Ten wonderful, weird and wacky items from a wild weekend of football:
Bills Mafia: Snowplow Specialists
Most of the time, weathermen are unreliable and completely off with their forecasts. But, let’s give them credit where credit is due. The forecast was called to dump six feet of snow in the Buffalo area by Sunday, causing the NFL to relocate the Bills’ game to Detroit. Many turned their noses up at the decision to move the game, with past players and fans pointing out football should be an all-weather sport.
The takes were all fun and games until the photos started rolling in. By 10:45 on Saturday morning, 77 inches of snow was recorded on Buffalo’s stadium. Bills players opened their garages to leave for the airport to find several feet of snow blocking their exit. With one social media post, Bills Mafia went to the rescue with snowblowers and shovels, digging players out of their driveways. Thanks to them, all Bills players made it on time for their flight to Detroit.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) November 19, 2022
Bills OL Dion Dawkins' IG story 😳
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 19, 2022
— WxChasing- Brandon Clement (@bclemms) November 19, 2022
Important numbers are by the phone, lock up when you leave and please don’t break the tables. https://t.co/sDPwNslBlZ
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) November 17, 2022
Spartan Snowball Fight
The weekend snowstorm that buried Buffalo also hit 320 miles west in East Lansing, Michigan. While the storm didn’t hit quite as hard at Spartan Stadium, there still was plenty of snow for Michigan State fans to get into a fight.
🚨🚨 SNOWBALL FIGHT IN EAST LANSING 🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/EeVZsv8rWJ
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 19, 2022
Jimbo in Limbo
An attendance of more 90,000 was announced before Texas A&M took on UMass Saturday. Once halftime hit, there was a stampede for the exits as the Aggies only maintained a 7-point lead on the 10-loss Minutemen. Even though A&M ended up winning the game, it’s been a disappointing season to say the least. A 4-7 record isn’t exactly going to get them into the College Football Playoff, and fans are calling for the firing of head coach Jimbo Fisher. However, if they fired Fisher this season, the boosters would need to come up with a spare $86 million. Easy money.
— Kristie Rieken (@kristieAP) November 19, 2022
Saturday at Harvard Stadium was the 138th meeting of Harvard and Yale in an historic matchup known as “The Game”. Built in 1903, Harvard Stadium was the venue that set the standard for field size because it already existed when Teddy Roosevelt demanded the rules of football be reformed in 1906. The rule changes were called for to make the game safer, as players were dying from injuries sustained during play. The most notable change was the legalization of the forward pass.
𝙁𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙮 𝙞𝙨 𝙁𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧.
— Harvard Football (@HarvardFootball) November 20, 2022
Spencer Rattler is Back
South Carolina routed fifth-ranked Tennessee, 63-38, with the help of a career performance from Spencer Rattler. “Swiss cheese” could be a term used to describe Tennessee’s defense Saturday as Rattler went 30-for-37 for 438 yards and six touchdowns. The Gamecocks scored so many points the stadium ran out of fireworks. South Carolina is buzzing.
IT'S LIT IN SOUTH CAROLINA‼️
The Gamecocks celebrate their 63-38 win over No. 5 Tennessee 😤 pic.twitter.com/X3bd8pg30m
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 20, 2022
Punt Return for the Win
The lack of action in the Jets-Patriots game on Sunday would bore even the most loyal fan to sleep. Tied 3-3 with 24 seconds left in the game, the Jets executed the 16th punt of the game to Marcus Jones, who returned it for the winning touchdown. Next Gen Stats had the Patriots’ chances of winning at 51% until Jones broke free, returning the punt to the end zone with five seconds remaining. This 84-yard punt return jumped New England’s chances of winning 47.8 percentage points (from 51% to 98.8%), the most win probability added on a punt return in the Next Gen Stats era.
PUNT RETURN TD WITH 5 SECONDS LEFT! @Patriots
— NFL (@NFL) November 20, 2022
Kick Return for the Record
Cordarrelle Patterson now holds the record for the most kickoff return touchdowns in NFL history. This 103-yard return is the ninth of his career, which surpassed the eight scored by Josh Cribbs and Leon Washington.
THE KICK RETURN KING RETURNS. @ceeflashpee84
— NFL (@NFL) November 20, 2022
The 60-Yard Man
Right before halftime, Cowboys kicker Brett Maher was called on to boot a 60-yard field goal. He split the uprights, but before the snap, replay officials called for the previous CeeDee Lamb catch to be reviewed. The catch stood, and Maher had to trot back out to attempt the field goal again. Maher nailed it, giving him his fourth career make from 60-plus yards — an NFL record — in as many tries. The Cowboys rolled the Vikings, 40-3.
Why make a 60 yard field goal once when you can do it twice? 🤷
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 20, 2022
Lions are Lit
One of the best scenes of the weekend came from Detroit’s locker room. The Lions smacked the Giants, 31-18, with Jamaal Williams leading the way with three touchdowns. That’s three wins in a row for Detroit, and they are feeling the momentum.
— Kennedy Broadwell (@BroadwellK) November 20, 2022
Just Montana Things
College Football GameDay took a trip to Montana and brought a relatively unknown rivalry to center stage. Montana and Montana State play in the “Brawl of the Wild”. With the beautiful mountains in the backdrop, MSU went on to beat Montana, 55-21, clinching a share of the Big Sky championship.
You might not know much about the Montana-Montana State rivalry that dates back to 1897 and has been christened the “Brawl of the Wild.”
But for Montanans, it’s a declaration of identity. pic.twitter.com/BZrunNHauX
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 19, 2022