Sunday October 16, 2011 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26 – New Orleans Saints 20 Location – Tampa, Fl
At the time this game actually took place, it may have been hasty to consider this an upset; however, in retrospect, this was the last game of the season that the Buccaneers would win while the Saints finished 13-3 !! The Bucs took advantage of 3 Drew Brees interceptions and edged out the Saints in the 4th quarter.
Sunday October 23, 2011 Jacksonville Jaguars 12 – Baltimore Ravens 7 Location – Jacksonville, Fl
Thanks to Maurice Jones-Drew rushing for 105 yards and a game saving interception of Joe Flacco by Drew Coleman, the struggling Jags stunned the Ravens who had up to that point been dominating teams on both sides of the ball.
Sunday December 11, 2011 Arizona Cardinals 21 – San Francisco 49ers 19 Location — Tempe, AZ
Perhaps the 49ers were feeling a bit complacent on this given Sunday, knowing that they had already clinched a playoff berth; however, what made this Cardinal victory all the more surprising was the fact that John Skelton was subbing at QB for an injured Kevin Kolb and found a friend in Larry Fitzgerald, who finished the game with 149 receiving yards.
Sunday November 13, 2011 Seattle Seahawks 22 – Baltimore Ravens 17 Location – Seattle, WA
Once again the Ravens find themselves on this dubious list, as Marshawn Lynch ran for over 100 yards, and Steven Hauschka booted a career high 5 field goals, to ensure that the Seahawks came out on top of this one.
Sunday October 9, 2011 Seattle Seahawks 36 – New York Giants 25 Location – East Rutherford, NJ
With the Giants trailing late in the 4th Quarter 29-25, it looked as if QB Eli Manning was on the verge of orchestrating one of his patented late-game drives, but Charlie Whitehurst had other ideas, as he stepped in front of a Manning pass and returned it 94 yards for a touchdown; sealing the victory for the Seahawks in front of the stunned and silent Giant faithful.
Sunday December 18, 2011 Washington Redskins 23 – New York Giants 10 Location – East Rutherford, NJ
On this blustery December afternoon, the hapless Washington Redskins, who hadn’t earned a victory in weeks, came into Giants stadium and manhandled the Giants. What made this seemingly easy victory so stunning was the fact that in the previous week, the Giants had overcome a 2-score deficit with 4 minutes remaining to defeat the Cowboys in Dallas; placing themselves in the driver’s seat for the NFC East division title.
Sunday September 25, 2011 Buffalo Bills 34 – New England Patriots 31 Location – Orchard Park, NY
On a sunny and crisp autumn day, the 2-0 Bills hosted the 2-0 Patriots. So why an upset? It may have something to do with the fact that the Bills were in the midst of a 15-game losing streak to the Pats. After trailing 21-0 in the second quarter, the Bills roared back, thanks to 369 throwing yards from Ryan Fitzpatrick, a couple of timely interceptions of Tom Brady, and a last second, 28 yard field goal from Ryan Lindell to seal the deal for the now 3-0 Bills.
Sunday January 8, 2012 Denver Broncos 29 – Pittsburgh Steelers 23 Location – Denver, CO
It was “wild card” weekend as the NFL postseason had begun. “Tebowmania” was in full tilt as everyone in the nation was debating whether or not Tim Tebow was the real deal for the Denver Broncos. Despite the success that Tebow had enjoyed in the college ranks, nobody believed that this kid could actually succeed at the professional level. However, since winning over the hearts of the fans and literally stealing the job out from under Kyle Orton, Tebow had led the Broncos on the most improbable of winning streaks. And now here they were, facing the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers. Sure, the Broncos were the home team, but the Steelers were known for not caring much about those types of intangibles. The outcome of the game? Tebow threw 316 yards around the Steelers and delivered the knockout blow on the first play from scrimmage in overtime, connecting with Demaryius Thomas for an 80 yard touchdown. Thus, shocking the Steelers, and the sports world.
Sunday December 18, 2011 Kansas City Chiefs 19 – Green Bay Packers 14 Location: Kansas City, MO
In reality, the game itself was not all that exciting. However, what must be taken into consideration was the fact that the Green Bay Packers were entering the 15th week of the NFL season undefeated; and for that matter, the Packers had not lost in a game in over a calendar year. Thus, when the same Kyle Orton who lost his starting job in Denver to Tim Tebow threw for 299 yards and led the Chiefs to an improbable victory against the defending world champion Packers, everyone was stunned since the up until week 15, the Packers weren’t just been beating teams, they were breaking teams’ hearts.
Sunday January 15, 2012 New York Giants 37 – Green Bay Packers 20 Location: Green Bay, WI
The “frozen tundra of Lambeau Field” had seen more than its fair share of ice-cold January football, and teams like the Green Bay Packers, played their hearts out all season long in order to earn the advantage of playing at home in the postseason. The Giants were feeling fortunate to have just made the postseason, after finishing the regular season just 9-7. Still, something was in the air. Maybe it was the fact that Eli Manning and company had defeated the Packers at Lambeau in the NFC championship game of 2009. But the 2011 Packers were vastly different from the 2009 version. Plus, the Pack were defending world champs. The Giants seemed to be peaking at the right time, but they couldn’t really pull off a win. Right? Oh……so……WRONG. Not only did the Giants defeat the Packers, but they made it look easy. Even when the Giants were the victim of a botched call by the officials in the first half, they still managed to go into the locker room at halftime up 20-10; thanks to a hail-mary touchdown pass from Manning to Hakim Nicks. The Packers were obviously shaken by this development, as the Giants blew the Pack off the ball in the 2nd half, and never looked back in eliminating the Packers and continuing on to eventually win Super Bowl XLVI.
Thanks to NFL Upsets of 2011 for the post!