Block party: Broncos stag­ger Saints

Baltimore Sun - - NFL -

Rookie safety Justin Sim­mons used a per­fectly timed leap over the of­fen­sive line to block an ex­tra­point kick that would have given the Saints a late lead, Will Parks ran it back 84 yards for a de­fen­sive 2-point con­ver­sion, and the Broncos pulled out a wild 25-23 vic­tory Sun­day in New Or­leans.

The de­ci­sive play came while the Su­per­dome crowd was still cel­e­brat­ing Brandin Cooks’ twist­ing, 32-yard TD catch be­tween two de­fend­ers. That put the Saints (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 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 (7-3) re­cov­ered an on­side kick and ran out the clock. Sea­hawks 31, Pa­tri­ots 24: A goalline stand pre­served the vic­tory. Tom Brady couldn’t con­nect with Rob Gronkowski on a fade pat­tern on fourth down as the Pa­tri­ots failed four times from in­side the 2. Red­skins 26, Vik­ings 20: Kirk Cousins threw for two TDs, and Pre­ston Smith had two sacks and a game-al­ter­ing in­ter­cep­tion in the Red­skins’ first vic­tory in al­most a month to give the Vik­ings their Will Parks gets an es­cort from Saints team­mate Justin Sim­mons as he re­turns a blocked ex­tra point. fourth con­sec­u­tive loss. Ea­gles 24, Fal­cons 15: Ryan Matthews ran for 108 yards and two TDs and Car­son Wentz threw for 231 yards as the Ea­gles posted a come­back vic­tory for the first time. Rams 9, Jets 6: Alec Ogle­tree in­ter­cepted Bryce Petty with just un­der two min­utes left to help the Rams snap a four-game skid. Cow­boys 35, Steel­ers 30: Ezekiel El­liott ran for 114 yards and two TDs — both in the fi­nal two min­utes — and had an 83-yard catch-and-run for a score as the Cow­boys won their eighth straight. Car­di­nals 23, 49ers 20: Chan­dler Catan­zaro kicked a 34-yard FG as time ex­pired to hand the 49ers their eighth straight de­feat. Ti­tans 47, Pack­ers 25: Mar­cus Mar­i­ota threw for 295 yards and four TDs 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. Tex­ans 24, Jaguars 13: Brock Osweiler threw two TD passes and Ka­reem Jack­son re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 42 yards for a score as the Tex­ans earned their first road win of the sea­son and stayed per­fect (3-0) against the AFC South. Chiefs 20, Pan­thers 17: Mar­cus Pe­ters stripped Kelvin Ben­jamin with 20 sec­onds left, Cairo San­tos kicked a 37-yard FG as time ex­pired, and the Chiefs over­came a 17-point deficit for their fifth straight vic­tory and 17th win in their last 19 games. Dol­phins 31, Charg­ers 24: Kiko Alonso in­ter­cepted a Philip Rivers pass and re­turned it 60 yards for a TD with 1:01 left to give the Dol­phins their fourth straight win. The Dol­phins in­ter­cepted Rivers four times, all in the fourth quar­ter. Buc­ca­neers 36, Bears 10: Jameis Win­ston threw for 312 yards and two TDs to lift the Bucs while Bears QB Jay Cut­ler threw two INTs and fum­bled twice.

BUTCH DILL/AP

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