Steelers stun Jags…Redskins lose QB, fall to Texans
UNDATED (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers are winners of six straight following a remarkable comeback in a 20-16 win over the Jaguars in Jacksonville.
The Jags led 16-0 late in the third quarter and were ahead 16-7 with 2 1/2 minutes remaining, but Pittsburgh finally went in front on Ben Roethlisberger’s one-yard keeper with five seconds to play. Roethlisberger also hit Vance McDonald for an 11-yard scoring with 2:28 remaining before the Jags went 3-and-out on their next possession.
Antonio Brown hauled in a 78-yard scoring strike from Roethlisberger, who passed for 314 yards but was intercepted three times.
Pittsburgh is 7-2-1, while the Jaguars are 3-7.
Meanwhile, the Redskins are in big trouble as they battle the Cowboys for the NFC East lead.
The Redskins lost quarterback Alex Smith to a gruesome leg injury while being sacked in the third quarter of a 23-21 loss to the red-hot Texans. Coach Jay Gruden says Smith is done for the year because of a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg.
Justin Reid returned an interception 101 yards to help Houston overcome a mistake-prone Deshaun Watson and earn its seventh consecutive victory since an 0-3 start.
Washington is 6-4 and just a game ahead of Dallas heading into their Thanksgiving Day clash with the Cowboys. Colt McCoy replaced Smith and will be the likely starter in Thursday’s battle for the NFC East lead.
The Cowboys gained ground on the Redskins as Brett Maher shook off a missed extra point and kicked a 42-yard field goal on the final play to give Dallas a 22-19 victory over the Falcons. The winning kick came after the Cowboys squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Ezekiel Elliott had a huge day for the Cowboys in what was a defensive slugfest until the teams combined for 26 points in a wild fourth quarter. He had 122 yards rushing and a touchdown on 23 carries.
In other NFL games:
– The Saints won their ninth in a row as Drew Brees completed 22 of 30 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-7 dismantling of the Eagles. Tre’Quan Smith finished with 10 catches for 157 yards, while Michael Thomas’ four catches for 92 yards made him the first receiver in New Orleans history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first three seasons. Mark Ingram rushed 16 times for 103 yards, including touchdowns of 14 yards and 1 yard.
– The Bears earned their fourth straight win and tightened their grip on the NFC North lead by downing the second-place Vikings, 25-20. Khalil Mack had a sack and fumble recovery, Eddie Jackson returned an interception for a touchdown while Chicago limited Minnesota to 268 total yards. Mitchell Trubisky was 20 of 31 for 165 yards and a touchdown for the 7-3 Bears, who dropped the Vikings to 5-4-1. Vikes quarterback Kirk Cousins was picked off twice while throwing for 262 yards and two fourth-quarter TDs.
– The Chargers’ six-game winning streak ended when Brandon McManus nailed a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Broncos past Los Angeles, 23-22. Case Keenum orchestrated a seven-play, 76-yard drive on the final series and finished 19 of 32 for 205 yards. Philip Rivers threw for 401 yards and two touchdowns for the 7-3 Chargers, while Melvin Gordon had 158 yards from scrimmage.
– Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson juked and sprinted for 117 yards in his first NFL start, Gus Edwards ran for 115 and the Ravens ground out a 24-21 victory over the Bengals to end a three-game losing streak. Flashing the moves that enabled him to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy at Louisville, Jackson zipped in and out of the pocket for 27 carries. Jackson also completed 13 of 19 passes for 150 yards with an interception. Both teams are 5-5.
– Cam Newton threw an incomplete pass on a 2-point conversion with 1:07 left, letting the Lions hold on for a 20-19 win over the Panthers on Sunday. Newton had time and receiver Jarius Wright open in the end zone, but the star quarterback sailed the pass high. Carolina coach Ron Rivera went for the win perhaps because usually reliable kicker Graham Gano missed an extra point and a field goal earlier in the game.
– Saquon Barkley ran for a career-high 142 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Giants picked up their second straight win since a 1-7 start, 38-35 over the Buccaneers. Eli Manning was 17 of 18 for two touchdowns and linebacker Alec Ogletree returned one of the Giants’ four interceptions 15 yards for another score in New York’s biggest point output of the season. Jameis Winston replaced an erratic Ryan Fitzpatrick and engineered four straight touchdown drives to help Tampa Bay get within a field goal before falling to 3-7.
– Andrew Luck threw three touchdown passes and Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins both ran for scores to help the Colts rout the Titans 38-10. The 5-5 Colts have won four straight for the first time since November 2014, and Luck is unbeaten in 10 starts against the Titans. He shredded the league’s best scoring defense by going 23 of 29 with 297 yards with two TD passes to T.Y. Hilton.
– The Raiders’ five-game losing streak is over after Daniel Carlson drilled a 35-yard field goal on the final play of Oakland’s 23-21 victory at Arizona. Derek Carr threw for two touchdowns and had completions of 32 and 20 yards on the final drive that led to Carlson’s winning kick. Carlson also had field goals of 49 and 21 yards in the second half as the 2-8 Raiders since the 2-8 Cardinals to their fifth consecutive loss.