In Denver – Running back C.J. Anderson dashed 48 yards on the Denver’s first overtime possession to give his team a victory and hand New England its first loss of the season.
Quarterback Brock Osweiler, starting his second game for Peyton Manning in as many weeks, threw a four-year touchdown pass to Andre Caldwell with 1:09 left in regulation to give the Broncos a short-lived 24-21 lead. The Patriots sent the game to overtime when Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 47-yard field goal with four seconds to play. QUOTABLE: “I’m not 2-0, this team is 2-0 the past two weeks,” Osweiler said.
In Seattle – Russell Wilson’s career-best day proved better than a record-setting performance by Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for 465 yards, the most ever against Seattle.
Wilson threw a career-high five touchdown passes, including two of touchdowns to Doug Baldwin in the final 8:12, and Seattle held on for a wild win over Pittsburgh. Wilson threw three touchdowns to Baldwin, including an 80-yard catch-and-run score with 2:01 left after Pittsburgh had trimmed Seattle’s lead to 32-30. The win came at a price. The Seahawks lost tight end Jimmy Graham for the season to a patellar tendon tear.. QUOTABLE: “We’re going to miss the heck out of him the rest of the season,” Seattle coach Peter Carroll said of Graham.
In Cincinnati – Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes – two of them to A.J. Green – and Cincinnati (9-2) emerged from its brief skid with an effort reminiscent of its perfect first half of the season, beating St. Louis (4-7).
After dropping two close prime-time games, the Bengals had three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. The 31 points equaled the second-most against St. Louis this season. QUOTABLE: “They’re not always going to be like this, but it’s nice to kind of control the game, especially the way we did,” Dalton said.
In Atlanta – Adrian Peterson ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and Minnesota intercepted Matt Ryan twice and Atlanta, which started 5-0, lost its fourth game in a row.
Bouncing back from a 30-13 loss to Green Bay, Minnesota (8-3) jumped ahead on Peterson’s 1-yard run in the opening quarter, and clinched it when he got loose on a 35-yard run with 4:15 remaining in the game. Peterson, held to 45 yards in last week’s loss to Green Bay, shredded the Falcons (6-5) for his sixth 100-yard game of the season. QUOTABLE: “It starts with me,” Ryan said. “I’ve got to know when to throw the ball away, cut my losses, and take the field goal.”
In East Rutherford, N.J. – The last time Ryan Fitzpatrick trimmed his beard, he threw for six touchdown passes in leading Houston to victory in 2014. The recently shorn Fitzpatrick wasn’t quite as prolific this time for New York (6-5), connecting for just four scores in a rout of Miami (4-7).
It was Fitzpatrick’s best performance since joining the Jets this year, and was punctuated by Brandon Marshall’s most impressive outing in green. The receiver had nine receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns. QUOTABLE: “It was just a little long,” Fitzpatrick said of his beard. “I miss it.” Wide receiver Eric Decker added, “We’ll pitch in for a weekly trim.” And Marshall insisted that “the beard should never come back.”
In Indianapolis – Indy’s golden oldies keep producing hits. Matt Hasselbeck threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns and Adam Vinatieri made four more field goals, leading Indianapolis (6-5) over Tampa Bay (5-6).
The 40-year-old Hasselbeck improved to 4-0 this season by producing his first 300-yard game in four years and outplaying the youngest starting quarterback in the NFL, Tampa Bay rookie Jameis Winston (who will turn 22 in January). QUOTABLE: “He’s not playing like he’s 40,” said T.Y. Hilton, who caught six passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. “He’s out there having fun, making sure guys are in the right spot and letting us make plays.”
In Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City was mostly written off after it began the season 1-5. Five wins later, the Chiefs have scribbled their name in the middle of the AFC playoff picture.
Alex Smith threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, Spencer Ware ran for 114 yards and a score, and the Chiefs (6-5) beat Buffalo (5-6) in a matchup teams in the thick of the wild-card race. QUOTABLE: “We’re not really worried about all that,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of the playoffs. “We just got over .500, think about that. All that stuff, if you keep knocking out the fundamentals and techniques, you don’t worry about that other stuff.”
In Landover, Md. – Kirk Cousins connected with DeSean Jackson for a 63-yard touchdown pass and scored on a fourth-down quarterback sneak, Washington (5-6) intercepted Eli Manning three times, and the Redskins held on to beat New York, pulling into a tie for first place in the NFC East.
New York (5-6) trailed 20-0 before making things interesting as Manning threw fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 40 yards to Rueben Randle and 21 yards to Odell Beckham Jr., who made a fantastic diving catch, corralling the ball with his left hand while parallel to the ground. QUOTABLE: “We’re just in the driver’s seat right now,” Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher said. “We’ve just got to continue winning games and driving the car – right into the playoffs.”
In Houston – New Orleans (4-7) didn’t score a touchdown for the first time since 2005, snapping a streak of 155 games and Drew Brees’ streak of games with a touchdown pass ended at 45.
Brian Hoyer threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns and Houston’s defense stifled Drew Brees and New Orleans in the victory. The Texans (6-5) have won four games in a row. QUOTABLE: “It’s disappointing to lose a game like that, and it’s definitely disappointing not to score a touchdown,” Saints coach Sean Payton said.
In Jacksonville, Fla. – All San Diego needed to end a six-game losing streak was another cross-country trip to Jacksonville.
Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes, two to Antonio Gates, and the Chargers beat the Jaguars (4-7) for their first victory in nearly two months.
San Diego (3-8) ended its last six-game losing streak in Jacksonville. The Chargers had lost six in a row in 2011 before traveling to Jacksonville and beating the Jaguars 38-14. QUOTABLE: “I don’t know from a coach’s perspective what you tell a guy that does that, ‘Quit being an idiot?’ I don’t know. I’ve never done that in my life, and I did it twice today,” Jaguards quarterback Blake Bortles said after he was twice penalized for throwing a pass after he crossed the line of scrimmage.
Compiled by Jeff Caraska from The Associated Press