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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass as Houston Texans’ Tavierre Thomas (4) looks on in the second half of an NFL football game in Houston on Nov. 26.Eric Gay/The Associated Press
JAGUARS 24, TEXANS 21
HOUSTON (AP) – Trevor Lawrence threw for 364 yards and a touchdown, and AFC South-leading Jacksonville beat division rival Houston when Matt Ammendola’s 58-yard field goal attempt bounced off the crossbar with 34 seconds left.
The Jaguars (8-3) avenged their 37-17 home loss to Houston (6-5) in Week 3 and created some separation at the top of the division.
C.J. Stroud, the second overall pick in the draft, thew for 304 yards and two touchdowns as Houston’s three-game winning streak was snapped. He has 3,268 yards passing this season to move past Justin Herbert (3,224) for most in NFL history by a rookie in his first 11 games.
With Jacksonville clinging to a 24-21 lead, the Texans got a stop but couldn’t move the ball. They settled for the long field goal attempt on fourth-and-12 instead of giving Stroud and their offence one more shot.
Lawrence threw a 1-yard TD pass to Calvin Ridley and connected with Ridley for the 2-point conversion to put the Texans ahead 21-14 midway through the third quarter.
EAGLES 37, BILLS 34 (OT)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Jalen Hurts scored the winning touchdown on a quarterback draw with 2:37 left in overtime, and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Buffalo Bills 37-34 on a cold, rainy Sunday.
Hurts threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more, and he outdueled Buffalo’s Josh Allen while rallying the Eagles from a 17-7 halftime deficit for the second straight game.
Philadelphia’s Jake Elliott tied the game with a 59-yard field goal with 20 seconds remaining. After the Bills went ahead with a field goal on the first possession of OT, Hurts ran virtually untouched for the 12-yard score that made the Eagles the only 10-1 team in the NFL.
Allen threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two scores for the Bills (6-6), who are in danger of missing the playoffs after winning the AFC East the past three years. But he was intercepted in the fourth quarter by James Bradbury, setting up Hurts’ 29-yard TD pass to Olamide Zaccheaus for a 28-24 Philly lead.
Hurts finished 18 of 31 for 200 yards with an interception in a matchup of two of the NFL’s most dynamic QBs. He had 14 carries for 65 yards.
RAVENS 20, CHARGERS 10
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) – Rookie Zay Flowers had a touchdown catch and ran for a game-sealing score late in the fourth quarter and Baltimore’s defence forced four turnovers to beat Los Angeles.
Lamar Jackson threw for 177 yards and ran for 39 on 11 carries, becoming the fourth quarterback in NFL history to exceed 5,000 rushing yards – and the fastest by far to do it. Jackson has played 82 games, 22 fewer than it took Michael Vick to top 5,000.
The Chargers largely bottled up Jackson and the Ravens’ offence in the second half, but Flowers put the game away when he took an end-around on third-and-2 and dashed for a 37-yard touchdown with 1:36 left.
Baltimore (9-3) heads into its bye week one-half game ahead of Kansas City, Jacksonville and Miami for the best record in the AFC.
Justin Herbert was 29 of 44 for 217 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Chargers (4-7), who have lost three straight and are last in the AFC West. Keenan Allen had 14 receptions for 106 yards.
STEELERS 16, BENGALS 10
CINCINNATI (AP) – Kenny Pickett threw for a season-high 278 yards and Pittsburgh found new life on offence days after firing offensive co-ordinator Matt Canada, beating Joe Burrow-less Cincinnati.
The Steelers (7-4) totalled 421 yards, snapping a streak of 58 games without gaining 400 yards. Pat Freiermuth had a career-high 120 yards receiving as the Steelers, led by interim offensive co-ordinator Eddie Faulkner, outgained their opponent for the first time this season.
Chris Boswell kicked two fourth-quarter field goals to keep the Bengals at bay. Cincinnati (5-6) got a field goal from Evan McPherson just before the two-minute warning, but the Steelers recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
Bengals backup Jake Browning threw a touchdown pass in his first start but had trouble keeping the chains moving. He finished 19 for 26 for 227 yards and threw an interception in the red zone.
BRONCOS 29, BROWNS 12
DENVER (AP) – Russell Wilson accounted for two touchdowns and Denver’s defence produced three more take-aways and a safety to beat injury-riddled Cleveland.
With their fifth consecutive victory, the Broncos (6-5) moved above .500 for the first time under coach Sean Payton.
The Browns (7-4) missed out on a chance to match their best start since 1999 and they lost several starters to injury, including rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (head) in his first road start. Also hurt were Myles Garrett (hand/wrist), Amari Cooper (rib) and Jordan Elliott (ankle).
Denver’s defence has now collected a whopping 15 take-aways in the Broncos’ last four games – their best four-game stretch since 1989.
Wilson threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Adam Trautman after defensive tackle D.J. Jones recovered a fumbled reverse at the Cleveland 20-yard line early in the fourth quarter, pushing the Broncos’ lead to 24-12.
FALCONS 24, SAINTS 15
ATLANTA (AP) – Desmond Ridder overcame two interceptions by throwing a touchdown pass to Bijan Robinson in the fourth quarter, and Atlanta beat New Orleans to move into a tie for first place in the woeful NFC South.
The Saints (5-6) were limited by injury problems at wide receiver after losing Chris Olave (concussion) and Rashid Shaheed (thigh). New Orleans still outgained the Falcons 444-397 as Derek Carr passed for 304 yards but had to settle for five field goals by Blake Grupe.
The Falcons (5-6) snapped a three-game skid as Robinson ran for 91 yards with a touchdown.
Jessie Bates had a 92-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter, and he forced a fumble in the third quarter with a hit on Taysom Hill. Albert Higgins recovered the ball at the Atlanta 5.
Ridder completed 13 of 21 passes for 168 yards with one touchdown and the two picks.
KANSAS CITY 31, RAIDERS 17
Patrick Mahomes passed for 298 yards and two touchdowns, and Kansas City ended its three-game second-half scoring drought to rally past the Las Vegas Raiders 31-17 on Sunday.
Kansas City (8-3) fell behind 14-0 in the second quarter but tied it by halftime and pulled away after that. Isiah Pacheco rushed for two touchdowns, and Rashee Rice caught eight passes for 107 yards and a TD.
Josh Jacobs rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders (5-7), ending a 12-game streak in which KC did not allow a 100-yard rusher.
The NFL’s reigning rushing champion also broke 1,000 yards from scrimmage this season to become the only player to reach that mark each year since 2019. He joined Hall of Famer Marcus Allen as the only Raiders backs to accomplish that in their first five seasons.
Las Vegas’s Aidan O’Connell passed for 248 yards and a touchdown.
KC has held 11 consecutive opponents to 24 or fewer points, just three off the team record. It shut down the Raiders in the second half, holding them to 113 yards after Las Vegas picked up 245 in the first two quarters.
COLTS 27, BUCCANEERS 20
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Jonathan Taylor ran for two scores, quarterback Gardner Minshew also had a rushing TD and Indianapolis beat Tampa Bay.
The Colts (6-5) won their third straight and climbed above .500 for the first time since the end of September with their second home victory of the season.
The two-time defending NFC South champion Bucs (4-7) have lost four straight road games and six of seven overall.
Indy gashed the Tampa Bay run defence for 155 yards and 5.7 yards per carry. Taylor had 15 carries for 91 yards and his first multiple-score game of the season. Zack Moss ran eight times for 55 yards.
The Colts took control early and never allowed the Bucs to completely recover after Baker Mayfield injured his right ankle on the game’s opening series. Mayfield was intercepted by Ronnie Harrison Jr. on the Bucs’ next possession, setting up Taylor’s first TD run.
Mayfield was 20 of 30 for 199 yards with two TDs, one pick and a game-sealing lost fumble.
GIANTS 10, PATRIOTS 7
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Xavier McKinney’s interception set up Randy Bullock’s go-ahead 42-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter, and New York beat New England to win consecutive games for the first time this season.
The Giants (4-8) had three interceptions of New England’s woeful pair of quarterbacks. The Patriots (2-9) still had a chance to win in the final minute, but coach Bill Belichick played for a tie and Chad Ryland was wide left on a 35-yard field goal attempt with 3 seconds left.
Tommy DeVito threw a touchdown pass and didn’t have a turnover for New York (4-8).
Rhamondre Stevenson, who rushed for 98 yards on 21 carries, scored on a 7-yard run for New England at the start of the second half after Bailey Zappe took over at QB for Mac Jones, as he has several times this season.
Zappe finished 9 of 14 for 54 yards and an interception. Jones was 12 of 21 for 89 yards and two picks.
RAMS 37, CARDINALS 14
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Matthew Stafford threw a season-high four touchdown passes, two each to Tyler Higbee and Kyren Williams, Los Angeles rolled past Arizona.
Williams had a huge game in his return from an ankle injury, running for 143 yards and catching six passes for 61 yards, including touchdowns of 15 and 3 yards. Los Angeles scored 30 unanswered points after falling behind 8-7 in the first quarter.
The Rams (5-6) won their second straight game overall and their ninth straight against NFC West rival Arizona.
Kyler Murray completed 27 of 45 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown for Arizona (2-9) in his third game since returning from an ACL tear in his right knee. He also ran for a score.
The Cardinals have lost eight of nine.
TITANS 17, PANTHERS 10
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Derrick Henry ran for two touchdowns and 76 yards as Tennessee beat Carolina to snap a three-game skid.
The Titans (4-7) improved to 4-0 at home this season after playing at Nissan Stadium just once over the past seven weeks.
Arden Key had a sack and forced fumble recovered by two-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, who also had one of four sacks by Tennessee. Denico Autry had two, the second of which came two plays before the Titans forced the Panthers to turn the ball over on downs with 1:55 left.
Tennessee never trailed. Rookie quarterback Will Levis threw for 185 yards and was sacked only once.
Carolina (1-10) started a three-game road swing by losing its fourth straight. No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young threw for 194 yards as the Panthers controlled the ball for much of the second half, but only came away with one touchdown.
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