Saints 31, Falcons 27
Of all the teams to end Atlanta’s unbeaten run, it had to be their resurgent rivals, New Orleans in a game filled with drama until the end.
Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for a career-best 146 yards and two touchdowns, cornerback Jabari Greer made a diving, touchdown-saving pass breakup on a late fourth-down play, and host New Orleans held on to hand the Falcons their first loss.
Graham and his Atlanta counterpart, veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez, both were superb in a game that showcased all the intensity and momentum changes one would expect from one of the NFL’s most passionate and longstanding rivalries.
Vikings 34, Lions 24
Adrian Peterson raced 61 yards for the game-sealing touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, padding his NFL rushing lead with 171 yards on 27 carries for host Minnesota in a victory over Detroit.
Peterson had 120 yards in the final 15 minutes, 10½ months after reconstructive surgery on his left knee. Christian Ponder bounced back from a rough game with 221 yards and two touchdowns on 24-for-32 passing for the Vikings (6-4).
Broncos 36, Panthers 14
Peyton Manning made sure John Fox’s return to Carolina was a successful one, throwing for 301 yards and a touchdown to lead Denver to a win over the host Panthers.
Manning threw his 420th touchdown pass to move into a tie for second place on the NFL’s all-time list with Dan Marino. He trails only Brett Favre (508).
Buccaneers 34, Chargers 24
Josh Freeman threw two touchdown passes and the surging Buccaneers scored on a blocked punt and Leonard Johnson’s 83-yard interception return to beat the Chargers for their third straight win.
Freeman has thrown for 13 TDs with one interception in his past five games, helping the host Bucs (5-4) win four times to climb back over .500 following a 1-3 start.
Titans 37, Dolphins 3
Colin McCarthy returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown, and four takeaways helped Tennessee beat host Miami.
The Titans came into the game on pace to set an NFL record for points allowed in a season, but they stymied Miami by intercepting Ryan Tannehill three times and recovering a Reggie Bush fumble to set up a touchdown.
Patriots 37, Bills 31
Tom Brady threw for two touchdowns, Devin McCourty ended Buffalo’s hopes with an interception in the end zone and host New England kept the surprisingly tough Bills winless at Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots (6-3) let a 17-3 lead slip to 34-31 with 7:47 left on Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Donald Jones. Then the Bills (3-6) held the Patriots to a 27-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski with 2:06 remaining.
Ravens 55, Raiders 20
Joe Flacco threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns, and host Baltimore set a club record for points in a rout of Oakland.
The Ravens (7-2) scored on six of their first seven possessions against the struggling Raiders (3-6), who have yielded at least 40 points in two straight games for the first time since 1962.
Bengals 31, Giants 13
Andy Dalton threw a career-high four touchdown passes — each to a different receiver — and host Cincinnati ended their four-game losing streak by beating New York.
The Bengals (4-5) took advantage of a fumble and Eli Manning’s two interceptions, which set up third-quarter touchdowns. That helped A.J. Green back up his observation there are holes in New York’s defense.
Seahawks 28, Jets 7
Russell Wilson threw touchdowns of 38 yards to Golden Tate and 31 yards to Sidney Rice, and host Seattle sent New York to their worst start since 2007.
Wilson was harried for much of the day by the multiple looks from the Jets’ defense. But the Seattle rookie responded with key throws, hitting Tate on the opening drive, then connecting with Rice early in the fourth quarter to give Seattle (6-4) a two-score advantage. Tate added a TD pass on a reverse to Rice later in the fourth quarter.
49ers 24, Rams 24, OT
St. Louis and host San Francisco played the NFL’s first tie game in four years as both team’s kickers missed overtime field goals.
Greg Zuerlein kicked a 53-yarder, but the Rams were penalized 5 yards for delay of game. He tried again from 58 as coach Jeff Fisher played for the win, and missed wide right with 2:42 left in OT. San Francisco’s David Akers missed wide left on a 41-yard attempt that could have sealed it for the NFC West-leading 49ers.
Cowboys 38, Eagles 23
Tony Romo threw a pair of touchdowns, Dwayne Harris had a 78-yard punt return for a score and Brandon Carr returned an interception 47 yards for a TD to lead Dallas to a win over host Philadelphia.
The Cowboys improved to 4-5, and are second in the NFC East, 1½ games behind the New York Giants.