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NFL roundup: Justin Herbert, Chargers surprise Chiefs

Field Level Media
27 Sep 2021, 12:05 GMT+10

Justin Herbert drove Los Angeles to a touchdown with 32 seconds remaining Sunday as the Chargers upset the Kansas City Chiefs 30-24 in a wild AFC West division matchup at Kansas City, Mo.

An interception by Alohi Gillman enabled the Chargers to take possession at their 41 with 1:42 remaining. Thepick was the second Los Angeles swiped from Patrick Mahomes, who suffered just his third defeat in 19 starts against AFC West opponents.

A false start took Los Angeles out of field goal range, but the Chiefs were called for pass interference on a fourth-down pass before the second of two strikes to Mike Williams resulted in a 4-yard touchdown for the decisive score. Tristan Vizcaino missed the PAT.

Herbert passed for 281 yards, going 26 of 38 with four touchdowns as the Chargers dropped the two-time defending AFC champions into last place in the West division by capitalizing on four takeaways. Three of those ended the Chiefs' first three possessions.

Mahomes went 27 of 44 for 260 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He could not rally the Chiefs as their final possession ended on the Los Angeles 49. Mahomes' last three attempts fell incomplete, including a Hail Mary to end the game.

Ravens 19, Lions 17

Justin Tucker set an NFL record by making a 66-yard field goal as time expired to give Baltimore a road win at Detroit.

Tucker's kick hit the crossbar and then bounced over it, sending Baltimore into a wild celebration and stunning the Lions. Matt Prater held the old mark of 64 yards. Prater made the kick for the Denver Broncos in 2013 against the Tennessee Titans.

Two plays before Tucker's kick, Baltimore converted a fourth-and-19 to the Detroit 48-yard line on a 36-yard pass from Lamar Jackson to Sammy Watkins. That was the Ravens' lone third-down conversion in 10 attempts. Jackson went 16-of-31 passing for 287 yards for the Ravens. He also rushed for 58 yards on seven carries.

Rams 34, Buccaneers 24

Matthew Stafford threw for four scores as the Los Angeles Rams improved to 3-0 with a win over visiting Tampa Bay.

Stafford continued to play well for the Rams since joining Los Angeles in an offseason trade, completing 27 of 38 passes for 343 yards. Stafford's favorite target was Cooper Kupp, who finished with nine receptions for 96 yards and two scores on 12 targets.

DeSean Jackson added three receptions for 120 yards, including his first touchdown as a Ram -- a 75-yard score. Tom Brady finished 41 of 55 for 432 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Saints 28, Patriots 13

Jameis Winston threw two touchdown passes and the New Orleans defense grabbed the first three interceptions of Mac Jones' career in a defeat of host New England.

Winston completed 13 of 21 for 128 yards and was not intercepted. Jones, the Patriots' rookie No. 1 draft choice from Alabama, completed 30 of 51 pass attempts for 270 yards and one touchdown, but P.J. Williams' interception set up a touchdown and Malcolm Jenkins had a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown for New Orleans.

Marshon Lattimore intercepted Jones' final pass of the game. Jones entered the game having completed 73.9 percent of his passes, but had thrown just one touchdown for the Patriots.

Vikings 30, Seahawks 17

Kirk Cousins completed 30 of 38 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns as Minnesota earned its first victory of the season, defeating Seattle in Minneapolis.

Alexander Mattison, playing for Dalvin Cook, who was sidelined by an ankle injury, rushed 26 times for 112 yards for the Vikings and added 59 yards on six receptions. Greg Joseph, who missed a last-second, 37-yard field goal attempt that would've given the Vikings a victory at Arizona last week, made all three of his kicks to account for all the scoring after the intermission.

The Seahawks blew a double-digit lead for the second consecutive week after losing to visiting Tennessee 33-30 in overtime the previous Sunday.

Titans 25, Colts 16

Ryan Tannehill threw three touchdown passes and Derrick Henry rushed for 113 yards as Tennessee pulled out a victory over Indianapolis in Nashville, Tenn.

Tannehill hit Jeremy McNichols for a 10-yard scoring strike with 12:56 left in the game, followed by a two-point conversion run by Henry that gave Tennessee a 22-13 lead. After Rodrigo Blankenship made his third field goal for the Colts, a 24-yarder with 10:20 left, the Titans melted nearly 7 1/2 minutes off the clock before Randy Bullock converted the game-sealing 32-yard field goal with 2:58 remaining.

Tannehill completed 18 of 27 passes for Tennessee, which possessed the ball for just over 34 minutes and outgained Indianapolis 368-265.

Cardinals 31, Jaguars 19

Kyler Murray passed for 316 yards and cornerback Byron Murphy had two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, to lead unbeaten Arizona over host Jacksonville.

Murray rushed for a touchdown and completed 28 of 34 pass attempts with no touchdowns and an interception for Arizona. Christian Kirk finished with seven receptions for 104 yards and A.J. Green had five catches for 112 yards.

The game included a play tied for the longest in NFL history. When Matt Prater's 68-yard field goal attempt as time expired in the first half fell short, Jamal Agnew fielded the ball in the end zone and made a 109-yard return for a touchdown.

Browns 26, Bears 6

Kareem Hunt had 155 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, Myles Garrett recorded 4.5 sacks and Cleveland pulled away for a win over visiting Chicago.

Baker Mayfield completed 19 of 31 passes for 246 yards for Cleveland, which won its second game in a row after dropping its season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Browns tallied nine sacks as part of a dominant defensive effort.

Facing frequent duress in his first career start, Bears rookie Justin Fields completed only 6 of 20 passes for 68 yards. The Bears were credited with only 1 yard passing -- due to the lost yardage on those nine takedowns of Fields -- and 47 total yards on 42 offensive plays.

Falcons 17, Giants 14

Younghoe Koo made a 40-yard field goal as time expired, lifting visiting Atlanta over winless New York in East Rutherford, N.J.

Koo gave the Falcons their first win after they rallied from a 14-7 deficit in the final 12-plus minutes. His kick easily cleared the uprights and sent the Giants to an 0-3 start and their second straight loss decided by a game-winning field goal at the buzzer.

Matt Ryan completed 27 of 36 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He was 9-for-10 on Atlanta's game-tying drive when the Falcons went 4-for-4 on third down conversions. Ryan threw the 350th and 351st career touchdowns of his career. He connected on a 4-yard touchdown to Olamide Zaccheaus shortly before halftime and a 1-yard score to Lee Smith with 4:13 remaining.

Bills 43, Football Team 21

Josh Allen passed for 358 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed for a score to help Buffalo notch an easy victory over Washington at Orchard Park, N.Y.

Emmanuel Sanders caught two touchdown passes and Dawson Knox and Zack Moss hauled in a score apiece for Buffalo. The Bills have outscored opponents 78-21 in back-to-back victories since losing at home to the Steelers in Week 1.

Cole Beasley matched his career high of 11 receptions while accumulating 98 yards and Tyler Bass kicked three field goals for the Bills. Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde collected interceptions as Buffalo forced three turnovers and outgained Washington 481-290. Allen completed 32 of 43 passes while recording his ninth career 300-yard passing game.

Bengals 24, Steelers 10

Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase hooked up for a pair of touchdowns and visiting Cincinnati knocked off beat-up Pittsburgh 24-10 at Heinz Field.

Burrow threw for 172 yards with just four incompletions and three touchdowns as Cincinnati won at Pittsburgh for the first time since 2015. The Bengals, thanks to a win late last season, have now won consecutive games against their division rival for the first time since 2012-13. It was the Bengals' first win by more than 10 points over Pittsburgh since 1995.

Joe Mixon added 90 yards rushing on 18 carries for Cincinnati, and Chase finished with four catches for 65 yards. The rookie first-round draft pick has four touchdown catches in his first three NFL games.

Broncos 26, Jets 0

Teddy Bridgewater threw for 235 yards Sunday while Denver's defense harassed rookie quarterback Zach Wilson throughout their third straight win, a 26-0 shutout over New York in Denver.

Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in last spring's NFL Draft, endured a second consecutive miserable game against a defense able to pressure him with consistency. He completed 19 of 35 passes for 160 yards with two interceptions and was sacked five times.

New York (0-3) managed just 43 yards on the ground and finished the day with just 162 total yards. It hasn't scored a touchdown since the fourth quarter of its Week 1 loss at Carolina.

Raiders 31, Dolphins 28

Derek Carr completed a huge 34-yard overtime pass to Bryan Edwards, and Daniel Carlson connected on a 22-yard field goal a few minutes later, leading host Las Vegas to a win over Miami.

Carr passed for 386 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders overcame an early 14-point deficit. Carr eclipsed 300 passing yards for his fifth straight game.

The Raiders recorded their first 3-0 start since 2002. Raiders running back Peyton Barber rushed for a career-high 111 yards and one score.

--Field Level Media

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