Overcoming an erratic start, Jared Goff led a spectacular comeback finish by the Detroit Lions against the Chicago Bears on Sunday in the NFL, which saw another Texans win thanks to rookie C.J. Stroud.
Goff committed three interceptions that helped the Bears take a 14-26 lead with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter at Ford Field in Detroit.
But the NFC North-leading Lions rallied down the stretch with 17 straight points for a 31-26 win that improves to 8-2.
Goff himself led the comeback with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jameson Williams to cut the deficit to 21-26 with 2 minutes, 59 seconds left.
The Lions then forced a punt and Goff drove them a yard from the end line for another David Montgomery touchdown that put them ahead.
“I have to be at my best for my team when it matters,” Goff admitted. “I made some silly mistakes early on and had to find a way to overcome them. I was able to do that today.”
Dallas and 49ers on the rise
In other results of the eleventh week of the American Football League (NFL), the powerful Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers claimed new comfortable victories.
The Cowboys stayed in the hunt for the lead in the East with a 33-10 rout of the weak Carolina Panthers (1-9).
Quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 189 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, propelling Dallas to a 7-3 record.
The Cowboys remain second in their division, behind only the Philadelphia Eagles (8-1), who will close the date on Monday with a stellar matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, the team that left them without a ring in the last Super Bowl.
For the 49ers, young quarterback Brock Purdy rallied from four tackles for 333 passing yards and three touchdowns in a 27-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
San Francisco remained in the NL West (7-3) thanks to the Seattle Seahawks (6-4) losing 17-16 to the Los Angeles Rams in a matchup they had in hand with a final field goal attempt.
With just three seconds on the clock, Jason Myers missed the 55-yard kick and the Rams crowd celebrated their first win since mid-October
Stroud excites Houston
In Houston, rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud, one of the great sensations of the season, had an inconsistent performance, but enough for his Texans to beat the Arizona Cardinals 21-16.
Stroud finished with 336 passing yards for two touchdowns, but he was also intercepted three times and tackled three times.
The Texans, the worst team last season in the American Conference, have won three in a row with a 6-4 record.
And the Buffalo Bills crushed the New York Jets 32-6 thanks to a more solid Josh Allen than in recent weeks, who managed 275 yards for three touchdowns.
The Jets still haven’t decided on a replacement for the injured Aaron Rodgers and ended up sitting young Zach Wilson and using three different quarterbacks.