Prescott ral­lies Cow­boys to win over Ea­gles 29-23

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Dak Prescott threw a 5yard touch­down pass to Ja­son Wit­ten in over­time, giv­ing the Dal­las Cow­boys their sixth straight win with a 29-23 vic­tory over the Philadel­phia Ea­gles on Sun­day night. Prescott ral­lied the Cow­boys with a late ty­ing touch­down pass to Dez Bryant and won the rookie quar­ter­back duel with Car­son Wentz. Dal­las (6-1) took a two-game di­vi­sion lead af­ter ral­ly­ing from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quar­ter. The 23-year-old Prescott re­cov­ered from a shaky start, fin­ish­ing 19 of 39 for 287 yards with two scores and an end zone in­ter­cep­tion that cost the Cow­boys points late in the first half. Wentz had the Ea­gles (4-3) in po­si­tion for a win with an­other ef­fi­cient per­for­mance. But he couldn’t move Philadel­phia late in reg­u­la­tion with the game tied. The Ea­gles never got the ball in over­time af­ter Prescott led the 75yard scor­ing drive.


Derek Carr threw a 41-yard touch­down pass to Seth Roberts with 1:45 re­main­ing in over­time, cap­ping a record-break­ing day for Oakland in a vic­tory over Tampa Bay. Carr threw for a fran­chise-record 513 yards, com­plet­ing 40 of 59 passes with­out an in­ter­cep­tion, and the Raiders over­came an NFL-record 23 penal­ties for 200 yards. Carr also threw touch­downs to of­fen­sive tackle and ex-Buc Don­ald Penn, Amari Cooper and My­chal Rivera as the Raiders (6-2) im­proved to 5-0 on the road.

Jameis Win­ston threw for 180 yards and two touch­downs for the Bucs (3-4), who took a 24-17 lead on a 1-yard run by Jac­quizz Rodgers and 2-point con­ver­sion. Carr threw his TD pass to Rivera to tie it with 1:38 re­main­ing, and Se­bas­tian Janikowski missed a 50-yard field goal as time ex­pired to send it into over­time. Janikowski mis­fired again from 52 yards on Oakland’s first pos­ses­sion of the ex­tra pe­riod.


Wash­ing­ton and Cincin­nati played to the sec­ond NFL tie game in seven days, the first time there have been two draws in a sea­son since 1997.

The sold-out crowd of 84,000 at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium left de­flated and even puz­zled as the reg­u­la­tion-time shootout be­tween Kirk Cousins and Andy Dal­ton turned into an over­time com­edy of er­rors. Wash­ing­ton (4-3-1) ap­peared to have the game won with 2:13 left in over­time, but Dustin Hop­kins hooked his 34-yard field goal at­tempt wide left. The Red­skins got the ball back with 1:11 re­main­ing when Dal­ton fum­bled at the Ben­gals 47 on a quar­ter­back sneak. Cousins couldn’t con­nect down­field and tossed his fi­nal des­per­ate pass tamely into the side­line to pre­serve the draw. Cincin­nati is 3-4-1. The un­likely re­sult came one week af­ter the Seat­tle Sea­hawks and Ari­zona Car­di­nals tied 6-6.


Matt Ryan threw an 11-yard touch­down pass to Mo­hamed Sanu with 31 sec­onds re­main­ing, ral­ly­ing the Fal­cons. The Fal­cons (5-3) snapped a two-game los­ing streak, driv­ing 75 yards for the win­ning score af­ter Aaron Rodgers put the Pack­ers (4-3) ahead with his fourth TD pass of the game.

With Julio Jones shut down in the sec­ond half, Ryan turned to Sanu to bail out At­lanta. He caught five passes for 50 yards on the fi­nal pos­ses­sion, the last a touch­down pass in the back of the end zone af­ter he lined up in the slot and got matched against line­backer Jake Ryan.

Sanu fin­ished with nine catches for 84 yards, both sea­son highs in his first sea­son with the Fal­cons. Ryan was 28 of 35 for 288 yards and three touch­downs. Rodgers threw for 246 yards, team­ing up with a bunch of un­known re­ceivers as the banged-up Pack­ers played with­out six starters. Line­backer Clay Matthews and re­ceiver Ran­dall Cobb were among those who couldn’t go.


The Den­ver Bron­cos took turns pick­ing off and pum­mel­ing Philip Rivers.

But de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Wade Phillips was taken to a hospi­tal af­ter get­ting knocked down dur­ing Brady Roby’s 51-yard touch­down re­turn in the sec­ond quar­ter, tem­per­ing their en­thu­si­asm. San Diego run­ning back Melvin Gor­don was blocked into the 69-year-old as­sis­tant, who was strapped to a back­board and carted off the field. The Bron­cos said Phillips was alert and had move­ment in his arms and legs when he ar­rived at the hospi­tal via am­bu­lance. With lineback­ers coach Reg­gie Her­ring tak­ing over Den­ver’s de­fen­sive calls for Phillips, the Bron­cos (6-2) had a goal-line stand in the clos­ing min­utes and picked off Rivers twice more in the sec­ond half. They only turned one of those take­aways into points, how­ever, and that al­lowed the hard-luck Charg­ers (3-5) to stay in it un­til the end, forc­ing Den­ver to make two stands in the clos­ing min­utes.


Drew Brees passed for 265 yards and a touch­down and scored on a quar­ter­back keeper. The vic­tory wasn’t as­sured un­til New Or­leans’ much-ma­ligned de­fense, ranked 29th, came up with a stop on Seat­tle’s fi­nal drive. Rus­sell Wil­son took the Sea­hawks (4-2-1) to the New Or­leans 10, where on one fi­nal play he lofted a pass to­ward the cor­ner of the end zone. Jer­maine Kearse caught the ball, but landed out of bounds.

Wil­son fin­ished with 253 yards pass­ing and was in­ter­cepted once by line­backer Nathan Stu­par - a play that set up the Saints’ first TD on Brees’ 1-yard dive over a pile of play­ers. Brees’ lone touch­down pass went to Brandin Cooks on a 2-yard slant, which gave the Saints the lead for good early in the fourth quar­ter. Wil Lutz kicked field goals of 22, 53, 21 and 41 yards for the Saints (3-4).


Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady as­serted his on-field own­er­ship of the Bills again, match­ing an NFL record in beat­ing them for the 26th time.

Brady went 22 of 33 for 315 yards and threw four touch­downs. He im­proved to 26-3 against Buf­falo , and matched a record set by Brett Favre, who went 26-9 against Detroit. The Pa­tri­ots (7-1) have won four straight since Brady re­turned af­ter open­ing the sea­son serv­ing the NFL’s four-game “De­flate­gate” sus­pen­sion. His ab­sence in­cluded New Eng­land’s only blem­ish, a 16-0 home loss to Buf­falo (4-4) on Oct. 2, the first time the Pa­tri­ots were shut out at home since 1993. Af­ter a Bills field goal, Brady threw touch­downs passes on his first two drives. They in­cluded a 53-yarder to for­mer Bills re­ceiver Chris Hogan. The Pa­tri­ots then broke the game open by scor­ing 27 points over five con­sec­u­tive pos­ses­sions. The surge be­gan with Brady’s 53-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski with 4:18 left in the sec­ond quar­ter, and ended when Brady took a seat and was re­placed by backup Jimmy Garop­polo with 4:29 left.


Jonathan Ste­wart ran for 95 yards and two touch­downs, Thomas Davis re­turned a fum­ble 46 yards for a score and the Pan­thers. In a game rem­i­nis­cent of last sea­son’s NFC cham­pi­onship, a 4915 Carolina vic­tory, the Pan­thers jumped to a 24-0 lead and kept the pres­sure on Car­son Palmer all day. Carolina, which has strug­gled to gen­er­ate a pass rush all sea­son, sacked Palmer eight times three of those by Star Lo­tulelei - and forced two turnovers. The Pan­thers also limited run­ning back David John­son to 24 yards rush­ing. Forced into a one-di­men­sional game, Palmer fin­ished 35 of 46 for 363 yards with three touch­downs, two to J.J. Nel­son. Carolina (2-5) needed a boost to save a sink­ing sea­son and got one from Davis, its long­est-tenured player and emo­tional leader, on the open­ing series. Lo­tulelei sacked Palmer, who at­tempted to push the ball for­ward to avoid the sack while in the grasp of the 315-pound de­fen­sive tackle. Davis picked up the loose ball and de­liv­ered a stiff arm on the way to the first touch­down of his 12year NFL ca­reer. Davis later left with a left knee in­jury. Ari­zona is 3-4-1. —AP

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