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The Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons have had frequent crashes in the fourth quarter recently, so it’s no surprise that their matches against each other are full of them.
In the end, the Lions won 23-22 on Matthew Stafford’s 11-yard touchdown pass to TJ Hockenson with no time left, but the win wasn’t safe until Matt Prater made a point, and he had to kick it from 15 yards further back. because of the penalty.
It looked as though Detroit might not get the ball back at all, but Todd Gurley of Atlanta scored a touchdown with 1:04 time left when the Falcons could sprint to score the winning field goal. Atlanta were 22-16 ahead, but Stafford had the ball and led the Lions to victory.
It was only part of a tight finish in the afternoon game.
– Pittsburgh beat Tennessee 27-24 in an unbeaten team fight. Stephen Gostkowski failed to score from 45 yards for the Titans in the last minute.
– Cleveland and Cincinnati trade touchdowns in the last 1:06. The Browns won 37-34 when Baker Mayfield threw a cross from 24 yards at Donovan Peoples-Jones with 11 seconds remaining.
– Buffalo never scored a touchdown but held the New York Jets 18-10 without a win.
– New Orleans beat Carolina 27-24. Joey Slye attempted 65-yard field goals at fourth and 19 for the Panthers, but his shot missed and Saints ran out 1:55 in the final.
The Tennessee Titans staged angry protests at the tent match that day.
Unbeaten Pittsburgh still lead Tennessee 27-24 unbeaten, but the Titans have reduced their lead after trailing 27-7 early in the second half.
Derrick Henry cut the lead to three with a 1-yard touchdown run with 10:13 remaining. The TD came one game after the drive was kept alive by a defending penalty in the fourth down.
Several games end in the fourth quarter: Buffalo leads the New York Jets 15-10, New Orleans is up 27-24 in Carolina, and Cincinnati leads Cleveland 27-24. Atlanta leads Detroit 14-13.
Washington is leading 25-3 in Dallas, and Cowboys midfielder Andy Dalton is being evaluated for a concussion after being hit in the third quarter.
Dallas Cowboys midfielder Andy Dalton went into the dressing room after removing his helmet at the end of a match in the third quarter against Washington.
Linebacker Jon Bostic was sent off and a 15-yard penalty was called up after he dropped his shoulder and slammed Dalton over the head.
It was the third and 10th game starting at the Cowboys’ 3-yard line.
Ben DiNucci, rookie from James Madison, replaces Dalton, who has started the Cowboys in place of the injured Dak Prescott.
Dalton 9 for 19 for 75 yards with Sunday’s interception before exiting.
Washington leads Dallas 22-3.
– Howard Fendrich reporting from Landover, Maryland.
The Buffalo Bills, who take the lead in the East AFC, are yet to reach the end zone against the winless New York Jets.
A long kickoff gave Buffalo the ball around midfield to start the second half, but the Jets forced an effort to score. Tyler Bass connected from 46 yards, but New York was still leading 10-9.
The Bills won their first four games but are now losing to Tennessee and Kansas City.
Elsewhere, Cleveland drew 17 games with Cincinnati, and Houston was the goalscorer against Green Bay. The Texans are still 21-7 behind.
The battle between the last two undefeated NFL teams turned into a defeat for Pittsburgh in Tennessee.
Ben Roethlisberger has thrown two touchdown passes to Diontae Johnson and Benny Snell Jr. also had a 1-yard TD run as the Steelers leapt to a 24-7 half-time lead against the Titans.
The Steelers had held off Derrick Henry, who came on as the leader of the NFL rush, and a Tennessee offense who came second in the league in both points and yards. Ryan Tannehill has one TD pass to Corey Davis.
It was a rare highlight for the Titans, who handed Ray-Ray McCloud’s 57-yard punt to set up Roethlisberger’s second TD pass. Then Tennessee had a bad shot on the kick, and Brett Kern’s man attempted a pass that didn’t work. But Roethlisberger was intercepted to end the half.
Pittsburgh has beaten Tennessee 228-83.
Elsewhere in the first half, the Packers rolled in their bout with Houston. Green Bay leads 21-0. Buffalo, however, struggled with the Jets without a win. New York leads 10-6.
Cincinnati led Cleveland 17-10, Atlanta led Detroit 14-10 and Washington led 22-3 over Dallas.
New Orleans led Carolina 21-17 early in the third quarter.
– Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee
Cleveland Browns lost star receiver Odell Beckham with a knee injury, but they banded together to tie the game at 10 with Cincinnati.
Beckham was injured trying to tackle after midfielder Baker Mayfield intercepted his first pass. Beckham is not expected to return to the game.
Beckham’s injury was another setback for Browns’ foul, which Austin Hooper already lost. He had his appendix removed on Friday.
Mayfield threw a 3-yard touchdown pass at Harrison Bryant to level the score in the second quarter.
With a score of 0-6, New York Jets coach Adam Gase said the team was looking for whatever could help them win.
Well, Gase decided to leave playcalling duty on offense to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains – and it looks like it helped to give the Jets a bit of a spark.
Sam Darnold, making his first start since missing two games with an AC joint sprained in his right shoulder, marched to New York on the pitch before the drive stalled in the red zone. However, Sergio Castillo scored a 29-yard field goal – his first NFL shot – to give the Jets a 3-0 lead.
New York is the last or near last in several offensive categories, and Gase said two weeks ago he would consider everything to try to initiate a foul. He maintained playcalling duties in last week’s 24-0 defeat in Miami. But, as the New York Post first reported Sunday, Loggains is calling for games to kick off the game against Buffalo.
The Jets’ second drive also came to a halt in the red zone, with La’Mical Perine crammed for losing 1 yard in fourth and 1 on Bills 18.
New York leads 3-0.
– Dennis Waszak Jr. reporting from East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham injured his left knee in the first quarter in Cincinnati.
Beckham was injured attempting a tackle after midfielder Baker Mayfield intercepted his first pass. Beckham was the intended receiver in the game, but Mayfield badly knocked him down the right.
The Browns said Beckham’s return was questionable.
Beckham revealed earlier this week that he has been dealing with a toe injury in recent weeks.
Three-time Pro Bowler had a great start to his second season with Cleveland. He came in with 23 catches for 319 yards.
Cincinnati leads Cleveland 7-0.
Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers won the pitch and used more than nine minutes to take an early lead in the AFC’s last two unbeaten team fights.
The Steelers went 75 yards in 16 games over 9:18 am, and Roethlisberger hit Diontae Johnson for an 11-yard TD that put Pittsburgh ahead of Tennessee 7-0. It was the first time the Steelers had scored a touchdown on their opening drive in 23 games.
Tennessee and Pittsburgh are both 5-0 up in this game that was rescheduled by the Titans’ COVID-19 outbreak. The Titans had the NFL’s worst defense on a third down, and the Steelers converted a third four down on a drive.
– Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee
The match between the last two unbeaten AFC teams highlighted the early game on Sunday’s NFL roster when Tennessee hosts Pittsburgh.
There are only three unbeaten teams left in the entire league. Seattle is another, and the Seahawks face a fierce battle on their own Sunday night in Arizona.
The Titans came from an overtime win over Houston, and three of their other wins were by three points or less.
Pittsburgh beat Cleveland 38-7 last weekend, but the Steelers are being tested by their schedule. Then they played in Baltimore after facing Tennessee.
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