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NFL Week 6: Highlights and Standout Performances

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NFL Week 6 Highlights

Cleveland Browns 19–17 San Francisco 49ers

Rookie Jake Moody missed a 41-yard field goal with six seconds left, leaving San Francisco stunned 19-17 by the Cleveland Browns, who ended the 49ers’ regular-season winning streak at 15 on Sunday and handed quarterback Brock Purdy his first loss as an NFL starter.

Dustin Hopkins kicked four field goals for the Browns (3-2) – the last with 1:40 left, capping a drive helped by a disputed unnecessary roughness call against San Francisco (5-1). Cleveland pulled off the league’s biggest upset this season without quarterback Deshaun Watson, who missed his second straight game with a bruised shoulder.

The 49ers came in looking nearly unbeatable after destroying Dallas 42-10 at home last week. But Cleveland’s defense was up to the task, and the 49ers were short-handed without playmakers Christian McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel, who both went off with injuries.

PJ Walker came off Cleveland’s practice squad and outplayed Purdy, who threw his first interception this season and finished with just 125 yards.

The 23-year-old Purdy had won his first 10 starts and nearly pulled out a comeback. He drove the 49ers into field-goal range in the final seconds before Moody pushed his attempt to the right. When the ball sailed into the net, Cleveland’s sideline erupted in celebration and Browns fans danced in the aisles.

Purdy was just 12 of 27 for 125 yards.

Carolina Panthers 21–42 Miami Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa threw three touchdown passes to three different receivers and sparked the Miami Dolphins (5-1) to a comeback victory over the winless Carolina Panthers. Tagovailoa was 21 of 31 for 262 yards and has an NFL-leading 1,876 yards passing this season. After Miami fell into an early 14-point hole, Tyreek Hill flipped the lead back in the Dolphins’ favor with a 41-yard touchdown catch late in the second quarter.

Seattle Seahawks 13-17 Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow threw two early touchdown passes and Cincinnati (3-3) intercepted Geno Smith twice in the second half as the Bengals held off the Seattle Seahawks (3-2) late to get their second win a row. The Bengals defense stopped Seattle in the red zone twice late to seal the win, the final time when Smith was hit by BJ Hill and threw incomplete on fourth-and-eight at the Bengals’ nine-yard line in the final minute.

New Orleans Saints 13–20 Houston Texans

Rookie CJ Stroud threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns and the Houston Texans got two defensive stops late to hold on for a 20-13 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Saints trailed by seven when Derek Carr threw a 51-yard pass to Rashid Shaheed to get them to the Houston 35. Five consecutive runs by Alvin Kamara got them to the 14. But Carr’s pass to Kamara on fourth-and-four was short to give Houston the ball back with just under five minutes to go. Houston couldn’t move the ball after that and punted it back. New Orleans got to the Houston 24 on the next drive, but Carr’s throw on fourth-and-10 was intercepted by Steven Nelson with 21 seconds left to secure the win. The result leaves both teams at 3-3.

Indianapolis Colts 20-37 Jacksonville Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence threw two touchdown passes, Travis Etienne ran for a pair of scores and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat Indianapolis for their third consecutive victory. It was the Colts’ ninth straight road loss in the series. Coming off back-to-back victories overseas, the Jaguars (4-2) spent all week hoping to avoid a London hangover. They responded with their most lopsided victory of the season. The Colts (3-3) had hoped to end a head-scratching road skid against Jacksonville that started in 2015. But Gardner Minshew, getting the start in place of injured rookie Anthony Richardson, turned the ball over four times in his return to Jacksonville.

Minnesota Vikings 19–13 Chicago Bears

Kirk Cousins threw for a touchdown, Jordan Hicks returned a fumble 42 yards for a score and the Minnesota Vikings (2-4) knocked Justin Fields out of the game. The Vikings made enough plays without injured star receiver Justin Jefferson to shake off a loss to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs and win for the second time in three games. Fields was sacked four times and exited with a right hand injury early in the third quarter, and the Bears (1-5) lost again after stopping a 14-game slide at Washington last week.

Baltimore Ravens 24–16 Tennessee Titans

Lamar Jackson threw a touchdown pass and Justin Tucker kicked six field goals to lead the Baltimore Ravens (4-2) to victory over the Tennessee Titans (2-4) in London. Jackson had a strong overseas debut but Tucker stole the spotlight by going 6-for-6 on field goals. The Ravens got plenty of chunk plays on offense and a 70-yard punt return by Devin Duvernay but several of their drives stalled deep in Tennessee territory. Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill limped off after the third quarter, replaced by Malik Willis.

Washington Commanders 24–16 Atlanta Falcons

Sam Howell threw three short passes for touchdowns, Washington intercepted Desmond Ridder three times and the Commanders snapped a three-game losing streak. Howell shook off five sacks to complete 14 of 23 passes for 151 yards in a close-to-the-vest passing game. But it was the defense that sealed this one for the Commanders. Kendall Fuller, Benjamin St-Juste and Jamin Davis had the interceptions against Ridder, the last two helping preserve the victory that moved Washington to 3-3 on the season. The Falcons fall to 3-3.

Dallas Cowboys 20-17 Los Angeles Chargers

After playing one of the worst games of his eight-year career last week and with a bye week on the horizon, Prescott went into Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers knowing anything other than victory would be detrimental to the Cowboys’ hopes of contending for an NFC title. Prescott responded by throwing for 272 yards and a touchdown as Dallas rallied in the fourth quarter for a 20-17 victory.

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