Jacoby Brissett led a late Cleveland Browns comeback to give Cleveland a 23-17 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brissett completed a touchdown pass with 32 seconds to play in the fourth quarter to force the extra fun hold, before pairing his efforts with Nick Chubb to complete the job late in overtime. Brissett, who may be replaced by Deshaun Watson next week, finished the game with 23 completed passes for 210 yards, in addition to throwing a touchdown pass.
Chubb contributed to the Browns’ success with 25 carries and 116 yards on the ground, plus a touchdown. This victory will undoubtedly do the Browns, who had lost their last two games and had won only one of their last seven games, the most good.
The Browns were the first to score in the first quarter. Anthony Schwartz found a gap and reached the end zone on a 31-yard carry to give Cleveland a 7-0 lead.
But before the end of the first quarter, Tom Brady hooked up with Chris Godwin in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown to tie the game. Brady finished the game with 29 pass completions on 43 attempts for 246 yards.
After adding a field goal, the Buccaneers came right back in the third quarter. Brady once again used his arm, this time to hook up with Ko Kieft, giving Tampa a seven-point lead.
With less than 45 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the Browns trailing by seven points, Brissett used a little magic. On a fourth-and-10 with 10 yards to go, the quarterback spotted David Njoku in the end zone. Njoku, who made a spectacular one-handed catch from 16 yards out to send everyone into overtime with a middle finger.
Then, late in overtime, after the defense stopped the Buccaneers twice, Cleveland finally showed a sign of life. With less than a minute to play, Brissett hooked up with Amari Cooper for 45 yards to pull the Browns to within just three yards of the end zone.
Chubb finally was the hero with the touchdown moments later on a three-yard run.
Cleveland faces the Texans next week, while Tampa Bay has a date with the Saints for Monday night’s game.
The spectacular Jaguars at the end of the game.
Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Blatimore Ravens 28-27 in a spectacular finish to the game, marked especially by the Jaguars’ boldness.
Lawrence spotted Marvin Jones Jr. in the end zone with 12 seconds left in the final quarter before connecting on a two-point conversion to give Jacksonville a slim one-point lead. The Jaguars (4-7) defense was hot on the final play of the game as Justin Tucker missed a 67-yard field goal.
Lawrence completed 29 of 37 pass attempts for 321 yards. Three of his completed passes led to touchdowns. JaMycal Hasty, Jamal Agnew and Marvin Jones were his top targets, while Zay Jones contributed 11 receptions for 145 yards.
Trailing by six points early in the second quarter, Lawrence bared its teeth for the first time when it spotted Hasty for a 28-yard touchdown that put the Jaguars in control for the first time in the game.
After back-and-forth field goals, the Ravens (7-4) took a 19-10 lead early in the fourth quarter on a Gus Edwards one-yard touchdown run.
Lawrence threw his second touchdown pass of the game minutes later to bring the Jags within two points. They then took a 20-19 lead with a field goal.
Baltimore offered the rebuttal with two minutes and a touchdown to play in the game. Lamar Jackson spotted Josh Oliver, who put the Ravens back in the driver’s seat with a 26-20 lead.
But to the Ravens’ misfortune, Lawrence saved his best moments for late in the game. Lawrence led an 80-yard offensive run in less than two minutes, which ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones. With the gap now 27-26, Lawrence turned to Zay Jones for the two-point conversion.
The Jaguars finally held on when Tucker missed a 67-yard field goal on the final play of the game that would have been the longest field goal of his career.
The Ravens saw their winning streak stopped at four. Baltimore also sees the Bengals join them with a record of seven wins and four losses atop the AFC North Division. The team will look to get back to winning ways against the Broncos on Sunday, while the Jaguars face the Lions.
Dolphins no longer losing
The Miami Dolphins lost some momentum after taking a 30-point lead, but the team still held on for a 30-15 win against the Houston Texans.
Miami wins for the fifth straight game, while the poor Texans (1-8-1) suffer a sixth straight loss. The Dolphins (8-3) are in first place in the AFC East, with the same record as the Bills (8-3).