Drake lifts Dolphins, Boswell in failed 'rabona'
There were two kick returns for touchdowns, two missed extra points, 10 missed field goals and three blocked kicks in NFL on Sunday. Most of those plays proved instrumental in the results.
The Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 27-23 thanks to a 96-yard kick-off return by Kenyan Drake.
The deciding score in the Baltimore Ravens' 21-14 victory over Pittsburgh was a blocked punt returned for a score. The Steelers also had perhaps the worst onside kick attempt in history following a late touchdown.
Even Darren Sproles had a 66-yard punt return for the Philadelphia Eagles in their 28-23 loss to the New York Giants as rookie quarterback Carson Wentz struggled. Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis also had a 40-yard field goal attempt blocked by Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
The player who had perhaps the worst day was Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh, who missed an extra point and had a field goal blocked in regulation before the Vikings fell 22-16 in overtime to the Detroit Lions.
Elsewhere, the Dallas Cowboys accounted for the Cleveland Browns 35-10, the Indianapolis Colts trumped the Green Bay Packers 31-26, the Carolina Panthers edged the Los Angeles Rams 13-10, the New Orleans Saints defeated the San Francisco 49ers 41-23, the San Diego Charges outlasted the Tennessee Titans 43-35, the Jacksonville Jaguars lost 19-14 to the Kansas City Chiefs, while the Denver Broncos lost 30-20 to the Oakland Raiders.
BOSWELL IN EPIC FAIL
Inspired by the round-ball code, Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell's attempted 'rabona' ended embarrassingly.
Mike Wallace got things going for the Ravens early with his explosive catch and run.
GORDON KEEPS ON RUNNING
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon had himself quite the day. He ran for 196 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries and caught four passes for 65 yards against the Titans. Gordon's 261 yards from scrimmage is the second-most in franchise history, behind only a 271-yard performance by LaDainian Tomlinson in 2002.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott went 21 of 27 for 247 yards with three touchdowns in the victory at Cleveland. He posted a passer rating of 141.8 and has a 104.2 rating on the season. He is the first rookie QB in NFL history to have six starts with a 100-plus passer rating in his team's first eight games of a season. Prescott is also the first rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era to go 7-1 as a starter to open the season.
Saints running back Mark Ingram ran for 158 yards against the 49ers, including a 75-yard run in the second quarter to give the Saints a 28-10 lead.
WALLACE SHOWS WHEELS
Wallace's 95-yard touchdown reception was the longest play from scrimmage the Ravens ever had during the regular season. Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe scored on a 96-yard pass during the 2000 playoffs. It was also the longest pass play allowed by the Steelers since 1966.
Colts running back Frank Gore caught two passes in against the Packers. Gore now has 400 career receptions and joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Curtis Martin, Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith and Tomlinson as the only running backs with over 12,500 rushing yards and at least 400 receptions.
Drake's 96-yard kick-off return lifted the Dolphins over the Jets. Coupled with Jakeem Grant's 74-yard punt return in week five, Miami became the only team this season to return both a punt and kick for touchdowns.
SMITH TALKS HOUSEKEEPING
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce on getting ejected: "I can't throw my flag at the ref. He can throw his all day though."
Ravens receiver Steve Smith on Steelers safety Mike Mitchell: "He's not on my level. He's not even on my kids level. I'm a foundation builder. He's a cabinet."