Week 11 of NFL The season continued Sunday with a slew of must-win matchups, closing things out with the Kansas City Chiefs pulling out a last-minute win against the Los Angeles Chargers on the road.
Earlier, the Dallas Cowboys dominated the Minnesota Vikings, the Las Vegas Raiders topped the Denver Broncos in overtime and the Detroit Lions stunned the New York Giants. Elsewhere, the Philadelphia Eagles bounced back against the Indianapolis Colts, while the Buffalo Bills topped the Cleveland Browns.
Here are the best plays from Sunday’s action!
Kansas City Chiefs 30, Los Angeles Chargers 27
Justin Herbert found Joshua Palmer for a monster 50-yard touchdown to put the Chargers on the board early.
Mike Williams, who returned to the Chargers lineup Sunday for the first time since Week 7, came up big for the home team with a jaw-dropping catch on third down.
Chiefs tight end Jody Fortson hauled in 40 yards on this throw from Patrick Mahomes…
… which set up a Travis Kelce touchdown that gave KC a 13-10 lead early in the second quarter.
Kelce was relentless in the second half, sticking it out another great landing to put the Chiefs ahead 23-20.
Kelce wasn’t the only one who piled up scores in this one. Palmer added his second touchdown of the night late in the fourth quarter to put the Chargers back in front with less than two minutes remaining.
For the victory!
However, the Chargers lead was short-lived as Kelce came up with one last hour score for KC, followed by a game-sealing interception with seconds to spare.
Cincinnati Bengals 37, Pittsburgh Steelers 30
After the two teams traded field goals early in the first quarter, Joe Burrow hit Samaje Perine for a 29-yard touchdown to give the Bengals the lead.
Jumping for joy
Najee Harris capped things off with a 19-yard touchdown run, complete with a leap into the end zone.
Perine recorded his second rushing score in the second quarter to give Cincinnati the lead, 17-10.
Rookie to rookie
Rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett connected with freshman wide receiver George Pickens for a dazzling 24-yard touchdown run to tie things up again late in the second frame.
Game changing games
The Bengals charged down just before halftime to try and pull ahead. Tee Higgins had an incredible catch, but landed hard on his hip after the fact. Two plays later, Burrow was picked near midfield.
Then TJ Watt made a big interception near the Cincinnati red zone that was too good to be believed, leading to a field goal for the Steelers to make it a one-point game, 24- 23, at the end of the third quarter.
Pickens threw another perfect pass to easily move the Steelers late in the game.
Perine got his third score of the game in the fourth inning, sparking Pittsburgh’s defense as the Bengals held off the Steelers.
Dallas Cowboys 40, Minnesota Vikings 3
Kirk Cousins was sacked by Micah Parsons and fumbled on the Vikings’ opening drive. The turnover allowed Ezekiel Elliott to hit a 1-yard touchdown on the ensuing Cowboys drive, good for the early lead.
Second quarter increase
Tony Pollard returned with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Dak Prescott to extend Dallas’ lead in the second quarter.
Pollard added a 68-yard touchdown in the third as the Cowboys cruised to a dominant victory over the Vikings.
Las Vegas Raiders 22, Denver Broncos 16 (OT)
The Broncos took the lead in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown by Latavius Murray, and the Raiders followed with a 31-yard touchdown run by Davante Adams in the second quarter to keep things close.
The two teams traded five field goals before things headed to overtime in Denver.
A wide open Adams hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr to seal the overtime victory for LV.
New Orleans Saints 27, Los Angeles Rams 20
The defending champion Rams have had a tough time this season, but they looked like their old selves on this 62-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Tutu Atwell.
Here you are, Mr. Robinson
Allen Robinson caught that pass from Stafford to put the Rams ahead after the Saints had pulled ahead.
New Orleans took the lead in the third quarter on a touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to Jarvis Landry, followed by Dalton throwing a beautiful pass to rookie wide receiver Chris Olave as the Saints extended their lead.
Saints’ Andy Dalton SHINES in win over Rams
Andy Dalton turned the clock around as he threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns to help the Saints to a 27-20 victory over the Rams.
Atlanta Falcons 27, Chicago Bears 24
Play on a grand scale
Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota scrambled and found rookie wide receiver Drake London in the corner of the end zone to put Atlanta ahead.
Mooney is money
Chicago charged back down the field to tie the game on this beautiful pass from Justin Fields to Darnell Mooney.
It’s the season of returns
After a soft landing run for Fields, Cordarelle Patterson returned that kickoff to the house, giving him the most kickoff returns for a touchdown in NFL history with nine.
His feet did not fail him
Fields extended that play with some nifty footwork, then set up a David Montgomery touchdown to tie the game, but it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback.
Washington Commanders 23, Houston Texans 10
Already in command
Washington took an early lead when Kendall Fuller caught a pass from Davis Mills and returned it for an easy touchdown.
Run, Curtis, run!
The Commanders added to their lead when Curtis Samuel rushed for a 10-yard touchdown.
Love the effort in defense
The Chiefs defense kept the Texans down, with an impressive effort on this interception by Mills.
STIFLE Commanders Davis Mills, Texans in dominant victory
The Chiefs held Davis Mills to two interceptions in the win over the Texans, who were held to just 148 yards in the loss.
Baltimore Ravens 13, Carolina Panthers 3
Big hands, big guy!
Panthers defensive tackle Bravvion Roy showed off his skills when he rose to intercept Lamar Jackson.
Finally, a TD
Jackson used his feet to scramble for the game’s first touchdown as the Ravens extended their lead.
Lamar Jackson leads Ravens to tough win over Panthers
Lamar Jackson threw for 209 yards and added 31 yards and a touchdown rushing in the Raven’s 13-3 win over the Panthers.
Detroit Lions 31, New York Giants 18
Danny is more than just dimes
Daniel Jones proved he’s dangerous with his legs, capping an 11-play, 75-yard drive with a run for a score, giving the Giants a 6-3 lead.
More than a sack artist
Lions rookie Aidan Hutchinson showed his all-around skills with this interception from Jones. The Lions would go on to score and take a 10-6 lead.
NY in a giant hole
Jamaal Williams rushed for three touchdowns, including this one as the Lions extended their lead.
In the end, the Giants cut into the Lions’ lead with a late score, although Graham Gano missed his second attempt after the punt in the swirling winds. But it wasn’t enough as Detroit held on for the win.
Jamaal Williams leads the Lions to a 31-18 victory
Jamaal Williams now leads the NFL in rushing scores after his 64-yard, three-TD performance helped the Detroit Lions beat the New York Giants 31-18.
Buffalo Bills 31, Cleveland Browns 23
Feel at home
The Browns didn’t seem bothered by having to move their game to Detroit, as Amari Cooper opened the scoring with this impressive touchdown catch.
Josh Allen put the Bills ahead, thanks to that string to Stefon Diggs.
At home in Detroit
Devin Singletary outran Browns defenders for a score as the Bills extended their lead.
Philadelphia Eagles 17, Indianapolis Colts 16
The Colts struck first when Jonathan Taylor entered the end zone on his first drive.
The Eagles scored their first touchdown and cut into the Colts’ lead when Jalen Hurts hit Quez Watkins on a nice crossing pattern.
It hurts a lot
The Eagles marched down the field, converting a fourth-and-two, and Hurts ran down the stretch for a score to put Philly ahead and seal the deal for the road team.
New England Patriots 10, New York Jets 3
With the teams tied with five seconds left, Marcus Jones returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown to give the Patriots the win over the Jets.
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