Week 3 kicked off with the Carolina Panthers improving to 3-0 with a 24-9 win over the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football. Sam Darnold completed 23 of 34 passes for 304 yards and also rushed for two touchdowns, but the Panthers lost Christian McCaffrey to injury.
The Sunday early slate had a plethora of highlights. Justin Tucker set a new NFL record with his 66-yard field goal in the final seconds to lift the Baltimore Ravens to a 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions. Justin Herbert threw for four touchdowns, including the game-winner to Mike Williams with 34 seconds left, as the Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 30-24, dropping the defending AFC champs to 1-2 on the year. Younghoe Koo nailed a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give the Atlanta Falcons their first win of the year, topping the New York Giants 17-14.
The Buffalo Bills crushed the Washington Football Team 43-21, as Josh Allen threw for 358 yards and four touchdowns. Odell Beckham Jr. had five catches for 77 yards in his return to the Cleveland Browns in their 26-6 win over the Chicago Bears. Rookie Justin Fields made his first start, but the offense managed just one passing yard and the Bears finished with a measly 47 total yards of offense. The New Orleans Saints picked off Mac Jones three times, including a pick-six by Malcolm Jenkins, as the Saints were victorious against the New England Patriots by a score of 28-13.
The Jacksonville Jaguars' Jamal Agnew tied the NFL record for longest return touchdown, taking a missed field goal back 109 yards to end the first half. But it wasn't enough, as both A.J. Green and Christian Kirk collected over 100 receiving yards for the Arizona Cardinals in their 31-19 win over the Jaguars. Ja’Marr Chase’s two receiving touchdowns helped the Cincinnati Bengals defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-10. And the Tennessee Titans won an AFC South matchup against the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 25-16.
In the late afternoon games, Matthew Stafford led the Los Angeles Rams to a big 34-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Stafford threw for 343 yards and four touchdowns, as DeSean Jackson racked up 120 receiving yards. For the first time in 19 years, the Las Vegas Raiders are 3-0 after Daniel Carlson’s 22-yard field goal in overtime gave the Raiders a 31-28 win over the Miami Dolphins.
After getting out to an early 17-7 lead, the Seattle Seahawks gave up 23 unanswered points to the Minnesota Vikings, falling 30-17 as Kirk Cousins threw for 323 yards and three scores. The Denver Broncos’ defense came to play against the New York Jets, picking off Zach Wilson twice and shutting out the Jets 26-0.
Sunday Night Football did not disappoint as the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers battled it out in the Bay. The Packers got out to an early 17-0 lead, but the 49ers crawled back into the game. Jimmy Garoppolo connected with Kyle Juszczyk with 37 seconds left and an extra point gave the 49ers a late 28-27 lead. But 37 seconds is all Aaron Rodgers needed to drive downfield and set up Mason Crosby for the potential game-winning field goal. Crosby came through, connecting on the 51-yard kick to give Green Bay the 30-28 win.
Week 3 ended with the Dallas Cowboys routing the Philadelphia Eagles 41-21 on Monday Night Football in an NFC East clash. Dak Prescott was extremely efficient, completing 21 of 26 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Ezekiel Elliot ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns while Dalton Schutlz paced all receivers with six catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
Jalen Hurts threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns, but was also picked twice, including a pick-six by Trevon Diggs. It was the second-year cornerback’s third interception of the year, tying him for the league lead. Dallas now holds sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
Here’s a look at the full Week 3 schedule.
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Last week's NFL scores
Quarterback injuries were an unfortunate theme of Sunday's early afternoon games. The Bears beat the Bengals after rookie Justin Fields replaced Andy Dalton, while the Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa, Texans' Tyrod Taylor and Colts' Carson Wentz all saw their teams lose after they left the game. The Raiders' Derek Carr also briefly exited with an ankle injury but returned to lead Las Vegas to an upset over the Steelers.
Several teams cruised to double-digit wins: the Patriots over the Jets, the Bills over the Dolphins, the Broncos over the Jaguars and the Panthers over the Saints. The Rams scored a field goal with 2:27 remaining to defeat the Colts, 27-24, while the 49ers got their second straight road victory to begin the season by beating the Eagles.
The late afternoon slate featured the Buccaneers' rout of the Falcons and three exciting games that came down to the final minutes. Kyler Murray went 29-for-36 with 400 yards and four total touchdowns in the Cardinals' back-and-forth win over the Vikings, whose kicker Greg Joseph missed a field goal at the end of the game. Greg Zuerlain had better luck for the Cowboys, nailing a 56-yarder on the final play to give Dallas a victory over the Chargers. Two fourth-quarter touchdowns by Derrick Henry sent the Titans to overtime, where they pulled the upset over the Seahawks, 33-30.
In a matchup of two former NFL MVPs, Lamar Jackson topped Patrick Mahomes as the Baltimore Ravens edged the Kansas City Chiefs 36-35 on Sunday Night Football. Jackson had two fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns, the second of which was a one-yard score that gave the Ravens a 36-35 lead with 3:14 remaining.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire then fumbled on the Baltimore 32-yard line with 1:25 left.
Jackson ran for 107 yards and completed 18 of 26 passes for 239 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Mahomes went 24-for-31 for 343 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.
The week finished with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers returning to form against Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.
After an ugly performance in the season opener, Rodgers looked like the QB that won the 2020 MVP once again, throwing for 255 yards and four touchdowns in the Packers' 35-17 rout of the Lions on Monday Night Football.
Rodgers also made history during the game, passing John Elway for 10th all time in passing yards on a 50-yard completion to Devante Adams in the third quarter.
Rodgers now has 51,633 passing yards in his career.
Rodgers wasn't the only Packer to have a bounce-back game. Running back Aaron Jones had a huge night, rushing for 67 yards and four total touchdowns (one rushing, three receiving).
All NFL scores from previous games
Buccaneers 31, Cowboys 29
Eagles 32, Falcons 6
Steelers 23, Bills 16
Bengals 27, Vikings 24
49ers 41, Lions 33
Cardinals 38, Titans 13
Seahawks 28, Colts 16
Chargers 20, Washington 16
Panthers 19, Jets 14
Texans 37, Jaguars 21
Chiefs 33, Browns 29
Dolphins 17, Patriots 16
Saints 38, Packers 3
Broncos 27, Giants 13
Rams 34, Bears 14
Raiders 33, Ravens 27