ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Bryant kicked a 51-yard field goal on the final play of regulation, then booted a 52-yarder in overtime to give the Atlanta Falcons a 37-34 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
In another thriller between the NFC South rivals Sunday, Matt Ryan threw for a franchise-record 448 yards, leading the Falcons to just their fourth victory over the Saints in the last 17 meetings. This one was particularly sweet for Atlanta coming off a miserable 4-12 season, its first losing campaign since 2007.
The teams combined for 17 points in the final 2:50 of the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Bills 23, Bears 20, OT
CHICAGO (AP) — Fred Jackson set up Dan Carpenter’s field goal in overtime with a 38-yard run to the 1, and the Bills stunned the Bears.
The Bills got to the Chicago 39 when Jackson turned toward the left side and broke off his big run, pushing safety Chris Conte out of the way twice inside the 10 before being knocked out of bounds at the 1. Carpenter won it with a 27-yarder.
Steelers 30, Browns 27
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Shaun Suisham drilled a 41-yard field goal as time expired. The Steelers blew a 24-point halftime lead as the Browns rallied behind quarterback Brian Hoyer, but escaped thanks to some great plays from Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Markus Wheaton.
Bengals 23, Ravens 16
BALTIMORE (AP) — A.J. Green caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton, and the Bengals blew a 15-point lead before bouncing back. That TD, along with the 2-pont conversion, came 48 seconds after Baltimore newcomer Steve Smith caught an 80-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco.
Dolphins 33, Patriots 20
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Knowshon Moreno rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown, Ryan Tannehill threw for two scores and the Dolphins overpowered New England after halftime.
Eagles 34, Jaguars 17
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Foles threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin in the fourth quarter and the Eagles rallied from a 17-0 second-half deficit.
Texans 17, Redskins 6
HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie Alfred Blue blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown and J.J. Watt lived up to his massive new contract to help Texans snap a 14-game losing streak.
Vikings 34, Rams 6
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson ran for 102 yards on three carries with a 67-yard scoring run off a simple pitchout and the Vikings opened impressively under new coach Mike Zimmer.
Titans 26, Chiefs 10
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jake Locker threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns, while Alex Smith was intercepted three times.
Panthers 20, Buccaneers 14
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Derek Anderson filled in nicely for injured Cam Newton, throwing for 230 yards and two touchdowns.
Broncos 31, Colts 24
Peyton Manning connected with tight end Julius Thomas for three touchdowns, and the the five-time MVP joined Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks to earn a win over each of the current 32 NFL franchises. Manning found his big target for scoring strikes of 3, 35 and 5 yards — all in the second quarter.