NFL roundup: Matthew Stafford rallies Lions in OT
Matthew Stafford threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate in overtime to give the Detroit Lions a 22-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis on Sunday.
After Matt Prater kicked a 58-yard field goal as time expired to force overtime, Tate finished the opening drive when he ran through arm tackles by Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith and leaped in for the winning score.
Stafford completed 23 of 36 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Lions (5-4), who’ve won four of their last five games. Tate had 11 catches for 79 yards.
Sam Bradford completed 31 of 40 passes for 273 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (5-3), who started the season 5-0, but have imploded since coming out of their bye. Stefon Diggs had a career-high 13 catches for 80 yards.
COLTS 31, PACKERS 26 (at Green Bay, Wis.) — Frank Gore rushed for two touchdowns, Jordan Todman had a tone-setting 99-yard return on the opening kickoff, and Indianapolis held on.
Andrew Luck shook off two interceptions in the first quarter to finish with 281 yards passing and a touchdown. The Colts, who had allowed an NFL-worst 31 sacks coming into the game, gave their quarterback decent protection.
Indianapolis (4-5) heads into a bye week with a confidence-building victory after surviving a vintage Aaron Rodgers comeback.
His 3-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb with 3:29 left got Green Bay (4-4) within five, capping a 14-point spurt in four-plus minutes.
RAVENS 21, STEELERS 14 (at Baltimore) — Joe Flacco threw a 95-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace and Baltimore frustrated an ineffective Ben Roethlisberger in a victory over Pittsburgh.
Baltimore (4-4) snapped a four-game losing streak and moved into a tie atop the AFC North with the Steelers (4-4), who have dropped three straight.
Three weeks after undergoing surgery on his right knee, Roethlisberger returned well ahead of schedule. Playing for the first time since Oct. 16, the 13-year veteran looked out of sync until the fourth quarter, when he directed a 75-yard drive that got the Steelers within 21-7 with 8:38 remaining.
COWBOYS 35, BROWNS 10 (at Cleveland) — Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott threw three touchdown passes and kept any talk for a Tony Romo return unnecessary.
Rookie Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 92 yards and scored twice, and durable tight end Jason Witten had 134 yards receiving for the Cowboys, off to their best start since 2007.
Prescott has won seven straight starts since losing the season opener, and with the Cowboys (7-1) leading the NFC East and getting better, there’s no reason for the team to accelerate Romo’s return from a back injury.
The miserable Browns (0-9) dropped their franchise-record 12th straight game going back to last season and are 3-27 in their past 30. They also started 0-9 in 1975.
CHARGERS 43, TITANS 35 (at San Diego) — Melvin Gordon ran for a career-high 196 yards and scored the go-ahead TD on a 1-yard run, and defensive backs Dwight Lowery and Brandon Flowers scored on turnovers by Marcus Mariota. The Titans haven’t won in San Diego since 1990.
Gordon, who leads the NFL with 11 touchdowns, scored on a 1-yard run with 5:28 left in the third quarter to give the Chargers a 26-21 lead. He ran 32 times and broke a 47-yard run in the closing minutes. He also caught four passes for 65 yards.
Mariota helped the Chargers surge to a 12-point lead when he fumbled late in the third quarter. Lowery picked up the ball ran 43 yards for a touchdown and a 33-21 lead.
SAINTS 41, FORTY-NINERS 23 (at Santa Clara, Calif.) — Drew Brees threw a pair of touchdown passes to Michael Thomas and another to Mark Ingram, who also ran for a 75-yard score a week after being benched.
Ingram, replaced by Tim Hightower during a 25-20 win against Seattle after fumbling for a second straight game, scored his second straight TD for the Saints on a career-long run to answer immediately after DuJuan Harris caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick. Ingram’s run also was the second-longest in Saints history, and he wound up with 158 yards rushing as San Francisco allowed an opposing 100-yard runner for the seventh straight game.
PANTHERS 13, RAMS 10 (at Los Angeles) — Cam Newton persevered through five sacks to pass for 225 yards and a touchdown and the Carolina defense was stellar.
Greg Olsen caught a touchdown pass in the first half and Graham Gano added two fourth-quarter field goals for the Panthers (3-5), who won their second straight after a four-game skid. Newton’s offense managed just 244 yards against the Rams’ vaunted defense, but the Panthers nearly shut out Los Angeles in a defense-dominated game.
Case Keenum passed for 296 yards for the Rams (3-5), who have lost four straight.
CHIEFS 19, JAGUARS 14 (at Kansas City, Mo.) — Kansas City stuffed Jacksonville on fourth down with less than two minutes left deep in its territory, preserving a victory despite finishing without five offensive starters.
Nick Foles threw for 187 yards and a first-half touchdown to Albert Wilson, and helped set up four field goals by Cairo Santos as Kansas City (6-2) won its 10th consecutive home game.