None of it bothered Brock Osweiler. The 25-year-old quarterback making his first career start in Denver felt right at home in the snow globe that was Sports Authority Field on Sunday night, where the Broncos handed the New England Patriots their first loss, 30-24 in overtime. It all reminded him of his youth in Kalispell, Montana, where misfires in the backyard ended up in snowbanks ''and you'd have to dust off all the snow,'' Osweiler said.
Jimmy Graham's rocky season of finding his role with a new offense in Seattle came to an unexpectedly early conclusion on Sunday. Seattle coach Pete Carroll didn't get into specifics of Graham's injury, but said it requires surgery and he will miss the rest of the season. Graham was hurt with 13:36 left in the fourth quarter after trying to grab a deep pass in the end zone from Russell Wilson.
After spending the first half of the season hearing about their late-game failures, the Seattle Seahawks once again controlled the fourth quarter. It can't get any more fun,'' Wilson said. Wilson threw a career-high five touchdown passes, including two TDs to Doug Baldwin in the final 8:12, and the Seahawks held on for a wild 39-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Give Carson Palmer some style points for punctuating the Cardinals' latest win, however silly it looked when he tumbled over after spiking the ball. Palmer ran for a go-ahead 8-yard touchdown with 2:28 left and tumbled after spiking the ball in a telling story of his day, and NFC West-leading Arizona squeaked by the San Francisco 49ers 19-13 on Sunday for its fifth straight win and first road victory in the series since September 2008. Moments earlier, Palmer fell backward as he released the ball and completed a 34-yard pass to J.J. Nelson to put Arizona on the 1.
Matt Hasselbeck threw for 315 yards and two more touchdowns, and Adam Vinatieri made four more field goals. The throwback Sunday even included another crucial leaping penalty against Tampa Bay. The 40-year-old Hasselbeck improved to 4-0 as a starter this season by topping the 300-yard mark for the first time in four years, and the Indianapolis Colts beat the Buccaneers 25-12 to remain on top of the AFC South.
Adrian Peterson was still miffed about his performance the previous week. Bouncing back from a tough loss to Green Bay, Peterson ran for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns and the Minnesota Vikings beat the slumping Falcons 20-10 on Sunday. Minnesota (8-3) jumped ahead on Peterson's 1-yard run in the opening quarter, and clinched it when he got loose on a 35-yard scamper down the sideline with 4:15 remaining in the game.
Jay Gruden's Washington Redskins have not won two games in a row all season. Kirk Cousins connected with DeSean Jackson for a 63-yard touchdown pass and scored on a fourth-down quarterback sneak, Washington intercepted Eli Manning three times, and the Redskins withstood the latest miraculous catch by Odell Beckham Jr. to hold on and beat the New York Giants 20-14 Sunday, pulling into a tie for first place.
For the first time in a decade, the New Orleans Saints finished a game without scoring a touchdown. Houston's offense got off to a fast start for a change and the defense did the rest to help the Texans cruise to a 24-6 win over the Saints on Sunday. New Orleans (4-7) dropped its third straight on a day when the team didn't score a touchdown for the first time since 2005, snapping a streak of 155 games and Drew Brees' streak of games with a touchdown pass ended at 45.
The Kansas City Chiefs kept ignoring questions about the playoffs all week, even though Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills really was a matchup of wildcard contenders. Alex Smith threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, Spencer Ware ran for 114 yards and another score, and the Chiefs beat the Bills 30-22 for their fifth straight victory - one that solidifies their spot in the playoff chase with five games left in the regular season. ''We made it tough on ourselves,'' Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor said, ''but we've just got to take it week by week, day by day.
As the touchdown passes and interceptions piled up, it felt like a throwback game for the Bengals. Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes - two of them to A.J. Green - and Cincinnati emerged from its brief skid with an effort reminiscent of its perfect first half of the season, beating the St. Louis Rams 31-7 on Sunday. After dropping a pair of close prime-time games, the Bengals (9-2) were back in sync against a team that struggles to score and keep up.
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