US Sports Roundup Week Six: Rams remain unbeaten and Brady chokes the Chiefs
After week six of the season, Matthew Crist looks back at all the major talking points from an eventful weekend of NFL action...
"The Bears, who have not allowed a rushing touchdown all season, couldn't capitalise on their luck when Matt Nagy pushed his 53-yard field goal wide, allowing the home side to win the game with a kick of their own."
Dolphins secure thrilling overtime victory over the Bears
Jason Sanders' 47-yard field goal in overtime sealed a stunning 31-28 win over the Chicago Bears in an error-strewn game in South Florida.
Adam Gase's men, playing without injured starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, surrendered three straight touchdowns at the beginning of the second half, which saw Miami trail by double-digits. But having battled back to tie the game, the Dolphins looked to have victory in their grasp as they drove to the 1-yard-line on the opening possession of OT only for running back Kenyan Drake to lose the ball as he dived into the end zone for a turnover.
However the Bears, who have not allowed a rushing touchdown all season, couldn't capitalise on their luck when Cody Parkey pushed his 53-yard field goal wide, allowing the home side to win the game with a kick of their own and clinch a win that sees them move to 4-2 in the AFC East, which they are [7.2] to win. The loss ended a three game winning streak for Chicago who at 3-2 are now [3.05] for the NFC North title.
Chiefs unbeaten run snapped by Patriots
Tom Brady notched win number 200 as his New England Patriots brought Kansas City's unbeaten run to an end in a thrilling 43-40 win on Sunday night.
Down 15 points at halftime, the Chiefs rallied to take a 33-30 lead early in the fourth quarter, but after two scoring drives New England regained a seven-point lead.
Kansas City tied the contest once more, though, after a 75-yard touchdown pass from first-year starter Patrick Mahomes, who completed 352 yards, to Tyreek Hill on the first play of the next drive; though with three minutes remaining on the clock there was still time for Brady to work his magic.
And in just five plays the Patriots' quarterback, who threw for a total of 340 yards, marched his side down the field to set up Stephen Gostkowski's game-winning 28-yard field goal which ended Kansas City's unbeaten start and confirmed New England as [2.94] to come out of the AFC.
Rams remain undefeated against disappointing Denver
The Los Angeles Rams remain the only undefeated side in NFL after securing an impressive 23-20 win at a freezing Mile High Stadium on Sunday.
The Rams took a 3-0 lead three minutes into the game courtesy of a 26-yard Cairo Santos field goal while running back Todd Gurley rushed for a career-high 208 yards, scoring two touchdowns while also picking up 10 first downs on the ground. The Broncos did rally but any comeback was halted by a number of needless penalties which would ultimately cost them dear.
Denver's positive second-half showing against the league's top team will do little to ease the pressure on Head Coach Vance Joseph while the 6-0 Rams are enjoying their best start to a season since 2001 when, as the St. Louis Rams, they won their first six games on their way to the Super Bowl and are [4.6] to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy in February.
Roethlisberger inspires late rally late to beat Bengals
Ben Roethlisberger's 31-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown with 10 seconds on the clock was enough to earn a hard-fought 23-21 win for Pittsburgh in Cincinnati.
The home side, who were looking to snap a seven-game losing streak to the Steelers, took a 21-20 lead with 1:18 remaining thanks to a 4-yard touchdown run by Joe Mixon, but the Bengals left too much time for the Steelers to respond which is exactly what they did.
Roethlisberger was 32-of-46, passing for 369 yards, and once again proved to be the difference as he advanced the Steelers downfield looking to inflict only the second defeat of the season on the Bengals, who are [3.5] to clinch the AFC North. And rather than settling for a nerve jangling field goal, picked-out Antonio Brown who did the rest to turn the division on its head.