Baker Mayfield threw two touchdown passes, Myles Garrett scored his first career TD and the Cleveland Browns stayed in the thick of the playoff race, surviving Baltimore’s late comeback for a 24-22 win on Sunday over the Ravens, who lost superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson with an ankle injury.
Healthier than he’s been in weeks following Cleveland’s bye, Mayfield connected with Jarvis Landry and Austin Hooper on first-half scores as the Browns (7-6) bounced back and beat the Ravens (8-5) after losing to them 15 days ago.
Of course it helped that Jackson went out with a sprained right ankle sustained on the first play of the second quarter and didn’t return. The former NFL MVP was unable to put any weight on the ankle, a frightening and concerning sight for the AFC North-leading Ravens, who have been overrun by injuries this season. Jackson was replaced by backup Tyler Huntley. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Jackson will undergo further tests on Monday.
The Ravens lacked the offensive explosiveness Jackson provides, and Huntley spent much of the second half scrambling from trouble. However he kept Baltimore close and the Ravens, who trailed 24-6 at half, pulled within 24-22 on Huntley’s eight-yard TD pass to Mark Andrews with 1:17 to go. Baltimore then recovered an onside kick, but couldn’t convert on fourth-and-6 as Browns cornerback Denzel Ward tackled receiver Rashod Bateman well short of the marker.
Buffalo Bills 27-33 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (OT)
Tom Brady tossed a 58-yard touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman with 5:31 remaining in overtime to lift the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory over the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to forge a tie before they went three-and-out on their first possession of overtime. Brady threw his second touchdown pass of the day with a soft toss over the middle to Perriman, whose lone catch of the day sent the Buccaneers (10-3) to their fourth straight victory. Buffalo’s Josh Allen completed 36 of 54 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 109 yards – including an 18-yard touchdown – for the Bills (7-6), who have lost five of their past eight games.
Chicago Bears 30–45 Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers continued their serene progress to the NFC North title with victory over the Bears on Sunday Night Football. The Bears led after the first-half, thanks in part to Jakeem Grant’s 97-yard punt return TD. But the Packers (10-3) accelerated away from the stumbling Bears (4-9) after the break.
Las Vegas Raiders 9–48 Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes threw his first two touchdown passes in nearly a month, Clyde Edwards-Helaire added two more scores on the ground, and the Kansas City Chiefs forced five turnovers in rolling to a record-setting victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. Derek Gore’s 51-yard TD run with 7:19 left in the fourth quarter allowed Kansas City (9-4) to eclipse the largest margin of victory in a series that began in 1960 and has been played 126 times. The previous record was 35 points in 1964.
San Francisco 49ers 26–23 Cincinatti Bengals (OT)
Jimmy Garoppolo threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Aiyuk and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime. Garoppolo completed five passes in the overtime drive, including a pair to tight end George Kittle, who was again San Francisco’s offensive star. On the final play, Aiyuk dove to the pylon and was initially ruled short, but a replay gave him the touchdown and San Francisco (7-6) a critical win. Evan McPherson hit a 41-yard field goal in the opening possession of overtime to give the Bengals (7-6) a brief lead, their first of the day.
Dallas Cowboys 27–20 Washington
Micah Parsons sacked Taylor Heinicke twice and forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown, helping the Dallas Cowboys make good on coach Mike McCarthy’s guarantee by holding on to beat Washington 27-20 and snap their rival’s winning streak at four.
Dallas led 24-0 and 27-8 before Kyle Allen replaced Heinicke and led a 73-yard TD drive and Cole Holcomb intercepted Dak Prescott and ran it back for a pick-6. Washington’s comeback bid came to an end when Allen fumbled with 2:24 remaining. The Cowboys staked themselves to such a big lead thanks to a big first-half showing by their defense. Dallas forced four turnovers and had five sacks.
New York Giants 21–37 Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert threw for three touchdowns and the Los Angeles Chargers won consecutive games for the first time since early October.
Dustin Hopkins added three field goals for the Chargers, who improved to 8-5 and are a game behind the Kansas City Chiefs going into Thursday night’s pivotal AFC West matchup. Herbert also reached a trio of milestones in the win. He is the first player to reach 30 touchdown passes in his first two seasons; has the most completions by a player through his first two seasons (734); and is the second-fastest player to reach 8,000 career yards (28 games).
Detroit Lions 10–38 Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos honored the memory of Demaryius Thomas with tributes, decals and a 38-10 walloping of the Detroit Lions.
Running backs Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon each scored a pair of touchdowns and Dre’Mont Jones had a monster game that included two sacks of Jared Goff. Several Broncos arrived at the stadium wearing No 88 jerseys and kicker Brandon McManus wore custom cleats featuring Thomas’ famous mile-wide smile. The retired receiver died at his Georgia home on Thursday at age 33.
New Orleans Saints 30–9 New York Jets
Alvin Kamara ran for 120 yards and a touchdown in his return from a four-game absence, and the New Orleans Saints snapped a five-game losing streak with victory over the New York Jets.
Taysom Hill ran for two scores and shook off a banged-up finger on his throwing hand to pass for 175 yards for the Saints (6-7), whose skid was their longest since Sean Payton took over as coach in 2006. Brett Maher added three field goals and the defense stifled Zach Wilson and New York’s short-handed offense as the Jets (3-10) were eliminated from playoff contention. They have missed the postseason 11 straight years, tying the franchise’s longest drought set from 1970-80. It is also the longest active skid in the NFL.
Seattle Seahawks 33–13 Houston Texans
Russell Wilson threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns and the Seattle Seahawks won consecutive games for the first time this season with a 33-13 victory over the Houston Texans.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll earned his 150th regular-season win a week after the Seahawks (5-8) beat San Francisco 30-23. He did it in front of a sparse crowd that appeared to have more Seattle fans than Houston followers. Neon green shirts peppered the stands and chants of ‘Seahawks, Seahawks,’ echoed through the stadium throughout the game.
Jacksonville Jaguars 0–20 Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans (9-4) were on the other side of a turnover-fest Sunday, getting four interceptions that helped them beat woeful Jacksonville (2-11) for their first home shutout in more than two decades. Rashaan Evans, Jayon Brown, Kristian Fulton and Buster Skrine picked off passes from rookie Trevor Lawrence, who hadn’t thrown multiple interceptions in a game since his NFL debut.
Carolina Panthers 21-29 Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan threw for 190 yards and a touchdown, Mykal Walker returned an interception of Cam Newton 66 yards for a touchdown and the Atlanta Falcons continued to play well on the road. Cordarrelle Patterson ran for 58 yards and a touchdown for the Falcons (6-7), who improved to 6-2 away from Mercedes-Benz Stadium and kept their playoff hopes alive.