Patrick Peterson stopped Josh Allen with 1:12 left in overtime to finally end a sloppy but exciting game between two of the NFL’s best teams, and the Minnesota Vikings completed their rally from a 17-point second-half deficit to beat the Buffalo Bills with 33-30 on Sunday.
The Vikings took advantage of two Allen turnovers and pulled ahead late in the fourth quarter when the quarterback mishandled a snap and fumbled in the end zone.
Greg Joseph put the Vikings lead to rest by hitting a 33-yard field goal with 3:42 left in overtime. The play didn’t end until Allen, facing second-and-10 at Minnesota’s 20, forced a pass over the middle intended for Gabe Davis, only to have Peterson intercept it a few yards into the end zone. He ran out and slid onto the turf to end the game.
Kirk Cousins threw for 357 yards, and Justin Jefferson had a monster game with 10 catches for 193 yards for the NFC North-leading Vikings (8-2). Minnesota rallied to win when trailing with 2 1/2 minutes or less left in regulation for the fifth time this season.
The Bills (6-3) dropped the AFC lead with their second straight loss, this one a thriller that featured several momentum-swinging plays in just the final minute of regulation.
Cleveland Browns 17-39 Miami Dolphins
Tua Tagovailoa maintained his red-hot form since returning from a concussion, throwing three touchdown passes as the Miami Dolphins won their fourth straight.
In a game that was a blowout in the fourth quarter, Tagovailoa connected with three receivers for his third straight three-touchdown game. Since returning in Week 7, Tagovailoa has 10 TD passes and no interceptions. He finished with 285 yards on 25 of 32 passing. Jeff Wilson rushed for 119 yards on 17 carries as the Dolphins (7-3) finished with 491 yards of offense against Cleveland (3-6).
Dallas Cowboys 28-31 Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes to rookie Christian Watson and led a 55-yard drive in overtime to set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning field goal, and the Green Bay Packers snapped a five-game skid with a win over former coach Mike McCarthy and Dallas Cowboys. Green Bay (4-6) seemed well on its way to losing six straight games in the same season for the first time since 1988, trailing 28-14 in the fourth quarter before Rodgers led two long drives that ended with Watson scoring.
Indianapolis Colts 25–20 Las Vegas Raiders
Matt Ryan regained his job as the Colts’ starter under TV analyst-turned-interim coach Jeff Saturday, and the veteran quarterback delivered a 35-yard touchdown pass to Parris Campbell to lead Indianapolis to victory. The touchdown with 5:07 left came shortly after the 37-year-old quarterback converted a third-and-3 with a 39-yard run to the Raiders’ 36-yard line.
Jacksonville Jaguars 17-27 Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes threw for 331 yards and four touchdowns, Kadarius Toney showed flashes of stardom in his second game for the Chiefs and Kansas City rolled to victory.
Toney, who was acquired a couple of weeks ago from the Giants, had 33 yards rushing to go with four catches for 57 yards and his first NFL touchdown reception, helping the Chiefs (7-2) win their sixth straight over the Jaguars. The win came at a cost to Kansas City: wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was placed in the concussion protocol after a helmet-to-helmet hit by Jacksonville safety Andre Cisco early in the game.
Detroit Lions 31–30 Chicago Bears
Jamaal Williams scored on a 1-yard run in the closing minutes, Jared Goff threw for 236 yards and a touchdown, and the Detroit Lions overcame another spectacular performance by Chicago’s Justin Fields. The Lions (3-6) scored 21 points in the fourth quarter en route to their second straight win after losing five in a row.
Fields ran for 147 yards and two scores, after going for 178 the previous week against Miami — the highest rushing total by an NFL quarterback in a regular-season game since at least 1940. He became the only quarterback in the Super Bowl era with multiple rushing touchdowns of 60-plus yards in the same season.
Houston Texans 16–24 New York Giants
Daniel Jones threw two touchdown passes, Saquon Barkley ran for 152 yards and a TD and the surprising New York Giants returned from their bye week with a win.
Jones, who was 13 of 17 for 197 yards, hit tight end Lawrence Cager on a nine-yard TD pass and Darius Slayton on a 54-yard catch and run as the Giants (7-2) scored on their opening possessions of each half to build a 14-3 lead.
Seattle Seahawks 16–21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady remained undefeated overseas by throwing two touchdown passes to help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Seattle Seahawks in the first regular season game played in Germany. Brady connected with Julio Jones and Chris Godwin on passes and Leonard Fournette drove in one as the Bucs (5-5) improved to .500 and snapped Seattle’s four-game winning streak.
Denver Broncos 10–17 Tennessee Titans
Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine as the Tennessee Titans rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat the Denver Broncos 17-10.
The Titans (6-3) won for the sixth time in seven games. Tannehill returned after missing the past two games with a sprained right ankle, and he appeared rusty early as the Titans fell behind 10-0 in the second quarter and trailed 208-53 in total yards just before halftime.
Denver came in rested after a bye, not that it helped as the Broncos (3-6) have now lost five of six.
The Broncos had plenty of chances but couldn’t score after the break. Russell Wilson had one last chance to tie the game, but his pass on fourth-and-8 from the Titans’ 25 was tipped and picked off by Terrance Mitchell, who dropped a would-be pick earlier, with 11 seconds left.
Arizona Cardinals 27–17 Los Angeles Rams
Colt McCoy passed for 238 yards in his first start of the season, James Conner rushed for two touchdowns and the Arizona Cardinals hung on for victory over the Los Angeles Rams, who lost Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp to a possibly serious ankle injury.
Both teams played their running backs with freshmen Matthew Stafford and Kyler Murray sidelined by injury. McCoy threw a TD pass to AJ Green and hit DeAndre Hopkins for 98 yards on 10 catches, while Los Angeles’ John Wolford passed for 212 yards in a much more inconsistent performance.
New Orleans Saints 10–20 Pittsburgh Steelers
Kenny Pickett and George Pickens ran for one-yard touchdowns and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled away from the listless New Orleans Saints.
The Steelers (3-6) held the Saints to 186 yards to win for just the second time in eight games, thanks to the return of star tight end TJ Watt. Pittsburgh sacked Andy Dalton twice and forced a pair of interceptions in the fourth quarter to dash any hopes of a late rally by the Saints (3-7).
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