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PATRIOTS 38, BEARS 31

CHICAGO – Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and the Patriots hung on when Kevin White got stopped at the one on a 54-yard pass from Mitchell Trubisky as the New England Patriots beat the Chicago Bears 38-31.

About four or five defenders swarmed White after he leaped to haul in that long heave, preventing him from crossing the goal line while preserving the fourth straight win for New England.

The Patriots (5-2) also got two special-teams touchdowns and came out on top, even though they were missing Rob Gronkowski. The five-time Pro Bowl tight end missed the game because of ankle and back injuries.

Brady improved to 5-0 against Chicago (3-3), one of five teams yet to beat him. He was 25-of-36 for 277 yards and an interception.

Cordarrelle Patterson ran a kickoff back 95 yards for his sixth career return TD. Kyle Van Noy became the first New England player in 22 years to return a blocked punt for a touchdown. Dont’a Hightower blocked the kick.

Rookie running back Sony Michel left in the second quarter because of a knee injury. But the Patriots beat the Bears for the eighth time in nine games since the 1985 team got routed in the Super Bowl.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady runs off the field after an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 21, 2018, in Chicago.David Banks/The Associated Press

PANTHERS 21, EAGLES 17

PHILADELPHIA – Cam Newton tossed a one-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen with 1:22 left and Carolina overcame a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Philadelphia. Julius Peppers sacked Carson Wentz, forcing a fumble on fourth down from the Panthers 14, to seal the victory. The Panthers improved to 4-2 with the biggest comeback in franchise history. The Super Bowl defending champion Eagles fell to 3-4. After Carolina took the lead, the Eagles started at their 30. A 48-yard pass interference penalty on James Bradberry against Alshon Jeffery put the ball at the Carolina 22. Eric Reid appeared to intercept Wentz’s overthrown pass, but the play was overturned on a video review. Wentz threw incomplete to Jeffery in the end zone on third-and-two and was stripped on the next play.

Down 17-0, the Panthers started their rally when Curtis Samuel ran in from the 14 on a reverse but Graham Gano missed the extra point. Newton then quickly drove the Panthers 87 yards, tossing an 18-yard pass to Devin Funchess. He connected with Jarius Wright on the two-point conversion with 4:08 left. The Panthers forced a three-and-out. Newton threw three straight incomplete passes, but took a hit on fourth down and still completed a 35-yard catch-and-run pass to Torrey Smith to reach the Philadelphia 34. A 22-yard pass to Christian McCaffrey gave Carolina first down at the 4. Newton ran it to the 1, setting up third down. He threw it to Olsen wide open in the back of the end zone.

BUCCANEERS 26, BROWNS 23

TAMPA, Fla. – Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 59-yard field goal, the longest ever in overtime, with 1:50 remaining. Redeeming himself after missing an extra point, as well as a 40-yard field goal on the final play of regulation, Catanzaro’s kick barely made it over the crossbar to end Tampa Bay’s three-game skid and hand the Browns (2-4-1) a NFL record-tying 24th consecutive road loss. Cleveland – which has played four overtime games this season, the most for a team since Arizona won all four it played in 2011, and tied for second most in NFL history – doesn’t have a road victory since winning in overtime at Baltimore on Oct. 11, 2015.

TEXANS 20, JAGUARS 7

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Blake Bortles fumbled on Jacksonville’s third play of each half, leading to 10 points and his benching. The Texans (4-3) won their fourth consecutive game thanks to those two turnovers and took a one-game lead in the AFC South. Deshaun Watson, who reportedly made the 800-mile road trip by bus instead of plane, had a touchdown pass despite playing with a bruised lung and injured ribs. Lamar Miller ran for a season-high 100 yards and a score.

LIONS 32, DOLPHINS 21

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Kerryon Johnson rushed for 158 yards and the Lions repeatedly mounted long scoring drives. Matt Stafford was 18-for-22 for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Detroit had 457 total yards and 248 on the ground, with scoring drives covering 64, 85, 75, 65, 75, 63 and 44 yards. The Lions (3-3) punted once and had no turnovers to win on the road for the first time. They’ve climbed back to .500 after being outscored 78-44 in their first two games. Injury-ravaged Miami (4-3) lost at home for the first time this season and lost another key player. Dynamic receiver Albert Wilson was sidelined in the first half with a leg injury.

CHARGERS 20, TITANS 19

LONDON – Adrian Phillips broke up Marcus Mariota’s pass attempt, the Titans’ second try for a two-point conversion after a defensive penalty on the first attempt, and the Chargers held on.

It was the fourth consecutive victory for the Chargers (5-2), who weathered the absence of running back Melvin Gordon (hamstring) and relied upon their defence to pull out the win.

The Titans (3-4) drove 89 yards over the final 4:55 before Mariota’s one-yard pass to tight end Luke Stocker pulled them within one point. Mariota, who went 24-for-32 for 237 yards with an interception, thought he had scored the touchdown himself. With 40 seconds left, he ran three yards on a draw and stretched for the end zone, but replay showed he was down inches shy of the goal line.

VIKINGS 37, JETS 17

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes, Latavius Murray ran for two scores, and the Vikings pulled away in the second half for their third straight victory. Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen became the fifth player in NFL history to get at least 100 yards receiving in seven consecutive games, catching nine passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Murray, coming off career-high 155 yards rushing against Arizona, finished with 69 yards on 15 carries to help lift the Vikings (4-2-1) to their first win against the Jets on the road after losing the first five meetings away from home.

COLTS 37, BILLS 5

INDIANAPOLIS – Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes and Marlon Mack had his first rushing scores of the season. The Colts (2-5) snapped a four-game losing streak and finally won their 300th game since moving to Indianapolis from Baltimore in 1984. Adam Vinatieri scored five points to move within five of breaking Morten Andersen’s NFL career record (2,544). The Bills (2-5) lost their second straight, playing this one without injured starting quarterback Josh Allen.

RAMS 39, 49ERS 10

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Todd Gurley scored three touchdowns and Jared Goff threw two TD passes as the Los Angeles Rams took advantage of four takeaways and a blocked punt to beat San Francisco. The Rams (7-0) intercepted C.J. Beathard twice and recovered two fumbles to give them seven straight wins to open the season for the first time since 1985. The Rams began 6-0 for three straight seasons in 1999-2001 before losing the seventh game. The 49ers (1-6) made sure that wouldn’t happen this year by repeatedly giving the ball away, justifying the decision the NFL made to flex this game out of prime time following the season-ending knee injury to San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Beathard has thrown seven interceptions and lost three fumbles in four starts as the 49ers have committed 14 straight turnovers since their last takeaway on Sept. 30 against the Chargers. The Rams dominated defensively with Aaron Donald recording four sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery; linebacker Cory Littleton having two sacks and a blocked punt for a safety; and Troy Hill and John Johnson III intercepting passes. The turnovers set up 24 points for the Rams, who put up the big scoring day despite gaining a season-low 331 yards of offence.

WASHINGTON 20, COWBOYS 17

LANDOVER, Md. – Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan’s strip sack of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was recovered for a touchdown by Preston Smith with just less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter on Sunday, and Washington held on to edge Dallas 20-17 when a last-second field-goal attempt by Brett Maher went off the left upright. What would have been a 47-yard kick became a 52-yarder when Louis-Philippe Ladoceur was called for a snap infraction. That Kerrigan-Smith play that provided the winning points was Washington’s fourth sack of Prescott, who appeared to use smelling salts after taking a shoulder to his helmet at the end of a run in the first quarter. Prescott lost two fumbles in the game, including one on an earlier fourth-and-one keeper. Washington (4-2) won consecutive games for the first time this season and stretched its lead atop the NFC East. It also dropped the Cowboys to 0-4 on the road, 3-4 over all, as it heads into its bye week.

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