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Bills blow big lead but Allen saves day
Rams rally from 25 back until late heroics keep Buffalo unbeaten
Josh Allen threw four touchdown passes, including a scoring strike to Tyler Kroft with 15 seconds remaining, as the Buffalo Bills remained undefeated by thwarting the Los Angeles Rams’ comeback attempt for a 35-32 victory Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y.
The Rams overcame a 25- point, third- quarter deficit and took a late 32-28 lead before Allen drove the Bills 75 yards in the final four minutes for the game- winner.
The Rams ( 2-1) appeared set to match the third-largest comeback in NFL history and the longest in franchise history when they scored 29 unanswered points, all in the second half. Their four consecutive TD drives came on a one-yard run from quarterback Jared Goff, two Goff TD passes and a one- yard, goahead score on the ground by Darrell Henderson Jr.
After the Bills’ offence was kept in check for much of the second half, Allen still was able to rally his team to cap a day when he was 24 of 33 for 311 yards.
Buffalo running back Devin Singletary rushed 13 times for 71 yards while also catching four passes for 50 yards. Cole Beasley had six catches for 100 yards, Kroft caught two TD passes for the Bills ( 3- 0) and Stefon Diggs grabbed one.
Goff was 23 of 32 in the air for 321 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Henderson had 20 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Cooper Kupp had nine catches for 107 yards and a TD. Robert
Woods also caught a TD pass for Los Angeles.
Allen, who entered Week 3 with the most passing yards in the NFL, connected with Lee Smith and Kroft on first- half TD passes and then hit Diggs on a 4- yard third- quarter score as Buffalo led 28-3.
An Allen 1- yard TD pass to Smith gave Buffalo a 7- 0 first- quarter lead. The Bills’ first of two TDS in the second quarter came on a 1-yard run from Allen for a 14- 0 advantage. After a Sam Sloman field goal got the Rams on the board, Allen found Kroft on a 3-yard TD for a 21-3 lead with less than a minute remaining before halftime.
It appeared to be more of the same to start the second half when the Rams turned the ball over on downs on the opening possession after halftime and the Bills went 52 yards in seven plays,
finishing with Allen’s 4-yard TD pass to Diggs for a 28- 3 advantage.
The Rams shifted the momentum from there with four consecutive TD before Allen cemented the signature victory.
Foles rallies Bears to stun Falcons
Nick Foles came off the bench and completed three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to lead the Chicago Bears to a 30- 26 comeback win over the host Atlanta Falcons.
Foles completed the rally with a go- ahead, 28- yard touchdown pass to Anthony Miller with 1: 53 remaining. Bears safety Tashaun Gipson made an interception on the Falcons' next drive to seal the victory.
Chicago ( 3- 0) remained unbeaten after three weeks
for the first time since 2013. Jimmy Graham led the Bears with two touchdown catches while Miller and Allen Robinson added one touchdown reception apiece.
Foles completed 16 of 29 passes for 188 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in less than two quarters. The 31- year- old veteran replaced Mitchell Trubisky, who completed 13 of 22 passes for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Matt Ryan completed 19 of 38 passes for 238 yards, one touchdown and one interception for Atlanta ( 03). The Falcons are winless after three weeks for the first time since 2007, adding to questions about the future of embattled coach Dan Quinn.
The Falcons led 26-10 in the second half before the Bears rallied, similar to last week when Atlanta squandered a 19- point halftime lead over the Dallas Cowboys.
Todd Gurley gave the Falcons a 23-10 advantage on the first drive after halftime. He bounced left and stiff-armed a Bears defender for a 10-yard score — his second rushing touchdown of the season and No. 60 of his career.
A 36- yard field goal by Younghoe Koo on Atlanta's next drive increased the lead to 16 points with 10:02 left in the third quarter.
Foles then entered for Chicago and led the Bears down the field before throwing a hard- luck interception. He lobbed a 21- yard pass along the right sideline to Robinson, who caught the ball in the end zone only to have it wrestled away by Falcons cornerback Darqueze Dennard. The play initially was ruled as a touchdown, but the call was reversed after video review.
In the fourth, Foles came through with a 3- yard touchdown strike to Graham to slice the deficit to 26-16. The Bears failed on a two- point- conversion attempt.
Foles notched his second touchdown pass on a 37-yard score by Robinson with 4: 21 to go. He zipped a quick pass to the left for Robinson, who broke through a pair of would- be tacklers and sprinted to the end zone to bring the Bears within 26-23.
The Falcons allowed the go-ahead score from Foles to Miller in the final two minutes despite putting pressure on the quarterback. Atlanta's secondary allowed Miller to cut across the middle of the field for the decisive touchdown.