This week on “NFL Turning Point”, we go inside two of the best games of season – the overtime thriller between the Steelers and Cowboys, and the near-miraculous comeback by the Patriots against the 49ers. We also take an up close look at a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year – the Texans J.J. Watt. Be sure to tune in to “NFL Turning Point”, tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
The Steelers No. 1-ranked pass defense had gone eight straight games without allowing an opposing quarterback to throw for more than 200 yards. But a red-hot Tony Romo ended that streak with a 341-yard passing day, the most against Pittsburgh all season. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger helped the Steelers erase a 10-0 deficit and build a 24-17 4th-quarter lead. But one play became the Turning Point that sent Pittsburgh to its fourth loss in five games, and put Dallas in a three-way tie atop the NFC East.
New England has been close to unbeatable this time of year. The Patriots hadn’t lost a December game in Foxborough since 2002. What’s more, beginning in 2010, the Patriots had won 21 straight games in the second half of a season. So how were the 49ers, led by young quarterback Colin Kaepernick, able to jump to a stunning 31-3 lead? And how was Tom Brady able to bring his team all the way back to tie the game? We’ll examine all the big moments in this big showdown, including the Turning Point that eventually helped the 49ers hang on for the win.
Defensive end J.J. Watt helped the Texans clinch the AFC South with a win Sunday over the Colts. We’ll take a look at Watt’s stellar season, as his 19 ½ sacks put him just three behind Michael Strahan’s single-season record.
Also, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison join Dan Patrick to break down the improvement of Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, as Seattle prepares to host the 49ers on Sunday night.