Week 8 of the NFL season has featured some incredible football, and there’s more on the way Sunday!
Rookie quarterback Malik Willis made his first NFL start in the Tennessee Titans‘ win over the Houston Texans, the new-look San Francisco 49ers stomped the Los Angeles Rams, and the division-leading Seattle Seahawks handed the New York Giants their second loss of the season.
Kicking things off earlier, Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos narrowly defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars at London’s Wembley Stadium in the third game of the 2022 International Series. Elsewhere, the Dallas Cowboys dominated the Chicago Bears, while the Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Arizona Cardinals and the Atlanta Falcons locked down first place in the NFC South with a wild overtime win over the Carolina Panthers.
Here are the top plays from Sunday’s action.
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San Francisco 49ers 31, Los Angeles Rams 14
Tricks and treats!
The Rams were first on the board, thanks to a diving score from Matthew Stafford, but the Niners knotted things up soon after with a wild 34-yard trick pass from Christian McCaffrey to Brandon Aiyuk.
Stafford connected with Cooper Kupp for a second-quarter score to take the lead headed into halftime.
What can’t he do?
With a passing touchdown already on the books, McCaffrey made an acrobatic TD catch to give the Niners a lead, followed by a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to complete the trifecta. CMC became just the fourth player in NFL history to register a opassing, rushing and receiving TD in the same game, and the first since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2005.
Seattle Seahawks 27, New York Giants 13
Finding a rhythm
Seattle snagged the first score of the game, as Geno Smith found DK Metcalf in the back of the end zone.
He’ll take that!
The Giants defense came up with a clutch turnover at Seattle’s 2-yard line, which quickly turned into a game-tying touchdown ahead of the break, but they couldn’t keep it up, and the Seahawks came out with the win.
Washington Commanders 17, Indianapolis Colts 16
In the first half, Terry McLaurin broke off a 42-yard reception, which helped set up Antonio Gibson‘s ensuing touchdown to give Washington the lead.
Chaos in Indy!
The Commanders put together an absolutely wild final drive to secure the road win. The Colts were leading until the final few minutes, when Taylor Heinicke tossed back-to-back 20-plus-yard throws to get the offense to the 1-yard line. After the score, Washington took a one-point lead with 22 seconds to spare!
Tennessee Titans 17, Houston Texans 10
Derrick Henry took off for a 29-yard touchdown, giving the visiting Titans the lead in the second quarter.
Henry added another score in the second half, marking his fourth straight game with two or more touchdowns versus the Texans.
Dallas Cowboys 49, Chicago Bears 29
Dallas was clicking on all cylinders early. After getting the Cowboys on the board first with a sneaky run, Dak Prescott extended Dallas’ lead with this smooth connection between Prescott and CeeDee Lamb.
Making a statement
The Cowboys added their third score of the day thanks to a high-flying pickup from Michael Gallup and a big run from Prescott that set up a clear route to the end zone for Tony Pollard.
Right on the money
The Bears defense picked off Prescott near midfield just ahead of the break, which allowed Justin Fields & Co. to take advantage and punch in a score to keep things close.
The second half was a wild one in Dallas. The Cowboys picked up a third-quarter touchdown on a 36-yard fumble recovery from Micah Parsons to extend their lead. Then, with momentum on its side, Dallas came up with a game-icing score in the final frame — a monster 54-yard rush from none other than Pollard.
Minnesota Vikings 34, Arizona Cardinals 26
Kirk Cousins jetted into the end zone on the Vikings’ first drive of the game, popping off for a 17-yard score.
After coming up with a huge sideline grab in the first quarter to help move the Cards downfield, DeAndre Hopkins followed that up with a wild one-handed touchdown to keep things close ahead of the half.
Hopkins now joins Julio Jones as the only active NFL players with 800-plus career catches.
Atlanta Falcons 37, Carolina Panthers 34 (OT)
The Falcons struggled right out of the gate, as Marcus Mariota turned the ball over on their first drive of the game. Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson came up with a jaw-dropping interception early in the first quarter.
Tyler Allgeier, who stepped up for the injured Cordarrelle Patterson, turned a short pass into a clutch 25-yard touchdown to extend the Falcons’ lead in the third quarter.
The Panthers were down with 12 seconds to play, so PJ Walker threw it up for grabs, and DJ Moore came down with the ball in the end zone for a 62-yard game-tying score.
However, that was just the beginning. The game headed into overtime after Carolina missed the extra point, which was pushed back due to an excessive celebration penalty on Moore for removing his helmet after the score.
The Falcons ended up coming away with the win via a game-ending field goal in OT.
Philadelphia Eagles 35, Pittsburgh Steelers 13
The Eagles came out strong on their first drive of the game. Jalen Hurts connected with star receiver A.J. Brown for a monster 39-yard touchdown, which brought Lincoln Financial Field to its feet!
The Steelers knotted things up at seven with a trick-play touchdown that stunned the Eagles defense.
The Hurts-Brown chemistry was strong in Philly, as the pair came up with two more first-half scores to help the home team cruise to an easy victory.
New England Patriots 22, New York Jets 17
Zach Wilson launched one to Garrett Wilson for a 54-yard pickup to get the Jets in the red zone, where they picked up a field goal to take the first lead of the game.
Follow the leader
N.Y. took the lead early in the second quarter, 10-3, after Wilson found tight end Tyler Conklin for six.
In the end, the Jets weren’t able to hold off the Patriots’ five-field goal, one-touchdown performance, and the home team came up just short.
Miami Dolphins 31, Detroit Lions 27
After coughing up the ball on their first drive of the game, the Dolphins bounced back on their second possession. Tua Tagovailoa found Tyreek Hill for a 36-yard gain that set up a Jaylen Waddle touchdown.
Hill pulled in a dazzling 42-yard grab to help move the Dolphins downfield, and they were able to close the gap slightly when Waddle picked up his second score of the half. Miami went on to secure the win.
New Orleans Saints 24, Las Vegas Raiders 0
Ground game strong
The Saints took the lead in the first quarter, thanks to the fancy footwork of none other than Alvin Kamara.
After having no touchdowns in 2022 heading into Sunday, Kamara picked up his second of the first half, followed by a third score to open the second half.
Just like that, the Raiders were shut out for the first time since 2014.
Denver Broncos 21, Jacksonville Jaguars 17
The Jags were first on the board, as Trevor Lawrence found tight end Evan Engram for six right out of the gate.
Jacksonville led the entire first half, but Denver had a few tricks up its sleeve in the third quarter, when the Broncos took their first lead of the game.
Then, Travis Etienne gave the Jags back the lead in the fourth quarter, but it was short-lived, as Broncos wideout K.J. Hamler moved his team downfield and Latavius Murray came up with the score to make it 21-17.
Sealing the deal
The Jags got the ball back with less than two minutes to play, but Lawrence was immediately picked off on Jacksonville’s own side of the field, and things ended there.
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