Come­back Lions stun Vikes, Cow­boys hit 7-1

Toronto Star - - SPORTS - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Matthew Stafford says he would like to avoid be­ing down late in the fourth quar­ter at all costs. The Detroit Lions quar­ter­back sure looks com­fort­able in those sit­u­a­tions this sea­son. Maybe be­cause he has had plenty of prac­tice.

Stafford threw a 28-yard TD pass to Golden Tate, who vaulted into the end zone in over­time to give the Lions a 22-16 vic­tory over the Min­nesota Vik­ings on Sunday.

After Matt Prater kicked a 58-yard field goal as time ex­pired in the fourth quar­ter to force OT, Tate fin­ished the open­ing drive when he ran through arm tack­les by Xavier Rhodes and Har­ri­son Smith and leaped in for the win­ning score.

“Our guys have been able to do it. Not just do it once or twice, they’ve been able to do it a num­ber of times,” Lions coach Jim Cald­well said of his team’s abil­ity to come back from fourth-quar­ter deficits in all five of their vic­to­ries. “I do think they have the level of com­fort with it. It’s a tough sit­u­a­tion to be in, but they don’t flinch.” COW­BOYS 35, BROWNS 10: Rookie quar­ter­back Dak Prescott threw three touch­down passes and qui­eted talk about the need for Tony Romo to re­turn, help­ing Dal­las hand win­less Cleve­land to its ninth loss of the sea­son. Rookie Ezekiel El­liott rushed for 92 yards and scored twice, while durable tight end Ja­son Wit­ten racked up 134 yards re­ceiv­ing for the Cow­boys, off to their best start since 2007 at 7-1. GI­ANTS 28, EA­GLES 23: Eli Man­ning threw for four touch­downs and New York’s de­fence had two in­ter­cep­tions and three stops on fourth downs to beat Philadel­phia. The Gi­ants won their third straight game, hold­ing off the Ea­gles after Man­ning was in­ter­cepted with less than two min­utes to go. Two of Man­ning’s touch­downs went to Odell Beck­ham Jr., with the oth­ers to Roger Lewis Jr. and Ster­ling Shep­ard. Man­ning moved into ninth place in yards pass­ing with 46,428. Man­ning, in his 13th NFL sea­son, threw for 257 yards against Philadel­phia. He passed Vinny Tes­taverde, who had 46,233 yards through the air.

RAVENS 21, STEEL­ERS 14: Bal­ti­more QB Joe Flacco threw a 95-yard TD pass to Mike Wal­lace, and the Ravens’ D frus­trated Ben Roeth­lis­berger, back at the helm of the Pitts­burgh of­fence after miss­ing three weeks re­cov­er­ing from knee surgery.

CHARG­ERS 43, TI­TANS 35: Melvin Gor­don ran for a ca­reer-high 196 yards and scored the go-ahead TD on a one-yard run, and de­fen­sive backs Dwight Low­ery and Brandon Flow­ers scored on turnovers by Mar­cus Mar­i­ota to lead the Charg­ers over Ten­nessee, which still hasn’t won in San Diego since 1990. The Charg­ers won two days be­fore the team will ask vot­ers to ap­prove a bil­lion-dol­lar sub­sidy for a new down­town sta­dium to re­place Qual­comm Sta­dium.

COLTS 31, PACK­ERS 26: Frank Gore rushed for two touch­downs, Jordan Tod­man had a tone-set­ting 99-yard re­turn on the open­ing kick­off and Indianapolis held on for the win.

SAINTS 41, 49ERS 23: Drew Brees threw a pair of TD passes to Michael Thomas and an­other to Mark In­gram, who also ran for a 75-yard score a week after be­ing benched and New Or­leans won on the road over lowly San Fran­cisco, now 1-7.

PAN­THERS 13, RAMS 10: Cam New­ton per­se­vered de­spite five sacks to pass for 225 yards and a TD, and Carolina’s de­fence shut down Los An­ge­les. New­ton’s of­fence man­aged just 244 to­tal yards in a de­fence­dom­i­nated game. CHIEFS 19, JAGUARS 14: Kansas City’s de­fence stuffed Jack­sonville on fourth down with less than two min­utes left deep in its own ter­ri­tory, pre­serv­ing the Chiefs’ 10th straight home vic­tory.

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After the Lions forced OT with a late field goal, re­ceiver Golden Tate fended off Vik­ings safety Har­ri­son Smith on the way to the end zone to win it.

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Cow­boys rookie QB Dak Prescott con­tin­ues to im­press, bring­ing his TD to­tal to 12 with just two picks.

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