Oroville Mercury-Register

Stafford helps lift Rams over Colts


INDIANAPOL­IS » Matthew Stafford led Los Angeles on two late scoring drives and Matt Gay made a tiebreakin­g 38-yard field goal with 2:23 to play Sunday, giving the Rams a 27-24 victory over Indianapol­is.

The Rams have won three straight in this series and have taken all five road openers under coach Sean McVay.

Stafford wasn’t as proficient as in the seasonopen­ing victory over Chicago but he did play well — even after appearing to hit his right thumb on the helmet of Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner in the first half. He did not miss a play. He finished 19 of 30 for 278 yards, two TD passes and one intercepti­on.

BILLS 35, DOLPHINS 0 » Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes, Zach Moss ran for two scores and the Bills knocked out Miami quarterbac­k Tua Tagovailoa early with a rib injury.

Devin Singletary rushed for 82 yards and another touchdown for the Bills (11), who have won six consecutiv­e games in the series.

It was the second-worst shutout loss by the Dolphins (1-1) at home, topped only by a 43-0 defeat to New England in 2019.

BROWNS 31, TEXANS 21 » Baker Mayfield came back after hurting his left shoulder to throw a touchdown pass and run for a TD, leading Cleveland to the victory.

Nick Chubb had a 26yard touchdown run for the Browns (1-1), who bounced back from a Week 1 loss at Kansas City to thrill their first capacity home crowd since 2019.

BRONCOS 23, JAGUARS 13 » Courtland Sutton had nine catches for 159 yards, and the Broncos handed the Jaguars their 17th consecutiv­e loss.

In Denver’s first game without Jerry Jeudy (ankle), Sutton showed he can be Teddy Bridgewate­r’s goto guy. Sutton’s big day included a shoestring grab in the third quarter that surely rates among his best plays in four seasons.

PATRIOTS 25, JETS 6 » Mac Jones was smart and efficient, Damien Harris and James White had touchdown runs, and the Patriots took advantage of a nightmaris­h outing by Zach Wilson.

With the spotlight on the Mac vs. Zach matchup of rookie first-round quarterbac­ks, it was Jones who shined as Wilson was intercepte­d four times — twice by J.C. Jackson.

PANTHERS 26, SAINTS 7 » Sam Darnold threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns, and Carolina’s defense turned in another strong performanc­e.

Darnold improved to 2-0 as Panthers starter, connecting on TDs to Brandon Zylstra and D.J. Moore as Carolina jumped to a 17-0 lead by outgaining the Saints 274-65 in the first half.

BEARS 20, BENGALS 17 » Justin Fields played the second half after Andy Dalton exited with a knee injury against his former team, and the rookie quarterbac­k used Chicago’s stellar defensive performanc­e to direct the Bears to their first win of the season.

Roquan Smith returned an intercepti­on 53 yards for his first career touchdown, one of three straight picks thrown by Joe Burrow.

BUCCANEERS 48, FALCONS 25 » Tom Brady threw for 276 yards and five touchdowns, helping Tampa Bay extend its winning streak to a franchise-record 10 consecutiv­e games with a victory over Atlanta.

Brady improved to 9-0 lifetime against the Falcons (0-2), who’ve lost seven in a row going back to last season, with three of those setbacks coming against the Bucs (20), who’ve outscored their NFC South rivals 124-62 over the past 10 quarters of those outings.

CARDINALS 34, VIKINGS 33 » Kyler Murray threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns, and Arizona topped Minnesota after Greg Joseph missed a 37yard field goal wide right in the final seconds.

It was a fitting ending to a seesaw game that saw the lead change hands eight times.

COWBOYS 20, CHARGERS 17 » Greg Zuerlein connected on a 56-yard field goal as time expired to give Dallas a victory over Los Angeles.

After Tristan Vizcaino tied the game with a 29-yarder with 3:58 remaining, Dallas went 49 yards in 11 plays to get into Zuerlein’s range.

TITANS 33, SEAHAWKS 30, OT » Derrick Henry ran for 182 yards and two fourthquar­ter touchdowns for Tennessee, and Randy Bullock hit a 36-yard field goal midway through overtime.

Down 30-16 early in the fourth quarter, the Titans leaned on their All-Pro running back, who carried them to a road win on the day Seattle welcomed fans back for a regular-season game for the first time since the end of the 2019 season.

RAVENS 36, CHIEFS 35 » Lamar Jackson finally beat Patrick Mahomes, using his legs to rush for 107 yards and scoring twice, including flipping into the end zone for the winning score as Baltimore defeated Kansas City.

 ?? MICHAEL CONROY — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? The Los Angeles Rams’ Darrell Henderson (27) is tackled by the Indianapol­is Colts’ Rock Ya-Sin (26) during the second half Sunday in Indianapol­is.
MICHAEL CONROY — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Los Angeles Rams’ Darrell Henderson (27) is tackled by the Indianapol­is Colts’ Rock Ya-Sin (26) during the second half Sunday in Indianapol­is.

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