Will Parks ran an extra-point back 84 yards for a defensive two-point conversion, and the Broncos pulled out a wild 25-23 victory over the Saints
Denvers Justin Simmons used a perfectly timed leap over the offensive line to block an extra-point kick that would have given New Orleans a late lead, Will Parks ran it back 84 yards for a defensive two-point conversion, and the Broncos pulled out a wild 25-23 victory over the Saints on Sunday.
The decisive play came while the Superdome crowd was still celebrating Brandin Cooks twisting, 32-yard touchdown catch between two defenders. That put New Orleans in position to take the lead with 1:28 left. Simmons block of Wil Lutzs kick was scooped up by Parks, who nearly stepped out of bounds as he raced down the left sideline. It was the first such play to provide the winning points in an NFL game.
The Broncos then recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock.
Elsewhere, Marcus Mariota threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns and the Tennessee Titans routed the Green Bay Packers 47-25.
Five different Titans scored a touchdown in the first half as Tennessee put together its best scoring performance this season with 35 points.
With the win, the Titans (5-5) also matched the five victories over the past two seasons combined.
DeMarco Murray set the tone on the opening play from scrimmage, running 75 yards for a touchdown . He finished with 123 yards and also threw a TD pass, becoming the first non-quarterback to do that for this franchise in the same game since Earl Campbell on Sept. 7, 1980, for the then-Houston Oilers.
Brian Orakpo had two of Tennessees five sacks, and the Titans also forced three turnovers.
The Packers (4-5) started a three-game road swing by losing their third straight. Green Bay has lost four of five in dropping below .500 for the first time since Aaron Rodgers first year as a starter back in 2008.
Rodgers and Mariota came into this game tied for the most TD passes in the NFL over the previous five weeks with 13. Rodgers threw for 371 yards and two touchdowns, and he also ran for another.
But Mariota completed his first 10 passes as Tennessee jumped on Green Bay at the start, and he completed TD passes of 9, 32, 6 and 33 each to a different receiver.
In Sundays other early kick-offs, the Eagles overcame the Falcons while the Panthers suffered defeat to the Chiefs: Marcus Peters stripped Kelvin Benjamin with 20 seconds left, Cairo Santos kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired, and the Chiefs overcame a 17-point deficit to win 20-17.
The game was tied when Benjamin caught a 14-yard pass from Cam Newton at his own 34. Peters ripped the ball from his arms and returned it to the Carolina 24. Santos fourth field goal of the day split the uprights, lifting the Chiefs to their fifth straight victory and 17th win in their last 19 games.
This group has some character, Kansas City coach Andy Reid said. It doesnt mean you win every game but when you play like this you give yourself an opportunity to win.
The win moves the Chiefs (7-2) into a tie for first place in the AFC West with the idle Oakland Raiders.
Sundays NFL results
Kansas City Chiefs 20-17 Carolina Panthers; Houston Texans 24-21 Jacksonville Jaguars; Denver Broncos 25-23 New Orleans Saints; Los Angeles Rams 9-6 New York Jets; Atlanta Falcons 15-24 Philadelphia Eagles; Chicago Bears 10-36 Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Green Bay Packers 25-47 Tennessee Titans; Minnesota Vikings 20-26 Washington