles sparked a comeback with less than four minutes, engineering two touchdown drives to win the game.

His one-yard strike to Maclin as time expired was on the money—thrown where only his receiver could catch the ball. It was also the dagger in the heart of the Bucs playoff hopes.

Adrian Peterson Buries the Chicago Bears

The Minnesota Vikings shocked the Bears in Week 14, winning at home by a score of 21-14. 

Peterson was the catalyst for the team's success on offense, and he logged his seventh 100-plus-yard game in a row.

Peterson finished with 154 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries—including a 51-yard "All-Day" special—and the Vikings kept their playoff hopes alive for at least one more week. 

Ryan Tannehill and Anthony Fasano Make Sweet, Sweet Music 

The Miami Dolphins lost to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, but Tannehill and Fasano combined for one of the most gorgeous plays in Week 14. 

Midway through the fourth quarter, with the outcome still in question, Tannehill found Fasano deep in the left corner of the end zone. Fasano stretched out to make a beautiful one-handed catch, getting one knee in bounds before getting pushed out by Donte Whitner. 

You can't defend this play. 

Colin Kaepernick Seals the Victory with a 50-yard TD Run

Only minutes after Tannehill and Fasano's duet, Kaepernick put the finishing touches on a solid outing for the 49ers.

He had only rushed the ball two times for three yards before this run—an easy 50-yard touchdown scamper set up by the effective running game of the 49ers running backs all game long. 

The Dolphins went to tackle Frank Gore and forgot that Kaepernick can do it himself. 

Marshawn Lynch Dominates the Cardinals

Adrian Peterson wasn't the only elite running back to have a monster game in Week 14. 

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals within an inch of their lives, winning by a score of 58-0, and Lynch ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries.

He was a hot knife, and the Cardinals defense was butter.

David Wilson Fuels the Giants Blowout Over the Saints

Wilson had a career game on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, rushing for 100 yards with two touchdowns and returning four kickoffs for 227 yards and one touchdown. 

His monster performance sparked a massive 52-27 victory for the Giants. 

Here is his 93-yard touchdown return for your viewing pleasure. 

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