Here’s a quick look at what happened around the league in Sunday’s early games.
Kansas City 29, Atlanta 28
The Falcons (7-5) had just scored their second straight touchdown to take a one point lead over the Chiefs (9-3) with four-and-a-half minutes left in the game when they lined up to go for two. Eric Berry intercepted Matt Ryan’s (22-for-34, 297 yards, TD, INT) ensuing pass and returned it the length of the field for the game winning defensive two-point conversion. It was the second time in the game Berry took a Ryan pass the distance: in the second quarter, he had a 37-yard pick six. Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson had a 55-yard touchdown run on his second carry of 2016.
Cincinnati 32, Philadelphia 14
Playing without A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard, the Bengals (4-7-1) had their best game in weeks, jumping out to a 29-0 lead before the third quarter was finished. The Eagles (5-7) finally got on the board with two straight scores, but any attempt at a comeback was squashed as Vontaze Burfict intercepted Carson Wentz (36-for-60, 308 yards, TD, 3 INT) for a second time.
Green Bay 21, Houston 13
Lamar Miller suffered a rib injury in this one, but his day was sour long earlier. Miller had 14 carries for 22 yards, with no runs longer than five yards. Houston (6-6) managed to pull within a score on DeAndre Hopkins 44-yard touchdown reception just inside the two minute warning, but failed to recover their ensuing onside kick. The Packers (6-6) got their second straight win after ending their losing streak last week against Philadelphia.
Baltimore 38, Miami 6
The Ravens (7-5) came into this game known for having the NFL’s stingiest defense this season, and lived up to that reputation with three takeaways. But their offense ran up 496 yards and 38 points on the Dolphins (7-5) who had won six straight games. Joe Flacco (36-for-47, 381 yards, 4 TD, INT) led the way and the Ravens ensured they would remain atop the AFC North.
Chicago 26, San Francisco 6
The 49ers (1-11) looked every bit the California team playing in a Chicago blizzard they were Sunday. Colin Kaepernick was benched for Blaine Gabbert midway through the game, but after six sacks, the team managed just six net passing yards. San Francisco actually took a 6-0 lead behind two Phil Dawson field goals, but gave way to three straight Jordan Howard touchdown runs that kicked off a 26-0 run for the Bears (3-9.)
Denver 20, Jacksonville 10
The Broncos (8-4) won despite gaining just 206 yards in rookie Paxton Lynch’s (12-for-24, 104 yards) first game since week 5. After falling behind 17-3, Blake Bortles (10-for-42, 181 yards, 2 INT) fourth quarter 22-yard touchdown scamper on fourth down got the Jaguars (2-10) within a score, but on their last drive Bortles was stripped of the ball, and the Broncos kicked a field goal to ice it and stay in the AFC playoff picture.
New England 26,Los Angeles 10
The Rams (4-8) fared better on their trip East than the 49ers, but still created just 162 yards of offense against the Patriots (10-2.) With Rob Gronkowski sidelined, LeGarette Blount began New England’s day with a 43-yard touchdown run, and Julian Edelman had eight catches for 101 yards. The victory moved the Patriots three full games ahead of the Dolphins in the AFC East.
Detroit 28, New Orleans 13
The Lions (8-4) scored 28 points unconventionally thanks to five Matt Prater field goals. Golden Tate’s re-emergence continued, as he caught a 66-yard touchdown from Matthew Stafford (30-for-42, 342 yards, 2 TD) and had 145 yards on eight catches. New Orleans offense didn’t fair as well. A week after scoring 49 points on the Rams, it took the Saints (5-7) until the fourth quarter to find the end zone