2018-19 NFL ON CBS REGULAR SEASON REVIEW
Week 1 (September 9) – THE NFL ON CBS kicked off its 59th season.
Houston 20 – New England 27 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Tom Brady threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns, hitting Rob Gronkowski for 123 yards and a score to lead the defending AFC champions to a 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans. The reigning NFL MVP found Gronkowski seven times, including a 21-yard touchdown three plays after Deshaun Watson fumbled a handoff at the Texans 19 on Houston's first offensive play…Buffalo 3 – Baltimore 47 (Harlan/Gannon//Tasker): Baltimore harassed and embarrassed Buffalo quarterback Nathan Peterman, and the Ravens got three touchdown passes from Joe Flacco in an opener worth savoring as they beat the Bills, 47-3…Pittsburgh 21 – Cleveland 21 (OT) (Gumbel/Green/Arians//Collins): Cleveland ended its 17-game losing streak with a 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who prevented the Browns from getting their first victory since 2016 when linebacker T.J. Watt blocked Zane Gonzalez's 43-yard field-goal attempt with :09 seconds left in OT…Cincinnati 34 – Indianapolis 23 (Catalon/Lofton/Slater):The Bengals’ backup safety, Clayton Fejedelem, jarred the ball loose from Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle with less than 35 seconds left in the game. Fejedelem scooped up the loose ball and sprinted down the sideline to end Andrew Luck's comeback hopes with an 83-yard touchdown return to preserve the Bengals' 34-23 victory…Kansas City 38 – L.A. Chargers 28 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Tyreek Hill helped get the Patrick Mahomes era off to a blazing start for Kansas City. The speedy receiver scored three touchdowns, including two in the first quarter, as the Chiefs opened the season with a 38-28 victory over the L.A. Chargers.
Week 2 (September 16)
Indianapolis 21 – Washington 9 (Dedes/Archuleta): Indy QB Andrew Luck threw for two touchdown passes, shook off two interceptions and engineered a game-sealing drive and the Colts beat Washington 21-9 to pick up their first victory of the season…L.A. Chargers 31 – Buffalo 20 (McCarthy/Beuerlein): Melvin Gordon matched a career high by scoring three touchdowns, and the Chargers defeated Buffalo, 31-20, in manhandling the anemic Bills during rookie quarterback Josh Allen's debut as a starter…
Miami 20 – N.Y. Jets 12 (Harlan/Gannon//Tasker): Miami QB Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes, Kenyan Drake ran for a score and the Dolphins took advantage of several mistakes by Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold and the Jets for a 20-12 victory. T.J. McDonald and Xavien Howard each intercepted the Jets' rookie quarterback, helping the Dolphins to their first 2-0 start to a season since 2013…Kansas City 42 – Pittsburgh 37 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): KC QB Patrick Mahomes tied a franchise record with six touchdown passes and the Chiefs put on an impressive offensive display in a 42-37 win over Pittsburgh. Mahomes finished 23 of 28 for 326 yards in his third career start as the Chiefs (2-0) won in Pittsburgh for the first time since 1986. Mahomes, who turns 23 on Monday, has 10 touchdown passes through two weeks, the most ever by a quarterback through two games in NFL history…Houston 17 – Tennessee 20 (Catalon/Lofton): Tennessee K Ryan Succop kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:00 left, and the battered Titans held off Houston, 20-17, to give Mike Vrabel his first victory as an NFL head coach. Succop also kicked a tying 42-yarder in the fourth quarter as Tennessee (1-1) pulled out the win with quarterback Marcus Mariota watching from the sideline. The Titans also were missing their top three offensive tackles…New England 20 – Jacksonville 31 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Jax QB Blake Bortles threw four touchdown passes, three in the first half, and the Jaguars beat Tom Brady and the Patriots 31-20 in a rematch of last season's AFC championship game. The victory - Jacksonville's first in nine tries against Brady - could signal a new favorite in the AFC…Oakland 19 – Denver 20 (Gumbel/Green/Arians//Collins): Denver K Brandon McManus kicked a 36-yard FG with :06 seconds left in the game to give the Broncos a 20-19 win.
Week 3 (September 23)
Buffalo 27 – Minnesota 6 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Minnesota suffered its first loss of the season as Buffalo rookie QB Josh Allen led his team to a dominating win over the Vikings, 27-6, for their first win. Allen passed for 196 yards on 15/22 and had two rushing TDs…Cincinnati 21 – Carolina 31 (Harlan/Gannon//Tasker): Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others, Christian McCaffrey racked up a career-high 184 yards rushing and the Carolina Panthers handed the Cincinnati Bengals their first loss of the season 31-21…Oakland 20 – Miami 28 (Gumbel/Green/Arians//Collins): Miami receiver Albert Wilson threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to put the Dolphins ahead midway through the fourth quarter, and then turned a short reception into a 74-yard score that sealed a 28-20 victory over Oakland…Denver 14– Baltimore 27 (Catalon/Lofton//Slater): Ravens QB Joe Flacco picked apart Denver's depleted defense for 277 yards and a touchdown, and Baltimore defeated the previously unbeaten Broncos, 27-14. Connecting with eight receivers, Flacco went 25 for 40 without an interception on a rainy afternoon…Tennessee 9 – Jacksonville 6 (Dedes/Archuleta): Titans QB Marcus Mariota came off the bench and directed three scoring drives, including one in the fourth quarter, and Tennessee beat Jacksonville 9-6 for their third straight victory in the series…L.A. Chargers 23 – L.A. Rams 35 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Rams QB Jared Goff passed for 354 yards and three touchdowns, and RB Todd Gurley rushed for 105 yards and another score, leading the Rams to a 35-23 victory over the Chargers in the franchises' first meeting since their relocations to Los Angeles.
Week 4 (September 30)
Buffalo 0 – Green Bay 22 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): The Green Bay offense built a big lead as QB Aaron Rodgers gutted through another game with a brace on his injured left knee. The defense had seven sacks and pitched a shutout for the first time in eight seasons. They put together their most complete game of the year in a 22-0 win over Buffalo…Cincinnati 37 – Atlanta 36 (Gumbel/Green/Arians//Collins): Cincy QB Andy Dalton threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green with seven seconds remaining, lifting the Bengals to a 37-36 win over Atlanta. Dalton moved the Bengals 75 yards in about four minutes. He completed two passes on fourth down to Tyler Boyd, who had 11 catches for 100 yards, to keep the drive alive…Miami 7 – New England 38 (Harlan/Gannon//Tasker): Pats QB Tom Brady threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns and New England handed Miami its first loss of the season in a 38-7 rout. It denied the Dolphins their first 4-0 start since Hall of Fame coach Don Shula's last season in 1995. Brady improved to 15-1 as a starter against Miami at home…Houston 37 – Indianapolis 34 (OT) (Dedes/Archuleta): Houston K Ka'imi Fairbairn took advantage of his second chance on a 37-yard field goal attempt, making it as time expired in overtime to give the Texans a 37-34 victory over Indianapolis…New Orleans 33 – N.Y. Giants 18 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): New Orleans RB Alvin Kamara had three rushing TDs and 134 yards rushing in leading his team to a 33-18 win over the N.Y. Giants. Saints K Will Lutz made four FGs in the first half in leading the Saints to victory…San Francisco 27 – L.A. Chargers 29 (Catalon/Lofton): Chargers RB Melvin Gordon played a significant part in his team’s comeback, rushing for 104 yards on 15 carries to go with his seven receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown. It is the sixth 100-yard rushing game of Gordon's career and his first since last Oct. 29 against New England.
Week 5 (October 7)
Tennessee 12 – Buffalo 13 (Spero Dedes/Adam Archuleta): Bills K Stephen Hauschka overcame a botched field-goal attempt in the final minutes of the first half by hitting a 46-yard attempt as time expired to give the Bills a 13-12 win over Tennessee. Bills RB LeSean McCoy broke from a September slump with 85 yards rushing - matching the combined total from his first three games…
Denver 34 – N.Y. Jets 16 (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts//Evan Washburn): Jets RB Isaiah Crowell ran all over Denver's suddenly leaky defense rushing for a franchise-record 219 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown, and QB Sam Darnold threw two TD passes to Robby Anderson, including a 76-yarder, to help the big-play Jets snap a three-game losing streak with a 34-16 victory over the Denver Broncos…Miami 17 – Cincinnati 27 (Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon//Steve Tasker): Cincy’s Michael Johnson returned an interception for the tying score, and Sam Hubbard went 19 yards with a fumble for the clinching touchdown, rallying the Bengals from a 17-point deficit to a 27-17 victory over Miami…Baltimore 9 – Cleveland 12 (OT) (Andrew Catalon/James Lofton//John Schriffen): Rookie K Greg Joseph's 37-yard field goal - a knuckleball that barely cleared the crossbar - with two seconds left in OT gave Cleveland a 12-9 win over the Baltimore Ravens…Jacksonville 14 – Kansas City 30 (Jim Nantz/Tony Romo//Tracy Wolfson): Kansas City’s beleaguered defense picked off Blake Bortles four times and sacked him five times, and Chris Jones took one of those interceptions back for a touchdown, proving during a 30-14 romp over Jacksonville on a soggy day at Arrowhead Stadium that the Chiefs are more than just an offensive dynamo…Oakland 10 – L.A. Chargers 26 (Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Bruce Arians//Melanie Collins): The game was tied 3-3 until Austin Ekeler took Philip Rivers' swing pass and turned into a 44-yard touchdown. That was part of 19 straight points by the Chargers en route to their 26-10 victory over the Raiders.
Week 6 (October 14)
Indianapolis 34 – N.Y. Jets 42 (Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Bruce Arians//Melanie Collins): Jets K Jason Myers kicked a franchise-record seven field goals, QB Sam Darnold threw two touchdown passes, and the Jets held on to beat Indianapolis 42-34 to win consecutive games for the first time in more than a year. Morris Claiborne returned the first of three interceptions thrown by Colts QB Andrew Luck for a touchdown as the Jets (3-3) moved to .500 by taking advantage of mistakes by the short-handed Colts (1-5), who lost their fourth straight…Pittsburgh 28– Cincinnati 21 (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts//Evan Washburn): Steelers RB James Conner ran for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the eve of Le'Veon Bell's possible return, and Antonio Brown turned a short pass into a 31-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left as Pittsburgh pulled off another improbable comeback in Cincinnati, beating the Bengals, 28-21…L.A. Chargers 38 – Cleveland 14 (Spero Dedes/Adam Archuleta): Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Tyrell Williams - and the 36-year-old quarterback even threw a block - and Melvin Gordon had three TD runs as the Chargers banged around Cleveland rookie QB Baker Mayfield and the Browns, 38-14…Buffalo 13 – Houston 20 (Andrew Catalon/James Lofton): Johnathan Joseph's 28-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:23 remaining lifted the Houston Texans to a 20-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills…Jacksonville 7 – Dallas 40 (Jim Nantz/Tony Romo//Tracy Wolfson): Dallas RB Zeke Elliott ran for over 100 yards rushing and QB Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes to Cole Beasley for a big halftime lead and rushed for a career-high 82 yards with another score in the Cowboys’ 40-7 victory over Jacksonville… Baltimore 21 – Tennessee 0 (Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon//Steve Tasker): A franchise-record 11 sacks - one shy of the NFL record for a game - must be preserved and celebrated. Za'Darius Smith finished with a career-high three sacks, and Patrick Onwuasor got his first two this season as the Ravens shut down the Titans 21-0 in the rain. They just missed matching the NFL record shared by five teams.
Week 7 (October 21)
Tennessee – L.A. Chargers (London) (Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Bruce Arians//Melanie Collins): Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw for 306 yards with two touchdown passes as his team held on for a 20-19 victory n London after Tennessee failed twice on a go-ahead 2-point conversion with 31 seconds remaining. Titans QB Marcus Mariota completed 24 of 32 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown for the Titans (3-4), throwing a 1-yard completion to tight end Luke Stocker on fourth down to pull within one…New England 38 – Chicago 31 (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts//Evan Washburn): Patriots QB Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and the Patriots hung on to beat Chicago 38-31 when Chicago’s Kevin White got stopped at the one-yard line on a 54-yard Hail Mary pass from Mitchell Trubisky…Buffalo 5 – Indianapolis 37 (Spero Dedes/Adam Archuleta): Indy QB Andrew Luck went 17 of 23 with 156 yards, hooked up with receiver T.Y. Hilton for two TD passes, another to RB Marlon Mack and one to Eric Swoope…Houston 20 – Jacksonville 7 (Andrew Catalon/James Lofton): The Texans (4-3) won their fourth consecutive game thanks to two turnovers and took a one-game lead in the AFC South. QB Deshaun Watson, who reportedly made the 800-mile road trip by bus instead of plane, had a touchdown pass despite playing with a bruised lung and injured ribs. Lamar Miller ran for a season-high 100 yards and a score in leading Houston to a 20-7 win….L.A. Rams 39 – San Francisco 10 (Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon//Steve Tasker): Rams RB Todd Gurley scored three touchdowns and Jared Goff threw two TD passes as the Rams took advantage of four takeaways and a blocked punt to beat the San Francisco 49ers, 39-10, for their first 7-0 start since 1985…Dallas 17 – Washington 20 (Jim Nantz/Tony Romo//Tracy Wolfson): The Redskins (4-2) won consecutive games for the first time this season. The Cowboys dropped to 0-4 on the road, 3-4 overall, as they head into their bye week. Washington won this one thanks to its staunch defense and 99 yards on 24 carries from Adrian Peterson, who helped mask the latest so-so performance from QB Alex Smith.
Week 8 (October 28)
N.Y. Jets 10 – Chicago 24 (Jim Nantz/Tony Romo//Tracy Wolfson): Chicago QB Mitchell Trubisky threw for two touchdowns, and the Bears (4-3) came out on top after dropping two in a row to fall out of the NFC North lead… Baltimore 21 – Carolina 36 (Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Bruce Arians//Melanie Collins): Cam Newton completed 21 of 29 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 52 yards and another score as the Panthers soundly defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 36-21, for their ninth straight win at home. Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey had two touchdowns for the winners…Cleveland – Pittsburgh (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts//Evan Washburn): Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Antonio Brown, James Conner ran for two scores, and Pittsburgh beat Cleveland, 33-18, while offering some solace to an area still in shock after a synagogue shooting…Denver 23 – Kansas City 30 (Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon//Steve Tasker): KC QB Patrick Mahomes had another 300-yard passing day with four touchdowns. Kareem Hunt had another hurdling, tackle-breaking touchdown that gave the Chiefs a lead they'd never surrender. Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins produced huge games, too, as the high-powered Kansas City offense once again made the incredible look downright casual in a 30-23 victory over Denver…Indianapolis 42 – Oakland 28 (Andrew Catalon/James Lofton//Amanda Balionis): Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck threw his third touchdown pass of the game to break a tie with 5:28 to go, K Adam Vinatieri set the career scoring mark and the Colts beat the Oakland Raiders, 42-28, to win in back-to-back weeks for the first time in three years.
Week 9 (November 4)
N.Y. Jets 6 – Miami 13 (Andrew Catalon/James Lofton): Miami rookie Jerome Baker bested fellow rookie Sam Darnold, scoring the game's only TD on a 25-yard interception return with 11 minutes left, and a resilient defense helped Miami beat the hapless Jets, 13-6…Pittsburgh 23 – Baltimore 16 (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts//Evan Washburn): Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes, ran for a score and put up an unexpected left-footed punt to help the Steelers beat Baltimore, 23-16. James Conner rushed for 107 yards and caught a TD pass for the Steelers (5-2-1), who have won four straight since falling to the Ravens at home on Sept. 30…Kansas City 37 – Cleveland 21 (Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Bruce Arians//Melanie Collins): KC QB Patrick Mahomes passed for 375 yards, threw three touchdown passes - two to Cleveland native Travis Kelce - and continued the best start by a QB in 68 years as Kansas City's impossible-to-handle offense kept rolling with a 37-21 win over Cleveland, who played their first game since coach Hue Jackson's firing. Kareem Hunt, also who has Cleveland connections, had two scoring runs and one receiving for the Chiefs (8-1), who came in averaging 36.3 points with an offense overloaded with weapons for Mahomes…L.A. Chargers 25– Seattle 17 (Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon//Steve Tasker): L.A. Chargers QB Philip Rivers passed for 228 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 105.9 passer rating in the Chargers' 25-17 win at Seattle. Rivers, who has started 200 consecutive games dating back to September 11, 2006, became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to start at least 200 consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (297 consecutive games), ELI MANNING (210) and PEYTON MANNING (208)…Houston 19 – Denver 17 (Tom McCarthy/Steve Beuerlein): Denver’s Brandon McManus missed a 51-yard kick that would’ve been the game-winner for the Broncos with three seconds left in the game as Houston held on for the 19-17 win over the Broncos.
Week 10 (November 11)
Buffalo 41 – N.Y. Jets 10 (Andrew Catalon/James Lofton//Jay Feely): Buffalo QB Matt Barkley stunningly sparked his team’s bumbling offense with two touchdown passes, including one to offensive tackle Dion Dawkins. LeSean McCoy broke out of a season-long slump with 113 yards rushing and a pair of TD runs, and the Bills embarrassed the N.Y. Jets, 41-10…Jacksonville 26 – Indianapolis 29 (Spero Dedes/Adam Archuleta): Indy QB Andrew Luck threw three touchdown passes in the first half and the Colts' defense forced a late turnover to preserve a 29-26 victory over Jacksonville. Indy (4-5) has won three straight. tight end Eric Ebron had a career-high three touchdowns, including one on a 2-yard run, all in the first half…New England 10 – Tennessee 34 (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts//Evan Washburn): The Titans sacked Patriots QB Tom Brady three times and hit him repeatedly as they beat New England 34-10, snapping a seven-game skid against the Patriots in Mike Vrabel's first game as head coach against the team he helped win three Super Bowls…Arizona 14 – Kansas City 26 (Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Bruce Arians//Melanie Collins): KC QB Patrick Mahomes threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns, outplaying Arizona counterpart Josh Rosen in a matchup of two of the NFL's bright young quarterbacks, and the Chiefs rolled past the Cardinals, 26-14. Mahomes threw both TD passes to Tyreek Hill, the second giving the Chiefs' first-year starter 31 for the season. That broke the franchise record set by Len Dawson in 1964 - with plenty of games to go…Seattle 31 – L.A. Rams 36 (Jim Nantz/Tony Romo//Tracy Wolfson): Reeling from the mass shooting in the town of their training facility, Thousand Oaks, and the wild fires in Southern California, the Rams gave their fans a respite from the bad news. Brandin Cooks rushed for a 9-yard touchdown with 5:49 to play on the first snap after Dante Fowler forced and recovered a fumble by Seattle QB Russell Wilson, and the Rams bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 36-31 victory. Jared Goff was forced from his home during the week due to the fires, but he passed for 318 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams (9-1) swept the season series with their division rivals…Miami 12 – Green Bay 31 (Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon//Steve Tasker): Aaron Jones ran for career highs of 145 yards and two scores, Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams connected for two touchdown passes and the Green Bay beat the Miami Dolphins, 31-12
Week 11 (November 18)
Houston 23 – Washington 21 (Greg Gumbel/Trent Green//Melanie Collins): Justin Reid's 101-yard interception return touchdown was the big play Houston needed to overcome a mistake-prone Deshaun Watson and beat the Washington Redskins, 23-21, tying the franchise record with their seventh consecutive victory…Cincinnati 21 – Baltimore 24 (Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon//Steve Tasker): Ravens Rookie QB Lamar Jackson juked and sprinted for 117 yards in his first career start, Gus Edwards ran for 115 and Baltimore ground out a 24-21 victory to end a three-game losing streak…Tennessee – Indianapolis (Andrew Catalon/James Lofton): Indy QB Andrew Luck threw three more touchdown passes again, avoided getting sacked again and helped K Adam Vinatieri achieve another record-breaking moment by leading the Colts to their fourth straight win. Luck and T.Y. Hilton hooked up twice for scores, Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins each ran for one touchdown and the Colts' defense stymied Tennessee in a 38-10 drubbing that gave Luck a career 10-0 record against the Titans….Pittsburgh 20 – Jacksonville 16 (Jim Nantz/Tony Romo//Tracy Wolfson): One week after Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger had a perfect quarterback rating, he overcame three interceptions and a 16-0 deficit by leading touchdown drives on the Steelers' last two possessions, and the Steelers escaped with its sixth straight victory with a 20-16 comeback victory...Oakland 23 – Arizona 21 (Spero Dedes/Adam Archuleta): Oakland K Daniel Carlson kicked a 35-yard field goal as the game ended to give the Raiders a 23-21 victory over Arizona in a matchup of teams scraping the bottom of the NFL standings…Denver 23 – L.A. Chargers 22 (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts//Evan Washburn): Denver K Brandon McManus kicked a last-second 34-yard field goal to give the Broncos a 23-22 win snapping the Chargers' six-game winning streak.
Week 12 (November 22 & 25)
Chicago 23 – Detroit 16 (Thanksgiving Day) (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Bears QB Chase Daniel threw a career-high two touchdowns to keep Chicago rolling with a 23-16 win over Detroit on Thursday, filling in very well for injured quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
Daniel finished 27 of 37 for 230 yards, setting career highs in each category. He threw a go-ahead, 10-yard touchdown pass to Taquan Mizzell in the second quarter and a 14-yard pass to Tarik Cohen in the fourth to give Chicago the lead again at 16-13. Chicago broke a 16-16 tie on Eddie Jackson's 41-yard pick-6 with six minutes remaining that proved to be the winning score…Jacksonville 21 – Buffalo 24 (Dedes/Archuleta): Buffalo rookie QB Josh Allen scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter, and the Bills beat Jacksonville 24-21 in a game marred by a fight that led to the ejections of Leonard Fournette and Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson…New England 27 – N.Y. Jets 13 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): New England QB Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and became the career leader in total yards passing in regular-season and playoff games, leading the Patriots past the N.Y. Jets, 27-13…Oakland 17 – Baltimore 34 (Catalon/Lofton//Balionis): Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson ran all over the Raiders, finishing with 71 yards rushing and a touchdown to carry the Ravens past Oakland, 34-17. Terrell Suggs returned a fumble 43 yards for a score and Cyrus Jones took a punt 70 yards for a touchdown to help Baltimore (6-5) win a second straight game for the first time since September…Cleveland 35 – Cincinnati 20 (Harlan/Gannon//Tasker): Cleveland rookie QB Baker Mayfield set a Browns rookie record with four touchdown passes in another growing-up-fast performance, and Cleveland ended one of the NFL's longest streaks of road futility with a 35-20 victory over the hapless Cincinnati Bengals, who lost quarterback Andy Dalton to a thumb injury…Miami 24– Indianapolis 27 (Gumbel/Green/Arians//Collins): After throwing three TD passes, Indy QB Andrew Luck calmly stepped through Miami's pass rush and found Chester Rogers for a 34-yard gain that helped set up Adam Vinatieri's 32-yard field goal as time expired in the Colts' improbable 27-24 victory over Miami…Pittsburgh 17 – Denver 24 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger didn't see him when Denver’s Shelby Harris intercepted his pass to Antonio Brown from the Denver two-yard line with 1:03 remaining, sealing the Broncos’ 24-17 win that snapped the Steelers’ six-game winning streak.
Week 13 (December 2)
Baltimore 26 – Atlanta 16 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Baltimore rookie QB Lamar Jackson ran for a touchdown and the Ravens’ defense turned in a dominating performance, leading them to a 26-16 victory over the feeble Atlanta Falcons. K Justin Tucker kicked four field goals, Tavon Young scored after scooping up a fumble by Atlanta QB Matt Ryan, and Baltimore held the Falcons to just 131 total yards in its third straight win. It was Atlanta's worst offensive showing since a 105-yard effort against San Francisco on Dec. 12, 1999…Buffalo 17 – Miami 21 (Catalon/Lofton): Buffalo rookie QB Josh Allen threw for 231 yards and ran for 135 to set a franchise record for rushing yards by a quarterback for the second week in a row. Buffalo lost despite outgaining Miami 415-175…Denver 24 – Cincinnati 10 (Dedes/Archuleta): Rookie RB Phillip Lindsay ran for a career-high 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Broncos adapted to a windy afternoon and got their third straight victory, 24-10 over Cincinnati…Cleveland 13 – Houston 29 (Gumbel/Green/Arians//Collins): Houston QB Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass and the Texans intercepted Browns rookie QB Baker Mayfield three times, returning one for a score, to extend their franchise-record winning streak to nine games with a 29-13 victory over the Browns. The Texans (9-3), who opened the season 0-3, haven't lost since Sept. 23 to take a commanding lead atop the AFC South…Indianapolis 0 – Jacksonville 6 (McCarthy/Beuerlein): Jalen Ramsey and the Jacksonville Jaguars delivered one of the most dominant defensive performances in franchise history, carrying the team to a 6-0 victory against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts…N.Y. Jets 22 – Tennessee 26 (Harlan/Gannon//Tasker): Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota engineered a last-minute drive that resulted in an 11-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis with 36 seconds left in the game to give the Titans a 26-22 win over the N.Y. Jets. Jets K Jason Myers kicked five FGs, with a long of 54 yards, in a losing effort. The Titans (6-6) snapped a two-game skid to keep themselves on the fringes of the AFC playoff chase. Mariota, who had an interception returned for a touchdown in the first quarter, notched the 12th game-winning drive of his career and eighth since the start of the 2017 season…Kansas City 40 – Oakland 30 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): KC QB Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdown passes to join Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks to reach the 40 TD mark through 12 games, sending the Chiefs to a 40-33 victory over the Oakland Raiders in the first game since releasing Kareem Hunt.
Week 14 (December 9)
N.Y. Jets 27 – Buffalo 23 (Dedes/Archuleta//Livingston): Jets QB Sam Darnold rallied his team to a 27-23 win over the Buffalo Bills as Elijah McGuire scored on a fourth-and-goal run from the one with 1:17 remaining to cap a drive during which Darnold completed three of five passes for 52 yards…New England 33 – Miami 34 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Miami’s Kenyan Drake ran the last 52 yards as the Dolphins scored on a pass and double lateral on the wild final play Sunday to beat the New England Patriots, 34-33. The Patriots were 16 seconds from clinching their 10th consecutive AFC East title when the Dolphins scored on the 69-yard play to rally from a 33-28 deficit…Indianapolis 24 – Houston 21 (Harlan/Gannon//Tasker): Indy QB Andrew Luck threw for 399 yards and two touchdowns and T.Y. Hilton had 199 receiving yards to lead the Colts to a 24-21 road win over the Houston Texans. The Colts (7-6) snapped a nine-game winning streak by the Texans (9-4), trimming Houston's lead over the AFC South to two games with three remaining…Baltimore 24 – Kansas City 27 (OT) (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Kansas City K Harrison Butker atoned for a 43-yard miss as time expired with a 36-yard field goal in overtime, and the Chiefs stopped the Baltimore Ravens on fourth down to clinch a playoff spot with a 27-24 overtime victory…Denver 14 – San Francisco 20 (Catalon/Lofton): 49ers TE George Kittle had a brilliant afternoon, making an 85-yard touchdown reception on the way to 210 yards receiving and becoming the 49ers' first tight end to reach the 1,000-yard milestone to lead San Francisco past the sluggish, injury-plagued Denver Broncos, 20-14. Kittle gained all his yardage in the first half and fell four yards short of the NFL reception record for tight ends…Cincinnati 21 – L.A. Chargers 26 (Gumbel/Green/Arians//Collins): The Chargers scored touchdowns on their first two drives and then got four field goals from Michael Badgley - including a team-record 59-yarder - to deal the Bengals (5-8) their fifth straight loss. SD QB Philip Rivers was 19 of 29 for 220 yards and a touchdown in leading his team to the 26-21 win.
Week 15 (December 16)
Tennessee 17 – N.Y. Giants 0 (Gumbel/Green/Arians//Collins): Tennessee RB Derrick Henry had his second straight big game with a career-high 33 carries for 170 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Titans kept their late-season playoff push alive and ended the New York Giants' postseason hopes with a 17-0 victory… Miami 17– Minnesota 41 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Dalvin Cook proved again his capability, when healthy, of taking over a game. Cook had a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns on a season-high 19 carries for the Vikings, who stayed in control of a spot in the playoffs with a 41-17 victory over Miami…Oakland 16 – Cincinnati 30 (Catalon/Lofton): Joe Mixon provided just enough to give the sparse crowd a reason to cheer at the end of their final home game. Mixon ran for 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Cincinnati held on for a 30-16 victory over the Oakland Raiders that ended one of their longest losing streaks under coach Marvin Lewis…Washington 16 – Jacksonville 13 (Harlan/Gannon//Tasker): Washington QB Josh Johnson's first NFL start in more than seven years ended with a 16-13 victory for Washington against Jacksonville snapping the Redskins' four-game losing streak and keeping them on the fringe of the NFC playoff picture. Johnson and Adrian Peterson drove the Redskins (7-7) into field-goal range in the closing minutes, and Dustin Hopkins made a 36-yard field goal on the final play to win it…New England 10 – Pittsburgh 17 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Steelers rookie running back Jaylen Samuels ran for a season-high 142 yards in his second NFL start. The defense that looked so vulnerable in the late going during Pittsburgh's recent slide figured out a way to slow Pats QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski. Embattled kicker Chris Boswell drilled a critical 48-yard field goal in the final minutes, and the Steelers (8-5-1) gave their playoff hopes a welcome jolt with a 17-10 win.
Week 16 (December 23)
Houston 30 – Philadelphia 32 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): Philly K Jake Elliott kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired after Nick Foles led the offense into position and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Houston Texans, 32-30, to keep their playoff hopes alive…Buffalo 12 – New England 24 (Gumbel/Green/Arians//Collins): New England (10-5) earned their 10th straight AFC East title with Sony Michel running for 116 yards and a touchdown. It also improved to 7-0 at home this season and became the first franchise in NFL history to earn playoff berths in 10 straight seasons. It marked the Patriots' fifth straight win over the Bills (5-10) and their 26th series sweep of Buffalo. Tom Brady went 13 of 24 for 126 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions - his lowest output since he passed for 123 yards in a 2003 loss to the Bills…Cincinnati 18 – Cleveland 26 (Dedes/Archuleta): Cleveland QB Baker Mayfield threw three touchdown passes to thrill a sellout, holiday-spirited crowd that came out to boo former coach Hue Jackson, and rookie Nick Chubb ran for 112 yard as the Cleveland Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 26-18, to sweep their southern Ohio neighbors for the first time since 2002…Jacksonville 17 – Minnesota 7 (Catalon/Lofton): Jax QB Blake Bortles came off the bench and took the Jaguars 51 yards for a short field goal and 10-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. On the next series, Telvin Smith Sr. intercepted Ryan Tannehill and scored on a 33-yard return to seal the Jaguars' victory, 17-7...N.Y. Giants 27 – Indianapolis 28 (Harlan/Gannon//Tasker): Chester Rogers' one-yard TD reception with 55 seconds left gave the Colts their first lead of the day, a 28-27 victory over the Giants and a shot to end a three-year playoff drought next week…Pittsburgh 28 – New Orleans 31 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): New Orleans QB Drew Brees capped a 326-yard passing performance with 2-yard touchdown toss to Michael Thomas with 1:25 left, Sheldon Rankins stripped JuJu Smith-Schuster in the final minute, and the Saints clinched the top seed in the NFC playoffs with a 31-28 victory over the Steelers that dealt a significant blow to Pittsburgh's playoff hopes.
Week 17 (December 30)
Miami 17– Buffalo 42 (Mowins/Beuerlein): Bills rookie first-round draft picks Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmunds played a significant role in ensuring Kyle Williams headed into retirement on a high note after a 13-year career in Buffalo. The young players led the Bills to a 42-17 rout over Miami. Allen had a career-best three touchdown passes and scored two more rushing, while Edmunds had a one-handed interception and added a sack. They put the finishing touches on a 6-10 season in which the rebuilding Bills won four of their final seven games…N.Y. Jets 3 – New England 38 (Eagle/Fouts//Washburn): New England QB Tom Brady threw for three first-half touchdowns and the Patriots clinched their ninth straight first-round bye in the playoffs with a 38-3 victory over the New York Jets. The Patriots (11-5) finished the season undefeated at home, where they'll have at least one playoff game…Jacksonville 3 – Houston 20 (Catalon/Lofton//Feely): After an 0-3 start of the season, Houston (11-5) won their next nine games and 11 of their last 13, capped by a 20-3 win over Jacksonville, to clinch the AFC South title. Deshaun Watson threw for 234 yards and ran for a touchdown and DeAndre Hopkins had 147 yards receiving in victory to lead the Texans…Cleveland 24 – Baltimore 26 (Nantz/Romo//Wolfson): Getting two rushing touchdowns from rookie QB Lamar Jackson and a late defensive stand, Baltimore squeezed past Cleveland, 26-24, to reach the playoffs as AFC North champions. Kenneth Dixon accounted for 117 of Baltimore's season-high 296 yards on the ground, Jackson had 90 and the rejuvenated Ravens (10-6) broke a three-year playoff drought with their sixth win in seven games…Cincinnati 13 – Pittsburgh 16 (Harlan/Gannon//Tasker): Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 287 yards and a touchdown - despite missing injured star receiver Antonio Brown to finish with a career-best and NFL-high 5,129 yards passing - and rookie kicker Matt McCrane booted three field goals, the last a 35-yarder with 1:56 to go that put the Steelers ahead to stay…Oakland 3 – Kansas City 35(Gumbel/Green/Arians//Collins): KC QB Patrick Mahomes finished with 281 yards passing in leading the Chiefs past the Raiders, 35-3, with a highlight 89-yard strike to Demarcus Robinson and a 67-yard TD pass to Tyreek Hill. That gave him 5,097 yards and 50 touchdown passes, and allowed Mahomes to join Peyton Manning as the only QBs to hit 5,000 and 50 in the same season…L.A. Chargers 23 – Denver 9 (Dedes/Archuleta): Despite Chargers QB Philip Rivers completing just 14-of-24 for 176 yards and one touchdown, and throwing two interceptions in the first quarter, something that's happened just twice before in Rivers' 15-year NFL career, he led his team to a 23-9 win over Denver and into the playoffs.