The Chargers held on for a 34-24 victory at Houston on Sunday. Justin Herbert finished with 340 yards and two touchdowns while Austin Ekeler scored three times.
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Allen threw for 213 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and Jackson passed for 144 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
J.K. Dobbins scored two early touchdowns for the Ravens, but they allowed a four-yard touchdown pass from Allen to Isaiah McKenzie in the waning seconds of the first half to make it 20-10.
Buffalo controlled the third quarter and tied it on Allen’s 11-yard touchdown run.
Kansas City Chiefs 41, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31
TAMPA, Fla. — Patrick Mahomes threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns, including an electrifying jump pass to Clyde Edwards-Helaire, to lead Kansas City to victory over Tom Brady and Tampa Bay.
Playing in a packed stadium only four days after Hurricane Ian ravaged portions of Florida, Mahomes had TD throws of 16 yards to Travis Kelce, one yard to Edwards-Helaire and 10 yards to Jody Fortson while making NFL history by reaching 20,000 yards passing faster than anyone else.
Edwards-Helaire and tight end Noah Gray rushed for TDs for the Chiefs (3-1), who won the first meeting between Mahomes and Brady since Tampa Bay’s 31-9 rout of Kansas City in the Super Bowl — also played at Raymond James Stadium — two seasons ago.
The short pass to Edwards-Helaire was Mahomes at his improvisational best: He escaped two defenders, did a 360-degree spin move and flipped the ball over a crowd to the running back in the back of the end zone.
Brady completed 39 of 52 passes for 385 yards and three TDs without an interception for Tampa Bay (2-2). The Bucs, however, played from behind the whole night after rookie Rachaad White fumbled the opening kickoff and Mahomes threw his TD pass to Kelce two plays later.
Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed sacked Brady, forcing a fumble that Mahomes turned into Gray’s TD, with the tight end taking a direct snap from center on the 1-yard plunge that put Kansas City up 28-10.
Brady threw TD passes of 13 yards and 1 yard to Mike Evans, who returned from serving a one-game suspension for his role in a on-field brawl at New Orleans two weeks ago. He had eight receptions for 103 yards.
Green Bay Packers 27, New England Patriots 24 (OT)
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Mason Crosby made a 31-yard field goal as overtime expired and Green Bay beat New England.
Rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe made his debut for New England, playing the majority of the game after Brian Hoyer left with a head injury.
Zappe and the Patriots (1-3) played well enough to force overtime, but Aaron Rodgers bounced back from a dreadful first half.
Each team went three-and-out on its first overtime possession. The Packers (3-1) then marched 77 yards in a 12-play drive that lasted nearly seven minutes before Crosby made his winning kick.
Green Bay had tied the game at 24 on Rodgers’ 13-yard touchdown pass to rookie Romeo Doubs with 6:14 remaining.
Rodgers went 21 of 35 for 251 yards and two TDs, also connecting with tight end Robert Tonyan. Aaron Jones rushed for 110 yards.
Zappe was 10 of 15 for 99 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker.
Arizona Cardinals 26, Carolina Panthers 16
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kyler Murray threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns and added one rushing as Arizona overcame another lackluster first half to beat Carolina.
Murray threw TD passes of 23 yards to Marquise Brown and 2 yards to Zach Ertz and also ran for a 4-yard score. The Cardinals (2-2) held a 17-minute advantage in time of possession.
Arizona’s defense frustrated Baker Mayfield, forcing three turnovers. He had five passes batted at the line of scrimmage and repeatedly overthrew open receivers.
Carolina (1-3) led 10-3 at halftime. Arizona took its first lead in regulation this season on Matt Prater’s 39-yard field goal with 11:22 remaining.
Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, playing just four days after having his heart shocked into rhythm after going into atrial fibrillation, then deflected a pass by Mayfield that Dennis Gardeck intercepted and returned to the Carolina 5.
Two plays later, Murray scored on a designed rollout for a 20-10 lead. Murray found Brown on a corner route to push the lead to 26-10.
Las Vegas Raiders 32, Denver Broncos 23
LAS VEGAS — Josh Jacobs ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns, Amik Robertson returned a fumble 68 yards for a score and Las Vegas beat Denver.
After opening their first season under coach Josh McDaniels by losing three straight one-score games, the Raiders (1-3) did enough on the ground with their biggest rushing game in six years and on defense to hold off Russell Wilson and the Broncos (2-2).
Maxx Crosby had two of Las Vegas’ three sacks as Denver repeatedly failed to take advantage of good field position.
After getting a 5-yard TD pass from Wilson to Courtland Sutton to cap a 34-yard drive in the first quarter, the Broncos turned three other chances with prime field position into one field goal and the fumble by Melvin Gordon III that Robertson returned for the touchdown.
Wilson completed 17 of 25 passes for 237 yards and two TDs. He also ran for a 3-yard TD that cut the Raiders’ lead to 25-23 after completing a 55-yard pass to KJ Hamler.
Jacobs put it away with a 7-yard TD run with 2:01 to play.
Minnesota Vikings 28, New Orleans Saints 25
LONDON — Greg Joseph kicked a 47-yard field goal with 24 seconds left and Minnesota hung on to beat New Orleans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when Wil Lutz’s 61-yard tying attempt hit the left upright and then the crossbar as time expired.
Justin Jefferson beat Marshon Lattimore on a 39-yard reception to set up Joseph’s go-ahead kick — after the kicker had missed an extra point earlier in the quarter, leaving the Vikings with a 25-22 lead.
The Saints (1-3) then had an eight-play drive and Lutz made a 60-yard field goal with 1:51 left to tie the score. But Lutz’s next attempt was just a little bit off as New Orleans dropped its third straight.
Jefferson had 10 receptions for 147 yards and ran for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter for the Vikings (3-1).
Minnesota squandered multiple scoring chances, settling for field goals — Joseph was five for five — but still held off a New Orleans team that played without quarterback Jameis Winston and running back Alvin Kamara.
Kirk Cousins completed 25 of 38 passes for 273 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Vikings under first-year coach Kevin O’Connell are off to their best start since going 4-0 in 2016.
New York Jets 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 20
PITTSBURGH — Breece Hall ran for a two-yard touchdown with 16 seconds remaining and New York beat Pittsburgh, which got a spark after rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett relieved the ineffective Mitch Trubisky.
The Jets (2-2) won at Pittsburgh for the second time in franchise history. Zach Wilson, making his season debut, led New York down the field late after the second of Pickett’s three interceptions with 3:42 to go.
Wilson took the Jets 65 yards in 10 plays, the last when Hall churned across the goal line.
Wilson finished 18 of 36 for 252 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He also became the first quarterback in Jets history to catch a touchdown when he hauled in a two-yard pass from Braxton Berrios in the second quarter.
The Jets were up 10-6 at the half when the Steelers inserted Pickett, who became the first quarterback in NFL history to run for a pair of touchdowns in his debut. The second was a two-yard scramble that gave the Steelers (1-3) a 20-10 lead with 13:41 remaining.
Wilson responded with a five-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis that drew the Jets within 20-17 with 7:35 to go.
Pickett drove the Steelers into New York territory, but his throw to Pat Freiermuth was high and late and was picked off by a diving Michael Carter II.
Pickett finished 10 of 13 for 120 yards. His last interception was a Hail Mary attempt on the final play.
A spectator at Sunday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets died following a fall at Acrisure Stadium.
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New York Giants 20, Chicago Bears 12
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Daniel Jones ran for two touchdowns before injuring an ankle, and Saquon Barkley had 146 yards rushing and ran the wildcat offense at times after both New York quarterbacks were hurt in a win over Chicago.
Jones scored on runs of 21 and eight yards, New York rushed for 262 yards and Graham Gano kicked field goals of 44 and 43 yards as the Giants improved to 3-1 under rookie coach Brian Daboll. It’s their best start since 2011, when they won the Super Bowl.
Michael Badgley kicked four field goals for the Bears (2-2) while filling in for Cairo Santos, who missed the game for personal reasons.
Jones and backup Tyrod Taylor were injured a roughly 10-minute span in the second half. Jones (eight of 13 for 71 yards and 68 yards rushing) injured an ankle when he was sacked by Jaquan Brisker late the third quarter. Taylor went into the concussion protocol after scrambling for a first down with 8:35 to go.
Jones finished the series that Gano ended with a 44-yarder for a 17-12 lead and Barkley ran the direct-snap offense that Gano finished with his 43 yarder with 5:34 to go.
Chicago’s Justin Fields was 10 of 21 for 163 yards, ran for 52 yards and was sacked five times.
Philadelphia Eagles 29, Jacksonville Jaguars 21
PHILADELPHIA — Miles Sanders ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns, Jalen Hurts threw for 204 yards and ran for a score, and Philadelphia beat Jacksonville and former coach Doug Pederson.
Trevor Lawrence threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns to Jamal Agnew. Lawrence was strip-sacked on the final drive of the game, sealing the win for the Eagles. It was one of four lost fumbles for the second-year quarterback.
The Eagles (4-0) shook off an abysmal start — Hurts had a pass intercepted by Andre Cisco and returned 59 yards for a TD. Lawrence hit Agnew from 4 yards out to give the Jaguars (2-2) a 14-0 first-quarter lead.
Hurts then ran virtually untouched up the middle, took a crushing hit at the goal line and powered through for a 20-yard touchdown. It was his fourth rushing TD of the season. Sanders tied it on a 10-yard TD run.
A fumble by Lawrence late in the second quarter set up Kenneth Gainwell’s 10-yard rushing TD that put the Eagles ahead for good.
Seattle Seahawks 48, Detroit Lions 45
DETROIT — Geno Smith threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score in the first half, and Seattle held off Detroit.
Smith finished 23 of 30 for 320 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown pass to Will Dissly and a two-yard pass to Noah Fant. The veteran quarterback ran seven times for 49 yards, including an eight-yard score on his second drive.
The Seahawks (2-2) were stopped on a third down late in the third quarter, but the Ford Field play clock wasn’t set properly. Seattle took advantage of the second chance as Rashaad Penny ran 36 yards for a touchdown on third and 16, opening a 38-23 lead.
T.J. Hockenson had eight receptions and set career highs with 179 yards receiving and two touchdowns, the second of which helped the Lions (1-3) pull within three with 5:26 remaining.
Smith picked apart Detroit on the ensuing drive, which ended with Penny’s 41-yard touchdown run on third and five. Penny finished with 151 yards rushing in 17 carries.
Jared Goff’s fourth touchdown pass went to Justin Jackson with 1:06 left, cutting the deficit to three once again. Seattle then recovered the onside kick.
Smith’s favorite target was DK Metcalf, who had seven catches for 149 yards.
Goff was 26 of 39 for 378 yards with four touchdowns and an interception that Tariq Woolen returned 40 yards for a touchdown. Jamaal Williams ran 19 times for 108 yards and two scores.
Dallas Cowboys 25, Washington Commanders 10
ARLINGTON, Texas — Cooper Rush won again filling in for Dak Prescott, throwing a touchdown pass to Michael Gallup in the receiver’s 2022 debut as Dallas beat Washington.
Rush also had a touchdown toss to new No. 1 receiver CeeDee Lamb while improving to 4-0 in his career as a starter.
He’s led the Cowboys (3-1) to three straight wins since Prescott fractured the thumb on his throwing hand in the season-opening loss to Tampa Bay.
The Commanders (1-3) lost their third straight. Washington had several promising drives stalled by penalties, and flags also wiped out interceptions by Benjamin St.-Juste and Kamren Curl.
Dallas’ defense has held its first four opponents to 19 or fewer points for the first time since 1973.
Washington’s Carson Wentz was flagged for intentional grounding twice a week after being sacked nine times. He had two passes intercepted, the second all but clinching the Dallas victory in the fourth quarter.
Atlanta Falcons 23, Cleveland Browns 20
ATLANTA — Dee Alford intercepted Jacoby Brissett’s pass with less than a minute remaining and Atlanta held on to beat Cleveland.
The Falcons (2-2) spoiled the Georgia homecoming of Cleveland’s Nick Chubb, who ran for 118 yards and a touchdown with his high school team watching.
Younghoe Koo’s 45-yard field goal, his third of the game, with 2:28 remaining gave the Falcons the lead.
The Browns (2-2) moved past the 50 but on third and 23, Alford picked off Brissett’s pass intended for David Bell.
The Falcons leaned on a balanced running attack led by rookie Tyler Allgeier, who had 10 carries for 84 yards. Caleb Huntley and Cordarrelle Patterson each ran for touchdowns.
Atlanta’s Marcus Mariota passed for only 139 yards with an interception.
Tennessee Titans 24, Indianapolis Colts 17
INDIANAPOLIS — Derrick Henry rushed for a season-high 114 yards and a touchdown and Tennessee’s defense held up late to beat Indianapolis.
Tennessee (2-2) has won a franchise-record four straight in the series and improved to 11-2 against AFC South opponents since 2020. The Titans scored no second-half points for the second consecutive week. Henry topped 100 yards in the first half as Tennessee took a 24-3 lead.
Indianapolis (1-2-1) has one win in its past six games and blew late three scoring chances.
Matt Ryan threw two second-half touchdown passes to Mo Alie-Cox. But a sack knocked Indianapolis out of field-goal range on the final play of the third quarter, Jonathan Taylor lost a fumble on the Colts’ next series and Chase McLaughlin missed a 51-yard field goal with 1:58 to play.