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NFL roundup: Eagles win late as Pats crush Jets’ hearts with last-minute TD

Jalen Hurts ran for an eight-yard touchdown with 1:20 remaining, and the Philadelphia Eagles rallied past the Indianapolis Colts 17-16 on Sunday.

Coming off their first loss of the season, the Eagles (9-1) trailed 13-3 in the fourth quarter. Hurts threw for a touchdown early in the period to get Philly within three.

The third-year quarterback was 18 of 25 with 190 yards through the air and rushed 16 times for 86 yards as the Eagles won their seventh straight road game.

Indianapolis (4-6-1) never trailed until Hurts’ scoring run. Interim coach Jeff Saturday evened his record at 1-1 since taking over for the fired Frank Reich.

Hurts did it all, routinely burning the Colts for big runs. And on third-and-goal from the eight-yard line, he found a seam in the middle and sprinted across the goal line for the decisive score. Indy had a chance for a game-winning drive, but it stalled before the Colts could get to midfield and they turned it over on downs.

New York Jets 3–10 New England Patriots

Marcus Jones returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown with five seconds remaining and the New England Patriots outlasted the stunned New York Jets.

It was the third straight win for the Patriots (6-4) and their 14th straight over New York. They also denied the Jets (6-4) a chance to move into first place in the AFC East this late in the season for the first time since 2010. Instead, New York dropped to last place. The Jets haven’t won in Foxborough since the 2010 playoffs when they knocked out the Patriots in the divisional round.

The Patriots moved the ball well at times, with Mac Jones completing 23 of 27 passes for 246 yards. But they were only 4 of 15 on third down and had only one field goal with Nick Folk missing two attempts despite getting inside the Jets 30 three times. New York sacked Jones six times, but managed only 103 yards on offense. Zach Wilson was just 9 of 22 for 77 yards, and Braden Mann punted 10 times.

Cleveland Browns 23–31 Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen threw a go-ahead, five-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs late in the first half and Buffalo beat the Cleveland Browns after the NFL moved the Bills’ home game to Detroit due to several feet of snow blanketing western New York.

The Bills (7-3) avoided blowing a third straight halftime lead by scoring on all five of their possessions in the second half and doing a better job protecting the ball. Cleveland (3-7) rallied within eight points, setting up an onside kick in the final seconds that Bills receiver Gabe Davis failed to grab and running back Taiwan Jones knocked out of bounds.

Detroit Lions 31-18 New York Giants

Jamaal Williams ran for a career-high three touchdowns and the Detroit Lions stunned the New York Giants, posting consecutive roads wins and their first three-game winning streak since November 2017.

The Lions’ much-maligned run defense shut down NFL leading rusher Saquon Barkley and forced three turnovers on a cold, blustery afternoon at MetLife Stadium. Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, the No 2 overall pick in the draft in April, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble to help set up 14 points. Jared Goff and the Lions’ offense didn’t have a turnover for the second straight game.

Carolina Panthers 3-13 Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson ran for a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the Baltimore Ravens forced three late Carolina turnovers as they ground out victory. The AFC North-leading Ravens (7-3) won their fourth straight despite being stuck in neutral offensively for much of the game. Jackson threw for 209 yards with an interception and Demarcus Robinson caught nine passes for 128 yards, but that was about all that was working for either team offensively on a chilly, windy day in Baltimore.

Chicago Bears 24–27 Atlanta Falcons

Younghoe Koo’s 53-yard field goal gave Atlanta the lead with less than two minutes to play and the Falcons overcame another impressive game from Chicago’s Justin Fields.

Fields ran for 85 yards with a touchdown, but the Bears suffered their fourth consecutive loss. Chicago (3-8) have lost six of seven. Marcus Mariota ran and threw for touchdowns for Atlanta (5-6), who pulled within one-half game of NFC-leading Tampa Bay on the Buccaneers’ bye week.

Los Angeles Rams 20-27 New Orleans Saints

Andy Dalton passed for three touchdowns, Mathew Stafford left the field to be evaluated for a concussion in the second half and the New Orleans Saints defeated the reeling Los Angeles Rams.

Stafford’s departure from the game came two days after he’d been cleared to return from the NFL’s concussion protocol. He appeared to hit his head on the Superdome turf during a third-quarter possession and was subsequently sacked before walking down the tunnel toward the locker room. The defending champion Rams (3-7), have now lost four straight.

Washington Commanders 23–10 Houston Texans

Taylor Heinicke threw for 191 yards, Kendall Fuller returned an interception for a touchdown, and the Washington Commanders rolled to victory over the hapless Houston Texans.

Heinicke, who started a fifth straight game for the injured Carson Wentz, had another solid performance to help the Commanders (6-5) build on last week’s victory over Philadelphia and win their fifth of six. Davis Mills threw two interceptions and Houston mustered a season-low 148 yards of offense as the Texans (1-8-1) lost their fifth straight and remained the NFL’s only one-win team.

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