It's the sixth Sunday of the 2021 NFL season and we're keeping you updated on all the action and biggest storylines throughout the day. The Week 6 slate has some fantastic matchups and storylines, and we're here to help you watch it unfold. Check back often to find out everything you need to know.
Buccaneers 28, Eagles 22 (Recap)
Jaguars 23, Dolphins 20, in London (Recap)
Bengals 34, Lions 11 (Recap)
Packers 24, Bears 14 (Recap)
Colts 31, Texans 3 (Recap)
Chiefs 31, Washington 13 (Recap)
Ravens 34, Chargers 6 (Recap)
Rams 38, Giants 11 (Recap)
Vikings 34, Panthers 28 (OT) (Recap)
Cardinals 37, Browns14 (Recap)
Raiders 34, Broncos 24 (Recap)
Cowboys 35, Patriots 29 (OT) (Box score)
Seahawks at Steelers, 8:20 p.m. ET (Preview)
Bills at Titans, 8:15 p.m. ET (Preview)
Dallas didn't need a touchdown to beat New England in overtime, but on a first-and-10 from the Patriots' 35-yard line, Dak Prescott saw CeeDee Lamb streaking wide open across the middle. From there, Lamb easily beat Jalen Mills to the front-right corner of the end zone to secure the victory and improve the Cowboys' record to 5-1 on the season.
The game-winner. #DallasCowboys #DALvsNE pic.twitter.com/nXRLKtzO4T— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
Zuerlein sends game to OT with FG
The Cowboys were down, then up, then down again -- all in the game's final three minutes. The offense persevered, though, getting into field goal range for kicker Greg Zuerlein. And despite missing a 51-yarder a few possessions beforehand, Zuerlein's 49-yarder with the game on the line was true to send the contest into overtime tied at 29.
ZUERLEIN IS GOOD FROM 49 YARDS.— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
We're TIED in New England!
📺: #DALvsNE on CBS
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/WBeqXIQePb
Patriots strike back with 75-yard TD!
Mac Jones must have an extremely short memory, because on the first play after throwing the interception that led to the go-ahead interception return, he hit Kendrick Bourne with Diggs, who made pick, in coverage. Once Bourne made the catch between defenders, there was nothing but green grass on his way to the end zone.
Go crazy @BournePoly11!!!!!— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 17, 2021
📺: @NFLonCBS / Patriots app pic.twitter.com/hck9E8XKUT
Diggs INT return puts Cowboys ahead
Trevon Diggs has been perhaps the best defensive player in the NFL through five weeks. But surely he couldn't keep intercepting passes every game, right? Turns out he can, as he made his seventh interception in six games late in the fourth quarter Sunday. This was by far his biggest pick of the year, and he corralled the tipped pass and took it to the house to give the Cowboys back the lead.
TREVON 👏 DIGGS 👏#DALvsNE | 📺 : @NFLonCBS pic.twitter.com/FARYOhGUVn— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 17, 2021
Harris carries Cowboys defenders for big gain
New England's offense had barely been on the field before its 13-play, 65-yard drive that resulted in the Patriots going up on the Cowboys early in the fourth quarter. The biggest reason for their success was Damien Harris, who carried the ball five times for 37 yards on the possession. By far his best carry came on a 21-yard scamper during which it took almost the entire Cowboys defense to take him down.
Damien Harris carried the defense for 10+ yards 💪— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
📺: #DALvsNE on CBS
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/a1FO7pLgqy
Cowboys' special teams comes up big
Usually it's the Patriots making big special teams plays, but on Sunday afternoon it was the Cowboys who set themselves up in the red zone with with a blocked punt. Luke Gifford burst through the right side without barely being touched and got both hands right on Jake Bailey's kicking leg, which allowed him to not only block the punt but also recover it, get up and gain a few extra yards.
.@luke_gifford did that!!!#DALvsNE | 📺 : @NFLonCBS pic.twitter.com/Bhw8JkbHTy— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 17, 2021
Browns Hail Mary!
Sunday had not been the Browns day, at least for the first 29 minutes, 57 seconds. Cleveland was being outscored 23-7 with its defense struggling to stop Kyler Murray and the offense committing two turnovers. But on the final play of the first half, the Browns' prayer was answered, with Donovan Peoples-Jones hauling in Baker Mayfield's long ball for a 57-yard touchdown. All of a sudden, the Browns have some momentum with still a full half to play.
OH MY DPJ 😱— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 17, 2021
📺: #AZvsCLE on FOX pic.twitter.com/buppWkf59h
Cowboys strip Mac Jones
Oh how quickly things can change. The Patriots thought they had gone up double digits on a 25-yard touchdown catch from Jakobi Meyers. Not only was the score negated due to holding, but on the next play, the Cowboys got the ball back in plus territory after Randy Gregory flattened Jones, stripping him of the ball in the process.
😳😳😳#DALvsNE | 📺 : @NFLonCBS pic.twitter.com/UnCftjGgWi— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 17, 2021
Pats pick off Dak in red zone
The Cowboys have outgained the Patriots by nearly 100 yards over the first 17-plus minutes, but yardage numbers are useless unless they result in points. Dallas' third drive spanned 13 plays and 59 yards, but it ended with an interception from Kyle Dugger on a tipped pass from Dak Prescott.
Dugg it. @KingDugg_3 | #ForeverNE— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 17, 2021
📺: @NFLonCBS / Patriots app pic.twitter.com/xrZ5Tl8pcd
Vikings' walk-off win!
The Vikings gave up a 96-yard drive in the final minute. They gave up a two-point conversion that tied the game. And they missed a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation. Despite all of that, Minnesota got the ball to start overtime, marched 75 yards down the field, and won the game on this pristine pitch and catch from Kirk Cousins to K.J. Osborn.
WALK OFF!!! pic.twitter.com/W47s118c2O— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 17, 2021
Darnold delivers unbelievable game-tying drive
On fourth-and-10 from the Panthers' 3-yard line, Sam Darnold delivered a perfect pass that landed in the hands of Ian Thomas with two defenders draped all over him. On fourth-and-6 from the Vikings' 32-yard line, Darnold dropped the ball right into the arms of D.J. Moore. Those were the types of improbable plays that led to the Panthers' 96-yard touchdown drive, plus two-point conversion, that tied them with the Vikings with less than a minute to go.
Darnold Dart. #KeepPounding— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
📺: #MINvsCAR on FOX
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/H4wGv5k9la
WHAT A DRIVE BY SAM DARNOLD. #KeepPounding— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
📺: #MINvsCAR on FOX
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/1CbcRMbyCy
WE'RE TIED.— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
Darnold led a 97-yard TD drive AND 2-PT conversion! #KeepPounding
📺: #MINvsCAR on FOX
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/JBAFsxvqmk
Murray throws dime on the run
No head coach? No problem early on for the Arizona Cardinals. After forcing a three-and-out on the Browns' first possession, the Cardinals gobbled up 74 yards over nine plays and capped the impressive drive with a 21-yard connection from Kyler Murray to Christian Kirk, who just got his feet in bounds before his knee landed out of play.
The throw 😱— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 17, 2021
The catch 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Dy2QvV1hXC
Adam Thielen falls down, still catches TD
In less than two minutes, the Vikings went from being down five to holding an eight-point lead. The latest score came from Thielen, who stumbled out of his break, fell to a knee ... and still caught the pass with considerable help from his face mask.
That does not make any sense @athielen19— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 17, 2021
📺: @NFLonFOX pic.twitter.com/JmIIZyxefz
Dalvin Cook is back
The Panthers' lead didn't last long, as Dalvin Cook shrugged off multiple wimpy tacklers on his way to a 15-yard score. After missing last week with an injury, Cook has 19 carries for 87 yards.
.@DalvinCook powers through for the @Vikings TD! #SKOL— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
Back-and-forth we go in Carolina.
📺: #MINvsCAR on FOX
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/THy2cMtO0Z
Blocked punt TD puts Panthers in front!
The Vikings have stymied Sam Darnold and the Panthers offense for most of the afternoon, and yet they're still trailing midway through the third quarter. That's because Carolina swung the game with a huge special teams play, as Frankie Luvu blocked the punt, while Kenny Robinson picked it up and waltzed in for the 4-yard score.
PUNT BLOCK. TOUCHDOWN. @Panthers take the lead! #KeepPounding— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
📺: #MINvsCAR on FOX
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/tKhhObt5nM
Aaron Jones puts Packers up double digits
The Packers have controlled this game since going down 7-0 early, and after Jones' nifty 12-yard catch and run, they're now up double digits against their NFC North rival.
.@Showtyme_33 makes a man miss & finds the end zone!— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 17, 2021
TOUCHDOWN! 🙌#GBvsCHI | #GoPackGo
📺 FOX pic.twitter.com/CY4A2oRzI4
Jonathan Taylor breaks free
Jonathan Taylor had fewer than 10 yards rushing when he took a handoff from the Colts' 12-yard line midway through the third quarter. But it only takes one carry to turn around an afternoon, and that's exactly what happened. Taylor ran through a truck-sized hole off left tackle, got to the sideline and rumbled all the way down to the Texans' 5-yard line. Taylor received the next three carries, too, the last of which led to a touchdown that put the Colts ahead, 24-3.
JONATHAN TAYLOR. 83 YARDS.— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
📺: #HOUvsIND on CBS
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/BVmLVAx6TV
Ja'Marr Chase = not just a pass catcher
First-round rookie Ja'Marr Chase has been even better than advertised so far this season, but his latest highlight had nothing to do with running routes or catching passes. Instead, Chase got out in front of Joe Mixon and blew up a Lions defender down the field, allowing Mixon to cross the goal line for a touchdown.
Unbelievable effort and awareness by Ja’Marr Chase on this block!!! pic.twitter.com/Fsjjb63Vhk— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 17, 2021
Mahomes' desperation results in another INT
Sometimes it's better to accept defeat and take the sack, especially when your team is at the opponent's 20-yard line in the final seconds of the half. But that's not Patrick Mahomes' style. He tried to make an acrobatic play, which he has done time and time again, only this time Mahomes just threw the ball up as he was being dragged to the ground. The result? Yet another turnover for the Chiefs, who had three in the first half and trail Washington, 13-10.
#WashingtonFootball forces another turnover!— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
📺: #KCvsWAS on CBS
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/OczwC5WrpP
Chiefs' D leaving people wide open (again)
The Chiefs entered Sunday with the NFL's second-worst total defense, allowing 437.4 yards per game, and it's plays like at the end of the first half that show why they've struggled so badly. With about 90 seconds to play before intermission, the Chiefs lost track of Ricky Seals-Jones running up the seam. Taylor Heinicke saw him, though, leading to an easy pitch and catch for a 39-yard touchdown.
.@RICKYSEALSJONES STRAIGHT TO THE CASA— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) October 17, 2021
📺 » CBS | #KCvsWAS pic.twitter.com/7v6srrbRFH
Lamar Jackson and Justin Herbert combined for six interceptions over the first 10 games, but they turned it over on back-to-back plays in the second quarter Sunday. First DeShon Elliott stole the ball from Jared Cook, only to have Jackson throw the ball right to Kyzir White, who returned the ball down to the Ravens' 27-yard line. Two plays later, the Chargers were on the scoreboard with a much-needed touchdown to cut the deficit to 17-6.
Chargers get it right back. #BoltUp— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
📺: #LACvsBAL on CBS
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/hBom1SWrMB
Snagged. @OfficialShon_4 #RavensFlock— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
📺: #LACvsBAL on CBS
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/a3ipbJhekq
Stafford dealing early
Matthew Stafford has been great for the Rams so far this season, and his impressive play has continued against the Giants. He's completed eight of his first 12 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns, including this connection with Cooper Kupp on fourth down.
Rams go for it on 4th & 1.— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
Result? @CooperKupp touchdown! #RamsHouse
📺: #LARvsNYG on FOX
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/hg1dXHOk30
Le'Veon Bell finds the end zone!
The three-time Pro Bowler has spent most of this season on the Ravens' practice squad, but the team elevated him for the second time in Week 6, and Bell rewarded them with his first touchdown for his new team. It's still early, but Baltimore has dominated in the battle of 4-1 teams.
Another Mahomes INT
OK, so it wasn't actually his fault, but Patrick Mahomes threw his seventh interception of the season Sunday against Washington -- more than he threw in each of the past two seasons. Making matters worse was that it went off Tyreek Hill's hands at the Washington 10-yard line, allowing Kendall Fuller to secure the turnover.
K E N D A L L— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) October 17, 2021
📺 » CBS | #KCvsWAS pic.twitter.com/fN8BsFfM1A
Parris Campbell sighting!
Injuries derailed Parris Campbell's first two NFL seasons, but there's a reason the Colts used a second-round draft pick on him in 2019. He showcased why in the first quarter against the Texans, running behind the entire defense and then under a perfectly placed pass from Carson Wentz for the 51-yard score. It marked just the second receiving touchdown of his career.
Carson ↗️➡️➡️↘️ Parris— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) October 17, 2021
📺 CBS pic.twitter.com/p4WrR4rYt9
Bengals strike first with lunging TD catch
The Bengals wasted little time going up on the winless Lions, as Joe Burrow lofted a pass down the left sideline that running back Chris Evans caught in stride before falling into the end zone. It marked the first-career touchdown for the sixth-round rookie out of Michigan.
Joe Burrow to Chris Evans for the @Bengals score! #RuleTheJungle— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
📺: #CINvsDET on FOX
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/uH7MNIRWV5
Landon Collins gets Moss'd
The Washington safety didn't get his head around, and Jody Fortson made him pay by corralling the twisting catch down the left sideline. On the next play, Darrel Williams scored a two-yard touchdown to put the Chiefs ahead.
Go up and get it, @JodyFortsonJr. #ChiefsKingdom— NFL (@NFL) October 17, 2021
📺: #KCvsWAS on CBS
📱: NFL app pic.twitter.com/vBhvUfBxHW
Shorthanded Browns to have Hunt on pitch count
The Cardinals-Browns game was set up to be one of the weekend's best, but things got messy even before kickoff. The unbeaten Cardinals -- 3-point underdogs against the 3-2 Browns in Cleveland -- won't have head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who tested positive for COVID-19. The teams had a combined 17 players listed as questionable on the Friday injury report, with the Browns having two out for the game -- including star running back Nick Chubb.
That would normally mean a very busy day for backup Kareem Hunt, except that Hunt is dealing with wrist and knee issues and was one of those listed as questionable. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Hunt looked good in practice Friday and will in fact get more work than usual. But only up to a point. Stefanski said he has a certain number of touches in mind for Hunt: "I don't want to kill Kareem." How many is that? We'll soon find out, but with winds up to 30 mph expected in Cleveland, there may be plenty of running plays in this one.
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