The Miami Dolphins defense stopped Josh Allen and the Bills late at the goal line, then held again after punter Thomas Morstead bizarrely kicked the ball off a teammate and wide for safety in a 21-19 win over Buffalo on Sunday .
Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins improved to 3-0 in an AFC East thriller that ended with Allen and the Bills trying to hit the ball near midfield and time for their chance at a long-range, successful field goal expired .
Tagovailoa left the game briefly in the second quarter and returned after halftime, although he appeared disoriented from a head injury. Allen was also possibly injured and went to the x-ray room after the game. He had his throwing hand checked by coaches late.
Miami took the lead with about 10 minutes left and scored a touchdown to make it 21-17, and the Bills suffered their first deficit of the season. Despite being fired and flagged for unnecessary roughness on the next drive, Allen drove Buffalo down the field with a 17-minute drive that reflected how the Bills offense worked all game. The Miami defense held, however, nearly intercepting a pass on the drive and forcing a turnover on downs from the two-yard line.
Green Bay Packers 14-12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Aaron Rodgers threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, and the Green Bay Packers resisted a late rally led by Tom Brady to fend off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Rodgers threw TD passes on his team’s first two possessions while the Bucs’ offense went most of the day without star receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones.
For the second straight week, the Bucs (2-1) were held without a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Brady eventually got her into the end zone with a one-yard pass to Russell Gage, finishing a 90-yard drive with 14 seconds remaining. Tampa Bay’s attempt to force overtime with a two-point conversion was thwarted, first by a game delay penalty and then by an incomplete pass that allowed the Packers (2-1) to beat Brady for the first time in three attempts The seven-time Super Bowl champion joined the Bucs in 2020.
Kansas City Chiefs 17-20 Indianapolis Colts
Matt Ryan threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to rookie Jelani Woods with 24 seconds left to give the Indianapolis Colts a comeback win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ryan scored his first win with the Colts in their home opener by teaming with Woods for both touchdowns in Indianapolis a week after being shut out in Jacksonville.
But it took 16 games and 76 yards, aided by a personal foul call on Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones after a third-down sack for Indy (1-1-1), to put up a four-game winning streak, including two Losses late last season.
Ryan finished 27 of 37 for 222 yards in his 225th career start. He was sacked five times and lost two fumbles.
It was a rare misfire in September for the Chiefs (2-1). Mahomes fell to 13-3 in the opening month while 20-of-35 for 262 yards, a TD and his first interception of the season.
Kansas City had chances. Matt Amendola missed an extra point in the first half and a 34-yard field goal with 8:38 left. Tommy Townsend also threw an incompletion on a fake field goal early in the fourth.
Cincinnati Bengals 27-12 New York Jets
Joe Burrow threw three touchdown passes and the reigning AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals earned their first win of the season, rolling past the New York Jets.
After the 2-0 opener with two three-point losses, Burrow insisted there was no panic or Super Bowl hangover for the Bengals. And they played aggressively against the Jets, who fell flat after a stunning comeback win in Cleveland last week. Burrow finished 23 of 36 for 275 yards with TD throws on Samaje Perine, Tyler Boyd and Ja’Marr Chase.
Baltimore Ravens 37-26 New England Patriots
Lamar Jackson threw four touchdown passes and ran for another hit to help the Baltimore Ravens hold off the New England Patriots.
New England’s Mac Jones suffered a leg injury with less than two minutes left in the game, jumped off the field and went straight to the dressing room. He completed 22 of 32 passes for 321 yards but threw three interceptions. Justin Tucker hit a 56-yard field goal, the 50th of his career from 50 yards or more, as Baltimore celebrated their first win of the regular season in New England in seven attempts.
Jacksonville Jaguars 38-10 Los Angeles Chargers
Trevor Lawrence threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns, James Robinson rushed for 100 yards and a TD, and the Jacksonville Jaguars snapped an 18-game losing streak with a crucial win over the ailing Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Herbert started after being questionable all week with a rib injury. The third-year quarterback passed 297 yards but turned it over twice and finished 25 of 45 with a touchdown.
Philadelphia Eagles 24-8 Washington Commanders
DeVonta Smith caught eight passes from Jalen Hurts for a career-high 169 yards and a touchdown, Carson Wentz flopped in his first game against the team that drafted him, and the Philadelphia Eagles routed the Washington Commanders to remain undefeated .
Smith made acrobatic catches along the touchline and to the edge of the end zone for respective gains of 45 and 44 yards, and caught a fourth-place TD pass to end the first half with no time on the clock. Hurts was 22 of 35 for 340 yards and three touchdown passes. Wentz, the second pick in the 2016 draft for Philadelphia on his third team in three years, was 25 of 43 for 211 yards with two fumbles, one lost.
Los Angeles Rams 20-12 Arizona Cardinals
Matthew Stafford threw for 249 yards, Cam Akers and Cooper Kupp both had touchdowns, and the Los Angeles Rams used outstanding defense to beat the Arizona Cardinals 20-12. The Rams (2-1) continued their dominance of NFC West’s line of rivals, winning 11 of their last 12 games of 2017, including last year’s 34-11 playoff win.
New Orleans Saints 14-22 Carolina Panthers
Laviska Shenault caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Baker Mayfield, Marquis Haynes returned a fumbling 44-yard touchdown, and the Carolina Panthers defeated the New Orleans Saints to end a nine-game losing streak. Mayfield threw for 170 yards and Christian McCaffrey rushed for 108 yards as the Panthers (1-2) won at home for the first time since beating the Saints 26-7 on Sept. 19, 2021. Jameis Winston, playing with an injured back, completed 25 yards 41 passes for 353 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Las Vegas Raiders 22-24 Tennessee Titans
Ryan Tannehill threw for 264 yards and a touchdown and ran for another result, and the Tennessee Titans were never behind, holding off the Las Vegas Raiders 24-22 for their first win of the season. Derrick Henry also rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown. Henry also added 58 yards more reception as the Titans (1-2) avoided their worst start since 2009 when they lost the first six games of the season. The Raiders (0-3) have made their worst start since 2018.
Houston Texans 20-23 Chicago Bears
Roquan Smith set up Cairo Santos’ game-ending field goal when he intercepted Davis Mills deep in Houston territory, and the Chicago Bears defeated former coach Lovie Smith and the Texans. Khalil Herbert rushed for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns for Chicago.
The Texans had third and one spot at 26 when Angelo Blackson on defense tapped a pass intended for Rex Burkhead. Smith, who had missed practice all week with a hip injury, caught it at 30 and brought it back to 12. Chicago ran Herbert and knocked the ball down twice before Santos nailed a 30-yarder after time was up.
Atlanta Falcons 27-23 Seattle Seahawks
Cordarrelle Patterson rushed for a career-high 141 yards and a touchdown, Marcus Mariota threw a 14-yard TD on rookie Drake London in the second half, and the Atlanta Falcons clinched their first win of the season. Patterson rumbled for 107 yards in the second half and the Falcons avoided a 3-0 start for the second time in three seasons. Mariota used the passing game to gain a lot of yards in the first half, then it was Patterson who made big plays in the running game.
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