NFL fans were treated to a spectacular Sunday of football in Week 10, as five games ended with a game-winning field goal on the final play of regulation, which is the most in a single week in NFL history. There were also plenty of upsets, comebacks, and playoff implications that unfolded throughout the day. Here are some of the highlights and takeaways from the Week 10 action:
Browns stun Ravens with late rally
The Cleveland Browns pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season, as they overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Baltimore Ravens, 33-31, at M&T Bank Stadium. The Browns only led for 40 seconds in the entire game, but that was enough to snap their 11-game losing streak to the Ravens and keep their playoff hopes alive. Baker Mayfield threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, while Nick Chubb ran for 117 yards and a score. The Browns defense also came up big, forcing three turnovers and sacking Lamar Jackson four times. The Ravens, who had won five straight games, fell to 7-2 and lost their grip on the top seed in the AFC. Jackson had 321 passing yards and three touchdowns, but also threw two costly interceptions. The Ravens will look to bounce back next week against the Bears, while the Browns will face the Lions at home.
Lions outlast Chargers in shootout
The Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Chargers engaged in a high-scoring affair at SoFi Stadium, as the two teams combined for 79 points and 1,010 yards of offense. The game came down to the wire, as the Lions drove 75 yards in the final two minutes and set up a 54-yard field goal attempt for Matt Prater. The veteran kicker nailed the kick as time expired, giving the Lions a 41-38 victory and improving their record to 7-2. The Lions are now tied with the Eagles for the best record in the NFC and have a two-game lead in the NFC North. Jared Goff had a career day, throwing for 423 yards and four touchdowns, while D’Andre Swift added 136 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Chargers, who dropped to 5-4, were led by Justin Herbert, who had 408 passing yards and three touchdowns, and Keenan Allen, who had 12 catches for 184 yards and a score. The Chargers will try to rebound next week against the Steelers, while the Lions will visit the Browns.
Cardinals edge Falcons in Murray’s return
Kyler Murray made his 2023 debut after missing the previous four games with a shoulder injury, and he led the Arizona Cardinals to a comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons, 25-23, at State Farm Stadium. Murray threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for 51 yards and a score. He capped off his performance with a game-winning drive in the final minute, setting up a 37-yard field goal by Zane Gonzalez as time ran out. The Cardinals improved to 5-4 and stayed in the hunt for a wild card spot in the NFC. The Falcons, who fell to 3-6, wasted a strong outing by Matt Ryan, who had 291 passing yards and two touchdowns. Calvin Ridley also had a big game, catching eight passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. The Falcons will host the Patriots next week, while the Cardinals will travel to Houston to face the Texans.
Texans stun Bengals with Stroud’s heroics
The Houston Texans pulled off another surprising win, as they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 30-27, at Paul Brown Stadium. The Texans, who improved to 5-4, were led by rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud, who threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for 42 yards and a score. Stroud showed his clutch gene, as he led the Texans to a game-tying touchdown drive in the final two minutes, and then set up a 51-yard field goal by Ka’imi Fairbairn as time expired. The Texans have now won four of their last five games and are only one game behind the Jaguars in the AFC South. The Bengals, who dropped to 6-3, had a disappointing performance, as they committed three turnovers and allowed four sacks. Joe Burrow had 256 passing yards and a touchdown, but also threw two interceptions. Ja’Marr Chase had seven catches for 115 yards and a score, but also lost a fumble. The Bengals will look to regroup next week against the Raiders, while the Texans will host the Cardinals.
Cowboys rout Giants in NFC East showdown
The Dallas Cowboys asserted their dominance in the NFC East, as they crushed the New York Giants, 49-17, at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys improved to 7-2 and extended their lead in the division to three games. Dak Prescott had a near-perfect game, throwing for 375 yards and four touchdowns, with a passer rating of 153.3. He connected with CeeDee Lamb nine times for 149 yards and two scores, while Amari Cooper and Dalton Schultz also caught touchdown passes. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 92 yards and a touchdown, as the Cowboys racked up 515 yards of offense. The Giants, who fell to 4-5, had no answer for the Cowboys’ attack, as they allowed six touchdowns and two field goals on eight drives. Daniel Jones had 217 passing yards and a touchdown, but also threw an interception and lost a fumble. Saquon Barkley had a quiet return from injury, rushing for 28 yards on 10 carries. The Giants will face the Buccaneers next week, while the Cowboys will have a bye.
Other scores and notes
- The Colts beat the Patriots, 10-6, in Frankfurt, Germany, as part of the NFL International Series. The Colts improved to 5-5, while the Patriots fell to 1-9.
- The 49ers snapped their four-game losing streak, as they blew out the Jaguars, 34-3, at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers improved to 4-5, while the Jaguars dropped to 6-3.
- The Steelers upset the Packers, 23-19, at Lambeau Field, as Mason Rudolph threw a touchdown pass to Chase Claypool with 16 seconds left. The Steelers improved to 4-5, while the Packers fell to 6-3.
- The Buccaneers beat the Titans, 20-6, at Raymond James Stadium, as Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski. The Buccaneers improved to 6-3, while the Titans fell to 5-4.
- The Vikings beat the Saints, 27-19, at U.S. Bank Stadium, as Kirk Cousins threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings improved to 5-4, while the Saints fell to 5-4.
- The Jets and the Raiders will face off on Monday night at Allegiant Stadium, as both teams look to snap their losing streaks. The Jets are 2-6, while the Raiders are 3-5.
- The Broncos and the Bills will close out Week 10 on Tuesday night at Highmark Stadium, as both teams look to stay in the playoff race. The Broncos are 4-4, while the Bills are 5-3.