The Seattle Seahawks beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 in overtime after the biggest comeback in franchise history, while the New York Jets rebounded from a 40-point loss with a 26-20 upset of the New Orleans Saints.
Steven Hauschka kicked a 27-yard field goal on the second possession of overtime as the Seahawks (8-1) rallied from a 21-0 deficit to push their home winning streak to 12 games. The Buccaneers, who were 16 1/2-point underdogs, are 0-8 for the first time since the 1985 National Football League season.
The comeback was “just a tremendous statement that our guys made about hanging together and believing,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters. “They competed so hard.”
The Indianapolis Colts also had a comeback victory last night, pulling out a 27-24 road win over the Houston Texans after trailing 24-6 in the third quarter. Andrew Luck threw three second-half touchdown passes to T.Y. Hilton, including the go-ahead score with just over four minutes remaining, as the Colts improved to 6-2. Texans coach Gary Kubiak is in stable condition after being taken to a local hospital when he collapsed as the teams left the field at halftime.
The Jets intercepted Saints quarterback Drew Brees twice in yesterday’s win at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Chris Ivory and rookie quarterback Geno Smith each had rushing touchdowns for the Jets (5-4), who were 6 1/2-point underdogs against a Saints team that had a 6-1 record.
The Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) remained with NFL’s only undefeated team by getting two defensive touchdowns to rally for a 23-13 road win against the Buffalo Bills (3-6). Sean Smith had a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Chiefs, while Tamba Hali scored on a 11-yard fumble return in the fourth quarter to snap a 13-13 tie.
The Philadelphia Eagles routed the Oakland Raiders 49-20 as quarterback Nick Foles tied the NFL’s single-game record with seven touchdown passes.
The Dallas Cowboys (5-4) beat Minnesota 27-23, avoiding an upset at home against the 1-7 Vikings when Tony Romo threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds left.
Tom Brady passed for a season-high 432 yards and four touchdowns to lead the New England Patriots to a 55-31 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Cleveland Browns (4-5) dropped the defending Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens to 3-5 with a 24-18 victory.
The Washington Redskins (3-5) beat the San Diego Chargers (4-4) 30-24 in overtime on Darrel Young’s third touchdown of the game, and the Carolina Panthers (5-3) shut out the Atlanta Falcons (2-6) in the second half to pull away for a 34-10 victory. Chris Johnson scored two touchdowns as the Tennessee Titans (4-4) beat the St. Louis Rams (3-6) 28-21.
Week 9 play -- which began Oct. 31 with a 22-20 overtime win for the Miami Dolphins (4-4) against the Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) -- concludes tonight with the Green Bay Packers (5-2) hosting the Chicago Bears (4-3).
The Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and Jacksonville Jaguars were off this week.
In Seattle, the Buccaneers scored two touchdowns in a 41-second span of the second quarter to open a 21-0 lead.
The Seahawks rallied behind Russell Wilson, who ran for a score and threw two touchdown passes including a 10-yarder to Doug Baldwin to tie it with 1:51 left in the fourth quarter.
After Seattle’s defense held Tampa Bay to negative yardage on the first drive of overtime, Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch moved the Seahawks 52 yards in nine plays for Hauschka’s winning field goal.
The Jets, after falling behind 14-6 behind a pair of touchdown passes from Brees to Jimmy Graham, took the lead for good in the second quarter as Ivory and Smith each had three-yard touchdown runs. Ivory finished with 139 of the Jets’ 198 rushing yards, while Nick Folk kicked four field goals for New York to improve to 23-for-23 on the season.
The Jets sealed the victory when they forced Brees into an incompletion on a fourth-and-19 play with 1:21 left. New York has alternated wins and losses in its first nine games, tying the 2005 Patriots for the longest such streak to start a season.
“We didn’t know how we’d win it and all that, but all I know is that I have a team that believes and will fight to the end and find a way,” said Jets coach Rex Ryan.
The Chiefs were able to match the best start in franchise history even though they were outgained 470-210 in total yardage in Buffalo. Kansas City scored 10 points off interceptions by Bills rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel, including Smith’s return, and Hali’s score after a fumble by Buffalo receiver T.J. Graham put the Chiefs ahead for good.
Kansas City has held each of its first nine opponents to 17 points or fewer, tying a NFL record set by the 1977 Atlanta Falcons.
In Oakland, California, Foles became the seventh quarterback to throw seven touchdown passes in a NFL game. Denver’s Peyton Manning started the 2013 season by throwing for seven touchdowns against the Ravens.
Foles threw touchdowns to five players, including three to Riley Cooper, for the Eagles (4-5), who had failed to score an offensive touchdown in their past two games under first-year coach Chip Kelly. The Raiders fell to 3-5.
“Whenever I’ve looked at records throughout my whole life, the greatest things about them is the guys you do them with,” Foles said.