Sea­hawks make valiant stand to stop New Eng­land

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Coaches and well-trained play­ers will tell you that every win is worth the same. They’re wrong. No bet­ter ex­am­ples can be found than the way Seat­tle, Dal­las and Den­ver won on Sun­day. Those vic­to­ries are the kind that can de­fine a sea­son, cat­a­pult you to spe­cial things. This time, Seat­tle won it at the goal line. It cer­tainly won’t make up for the Su­per Bowl loss two sea­sons back, but the Sea­hawks’ goal line stand lifted them to a 31-24 vic­tory over the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots on Sun­day night. Tom Brady couldn’t con­nect with Rob Gronkowski on a fade pat­tern on fourth down as New Eng­land (7-2) failed four times from in­side the 2 in the dy­ing mo­ments. It was rem­i­nis­cent of how the Sea­hawks (6-2-1) lost the 2015 Su­per Bowl when Malcolm But­ler in­ter­cepted at the goal line to win the NFL ti­tle for the Pa­tri­ots. Doug Bald­win caught three touch­down passes, in­clud­ing a 15-yarder for the fi­nal mar­gin. Strangely, Seat­tle went for 2 points and failed on the con­ver­sion, leav­ing the Pa­tri­ots a chance to tie with a touch­down and an ex­tra point kick. But LeGar­rette Blount, who ear­lier rushed for three touch­downs, couldn’t get into the end zone from close range, nor could Brady on a pair of sneaks.

BRON­COS 25, SAINTS 23

Den­ver’s Justin Sim­mons used a per­fectly timed leap over the of­fen­sive line to block an ex­tra-point kick that would have given New Or­leans a late lead, Will Parks ran it back 84 yards for a de­fen­sive 2-point con­ver­sion, and the Bron­cos pulled out a wild vic­tory. The de­ci­sive play came while the Su­per­dome crowd was still cel­e­brat­ing Brandin Cooks’ twist­ing, 32-yard touch­down catch be­tween two de­fend­ers. That put New Or­leans (4-5) in po­si­tion to take the lead with 1:28 left. Sim­mons’ block of Wil Lutz’s kick was scooped up by Parks, who nearly stepped out of bounds as he raced down the left side­line. It was the first such play to pro­vide the win­ning points in an NFL game. The rule was in­sti­tuted last year. The Bron­cos then re­cov­ered an on­side kick and ran out the clock. Safety Dar­ian Ste­wart in­ter­cepted Drew Brees twice and re­cov­ered a fum­ble for the Bron­cos (7-3), while Trevor Siemian over­came two in­ter­cep­tions by pass­ing for touch­downs to Jor­dan Tay­lor and De­mary­ius Thomas.

COW­BOYS 35, STEEL­ERS 30

Ezekiel El­liott ran for 114 yards and two touch­downs - both in the fi­nal two min­utes - and had an 83-yard catch-and-run for a score as the Cow­boys pulled off a thrilling vic­tory for their eighth straight win. Dak Prescott over­came an early fum­ble to pass for 319 yards and two scores for Dal­las (8-1), which matched the long­est sin­gle-sea­son win streak in club his­tory be­hind the two rook­ies who hardly seem both­ered by the stage. Dez Bryant added six catches for 116 yards, in­clud­ing a 50-yard touch­down re­cep­tion. Ben Roeth­lis­berger threw for 408 yards and three touch­downs. An­to­nio Brown caught 14 passes for 154 yards, in­clud­ing a 15-yard score with 42 sec­onds left af­ter Roeth­lis­berger faked a spike to sur­prise the Dal­las de­fense. The heady play - a throw­back to Hall of Famer Dan Marino’s move while lead­ing Miami to a vic­tory over the New York Jets in 1994 - gave the Steel­ers (4-5) a one-point lead. It also gave Prescott and El­liott too much time.

DOL­PHINS 31, CHARG­ERS 24

Kiko Alonso in­ter­cepted Philip Rivers’ pass and re­turned it 60 yards for a touch­down with 1:01 left to give Miami a fourth straight win. The Dol­phins (5-4) in­ter­cepted Rivers four times, all in the fourth quar­ter. Alonso jumped in front of Tyrell Wil­liams and out­raced ev­ery­body into the end zone for the win­ning score. Two plays into the en­su­ing drive, Rivers was in­ter­cepted again, by Tony Lip­pett, his se­cond of the game. Rivers threw three touch­down passes to move past John El­way for eighth place on the ca­reer list with 301. Rivers’ 51-yard touch­down pass to Wil­liams with 4:04 left gave the Charg­ers (4-6) a 24-21 lead. Miami came right back to get a 27-yard field goal from An­drew Franks to tie it. That was set up by Ryan Tan­nehill’s 56-yard pass to De­Vante Parker and a rough­ing-the-passer call that put the ball on the San Diego 10.

CAR­DI­NALS 23, 49ERS 20

Chan­dler Catan­zaro kicked a 34-yard field goal as time ex­pired. Catan­zaro missed twice on win­ning field goal tries ear­lier in the sea­son, most mem­o­rably a 24yarder in over­time of a 6-6 tie against Seat­tle. But this at­tempt was right down the mid­dle as Ari­zona (4-4-1) nar­rowly averted a dev­as­tat­ing loss. The 49ers (1-8) lost their eighth in a row de­spite a strong game by Colin Kaeper­nick, who tied it 20-20 on a 4-yard run with 1:55 to play. That was enough time for Car­son Palmer to gain re­demp­tion af­ter three se­cond-half turnovers, the last an in­ter­cep­tion by Ger­ald Hodges that led to the ty­ing touch­down. Palmer com­pleted 4 of 7 passes for 64 yards, in­clud­ing a leap­ing 26-yard grab by Michael Floyd, as the Car­di­nals drove from their 15 to the San Fran­cisco 16 to set up the win­ning kick.

CHIEFS 20, PAN­THERS 17

Marcus Peters stripped Kelvin Ben­jamin with 20 sec­onds left, Cairo San­tos kicked a 37-yard field goal as time ex­pired, and the Chiefs over­came a 17-point deficit. The game was tied when Ben­jamin caught a pass from Cam New­ton, and Peters ripped the ball from his arms. San­tos’ fourth field goal of the day split the up­rights, lift­ing the Chiefs (7-2) to their fifth straight vic­tory and 17th win in their last 19 games. Eric Berry also re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 42 yards for a touch­down as Kansas City’s de­fense came up with big plays when needed. The Chiefs failed to score an of­fen­sive touch­down. New­ton threw for 261 yards and a touch­down and ran for 54 yards and a score for the Pan­thers (3-6).

EA­GLES 24, FAL­CONS 15

Ryan Mathews ran for 108 yards and two touch­downs, while a tena­cious de­fense held down the league’s high­est-scor­ing of­fense. Car­son Wentz threw for 231 yards and led the Ea­gles (5-4) to a come­back vic­tory for the first time this sea­son. Caleb Stur­gis made three field goals, in­clud­ing a clutch kick from 48 yards to seal the win. Matt Ryan threw a 76-yard touch­down pass to Tay­lor Gabriel in the fourth quar­ter to give At­lanta (6-4) a 15-13 lead, but Philadel­phia an­swered. Mathews ran in from the 5 and also con­verted the 2point con­ver­sion for a 21-15 lead. On At­lanta’s en­su­ing pos­ses­sion, Julio Jones dropped a pass on third-and-12 and the Fal­cons punted. Jones couldn’t make a dif­fi­cult catch on fourth-and-5 on At­lanta’s next drive.

RED­SKINS 26, VIK­INGS 20

Kirk Cousins threw for two touch­downs, Pre­ston Smith had two sacks and a game-al­ter­ing in­ter­cep­tion in Wash­ing­ton’s first vic­tory in al­most a month. Wash­ing­ton (5-3-1) got all of its se­cond-half points off the foot of Dustin Hop­kins, who hit four field goals, in­clud­ing a 50-yarder. The Red­skins shut out Min­nesota (5-4) in the se­cond half, and Smith sacked Sam Brad­ford in the fi­nal sec­onds to hand the Vik­ings their fourth con­sec­u­tive loss. Cousins was 22 of 33 for 262 yards with touch­down passes to Ver­non Davis and Jami­son Crow­der. Robert Kel­ley ran for 97 yards, help­ing Wash­ing­ton bounce back from a rough 6-minute stretch. Brad­ford was 31 of 39 for 307 yards, two touch­downs and the in­ter­cep­tion that Smith tipped and caught with 5:44 left. Ste­fon Diggs had 13 catches for 164 yards.

TI­TANS 47, PACK­ERS 25

Marcus Mar­i­ota threw for 295 yards and four touch­downs in the rout. Five Ti­tans scored a touch­down in the first half as Ten­nessee put to­gether its best scor­ing per­for­mance this sea­son with 35 points. With the win, the Ti­tans (5-5) also matched their five vic­to­ries over the past two sea­sons com­bined. DeMarco Mur­ray set the tone on the open­ing play from scrim­mage, run­ning 75 yards for a touch­down. He fin­ished with 123 yards and also threw a TD pass, be­com­ing the first non-quar­ter­back to do that for this fran­chise in the same game since Earl Camp­bell on Sept. 7, 1980, for the thenHous­ton Oil­ers. Brian Orakpo had two of Ten­nessee’s five sacks, and the Ti­tans also forced three turnovers. The Pack­ers (4-5) started a three-game road swing by los­ing their third straight.

TEX­ANS 24, JAGUARS 13

Brock Osweiler threw two touch­down passes and Ka­reem Jack­son re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 42 yards for a score. The Tex­ans (6-3) scored on of­fense and de­fense and set up an­other score with spe­cial teams, a com­plete team ef­fort that led to their first road win of the sea­son. It kept them per­fect (3-0) against the AFC South. They won their fifth in a row against Jack­sonville. The Jaguars (2-7) lost their fourth straight and fell to 0-4 at home. Coach Gus Bradley’s team ral­lied late, with Blake Bor­tles hit­ting Allen Robin­son for a touch­down and again for a 2-point con­ver­sion. The loss dropped Bradley’s record to 14-43 in four sea­sons and prompted even the most loyal sup­port­ers to ques­tion why owner Shad Khan hasn’t made a change.

BUC­CA­NEERS 36, BEARS 10

Jameis Win­ston threw for 312 yards and two touch­downs against mis­take prone Chicago. Win­ston threw for TDs of 10 yards to Cameron Brate and 43 yards to Fred­die Martino, the lat­ter set up by a bizarre high­lightreel play. The No. 1 pick in last year’s draft scram­bled 23 yards back­ward into his end zone be­fore avoid­ing a safety and launch­ing a 39-yard com­ple­tion to Mike Evans at the Chicago 38. Martino, a for­mer prac­tice squad player with two ca­reer re­cep­tions, scored his first NFL touch­down af­ter a de­lay-of-game penalty pushed the Bucs (4-5) back to the 43. Two weeks af­ter re­turn­ing from in­jury and help­ing the Bears (2-7) beat NFC North leader Min­nesota, Jay Cut­ler threw two in­ter­cep­tions and fum­bled twice, one re­sult­ing in a third-quar­ter safety that put the Bucs up 29-10. The Bucs forced four turnovers over­all and sacked Cut­ler four times.

RAMS 9, JETS 6

Alec Ogle­tree in­ter­cepted Bryce Petty with just un­der two min­utes left to clinch this snoozer. Petty made his first NFL start in place of an in­jured Ryan Fitz­patrick, but couldn’t get much go­ing against the Rams’ de­fense. Af­ter get­ting the ball with 2:55 re­main­ing and down by three, Petty tried to lead the Jets (3-7) down­field. But Petty’s pass to Quincy Enunwa was picked off by Ogle­tree and Enunwa tried to wres­tle it away from the line­backer to no avail. Greg Zuer­lein kicked three field goals, in­clud­ing a go-ahead 34-yarder with 6:52 left, help­ing the Rams (4-5) snap a four-game los­ing streak and avoid their first five-game skid since Weeks 9-13 last sea­son. The game fea­tured 15 punts - eight by the Jets and seven by the Rams. — AP

FOXBOROUGH: New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots de­fen­sive backs Duron Har­mon (30) and Devin McCourty (32) tackle Seat­tle Sea­hawks wide re­ceiver Jer­maine Kearse (15) dur­ing the first half of an NFL foot­ball game, Sun­day, in Foxborough, Mass. — AP

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