Patrick Mahomes had his full repertoire of side-arm throws, basketball-style push passes and underhanded flips on show whereas passing for 254 yards and three touchdowns, and Kansas Metropolis prolonged their successful streak to 9 video games with a 32-29 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
The Kansas Metropolis defence did its half to spoil Drew Brees’ return from rib fractures and a punctured lung that had saved the record-setting passer out 4 video games.
Whereas Brees handed for 234 yards and three TDs, he accomplished lower than half of his passes and was intercepted for simply the fourth time this season.
The victory saved defending Tremendous Bowl champion Kansas Metropolis (13-1) in pole place to seize the AFC’s lone playoff bye as a No. 1 seed. The Saints (10-4), in the meantime, missed an opportunity to clinch the NFC South for a second straight week and now are longshots to seize the NFC’s prime seed.
Mahomes’ scoring passes went for five yards every to Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman, the latter coming as Kansas Metropolis’s agile QB back-peddled towards the left sideline to keep away from strain and launched a throw to the again nook of the top zone, the place Hardman was capable of snag it in site visitors whereas narrowly getting two ft inbounds.
Mahomes’ second TD toss appeared extra like a basketball help, a chest-pass to tight finish Travis Kelce slicing behind blockers for a 1-yard rating.
Mahomes later used an underhanded ahead flip to Kelce for a 2-point conversion after a 12-yard landing run by Le’Veon Bell to make it 29-15 within the fourth quarter.
The Saints pulled to 29-22 when Trey Hendrickson stripped Mahomes whereas making his second sack of the sport, organising Alvin Kamara’s 14-yard rating on a brief catch and run by means of a swarm of gamers alongside the proper sideline.
Kansas Metropolis responded with a discipline purpose with 4:18 left, however Brees pulled New Orleans inside a discipline purpose together with his 17-yard scoring cross to Lil’Jordan Humphrey with 2:06 to go.
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On a third-and-Eight conversion within the first half, Mahomes darted proper to keep away from defensive sort out David Onyemata, then instantly stopped and stepped up as Jordan, in shut pursuit, stumbled previous. Mahomes then fired a cross to Sammy Watkins for a 23-yard achieve. The play prolonged the drive that culminated with Kelce’s TD.
The Saints briefly took a 15-14 lead early within the third quarter when Brees discovered Latavius Murray uncovered late in a play that gave the impression to be breaking down and the operating again scampered for a 24-yard landing.
Brees’ return acquired off to a tough begin. His first three passes fell incomplete earlier than his fourth was intercepted by L’Jarius Sneed on the New Orleans 36-yard line, organising Hill’s TD that made it 7-0.
Brees wanted greater than a full quarter to finish a cross or lead the Saints to a primary down. His first completion got here on his seventh cross. Just a few performs later, he hit Emmanuel Sanders 51 yards down the proper sideline to arrange Taysom Hill’s 1-yard TD run.
The Saints reduce it to 14-9 on the finish of the half with a security throughout a Kansas Metropolis punt return fumbled into the top zone by Demarcus Robinson. Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone tried to fall on it ultimately zone, but it surely squirted away and over the top line.
Brady rallies Buccaneers previous Falcons
Tom Brady did it once more to the Atlanta Falcons.
This time, he did not even want extra time.
Rallying Tampa Bay from a pair of 17-point deficits, Brady recreated his Tremendous Bowl miracle by main the Buccaneers on 5 straight scoring drives within the second half Sunday for a 31-27 victory over the shocked Falcons.
The stakes weren’t almost as excessive and the deficit wasn’t fairly as daunting, however Brady’s newest blow to Atlanta took the Bucs (9-5) to the brink of their first playoff berth since 2007.
It certain did not look that manner when Atlanta raced to 17-Zero by halftime, or when the Falcons (4-10) restored their margin to 24-7 after Brady lastly guided the Bucs to a landing on the primary possession of the second half.
Seems, the 43-year-old was simply getting warmed up.
He definitely had loads of expertise to fall again on when it got here to breaking Atlanta’s coronary heart.
Within the 2017 Tremendous Bowl, Brady famously led the best comeback in championship sport historical past, rallying New England from a 28-Three deficit late within the third quarter to a 34-28 extra time victory that secured his fifth of six titles with the Patriots.
Now, it seems like he’ll get a shot at one other together with his new workforce. The Bucs are on the cusp of wrapping up a wild-card berth, which is simply what Brady had in thoughts when he left snowy Massachusetts for sunny Florida.
Brady capped his newest rally with a 46-yard landing cross to Antonio Brown with 6:19 remaining. The league’s oldest participant completed 31 of 45 for 390 yards and two TDs.
Tampa Bay scored on 5 straight possessions after halftime — 4 touchdowns and a discipline purpose.
Leonard Fournette had a pair of 1-yard TD runs, Brady attached with Chris Godwin on a 4-yard scoring cross, and Ryan Succop related on a 27-yard discipline purpose.
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Matt Ryan was 34 of 49 for 356 yards and three touchdowns for the Falcons, however he did little after connecting with Hayden Hurst on a 7-yard TD throw halfway by means of the third quarter.
The Bucs instantly beginning getting strain on the Atlanta QB, who was sacked thrice— all of them credited to Devin White.
Atlanta failed to choose up a primary down on 4 of its final 5 possessions, the one exception being a drive that ended with Younghoe Koo’s 52-yard discipline purpose with 8:22 remaining, giving the Falcons a 27-24 lead.
It did not maintain up.
It by no means does in opposition to Brady, who improved to 7-Zero in opposition to the Falcons in his lengthy profession.
Seahawks clinch playoff spot in opposition to Washington
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks constructed an enormous lead, and Seattle’s instantly opportunistic defence held on Sunday to beat Washington 20-15 and clinch a playoff spot.
Wilson threw for a landing, Carlos Hyde ran 50 yards for a rating, and the Seahawks (10-4) picked off Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins twice. Shaquill Griffin and D.J. Reed every had an interception because the league’s worst passing defence performed robust till the fourth quarter.
After a Haskins-led comeback from a 20-Three deficit fell brief, Washington (6-8) had its successful streak snapped at 4 with Alex Smith out due to a calf damage. Haskins completed 38 of 55 for 295 yards, a TD cross and the 2 interceptions.
Wilson threw for 121 yards and a 10-yard TD cross to Jacob Hollister and ran for 52 on six carries. Hyde’s 50-yard TD run was Seattle’s longest speeding play of the season.
Dolphins eradicate Patriots from playoff hunt
The Miami Dolphins’ grinding floor sport despatched the New England Patriots into full retreat and out of the playoff image for the primary time in 12 years.
Undrafted rookie Salvon Ahmed and veteran Matt Breida mixed for 208 yards speeding Sunday to guide the Dolphins to a 22-12 victory over the Patriots, who have been eradicated from post-season competition.
The Dolphins entered the sport final within the league in yards per carry, and Ahmed grew to become their first 100-yard rusher since 2018, totalling 122 yards and scoring a 2-point conversion on a trick play.
Breida added 86 yards and the Dolphins totalled a season-high 250, essentially the most allowed by New England in seven years.
The Patriots (6-8) will end at .500 or worse for the primary time since 2000, the 12 months they drafted Tom Brady. Their NFL-record run of 11 consecutive playoff appearances will finish, they usually’ll fall one 12 months wanting matching the Dallas Cowboys’ NFL document of 20 consecutive successful seasons.
Buffalo clinched the AFC East title with a win Saturday.
The Dolphins (9-5) bolstered their wild-card probabilities and are assured of a successful document for less than the second time since 2008.
With their three most efficient cross catchers sitting out the sport due to accidents, the Dolphins saved it on the bottom. They have been shut out within the first half, however mounted a 14-play, 90-yard landing drive halfway by means of the second half to take the lead for good.
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa ran it in from the three on third down after he could not discover an open receiver.
The Dolphins then sprang a hook-and-ladder for the 2-point conversion, with receiver Isaiah Ford flipping a lateral to Ahmed, who bumped into the top zone untouched. That put the Dolphins forward 15-9, they usually sealed the victory by mounting a grinding 75-yard landing drive on their subsequent possession.
Ahmed grew to become the primary undrafted rookie in Dolphins historical past to hurry for 100 yards.
Cam Newton completed 17 for 27 for 209 yards, however for the second consecutive week he did not get New England into the top zone.
4 instances the Patriots settled for a discipline purpose after driving contained in the Miami 30. Nick Folks made kicks of 45, 36, 45 and 42 yards.
Ladouceur units Canadian document in Cowboys’ win
Dallas lengthy snapper L.P. Ladouceur set an NFL document for regular-season video games by a Canadian-born participant on Sunday, making his 251st sport official on a first-quarter punt. The 39-year-old Montreal native broke kicker Eddie Murray’s document of 250 video games from 1980-2000.
Tony Pollard ran for 2 touchdowns with Elliott sidelined by a calf problem he is been battling for weeks, and the Cowboys saved their slim playoff hopes alive with a 41-33 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
4 of the seven Dallas scores have been arrange by turnovers from the 49ers (5-9), who grew to become the second Tremendous Bowl runner-up prior to now 13 seasons to complete with a shedding document the subsequent 12 months.
The Cowboys (5-9) are a sport again within the NFC East with two video games remaining however should win each in opposition to Philadelphia and the New York Giants whereas Washington loses twice.
Andy Dalton threw for 2 touchdowns, and Greg Zuerlein kicked a tiebreaking discipline purpose early within the fourth quarter after the second interception by Nick Mullens, who was changed by C.J. Beathard after shedding feeling in his elbow.
Beathard dealt with the final two possessions and threw a 49-yard Hail Mary landing to Kendrick Bourne on the ultimate play.
Jeff Wilson’s 1-yard run for San Francisco tied the sport at 24 late within the third quarter on one of many Niners’ 4 TD drives of 75 yards. Rookie Brandon Aiyuk and Jordan Reed had brief TD catches to cap drives earlier within the sport.
Mullens had an opportunity to guide the 49ers to a tiebreaking rating, however security Donovan Wilson’s first profession interception put Dallas in place for the lead. After three straight incompletions, Zuerlein kicked a 46-yarder for a 27-24 lead.
Anthony Brown had the second choose of Mullens, and Pollard broke a number of tackles on a clinching 40-yard rating. Pollard, who had a 1-yard TD plunge early, completed with 69 yards. Dallas had 47 yards speeding earlier than Pollard’s lengthy TD. Elliott was dominated out earlier than the sport.
Titans roll previous Lions to remain atop AFC South
Ryan Tannehill accounted for a career-high 5 touchdowns passing and operating, and Derrick Henry ran for 147 yards and a rating to maneuver the Titans nearer to clinching their third playoff berth in 4 seasons Sunday routing the Detroit Lions 46-25.
The Titans (10-4) did their half with a second straight victory and fourth in 5 video games to remain atop the AFC South. With Indianapolis beating Houston 27-20, the Titans maintain the divisional tiebreaker over the Colts with two video games remaining.
The second straight loss after Darrell Bevell received his first as interim coach formally eradicated the Lions (5-9) from playoff competition. Quarterback Matthew Stafford shook off a rib damage to start out, throwing for 252 yards and a TD earlier than being pulled for Chase Daniel after Tennessee went up 39-18 with 9:00 left.
Tennessee grew to become the fifth workforce in NFL historical past with 5 straight video games piling up a minimum of 420 yards complete offence and 30 factors. The Titans scored a season-high with their fourth sport of a minimum of 42 factors.
Tannehill had the primary five-TD sport of his profession. He ran for 2 TDs and completed with 273 yards passing and three extra TDs, giving him a career-high 31 TD passes.
The Titans scored on each drive apart from when Tannehill was sacked ultimately zone for a security and once they knelt to expire the clock.
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Henry capped the opening drive with a 3-yard TD run, his 15th this season. That made him the fourth participant in NFL historical past to run for a minimum of 1,500 yards and 15 TDs in consecutive seasons, becoming a member of Terrell Davis (1997-98), Shaun Alexander (2004-05) and Larry Johnson (2005-06).
The Titans led 21-7 after a 75-yard TD cross from Tannehill to Corey Davis and a 17-yard TD run by Tannehill.
Romeo Okwara sacked Tannehill two performs later for the Lions’ first security in 75 video games, additionally in opposition to Tennessee on Sept. 18, 2016. Swift capped Detroit’s ensuing drive with a 2-yard run, however Matt Prater’s further level was broad left.
The Lions managed a 53-yard discipline purpose by Prater within the third, tying the NFL document held by Sebastian Janikowski together with his 58th profession kick of 50 yards or longer.
The Titans put it away with 22 factors within the fourth quarter with Tannehill’s second TD run and two extra TD passes.
Ravens dominate Jaguars, enhance playoff hopes
The Baltimore Ravens constructed a 26-point halftime lead in opposition to helpless Jacksonville and rolled to a 40-14 victory Sunday that boosted their playoff probabilities and prolonged the Jaguars’ shedding streak to 13 video games.
Lamar Jackson threw three landing passes and ran for a rating to hold the Ravens (9-5) to their third straight win following a three-game skid.
Hopeful of reaching the post-season for the third 12 months in a row Baltimore is amongst a number of AFC groups vying for 3 wild-card spots.
Ravens rookie J.Okay. Dobbins ran for 64 yards and a rating, and 32-year-old receiver Dez Bryant celebrated his first landing since 2017 late within the first half.
Jets upset Rams, snap winless streak
Sam Darnold and the New York Jets might have been forgiven for forgetting the victory formation, but all people knew the place to face once they acquired the prospect at SoFi Stadium.
After 51 weeks and 13 video games with out a win, the Jets lastly earned the prospect to have a good time with satisfaction.
The Jets (1-13) knew their 23-20 victory over the embarrassed Los Angeles Rams on Sunday was by no means fairly. All people realized it additionally got here with a significant downside: New York is not in place for the highest choose within the NFL draft.
Do not strive telling that to the joyful Jets who surged onto the sphere after the ultimate whistle with the data their names won’t be hooked up to the ignominy of the third 0-16 season in NFL historical past.
Darnold handed for 207 yards in a gentle efficiency, whereas Frank Gore rushed for a rating that was his 100th profession landing within the Jets’ first win for the reason that 2019 season finale. Gore additionally made a decisive third-down reception with 2:12 left for the Jets, who ended the longest shedding streak in franchise historical past with a robust begin and a gritty end.
Gase’s membership acquired its first win of the 12 months solely after blowing most of a 17-point lead within the second half. After a possible go-ahead landing for the Rams was worn out by a penalty, forcing LA to kick a discipline purpose, the Jets’ defence stopped the Rams once more on downs close to midfield with 3:54 to play.
With two video games left, New York might need ruined its probabilities on the No. 1 total choose as a result of Jacksonville (1-13) is prone to win a tiebreaker based mostly on energy of schedule. However probably lacking the prospect to draft Clemson star Trevor Lawrence meant nothing to the gamers and coaches answerable for this misplaced season.
The Jets led 20-Three halfway by means of the third quarter. Los Angeles chipped the deficit down to a few factors with TD catches by Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee, however the Rams (9-5) could not end.
Sam Ficken kicked three discipline objectives for the Jets, whose 32nd-ranked offence put up solely 289 yards in opposition to the NFL’s No. 1 defence — however scored sufficient factors to win.
Jared Goff handed for 209 yards for the Rams.
The Rams nonetheless can win the division if they will beat the Seahawks in Seattle subsequent week.
Colts prime Texans, retain share of AFC South lead
Philip Rivers threw a late, tiebreaking landing to Zach Pascal and the Indianapolis Colts defence recovered a fumble ultimately zone with 19 seconds left Sunday to seal a 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans.
Indy (10-4) has received three straight to retain a share of the AFC South lead with Tennessee, winners over Detroit. Houston (4-10) has misplaced three straight and 5 of six on this sequence.
This time, Pascal caught a cross within the flat, turned up the sphere and stretched his arms throughout the purpose line whereas hitting the pylon to provide Indy a 27-20 lead with 1:47 to go.
Watson answered by shifting the Texans to the Colts 21. However after discovering Keke Coutee for 14 yards on third-and-11, Colts linebacker Darius Leonard punched the ball out on the 2-yard line and Bobby Okereke beat Texans tight finish Kahale Warring to the ball because it bounced ultimately zone.
Rivers was 22 of 28 with 228 yards and two scores. Jonathan Taylor had 16 carries for 83 yards and a landing.
Watson was 33 of 41 with 373 yards and two touchdowns. Coutee had 5 catches for 53 yards and one rating earlier than the fumble, and David Johnson had 11 receptions for 106 yards.
Bears stay within the hunt with win over Vikings
David Montgomery rushed for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns because the Chicago Bears trampled Minnesota’s depleted defence and held on for a 33-27 victory on Sunday to remain within the hunt for the expanded playoffs.
The Bears (7-7), who entered the afternoon one sport behind Arizona for the brand new third wild-card spot within the NFC, by no means trailed in successful at Minnesota for a 3rd straight 12 months. Coach Matt Nagy improved to 5-1 in opposition to the Vikings (6-8), whose post-season probabilities all however vanished.
Chicago punted solely as soon as, on the opening possession. It did nearly no matter it wished with the ball till Cameron Dantzler intercepted Mitch Trubisky’s third-and-goal cross right into a crowd ultimately zone with 2:57 left and a 30-27 lead.
Dalvin Prepare dinner rushed for 132 yards and a rating.
Cairo Santos, who transformed all 4 of his kicks, stretched his streak to 22 straight discipline objectives made.
The Bears then intercepted a last-snap heave by Cousins into the top zone to drop the Vikings to 3-5 at residence this 12 months.
Cousins related with tight finish Tyler Conklin for his first profession landing catch, a 20-yard rating off a play-action rollout that pulled the Vikings inside three factors with 8:05 remaining.
Justin Jefferson had eight receptions for 104 yards and set the single-season franchise rookie document held by Randy Moss with 73 catches and counting. However regular strain on Cousins produced too many brief completions — or worse — for the Vikings to catch up.