Published October 28, 2014
Minneapolis, MN – Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Colt McCoy led a game-winning field goal drive in overtime in his first start since 2011 as the Washington Redskins went into AT&T Stadium and stunned the Dallas Cowboys, 20-17, on Monday night. McCoy, who began the season third on Washington's depth chart behind Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, relieved the turnover-prone Cousins last week and led a come-from-behind victory over Tennessee. With Griffin still recovering from an ankle injury, McCoy was given his first start since Dec. 8, 2011, when he was with the Browns. McCoy completed 25-of-30 passes for 299 yards and ran for a touchdown, as Washington (3-5) won its second straight with the former University of Texas star under center. Alfred Morris helped his quarterback with 73 yards and a touchdown on the ground, and DeSean Jackson made six catches for 136 yards. Jackson went over the 100-yard mark for the fourth time in the last six games. The Redskins won the coin toss and started overtime with a 23-yard pass from McCoy to Pierre Garcon. Later, McCoy found Jordan Reed for five yards near the left sideline to move the sticks. On the very next play from the Dallas 45, McCoy rolled to his left and lofted a pass to a well-covered Reed, who adjusted his body in mid-air and made a miraculous catch on the sideline. The drive stalled at the 22 after Reed was tackled near the line of scrimmage on 3rd-and-3, and Kai Forbath drilled a 40- yard field goal to make it 20-17. Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense had a chance to tie the game or win it with a touchdown, but Bashaud Breeland knocked down a fourth down pass intended for Dez Bryant to secure the victory. Romo, who left the game in the third quarter and spent the majority of the second half in the locker room being evaluated, returned for the final series of regulation and the lone possession in overtime.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26
Final Score: Detroit 22, Atlanta 21
London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Prater booted his second chance through the uprights as time expired and the Detroit Lions grabbed a 22-21 victory over the Atlanta Falcons to cap an incredible comeback at Wembley Stadium in London. A one-sided first half saw the Lions enter the break trailing by 21 points, but they scored a pair of touchdowns and field goals in the second half, with a failed two-point attempt leaving the team trailing by two. Getting the ball back with 1:38 to play, Matthew Stafford hit Golden Tate for 32 yards on the first snap. A 20-yard one-handed catch from Theo Riddick and 10-yard grab by Jeremy Ross got the ball down to the Atlanta 31. Prater eventually lined up for a 43-yard try with just four seconds left and missed it to the right, but a delay of game call on Detroit moved the ball back five yards and gave him one more chance. The second time, he hit the 48-yarder just inside the left upright as the much-maligned field goal unit gave the Lions a victory. Prater is Detroit's third kicker on the season as the team had let go of Nate Freese after he went 3-for-7, then Alex Henery after he went just 1- for-5, including an 0-for-3 effort in a 17-14 home loss to Buffalo in Week 5. Stafford went 24-for-47 for 325 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Tate finished with seven catches for 151 yards and a score for the Lions (6-2), who have won three straight. Matt Ryan was 20-for-27 for 228 yards with two scores and an interception for the Falcons (2-6), losers of five in a row.
Final Score: Seattle 13, Carolina 9
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Seahawks had never lost three straight games with Russell Wilson under center. After dropping consecutive games to Dallas and St. Louis, Seattle trailed late in the fourth quarter in Carolina to put that streak in jeopardy. But Wilson willed his team to a come-from-behind road victory, firing a touchdown pass to tight end Luke Willson with 47 seconds remaining to lift his Seahawks to a 13-9 win over the Panthers. The defending Super Bowl champs trailed 9-6 after Graham Gano's third field goal of the game with 4:37 to play. But the Panthers (3-4-1) left too much time on the clock for Wilson, who led a 9-play, 80-yard scoring drive. First down throws to Cooper Helfet and Kevin Norwood preceded Wilson's 14-yard scramble to midfield. Marshawn Lynch then picked up a first down on the ground, and three plays after the two-minute warning, Wilson hit his tight end for a 23-yard touchdown down the middle of the field. Cam Newton was sacked twice and threw two incompletions on Carolina's final possession.
Final Score: Cincinnati 27, Baltimore 24
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Andy Dalton's second touchdown run of the game, a 1-yard sneak on 4th-and-goal with 57 seconds remaining, lifted the Cincinnati Bengals to a thrilling 27-24 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in an important AFC North clash from Paul Brown Stadium. Dalton redeemed himself after committing a pair of fourth-quarter turnovers that led to 10 straight Baltimore points and gave the Ravens a 24-20 lead with under four minutes left. The Bengals (4-2-1) then survived a near comeback from their division rivals in the final minute to halt a three-game winless streak and move percentage points ahead of Baltimore for first place in the AFC North. The Ravens appeared to have scored a go-ahead 80-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Steve Smith with 32 seconds to go, but Smith was flagged for offensive pass interference and Baltimore (5-3) was ultimately stopped on downs. Dalton lost a fumble and threw a late interception to help trigger the Ravens' comeback from a 17-6 third-quarter deficit, but finished a sharp 21- of-28 for 266 yards. Mohamed Sanu contributed a career-high 125 yards on five catches in the pivotal win, which gave Cincinnati a tiebreaker edge on Baltimore in the division race by virtue of a season series sweep. Flacco tossed a pair of third-quarter interceptions that were converted into 10 Cincinnati points, but Lorenzo Taliaferro ran for two touchdowns during a 17-3 swing that sent the Ravens ahead before the deciding drive. Flacco completed just 17-of-34 attempts for 195 yards.
Final Score: Miami 27, Jacksonville 13
Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Louis Delmas and Brent Grimes both returned interceptions for touchdowns to highlight the Miami Dolphins' 27-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Miami (4-3) won back-to-back games for the first time this season in spite of an offense that sputtered most of the day. Lamar Miller totaled 99 yards from scrimmage, while Ryan Tannehill was held to 196 yards with a touchdown and an interception through the air. Blake Bortles was unable to build off earning his first win as a starter last week against the Browns. The rookie signal-caller completed 18-of-34 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown but turned it over three times, including two costly interceptions that directly led to 14 Miami points. Denard Robinson ran for 108 yards on 18 carries while Allen Robinson caught a late touchdown pass for the Jaguars (1-7), who trailed 10-3 at halftime despite holding a 219-56 advantage in yards.
Final Score: Kansas City 34, St. Louis 7
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jamaal Charles rushed for 73 yards with two touchdowns, and the Kansas City Chiefs' defense stood tall in a 34-7 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Alex Smith, who threw just one incompletion in the first half, finished with 226 yards on 24-of-28 passing for the Chiefs (4-3), who have won four of their last five. Kansas City, which won its sixth straight over St. Louis, totaled seven sacks in the victory. Knile Davis returned a kickoff for a touchdown and also rushed for a score. The Rams (2-5) couldn't build off of last week's emotional home win over Seattle. Austin Davis went just 15-of-25 for 160 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and the Rams' rushing unit was limited to just 84 yards.
Final Score: New England 51, Chicago 23
Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tom Brady threw touchdown passes on five of New England's first six drives as the Patriots posted a 51-23 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Brady was 30-of-35 for 354 yards in his best performance of the season. Rob Gronkowski had 149 yards on nine receptions and caught three of Brady's touchdown passes. Gronkowski left in the third quarter and didn't return due to dehydration. Brandon LaFell set career-highs with 11 receptions and 124 receiving yards and had a touchdown grab for New England (6-2), which won its fourth straight game and extended its home winning streak to 13 games. The Patriots scored three touchdowns in a 57- second span during a 31-point second quarter. Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler completed 20-of-30 passes for 227 yards with three touchdowns (two coming with the outcome already decided) and committed a pair turnovers. Matt Forte had 114 yards on 19 carries in the Bears' (3-5) fourth loss in five games.
Final Score: Buffalo 43, NY Jets 23
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Orton threw four touchdown passes and the Buffalo Bills cruised past the turnover-prone New York Jets, 43-23, on Sunday. Orton completed 10-of-17 passes for 238 yards for the Bills (5-3), who forced six turnovers. Sammy Watkins caught three passes for 157 yards and a score. Anthony Dixon carried the ball 22 times for 44 yards for Buffalo, which lost starters C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson to serious injuries last week. Geno Smith found himself on the bench after throwing three interceptions in the first quarter for the Jets (1-7). Smith completed just 2-of-8 passes before being benched for Michael Vick, who connected on 18-of-36 passes for 153 yards and an interception. Vick also lost two fumbles. Percy Harvin caught three passes for 22 yards and carried the ball four times for 28 yards in his Jets debut. Harvin was traded to New York from Seattle on Oct. 17 for a conditional draft pick.
Final Score: Minnesota 19, Tampa Bay 13 (OT)
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Barr returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown in overtime to lift the Minnesota Vikings over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 19-13, on Sunday. After his team blew a 10-0 lead in the fourth quarter, Vikings kicker Blair Walsh made a 38-yard field goal as time expired in regulation to tie the game at 13. On the first play of overtime, Austin Seferian-Jenkins fumbled the ball and Barr raced 27 yards the other way for the game-winning score. Teddy Bridgewater completed 24-of-42 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (3-5), who snapped a three-game skid. Jerick McKinnon carried the ball 16 times for 83 yards and Cordarrelle Patterson caught six passes for 86 yards. Mike Glennon connected on 19-of-28 passes for 171 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Bucs (1-6), who have lost three in a row.
Final Score: Houston 30, Tennessee 16
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Arian Foster finished with three total touchdowns to lead the Houston Texans to a 30-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Foster rushed for a 151 yards and two scores on 20 carries and added a receiving touchdown for the Texans (4-4), who snapped a three-game skid. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 19-of-35 passes for 227 yards and a score, and DeAndre Hopkins had a game-high 95 receiving yards on five catches in the win. Rookie Zach Mettenberger threw for 299 yards and a pair of touchdowns with an interception on 27-of-41 efficiency in his first career start. Delanie Walker and Justin Hunter each caught a score for Tennessee (2-6), which dropped its second straight game heading into its bye week.
Final Score: Arizona 24, Philadelphia 20
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles played down to the wire, and it was a rookie who made the biggest play. John Brown hauled in a 75-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer with 1:21 to play and the Cardinals held off one last Eagles drive to survive a 24-20 thriller on Sunday. A matchup between two of the four remaining one-loss teams lived up to its billing, and an unlikely hero emerged in Brown. The third-round pick out of unknown Pittsburg State caught Nate Allen peaking into the backfield on 3rd-and-5 from the Arizona 25 and sprinted past the safety before making a terrific over-the-shoulder grab. The speedster was tracked down near the goal line but not before crossing the plane. Nick Foles led the Eagles down to the Arizona 16 in the final seconds and took three shots at the end zone that all fell incomplete. His last pass to Jordan Matthews was caught, but the rookie receiver was well out of bounds in the left corner of the end zone. Arizona (6-1) is off to its best start since winning its first seven games in 1974. Palmer finished with 329 yards and two touchdowns through the air, with most of his focus going to Brown and Larry Fitzgerald, who caught seven passes for 160 yards and a score. Brown logged five catches for 119 yards. Foles had a busy day for the Eagles (5-2), passing for 411 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions on 36-of-62 attempts.
Final Score: Cleveland 23, Oakland 13
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian Hoyer shook off a poor performance from a week ago to lead the Cleveland Browns to a 23-13 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Hoyer, who converted just 16-of-41 passes in a loss to lowly Jacksonville last week, was an efficient 19-of-28 for 275 yards with one touchdown against the Raiders. It wasn't all that great of a performance by the Browns offense, though, as the rushing attack of Ben Tate, Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell managed only 39 yards on 25 carries. Cleveland (4-3) has won three of its last four. Derek Carr passed for a career-high 328 yards on 34-for-54 passing with a touchdown for Oakland (0-7), which has now dropped 13 straight games dating back to last season.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 51, Indianapolis 34
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - With a legacy-defining streak on the line, Ben Roethlisberger rose to the occasion and played the best football of his career. Roethlisberger carved up a good Indianapolis defense for 522 yards and six touchdowns and became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to win 100 of his first 150 career starts in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 51-34 victory over the Colts on Sunday. Roethlisberger completed 40-of-49 passes to nine different receivers and matched Boomer Esiason for the fourth- most passing yards in a single game in league history. He finished just 32 yards shy of Norm Van Brocklin's NFL record of 554, which was set back in 1951. He also set the Steelers franchise mark for passing yards and touchdowns. Antonio Brown was once again Roethlisberger's favorite target, reeling in 10 passes for 133 yards and a pair of scores. Heath Miller had seven grabs for 112 and a touchdown, Martavis Bryant went for 83 yards and two touchdowns and Markus Wheaton found the end zone for the first time in his career. Le'Veon Bell also gained 148 yards from scrimmage for the Steelers (5-3), winners in three of their last four games. Roethlisberger's career day overshadowed Andrew Luck's second career 400-yard passing game. Luck completed 26-of-45 for 400 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. T.Y. Hilton made six catches for 155 and a touchdown as the Colts (5-3) saw their five-game win streak come to an end.
Final Score: New Orleans 44, Green Bay 23
New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Rodgers helped the Green Bay Packers erase the memories of a poor start by guiding them to four straight wins. Now Drew Brees is hoping to do the same for the New Orleans Saints. Brees tossed three touchdown passes and the Saints pulled away in the second half for a 44-23 win over the Packers on Sunday night. The game was tied 16-16 at halftime, but New Orleans intercepted the red-hot Rodgers twice over an 11-attempt span in the final 30 minutes after he hadn't tallied one in 213 throws en route to breaking the game open. Rodgers had thrown for 977 yards and 13 touchdowns without an interception during the winning streak. Brees completed all 11 of his passes in the second half and finished 27-of-32 for 311 yards. Mark Ingram carried the ball 24 times for 172 yards and a touchdown and Brandin Cooks caught six passes for 94 yards and a score and added a 4-yard TD run for the Saints (3-4), who squandered a fourth-quarter lead for the third time this year in last week's 24-23 loss at Detroit. Despite the poor start, New Orleans can take sole possession of first place in the NFC South with a win over Carolina on Thursday night in Charlotte. Jimmy Graham hauled in all five of his receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown in the second half in the triumph. Rodgers threw for 208 of his 418 yards in the first quarter, completing 28-of-39 passes overall with a touchdown for Green Bay (5-3), which fell a game behind Detroit for first place in the NFC North. Randall Cobb posted five catches for 126 yards and a score, while Eddie Lacy recorded eight receptions for 123 yards and added 59 yards on 13 carries in defeat.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23
Final Score: Denver 35, San Diego 21
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Peyton Manning didn't have much time to savor his latest NFL record for career touchdown passes, but he added to that record on Thursday night. Manning threw three touchdown passes to Emmanuel Sanders in the Denver Broncos' 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The reigning and five-time NFL MVP broke Brett Favre's record for most career touchdown passes in a 42-17 rout of the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. On Thursday, Manning completed 25-of-35 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns to bring his career TD total to 513. Sanders caught nine passes for 120 yards for the Broncos (6-1), who have won four in a row. Demaryius Thomas caught eight passes for 105 yards. Ronnie Hillman carried the ball 20 times for 109 yards and Juwan Thompson rushed for 24 yards and two scores on seven carries. Philip Rivers connected on 30-of-41 passes for 252 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for the Chargers (5-3), who have lost two straight since a five-game winning streak.