Week 10 of NFL presented the best candidate yet for game of the year, as Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings executed an improbable comeback to beat Josh Allen’s Buffalo Bills in overtime.
Starting Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued their resurgence overseas by suffocating the Seattle Seahawks at Germany’s Allianz Arena in Game 4 of the 2022 International Series.
Elsewhere, the Green Bay Packers edged the Dallas Cowboys in overtime in Mike McCarthy’s return to Lambeau Field. Closing things out, the San Francisco 49ers rallied to knock off the Los Angeles Chargers.
Here are the best plays from Sunday’s action!
San Francisco 49ers 22, Los Angeles Chargers 16
Justin Herbert hit DeAndre Carter for a 32-yard touchdown to put the Chargers on the board early.
Chemistry of the building
Herbert & Co. he wasted no time charging down the next drive to keep the momentum alive.
At arm’s length
Herbert pulled off some tricks to get the Chargers back into the red zone to set up another field goal and a 13-3 lead. He was later taken off the final ball of the first half to be assessed for concussion after a heavy hit.
Jimmy Garoppolo connected with wideout Brandon Aiyuk for a 24-yard catch-and-run midway through the fourth quarter. The big gain established a touchdown run by Christian McCaffrey to give the Niners a three-point lead, their first of the night.
The 49ers sealed the comeback with an interception by Talanoa Hufanga in the final minute.
Green Bay Packers 31, Dallas Cowboys 28 (OT)
The Cowboys got on the board first in this one, but Aaron Rodgers answered with a monster 58-yard touchdown run by Christian Watson to tie it up.
The Packers took the lead on Aaron Jones’ dazzling 12-yard touchdown run late in the second half.
Full throttle, no brakes
The Cowboys responded with three touchdowns, including a soft 35-yard score courtesy of CeeDee Lamb.
The Packers tied things up in the final frame, thanks to the efforts of rookie Watson, who added his third touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter to send things into overtime.
The Cowboys came up short on their first possession in overtime a questionable pass interference penaltyand the Packers sealed the deal with a field goal to secure the home win.
Arizona Cardinals 27, Los Angeles Rams 17
the Cardinals added two touchdowns in the second quarter to jump out to a 17-3 lead in the first half, including a must-win catch by AJ Green.
The Rams were never able to find a rhythm, and things got worse when Cooper Kupp suffered a apparent knee injury in the second half and left the game. The Rams lost by double digits.
Indianapolis Colts 25, Las Vegas Raiders 20
Jeff Saturday earned his first lead as an NFL coach late in the first quarter as Matt Ryan drove into the end zone on a QB sneak to cap an 11-play, 70-yard drive for Indianapolis.
After battling back and forth in the first half, the Colts took the lead in the third quarter, thanks to a 66-yard run by Jonathan Taylor.
Back to the front
The Raiders quickly answered with a perfect 48-yard touchdown reception by Davante Adams to make it a one-point game, 20-19, in the fourth quarter.
The Colts prevailed after Ryan ran for another TD and the defense clamped down in the red zone in the final seconds, giving him a win in his professional coaching debut on Saturday.
Minnesota Vikings 33, Buffalo Bills 30 (OT)
All aboard the Jet! Justin Jefferson took off on Minnesota’s first possession, picking up a 46-yard catch-and-run before making a difficult catch on a fly route for the Vikings’ first touchdown. Then, it was grilling time.
Ice in the veins
Before halftime, Allen brought his group down in a hurry, scrambling for a 25-yard gain before finding Gabe Davis in the end zone to give the Bills a 24-10 lead.
Dalvin Cook grabbed his younger brother James Cook by breaking free for a surprise 81-yard touchdown. He led the Vikings to 10 and was a treat for his family members in attendance.
This catch was pure perfection by Stefon Diggs. Unfortunately for Buffalo, he was unable to make good on his efforts, as was Allen pulled into the end zone by Patrick Peterson.
However, the dam was a sight to behold.
Oh! My. GOSH!
Jefferson had rare air on a crucial fourth-and-18 play, rising to make an absolutely stunning one-handed catch to keep the Vikings’ last drive alive.
The Vikings drove to the 1-yard line, but on fourth down, Cousins was stopped just short of the goal line on a QB sneak. A crucial stop by Buffalo’s front seven gave them possession at the 1-yard line with just under 50 seconds remaining.
Just when it seemed impossible for Minnesota, Allen fumbled the first snap of Buffalo’s drive on a sneak attempt, which Eric Kendricks quickly pounced on for a tide-turning touchdown. The wild turnover silenced the Buffalo home crowd and put the Vikings ahead 30-27 with 41 seconds to play.
The Bills marched down the field, aided by another great catch by Davisto kick a field goal to force overtime.
When it mattered most, Minnesota’s defense had another massive lead. Peterson, the former First-Team All-Pro, intercepted Allen in the end zone for the second time, sealing the victory for the Vikings.
Miami Dolphins 39, Cleveland Browns 17
The Browns found pay dirt in just four plays, capping their first drive with a Jacoby Brissett to Harrison Bryant dart.
Answering the call
Miami responded by driving 84 yards in 10 plays. Tua Tagovailoa froze the Browns defense on the final touchdown throw, finding Alec Ingold, who took care of the rest.
New York Giants 24, Houston Texans 16
Danny you say
The Giants QB was money on New York’s first possession, going 4-for-4 for 62 yards, and a first touchdown to Lawrence Cager.
After missing his closest defender, Darius Slayton used his blockers and took off on a 54-yard touchdown run, putting NY up 14-3.
Kansas City Chiefs 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 17
Hop, jump for six
Did you think Kadarius Toney hadn’t scored before Sunday’s game? The Chiefs rookie was visibly excited to record the first of his career, helping KC take a 7-0 lead.
Right on the money
Patrick Mahomes continued his dominance in the second quarter, leading the Chiefs for another score. This time, he scored on a dime off Marquez Valdés-Scantling to put KC up 14-0.
1, 2, 3, 4
It was only a matter of time before Travis Kelce got his name in the touchdown column, right? Mahomes connected on his favorite red zone target fourth game score
Lay it all out
This amazing diving catch by Christian Kirk didn’t affect the final score, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.
Pittsburgh Steelers 20, New Orleans Saints 10
Flex your muscles
George Pickens showed his power on a short drive into the red zone, putting Pittsburgh up 7-0 in the first.
The color is red
Andy Dalton was spectacular in the first half. The “Red Rifle” was 12-for-16 for 129 yards and a touchdown through two quarters, throwing a beautiful pass to Juwan Johnson to tie the game with seconds left in the half.
Change the possession arrow
Late in the scrimmage, Pittsburgh’s Levi Wallace channeled his inside receiver to scoop up a tough Dalton interception, sealing the victory for Pittsburgh.
Detroit Lions 31, Chicago Bears 30
Despite parting ways with TJ Hockenson, Detroit wasn’t without players at tight end. Brock Wright broke free in the red zone for the Lions’ first score, making it 10-3 in the second quarter.
Playing in the fields
We don’t know how Justin Fields made something out of nothing on that touchdown play for Chicago, but his deft escape act brought Chicago even with Detroit at 10 a piece just before halftime.
Fields can run and fields can throw. He showed off his big arm on a deep kick to Cole Kmet and finished the long throw and catch to put the Bears up 24-10.
Softly and quickly
After D’Andre Swift led his team to seven in a quick call from nine gardensthe Lions’ defense helped tie the score after a huge pick-six by Jeff Okudah.
Using the whole field
There are many times that Fields is the best athlete on the field. He showed why teams fear his running ability by breaking free for a 61-yard touchdown on the ground. And we could have sworn we saw sparks under his feet as he passed the pylon.
Tennessee Titans 17, Denver Broncos 10
It’s firsts day in the NFL, and another young player jumped into the end zone for his first career score on Sunday. His name: Jalen Virgil, and you can bet he won’t soon forget that amazing 61-yard home run.
That stellar footwork from Nick Westbrook-Ikhine helped Tennessee pull within three, 10-7 just before halftime.
Slide the flea
The Titans set up some deception to take the lead in the third as Ryan Tannehill found Westbrook-Ikhine once again on a gorgeous 63-yard connection.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21, Seattle Seahawks 16
What is “GOAT” in German?
The Bucs struck first when Tom Brady hit Julio Jones with a 31-yard touchdown pass. It was an easy catch and run for Jones to give Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead.
The Bucs looked energized in Munich as Leonard Fournette ran in for a 1-yard score to make it 14-0. His score capped an impressive 86-yard drive. The score remained at the break.
The Seahawks took … who?
The Bucs tried a dazzle play, but Tariq Woolen intercepted Fournette’s pass to Brady. Yes, you read that right.
brady the man
Brady continued to carve up Seattle’s defense, throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin to put Tampa Bay up 21-3 early in the fourth quarter.
Showing some life
Geno Smith responded after his fumble, throwing a 21-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett as the Seahawks cut the Bucs’ lead to 21-9.
Late in the quarter, the Seahawks forced Brady into his first interception in 399 attempts, taking advantage of the outing with a Smith’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Goodwin, in a fourth down no less.
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