Derek Carr threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs III with five seconds left, lifting the Las Vegas Raiders to a wild 31-28 victory over the still-winless New York Jets on Sunday.
The Jets took a 28-24 lead with 5:34 remaining on Ty Johnson’s one-yard touchdown and the defense came up with a big fourth-down stop that appeared to end New York’s agonizing wait for their first win of the season. But hey went three-and-out with a chance to seal it and Carr and the Raiders had 35 seconds left to try for what appeared an unlikely comeback. Four plays later, Carr found Ruggs streaking downfield and delivered the ball perfectly for the winning score. The Raiders (7-5) celebrated wildly, and the deflated Jets (0-12) could only imagine what could and maybe should have been.
New Orleans Saints 21–16 Atlanta Falcons
The New Orleans Saints finally gave up a touchdown but the defense stood tall at the end to preserve their ninth straight victory, 21-16 over the Atlanta Falcons.
The Saints (10-2) also clinched a playoff berth with Chicago’s loss to Detroit. Making his third straight start in place of Drew Brees, Taysom Hill threw the first two touchdown passes of his career. But his fumble deep in Atlanta territory sparked a Falcons comeback.
Cincinnati Bengals 7-19 Miami Dolphins
Tua Tagovailoa returned from a thumb injury that forced him to miss one game, throwing for a season-high 296 yards and a score to help the Miami Dolphins rally past the Cincinnati Bengals 19-7 in a game that included five ejections and a benches-clearing confrontation.
The Dolphins lost their best defender when NFL interception leader Xavien Howard was thrown out late in the first half, but they limited Cincinnati to 25 yards after halftime and finished with six sacks. Miami ranks second in the NFL in scoring defense and has allowed 10 points in the past two weeks.
Both benches emptied in fourth quarter after Cincinnati’s Mike Thomas was flagged for a foul covering a punt. There was pushing and shoving, and Bengals safety Shawn Williams and Miami receivers DeVante Parker and Mack Hollins were ejected.
Tyler Boyd turned a short pass into a 72-yard touchdown to give the Bengals a 7-0 lead, but he was later ejected following a tussle with Howard. The Dolphins (8-4) won for the seventh time in eight games to achieve their best 12-game record since 2003. The Bengals (2-9-1) lost their fourth game in a row and are assured of at least nine defeats for the fifth consecutive year.
Cleveland Browns 41-35 Tennessee Titans
Baker Mayfield tied a franchise record held by Otto Graham and the Cleveland Browns set a franchise mark with 38 first-half points Sunday in a 41-35 defeat of the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.
Mayfield completed 25 of 33 passes for 334 yards and four scores for a near-perfect passer rating of 147.0. All four touchdowns occurred in the first half, matching Graham’s feat that was originally accomplished in 1951. Cleveland (9-3) scored on all six first half possessions, and could have easily made it six touchdowns, but rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones dropped a potential scoring pass.
Jacksonville Jaguars 24-27 Minnesota Vikings
Dan Bailey kicked a 23-yard field goal with 1:49 left in overtime for Minnesota after he missed two extra points and a 51-yard try with 13 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Vikings to a 27-24 victory over Jacksonville. The Jaguars (1-11) lost their 11th straight game.
Harrison Smith set up Bailey’s redo with a diving interception at the Jacksonville 46, the fourth turnover of the game by the Jaguars. Jacksonville stayed one game ahead of the winless Jets in the overall standings, trailing New York for the top pick in the next draft.
Detroit Lions 34–30 Chicago Bears
Adrian Peterson rushed for two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 1:37 to go, and the Detroit Lions rallied for a 34-30 win over the Chicago Bears.
Peterson pushed across the goalline for a five-yard touchdown to lift the Lions to a comeback win. It was the 123rd all-purpose touchdown of his career, pulling him within two of Walter Payton and three of Jim Brown for a spot on the NFL’s top-10 list.
Matthew Stafford completed 27 of 42 passes for 402 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for Detroit (5-7). Interim head coach Darrell Bevell earned a win in his debut as the replacement for the fired Matt Patricia. David Montgomery rushed for two touchdowns for Chicago (5-7), who lost their sixth game in a row.
Indianapolis Colts 26-20 Houston Texans
Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes in the first half and the Indianapolis defense dominated in the second half, lifting the Colts to victory over the Houston Texans.
The Texans had a chance to take the lead with about 90 seconds left. They were at the Colts’ two-yard line when Deshaun Watson fumbled a low snap and Anthony Walker pounced on it to seal Indy’s win.