Another week, another piece of history for Tom Brady.
The 45-year-old NFL legend became the first quarterback to pass for 100,000 yards in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 16-13 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in a clash between the last two Super Bowl champions.
The Buffalo Bills suffered a surprise loss at the hands of the New York Jets, and Aaron Rodgers’ nightmare season got even worse as the Green Bay Packers were embarrassed by the Detroit Lions.
Midway through the season, in another week of close games and dramatic finishes, the Los Angeles Chargers won on the last kick of the game, and the Minnesota Vikings did something similar to quietly move to 7-1 and second best. record in the league.
Patrick Mahomes created more first-hour magic in the Kansas City Chiefs’ 20-17 overtime victory over the tough Tennessee Titans, throwing for 446 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 63 yards and a score.
Mahomes became the first player in the NFL today to combine for 400 yards passing and 60 yards rushing and a touchdown while showing the 6-3 Chiefs remain a Super Bowl contender.
Brady breaks the 100,000 mark in his record-breaking comeback
Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion, has had little to smile about this season, and it looked like a similar story when the Bucs pulled the ball to a four-point lead with 44 seconds left.
The Rams bottled up Brady all night, but he made a classic drive to throw the game-winning touchdown pass to Cade Otto with nine seconds left.
It was a record 55th game win for Brady to cap his incredible streak. Considering they came in his 23rd season and 374th game, both will take a beating.
“It was awesome,” Brady said of ending a three-game losing streak that was the worst in 20 years.
On reaching 100,116 metres, he said: “It’s a credit to all the guys I’ve played against – I didn’t catch a ball. I’ve had a lot of nice things – I set the career record a couple of weeks ago – so it’s nice to follow that up with something more meaningful.” .
The Rams are in big trouble right now, but the Bucs, despite going just 4-5 in their division, will travel to Munich next week for their first-ever NFL regular season game in Germany.
Brady will face a formidable Seattle Seahawks team, who improved to 6-3 after winning four straight against the Arizona Cardinals 31-21.
Rodgers’ nightmare continues as the Packers lose five in a row
Rodgers had one of the worst games of his career, throwing three interceptions for just the fifth time and first since 2017.
The Packers’ season also hit a new low in a 15-9 loss at Detroit.
The Lions entered the game with just one win and the worst defense in the league, but still held the MVP to single digits, cutting a frustrated figure for Rodgers.
At 3-6, the Packers could see their playoff hopes end sooner rather than later with games against the Dallas Cowboys, Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles.
Green Bay is already well behind the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings, who overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Washington Commanders 20-17.
That made it six straight for Minnesota, all by one score. They now have a comfortable four-game lead over the Packers and Chicago Bears in the NFC North and are poised for the playoffs.
The Jets upset the Bills in the AFC East powerhouse
The Jets showed they are at least a force to be reckoned with on defense in a 20-17 victory over MVP candidate Josh Allen and his Super Bowl favorite Bills.
Buffalo’s five-game winning streak was ended by Robert Saleh’s young Jets, who held the Bills to under 20 points for the second time this season – the only two losses.
“We are too young to shy away,” said Saleh. “I know a lot of people are going to be surprised, right? I don’t think they’re surprised in the locker room.”
The Bills fell to 6-2, but remain tied, while the Jets are 6-3 with the Miami Dolphins, who were again impressive on offense as they survived a 35-32 shootout with the Chicago Bears.
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw for three touchdowns as receivers Tyreek Hill and Jalen Waddle again had big games with a touchdown and 228 yards apiece to remain the league’s top threat.
Justin Fields had a great game for the Bears with three touchdown passes and the most regular season yards for a quarterback in history, his 178 tally eclipsed only by Colin Kaepernick’s 181 in the 2012 playoffs.
In the league’s toughest division, the New England Patriots remain 5-4 after another defensive masterclass from coach Bill Belichick helped them shut down quarterback Sam Ehlinger nine times in a 26-3 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Mixon has scored five touchdowns in scrimmages for the Bengals
Running back Joe Mixon threw for four touchdowns and caught another from Joe Burrow as the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Carolina Panthers 42-21, a game that was as good as halftime with the hosts leading 35-0.
Mixon, who later said he missed a touchdown celebration, became the first player in 20 years to pass for 150 yards and score four touchdowns in the first half. He finished with 211 yards as the Bengals bounced back from Monday’s disastrous loss to the Cleveland Browns.
LA Chargers kicker Cameron Dicker hit a 37-yard field goal in a 20-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons — just three days after signing with the team.
Dicker also kicked the game-winner for the Philadelphia Eagles in the only other game of the season.
After going scoreless against the New Orleans Saints last week, the Las Vegas Raiders found a new way to lose this week, blowing away a 17-point deficit against the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20.
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