Sunday’s NFL roundup: Wilson’s TD catch lifts Seahawks
Seattle — Everyone knew Russell Wilson could run and pass.
But catch? The Seattle Seahawks quarterback showed he can do that, too.
Wilson threw for 272 yards and a touchdown, and caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Doug Baldwin as the Seahawks rolled past the Philadelphia Eagles 26-15 on Sunday.
Wilson became the first quarterback in franchise history to catch a touchdown, a perfect end-around pass from Baldwin to Seattle’s athletic QB as he ran down the left sideline and dove into the end zone to give the Seahawks a 23-7 lead.
Wilson was already causing headaches for the Eagles well before his TD catch. He scrambled and threw across his body to find Jimmy Graham on a 35-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the second quarter as Seattle built a 16-7 halftime lead that was more than enough. Rookie C.J. Prosise had a 72-yard touchdown run on Seattle’s fifth offensive play — the longest run ever by a Seattle player since CenturyLink Field opened in 2002.
Wilson completed 18 of 31 passes with four of them going to Baldwin for 104 yards, along with the first touchdown pass of his career.
Philadelphia lost its fifth straight road game as rookie quarterback Carson Wentz was provided an education on facing one of the best defenses in the NFL.
(At) Washington 42, Green Bay 24: Kirk Cousins (Michigan State) went deep late and often, throwing for 375 yards and three touchdowns to lead Washington past free-falling Green Bay.
Cousins and the Washington (6-3-1) have won six of their past eight games going into a showdown with the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys, the winners of nine in a row. The Packers (4-6) have lost four consecutive games and five of six, allowing 30 or more points in all of those defeats.
Robert Kelley ran for a career-best 137 yards and three touchdowns. Cousins was 21-of-30, connecting with Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Jamison Crowder for touchdowns and becoming the franchise leader in 300-yard games.
Aaron Rodgers was 26 of 41 for 355 yards and three touchdowns.
(At) Dallas 27, Baltimore 17: Dak Prescott threw three touchdown passes, two to Dez Bryant, and the Cowboys set a franchise season record with their ninth straight win.
The Cowboys (9-1) punted on their first four possessions against the NFL’s No. 1 defense. They marched 92 and 88 yards on their first two drives of the second half to break a 10-10 tie. Both drives ended with TD passes to Bryant.
Prescott finished 27-of-36 for 301 yards for his second 300-yard game a week after his first. He was 14-of-15 in the second half.
Indianapolis 24, Tennessee 17: Andrew Luck led the Colts to an early 21-0 lead, and the defense held on as Indianapolis (5-5) won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
And by earning their 11th straight victory in the series, the Colts climbed into second place in the AFC South.
(at) Cleveland 9: Le’Veon Bell rushed for a season-high 146 yards and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run — long after time expired in the first half — and the Steelers recorded eight sacks and snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Steelers (5-5) scored eight points with zeroes showing on the clock before halftime after they were awarded two extra plays because of defensive penalties against the Browns (0-11).
The Steelers came in with a league-low 13 sacks before unloading on the Browns.
(At) N.Y. Giants 22, Chicago 16: Eli Manning threw a go-ahead 15-yard touchdown pass to rookie Sterling Shepard in the third quarter as the Giants rallied for their fifth straight win.
The Giants (7-3) got a second-half shutout from their defense and a game-clinching interception from Landon Collins.
The winning streak is New York’s longest in the regular season since 2010, while the Bears’ starts matches their worst since 2002.
New England 30,
(at) San Francisco 17: Tom Brady threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns in Brady’s first road game against the 49ers team he rooted for as a boy.
Back in the Bay Area at last and with so many family and friends in the stands, Brady completed eight of his first nine passes and nine of 11, while New England’s defense flew through a leaky offensive line at Colin Kaepernick for four first-half sacks and five in all.
Tampa Bay 19, (at) Kansas City 17: Jameis Winston sliced up a Kansas City defense missing top cornerback Marcus Peters, and the Buccaneers snapped the Chiefs’ five-game winning streak.
Winston threw for 331 yards to help set up four field goals by Roberto Aguayo, and hit tight end Robert Cross for a touchdown with just over 6 minutes left to give the Buccaneers (5-5) a cushion.
It was the Buccaneers’ fifth straight win over Kansas City dating to 1993, and it snapped a home winning streak for the Chiefs that dated to a loss to Chicago on Oct. 11, 2015.
Buffalo 16, (at) Cincinnati 12: LeSean McCoy ran 7 yards for a touchdown before suffering a thumb injury, and the Bills got just enough out of their depleted offense to beat the Bengals.
The Bills (5-5) had lost three straight. Their ragged win on Sunday preserved their hopes of a long-awaited playoff spot.
Playing their first game in nearly a month at Paul Brown Stadium, the Bengals managed only five first downs while being shut out in the second half.
Miami 14, (at) Los Angeles 10: DeVante Parker caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill with 36 seconds to play, and the Dolphins rallied for two late scores to spoil Jared Goff’s NFL debut.
Tannehill passed for 172 yards in the fifth straight victory for the Dolphins (6-4), who were dominated by the Rams’ defense until their final two drives on a rainy day at the Coliseum.
Goff went 17-of-31 for 134 yards in a quiet debut by the NFL’s No. 1 pick in the Rams’ 10th game of the season.