The Green Bay Packers defeated the New England Patriots 27-24 in the final seconds of overtime on Sunday with Mason Crosby’s 31-yard field goal.
Western Kentucky rookie quarterback pick Bailey Zappe was pushed into duty after New England’s top quarterback options Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer both suffered injuries.
Zappe kept the Patriots in the game by leaning on his running backs while Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson rushed for 152 yards combined on 32 carries.
He led back-to-back touchdown drives in the second half to help the Patriots take the lead.
But Zappe was unable to pull off a win in overtime after the New England defense put him in a prominent field position.
The Patriots forced a three-and-out in the opening series of overtime and got the ball at their 49-yard line after a 20-yard punt return from Marcus Jones.
Elsewhere, the Denver Broncos suffered a 32-23 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns.
But Denver had a terrible third quarter, in which he ran 11 offensive plays for seven yards over three possessions, all of which ended in punts. The Broncos were three-for-eleven in third place. Denver also missed three chances with a good field position.
Denver, who came into the game with 30 penalties for 236 yards in the league, was penalized seven times for 50 yards.
Despite their errors, turnovers, penalties and ending with less than 300 yards of offense for a second straight game, the Broncos made it a late finish. Wilson ran for a 3-yard touchdown that reduced the Raiders’ lead to 25-23 after setting fire to the Raiders’ secondary with a 55-yard pass to KJ Hamler in the previous game.
On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles also beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 29-21. Haason Reddick played his best homecoming game yet: two sacks, two fumble recoveries in the rain and a big part in keeping the Eagles undefeated.
Miles Sanders rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns, Jalen Hurts threw for 204 yards and ran for a goal, and the Eagles spoiled former coach Doug Pederson’s return to Philadelphia.
While the Arizona Cardinals overcame another lackluster first half to defeat the Carolina Panthers 26-16.
Quarterback Kyler Murray threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns and added another score on the floor.
Carolina’s only touchdown in the first 55 minutes of the game came when Frankie Luvu intercepted Murray’s pass and returned him 33 yards for a touchdown to give Carolina a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter.
But the Arizona defense kept the Panthers’ running game in check, holding Christian McCaffrey for 27 yards and rushing with eight carries.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/green-bay-packers-mac-jones-new-england-patriots-denver-broncos-russell-wilson-b2191279.html The Green Bay Packers narrowly defeated the New England Patriots