Highlights of Sunday's National Football League games
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[September 12, 2016]
Sept 11 (The Sports Xchange)
Chiefs 33, Chargers 27 (overtime)
Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith scored on 2-yard run five minutes
into overtime to give the Chiefs a remarkable 33-27 come-from-behind
home victory over the San Diego Chargers.
Kansas City trailed 21-3 at halftime, but scored three touchdowns
and a field goal in the second half. The Chiefs won the overtime
coin toss and drove 70 yards on 10 plays before Smith ran right,
dropped his head and blasted into the end zone.
It was a remarkable turnaround for the Chiefs after they fell behind
by 18 points in the first half. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers
sliced and diced the Chiefs defense producing touchdowns on three of
four possessions over the first 30 minutes.
Raiders 35, Saints 34
Derek Carr threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts and a
2-point conversion pass to Michael Crabtree with 47 seconds left as
the Oakland Raiders defeated the New Orleans Saints 35-34.
The Saints had a chance to win on the final play, but Wil Lutz's
61-yard field-goal attempts was wide left.
Carr led the Raiders to 22 fourth-quarter points, upstaging Drew
Brees' 14th 400-yard passing game, which tied Peyton Manning for an
Carr completed 24 of 38 passes for 319 yards and a touchdown and
Brees completed 28 of 42 for 423 and four touchdowns.
Eagles 29, Browns 10
The Carson Wentz era got off to a rousing start as the rookie
quarterback led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 29-10 victory over the
Wentz, the second overall pick in April's NFL draft, completed 22 of
37 passes for 278 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions as he
outplayed Browns QB Robert Griffin III.
The Browns had that No. 2 overall selection before they traded it to
the Eagles, as they apparently didn't think Wentz was worth that
high a pick. And Wentz's statistics would have been even more
impressive on Sunday, but at least five of his passes were dropped.
Packers 27, Jaguars 23
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke out of an early rut to throw two
touchdowns and run for another as the Green Bay Packers staved off a
late Jacksonville Jaguars' rally for a 27-23 win.
The Jaguars had a shot to pull off the upset when quarterback Blake
Bortles led his offense to Green Bay's 14-yard line with 23 seconds
remaining before a short pass to receiver Allen Hurns on
fourth-and-1 ended the team's last gasp.
Bengals 23, Jets 22
Mike Nugent kicked a 47-yard field goal with 54 seconds remaining as
the Cincinnati Bengals edged the New York Jets 23-22.
Wide receiver A.J. Green had 12 catches, on 13 targets, for 180
yards and one touchdown for the Bengals. Despite being sacked seven
times, quarterback Andy Dalton was 23 of 30 for 366 yards.
Colts 13, Bills 7
Quarterback Joe Flacco appeared fully recovered from last year's
season-ending knee injury and helped the Baltimore Ravens escape
with a 13-7 home victory over the Buffalo Bills.
Flacco dealt with pressure all afternoon and was sacked four times.
He completed 23 of 34 passes for 258 yards with a touchdown.
The Bills led the league in rushing last season, but managed just 65
yards on the ground.
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Texans 23, Bears 14
Brock Osweiler had a memorable debut as the Houston Texans claimed a
23-14 win over the Chicago Bears.
Osweiler, a free-agent signee previously with the Broncos, completed
22 of 35 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. His 18-yard
scoring pass to rookie Will Fuller with 12:44 remaining in the
fourth quarter provided the Texans the lead for good.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler passed for 216 yards and a touchdown
but was harassed throughout the second half by the Texans defensive
Vikings 25, Titans 16
The Minnesota Vikings rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit to stop
the Tennessee Titans 25-16.
Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson was stifled all day but the
Vikings turned to defense and their kicking game to win their first
game without quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Buccaneers 31, Falcons 24
Dirk Koetter's first season as Buccaneers coach got off to a good
start as Tampa Bay defeated the NFC South-rival Atlanta Falcons
Jameis Winston threw four touchdown passes to prevail in a passing
duel with his opposite number Matt Ryan.
Giants 20, Cowboys 19
Eli Manning threw three touchdowns to lead the New York Giants past
the Dallas Cowboys 20-19.
Manning's final scoring pass -- a 3-yarder to Victor Cruz in the
fourth quarter -- proved to be the difference in the first of two
meetings between the NFC East rivals.
Dallas had won five consecutive games over the Giants, including a
nail-biter in the opening game of the 2015 season.
The Cowboys have lost 15 of the past 16 games in which starting
quarterback Tony Romo was not available.
Seahawks 12, Dolphins 10
Russell Wilson connected with wide receiver Doug Baldwin on a 2-yard
touchdown pass with 31 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as
the Seattle Seahawks rallied for a 12-10 win over Miami, spoiling
Adam Gase's debut as the Dolphins' head coach.
After Miami scored the go-ahead touchdown with just over four
minutes remaining, Wilson engineered a 14-play, 75-yard drive that
included two fourth-down conversions.
Lions 39, Colts 35
Matt Prater's 43-yard field goal with four seconds remaining, and
then a safety on the ensuing kickoff, gave the Detroit Lions a wild
39-35 victory against the Indianapolis Colts.
Prater redeemed himself after missing a crucial extra point after a
Detroit touchdown with 4:04 remaining. The Lions led 34-28 at that
Indianapolis took a 35-34 lead with 37 seconds to go on Andrew
Luck's 6-yard touchdown pass to Jack Doyle and Adam Vinatieri's
But Matthew Stafford completed four passes for 50 yards, and then
Prater nailed the game-winner.
(Editing by Andrew Both)
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