NFL Week 12 live updates: Browns-Broncos, Bills-Eagles; Steelers, Jaguars, Falcons win

Week 12 of the NFL season continued Sunday with an action-packed 11-game slate with a bunch of exciting finishes around the league.

Here are the highlights!

Baltimore Ravens 20, Los Angeles Chargers 10 

Zay day

After being shut out in the opening frame, the Ravens found their way onto the scoreboard in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Lamar Jackson found Zay Flowers in the back of the end zone on second-and-goal for a touchdown, giving them a 7-3 lead.

After the reception, Flowers celebrated by tossing the ball like it was a bouquet of flowers.

Teamwork to force the fumble

Roquan Smith and Jadeveon Clowney delivered a hard hit on Keenan Allen on a reception in Chargers’ territory that caused the star receiver to fumble the ball, giving it to the Ravens at the 35-yard line. Baltimore capitalized shortly after, kicking a field goal to go up, 10-3. 

Ravens flock for another fumble

The Ravens’ defense converged and took down Austin Ekeler, ripping the ball out of his arms in the process to force another fumble as the Chargers were on a promising drive. The Ravens weren’t able to capitalize this time, though, and the game went to halftime with the Ravens leading, 10-3.

What in the trickeration?

Needing a spark, the Chargers dialed up a unique trick play late in the third quarter. On third-and-17, Allen caught a dump-off pass a few yards down the field before tossing a backward pass to Ekeler. The running back made the play work, speeding up the sideline to get the first down.

One, two, three, four, how many times are you going to turn the ball over?

The Chargers kept their drive going after the trick play. But on the 19th play of the drive, Clowney strip-sacked Justin Herbert, giving the Ravens the ball back as the Chargers were threatening to score.

Chargers staying in it

Los Angeles battled back after the lost fumble as Herbert marched his team down the field before throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Everett to make it a 13-10 game with just over eight minutes left.

Making the stop

Arthur Maulet brought heavy pressure on fourth-and-short for the Chargers, who were driving and looking to tie or take the lead with under two minutes left. His hit on Herbert caused the quarterback to throw the ball away, forcing an intentional grounding penalty to give the Ravens the ball back.

It was Zay’s day

The rookie bookended his impressive Sunday night by taking a reverse 37 yards and into the end zone for a touchdown that put the Ravens up, 20-10, essentially sealing the win. 

Flowers also brought some soccer into Sunday’s football game with his celebration.

Philadelphia Eagles 37, Buffalo Bills 34 (OT)

Another brotherly shove for six!

The Eagles went to their most successful play in short-distance situations as they had first-and-goal from the 1-yard line, pushing Jalen Hurts in for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.

All Allen

Josh Allen picked up six points with his legs, rushing nine yards to the goal line and stayed up through a tackle to break the pylon and give the Bills a 10-7 lead.

Big block!

Jalen Carter’s big hands served a big purpose for the Eagles late in the first half. The rookie defensive tackle got a piece of Tyler Bass’ chipshot field goal attempt, forcing it to miss and keep the Bills’ lead at 10-7.

Digging up some points

Stefon Diggs came up with a major reception at the goal line late in the first half as he dove to the ground and got his hands right under the ball for a touchdown grab. The score extended the Bills’ lead to 17-7 as they sought to make the road upset.

What can Brown do for you?

A.J. Brown made sure he was heard from on Sunday, letting his play do the talking as he slipped open in the end zone for a touchdown reception to cut the Bills’ lead to 17-14. 

All Allen again!

The Bills QB showed off his legs on another third-down play, scrambling on third-and-11 and breaking out of a tackle before being pushed into the end zone to give his team a 24-14 lead in the third quarter.

Dime to DeVonta

Hurts found DeVonta Smith in a relatively tight window as he ran up the seam, connecting with the receiver in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown pass to cut the Bills’ lead to 24-21 in the fourth. 

Big play Bradberry

James Bradberry helped the Eagles get in a good spot to take the lead, intercepting Allen’s pass deep in Bills territory in the middle of the fourth quarter. 

Hurts hurting the Bills

On third-and-15, Hurts scared the pressure from the Bills and scrambled around the pocket before launching a pass to the end zone. Luckily for him, Olamide Zacccheus was down there to make a 30-yard touchdown grab that gave the Eagles a 28-24 lead in the fourth quarter.

Big game Gabe

The Bills moved the ball down the field over a several-minute-long drive in the fourth quarter, setting them up within the Eagles’ 10-yard for a third-down play after the two-minute warning. On the option play, Allen pulled back to pass and found an open Gabe Davis over the middle for a touchdown that gave them a 31-28 lead. 

Sneaking through

The Eagles were able to force overtime in the final seconds of regulation as Jake Elliott somehow made a 59-yard kick through the rain and wind in Philadelphia, making it 31-31.

Hurts for the win!

After the Eagles were able to hold the Bills to a field goal, their offense methodically moved the ball down the field. As the final minutes of overtime neared, Hurts called game, rushing for a 12-yard score that gave the Eagles the win and improved them to 10-1.

Denver Broncos 29, Cleveland Browns 12

Power Perine

Samaje Perine powered his way through the Browns’ defensive front before falling into the end zone to give the Broncos an early 7-0 lead.

Russ rushes one in

Russell Wilson decided to keep the ball on an option, rushing in for a short score to give the Broncos a commanding 14-0 lead. 

Browns bring it closer

After kicking two field goals to make it 14-6, the Browns finally found the end zone on a fourth-and-goal play in the third quarter. They ran a play out of the “T” formation, calling a play-action pass before Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw his first career touchdown with Harrison Bryant being on the receiving end of it. The Browns weren’t able to convert on the two-point try, keeping it a 14-12 ballgame. 

DTR down 

The Browns’ starting quarterback went down hard as he faced pressure from the Broncos late in the third quarter, banging his hand on the grass to draw an unnecessary roughness penalty. The rookie needed to come out of the game, causing P.J. Walker to replace him. 

Bobbling the ball away

On Walker’s second play of the game, the Browns tried to go with a trick play with a pair of reverse pitches to pick up some yards. It didn’t work as they fumbled the ball, causing it to bounce right to a Broncos player and give them great field position. 

What a grab!

The Broncos capitalized off the Browns turnover, but it wasn’t easy. On third-and-goal, Wilson scrambled around before throwing a pass to Adam Trautman. The Broncos tight end was initially ruled out of bounds on his falling grab. But the Broncos challenged the play as the replay showed he got both of his legs in. They won the challenge to go up, 24-12. 

Kansas City Chiefs 31, Las Vegas Raiders 17 

Meyers making moves for six

Jakobi Meyers took Aidan O’Connell’s dump-off pass on third-and-5 and turned it into a touchdown as he made a pair of Chiefs defenders miss their tackles to help the Raiders go up, 7-0.

Jacobs outruns the Chiefs!

Josh Jacobs hit the hole and found a second gear on a second-quarter run that resulted in a 64-yard touchdown run that gave the Raiders a surprising 14-0 lead. 

Pacheco brings the Chiefs back in it

After a messy start, the Chiefs settled in and marched the ball down the field before Isaiah Pacheco ran in for a short score to cut the Raiders’ lead to 10-7.

Mahomes magic sets the Chiefs up for more points

Patrick Mahomes showed his top-tier passing ability late in the first half when he dropped a ball into the arms of Travis Kelce, perfectly placing the ball into the hands of the tight end as he was blanketed in coverage. The play gave the Chiefs a 28-yard pickup, later setting up for Mahomes to throw a touchdown pass to Justin Watson to even the game. 

Smooth Pacheco

The Chiefs RB took Mahomes’ screen pass and made Raiders tackles miss him, weaving his way though the defense before being tackled just short of the goal line. Replays showed that Pacheco might have crossed the goal line on the play, but it didn’t matter because he rushed for a 1-yard score on the next play. 

Serving up some Rice

Rashee Rice turned an ordinary reception on a crossing route from Mahomes to something more, making a reception at the line to gain on third-and-5 before turning upfield to score a 39-yard touchdown that gave the Chiefs a 28-17 lead.

Los Angeles Rams 37, Arizona Cardinals 14

All hail Higbee

Tyler Higbee got the game’s first touchdown, scoring on the opening drive as he slipped open to make a 7-yard touchdown grab from Matt Stafford and give the Rams a 7-0 lead.

Kyler keeper

Kyler Murray kept the ball on a fake handoff out of a shotgun formation on third-and-goal from the 3-yard line, rushing in for a touchdown. The Cardinals opted to go for two and converted, going up 8-7.

Tyler times two!

The Rams tight end found the end zone for the second time of the day in the second quarter, hauling in a 5-yard grab to give his team a 14-8 lead.

Kyren flyin’ to the end zone

Kyren Williams took the running back screen the distance, navigating past the Cardinals’ defense as he ran 20 yards before leaping into the end zone to give the Rams a 21-8 lead.

Keep going to Kyren

The Rams made sure to feed their standout running back in his first game in over a month, going to him again when they were at the goal for a touchdown pass to extend their lead to 31-8.

Atlanta Falcons 24, New Orleans Saints 15

Olave making plays early

Chris Olave made an outstretched grab on the Saints’ opening drive for a 52-yard gain that got them into Falcons’ territory, setting them up for a field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

Bates brings it all the way back!

Jessie Bates III not only prevented the Saints from scoring on their trip to the red zone, but he also put points on the board for the Falcons. He intercepted Derek Carr and returned the interception 92 yards for a touchdown to give the Falcons a 7-3 lead.

There’s Bijan!

Bijan Robinson found the end zone for the fifth time this season in the middle of the second quarter as he followed his blockers and rushed for a 10-yard touchdown. The score gave the Falcons a 14-6 lead.

Back to Bijan!

As the Saints cut the Falcons’ lead to 14-12, Atlanta was able to create some wiggle room when Desmond Ridder lofted a pass up to Robinson for a 26-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-12.

New York Giants 10, New England Patriots 7 

Mac making mistakes 

As he remained the starter following a quarterback competition in practice this week, Mac Jones ended the first quarter on a bad note. The Patriots QB tossed an interception well over the head of his intended receiver and into the arms of Giants DB Deonte Banks, who tip-toed to keep his feet inbound for the grab.

Another mistake by Mac

Jones threw a second interception as the Patriots were moving down the field, throwing the ball right to Bobby Okereke as he was getting hit. The Giants linebacker made a long return, setting his offense up in good field position. 

Tommy DeVito TD

The undrafted rookie punished the Patriots for their mistake in his first home start, tossing a touchdown pass to Isaiah Hodgins, who threw a tough stiff arm to break the tackle for the score.

Jones benched again for Bailey Zappe

The Patriots opted to bench Jones for the fourth time this season and for the second straight game after he threw two picks in the first half as they trailed, 7-0. 

Rhamondre rams it in

Zappe’s first drive was a success, completing all five of his passes to lead the Patriots down the field before Rhamondre Stevenson rushed for a 7-yard touchdown to tie the game up. 

A miss seals it for the Giants!

The Patriots nearly forced overtime, moving the ball down the field to set up for a game-tying field goal in the final seconds. But Chad Ryland’s 35-yard kick sailed wide left, giving the Giants the win. 

Tennessee Titans 17, Carolina Panthers 10

Henry pushes his way in

Derrick Henry won the muscle battle against the Panthers’ front, churning his legs before falling into the end zone for a 1-yard score that gave the Titans a 1-0 lead.

Henry has his second

The Titans’ star running back broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage before running the rest of the way untouched for a 10-yard touchdown to give his team a 14-3 lead.

Chuba gets one back

Chuba Hubbard was able to find his way into the end zone on a fourth-and-2 run, moving past the Titans’ defense for a 5-yard score to make it a 17-10 game.

Jacksonville Jaguars 24, Houston Texans 21

TLaw stretching out for six

Trevor Lawrence used his long frame to his advantage on the Jaguars’ first-and-goal play from the 1-yard line, jumping and stretching his arm out over the goal line for a touchdown that gave his team a 10-0 lead.

Stroud spinning and scoring

C.J. Stroud evaded the Jaguars’ pass rush, spinning out of a sack before firing a pass into the end zone to Tank Dell for a touchdown that cut the deficit to 10-7.

See ya later, Stroud!

The Jaguars initially sniffed out the Texans’ play-action involving the fullback, staying in their spots defensively. But that was no problem for Stroud, who used his legs and high-stepped his way into the end zone for the short touchdown run that gave Houston a 14-13 lead.

Jags take the lead back

The Jaguars responded to the Texans’ go-ahead touchdown with one of their own as Lawrence found Calvin Ridley in the back of the end zone for a touchdown before finding him again on the two-point conversion to give them a 21-14 lead.

Stroud staying in it

The Texans’ rookie quarterback made it interesting again in the fourth quarter, throwing a touchdown pass to Nico Collins to make it 24-21 as he looked to make another fourth-quarter comeback. 

No good!

Matt Ammendola’s 57-yard kick to try to help the Texans tie the game and send it to overtime in the final seconds ended up hitting the crossbar, sealing the win for the Jaguars. 

Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Cincinnati Bengals 10

Catch or not?

The Steelers looked like they were going to take an early lead when Kenny Pickett hit Diontae Johnson over the middle for a would-be touchdown pass. But the ball fell out of Johnson’s arms late, leading the officials to call an incomplete pass as they didn’t think he had both feet down to secure the grab. 

Jaylen Warren fumbled on the next play, leaving the game scoreless. 

Sampling a score

Jake Browning helped the Bengals get their first lead of the game in the second quarter when his play-action pass to Drew Sample resulted in a touchdown. The tight end took the dump-off pass 12 yards and gave a teammate a push as he fought his way into the end zone for a 7-3 lead.

Catching two things at once!

Ja’Marr Chase has made several impressive catches in his young career. He might’ve made his most impressive one on Sunday when he caught a pass along the sideline while holding his mouthguard in his right hand.

Harris making it happen

Najee Harris hit the outside and found his way to the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to give the Steelers a 10-7 lead.

Indianapolis Colts 27, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20

JT=Just Touchdowns

Jonathan Taylor got the game’s first touchdown in the final minute of the first quarter after he rushed for a 4-yard score. He ran for a 17-yard pickup on the play prior to help set up the score that gave the Colts a 10-3 lead.

All Minshew

Gardner Minshew decided to make a play on third-and-goal from the 3-yard line, scrambling to the outside corner and diving in for a touchdown to give the Colts a 17-3 lead.

Wide open Mike

Mike Evans slipped past the Colts’ defense in the end zone, getting wide open in the back corner as he easily hauled in a touchdown grab to make it a 17-10 game. 

Back to the Mike

Mayfield found his trustworthy receiver again for a score in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, lobbing a 24-yard touchdown pass to Evans to cut the Colts’ lead to 20-17.

JT still scoring

Taylor found the end zone again, scoring in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run to extend the Colts’ lead to 27-17 with just over seven minutes remaining.

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