NFL recaps: Chiefs clinch AFC West title
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Lamar Jackson threw three touchdown passes and the Baltimore Ravens became the AFC’s first team to clinch a playoff berth following a 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Baltimore extended its franchise-best winning streak to nine and improved to 11-2, its best record through 13 games in team history.
Jackson finished 16 of 25 for 145 yards and appeared to blow open the game by putting the Ravens up 24-9 following a 4-yard touchdown pass to Willie Snead with 9:49 left.
The outcome wasn’t decided until there were 63 seconds remaining. Facing fourth-and-8 at the Baltimore 16, Allen’s pass over the middle intended for John Brown was broken up by Marcus Peters at the goal line.
CHIEFS 23, PATRIOTS 16
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Kansas City clinched the AFC West when Bashaud Breeland knocked away Tom Brady’s fourth-down pass attempt to Julian Edelman in the end zone. The Chiefs survived a series of mistakes and questionable calls by the officials to hold off the Patriots. New England (10-3) has lost two in a row.
49ERS 48, SAINTS 46
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 349 yards and four touchdowns, Robbie Gould kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired. Garoppolo’s clutch completion to tight end George Kittle for a 39-yard gain — plus a defensive facemask penalty — on fourth-and-2 from the San Francisco 33 helped set up Gould’s winning kick.
The Saints took their last lead on Drew Brees’ fifth touchdown pass of the game — an 18-yarder to Tre’Quan Smith with 53 seconds left. But Brees’ pass on an attempted 2-point conversion fell incomplete, leaving New Orleans’ lead at one point.
RAMS 28, SEAHAWKS 12
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jared Goff passed for 293 yards and two touchdowns, Todd Gurley ran for 79 yards and a fourth-quarter TD.
TITANS 42, RAIDERS 21
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Tannehill threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns and the Titans won their fourth straight game.
STEELERS 23, CARDS 17
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Diontae Johnson returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown and caught a pass for another score. Pittsburgh’s defense had three crucial interceptions in the second half, winning for the seventh time in eight games.
CHARGERS 45, JAGS 10
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Philip Rivers threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns, including an 84-yarder to Austin Ekeler that was the longest completion of the quarterback’s career.
BUCS 38, COLTS 35
TAMPA, Fla (AP) — Jameis Winston threw for 456 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Buccaneers rally to beat the reeling Colts. The Colts (6-7) have dropped five of six following a 5-2 start, falling from first place to third in the AFC South.
FALCONS 40, PANTHERS 20
ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan threw the longest touchdown pass of his career and became the 10th quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 yards. Throwing from his end zone, Ryan finished off the Panthers with a 93-yard TD pass to little-used Olamide Zaccheaus.
BRONCOS 38, TEXANS 24
HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie Drew Lock threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns, Kareem Jackson had an interception and returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown.
BROWNS 27, BENGALS 19
CLEVELAND (AP) — Nick Chubb ran for 106 yards — 99 after halftime — and Baker Mayfield and Kareem Hunt had rushing touchdowns.
JETS 22, DOLPHINS 21
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sam Ficken kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired.